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“A Writer’s Playground” is Celebrating Its First Birthday. Let’s Parade in Our Favorite Hats!

Posted by lindamartinandersen on May 6, 2013

“A Writer’s Playground” is Celebrating Its First Birthday.  Let’s Parade in Our Favorite Hats! by Linda Martin Andersen

“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

As you may have noticed, I always wear a jester hat on my blog.  I have encouraged readers to guess why.



One reader guessed why I wear a jester hat.  There’s a prize in it for you, Tracy Campbell.  Tracy’s prize…a birthday hat.  Actually, it’s a headband with birthday candles.  Tracy, please send me your address and I’ll mail you the hat.  Congratulations!  I hope you’ll enjoy wearing it.


So why do I wear a jester hat?  To remind myself to never lose my jingle (sense of humor).  Years ago, I began reading children The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, a picture book written and illustrated by David Saltzman.  The story also promotes the character trait of caring.  A friend decided I needed my own jester hat to wear while sharing this book; so, she bought me one.  I wear it on my blog to promote laughter and caring.   Learn more about the picture book and the author here:  https://lindamartinandersen.wordpress.com/2012/12/23/c-a-r-i-n-g-character-trait-of-december/

I’d like to encourage you to  join the Favorite Hat Parade to celebrate my blog’s birthday.

If you’ll email me at landersen74@yahoo.com  and send a copy of  a photo of you in a favorite hat, I will include all photos in my next blog post.  Are you willing?  If you would rather not send a photo, email a memory of a time you wore a hat.  Why is it a favorite memory?  What is the setting?  How old were you?  Would you wear the hat today, if you could?  I’ll include these comments as well.  Let the parade begin.

Hat’s off to you for visiting “A Writer’s Playground.” Please come again soon.  Bring a friend. 

Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen

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C-A-R-I-N-G–Character Trait of December

Posted by lindamartinandersen on December 23, 2012

“C-A-R-I-N-G–Character Trait of December” by Linda Martin Andersen


 “A Writer’s Playground”

A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.

December–a month that encourages giving and caring.

When I was an elementary School Counselor in Cumberland County, NC, students studied character traits each month. Now, I have found another way to spread the word about good character.  I volunteer once a month for Story Time at a home school bookstore in my area. Check it out at www.thepilgrimsjourney.com.  

This month, like the Cumberland County Schools in Fayetteville, NC, I planned to present the character trait of CARING which is defined as “being kind, helpful, and generous to everyone.”

At Story Time, I was scheduled to read The Jester Has Lost His Jingle, written and illustrated by David Saltzman.  I had to cancel Story Time due to my husband being hospitalized.  I hope you’ll locate a copy of this book and share it with a special child in your life.  The author wrote this book while being treated for Hodgkins Lymphoma.  Unfortunately, he did not survive.  The Jester & Pharley Phund was established to continue to spread the message of caring. “While we wait for tomorrow’s cures, The Jester & Pharley Phund gives children hope and laughter as they battle cancer and other serious illnesses today.”   http://www.thejester.org/


Another example of caring  is a tribute to a good friend’s twin sister who died of cancer.  Even during her illness, she continued to reach out to others and show her care for them.  Caroline Harsant Whitley, nicknamed Care, is honored by her family and friends in a program called Care’s Coasters.  See more here.  www.carescoasters.com.


I’d love to hear ways you show caring.  Please leave a comment below.  Thank you for joining us at “A Writer’s Playground.”  Come again soon and bring a friend.

Copyright © 2012 Linda Martin Andersen

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