The same way that some families go to the same mountain cabin, beach house or place by the lake each vacation season, every summer I find myself circling back to 'Robinson Crusoe.'
Reading at least one poem a day has been like an intellectual vitamin, giving me a small dose of literature even on busy days when I can’t get to the novels and nonfiction on my nightstand.
Smith read broadly and avidly as a child, and she seems to remember just about every book that she devoured.
On Thanksgiving Day, after the dishes are cleared, scan your own home library and remind yourself how lucky you are to have so much great writing at your fingertips.
The lesson I'm starting to grasp is that reading is about quality – and not quantity.
February marks the annual Boy Scouts anniversary, and one journalist reflects on how his reporting skills, and willingness to ask for help, led him to unexpected scouting adventures with his son.
For many, the idea of reviewing the year past and making resolutions for the year ahead is consider an act for people well on in life experience. One father learns the value of teens taking stock annually to gain perspective.
A family learns to shift holiday traditions as one kid takes her leave for school. While parents look forward to ending sibling sparring over the holidays, sometimes absence can make the heart grow fonder.
As a daughter settles into her LSU dorm room, a father realizes that college dorm life today, with its matching accessories and designer coffee machines, buries the valued lessons of simplicity espoused by scholars like Thoreau.
A father remembers what it's like to be in the driver's seat as a teenager, and applies those lessons to his own kids.
A son chooses a bold piece to play for the end of arts camp – including minutes of total silence. What is deemed as golden for many parents, can be equally unnerving, especially when a teen understands the power of non-communication.
One dad is invited to a special performance at his son's camp. However, the final concert isn't for weeks. The result is parents and students learning the joy of the process and the rewards that come from making mistakes.
I worry that in an era of stressed resources for schools and increased emphasis on uniform academic testing, field trips might fall victim to slashed budgets and school reform. As I saw, they can spark critical thinking better than conventional classroom instruction.
Does the future belong to graduates, or do graduates now belong to the past? A more inspiring idea than it first seems, drawing from a personal history can give the future special meaning.
Five writers remember the arrival of The Beatles in the US and how it affected – or, in one case, failed to affect – their lives.
Christmas photos: The usual distractions of life deter one family from having Christmas photos taken, until they drop everything to make it work. This is when the father realizes that the best gift of all is the time spent together at the photo shoot.