Call for Submissions: December Blog

Hello Dearest we love

Wholeness + Completeness There is a greeting in many Semitic languages that can be traced back to the same root. The words vary from dialect to dialect – shalom in Hebrew, salaam in Arabic – but the semantics are the …

The Wonder of Play

Hello Dearest essentials, play

Young children crave time with you; it makes them feel special and loved when you focus on them. One of the best ways to achieve this is through playtime. Playing together may seem like a luxury during busy days, but …

Yuliya and a Puppy

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Yuliya received a shoebox at age nine in a Central Asian country. When I lifted the lid on my purple plastic shoebox, the first thing I saw was a stuffed dog. I was filled with exuberant joy! I just remember …

Fall and Winter Call for Submissions

Hello Dearest we love

Could it be possible that we don’t need new things but rather new eyes to see what we already have? What if we regained our sense of vision, an acute resolve to find hope in the cracks and mire of …

DIY String Art

Hello Dearest essentials, play

Long summer days are a blessing and a curse. This is especially true for kids who are used to being in school all day. This activity works great for older kids who can accomplish most of the tasks themselves. Little …