Just Vocabulary – Podcast Review

If you or your teenagers would like to improve your vocabulary, give the Just Vocabulary podcast a try. They have over 400 podcast episodes, each featuring two different words from sources like the GRE test list. Each podcast covers two different words, one at a time. The word is repeated several times, then spelled. Several example sentences are spoken, using the word in context. The listener is told what kind of word this is – noun, verb, adjective. And if the etymology is helpful, they will explain where the word was derived from. Alternate meanings and usages are also stated, … Continue reading

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing – Podcast Review

I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I paid good enough attention in grammar class. I remember thinking grammar was horribly boring. The Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing podcast is not boring at all! Mignon Fogarty, the creator and host of Grammar Girl, manages to make grammar very interesting in her quick two to seven minute shows. Fogarty has a B.A. in English and a M.S. in biology. She’s also a writer and an editor. According to her website, she strives to a friendly guide in the writing world. The Grammar Girl podcast won … Continue reading

Podictionary – Podcast Review

Word lovers, history lovers, and those wishing to increase their vocabulary will want to give Podictionary a listen. This short and often humorous daily podcast is hosted by Charles Hodgson, author of Carnal Knowledge: A Navel Gazer’s Dictionary of Anatomy, Etymology, and Trivia. Each podcast covers one word. In the cast Hodgson talks about the words origins, meanings and history. The words aren’t obscure things you’ve never heard of, but are often common words we use all the time. Recent casts have covered words like exotic, meter, chopsticks, siren, ginger, and icon. The podcasts are more like small short stories … Continue reading

Body for Life Free Media

Back in 2006, I did a blog on the Transformation Talk podcasts by Bill Phillips, author of Body-for-Life. They were great, free podcasts and I still have them saved on my computer. You can still download them from the archives at Hay House Radio. Just see my original blog for the link. I strongly recommend that you tap into these podcasts if you’re considering taking the challenge. Bill Phillips has a new book coming out soon called “Transformation”. His website has a forum that isn’t terribly interactive but you may just get something out of it. You can visit the … Continue reading

Mommycast – Podcast Review

Mommycast is a podcast for mothers made by two mothers from northern Virginia, Paige and Gretchen. Paige has five children, Gretchen has two. This isn’t a new podcast, they’ve has been around awhile. They are currently on the two hundred and fifty second episode. Their motto is “Holding the World Together, One Child at a Time”. The podcasts vary in length. Most are around twenty minutes or less. The hosts are very casual; it almost feels like eavesdropping on someone’s conversation instead of news show. But even though the show has a casual feel, the show topics aren’t at all … Continue reading

Children’s Book Radio – Podcast Review

Children’s Book Radio is podcast for parents, teachers, and children’s book lovers. The host, Sabrina Weissler says she is almost a preacher about the value of reading to children. Each weekly podcast has Weisller reviewing a book and features a “bonus”. The bonus may be an interview with a children’s book author, reader’s feedback, or information about a child related website. The podcasts vary in length, some are less than ten minutes, some are more than twenty. Weissler covers books from the Pre-K level all the way to books for young adults. She reviews new books as well as classics … Continue reading

The Writer’s Almanac – Podcast Review

The Writer’s Almanac is one of my favorite podcasts. It’s a short one, usually lasting somewhere around five minutes. Every day Garrison Keiller fills the listener in on literary and historical notes. The history may be about events that happened on this date in history, or about the reasons we celebrate certain holidays. The literary history is often interesting facts about authors, where they grew up, former jobs, inspiration, and awards their works have won. Usually it is about authors born on this date. After the brief historical notes, Garrison Keiller reads a poem or two. It’s such a treat … Continue reading

Benefits of Children’s Podcasts

One of the latest and greatest technological advances for children is the podcast. However, just as with television, CDs, or movies, parents need to be conscientious about the things the children hear. While many podcasts are excellent for children of all ages, unfortunately, you will also find some material that sits on the fence of acceptable versus unacceptable. The truth is that if you want educational or entertaining podcasts for your children, you have some excellent choices. In fact, you might even create some podcasts for your children. To find the best podcasts for the children, those that are rated … Continue reading

Having Fun with Elsie Flannigan

Do you love the current freestyle doodling and layered look on layouts? Looking for some fun scrapbooking inspiration? You should check out Elsie Flannigan’s work which can be found in Creating Keepsakes Magazine, KI Memories design team layouts, her new book: 52 Scrapbooking Challenges and the Two Peas in a Bucket Gallery. Elsie is a 23-year old scrapbook artist who really has a talent for designing beautiful layouts. If you would like to get to know her a little better, you can check out her blog titled “A Beautiful Mess.” She shares things about what are going on in both … Continue reading

New Scrapbooking Related Podcasts

Several months ago I wrote a blog on Scrapbooking Podcasts, which listed several of my favorites. Since that article, I have come across some newer ones that pertain to the scrapbooker and that I find to be really well put together in my opinion. I also thought I’d take a moment to update you on the one’s I listed in the previous article. Scrapcast This podcast was the first and original for scrapbooking and is still alive and going strong. Although podcasts are not posted as frequently now, as they were at the beginning, they are still available and new … Continue reading