Reading Round-Up, 10 November

Today we celebrate the 233 birthday of the US Marine Corps. Tomorrow we remember all of the soldiers, sailors, airmen, and civilians who serve or have served their countries. Just as we reflect on the historic moments of last week’s election, we need to remember that these are the men and women who have helped give us these freedoms every day for 233 years … and counting. Charles C. Haynes speaks to the links of these phenomena in his op-ed piece Beyond the election: E Pluribus Unum Before I jump in to the round-up, I want to shout out to Jen Robinson for her help in adding items for this week’s Round-Up. Pulling together the round-up is getting to be … Read more

More Book Ideas – Yeah!

On Thursday, MotherReader and Lee Wind launched a Community Comment challenge. The idea was sparked at the KidLit Bloggers Conference in Portland (Oregon), and in under two months, it has come to life. They can say it best, so I’ll just recommend you read MotherReader’s post, The Comment Challenge: 21 Days to Community. So far I’m holding my own with a 5-comments-a-day challenge. I’ve set a personal challenge to comment on at least three new blogs each day. Some are blogs I read regularly, but have never commented on, some are completely new. Some days (like yesterday) it tipped me over five blogs. That’s a good thing. Here’s what I’ve learned in the first two days … 1. There are … Read more

November is National Adoption Month …

You don’t choose your family.They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.~Desmond Tutu ~ Today is our daughter’s seventh birthday. We happen to be an adoptive family. This summer, two articles found me and have been periodically sneaking up, grabbing my attention, and reminding me about our own quest to find meaningful stories to share with our daughter. So today seemed like a logical day to post my thoughts. Children – biological or adoptive – have an unending curiosity about who they are, how they fit in, and where they come from. It is a universal phenomenon. Kids ask their parents to tell them about when they were born, and what they were like “back then” over … Read more