Last but not least, thank you to all those who serve and support the armed forces. I am a pacifist at heart, but I know that the armed forces are vital to ultimately protecting lives, and also, that they do much more than battle. Here’s a good introduction to Veterans Day for kids, for parents and educators, or for adults (ahem, me) who can never remember if its Veteran’s or Veterans.
My brother is currently serving in the U.S. Navy, stationed for one year far from his wife and two young children. I hope he always feels loved and supported, and that my sister-in-law, niece, and nephew also feel buoyed. Love you guys!
Rick Walton, children’s book author and teacher, recently passed away, much too soon. I came across this old picture of Alexandra and I with him on a post I wrote about his picture book workshop I attended five years ago. Here’s a great article about his influence. He had more than 90 books published.
The most accurate map of the world! YES! You can even print a version that folds into a sphere!
I’ve been following the updates on the re-opening of the Rose Room of the New York Public Library. This article in The New Yorker is so moving. Here’s a fascinating time-lapse video of the shelving of 52,000 books. And maybe you’ve already seen the new book trains there.
Sending love to the Minnesota Lynx! The Los Angeles Sparks defeated the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76 for the WNBA championship. It seems timely to bring up Maya Moore’s piece on increasing visibility for women’s basketball. And to say: #equalplayequalpay.
If my kids seem tense while they’re trying to fall asleep, I give them this 5-second energy sweep. I swear by it!
These clip lights are great for trick-or-treating, and for playing outside after dusk.
I’ve been coloring in Color at Home: A Young House Love Coloring Book while I watch TV in the evenings. I don’t find coloring to be especially relaxing, but I’m having fun with it! After nearly two hours, I’m almost done with the cover page. I listen to the YHL podcast while I’m cleaning and mowing the lawn, and it’s always delightful.
I have to start Christmas gift plans now, because everything craft-related takes me 10x longer than I think it will. I’m really excited about a couple of these Homemade Gift Ideas in Country Living.
Both internally and externally, we minimize it. We have to. To not shrug it off would put is in confrontation mode more often than most of us feel like dealing with. We learn at a young age how to do this. We didn’t put a name or label to it. We didn’t even consider that other girls were doing the same thing. But we were teaching ourselves, mastering the art of de-escalation.
I got really into Jane the Virgin this summer (season 3 October 17!), and since then I have noticed Gina Rodriguez (who plays Jane) everywhere. Virtually. Not in real life, unfortunately. This week she was promoting her latest movie, Deepwater Horizon, on The Tonight Show, and her rapping was awesome. Her passion is just as endearing in Women’s Health October 2016 interview where she said,
“People will say you are not skinny enough, not tall enough, not thick enough, not curvy enough, not white enough, not brown enough, not this enough. Well, I really hope you don’t feel that way about yourself, because then we’re all screwed. […] Stay in your lane, and do you.”