The Best Kids Halloween Specials to watch for FREE on the PBS Kids app right now

The way we watch TV has changed so much in just a short amount of time. Almost gone are the days of flipping channels to see what your local station or cable offerings are. These days a majority of folks are tuning in to their favorite viewings through app-based programming like Roku, Fire Stick orContinue reading “The Best Kids Halloween Specials to watch for FREE on the PBS Kids app right now”

Bluey!

The increased time spent at home by our family during this pandemic has meant that among other things, we’re definitely watching more television than we usually do. That sometimes means trying to discover family-friendly fare we haven’t already seen, or re-watching old favorites. However, there’s one particular instance where the kids wanted to show usContinue reading “Bluey!”

‘Cause Knowledge is Power!

It’s Schoolhouse Rocky, that chip off the block Of your favorite schoolhouse, Schoolhouse Rock! Learning comes in all forms. Some people are visual learners. Some auditory. Some need to get their hands in the thick of it to grasp concepts the best. I’m of the belief that regardless of what kind of ways you learnContinue reading “‘Cause Knowledge is Power!”

Voicing the childhood of generations

I think about Russi Taylor a lot. I know that’s a weird sentence to start a piece with, but it’s true. It’s said that when she was a little girl, Russi was at Disneyland with her mother and brother when she spotted Walt Disney sitting on a bench in the park at night. They startedContinue reading “Voicing the childhood of generations”

I’m fixing a hole

I spent a lot of time patching up holes at our house this summer. I’m not going to lie. I often spent much of that time simultaneously patching and singing The Beatles 1967 hit of the same name. I’m fixing a hole where the rain gets in And stops my mind from wandering Where itContinue reading “I’m fixing a hole”

Customer Service – the Real Superheroes

If you’ve ever watched the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, you’re likely familiar with the buzz created when the real-life Santa Claus (mistaken for an actor playing the role) is put into the throne at Macy’s with the intention to push overstocked toys and instead starts telling parents and children alike where to findContinue reading “Customer Service – the Real Superheroes”

Everything’s not awesome (and it doesn’t need to be)

Everything’s not awesome. It was a lyric that turned the catchy earworm of a song, “Everything is Awesome,” from the first installment of The Lego Movie on its ear in a dramatic turn in philosophy. Everything’s not awesome Things can’t be awesome all of the time It’s not a realistic expectation But that doesn’t meanContinue reading “Everything’s not awesome (and it doesn’t need to be)”

With one magic word – Shazam!

A rare opportunity presented itself this past weekend. Some close friends of more than 25 years got in touch to let me know that they were headed to the movies that very night, for a late (late by my standards these days) screening of Shazam! at 9:40. Was I interested? By that time, the kidsContinue reading “With one magic word – Shazam!”

The Little Lamp

So, this is a pretty important week for me. Not because I’ll be one step closer to forty by the time the week is through, but because a tale that’s been floating in my mind for many years is finally seeing the light of day. This week marks the release of my first children’s pictureContinue reading “The Little Lamp”

Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)

It seemed like an era came to a close on PBS Kids recently, and if you’ve been watching Odd Squad with your kids (or maybe on your own, I do it. It’s okay. It’s a great show no matter how old you are), you know exactly what I’m talking about. PBS Kids recently aired theContinue reading “Odds & Ends (and the end of an era)”