Sunday, May 29, 2022
Book report ~ what I'm reading now
Saturday, May 28, 2022
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Monday, May 23, 2022
A time to muse
Sunday, May 22, 2022
Another Sunday book report
Saturday, May 21, 2022
My little cat has been grumpy lately
Friday, May 20, 2022
Beginning ~ with a group exercise
Thomas Aquinas said that a mistake in our understanding of creation will necessarily cause a mistake in our understanding of God. Imagine what that means for us who live in an age in which scientific discoveries have taken us far beyond the truths we held in our youth. Our understanding of the universe has undergone a revolution in our lifetime ... When I facilitate days of reflection with groups I often begin by placing a thimble full of sand on a large dark blue circle of paper and then inviting retreatants to enter into the following exercise:
- Imagine that each grain of sand is a star.
Twentieth century science revolutionized human understanding of the world, rewriting the story of the universe with exciting discoveries and theories — the big bang, the relativity of space and time, the accelerating expansion of the universe, along with increasingly refined ideas about evolution and the origin of life. Radical Amazement unifies the worlds of science and religion, weaving profound spiritual lessons from our new knowledge. Through thoughtful and practical reflections, enhanced by prayers and meditations, Judy Cannato reveals the connectedness of all creation and invites us to explore the harmony of science and spirituality.
Thursday, May 19, 2022
Two books from the library ~ by Anna Quindlen
Tuesday, May 17, 2022
TWOsday ~ in the Circle@Crown Café
Sunday, May 15, 2022
Sunday book report
1001 Dumbest Things Ever Said ~ edited by Steven D. Price, 2004, humor, 272 pages. A collection of stupid utterances from people who were either idiots or had mental lapses.
We Turn to Face the Sun ~ by Stephanianna Lozito, 2022, fiction, 290 pages, 9/10
The Orphanage (Shilling Grange Children’s Home Book 1) ~ by Lizzie Page, 2021, historical fiction (England), 402 pages, 9/10
Oy Vey, Maria! : A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery ~ by Mark Reutlinger, 2021, cozy mystery, 186 pages. This is for my Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022.
A Span of Moments ~ by Robert Beech, 2020, fiction (Florida), 302 pages. I made this photo large to see the sand and water along the shore (and so I could read the words on the cover). I wrote about the content HERE.
Saturday, May 14, 2022
- I never thought orthopedic shoes would really work for me, but I stand corrected.
- Once upon a time there was a king who was only twelve inches tall. He was a terrible king, but he made a great ruler.
- A Mexican magician said he would disappear on the count of three. He said, "Uno, dos..." Poof, he disappeared without a "tres."
- I wrote a book on how to fall down the stairs. It's a step by step guide.
- My son was chewing on electric cords, so I had to ground him. It's OK, though. He's doing better and conducting himself properly.
- My friend claims that he accidentally glued himself to his autobiography. I don't believe him, but that's his story and he's sticking to it.
- An armed man ran into a real estate agency and shouted, "Nobody move!"
- My neighbor got drunk yesterday and threw up in the elevator on his way home; it was disgusting on so many levels.
- Why did the Mexican take anti-anxiety medication? For Hispanic attacks.
- I asked the surgeon if I could administer my own anesthetic. He said: "Sure, knock yourself out!"
- I got into a fight today with 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. The odds were really against me.
- In Britain it's called a lift, but Americans call it an elevator. I guess we were just raised differently.
- I've heard that 97% of people are stupid. I'm glad I'm in the other 5%.
- The Lord said to John, "Come forth, and ye shall receive eternal life." But John came fifth and got a toaster instead.
- And finally, I have two unwritten rules: (1)____________________ (2)_____________________________________________________
Friday, May 13, 2022
su·per·sti·tious /ˌso͞opərˈstiSHəs / adjective = having or showing a belief in superstitions. Example: "Many superstitious people believe that Friday the 13th brings bad luck."
Thursday, May 12, 2022
A place for "bookies"
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Happy Birthday, Sue
Monday, May 9, 2022
Tiramisu was her favorite dessert
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Friday, May 6, 2022
Beginning ~ with their only hope
She was their only hope. Now they are hers. Clara Newton is the new Housemother of Shilling Grange Orphanage, 1948. Many of the children were bombed out of their homes and left without families, their lives torn apart by the war. Devastated by the loss of her fiancé, a brave American pilot, she is just looking for a place to start again.
The orphans are in desperate need of her help. Funds are short, children cry out in the night, and tearful Rita tells Clara terrible stories about the nuns who previously ran Shilling Grange. Clara cannot bear to see them suffer, but what does she know about how to look after eight little ones? Clara can’t get anything right, and then accidentally ruins Rita’s only memento of her mother. Overwhelmed, she wonders if they’d be better off without her.
Living next door is Ivor: an ex-Shilling Grange resident, war hero, and handyman with deep brown eyes. He doesn’t trust Clara, who is fiercely independent, but he has a way with the children. With his support and the help of other locals, Clara begins to find her way. As she heals from her grief and adjusts to her new life, Clara wonders if she has finally found her home and family among the orphans. Can she find the strength to fight for them when nobody else will?
Thursday, May 5, 2022
This book lays the groundwork for important conversations with children about racism. While we were waiting for the lights to come back on after a day without electricity in our apartments (due to construction of a new building in our retirement complex), a friend mentioned this book to me. When I said I'd like to borrow it, she went right up to her apartment and got it for me. As a children's picture book, it was a quick and easy read, so I finished it in no time, while we were having what someone called a "lights out party" in the lobby. The lights stayed on all day on the first floor, so we partied with sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and bottled water toward the end of the day when our apartments were dark.
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
Words from W-E-A-T-H-E-R, an update
"What words can you make with the letters in WEATHER?" I posted on this blog, after Toni and Sandy and I had come up with a dozen or so words using those letters. People left comments, and we discovered that "weather" is full of other words, which just kept coming to our minds:
- Toni: ate, we, her, the, wet, wrath
- Bonnie: wreath, thaw, haw, hew, hat, hare, heat, hear
- Sandy: wheat, wart, heart, wrath
- Bonnie: awe, raw, war, hate, eat, tea, awe, were, ware
- Genies: thaw, what, wear, rate, threw
- Bonnie: there, haw, whee, what, whet
- Carolyn: wheat, what, the, rat, eat, there, her, here
- Bonnie: at, art, ear, wee, taw, tar, ether
- Jenn: where, heart, eater, water, reheat, wreathe, ether, earth, whereat, hewer
- Shon: we, eat, her, at, the
Some words in the list may be repeated, but these people were not seeing what others had sent me. We were all having a grand time. If you want to sort out the words and tell us a final tally, please do. The letters W-E-A-T-H-E-R make a lot of other words! It feels like a "million" words to me (yes, I am exaggerating).
Toni wrote, "It said five, so I stopped my brain at six !!!! amor." ("Amor" is the Spanish word, which means "love" in English.) Toni was quoting the post we'd found on Facebook, which suggested we try to make five words from the letters in WEATHER. Even though she screeched to a stop, she couldn't help sliding right into that sixth word before she could stop herself. Way to go, Toni!!! I admit that I kept coming back to it again and again, and so did others.
If anyone finds another word (or two or three or four), let me know and I'll add them to our list. Notice that I highlighted wreathe and whereat. Those two words use all seven letters in W-E-A-T-H-E-R. Ding, ding, ding! Jenn is definitely a word whiz!