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How To Get Kids Interested In Writing and Reading

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I’m often asked about how I helped my sons to love reading and how parents can encourage their kids to love writing. I personally think the two go hand in hand. As a corporate writer for many years, and now venturing into ideas for kids and nonfiction for adults, I’ve had exposure to some great […]

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Tour Whit’s End at Focus on the Family!

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Tour Whit’s End at Focus on the Family’s Headquarters! Our family takes lots of road trips and we’ve been grateful over the years for fun entertainment with Adventures in Odyssey, both their videos and especially their audio programs. This summer, we got to tour the headquarters in Colorado Springs at Focus on the Family and […]

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Sherry Kyle and The Girl’s Guide to Life

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When you were a tween, wouldn’t you have loved having a road map to help with the twists and turns of puberty? Sherry Kyle is a wonderful author I met at ACFW a couple of years ago. When I saw her new book called The Girl’s Guide to Life, I loved the cover and wanted […]

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Rogue One At Disneyland Star Wars Launch Bay

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In honor of Walt Disney’s birthday, Joey wanted to take you on a tour of the new Rogue One installation at the Star Wars Launch Bay. Take a break from the crowds and step inside the large building in Tomorrowland at Disneyland. It’s fun to watch the insider tracks and interviews with the director and […]

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Doctor Strange’s Costume Up Close!

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We at the VT household have been recovering from a terrible bug, so I’m letting Jonathan take over today and show you an up-close look at Doctor Strange’s costume worn by Benedict Cumberbatch that we saw in a preview recently! And some great pictures as well. What did you think of the movie? The effects […]

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Never Let Go Of Magic with Author Shannon Messenger

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  Recently I met Shannon Messenger, author of the middle grade Keeper of the Lost Cities series and the Sky Fall series for young adults. Shannon is a delight and her stories are so wonderful. It was a genuine pleasure to meet her and hear about her books for both groups. Shannon is an accomplished […]

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Refocus and Rebuild With Fun!

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Fairy Tales at Once Upon A Time If you love fairy tales, here’s a wonderful exhibit coming up at the Bowers Museum for kids, called Kidseum, in Orange County, California. Pretend you’re in the book Anasi and the Talking Melon, or play a harpsichord in Beauty and the Beast. Then turn a corner, and it […]