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  Are you a doodler? If so, you know that it can be can be an oddly satisfying occupation. Doodling is a great way to still the mind and channel one’s focus. And it’s good for kids too. Traditional doodling tends to be done out of boredom in the margins of notebooks and during conference […]

04 Sep, 2014

The thing about mail

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Mail art|Easy ways to make kids happy|Oh! Things!

I wrote a short piece about postcard collecting in the September issue of Capital Parent Newspaper and I wanted to jot down a few more words here. Many moons ago I spent a long stretch of time, years, really, creating and sharing various forms of mail art. (I’ve written about it before and I was […]

We have a winner! Thank you everyone! Transparency alert: the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (it’s brand new in Westboro!) is giving each of my kids the chance to try one of their classes, gratis. My thoughts, as always, remain my own.  I can’t tell you how excited I am that the Bluesfest School of Music and […]


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