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A Little Humor For Today

A young man named John received a parrot as a gift. The parrot had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary. Every word out of the bird's mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird's attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to "clean up" the bird's vocabulary. Finally, John was fed up and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot and the parrot got angrier and even more rude. John, in desperation, threw up his hand, grabbed the bird and put him in the freezer. For a few minutes the parrot squawked and kicked and screamed. Then suddenly there was total quiet. Not a peep was heard for over a minute. Fearing that he'd hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.  The parrot calmly stepped out onto John's outstretched arms and said "I believe I may have offended you with my rude langua


Do you have a 10 to 13 year-old? I am placing Book of Codes kindle free for Friday and Thursday (1/17/20 - 1/18/20). This book is full of humorous and mystery!  

Female Bullying

As a former bully prevention researcher, it is heart-breaking to see that our females have become the dominant gender bullying in the last decade - and it's not even close! AMAZON

CHANGES: The Book of Kati Series

Notes From J Richard Knapp     In our first book of  The Book of Kati  series,  Changes , our intention was to focus on introducing our main characters and the first day in middle school.  The main character (Kati)  is confronted with the wanting to change her look which leads her to become the target of a bully.  This book has been a best seller in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Classroom  teachers everywhere have loved it. Go To Amazon

Teaching Thinking In The Home

Do you truly teach your children to think?  I recently had the opportunity to observe a 10-year-old boy learning to code a basic computer program. For those of us computer challenged, coding is the programming language that designs software, apps, computer games, and even websites such as mine. Is this a lesson for gifted children? Actually not! Everyone can learn the basics of programming in this day and age - we just need to learn how to think ! The first step in this boy's learning was to teach him basic vocabulary, facts, and rules. This was his foundation to coding. A designed activity followed to engaged the boy in demonstrating that he really understood the foundation. (Note: There were no time restraints on this child's learning. Why must we rush our kids?) And then... wonderful things began happening! The boy looked at the entire foundation and began systematically analyzing it . He examined carefully all the parts and how they related to each other. T


Book of K ati Series


I was at a community author talk not too long ago for aspiring authors, when a young lady in the middle of the room raised her hand, "Would you tell us more about your background? What were the influences or experiences in your life that led to your writing?" I smiled at the request, looked down at my feet for a brief moment, and nodded my head in silence. "So many," I answered, "so very many!" I was born in a small rural community in the Pacific Northwest. Our small one-bedroom home was situated just a stone's throw from the banks of the Snake River. Being an only child, I slept in the basement next to the warm coal furnace. During our freezing winters, this was an ideal place to have bed.  It was at this time, my mother took me to the library for the very first time. I stared at the rows of books in disbelief and excitement. My very first picture book book was one about dinosaurs. This love of books would later include Mark Twain's cha