On the sixth day of Christmas break…

On the sixth day of Christmas break…

…we managed not to fall on the ice.

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If you know me well, you know two facts: (1) I sprinkle literary allusions into most conversations, and (2) I love being outside.  Thus, a quick jaunt around Walden Pond seemed like an ideal way to spend the morning.

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When we arrived at the park, someone warned us that the trail on the south side of the lake was covered in ice. Yet, falsely believing that we are seasoned winter hikers (or maybe just desiring to prove that southerners can handle ice), we chose to wander Henry David Thoreau’s old stomping ground.

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Truly, the walk was perfect…until we reached the south side of the lake where, as predicted, a thick layer of slippery ice covered the hilly path.  We charged (…er, I mean, shuffled) ahead, and I am proud to say that we arrived back at the north side without falling.

Despite the ice, we Thoreau-ly (thoroughly) enjoyed the beauty of Walden Pond.

P.S. We also stopped by the North Bridge while we were in Concord.  Here are some bonus pictures:

Simple Joy Saturday #58

Simple Joy Saturday #58

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

  1. Everyone should read Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. Upper-elementary students should read this book.  Teenagers should read this book.  Adults should read this book.  You should read this book.
  2. And after you finish Home of the Brave, you should read Extra Credit by Andrew Clements because sometimes children’s books can speak more truth than adult books.
  3. But if you must read an adult book, I suggest Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt.  It gave me a new fascination with the vastness and complexity of outer space. . . and a new appreciation for computers.

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Simple Joy Saturday #57

Simple Joy Saturday #57

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1.  One of the best stories that I read for my British and American short fiction class was “An Appointment with Love.” My classmates engaged in a friendly debate about whether this story was realistic.  If you have an opinion, please share.

2. I finished the Mr. Lemoncello’s Library series this month (I started the series in June), and I cannot overstate how much I love these books.  I convinced the children’s literature professor at my alma mater to give the books a chance, and she read two of them within a week.  If you find even the slightest enjoyment in reading children’s literature, you have to read this series.

3. Do you remember Stephanie Meyer?  Yes, I mean the same Stephanie Meyer that started the nationwide obsession with vampires in 2008.  This month, I discovered a book that she published in 2016 titled The Chemist, and it is so good!  No vampires or werewolves are involved.

4. I usually only share 3 stories/books, but here is a bonus treasure:  Kate DiCamillo’s Raymie Nightingale.  

As I said in July, I am still making steady progress on my reading from the 100 Books Bucket List, but nothing is worth recommending.  Honestly, I wonder how some of these books made the list.

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Two Roads Diverged

Two Roads Diverged

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It’s providential that I came to a personal crossroads at the same time that I am studying Robert Frost for grad school.  “The Road Not Taken” has a new meaning when you are the person choosing between “the first” road and “the one less traveled by.”

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Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Blackout Poetry for World Book Day

Raise your hand if you love to read.

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Then you should celebrate World Book Day next Tuesday!

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While the obvious way to celebrate World Book Day is to read a book, I do have another option for my more artistic friends.

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January Photo Challenge 2019

January Photo Challenge 2019

I have 365 photo prompts, and I have used 31 of them.  How long will I stick with this project?  Your guess is as good as mine.

Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday #50

Simple Joy Saturday will look a little different in 2019.  Instead of posting 3 “simple joys” every Saturday, I am going to post a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month.  My hope is that the content of these posts will be more substantial and that I will post more consistently.

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January 2019

Enjoyable Reads:

  • The Year of Less by Cait Flanders
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Cristie

My mom bought me a “100 Books Bucket List Scratch-Off Poster” for Christmas.  Since then, I have been listening to audiobooks like my life depended on it, and I have only listened to two books that were not on the poster:  The Year of Less by Cait Flanders and Shouldn’t You Be in School by Lemony Snicket.  In my opinion, those two books should have made the list, and a few other books should be removed from the poster.

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