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The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.

~ Oscar Wilde


Happy Summer From The Toymaker’s Workshop!


“Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.” ~ Barbara W. Tuchman



A Light House

Mr and Mrs. Barnacle live in a lighthouse. They keep the light lit for ships at sea.

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"Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children." ~ Walt Disney





Hello and hello!

Did you ever have a big idea? Something so ambitious and challenging that you don't even admit it to yourself? I have one that I've been kicking around in my head for quite some time. It's an idea so impossible and improbable that I would only take it out and look at it on long drives or walks, or late at night when everyone is asleep.

My big idea involves learning math. Let me tell you right away that I'm no math whiz. When I was in first grade, my first arithmetic workbook had color pictures of cowboys, candy, puppies and toys. I decided that this numbers thing was very cool and I couldn't wait for more. The next math book didn't have pictures at all and I remember feeling pretty much cheated. In second grade I got in trouble for illuminating the margins of my math homework. My love affair with numbers waned after that.

But I got to thinking that I could figure out a way to make toys and games that would take the boring repetition out of practicing times tables and adding numbers. I started penciling notes in my idea book and came up with a list. Then people started coming out of the woodwork offering to help. My good friend Dr. Marcia Popp has offered to be the curriculum advisor.

I want to design an eBook of ten paper games that make reviewing math facts amusing. I'm going to take the entire month of August to do it and I've started a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for it.

I had a delightful time making up the rewards for supporters. One of them is an opportunity for you or some child you know to be a toy tester and receive a new toy each week to try out. It would be a great way to spend the summer and be a math genius when school starts. (I've limited it to thirty people.) I also have a stash of books and art prints that you might like.

So thank you for your support. If you could spread the word it would be a grand favor.

Help me make math fun for kids. Let's get counting!


Best thoughts,

"O terque quaterque beatum”
We are three or four times blessed.



“Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you'd drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
— Ray Bradbury


How I spent two hundred dollars... See it here!

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“You know what? You’re an individual, and that makes people nervous. And it’s gonna keep making people nervous for the rest of your life.” ~ Harriet the Spy



American Independence Day


"Knowledge exists to be imparted." -- Emerson



Canada Day is right around the corner.



Coming next month...

Haunted Histories: Creepy Castles, Dark Dungeons, and Powerful Palaces

by J.H. Everett and Marilyn Scott-Waters


‘Be bold, be bold, and everywhere, be bold.’ ~ Edmund Spenser


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