Thursday, September 29, 2016

Poetry Friday - Forgotten

        Karen Edmisten hosts this final Poetry Friday of September. Fall is here! 
                                                                                                    Thanks for hosting, Karen!

          David Harrison's Word of the Month is a delight to follow. Whether you write for the word, or just want to read what others have shared, I am amazed at the varied responses to each month's one little word. You can find September's poems here; the word this time is FORGOTTEN. I enjoyed writing mine, and wanted to share as we move into October, at least here in Colorado, that "blazing" month. What would you write to "forgotten"?

forgotten in July
tree blaze
leaf crunch
coat days
soup lunch
bird trek
bloom wilt
squash check
warm quilt
doors closed
brown lawn
cold nose
socks on
breath steam
snow shine
beach dream
cold –
                                              Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Terrific Library Find


              Thanks to Alyson Beecher's Non-Fiction Picture Book Challenge at Kidlit Frenzy, those who link up share wonderful non-fiction picture books. I am grateful for all that I've learned through reading non-fiction picture books. 

         I was so excited to read that this book by Russell Freedman has been short-listed for the Kirkus Prize, and that it beautifully tells the story of The White Rose Student Resistance Movement. I have read other accounts of the courage of these students, particularly the Scholl family, but not as detailed as this one, researched well with direct quotes and photographs documented. Robert Scholl and his wife had five children - Hans, Sophie, Inge, Elisabeth and Werner - all of whom eventually joined the Nazi youth groups that were so enticing, despite their parents advising against them. Clearly the parents and their wider family group were skeptical of Hitler’s ideas and wanted no part of them. The story tells of Hans and Sophie’s eventual disenchantment that led to an underground group, The White Rose, that wrote, copied and distributed hundreds of anti-Nazi messages across Germany, exhorting others to join the fight against Hitler and his Nazis. Photographs chosen to tell this story slowly show the frightening tale of a society gone mad. 
         There’s plenty of back matter that supports the written book, a list of sources, picture credits, an index and one picture of the museum in memory of those who fought in secret so valiantly.  Sophie and Hans were both caught and be-headed; a punishment for traitors during that time, but in a last meeting with parents, Sophie said, “We will make waves.” And they have, continue to be considered those in the names of legendary heroes of World War II. The book is not long, but will serve as a good start to those who want to do additional research into the resistance efforts during that war.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Slice of Life We Don't Want

       I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today. It's always a pleasure to read what everyone writes about their lives.

        One part (slice) of my life that is sometimes challenging is that I am alone. I do miss my husband for so, so many reasons, and one of those ways that I miss him is in our conversations. When you live with someone for a long time, you become used to the give and take of words, the usual and the important. We ask for each other's opinions, share articles read, plan and worry about the future--together! So, in this election, this election I find akin to Alice falling down the rabbit hole into something bizarre and unexpected, I want to turn to someone to say the following: Did you just hear that? That's wrong. And that; he doesn't know the facts! Or-she could have said more there. And, have you read ________ here, or here? So, I hope you understand that this is brief and I will share one thing that I've shared already on FB, and with friends, because I have no one at home to pat me on the back when I want to go kick the wall in frustration, or to tell me that everything will be all right!

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." -Hermann Göring, Nazi military leader (12 Jan 1893-1946)


Sunday, September 25, 2016

It's Monday! Books To Love

           Every Monday, it's a pleasure to link up with a group that reviews books they want to share with others. Come discover new books!

          Visit Jen at Teach MentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at UnleashingReaders to see what they've been reading, along with everyone else who link up.   

         Thanks to Candlewick Press for a copy of this book, out September 13th. The writing is good, offering a look into teenage thoughts as seven tell the story of three hours on a day, really like any other day, but not this time. It is harsh with strong language, and not a surprise that teens think and talk this way. Some of these seven we meet have connected online to commiserate with each other's tough lives, but it goes further, and ends in a plot for each to complete some kind of school shooting and then suicide. It's alarming and scary, and held together by one girl, April, whose birthday is April 19th, "the day". I would recommend this for older teens and their parents and teachers!

         This is the quietest book that begins to squeeze your heart, slowly, slowly, until you realize that you are looking for things to wish on just like Charlie, but just for Charlie! Charlie has been taken to her Aunt Bertha and Uncle Gus's home after it's been determined that she is no longer in a stable environment. Her father is in jail and her mother doesn't get out of bed. Her sister is about to graduate from high school so gets to move in with a friend. Charlie is alone in what she thinks of as a sad house in the Blue Ridge mountains, among those "awful" hillbillies. She must finish her fifth grade year, and it's not a friendly place. But Charlie doesn't exactly know how to make friends, and is also in trouble with the teacher quite a bit. Sadly, this is not a sympathetic teacher, although I kept hoping! It's after school is out that the story deepens. I loved that Barbara O'Connor keeps Charlie surrounded with love, from Bertha and Gus, from her only friend, Howard's family, from the setting and finally from a stray dog, Wishbone. That's part of the sweet story too. A dog's love cures a lot of things, and he helps Charlie, too. Without telling all the story, just know that as others have said, it's worth reading and learning from the inside out what a child who also feels like a stray wishes for every single day.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Celebrating Small

  Celebrating with Ruth Ayres at Discover Play Build.  and linking with others who share their celebrations, too. I am grateful to Ruth for helping us celebrate together!  

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.”  ~ Albert Clarke

        I've been paying special attention to small things this week, those tiny things I enjoy, noticing and celebrating that I have them in my life. I've started a list, and hope you have one, too, at least in your mind as you live your days.

  • a tall glass of iced tea
  • a perfect yellow leaf with a final touch of green - spring memory
  • sprinkler sounds still here, not for much longer
  • grilled cheese with a favorite bread
  • a smile from a stranger as I waited for a green light
  • a "like" for a review on Goodreads
  • a "found" note from my mother
  • a haiku sent to my inbox
  • one last ladybug
  • grand-girl laughter
  • conversations with my son and daughter
  • finding a requested book for a customer
  • new baby pictures posted on FB
  • surprise books in the mail

The week has been good!