If you are between 8 and 108 years old and like to read middle grade books, then you are especially welcome here!

Say cheese, quokka!

Posted: March 25th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Quokkas are marsupials about the size of a house cat. Quokkas are natural smilers. Quokkas are not camera shy. Australians are cozying up to quokkas in record numbers lately for selfies. Turn that frown upside down down under and snap a quokka today!


Something sounds warm

Posted: December 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Earmuffs are SUCH old news. Every ear needs a cap this year!


Stellar self-portrait

Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

NASA rover  Curiosity has taken the first selfie on Mars. Moments later, it posted the pic on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram. Universal reaction? Looking good, robot!


Happy Father’s Day!

Posted: June 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »


When small is big

Posted: June 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

⌃Paedophryne amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. It is the world’s smallest vertebrate.

⌃The Lilliputian Violet, found in the Peruvian Andes mountains, grows to be only one centimeter tall.

New York City’s Little Free Library may be the world’s smallest lending library. Designed by Venezuelan architects Marcelo Ertorteguy and Sara Valente, it is one of ten mini-libraries in the city.

 

⌃This is the view upon entering this single-person space. It already looks crowded!

It has what we want, though. Books! And the instructions couldn’t be simpler. This library for people on the go is definitely a case where big things have come from something small.


Happy Lost Sock Memorial Day!

Posted: May 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

May 9 is Lost Sock Memorial Day. In solemn remembrance, let’s take a look at a tribute one sad person put up for his or her lost sock last year. Keep your eyes peeled for lost sock posters today!


Would you like to live in a nest?

Posted: April 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

California artist Jayson Fann created this wonderful human-sized nest and many others like it. He calls them “spirit nests” and looks to the bird-created variety for inspiration. Strong, safe, and cozy, they are the perfect place to relax and contemplate the beauty of Nature.

A spirit nest is a wonderful spot to nap or read a book…

or simply watch the stars. I am picturing myself in a peaceful spirit nest by the sea and loving it!

Photos (c) Jayson Fann


Do NOT try this at home

Posted: October 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »

Casey “Animal Magnet” Anderson runs his own personal wildlife sanctuary, Montana’s Grizzly Encounter Wildlife Sanctuary. Brutus the bear was born in an overcrowded bear reserve, where he was doomed to live most of his life in a cage. But luck was on Brutus’s side. Casey decided to adopt him!

The two have since become best buddies. Brutus shows his gratitude by coming over for dinner and NOT EATING Casey.

Sometimes, it’s just the two of them at an informal outdoor meal. AGAIN, the menu DOES NOT FEATURE Casey!

Needless to say, this is a special relationship, and by SPECIAL I mean ONE IN A BILLION. Nature’s golden rule still applies. DO NOT GO NEAR A BEAR! Even Casey and Brutus will tell you that.


Yes to the Yeti!

Posted: April 22nd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Letters to T | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Keylan and Jake from Long Beach, CA write:

Dear T,

We are not interested in stories about vampires. We don’t care about werewolves, either. Or ghosts. And especially not mermaids! What we ARE interested in is the Yeti or Abominable Snowman. Here is a story we’ve written about the mighty Yeti called SNOBEAST. We both worked on the cover drawing. Those are the Himalaya mountains in the back. What do you think?

T replies:

Thanks for letting me read your Yeti story, Keylan and Jake! SNOBEAST sent chills of terror and excitement up and down my spine. I have long been fascinated by tales of the Yeti. I’m a believer!


Sometimes it’s okay to play with your food

Posted: March 14th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

I’m gonna be round my vegetables

I’m gonna chow down my vegetables

I love you most of all

my favorite vegetable…

So sang The Beach Boys in their song “Vegetables.” Beatle Paul McCartney joined the band to chew raw vegetables for percussion effects on the recording.

The Vegetable Orchestra is an Austrian musical group that uses instruments made entirely from fresh vegetables. The group consists of ten musicians, one cook, and one sound engineer. A concert of the Vegetable Orchestra appeals to all the senses. As an encore at the end of the concert and the video performance, the audience is offered fresh vegetable soup.

Two brothers in China have caught the vegetable music bug. They’ve carved out an odd career, turning vegetables into musical instruments. The creative pair began their craft two years ago and spend most of their time scouring food stalls for the perfect pieces.

I’m never going to look at the veggies on my plate the same way again!