People fidget for a wide variety of reasons. Perhaps they are restless, or anxious, or they have autism or sensory needs. But regardless of the reason, there are many toys and tools that can help you stay focused and be at your best. This week's Bristol Box includes very portable fidgets that can be carried in your pocket, bag, purse, or child's backpack.
I'll be sharing my sketches with you on occasion in this irregular series, Sketches From the Ether. So far it's just pencil drawings in my sketchbook. We'll see where it takes me.
When I was a kid, we played outside with the other kids in the neighborhood with most of our free time. We also made the most of recess at school. We kept ourselves quite occupied without any of today's modern technologies.
The largest library in the world (the second-largest being the British Library), the U.S. Library of Congress is a sight to behold. The building is just gorgeous. The collections are unparalleled. The exhibits, inspiring.
Jupiter. It's the biggest planet in our solar system. It has a distinctive red spot, a raging storm that never seems to end. It has more moons than any other planet. And four of them are special. They're huge. Like, planet huge.
What feels best during the debilitating pain that often comes with a migraine? It's different for everyone, but for me, it's cold packs, pressure, dark, and quiet. This week's Bristol Box is loaded with tools to help your favorite sufferer. Set them up in a dark, quiet room with a bottle of water, help them procure any prescription migraine meds they may have, and hopefully this box of tools will help them through to the...
It still blows me away that my body made people. PEOPLE. Right? Some people call it "a miracle", I'm just blown away by the impressive biological processes.
Used in education and teaching, Bloom's Taxonomy describes gradually deeper levels of understanding, and can be used in pretty much any subject, including math, science, history, literature, and more.
Taking pictures of the sky isn't new. The first photograph of the sun, a daguerrotype, was made in 1845 by French physicists Louis Fizeau and Lion Foucault, proving that from the earliest days of photography, people were turning their cameras to the skies.
Retrofuturism includes imagined styles from the future, conceived of in the past. The 20th century was filled with these kinds of things, as we aimed for the sky and then participated in the Space Race. Anything space-y and modern was cool.
This Bristol Box is filled with items for people who like (or love) cats. You don't necessarily have to have a cat for this Box; it's for those who just can't get enough cat in their lives.
I've got two books published currently. For one of them, my co-authors and I went the traditional route with traditional publishing. For the other, I self-published. Why? Because that book I wrote for myself, just for fun.
I mostly think of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs as a mental exercise. There is a lot of truth in it, but it is more food for thought and discussion.
The National Archives of the United States is worth a trip in person, if you can. But if you can't, their website is a treasure trove of information, history, and jaw dropping resources.
From an early age I've been interested in genealogy. My paternal grandmother had so much information about where and who she came from. I remember seeing a huge, handwritten wheel that was made with her at the center and her family branching out from there. I was struck by it all. And, when she died, I volunteered to be the caretaker of all of the family history documents, letters, photos, and memorabilia.
If you don't have the time or the means to travel to England, you can pretend, with a Bristol Box full of English goodies. Disclaimer: I have yet to actually set foot in England, so these might be a bit stereotypical for "tea time", but hey, it's all in fun.
I’ve recently backfilled in a bunch of posts from my old blog, so scroll down to see some interesting new old content!
I took Spanish in school. It made the most sense, since I had already had some Spanish in elementary school, and I had a couple of Spanish-speaking people in my family. I'm glad to have learned what Spanish I did, and living here in Arizona, it really does come in handy. But I always kind of wished I'd learned some German.
Jane Austen Mad Libs*. Because why not. If I run out of other ideas, I may make this a semi-regular feature, at least making it through her six major works. And maybe some other public domain works. Let me know if you have any requests!
When I was a kid, I heard about the Seven Wonders of the World on a semi-regular basis. But, other than the Great Pyramid at Giza (though I always thought the Pyramids were in Cairo proper because I knew nothing of Egyptian geography), I had no idea what the other six wonders were.