When I received the unfortunate news that Borders Bookstore would close its doors, I tried to ignore it. They may be closing other stores, but not my neighborhood Borders! They couldn't be, in Silver Spring, Borders was a hub, a gathering place, a little home away from home, no way could my beloved Borders close. I'm really a vintage, used, mom and pop kind of bookstore gal, but Borders was special for me and my daughter. I first moved to Silver Spring when Anya was barely two. I was a newly single mom and going through some tough transitions. The one reason I chose this area was the convenience of walking to bookstores, restaurants, movies, and a host of other entertainment outlets. I needed to be surrounded by things to keep myself occupied through my breakup and the death of my grandmother. When we'd visit Borders, the employees were warm, friendly and they loved Anya. Some of the employees who knew her when she was in diapers still work there. They always welcome her with a big … [Read more...]
Computers – Do our kids NEED them?
In today's modern society, it is important that our kids have experience with computers. However, do they NEED them?? In my opinion, yes and no. LOL. Sorry to not have a clearer answer. Let me explain... Computers are a great source of information and resources. They can be extremely helpful to homeschool families and for researching. They are a vital tool for school work. Many schools already have computers in their classrooms. So, we certainly want them to know what they are doing! Computers are not going away. I believe we should begin early with familiarizing our kids with computers. They have educational software that you can use for the little ones and of course the Internet is a vast and endless place of information. Speaking of Internet...THAT is a very dangerous part of allowing our kids on the computer. We MUST be very careful and NEVER assume they will do the right thing no matter how trustworthy they are. WE need to protect them and keep them safe. How? set up … [Read more...]