Just for fun … dedication

Just for fun … “To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.”

– P.G. Wodehouse’s dedication in “The Heart of a Goof”

Thought for Thursday – Kindness

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today’s bargain – Heart-shaped box

Heart-Shaped Box                                                                                  
~ Joe Hill  
http://www.pivotalbookclub.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/heart_shaped.jpg“>Do you sleep with the light on? Are you in the habit of checking your doors and windows before you go to bed? Maybe even checking under your bed? If you are about to crack open Joe Hill’s chilling thriller Heart-Shaped Box, you might want to rethink your nighttime habits–Hill’s story about an aging rock star (with a penchant for macabre artifacts) who buys a haunted suit online will scare you silly.

Booklists for kids

Here are the latest booklists from Pivotal Kids Books

Read alouds

The ALA’s Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2009

Books about dogs for younger readers

Picture Books about Non-Traditional Family Units

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-alikes

You can get the links from the main page here => bit.ly/gya8CM

The greatest gift you can leave your children

How much do you know about your grandmother? Do you know her favorite color? Her favorite childhood memory?

What about your grandmother’s parents? Do you know what your great-grandmother wore on her wedding day? Do you know who the most influential person was in your great-great-grandmother’s life?

For most of us, the answer is “no.” In fact, we probably don’t even know those facts about our own mothers. In an increasingly busy world, we often neglect time for sharing old stories and memories. And we forget to pass on our own tales to our children.

Florence Littauer said, “The beauty of the written word is that it can be held close to the heart and read over and over again.”

Wouldn’t it be great if we had autobiographies written by our mothers, grandmothers, and previous generations – something to preserve the memories through the ages?

That’s the purpose of our newest book. We’ve partnered with our friends at Thomas Nelson to bring you A Mother’s Legacy, a journal intended to help mothers leave the story of their lives written down for their children and future generations.

The greatest gift you can leave your children isn’t cash, a large house, or expensive jewelry. The greatest gift you can leave your children is the gift of yourself.

A Mother’s Legacy is filled with interesting prompt questions to help get the creative juices flowing, even for those who feel intimidated by writing. Sample questions include:
• What was your favorite meal when you were a child? What made it your favorite?
• What do you remember about your first kiss?
• Describe the most fascinating place you have visited.
• What are some of the things that make you smile when you think of them?

No matter what your age, memory and reminiscence open a richer and fuller understanding of who you are as a family.

May this memory journal be a starting point in your family – a door into discussing and sharing the unique qualities and experiences of your life.

And this beautiful journal makes a great gift for any mother or grandmother you know. Keep a few on hand for baby showers so young mothers can get started recording their stories early on!

Click here to learn more or to look inside the journal.

Your weekend read – classroom discipline

Reluctant Disciplinarian: Advice on Classroom Management From a Softy who Became (Eventually) a Successful Teacher
by Gary Rubinstein
As Rubinstein details his transformation from incompetent to successful teacher, he shows what works and what doesn’t work when managing a classroom. 

More about the book here => http://bit.ly/hOGWq3

Diary collection – what fascinating reading!

“I have tried to keep diaries before,” John Steinbeck writes in a giant ledger book filled with his methodical script, “but they didn’t work out because of the necessity to be honest.”

This particular journal, on display at the Morgan Library & Museum in a compelling exhibition that opened on Friday, “The Diary: Three Centuries of Private Lives,” has such a modest goal — chronicling Steinbeck’s work on “The Grapes of Wrath” — that it probably does not bend the truth too much. But spend some time with these diaries, intelligently culled from the Morgan’s archives by Christine Nelson, the museum’s curator of literary and historical manuscripts, and you see how fervently the keepers of journals labor to shape accounts of themselves.


Fame, fortune and words

Digitising books is a problematic endeavour, not because of the technology, but due to the ethical issues that arise. Once a book becomes digitised problems with copyright and sales enter the frame. Nevertheless, Google Books has digitised more than fifteen million books which is about twelve per cent of all the books ever published. The digitising process has enabled a detailed analysis of the books’ content that would not be possible if done by individuals and some remarkable findings have resulted.
The analysis that has taken place was done on five million of the fifteen million digitised books. That meant that approximately 500 billion words were in the final data set. Digging into the words used in those books across time has revealed some fascinating facts about our evolving culture.

=> http://bit.ly/hLes0W

Just for fun – A dedication

“To my daughter Leonora without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.”

– P.G. Wodehouse’s dedication in “The Heart of a Goof”

Thought for Thursday

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.”

— Anthony Robbins