So this is the post I planned to post today… If my faith community has supported my spiritual/emotional health, my local farmers market has helped me maintain my physical health. I am so grateful to the farmers and vendors and organizers of our market, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. I took this picture this morning … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Farmers Markets
One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
Are you a member of the website Goodreads, where readers share their opinions about books with each other? It is one of my “go-to” places when I’m looking for books, either for my own reading or for my classes. I find the hundreds or thousands of citizen reviews to be a reliable guide for whether … More I Completed My Yearly Reading Challenge
What I’m Thankful for about Summer 2020 It’s Labor Day, the traditional celebration for the end of summer. We won’t be hosting people over to cook out with us, which we often do, but not this special year. So I thought I would replace that with a reflection of all the things about this summer … More My Top 10 Gratitude List for Summer 2020
I know I haven’t been writing as many blog posts as usual, and the graphic above helps to explain why. I have been finalizing a resource for family discussion around our current pandemic: a FREE ebook entitled World Myths About Disease. Ever since the pandemic got really serious in March, with schools shutting down and … More Free Ebook to Spark Family Discussions about COVID-19
I Hear America SingingWalt Whitman I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,The boatman singing what belongs to … More A Happy 4th of July–Really!
I hope you’ve had an opportunity to take my advice from my post on Friday and to unwind some this weekend. I know I have. I watched Falsettos Friday night, which brought back lots of memories about the early ’80’s, both good and back. I wasn’t in love with the first act, but I laughed … More Free Movies for the Moment
Not to contradict the Gershwin brother’s beautiful music in Porgy and Bess, but while it is now officially summertime, the living sure doesn’t feel easy. It has been another week of political conflict, of accusations of illegal police violence, and of rising cases of coronavirus. Here in North Carolina, based on the continuing increase of … More Ways to Chill Out at Home This Weekend
In my last post, I told you that I would let you know what I thought about Colson Whitehead’s latest book, The Nickel Boys. It was the first book I checked out since the Wake County Library System had begun no-contact checking out books on hold since the beginning of the coronavirus shutdown. I had … More Book Review: The Nickel Boys
I believe that one of the major reasons for the current political conflict and strife is this chart above. As I explained in yesterday’s post, this shows projections by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) that in 2028, only 44% of public school students will be white. That white students are now a minority … More How White Bias Gets Institutionalized in Literature Classes Conclusion: A Change Is Gonna Come