How lovely it is to see a gift used, appreciated, and enjoyed. I recently gave one such gift to a friend, and I have gotten such pleasure out of watching the enjoyment it has given him. That’s what I call a good gift. I am not always so good at the gift giving, let me tell you. In fact, I sucked at gift giving this past Christmas. I’ve already started next year’s list in hopes of improvement. Don’t get me wrong. It has nothing to do with money spent. It is all to do with joy. Sort of like my mantra: breathe in peace, give out joy.

Well, the Super Bowl is over, so the political games have started. I just read a fact that saddened me. A 2018 study found that two-thirds of young Americans, ages 18 to 34, do not know what Auschwitz is. How can this be? Our schools are failing us, or we are failing our schools and our children. Some history lessons should never be forgotten.

So, the groundhog said “early spring,” and there is now several inches of heavy, wet, white stuff to shovel off the walks. Hmmmm. I went out and got a good start on it, came in for lunch and looked out to see it snowing again. Grrrr.

I just completed an on-line training to be a judge for Odyssey of the Mind, a competition for kids in problem solving and team work. Next is the in-person training, and next month is the actual competition. I am excited to see what the kids come up with. I have not been previously involved or aware of the program, so this should be fun! It is the kind of thing I was too shy to be in when I was a kid. I wish I had. Hindsight is always 20/20.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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