All posts by Kellie

About Kellie

(Blog Editor) lives way on the other side of the planet in her native Australia and gives thanks for the internet regularly. She loves books, her boys, panna cotta, collecting words, being a redhead and not putting things in order of importance when listing items. She credits writing at as a major contributing factor to surviving her life with sanity mostly intact, though her (in)sanity level is subject to change without warning.

Peculiar Treasures: The Little Things Which Are Great


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My jump style is more Kriss Kross or rope than anything, but this Russian dance troupe shows incredible skill and interpretation of ‘jump’. If jumping to the library is in your plans, why not see a giant SLC temple made out of Lego?

What happens after you find a baby abandoned in the woods? This story follows up with baby and then-14 year old finder. What happens if you’re not exactly an introvert or an extrovert? You could be an ambivert. Ever considered why people draw? What happens when people draw? This dad shares drawings of his son in ICU, and what those sketches meant and continue to mean.

Do you have a long-term project that seems to be going nowhere? Here’s a clock that may reassure and encourage you in your efforts.  Do you like smelling the roses? So does this little lizard.

Did you hear that prisoners beat a Harvard debate team at debating? Consider why you shouldn’t be surprised. Continuing the influence of teachers, here’s photos of classrooms around the world.

A 77-year old woman is well known, loved and celebrated for 12 years of feeding the homeless and hungry in her area home cooked meals.  Another woman gave out 20 backpacks filled with winter clothing, and a year later is planning to give out 200 backpacks in one night.

First draft poetry inspired by the comfy, happy lizard.


Take time to smell the roses.

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Peculiar Treasures: Short, Sweet, Squashy, Syria and Segullah

Firstly, how about some 800 year old success in the form of squash? An archaeological find feeds not only minds but bellies as well.

If you have the opportunity, consider donating crocheted and knitted hats and more for war-torn Syria, with organisers who state “We have a goal to collect knitted, crocheted or store-bought sweaters, vests, socks, mittens, hats and blankets to help the Syrian children.”

Finally, Segullah’s latest journal is online!  With a luminous poem “September Morn” by Melonie Cannon, and a spy-style visiting teaching caper by Andrea Landaker, in “Observe, Then Serve”.

Remember, we are always wanting submissions for the journal and guest posts!

First Draft Poetry is by Kel, from thinking about writing.

Not Just Ink

It’s not just ink that sinks

deep into paper

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Lessons from the Monster-In-Law

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I had an entirely different post percolating, when my lanky Lurch said from the kitchen “Hey Mum….”  Long, hard-won experience has told me that NOW was when I had to turn from my computer, my deadline, my headphones and listen. Listen, and ease into the conversational tempo that best works for my son… like a calm ocean strolling onto a deserted beach. Unhurried, considered, and deep.  I, of course, am naturally more like the toddler shrieking and bouncing at the waves coming to kiss my feet, or like the shark telling itself it’s going to nibble off just a little toe…

Turns out, a question I asked more than an hour previously had soaked in, and he was ready to share.  Turns out, it involved feelings, and relationship potential with someone, and rules that her parents have in place, and his request that I more clearly define my rules and expectations on the subject.

Somehow I managed not to stomp my foot and boom “NOT UNTIL YOU’RE THIRTY!” As much as it galls me, I have my monster-in-law to thank for  attribute that to a significant degree.  Know, right from the start, I don’t use the term lightly – she was incredibly awful to me for over a decade. She’s now my EX monster-in-law, but I’ve been thinking of her as my oldest has grown ever closer to legal adulthood, and closer to girls he’s not related to.  Continue reading

Peculiar Treasures: Knowledge and Wisdom

This week’s Peculiar Treasures considers the spheres of knowledge, wisdom, and the area in between that can be such a wonderful (and difficult) place to (try to) be.

There has been significant discussion recently on the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, especially for girls and women – but what about the importance of humanities?

Have you heard of the 6 women archaeologists and paleontologists being called “Underground Astronauts”? Here’s an interview of one of the members of the all-female team who recently discovered the Naledi Fossils.

Do you know how to wash your hands? Really? This video may agree… or may disagree.

If TED talks are more your style, what would you learn from watching every TED-Ed lesson? This blog post has an answer.

Would you pass this driving test in Belgium, where you HAVE to send a text message to pass? (This is to teach an important lesson, not to actually pass a real requirement.)

Does knowing about a political candidate’s history influence your vote? What if they were using their long ago baptism to catch support of the Mormon voters? (The last sentence is my favourite).

Being more than our histories, and with lives full of choices and aspects, this woman is running a social campaign for women to #EmbraceYourAND, showing women to be more than one label or decision.

In lieu of First Draft Poetry this week, an apt quote from Miles Kington:

Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom in not putting it in a fruit salad.

May we all have a little more wisdom and knowledge in our week ahead, and something unexpected to ponder.

Peculiar Treasures: Short, Sweet and Heavy

Hands up if you have an Instagram account? This Instagram account for Hipster Barbie pokes a lot of fun and questions at how real some photos and hashtags are.

Whatever your clan, social media of choice or Sabbath tradition, consider what church people really need to know about once churched people.

Can your kids cook more than cereal and pop tarts? A discussion on the importance of teaching your kids to cook.

Utahn authors share some of their favourite picture books for kids and adults alike.

So with all the cooking and picture book recommendations, is that quality time? This op-ed suggests quality time is a myth.

A tiny boy was both lost and found by the world this week. A thoughtful piece on how we each could be refugees.