Quote of the Month
Thursday, June 30, 2022
Tuesday, June 28, 2022
For those sharing their lives with beings other than humans, each one has a preference with particular reasons attached to that preference. This reader has a fondness for dogs. Four Labrador Retrievers have been members of my family, sisters, Soot and Cinder, sweet Xena, and my wild child cuddlebug, Mulan. For this reason one saying I hold close to my heart is
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
Friday, June 17, 2022
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Tuesday morning an article said the first of twenty-one funerals began on that date, May 31, 2022. There will be twenty-one celebrations of life and mourning, and the worlds of those families and friends are changed forever. On May 24, 2022 the shock of another school shooting reverberated through a community, a state, a nation, and around the world. For parents, caregivers, and educators the weight of this latest horrific tragedy is very heavy. The more we know about the events of that day, the more heartbreaking it becomes. We seek to make sense, when it does not make sense. We seek security, solace, and serenity.
My friend and colleague, John Schu, recently released a book titled The Gift of Story: Exploring the Affective Side of the Reading Life (Stenhouse Publishers, May 3, 2022). In chapter two we learn about Story as Healer. At the close of this chapter, John suggests books in support of the chapter's premises. After a brief description of each title, John offers commentary about his choices. I have gone back to this section and read two sentences in particular over and over this past week. John says:
This story is about grief, how it can weigh us down, but how, over time, our friends can help share the burden and in the process make it smaller.