"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."Thank you for public libraries! :)
-Desiderius Erasmus, philosopher, humanist, and theologian (28 Oct 1466-1536)
Friday, October 30, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
After the 9/11 attacks, the airspace over the United States was closed which meant that dozens of planes were diverted to other airports to land. A total of 38 planes with 6,000+ passengers were ordered to land in Gander, Newfoundland, a tiny city of about 10,000 people. How the residents of Gander handled these thousands of visitors is so heartwarming. They turned on their hospitality and invited strangers into their homes, offered food, showers, toiletries, clothes, hugs, and internet access.
If you’re feeling discouraged about the goodness of people, consider checking out this book.
Monday, October 26, 2015
Fascinating. Note: Mature content.
Friday, October 23, 2015
I've always had a general understanding of how the game of football worked, but I decided this football season to actually study the game. Hence, the reading of this book and the studying of the game.
By studying the game, I am talking about watching a lot of football, both college and professional. We're talking about six games last weekend (three college and three professional). That's a lot of football!
I came downstairs last Saturday and asked Boomer, "Who's playing today?" Boomer responded, "Do you know how many men in America would love it if their wives wanted to watch football all weekend?" Well, I even watched more than Boomer. During the third college football game, he gave up and went to do other things around the house.
I can't watch the 49ers though. I have to watch games in which I have no skin in the game. So college ball it is along with whoever else is playing on Sunday.
Anyway, this book is a great introduction to the game of football. I now understand the positions and what to look for at the line of scrimmage and during a play. Watching is way more fun now that I know what to look for. There's still much more for me to learn, but there's still a lot more of the season to go!
By the way, my study of football has been a great conversation starter as well. I was at the bank this morning taking care of some business and the banker guy asked me if I had any plans for the weekend. I said, "College football." And boy did he light up! He started telling me about plays that I would only see in college football and started describing the triple option to me, diagrams and all.
Posted by Elaine at 3:08 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Listen to the first episode here.
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
There is a local private school around here called Stratford. A mom friend told me that her son goes to school there. Then she clarified, "He goes to Stratford, not Stanford." You know, in case I thought that her five-year-old was attending university classes at that other local private school down the road. I'm glad she clarified, I was confused for a moment! Oh, but how many parents dream of one day casually but proudly saying, "My son goes to Stanford."
|Did you say you went to Stratford? Or Stanford?|
This book should be required reading for all high school freshmen and their parents. Or maybe parents of preschoolers.
Monday, October 19, 2015
"When you hear someone extol the benefits of a liberal education, you will probably hear him or her say that 'it teaches you how to think.' I'm sure that's true. But for me, the central virtue of a liberal education is that it teaches you how to write, and writing makes you think. Whatever you do in life, the ability to write clearly, cleanly, and reasonable quickly will prove to be an invaluable skill." --Fareed ZakariaWe live in a time when studying the STEM subjects is highly encouraged and all other subjects are relegated to the side. So if you want to feel better about that Art History or English degree you have, this is the book for you! It made me feel better about my History degree. Actually, I don't feel bad about my History degree. I loved each history class I took (my emphasis was Pre-Industrial Europe!) and I loved all of the reading and writing.
Friday, October 16, 2015
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
A pleasant read that made me realize just how much non-stop work is involved in the running of a farm.
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Monday, October 12, 2015
This book includes talk about God and spirituality, so if that's not your thing, you probably won't like this book. But if you don't mind that, I recommend this as an easy read that is challenging and engaging.
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
A so-so book with a not very like-able main character. Still, I read it pretty quickly, but really, just a so-so book for me. I do appreciate that it sheds some light on mental health and suicidal ideation though.
Monday, October 5, 2015
The story is told from three sides: Rachel, Jess (actually her name is Megan), and Anna (Rachel's ex-husband's new wife who lives on the same street as Jess/Megan).
This book consumed me for an entire day. It's kinda like Gone Girl, but I liked it much, much better.
Posted by Elaine at 5:00 AM