Thursday, October 28, 2021
Wednesday, October 27, 2021
- SEEK carefully through the activities in the two almost-identical pictures for any differences.
- Then SAY in the comments what differences you can see between these two drawings.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Monday, October 25, 2021
Sunday, October 24, 2021
- Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane ~ by Kirsten Larson, illustrated by Tracy Subisak, 2020, picture book, 48 pages, 10/10 — Emma Lilian Todd, a self-taught inventor, was born on June 10, 1865 in Washington, D.C. This nonfiction biography explores both the failures and successes she had as she tackled one of the greatest challenges of the early 1900s: designing an airplane. Lilian's mind was always soaring — she loved to solve problems. As a child, she took apart and reassembled clocks to figure out how they worked. As an adult, typing up patents at the U.S. Patent Office, Lilian built the inventions in her mind, including many designs for flying machines. However, they all seemed too impractical. Lilian knew she could design one that worked. She took inspiration from both nature and her many failures, driving herself to perfect the design that would eventually successfully fly. Illustrator Tracy Subisak's art brings to life author Kirsten W. Larson's story of this little-known but important engineer.
- YouTube video that I found of the whole book being read for "future titans."
- No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year ~ by Virginia Ironside, 2006, fiction (England), 231 pages, DNF — I read 12 pages before marking it DNF (did not finish) and tossing it aside. What a grumpy old lady! Sheesh! I adopted this book after Donna died, but I've decided she never read it either.
- — I fell asleep while reading this, but Clawdia woke me up at 3:30 a.m. for food. My favorite line so far was on page 81: "You deserved hell . . . just for being born?" That chapter is entitled "Oh, Hell No!" I did not finish reading this book before the readathon ended. In case you are interested, here's the link to John Pavlovitz's blog Stuff That Needs to Be Said.
- Unbelievable: Why Neither Ancient Creeds Nor the Reformation Can Produce a Living Faith Today ~ by John Shelby Spong, 2018, theology, 10/10 — I re-read the section of this book that I'll be discussing with the Seekers Class in half an hour.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
- No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year ~ by Virginia Ironside, 2006, fiction, 231 pages
- Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane ~ by Kirsten Larson, 2020, children's, 48 pages
- What Could Be Saved ~ by Liese O'Halloran Schwarz, 2021, mystery, 460 pages
- Talk to Me ~ by T. C. Boyle, 2021, fiction, 352 pages
- The Inheritance ~ by JoAnn Ross, 2021, fiction (Oregon), 376 pages
- I Will Be Fierce! ~ by Bea Birdsong, illustrated by Nidhi Chanani, 2019, children's, 40 pages
- The Sundial ~ by Shirley Jackson, 1958, fiction, 245 pages
- If God Is Love, Don't Be a Jerk: Finding a Faith That Makes Us Better Humans ~ by John Pavlovitz, 2021, social issues, 233 pages
- When the Legends Die ~ by Hal Borland, 1963, fiction, 216 pages
Friday, October 22, 2021
The way I see it, I stopped being a kid on April 12, 1951. We were playing our regular afternoon recess punchball game out in the schoolyard. I was about to smack the ball when Big Toby, who always played catcher, muttered, "Hey, Pete, that true about your parents?"
From Newbery Medalist Avi comes the thrilling and suspenseful story of an ordinary American family who falls under suspicion during the 1950s Red Scare. It's 1951, and twelve-year-old Pete Collison is a regular kid who loves detective stories and radio crime dramas. When an FBI agent shows up at Pete's doorstep, accusing Pete's father of being a Communist, Pete is caught in a real-life mystery. Could there really be Commies in his family?
Thursday, October 21, 2021
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
- Similar: bogus, fake, not genuine, specious, false, counterfeit, fraudulent, trumped-up, sham, mock, feigned, pretended, contrived, fabricated, manufactured, fictitious, make-believe, invalid, fallacious, phoney, pretend.
- Opposite: authentic, genuine, real.
Sunday, October 17, 2021
bookaholic / book·a·hol·ic / noun = a compulsive book buyer; a habitual and prolific reader; a lover of books. Example: "I don't know any bookaholics who want to overcome their addiction."
Mornings with Jesus 2017: Daily Encouragement for Your Soul ~ by Guideposts, 2016, devotions
In this book, you can read and reflect on one devotion each day that will encourage you. Lifting up their voices in heartfelt gratitude, eleven women, including bestselling authors Tricia Goyer and Cynthia Ruchti, consider the character and teachings of Jesus and share how He enriches and empowers them daily.
Book off my shelves
This is another book (unread) that called to me as I walked past the shelves. I bought it on sale on Nov. 10, 2017, intending to start reading it in the following year. I forgot before January, so I started a year of reading today, October 17. (The dated receipt was still in it, marking the one day I probably read.)
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
"Unlike most of my colleagues, I didn't grow up with a deep-seated desire to be a doctor, let alone a brain surgeon. My earliest aspiration was to be a writer, likely triggered by a boyhood crush I had on a grade school English teacher" (p. 1).
"It was 1992 when I first saw a living human brain, a powerful and life-changing experience for me. It was, and still is, hard for me to believe that so much of what we are, who we will become, and how we interpret the world resides in that intricately woven bundle of tissue" (p. 29).Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age ~ by Sanjay Gupta, 2021, self-help, 320 pages
Discover what we can learn from "super-brained" people who are in their eighties and nineties with no signs of slowing down, as Gupta debunks common myths about aging and cognitive decline. He also provides a personalized twelve-week program featuring practical strategies to strengthen your brain every day.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
- "I'm" instead of "I am"
- "You'd" instead of "you would"
- "She'll" instead of "she will"
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
I wrote about this book four-and-a-half years ago, in March 2017. As I glanced over at a bookshelf this morning, something prompted me to pull out this book. Why was it calling me? I have no idea, but I opened it to random pages and landed on this writing prompt:This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary [I noticed just now that this is the very LAST prompt in the book] to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.
Monday, October 11, 2021
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Each Teacher Guide includes a story summary, prereading activities, vocabulary exercises, comprehension strategies, discussion questions, critical thinking challenges, literary analysis questions and activities, assessment tools, graphic organizers, writing ideas, art ideas, and more (it says, adding an exclamation mark).
bee in her bonnet = to keep talking about something again and again because you think it is very important. Example: "She never stops talking about healthy eating; she has a bee in her bonnet about it." Speaking of bees:
Friday, October 8, 2021
Chapter One"I stood in the darkness of my living room, my knuckles white my fingers tense around the sticky rubber handle of my Little League baseball bat, staring out the window into the night, trying desperately to protect my wife and newborn daughter from a madman I had never met. Any self-awareness about how this looked, or about what I might actually do if the madman appeared, had been washed away by the fear I was experiencing."
"The sidewalks of New York City are superhighways of anonymity. During the day, millions of intent pedestrians stride along the pavement, their faces like masks that betray nothing."
Kross explains how silent conversations we have with ourselves shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk — what he calls "chatter" — can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. The good news is that we’re already equipped with the tools we need to make our inner voice work in our favor.