A Blog By Maria Dismondy

Game Time

Game Time

Nothing is quite as serious at our house as game time. And while football reigns supreme in my part of the world during this crisp time of year, I’m referring to another kind of game. The board game. My family loves a good board game. Whether it be one requiring skill...

New Titles at Cardinal Rule Press

New Titles at Cardinal Rule Press

Ah, August, the best (worst) month of the year. The month of feeling stress and anxiety over running out of time to finish the work that must be done while September looming over your shoulder. Back-to-school season is lingering around the corner like some ghoul from...

Activities to Stop the Summer Brain Drain

Activities to Stop the Summer Brain Drain

I’ve spent my fair share of time in classrooms. I once spent copious amounts of time and effort learning trigonometry, studying hard in hopes of doing well. Once the class ended and summer started, however, I promptly forgot everything that I worked so hard to learn,...

Kids Can Do Big Things

Kids Can Do Big Things

What are the expectations for kids nowadays, besides attending school and getting good grades? Kids have more voices now than before when I was a child. Today children have essential roles in society. They become activists and can impact the world in different...

Reason for the Seasons

Reason for the Seasons

There is a reason for the seasons. I am not a scientist and I won’t get all technical on you but it has to do with the Earth and its tilted axis. As I live and learn, I am finding there are seasons in my own life that have nothing to do with the Earth and its tilted...

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger

What do YOU think? Resilience. What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger? We each have our story and I wonder, do you believe that saying? I do, when I am far enough away from the trauma or trying times that we had gone through. But when you are in it? Geesh, looking for...

Podcasts for Kids

Podcasts for Kids

Podcasts are a fantastic alternative form of media for all ages. With so much amazing content being produced, there are countless choices for every age with a variety of interests. Listening to podcasts is a fun, fresh way to bond and spend time together, and there...

FOMO: Do you have it?

FOMO: Do you have it?

Do you remember a time when you were young and you wanted to be included, but you weren’t? It’s a terrible feeling. It’s strange that now as an adult, it doesn’t bother me much at all. When I first heard of the term FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) I thought, “That’s...

#BetterTogether

#BetterTogether

The pandemic was pushing groups of people apart because of their personal views on masks and vaccines, heck, it was dividing families as well. Then we started to see hate and violence against racial groups. Unfair and unjust. I started to pay attention to what, if...

The Contagion to Spread

The Contagion to Spread

There is something WE DO want to spread these days and it’s kindness. As a society, we have been challenged in more than one way over the last few years. But something that hasn’t expired is the power KINDNESS has in a home, community and in the world. Let’s dive into...