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what are the youngsters wearing?

Nordiska Kompaniet Department Store in Sweden, more commonly known as NK, is the most exclusive department store in Sweden which has two buildings, one in Stockholm and the other in Gotenburg. The design of the building in Stockholm is influenced by art nouveau and has lots of services such as restaurants, bars, cafes, personal stylists, dry cleaning and a lot more.

It was founded in 1902 by Josef Sach who wanted to create a department store which would offer quality products and services to its customers. NK in Stockholm houses more than 100 different shops spread out over the six shop floors, so it doesn’t matter what you are looking for, whether it is typical Swedish designs or international brands, NK has it all. Some of the most popular shops are Orrefors and Kosta Bado.

the kids


guess we could only afford two pairs of shoes!



a gentleman – a Texas cowboy

still cookin’

Chef Bobby

This kid – 46 years after this photo was snapped – is a VERY good cook!

It took a man to help us understand cooking is not a woman’s drudgery.

It took a man to show us that it could be fulfilling and wonderful.

~ Clark Wolf

children and books

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Children growing up in homes with many books get 3 years more schooling than children from bookless homes, independent of their parents’ education, occupation, and class. This is as great an advantage as having university educated rather than unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of having a professional rather than an unskilled father. It holds equally in rich nations and in poor; in the past and in the present; under Communism, capitalism, and Apartheid; and most strongly in China. Data are from representative national samples in 27 nations, with over 70,000 cases, analyzed using multi-level linear and probit models with multiple imputation of missing data.

Source: Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations
I truly can’t remember a time when I didn’t read.  We always had books in our home and at a very young age, my mother enrolled me in a Children’s Book Club – a book mailed to me once a month, which I would immediately unwrap and then devour!
Also can’t recall when I didn’t have a library card; my mother and I would trek to the library almost daily to check out books.
When I became a mother, I think the library was probably one of the first outings for my children.   Board Books,  Cloth Books, and comic books of the 1960s were on every surface of our home from the time the kids could focus their eyes!  [Our oldest son was Latin Student of Texas one year – forget the year – and he mentioned that it was the Classics Comic Books he read as a child that initially piqued his interest in the classics.]
We had a house full of readers!
An aside:  Oldest Son did graduate from comic books to True Classics!  In fact, (much to Dear Husband’s chagrin), he majored in the Classics at the University of Texas.
Our daughter and youngest two sons also had/have a talent for writing and I think that can be attributed to their love of reading.

helping the children

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Dedicated professionals - God bless them.

It is unfortunate that there is abuse of children; it is fortunate that we have good folks who help these children.  God bless them all.

The Guadalupe County Children’s Advocacy partners with the Seguin Police Department, Child Protective Services, the District Attorney’s office, specialists at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center (full list below).  The professionals who work with children (and parents or guardians of these children) are exceptional and always have continuing education as they counsel and heal abused children.  It is not an easy task; these folks also have a love for children and a will to stop the abuse.

from the website:

Partner Agencies

Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office
Schertz Police Department
Marion Police Department
Cibolo Police Department
Seguin Police Department
Child Protective Services
25th Judicial District Attorney’s Office
Guadalupe County Attorney’s Office
Guadalupe Regional Medical Center
Guadalupe Valley Christian Counseling Center
Behavioral Therapy Clinic

There is always a need for financial donations and volunteers.  Always.

an eye opener

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Yesterday I heard a presentation by educator Marla Rea about students in Texas who are learning English; she spoke of the many obstacles for these youngsters.  Her talk was definitely an eye-opener (an expression that would be difficult for a non-English speaking person to define) regarding education for those who speak little or no English.

Ms. Rea is a doctoral student in bi-lingual education and is dean of instruction for English language learners in Bryan, Texas.

My interest in Marla’s  talk increased when she mentioned a book I read a few years ago about a boy named Enrique who came to America to find his mother.  Enrique’s mother left her family in Honduras when she came to the United States to  have  a better life for herself and for her family in Honduras.  Although Enrique’s mother regularly sent money to provide for her family, Enrique missed a mother – he missed his mother.

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazari left an indelible impression on me.  Ms. Rea’s talk left an impression on me.  Her knowledge and excellent teaching skills, combined with her passion for these children in our country who obviously need to have good English skills, was inspiring.

Marla Rea
Ms. Rea conducted research at two literacy programs in Texas on the acquisition of English literacy among U.S. immigrants in Texas. The purpose of her study was to explore the journey to English language literacy, the challenges parents and the children face during the process, and the role reversals that happen during the process and its impact on the children. During the year, Marla participated in several scholarly and academic activities. Overall, Marla continues to make excellent progress towards her doctoral studies, and she is using the knowledge and experiences acquired during the fellowship program to expand literacy programs in the community in her professional role as the director of English Language Literacy Programs with the local independent school district. [Source: Texas Center for the Advancement of Literacy and Learning] In 2008-2009, Ms. Rea was one of three recipients of the Barbara Bush Family Literary Fellowship.

According to the 2000 census,  the main languages by number of speakers older than five are:

  1. English- 215 million
  2. Spanish- 28 million
  3. Chinese Languages – 2.0 million + (mostly Cantonese speakers, with a growing group of Mandarin speakers)
  4. French- 1.6 million
  5. German- 1.4 million (High German) + German dialects like Hutterite German,Texas German, Pennsylvanian German, Plautdietsch
  6. Tagalog – 1.2 million + (Most Filipinos may also know other Philippine languages,e.g. Ilokano, Pangasinan, Bikol languages,and Visayan languages)
  7. Vietnamese – 1.01 million
  8. Italian- 1.01 million
  9. Korean- 890,000
  10. Russian- 710,000
  11. Polish – 670,000
  12. Arabic- 610,000
  13. Portuguese- 560,000
  14. Japanese – 480,000
  15. French reole – 450,000 (mostly Louisiana Creole French  – 334,500)
  16. Greek – 370,000
  17. Hindi – 320,000
  18. Persian- 310,000
  19. Urdu- 260,000
  20. Gujarata- 240,000
  21. Armenian- 200,000

“Children who speak English as their first language

are now a minority in inner-city London primary schools . . .”

“There are over 600,000 nonEnglish speaking students

in the Texas education system.

The Book Lady and the Philanthropist

Harold Grinspoon credits Dolly Parton with inspiring him to send books to Jewish children at no cost.  In four years, he has given away two million Jewish-themed books to Jewish families.

Parton’s book program Imagination Library was started in 1996 to promote reading among children in Sevier County, Tennessee, where she grew up in the Great Smoky Mountains.

In 1996, Dolly Parton launched an exciting new effort to benefit the children of her home county in east Tennessee. Dolly wanted to foster a love of reading among her county’s preschool children and their families. She wanted children to be excited about books and to feel the magic that books can create. Moreover, she could insure that every child would have books, regardless of their family’s income.

So she decided to mail a brand new, age appropriate book each month to every child under 5 in Sevier County. With the arrival of every child’s first book, the classic The Little Engine That Could ™, every child could now experience the joy of finding their very own book in their mail box. These moments continue each month until the child turns 5—and in their very last month in the program they receive Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come.

Needless to say the experience has been a smashing success. So much so that many other communities clamored to provide the Imagination Library to their children. Dolly thought long and hard about it and decided her Foundation should develop a way for other communities to participate. The Foundation asked a blue ribbon panel of experts to select just the right books and secured Penguin Group USA to be the exclusive publisher for the Imagination Library. Moreover a database was built to keep track of the information.

Consequently, in March of 2000 she stood at the podium of The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and revealed the plan for other communities to provide the Imagination Library to their children. And as only Dolly can say it, she wanted to “put her money where her mouth is – and with such a big mouth that’s a pretty large sum of money” and provide the books herself to the children of Branson, Missouri and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – communities where her businesses now operate. If other leaders in their communities were willing to do the same, well something big might just happen.