Fashion Kitty

July 3, 2008 at 1:09 pm (family, reading)

Our last Mother-Daughter Book Club was Fashion Kitty by Charise Mericle Harper. Let’s just say that the book was way too pink and both girls after reading it, said, “I don’t get it. What’s the point?” I felt that way, too. Our activity at the meeting was to make our own “Fashion Kitty” poster. I loved seeing what they did with it! All of the girls had unique ideas.  Here are the girls’ interpretations:


First DD #1’s


And DD #2’s.  

Personally, I like theirs better than the original Fashion Kitty! 🙂


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A Few Literary Recommendations

March 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm (reading)

Today I listened to a few selections from  I found all three very enjoyable and interesting and would love to know what you think of them as well.

The first two were from the African-American collection:

“The Feet of Judas” by George Marion McClellan is a short 2-minute poem.  Although short, it provides much to think about.

 “My Escape from Slavery” by Frederick Douglass is a roughly 40-minute narrative perfectly described by the title.  One thing that I found very interesting was his disclosure that when he considered running away,  he thought about how God may have placed him in slavery for a purpose and because of that should he run away at all?

You can listen to these here

 “Pigs is Pigs by Ellis Parker Butler is just a great, funny, light-hearted story about bureaucracy running out of control.  I laughed out loud several times.  You can listen to that one here.

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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2008 at 2:38 pm (family, reading)

Wow!  It started snowing yesterday around 2 pm and I don’t know when it stopped.  We’ve had reports of hurricane-force gusts of winds and schools are on a 2-hour delay.  I guess my Valentine’s Day gift is that I don’t have to rush the DD’s to school this morning. 

 There was one elementary school that actually had 60 kids who had to spend the night and a school bus that was stranded for hours with kids on it.

I was glad that my DH got our new camping trailer home safely.  His brother actually drove it here in the middle of all this crazy weather while my DH followed him in his truck.  Anyway, it’s here and there were no accidents, at least for us!  My brother-in-law and sister-in-law were at the dealership helping my DH get all set with the trailer and bring it home.  I stayed home and shoveled several inches of snow off the driveway so they could get it in when they got here.  Kind of ironic, buying and bringing home a camping trailer in the midst of a blizzard!

Anyway, it’s a good day to stay inside and do lots of knitting and reading, or listening to audiobooks.  I just listened to one a couple of nights ago with the DH that we both really enjoyed.  My friend said it was good listening for Valentine’s Day and it really is!  It’s The Fulness of Life by Edith Wharton.  I know I’ve read stories by her before,  but somehow I missed out on her gift with words!  This is a beautiful piece of prose and a great little story and it’s only 20-30 minutes long. 

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day.  I’m going to curl up on the couch with a blanket, drink some herbal tea and do some knitting and reading!

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Time to Start a Reading List

February 9, 2008 at 2:40 pm (reading, Uncategorized)

Many people have recommended books to me that I always meant to read, but would forget as soon as I would get to the library.  So I’ve decided to start a page on my blog for my reading list.  Feel free to take a look and if you’ve recommended a book to me in the past and it’s not there, or want to recommend a book to me,  leave it in my comments.

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Book Club

September 5, 2007 at 11:34 pm (reading)

My book club book this month is The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews.  I was worried the moment I looked at the cover and saw “Seven decisions that determine personal success” across the top.  The first thing I thought was, “Oh no,  not a self-help book! “.  However, it is written like fiction.  Well, at least most of it is…  It is about a man who is really down on his luck and basically gets chosen to visit various prominent historical figures learn something from each one.  That part I like.  It’s at the end when they give the lesson to him in writing and it is included verbatim at the end of the chapter!  After all, the lesson is pretty apparent in the dialogue as the main character is visiting with these various historical figures.  It’s a huge departure from the voice of the story.  It’s written in third person and then switches to first person when the written lesson is read.  Kind of weird.  Interesting that Good Morning America endorsed it, too….. Anway, I would say if you read it, skip the written part at the end of each chapter.  It’s the interaction with the historical figures that makes it an enjoyable read.  This is the fun thing about book clubs.  You get to try things you haven’t before.

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