Welcome to The Toymaker’s September Newsletter!


"I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness.
~ Charles Dickens


Multiplication Thinkin' Logs

Arithmetic was NOT my favorite subject when I was in elementary school. It was such a struggle trying to remember all those times tables, the numbers seemed to fall right out of my head. So here's a way to make practicing multiplication fun... build a tall tower!

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"You have a calling which exists only for you and which only you can fulfill."
-- Dr. Naomi Stephan



Hello and Hello!

In certain parts of the world there are Living National Treasures. In Japan they are are given the title Ningen Kokuho, masters of crafts that are in danger of being lost. Australia has living human treasures too, as does France, South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. These artisans pass on their knowledge to the next generation so that it is not lost.

I have been extremely fortunate to be able to study with my friend Bob Singer who was an animator for Hanna Barbara for forty years. Every week I spend a blissful morning at his house watching him draw, marveling as his pencil flies over the paper. His wife, Harriet brings us peach iced tea and sugar cookies. I bring whatever I've been working on for the week and Bob puts it on his light table and shows me how to drop a shoulder or pull a fold of fabric to make the picture come to life.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately. Is there something special that you know how to do that you could share with a friend? Is there someone that you know that has a skill that you could learn? I encourage you to do just that, share and learn. There is treasure everywhere.

Best thoughts,


"O terque quaterque beatum”

We are three or four times blessed.



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“The greatest classrooms of this nation or any nation are not in any school or university. They're around the dinner tables in the homes.
~ Richard Berendzen

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"Teaching isn't just about reciting names, dates and places. It's about igniting a spark of interest in the world around us." ~ Ronn Waters


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