is hard to believe that July is almost over and we are nearly into
August. In spite of my
constant efforts to have less on my plate, it just seems to get
fuller. There just is not
enough time in each day for everything I want to do....projects,
There is the satisfaction of being busy and for that I am
grateful. But I suppose
one should be able to find a middle ground....I have yet to find it.
Last week my three
granddaughters spent several days with me. What a treat! Although we
did not go on any
excursions, we had plenty to do. While I work, they busy
themselves at their own desks and computers in my office. They
are quite inventive with their games and play.
I often marvel at their inventiveness. They like to help with cooking
and baking. While one helps me measure, another stirs and another
writes the recipe for their own use. No
game or planned activity could have been as much fun for them.
Supplied with measuring cups, spoons and paper and pencil they proudly
went about their tasks. They instructed me
and I helped them. What
fun it was for us all. It
takes so little to make us happy.
I hope you find frequent, happy moments like this in your days.
Smiling and the gift of sharing are easy.
Troubles just seem to melt away.
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The Kinetic Theory of Matter
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Illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings + Leo and Diane Dillon
Ages: 4 - 8
There’s just not enough…not
enough money, not enough food, not enough fish for her daddy to
sell at the market. Hard times have come to the forest, but
Calpurnia wants to turn them back into soft times. With her
little dog Buggy Horse and a tip from old Mother Albirtha, the
wisest person in the forest, Calpurnia finds a secret river and
uses the pink paper roses from her hair to catch enough
beautiful catfish to feed the whole swamp land —with some left
over for Daddy to sell. When she tries to find the river again
the next day, Mother Albirtha tells her, “Child, sometimes a
thing happens once, and does not ever happen anymore….You
caught catfish when catfish were needed…you will not find the
river again.” This story by the Pulitzer Prize winning author
of The Yearling and literary icon Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is
about living in a time of want, yet it is overflowing with
riches—stunning language, mystical happenings, wondrous,
wondrous artwork. Beautiful in all ways that a book can be
beautiful. This is an unforgettable picture book.
1956 Newberry Honor
Those who do not
know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh
Alone Emergency Kit
this time of year, many older children are home alone. The following
suggestion may help with your children. Fill a large zip-top plastic
bag with all the little things your children might need in an
emergency: a flashlight with batteries that work; band aids; cotton
balls; mild antiseptic; several quarters; safety pins; at least six
direct-dial telephone numbers of relatives, neighbors, or co-workers;
a piece of candy or some sugarless gum.
Have your children
help you pack the bag. Talk about each item as you include it. Have
your child decide which phone number they would call first, second,
and so on. Then put the bag in a place that is easy to find.
Even when children
are old enough to be home alone (most experts say that is at least age
10), minor emergencies can crop up. Having a focal point within the
household for emergencies helps the child…and the parent…feel a
little more secure
from Parents Make The Difference
Students who get
good grades agree with teachers on at least one point. The better you
read, the fewer problems you will have with schoolwork. What’s more,
reading provides an excellent way to relax after a stressful day.
Students who read well have discovered a secret: pleasure reading. Not
sure how to get started? Here are some suggestions on how you can
learn to make reading a pleasure rather than a chore:
aside a special time, devoted solely to reading, and do this on a
regular basis. Even if you only manage 15 minutes a day or an hour on
the weekend. This can be enough to get the reading habit established.
comfort. Stretch out on the sofa, lie on the floor, or sit under a
tree. Many people find bedtime reading to be enjoyable. Add a little
music to the background if you wish…at low volume. (You may want to
stay away from the TV set, however, since this can be distracting.
this individual reading time your time, not someone else’s. In other
words, don’t read a
textbook or anything else connected with schoolwork. Read only what
you enjoy. Your choice could be a romance novel, a detective story, an
article about how to relate to the opposite sex, or even a comic book.
sure what you would enjoy? Read about something that interests you. Do
you like tinkering with cars? Do you want to dig up some trivia facts
about your favorite football team?
want to know what’s hot and what’s not on the fashion scene? Would
you like information about a career? No matter what the subject is,
chances are you can find dozens of books and articles about it. If you
don’t know where to look, a librarian will be glad to help you
start small. You don’t have to read a whole book in one sitting.
Read a short newspaper or magazine article. If you want to tackle a
book, read one chapter a night or a certain number of pages. If the
story line compels you to keep turning the pages, that’s fine too.
more you read, the better you’ll read. The better you read, the more
you’ll enjoy it. In fact, those who read well often report that
reading is one of their hobbies. And while homework may never be your
favorite pastime, you might find that it gets easier.
Association of School Boards
Life is either a daring
adventure, or nothing.
Work is a Beach!
While vacationing recently, I took long
walks on the beach. The wind in my hair, the sun on my face, the sand
under my toes... pure bliss. After a few days, I began to look around
at the other folks enjoying their time on the beach as well. What I
noticed was shocking... not a single person was on their phone. I
didn't see a soul on an iPad. I didn't even see a Kindle. What I did
see were people talking to each other. I saw people playing games
together and building sand castles with their kids. I saw people
napping, eating, reading and working. Yes, I did say working....
After sitting on the beach for a while,
your mind wanders. You look around to see the surroundings and, lo and
behold, inspiration strikes. People made some of the most beautiful
sand castles, wrote inspirational messages in the sand, collected sea
shells and created art work. They were working. The word
"work" means "an activity involving mental or physical
effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result". And at the
end of the day, people were satisfied.
Work has literally become a four-letter
word... something that we have to endure in order to live. I think
work is a beach. When we are inspired by our work, we create and
innovate. We are more willing to try new things, and we sometimes make
mistakes. We are learning!
Shared by Beth Smith,
A-List Interviews, Boulder, CO
More Activity =
Greater Self Esteem
For the first time
in our evolution, an entire generation of children has the
opportunity, or misfortune, of living a sedentary lifestyle. The
habitual activity level of our children may be insufficient to provide
the health protection that was inherent in the lifestyle of previous
generations. This is problematic, because the lack of activity could
result in the accelerated onset of chronic disease and a premature
loss of human resources and productivity.
research as part of the Elementary School Climate Study, in New Brunswick,
based on a large
representative sample of grade six students, show that increased
physical activity is related to higher self-esteem. The self-esteem of
many children, particularly females, declines during
These results suggest that participation in physical activities may
help children traverse this difficult period. Some children,
especially those in lower socioeconomic families, have less access to
recreational and sport facilities outside of school, and face other
barriers to participation.
for Policy Research,
are 18 different kinds of smiles? The most revealing is the
smile of enjoyment.
takes 13 muscles to smile and 50 muscles to frown? So avoid
face is your billboard to your philosophy of life?
boosts the immune system by decreasing the level of cortisone, an
immune suppressor in the body?
laughter speeds up the heart rate, raises blood pressure, accelerates
breathing, and increases oxygen consumption?
Darwin claimed that emotions can be intensified through facial
expressions? So smile!
for 15 seconds adds two days to the life span?
100 times a day is equal to a 10-minute session of rowing?
So, why sweat when you laugh?
life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to
success when they gave up.
Jumping July Links:
Kaboom, Anatomy of a Firework:
The Fourth of July weekend in the
gives Americans an excuse to engage in an explosive frenzy - of the
friendly fireworks kind.
Classic Bookshelf presents texts that you can customize by font size
and color to suit your tastes. The site offers readers access to a
large collection of public domain e-texts.
Bug Bios: Shameless
promotion of insect appreciation. This site aims to help you really
see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand
how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien
So You Think It Is Safe To Eat:
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has built a thorough and
user-friendly Web site that covers all aspects of food safety. Links
are provided to all relevant government publications and the best
a fun-filled summer month!
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