Thinking of gifts and giving them I am reminded of the song “My Favorite Things" from Sound of Music. Julie Andrews singing, in the film version, of “brown paper packages tied up with strings' ' and adds it to her list of favorite things that are remembered to keep bad thoughts at bay. The best part about gifts is opening them―not knowing what is inside and thinking about all the things they could be before they are yet opened.
This is the strawberry season and it just feels right to be a bit obsessed with these delectable and dazzling little fruits. While we have become accustomed to getting strawberries at any time of year, June is their month to shine. A strawberry picked in June is an experience for all the senses: a rich bright red to catch the eye, sweetly perfumed, plucked when perfectly plump, and that first delectable bite, flavorful and dripping with juice.
As Father’s Day fast approaches, I thought it appropriate to share one of the purest joys in my life, a joy made clear to me as a father. Please don’t consider it too simple to be true. Reading aloud is real-life magic. Yes, holding a book in your hands, reading aloud with one voice to the ears of another or several has an unparalleled effect on the soul.