Travel – Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania


Groundhog’s Day is my husband’s favorite holiday. He despises Valentine’s Day – too commercial, but he loves Phil.

A college friend had grandparents who lived there, so she grew up with Punxsutawney Phil, the myth, the groundhog.

Except that it’s winter in western Pennsylvania, I think we would try to take a vacation there for February 2nd. Maybe one day.

For information on how to get there and what to do, here are some useful links:

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club
Visit PA on Groundhog’s Day
When I was a teacher many years ago, I tried to find unusual books to read to the kids that wasn’t your typical Winnie-the-Pooh or ABCs. Those books have their places in classroom and they’re fun for the teachers as much as for the kids, but sometimes it’s good to introduce them to children’s literature and expand their horizons.

You may remember Crocket Johnson’s Harold and the Purple Crayon. He also wrote a wonderful, simple book for Groundhog’s Day. It is my favorite:

Will Spring Be Early or Will Spring Be Late?​
We should know by now. Let me know in the comments.

Travel – Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania


When my husband and I were dating, I discovered that he disliked and disparaged Valentine’s Day. Very disappointing to a newly dating girlfriend. He did have the odd affection for Groundhog’s Day, and chose to celebrate that instead. We were the only family out to dinner for the groundhog and staying in for the holiday of hearts.

He thought it was pretty cool that one of my closest college friends grew up visiting Punxsutawney often where her grandparents lived. It’s still a big deal in her family, as evidenced by her Facebook now that we’ve reconnected.

One of my favorite movies of all time is Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray and Andie McDowell.

Pop culturally, one of my favorite episodes of Supernatural is Mystery Spot which plays on the same theme as the movie, relegating Sam Winchester to relive his Tuesday over and over again.

Every year, we wake up early, long before school, and check on Phil’s prediction. Will spring be early or will spring be late?

Tune in tomorrow morning, bright and early to find out!

Next year, think about taking a mid-winter vacation. Check out these websites for more information:

The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club
Visit PA

Recs – A Collection of Articles


I’ve been saving these and thought this snowy week when many are snowbound was a perfect time to share them:

These 48 Trans Women and Men Changed the World

LGBTQ Children in Catholic Families: A Deacon’s View on Holy Family Sunday

8 Ways to Get Rid of Paper Clutter

9 Lists to Keep Updated, And Keep Handy

52 Things, Ideas for Writers 2015

The Playboy Conversation: Patton Oswalt and Wil Wheaton

A Writer’s Toolbox

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

Wartime Secrets of the Female Codebreakers of Bletchley Park

Transgender Man has Private Audience with Pope Francis

Most Important Thing on TV this year is this Super Bowl PSA

Simeon, Anna, and Phil and The Many Facets of the Second of February

SCOTUS Decides Vaccine Debate (110 Years Ago)

Groundhog’s Day


This is one of our family’s favorite holidays. To celebrate we got about a foot of snow and a snow day from school. Here are some other ways to enjoy today:

Watch a movie: Groundhog’s Day with Bill Murray

Read history of the day

Read a book: Will Spring be Early or Will Spring be Late by Crockett Johnson

Our you could go directly to the source: The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club