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James D. Witmer
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Coming Soon: <em>A Year in the Big Old Garden</em>!
As a lifetime storyteller and story-lover, I’m excited to say that that my new book - A Year in the Big Old Garden - will be available for Kindle and iBooks by the end of this summer. A Year in the Big Old Garden is a collection of children’s stories you ca...

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Phipps Conservatory Micro-Adventure
Here are some shots from a family outing to Phipps Conservatory. It's about an hour drive from home, and the best place within 500 miles for a sub-tropical adventure in February.  I had a boy around here somewhere... Adventure is out there—and there are no ...

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“No animal, according to the rules of animal-etiquette, is ever expected to do anything strenuous, or heroic, or even moderately active during the off-season of winter.”
―Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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Looking On Purpose
This summer, my wife and I took a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a place of extraordinary beauty. I’m not a naturally observant person; I easily get adrift inside my own head, and I feared I would return with fuzzy, tunnel-vision memories of our trip. To av...
Looking On Purpose
Looking On Purpose
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The Thanksgiving Story
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. Not only is it specifically devoted to the virtue of gratitude over consumption, but it even offers us a way past the too-abstract notion of “being thankful,” by means of a story. Yes, I mean the story of the Pilgrims who se...
The Thanksgiving Story
The Thanksgiving Story
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What is Childhood For?
Is childhood preparation for adulthood, or a magical time of life to be savored? Reading variously across that great font of wisdom known as The Internet, I’ve found most parenting “experts” fall into one of two camps: Camp Preparation, or Camp Magic. Camp ...
What is Childhood For?
What is Childhood For?
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Eric Peters: Far Side of the Sea
Singer-songwriter transforms electro-pop from a guilty pleasure to deep joy. If you're looking for a mellow summer-time album to play on a long stretch of highway, or across a tiki-torch-lit deck, look no further. Musically, this is a terrifically accessibl...

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Stories as a Shared Language
"To put it another way: We can’t revoke our children’s citizenship in Vanity Fair, without offering them a better home, and expect them to remain aloof. The human soul cannot stand to be untethered – it will float away in search of a tree to tangle in. This...

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The Lion Is Real
"Sadly, a lion you can’t hear or see is too easily forgotten, and we’re tempted to be angry with ourselves for every slip and fault. We’re tempted to take credit for all the evil (and most of the good) we find in ourselves. But we’re far too small for that ...
The Lion Is Real
The Lion Is Real
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Be Kind To Yourself
I often write to say what I need to hear, a sort of grasping after slippery truths. Thankfully, I'm rarely the only one saying them. I have been strengthened by many writers and songwriters, and I'm grateful to call some of them my friends. Some of my frien...
Be Kind To Yourself
Be Kind To Yourself
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