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Talking About Empathy
October 29, 2012 10:07 PM by Devon Alley
This past Sunday, the topic of my daughter's religious education class was centered around the concept of empathy. I was really interested to find out what A. thought of this topic, and I was especially curious since she seemed to be more of a participant Read More...
From the Archives: Progress Reports and Notebook Scribbles
October 28, 2012 10:42 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share some of the progress that my daughter is making in school, along with snapshots from her artistic notebook drawings. January 7th, 2005: This afternoon, my daughter had her backpack stuffed full of grade cards and Read More...
Princess Mononoke
October 25, 2012 6:09 PM by Devon Alley
I was so, so very proud of my little girl this past weekend. I decided early on Saturday that I really wanted to do a Family Movie Night that evening. Thomas and I had spoken earlier about how we really needed to introduce A. to the work of Miyazaki because Read More...
From the Archives: Playtime
October 23, 2012 7:35 PM by Devon Alley
In these snippets from the archives, I share a glimpse into my five-year-old daughter's beginnings at pretend play. January 2nd, 2005: A. playing with her beanie babies behind me... Bear [to dog]: "You're a dog." Dog: "I'm not a dog. I'm a kangaroo." Read More...
A Day At Dollywood
October 22, 2012 10:56 AM by Devon Alley
At the end of last week, A. was on Fall Break. So, on Friday, Thomas and I took a day off from work, and we arranged to take A. to Dollywood for the day. For those of you not familiar with Dollywood, it's the largest theme park in close proximity to Knoxville. Read More...
From the Archives: Tidings of Comfort and Fluffy Puppies
October 14, 2012 5:58 PM by Devon Alley
In this entry from the archives, I share stories of our Christmas adventures, including A.'s obsession with puppies, and her desire to build a wall of toys around her wherever we went. December 24th, 2004: I've been a little distracted by Christmas for Read More...
Artistic Tendencies
October 3, 2012 7:51 PM by Devon Alley
Tonight, my daughter asked if it would be okay for her to switch from band to art as her "related arts" class in Middle School. It's actually a very difficult call for me as a parent. On the one hand, being in band has really pushed her outside of her Read More...


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