Monthly Archives: February 2014


A Street Through Time

What do I expect when I find this treasure at the library? Well, given that seven-year-old Tommy is interested in history and likes to read, I think he might read the book.

And that would be wrong. At least for yesterday.

But does he enjoy the book? Oh, yes!

After a brief perusal of pages one and two (“Stone Age Hunters”), Tommy gets to work. He and I build tents of a sweater, jacket and snow pants. I think said hunters would be much impressed by the materials, if not the design.

Tommy picks and dries berries, dries peanuts and walnuts, kills caribou and makes tents from their hides, and chops firewood for the whole encampment. He also visits the lonely grandma. He doesn’t let me pick berries with him (coyotes make that too dangerous), but I am allowed to stand in the doorway of our tent with my spear at the ready.

And, just before his mother comes, Tommy amalgamates all the tents so no one will be lonely during the long winter.

Perhaps the “First Farmers” on the next two pages will also benefit from Tommy’s initiative and generosity.

” . . . whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” (II Corinthians 9:6b)


An Annoying Little Game and a Moment of Discovery

Did you ever play an annoying little game as a child? I’m thinking of the kind that have a picture with holes and several tiny metal balls, all encased in plastic. The object is to tilt the picture this way and that to get the balls in the holes. About 2″ by 2″, these little items provide frustration or amusement for the child while the parents get a few minutes of peace and quiet.

Possessing neither skill nor luck nor patience, I never liked them very much.

But Tina is different. Game in hand, she tells me she needs a magnet. I suggest one from the fridge.

She soon shows me the completed game, having placed the magnet under the picture and used to it control the balls.

So how exactly did Tina think of employing the principle of magnetism to solve the puzzle?

“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.” ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi