Reading to Baby

I know how important it is to read to a child every day. I went to college to be a teacher. The importance of reading out loud to children on a regular basis was drilled into my head. I know that it improves a child’s vocabulary, helps them speak and write correctly, and teaches them the mechanics of reading and writing (reading/writing left to right, top to bottom, etc.), to name a few. The benefits are countless. And yet, I don’t read to my 8-month-old very often. I always thought I would, but it hasn’t turned out that way. Some … Continue reading

Writing a Family Tree Book

There are several reasons that you may want to write a family tree book. You may want to include the stories you’ve learned about your ancestors while researching your family tree. You may also know that it would be a nice item to pass down to future generations. You could write a family tree book by simply creating a document in a word processing program on your computer and doing it yourself. This is very simple to do. Using your preferred word processing program, create a new document. If you wish, you can add clipart or photographs within the document. … Continue reading

Creating Your Pedigree Chart

A pedigree chart is a list that shows your parents, grandparents and great grandparents. You can expand the chart to show as many of your great grandparents as you can determine. You may find it difficult to list ancestors beyond your great grandparents. This depends on how much information you can obtain. Start with the information that your immediate family members have. Has someone in your family already completed a pedigree chart of their own? You may find that someone else in your immediate family has done the majority of the work that you were about to do. If you … Continue reading

Winnie-the-Pooh Returns and Burger King Retaliates

Good news for all you die-hard Winnie-the-Pooh fans: The first official sequel to the original Pooh books will hit store shelves later this year, more than 80 years after the chubby honey-loving bear first appeared in print. According to publishers, “Return to the Hundred Acre Wood,” is a follow up to A.A. Milne’s “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House At Pooh Corner.” It will appear in bookstores worldwide October 5th. The new book will be written by David Benedictus, who produced an audio adaptation of Winnie-the-Pooh starring actress Judi Dench. In addition, Mark Burgess, who is known for drawing classic children’s characters … Continue reading

Meghan McCain Follows in Jenna Bush’s Footsteps

Her father has yet to secure the job presently held by George W. Bush (though he’s gunning for it), but that’s not stopping Meghan McCain from trying to emulate current first daughter Jenna Bush. Meghan McCain, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Senator John McCain just announced that like Jenna Bush she is author material and will be writing a children’s book. “I am truly excited about the opportunity to write a children’s book about my father, who is not only a fantastic dad, but also a great American,” the 23-year-old said in a statement earlier this week. Meghan McCain’s … Continue reading

Madonna’s Vindictive Brother Turns Anger into $$$

Let this be a lesson to other celebs who have estranged siblings. The entertainment world is abuzz today with the news that Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone is about to drop some major bombshells in his new tell-all about growing up with the Material Girl. Ciccone, who reportedly had a falling-out with the pop icon several years ago, is writing a memoir about his sister, to be released in mid-July. According to reports, “Life With My Sister Madonna” will have a massive first printing of 350,000. While financial details were not disclosed you can bet that Ciccone is going to be … Continue reading

Hatter Potter Prequel for Sale

If you are interested in adding the unseen work to your Harry Potter collection you should plan to dig deep (really deep) to get in on the bidding action. According to organizers running the “What’s Your Story?” auction, the 800-word Harry Potter prequel written by the boy wizard’s creator J.K. Rowling appears on pieces of paper that are each only slightly larger than a postcard. Auction insiders say the famous author used both sides of the cards to hand-write what some are calling a prequel to her seven-book Harry Potter saga. Rowling’s work is one of 13 shrunken works to … Continue reading

Good News for Movie Makers

Legendary movie director Francis Ford Coppola is breathing a sigh of relief today. He and the rest of the cast and crew working on his latest film project are back on the job after a six-day hiatus prompted by a labor complaint from the actors’ union shut down production. The five-time Oscar winner, who directed “Apocalypse Now” and “The Godfather” trilogy, was reportedly forced to suspend shooting on his new movie “Tetro” on May 22nd because of complaints from the union. The Argentine Association of Actors claimed that Coppola’s production studio had not completed the necessary paperwork for Argentine actors … Continue reading

Foster Dumps Gal Pal and Walters Gets Dumped On

FOSTER DUMPS GAL PAL Actress Jodie Foster is parenting solo these days. According to reports, the movie maven has split with her live-in partner Cydney Bernard. Interestingly, news of the break-up comes less than six months after the extremely private star thanked Bernard for 14 years of “loving support” at an awards ceremony. During her an acceptance speech at a Los Angeles film gala in December Foster called her partner, “My beautiful Cydney, who sticks with me through the rotten and the bliss.” She then gushed about how happy she was with her. The moment was noteworthy because prior to … Continue reading

Star Blasts Barbara–She Said WHAT?

I think Star Jones’ weight loss has gone to her head. Either that or she accidentally lost a few brain cells when she trying to shed pounds in her mid-section. You’d think after all that the former “View” co-host has gone through in the public eye during the last few years she would have learned that keeping her mouth shut (and not just around food) can be quite beneficial. Unfortunately, the world learned today that Star Jones has yet to learn how powerful silence can really be. Less than 24 hours after her former boss Barbara Walters (you know, the … Continue reading