Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

Note to Fairy Godmother: Seven Things Better Than a Fancy Dress

My granddaughter wants to go to space camp. Not cheap, but I think we’ll make it happen. Made me think about Cinderella and that ball gown–those glass slippers. What else might have changed Cinderella’s life? books—they open the whole world airfare–travel broadens and leaves the traveler more likely to embrace different people and different ways lessons–music or dance or art or photography or sewing or...

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Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

Fairy Godmothers, Disney Princesses, and a Big Question

I’ve just finished a book I’m calling PAY ATTENTION TO THE FAIRY GODMOTHER. Title comes from a twist my grandmother gave the ending of the  Cinderella story. At the end of that classic tale, she would sit back and say, “The prince is nice. Nothing better than a fine, handsome prince. But YOU pay attention to the fairy godmother; she’s the one who got things done.” Here’s the thing. She was my fairy godmother....

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Yes, We Have No Cinderella Story!

In fairytale terms, my Grandma Melba’s life was a Cinderella story. She was the youngest child in a large family—the baby born after most of the other children were grown. Unfortunately, her childhood home was not a happy place. After thirty years of marriage, Melba’s mother couldn’t take the physical abuse any more. One night, she grabbed the baby—my Grandma Melba—and fled. With money she had inherited from her father, she bought a...

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