18 Feb

Let’s Talk, Let’s Play

Let's Talk, Let's Play - Jane Eliot

AWSNA Publications is offering a huge Presidents Day sale on some of their books just now, and my mother’s marvelous LET’S TALK, LET’S PLAY is 50% off until February 28!

Let’s Talk, Let’s Play guides parents in showing their young children how to learn from life.

AWSNA Publications is part of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America. My mother’s knowledge of and insights into Waldorf Education are at the heart of the book. Here’s how the publisher describes it:

“The author moves with ease and confidence on how to teach young children in poetry, song, and play.

She explains both why and how archetypal games grow out of the nature of children and language.”

This book was praised and excerpted in Rahima Baldwin’s You Are Your Child’s First Teacher.

It’s half its original $14 price – only $7!!!!!


25 Jul

One year later…

by Samantha StierOne year ago today my beloved mother suffered a massive stroke. We brought her home to Paloma Ave, just a block from the Pacific Ocean, where she drew her last breath one week later. As I stayed close by her those last few days, I browsed among all her marvelous writings and came across a poem she had written that I want to share with you now:

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13 Apr

Letters to Samuel HC Knapp

Letters to Samuel Hazelton Coates Knapp from William Saroyan and Tallulah Bankhead. Sam was Jane’s brother.

“there is no longer a publishing house that publishes a writer, only occasional books that look like money-makers” – William Saroyan 1968

05 Aug

Jane Winslow Eliot

September 27, 1926 – July 31, 2011

Jane Winslow Eliot died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 31. Those who knew Jane, loved her. Her generosity, her energy, her interest, her wisdom, and her enormous heart touched everyone who met her.

“Wrapping ourselves in experience, blankets around our souls, we move on.” From Around the World by Mistake.

Here are some things people have written:

“She will be for ever a treasured part of my childhood and I tell stories to my children which often involve the Eliots. Your mother was one of the first adults with whom I felt individually validated as a child. She was a great human being and lived a fascinating and rich life.” Dominic Raeside

“Thoughts of your mother filled my soul today. She is such a magnificent person who has blessed my life.”

“This morning I was by myself in my pool floating and looking at the sky and thinking of all of Jane’s comments to me…There was no one who told me more things which I didn’t know than Jane. Things about life and people. Things that I had never thought to be the way she said they really were. I always found out the she was right. I am so grateful to have known her.”

“Jane was one true and everlasting light in our lives, and the lives of our children. She was never forgotten in life, nor will be in death. Our [Waldorf] school would not stand its ground without the spirited energy Jane brought toward it. She shall be honored this month in a private way with our board and faculty, and in public when we publish our school newsletter.”

“We were traveling with you in Scotland…and we ran down to the boat house and there, sitting on a stone wall, was Aunt Jane in an elegant, deep blue gown with glittering, silvery threads, with her hair long and loose. You were so delighted to see her wearing this and called it her Robe of Starry Brightness! She looked like a goddess, smiling at us and laughing with joy to take a break from traveling, to be in a calm, lovely, easy place where she could refresh herself and array herself as the Wisdom Tree Woman that she truly is.”

From Alexander Eliot: “About twenty years into our family adventure, I wrote a full-out emotional poem to Jane. Here’s part of it.”


You, who are born anew
In the desert,
In the desert of my thought

You, who reveal
those daemons riding upon the air,
which inhale, exhale,
such natural, divine power.

Guard the lips,
and guide the heart
of this person who
loves you!

16 Aug

Around The World By Mistake

Around The World By Mistake

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In 1963 Jane Winslow Eliot and her husband, Alexander Eliot, took their seven- and eight-year-old children on a freighter voyage from Yugoslavia to Japan. Their purpose was to inspire their children to regard the world as their home, and people from every country their friends.

What happened on that journey was not what they expected, not at first.

Writer, traveler, educator, Jane Winslow Eliot’s articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian, Horticulture, Travel & Leisure, Newsday, The Los Angeles Reader, and Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul.

Her books range from seminal essays for parents and teachers such as Let’s Talk, Let’s Play (AWSNA Publications 1997) and The Soul of Color (Spiral Press 1984) to The History of the Western Railroads (Bison Books 1985), and Fisher’s Annotated Guide to Greece 1984 -1988. She is also a contributor to the Almanac of American History. A film she made with her husband, Alexander Eliot, called The Secret of Michelangelo – Every Man’s Dream appeared on ABC primetime television in 1967-68.