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FLATlogoNOWORDSHi all!  Hope you are having a beautiful summer thus far…  It has been a while since we sent you an email, so thought it was about time we got caught up!
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First Friday Schedules are ready! We did some planning recently and planned out the themes for some of our upcoming First Friday events.  We hope you can join us and help our artist celebrate their pieces!

August:  All About Acrylics

  • Artists: Amy Komar, Erinn Hatter and Tammy Holland
  • Extras:  Numerology by Dana

September:  Baby Stash (more info on this below)

October:  Art Bras for Breast Cancer Awareness  (more info on this below)

November:  Holiday delectable edibles!  (Just like last year we will feature those who make edible goods, we will take pre-orders for the holidays.)

December:  Glass – all things bright & shiny!

January:  Winter Watercolors

We are also looking for music for our First Fridays!  So if you play, want to jam, hang out or know of a band that needs some extra playing time…  We have great acoustics here, lively atmosphere & would love to hear from you!  Please forward our email thestashalaska@gmail.com or phone 45-STASH.

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Non-Profit Line Ups for Fall! We will continue in our effort to give back to our community by supporting more non-profits for the Fall.  Please help us spread the word!

August:  School Supplies for kids in need!  Please bring in extras from your shopping trips to donate!  🙂

September:  Diapers & Wipes recipient TBA.

October:  Silent Auction of Art Bras for Breast Cancer Detection Center  (more info on this below)

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Art Bras: The time has come for us to think about Breast Cancer Awareness month here at The Stash!  Last year we were part of the window decorating contest, and this year we will feature a silent auction of Artful Bras, made by our fabulous Fairbanks artists!  🙂

What is an Art Bra you ask???
“An art bra is basically an artistically decorated bra; an embellished bra. Art bras are fun – they are popular items for artists to make for Breast Cancer fundraisers. What you do is take a regular bra – usually padded – and cover it with fabric or beads or paint – or all three plus whatever else comes to mind. Some art bras have a theme, some are serious, some are funny, some are just decorated and given a name.”  Ask the Crafter

These will be featured for October First Friday, and BCDC of Fairbanks will be the recipients of our October Non-Profit.  All proceeds from the silent auction of these bras will be donated to them.

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Sale Items: All canes & walking sticks were just marked on sale!  They are beautiful and make great gifts…

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Baby Stash! There is something new coming to The Stash, or rather a ‘new’ line of goods!  It is called Baby Stash, and these are items made by our artists that are geared directly towards the babies in our lives.  All items that are in this line will be ‘exclusive‘ items only sold here at The Stash!  We are in need of a nice crib or cradle for this area of the store.  Have one you don’t mind parting with?  Saw one at a friends?  Please let us know!

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Therapy! Yep, you read it right!  The Stash is now offering Therapy sessions (aka UFO Night)!  You bring your project & a dish to share and let the session begin.    RSVP so we know how many to expect…  Wednesday, August 19th from 5-8 p.m.  Cost is $5 and be sure to bring what supplies you need to work on!

Upcoming!  Upcoming!  Upcoming!

Class Name:  Pixies, Fairies, and Wee Friends

Description: Jennifer and Miriam will teach you how to make your own tiny fairy dolls and wee folk from wrapped wire bodies to create posable pixies and woodland wee folk that will make wonderful playmates for you and your fairy friends.

Date: Wednesday, August 5th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person or If you book both classes at the same time a special rate of $ 25.00 for both classes is available.

Age Appropriateness: Ages 5 to 105

Class size: Space is limited (10 children under the age of 10) no more than 20 total

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: Supplies are included; we will use l felt, chenille stems, wooden beads, and simple embellishments.  Finished Pixies are about 3 inches tall. If you would like to bring items to include in your design remember to keep your wee folk’s size in mind. Found treasures that often make their way into designs might include: Gems, Pebbles, Feathers, Shells, etc


Class Name:  Mixed Media Self Portraits for Kids

Description: We will begin with an introduction to the materials, a brief historical perspective of self portraits, and a few thoughts about why this is a valuable practice whether you identify as an artist or have never picked up a crayon.  The class is interactive, the process is often playful with participants working together to generate ideas It is intended for artists of all levels, it will include some basic instruction on the scale in regard to the human body as needed or desired, but will not focus on this information, instead focusing on the creative process.

Dates:   Wednesday, August 12th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost:     $20 per person

Age Appropriateness: age 8 and up

Class size: 5 person limit

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: All supplies provided.  Please bring duplicates of any photos you may want to incorporate in to your artwork. (Photos are optional)


Class Name:  Summer Yoga

Description: The Stash yogi, Rachael, will provide a relaxing beginning level, hour long yoga class.  Bring your mat and be ready to breathe!

Date: Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Cost: $10 per class $15 per private lesson

Supplies:          All supplies provided

Age Appropriateness: 13 & up

Class size:        5 person limit

Teacher:          Rachael Brechan

Supplies: Bring your yoga mat!


Class Name: Beginning Sewing

Description: This is about sewing basics, tools patterns and methods.  We will cover hand sewing, basic embroidery stitches, and the beginning of machine sewing.  All students will leave with a finished project

Date: By appointment only

Time: 6 hour class (broken into 3 segments)

Cost: $125

Age Appropriateness:      8 and above

Class size: Private class

Teacher:            Various teachers available

Supplies:           All supplies provided!


Class Name: Knitting

Description: Come deal with your knitting “issues” in a one-on-one environment. This is an excellent opportunity to get started on a new skill, or to get help fixing a heinous knitting emergency.   What ever you decide, it’s all about you!

Date: By appointment only

Cost: $15 per hour

Age Appropriateness:      8 and above

Class size: Private class

Teacher:            Caitlin Winebarger

Supplies:           All supplies provided!


Well we made it half-way!  We are half-way through the year as of Sunday, and ready for half #2!  The light will start to decrease, your mind will start to think of keeping warm and holiday seasons in the future.  But WAIT we still have half a summer left right?  Shew, lets not get into all the winter talk just yet!  We have had some new super FUN classes added this week, that will be GREAT for those of you that are into Fairies and/or have Fairy gardens this summer.  Be sure to read about them more below.  Also Golden Days is coming upon us as the ‘next’ Fairbanks event.  I hope that you will join us that week and help us celebrate!

Remembering to shop local and buy handmade supports our community in so many ways!  Thank you…


Solstice Festival:

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Fairbanks for coming over and supporting us during the Solstice Festival!  We thoroughly enjoyed seeing all our valued customers and it was exciting for us to see all the NEW folks coming through too. As far as The Stash goes, the Downtown Association did a GREAT job!  Kudos to them for all the hard work…


You are invited to:

A Hand in Creation
An evening of exploring ritual art!
Wednesday, July 15 from 5-8 p.m.

The Stash, 535 Third Ave.

Featured speakers: Jennifer Eskridge and Acting Rabbi Elyssa Joy Auster
Event sponsored by:
Congregation Or HaTzafon ~ Light of the North


Upcoming Classes you DON’T want to miss out on!

Class Name:  Knot tying

Description: A beaded and knotted necklace.  We’ll use beads and thin leather to create a choker style necklace.  Very easy & fun.

Difficulty Level: Beginning or Easy

Date: Monday, June 29

Time: 1-3 pm

Cost: $25

Age Appropriateness:              Age 7 years to adult

Class size: No more than 7

Teacher:          Rebecca Sirevaag

Supplies:          All beads, findings and tools provided


Class NameFairy Cottages (New Class Added!)

Description: The magical appeal of fairies knows no age boundaries. The notion of these mysterious creatures enchants both young and old. A tiny woodsy place where fairies would love to dwell, Jennifer and Miriam will help you create fairies home away from home for when they come for a visit to you. Come decorate your own miniature fairy house.

Date: Tuesday, July 7th from 11-1 p.m. or Tuesday, August 4th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person or If you book both classes at the same time a special rate of $ 25.00 for both classes is available.

Age Appropriateness: Ages 5 to 105

Class size: Space is limited (10 children under the age of 10) no more than 20 total

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: All supplies provided, however, if you would like to bring items to include in your design consider things that will do well outside like:

  • Sticks
  • Bark
  • Pine cones
  • Pebbles
  • Pussy Willow Branches
  • Feathers
  • Other natural materials such as shells and stones

Class Name:  Pixies, Fairies, and Wee Friends (New Class Added!)

Description: Jennifer and Miriam will teach you how to make your own tiny fairy dolls and wee folk from wrapped wire bodies to create posable pixies and woodland wee folk that will make wonderful playmates for you and your fairy friends.

Date: Wednesday, July 8th from 11-1 p.m. or Wednesday, August 5th from 3-5 p.m.

Cost: $15 per person or If you book both classes at the same time a special rate of $ 25.00 for both classes is available.

Age Appropriateness: Ages 5 to 105

Class size: Space is limited (10 children under the age of 10) no more than 20 total

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: Supplies are included; we will use l felt, chenille stems, wooden beads, and simple embellishments.  Finished Pixies are about 3 inches tall. If you would like to bring items to include in your design remember to keep your wee folk’s size in mind. Found treasures that often make their way into designs might include:

  • Gems (Mom’s read here: sequins, special beads, and buttons)
  • Particularly nice pebbles
  • Feathers
  • Tiny Shells

Class Name:  Mixed Media Self Portraits (New Class Added!)

Description: We will begin with an introduction to the materials, a brief historical perspective of self portraits, and a few thoughts about why this is a valuable practice whether you identify as an artist or have never picked up a crayon.  The class is interactive, the process is often playful with participants working together to generate ideas It is intended for artists of all levels, it will include some basic instruction on the scale in regard to the human body as needed or desired, but will not focus on this information, instead focusing on the creative process.

Dates:   Wednesday, July 22nd

Time:   5-8 pm

Cost: $20 per person

Age Appropriateness: age 16 and up

Class size: 10 person limit

Teacher:          Jennifer Eskridge

Supplies: All supplies provided.  Please bring duplicates of any photos you may want to incorporate in to your artwork. (Photos are optional)


Class Name:  Summer Yoga

Description: The Stash yogi, Rachael, will provide a relaxing beginning level, hour long yoga class.  Bring your mat and be ready to breath!

Date: Thursdays from 6-7 p.m.
Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
(note the time change)

Cost: $10 per class $15 per private lesson

Age Appropriateness: 13 & up

Class size: 5 person limit

Teacher:          Rachael Brechan

Supplies: Bring your yoga mat!


Class Name:  Crocheted Jewelry

Description: Come to make creative jewelry using yarn, beads and buttons. Learn many important tips to make a beautiful crocheted necklace and bracelet. Participants should have a basic understanding of crochet.

Date: Thursday, July 30th

Time: 6-8 pm

Cost: $40 per person

Age Appropriateness: 13 & up

Class size: 5 person limit

Teacher:          Hannelore Grosser

Supplies: All supplies provided


Class Name: Design Jewelry for Girls

Description:     Come to design creative jewelry using clay, acrylics and different beads.  Make and paint your beads with wonderful colors. Learn a basic understanding of color, texture and many important tips to make a beautiful set: necklace and earrings.

Dates:    Monday, August 3rd

Time:   3-5 pm (2 hrs)

Cost:    $40 per person

Age Appropriateness: 8-12 years

Class size:        5 person limit

Teacher:          Hannelore Grosser

Supplies:          All supplies provided

Hot News…Hot News…Hot News…

Classes THIS Week are all about the kids!

Monday,  December 29th there are 2 classes for the kiddos!

  • Decoupage: 11:30-1:30 ages 5 & up
  • Poetry for Me and My Scribe: 1-3 p.m. ages 5-8

Tuesday,  December 30th!

  • Poetry: Meet It, Greet It, Write It: 1-3 p.m. ages 9-12

Wednesday,  December 31st!

  • T-Shirt Transformation: 2:30-4:30 p.m. ages 8 & up
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Classes NEXT  Week!

Make a Creative Map for 2009: aka A VISION BOARD
January 5th, 6-8 p.m
or
January 10th, 2-4 p.m.
This board is a colorful collage of images/words regarding health, relationship, career, travel, finances; etc that pertains to your idea of what your best life would look like.  Like a goal board that is so much fun to make! By putting your completed board in a space where you will see it everyday – spending a few minutes looking at it and feeling excited about “your best life” — you literally begin to attract the situations, events, people into your life that will transform your current reality into your idea of a dream life!
Price: $40
All supplies included!  (Although I would encourage individuals who participate to bring in any images/words they feel represent what they want in their life)

Beginning Knitting:    January 10th & 17th, 10-11:30 a.m.
Ages 7 and up
Participants will learn the basics of yarn type, checking gauge, casting on and off, knit and purl stitches, & basic pattern reading. 2 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $45
Supplies: All supplies provided include knitting needles & yarn to make a scarf.

Intermediate Knitting:    January 10th & 17th, 12-1:30 p.m.
Ages 12 and up
Participants will learn how to make cables, get an intro to lace stitches, and learn other “novelty” stitches.  Participants should know how to cast on and off, knit, and purl.
2 sessions, 1.5 hrs each
Price: $45     Limit 8 per class
Supplies: All supplies provided includes needles (straight and cable) and yarn to create a scarf in class.

Beading Drop-In
Thursday, January 8th, 5-7 p.m.
This is a social, drop-in event!  Beaders looking for other beaders, here at The Stash…  One hitch, you must RSVP so we know how many to expect…
Price:  $10, bring a food to share & your beading goods.

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First Friday
January 2, 5-8 p.m.
‘Recycle, Re-gift & Rejoice’ is the theme!  Come on in, bring a gift to donate and celebrate the birth of the new year with the Stashettes!  The Stash will be collecting gifts or “re-gifts” the entire month of January to donate to Interior Center for Non-Violent Living.

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Winter Hours
Now that the holidays are over and January is upon us, we are regrouping our efforts and revisiting our goals for the new year.  You have probably noticed that we were closed over the Christmas holiday, and we sure needed the rest!  It was an amazing first 6 months of business, and we are gearing up for the new year now.  What does that mean?  Well, we may be revisiting the hours we are open.  We will keep you posted!  🙂

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If you can, take some time and check out our website… The classes are updated, and I even created 2 pages for you depending on which classes you are looking for, Kids or Adults!  Okay is that enough for you to think about for a bit!  🙂  We hope to see you all in soon!  Cheers and Happy New Year…

We have some cool First Friday events coming up in the next 2 months…  I hope that you all will find the time to come and support all the wonderful work in this town… 

September 5th, 5-8 p.m.:  (still looking for a catchy name):

We will be featuring youth…  All artwork & items featured by kids or for kids!  Perfect for back to school time.  So if you are one of our many youth artists, this is a heads up for you…  🙂  

October 3rd, 5-9 p.m.: The Stash Unplugged

  🙂  This month we are highlighting the art of music.  Anyone who makes or writes music, makes instruments, this is their time to shine.  We are booking the line up of musicians who want to play their thing that night, so call and sign up if that is of interest to you!  

November & December are still to come…  We are contimplating featuring 2 artists or a theme again.  Hopefully if you have sometime you can let us know your thoughts…

The Stash is kicking right along these days.  So much so I haven’t had time to write!  Yesterday I signed up artist #70!  Can you believe it?  If you haven’t come to the shop lately, we have a bunch of new stuff from artists young & old alike.  🙂  

Ta ta for now!

There is a Yarn and Yoga class coming to The Stash!

This will be an open class, for kids who are interested in a beginning crochet class.  There will be 20 minutes of crochet, 20 minutes of yoga, finished with 20 minutes of crochet…

Starting June 23rd!

Every Monday from 6-7 p.m., ages 7-10

Every Wednesday from 6-7 p.m., ages 11-15

All supplies provided!

** Parent registration required to partake in the class!**

 

It’s official, we have LESS than 48 hours now…  The days are flying by, and stuff is getting done, but I am shocked at the time warp we are in.  Hours feel like minutes.

I got the curtains all done today, Rachael helped by ironing it all for me & helping me measure for cutting. More artwork came in, I love the paintings & prints that Jen Otey brought in.  Then there are some really cool things coming in from people who haven’t shown much in the past.  So nice to see!

The credit card machine is in the works.  The phone guy was in today, but is having trouble finding stuff in the rest of the building, so that is taking longer than expected.  We did get our phone # which is totally cool.  🙂  45-STASH or if you are from out of town, it would be 1-907-45-STASH…  🙂

Off to bed, we all need sleep!  My girls are getting tired of following me to the shop for these LONG days…  🙂  

Down to 43 hours now…

Holy cow! Only 8 days left… We have been working hard to get the shop finished up, and it is looking so much better. I am describing it as ‘de-dumpifying’… Since it was a huge dump when we moved in. Hopefully our changes are helping!

We got the flooring done, and that was a job as each wall had tile that needed to be cut. Tomorrow we will put up the baseboard.

Today was the 2nd day of having consignors come in. 🙂 That was so cool to see all the nifty things coming through the store. I will take some photos once we un-box all their things. Beautiful glass jewelry, some amazing dolls, felted pincushions, watercolor paintings & cards. Whew… There were 10 artist that came through today, and more in the next few days.

Here are some pictures… The Mini-Stashettes, 4 out of the 8 between Rachael/Laura/Myself, have been good helpers, and the Mom’s are trying to not let them annoy us. 🙂 They like to sweep/swifter, tile, chase each other A LOT! In the front of the shop there is a long bench in the window that they all like to play on, and wave to people as they pass by.

Where in the world….

Yes, yes…  Again, I am still around, and am worn out!  I thought it was time to write another post, since so much has happened and things have changed yet again!  Never dull around here you know… 

Last time I wrote (over a month ago) I had the list below of all our comings & goings.  Seems to be the easiest format to dump copious amounts of information so I will edit/update that list and see what happens!

  • Our house is in the process of selling. (Yippee!)
  • Yep it sold and we finally, as of Tuesday, were out of the old house!  Woo Hoo!  Thane stayed until 4 a.m. cleaning carpets, etc.  He’s a good man!
  • We have been searching for a new house to buy. 
  • Still looking!  But we found a duplex about 20 minutes from town with an incredible view of the Alaska Range.  Small, bright & new covers it.
  • I quit my job.  (Sigh of relief!)
  • What!  Yes, then I ended up getting a full-time temporary position at the school Jolie goes to.  Will be working full time through May 23rd.  I LOVE it!  They let me bring Ali everyday & I get to see lot’s of Jolie during the day too.
  • Thane quit his job.  (Sign of panic!)
  • Yes it was true! 
  • Thane started his own business the same day…  (We have definitely gone crazy now!)
  • And now he is busier than a 1 arm paper hanger… 
  • I am amazed at how many bills can STILL be coming in the mail from Ali’s concussion.   
  • No comment!
  • We have about 4-6 weeks to move.  (Yeah!)
  • Never enough time…  My words of wisdom on moving?  Light a match and walk away.
  • The Stash – on a mini-pause until Thane gets off the ground and we move.
  • I have been getting lots of contacts for vendors who want to consign for the summer.  Also I will get in HIGH Overdrive this summer on The Stash!
  • Sewing stuff: I am finishing a baby quilt, wall hanging for fellowship, Round Robin quilt block, and a surprise for Laura…  🙂  Then it is high overdrive to be ready for Farmers Market.
  • Everything went to storage…  There isn’t room at this new place for my sewing stuff.  😦  Don’t know quite how I am going to handle this one.
  • It was 50+ degrees here, and the girls are playing outside with rubber boots!  Spring has sprung… 
  • Scratch that…  Spring didn’t spring, it delayed/paused for a month until this weekend.  Bummer.
  • We had a HUGE garage sale last weekend in the snow & muddy weather.
  • Jolie was a ‘Flaming Ember’ in North Star Ballet’s version of Cinderella last weekend.  It was beautiful!  She was also double cast as a ‘Lantern Child’ too, so she became master of quick change!
  • Yesterday was Jolie’s end of the year Art show at the studio she takes classes from. 
  • Ali is getting zippy on her bike, and loves to ride.
  • Ali’s preschool graduation is this Wednesday.  🙂  She will be graduating on to Kindergarten next year.  Boy is she ready!
  • I took the Usborne Books out and dusted them off for the IDEA curriculm Fair.  It is always a great show & there is so much cool stuff out there for kids.

 

The Stash Update…  And other life mysteries under our roof!

Yes, yes…  I am still around.  Am getting the hint from your emails that I haven’t written on my blog in a bit.  Or at least nothing of much importance!  🙂 

Probably because things are crazy around here!  Okay, that term is nothing new for our house, BUT it has been ‘especially’ crazy lately.  A few things that have happened in no certain order:

  • Our house is in the process of selling. (Yippee!)
  • We have been searching for a new house to buy. 
  • Bank took away 1/2 our financing because Thane is now self-employed.  Guess that makes us ‘risky’ or something… (@#$%^&* bleeping banks)
  • I quit my job a month ago.  (Sigh of relief!)
  • Thane quit his job a month ago.  (Sign of panic!)
  • Thane started his own business the same day…  (We have definitely gone crazy now!)
  • I am amazed at how many bills can STILL be coming in the mail from Ali’s concussion.   
  • Thane is now ‘super-duper’ busy designing really cool homes for really neat clients!  (He is very happy too, another sigh of relief!)
  • We didn’t find a home to buy in our price range that wasn’t a dump.  (Frustrating)
  • We signed a lease on a small duplex to rent for a year, in the hills and with a gorgeous view of the Alaska Range.  Ahhh.  (That is a much needed sigh of relief!)
  • I am temporarily subbing for a secretary at my daughter’s elementary school!  (SOOOO much fun to see all the kids again & eat lunch with Jolie every day.)
  • We have about 4-6 weeks to move.  (Yeah!)
  • Thane is beginning to enjoy architecture again! 🙂
  • The Stash – on a mini-pause until Thane gets off the ground and we move.
  • Sewing stuff: I am finishing a baby quilt, wall hanging for fellowship, Round Robin quilt block, and a surprise for Laura…  🙂  Then it is high overdrive to be ready for Farmers Market.
  • It was 50+ degrees here, and the girls are playing outside with rubber boots!  Spring has sprung… 
  • Girls tried to catch a butterfly today, but it was only yesterday we got 2 inches of snow????  What is that about?

Okay now those were only the things that I could come up with off the cuff.  I am sure that I am missing something major and many things that are minor…  But I think you get the picture… 

Will try to be better about writing on a more regular basis! 

My dear friend Lori (known her for 30 years now) sent me a link to this wonderful USA Today article…  Very powerful and empowering for parents who are struggling with the decision TO or NOT TO attend church (for lack of a better term) and the affects on their kids.  Her email reads:

I happened upon this article posted in my Yahoo news. I’ve heard about Nica Lalli’s memoir, Nothing: Something to Believe In but I haven’t read it. I’ve loved reading your blogs about your involvement in the UU ‘church’ and I’ve been tempted to attend Fresno‘s UU a few times, but still haven’t done so. We come from such a diverse community that I know I need to do more to educate Josie about different religions to avoid ignorance but so far, we haven’t gone.  After reading this article, I’m feeling less guilty about not going to church but I really took Janie’s comments in her blog to heart—something you said about how great it is to be part of a community that thinks like you think and supports your family.  We have a small group of friends that think like I think and raise their children as I’m raising Josie but being part of a larger ‘community’ might be good for Josie.  Anyway…I thought of you two when I read this article and have a feeling you’ll enjoy reading it. Now I’m going to see if I can order her memoir through the library or amazon.com. 🙂

This article is very poignant and is for the most part, exactly how we are raising our kids.  BUT I think that many families out there are NOT providing this active discussion/education of religion for their kids.  Spirituality, creativity, freedom of choice and thought these days seems to be lacking in the fast paced world of drive-thru restaurants and long days at school & after school activities.  (Please don’t get me wrong here, we do all of the items mentioned before too!  That is why I feel comfortable pointing those items out.)  I know for a fact how hard it is to have a direct, meaningful conversation with kids while you are on the go!  Somehow it just doesn’t seem adequate to do during the commute home from school.

 I encourage you to comment or email me with your words of wisdom in how you reach your children, and what your families do to support diversity as well as the ‘choice’ of religion or not with your children.  Cheers!

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