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09 Nov, 2011

Stealth poetry project: Just a Slug

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

It’s been awhile, but do you remember the Stealth Poetry Project? (It was first discussed here, and you can read past poems here.) To summarize: I dig up a kid-friendly poem, print it out, and display it in a high-traffic area here at home. The goal is to make poetry “top of mind” without it turning […]

23 Feb, 2011

Stealth poetry project: Fred, the Vegetarian Vampire

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

Remember our Stealth poetry project (first written about here) … in which I fastened a poem to the back of our front door in an effort to keep poetry alive in our hearts and minds? Well, I have a new one to share with you today. Emma actually reminded me of this poem and asked […]

30 Nov, 2010

Gifting books to children

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry|Easy ways to make kids happy

Do you inscribe the books you give, plus, a wee poem.

02 Mar, 2010

Stealth poetry project: The Story of Fidgety Philip

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Stealth poetry

This is the stealth poetry project. It was first discussed here. How it works: I dig up a kid-friendly poem, print it out, and fasten it to the back of our front door (although a fridge would come in handy for this purpose as well)! The goal here is to make poetry “top of mind” without […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our two daughters Emma (15) and Sarah (13). I am the editor of the Kitchissippi Times, Capital Parent Newspaper, and a regular contributor to MediaSmarts.ca. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger, and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999... which makes me either a total dinosaur or a veteran, I'm not sure which! The Fishbowl is my whiteboard, water cooler, and journal, all rolled into one. I'm passionate about healthy living, arts and culture, family travel, great gear, good food, and sharing the best of Ottawa for families. I also love vegetables, photography, gadgets, and great design.

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The #dailylunches project – 752 lunches and counting!

Every day I eat lunch and take a picture. Here's my latest:

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  • My latest post at the MediaSmarts website is about passwords. Is this something you've talked about with your kids? Given the proliferation of devices in households (often one per person now) it might be an important topic for discussion. How have you handled passwords in your household?

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  • I'm over at the MediaSmarts blog today, putting together the online privacy puzzle.

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  • I had a really interesting conversation with my 14-year-old daughter recently. She was wondering why so many adults assume that teenagers are all the same: a bunch of lazy, self-involved jokers who are glued to their devices all day. I didn’t have an answer for her, really, only that people tend to generalize, and that this is Never a Good Thing, no matter who it is we’re talking about. [Read the rest at MediaSmarts.ca]

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