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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 […]

Remember when I fastened a poem to the back of our front door? It’s part of my goal to keep poetry in our hearts and minds. Well, Emma requested a new poem for the door and I’ve printed one out. It’s posted below. Say it loud with your kids, then whisper it softly. Read it […]


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My name is Andrea and I live in the Westboro area of Ottawa with my husband Mark and our dog Piper who is kind of a big deal on Instagram. We also have two human daughters: Emma (20) and Sarah (18). During the day I work as a writer at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. I am a longtime Ottawa blogger and I've occupied this little corner of the WWW since 1999. 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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