Pass the Torch Blog Posts

  • Pay Less for College – Ebook Review
    on Jun 14, 2014 in Parenting
    I am a school counselor, a former financial planner and a parent with two kids in high school. I can tell you this is an excellent primer for financial planning for college. This book is written by a CFP and covers all the basic concepts that address...
  • Octopus’s Garden – Book Review
    on Apr 2, 2014 in Parenting
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  • Passing the Torch
    on Mar 27, 2014 in *Empowerment
    I started this blog in 2006 and at the time I titled it “Pass the Torch” with the sincere commitment to use it to focus on how to build character in my kids and put them out into the world someday as adults I’m proud to have had inf...
  • Zoom! Zoom! Sounds of Things that Go in the City – Review
    on Mar 2, 2014 in Parenting
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  • South Africa – Tips Part II
    on Feb 7, 2014 in *Travel with kids South Africa
    Here are a few more tips from our South African Adventure: Check the exchange rate When we visited South Africa in the summer of 2013 the exchange rate was 10 to 1, meaning we had a strong purchasing power with US dollars. While South Africans exper...
  • Family Adventure – South Africa
    on Jan 12, 2014 in *Travel with kids South Africa
    This past summer our family traveled to South Africa and this is a list of tips that helped to make this a great adventure! Don’t assume the flights are too expensive We traveled in June-July and the roundtrip flight from Chicago to Johannesbur...
  • Passing the Torch on the Roadside
    on Sep 15, 2013 in Parenting
    Last weekend my husband and 14-year-old son were removing brush at our land, when they saw a retired man with a broken-down 80’s truck on the road. He was pulling a trailer with an antique car on it, and his wife had their shared cell phone at...
  • The Monstore – Book Review
    on Jul 15, 2013 in Giveaways and reviews
    A book boys will love! Girls too – but I always have a soft spot for books that capture the attention of boys. The Monstore, by Tara Lazar and James Burks, is a fun and colorful story about a hidden store that sells all sorts of “usefu...
  • The Lost (and Found) Balloon – Book Review
    on Jun 25, 2013 in Giveaways and reviews
    The Lost (and Found) Balloon, by Celeste Jenkins and Maria Bogade, is a beautifully illustrated, rhyming picture book about a little girl who sends a note on a balloon. The balloon takes a trip around the globe and as the story unfolds, children won...
  • Passing the Torch
    on May 20, 2013 in Parenting
    I have the privilege to witness the fruits of torch-passing these days. My daughter has volunteered for two years filming book talks for elementary students. Now she’s hosting a book drive with these students, to share the books with youth in...
  • This is What Democracy Looks Like
    on Feb 19, 2011 in Parenting
    As you probably know, the Wisconsin middle class is under fire as the new Governor, Scott Walker, tries to bust the unions. I just returned from the capitol to support the public union members who have helped to improve worker’s rights and the...
  • Bonaire’s Salt History – Slave Huts
    on Feb 5, 2011 in *Travel with kids Bonaire
    Bonaire’s history is deeply rooted in it’s diverse cultures. Originally inhabited by a branch of the Arawak Indians from Venezuela, the first Europeans came in 1499, but didn’t stay. Later, Bonaire’s ownership changed severa...
  • Windsurfing in Bonaire
    on Jan 29, 2011 in *Travel with kids Bonaire
    We hadn’t planned to do much of anything except snorkel, during our stay in Bonaire over Christmas, but when my husband talked to a Canadian couple on the airplane, we discovered another water sport we would need to try also: windsurfing. Some...
  • Snorkeling in Bonaire
    on Jan 22, 2011 in *Travel with kids Bonaire
    When people asked what we would be doing during our week in Bonaire, we really didn’t have any other response than “snorkel.” And as it turned out, snorkeling was definitely the activity we did the most – we snorkeled every d...
  • Bonaire, Netherland Antilles
    on Jan 16, 2011 in *Travel with kids Bonaire
    n the Southern Caribbean, only 50 miles from the coast of Venezuela, lies a little island named Bonaire. Its tropical climate and mixed cultural heritage makes it an interesting vacation destination, and its crystal clear waters and plentiful reefs...
  • Bullying Prevention Programming
    on Jan 8, 2011 in Parenting
    Steps to Respect is a bulling-prevention curriculum used to help change the climate in a school toward one of respect. While most people understand the classic “bully” who physicially intimidates his or her victims, people are just start...
  • Let them read maps…
    on Jan 1, 2011 in Parenting
    This post was originally published February 19, 2007. I’ve told you before about how I encourage D to be my navigator on trips, but during our recent Florida vacation, I had two navigators. And two map-readers, plus one map, equals one humungou...
  • A Value Tales Treasury – Book Review
    on Dec 23, 2010 in Giveaways and reviews
    A Value Tales Treasury: Stories for Growing Good People, fuses character traits with historical figures who possessed them. Author Spencer Johnson, M.D. gives children real-life illustrations of the values parents and others try to instill in them.
  • Gifts from the Heart – Book Review
    on Dec 18, 2010 in Giveaways and reviews
    Just in time for Christmas! Gifts from the Heart, by Victoria Osteen, is the next picture book in her inspirational series. It tells the story of a brother and sister who take an imaginary journey into a medieval world of kings and castles. They...
  • Beauty and the Beast Pop-Up Book
    on Dec 11, 2010 in Giveaways and reviews
    I love pop-up books and the creative genius that goes into the making of them, so I was pleased to receive a review copy of Robert Sabuda’s Beauty and the Beast. It retells the fairy tale we all know, with five large-scale pop-ups that illustr...
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