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Pamela Beere Briggs is a writer and filmmaker who never forgot her joyful time in a Japanese kindergarten. It led her to believe that every child should have the opportunity to love learning. Reading, writing and creating (films, stories, food & field-trips) are her favorite pursuits. She is one of the authors of The Schoolhouse Experiment: Reimagining School at Home and in the Classroom.

Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

René Magritte in a Miniature Art Gallery

This past week, we saw a bicyclist come to a sudden stop when he noticed our miniature art gallery. He spent time looking at the art, the miniature people visiting the art gallery, and reading the description. A Fed Ex deliveryman did the same. A woman walking home with a bag of groceries stopped to

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Miniature Art Gallery

In our front garden, we have opened a miniature art gallery. The art on the wall rotates. The people inside the gallery change regularly. From our windows we can see pedestrians stop and spend time looking inside. One person left a dollar bill — I think to say it was worth an admission price The

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Journeys with Ursula K. Le Guin

It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end. On a cold and windy Sunday afternoon in 2015, Bill and I settled into our seats in UCLA’s Royce Hall to listen to Ursula K. Le Guin in conversation with Meryl Friedman from UCLA’s Center for

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

THE SCHOOLHOUSE EXPERIMENT: Reimagining School at Home and in the Classroom

We — Pamela, Beere Briggs, Bill McDonald and Natalie McDonald (along with public school teacher Judy Feuer-Walden) – have written a short book (136 pages) that we hope reassures, inspires and as Natalie would says works as a “a call to action” for all children’s right to a fulfilling and nurturing education.  We tell our

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

My 2020 Book “Quilts”

I decided to gather up the books I’ve read this year and lay them out on our living room rug like a quilt. How beautiful it was to see the covers again (like meeting up with friends I haven’t seen in many weeks or months) and, in glimpsing each of them, remember the time I

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Q&A with Sara Paretsky, creator of V.I. Warshawski

Stream our new short documentary film DEAD LAND/Sara Paretsky: A Reflection free on Vimeo.  In a Sept. 2020 panel discussion, Sara Paretsky and filmmakers Pamela Beere Briggs, William McDonald and Eric Marin shared stories about launching a new book and making a film during quarantine. Natalie, the filmmakers’ daughter & Two in the World’s “Happy Guinea

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Madeline Finds a New Home

Natalie went through some of her beloved toys and found her Madeline doll with suitcase of clothes, a barn/stable with animals, and some dinosaurs. Maisie, our cat, was intrigued and wondered if there were other things to be found in our hall closet. In the meantime, Natalie had written a letter to the family we

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Reading: Lifelong Learning & Coping Gift

During these COVID days, we are so glad in our house to have our books. Reading gives us a chance to dive into worlds without virus. Other times our books remind and reassure us of other difficult and scary times that were survived. Our books are like trustworthy companions. I am usually reading a few

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Confessions of a Book Lover
Pamela Beere Briggs

Penn Center, one of the first schools for formerly enslaved children

In 2010, ten years ago, Bill, Natalie (age 13 then) and I took a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia; Charleston, South Carolina; and St. Helena Island, South Carolina. We were immersing ourselves in history. It was a two-hour drive from Charleston to the Penn Center, one of the places we wanted to visit. We had to

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