THINGS I LOVE (GIFT IDEAS)

I hope my 11,000+ hours of work on this web site since 1999 has helped you.

This page lists things I own and love. Perhaps you'll like them, too. I believe they make great gifts.



BOOKS:
math flavor
for younger readers
for older readers
MOVIES MUSIC GAMES/TOYS PUZZLES/MORE MISCELLANEOUS HEALING




 

BOOKS

MATH FLAVOR

Q.E.D. Beauty in Mathematical Proof

QED is Latin for quod erat demonstrandum—roughly ‘that which was to be shown’—
and is often used as an end-of-proof marker.

This little book was a gift from a student.
It rescued me in a particularly unmotivated class—
I started throwing in bits and pieces from this book, and it won them over.

Every page offers a proof by picture, and gives new meaning to a picture is worth a thousand words.
The illustrations are exquisite. I've given this book as a gift many times.
Or, keep it on a coffee table to entertain your visitors!
This is one of my favorite books ...
      ... it's a ‘Romance in Lower Mathematics’ ...

A straight line is hopelessly in love with a dot.
The dot is infatuated by a wild and unkempt squiggle.
How can the dull, conventional line compete?

The illustrations in this book are incredible,
as the line realizes the power it possesses.

I love this book!
(However, at the end, I'm always stuck with the same thought—the line deserves much better!)






 

FOR YOUNGER READERS

Cyrus the
Unsinkable Sea Serpent
We love all of Bill Peet's books.

This is just one of many.

“I'm tired of wandering,” said Cyrus one day.
“I wish there was something more exciting to do.
I'd like to have some fun for a change.”
More...






 

FOR OLDER READERS







 

MOVIES

I wish I had known about ‘Veggie Tales’ when my daughter was young!

If you want to entertain your kids (or the entire family) with something that sends positive messages and teaches good values, this is it.

I was only recently introduced to ‘Veggie Tales’—my new family LOVES them.
My husband, myself, my 17-year-old stepson, and my 9-year-old stepdaughter can ALL watch these together and be captivated.
(We often have a family movie together on Sunday, and it's often a Veggie Tale.)

My kids have all the songs memorized.
My kids like to watch these over and over and over.
If your kids are like mine, you may find them singing a ‘Veggie Tale’ song at a weird moment
(like if someone says ‘hairbrush’—and they've seen ‘Are You My Neighbor?’)

I just chose a couple to highlight here, but every one I've seen is wonderful.

So, if you haven't yet heard of Veggie Tales, I think you're in for a treat.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!






 

MUSIC

This is one of my favorite songs ...

The year I was Chair of the Mathematics Department
at Lenox Memorial High School (Massachusetts),
I mentioned that I love this song.

One of my students introduced me to this arrangement.
When I take long drives, I often listen to it over and over.

You can hear a short sample from the song up at Amazon.
I hope you like it as much as I do.






 

GAMES/TOYS







 

PUZZLES/MORE







 

MISCELLANEOUS







 

HEALING