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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Devouring Lies

I don't get to watch much live television any more. Usually, I record my shows and watch them while the kids are at school or after their bedtime. Also means I get to skip the commercials. I tune out the shows that feature unsupervised children or animated pigs. So when a show was on one Saturday afternoon without a cartoon character in sight, I let it have my attention for a bit. And now, I wish I could go back to those idealistic days of innocence from before watching that particular episode.

Here is a short version of what I learned in that fateful 30 minutes:


Did you see that? Baby carrots are made, not grown. They start out as regular carrots, but get chopped and peeled down to that perfectly munchable size. It's like I don't even know what is real any more. Next time I take a break on a Saturday, I'll learn that fuzzy Martians don't eat oatmeal.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: The Looking Glass Wars


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


I read this one for book group, but honestly, it's totally something I would have read on my own. The book by Lewis Caroll Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was inspired by an orphaned girl with a big imagination. But what if she was telling the truth?  The Looking Glass Wars is the real story of Alyss Heart, princess of Wonderland, a place where caterpillars are enigmatic oracles, people travel through mirrors, and imagination has power.

Here's the Teaser:
Redd kicked The Cat where he lay on the floor, tongue lolling in his mouth, the picture of death. "Get up! You still have seven more lives." 
The Cat's eyes fluttered open. 
"Find Alyss and kill her."
- pg 67, The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

What are you reading?

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: Tear Soup


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share a few “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Last week, I shared a middle grade book. Different from my usual Young Adult angsty reads. This week I am going even farther from the trail by posting a children's book. While listed as a children's picture book, Tear Soup is really a book for anyone who has suffered a loss. This book was recommended to me when I was struggled to help my young kids understand that their favorite aunt would no longer be able to come over and play. How do you explain grief to a prechooler that doesn't sound lame or confusing? Most of all, I wanted to let them know that it was okay to cry and to feel sad. 

This book really helped explain the grieving process in a way my kids could understand; how it is okay to feel different ways when you've suffered a loss. Listed at the back of the book are tips for cooks (those grieving) and friends of cooks, as well as national help centers for various forms of loss.

Here's the description from the inside flap: "In our richly illustrated new book, Grandy has just suffered a big loss in her life, and so she is cooking up her own unique batch of 'tear soup.' Tear Soup gives you a glimpse into Grandy's life as she blends different ingredients into her own grief process. Her tear soup will help bring her comfort and ultimately help to fill the void in her life that was created by her loss."

Here is the Teaser:
"I've learned that grief, like a pot of soup, changes the longer it simmers and the more things you put into it. I've learned that sometimes people say unkind things, but they really don't mean to hurt you." 
"And most importantly, I've learned that there is something down deep within all of us ready to help us survive the things we think we can't survive."
- pg. 44, Tear Soup: A Recipe for Healing After Loss by Pat Schwiebert and Chuck DeKlyen, Illustrated by Taylor Bills

What are you reading?
or
How do you deal with grief?

Monday, April 1, 2013

Music Monday: On Top Of The World

I've posted Imagine Dragons before, but I just gotta share another one…



Things have been difficult lately. There's been a lot of sadness and tears. We've all struggled. After months, we are starting to feel like life is settling down. Sure, we all have our moments still, but at least the fog is fading. We've not quite to the point where we feel like we're on top of the world, but at least now we see it might just be possible to smile again.

If you love somebody
Better tell them while they’re here ’cause
They just may run away from you

You’ll never know what went well
Then again it just depends on
How long of time is left for you

I’ve had the highest mountains
I’ve had the deepest rivers
You can have it all but life keeps moving

Now take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

I’ve tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn’t have ’cause
I’ve traveled all this way for something

Now take it in but don’t look down

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

And I know it’s hard when you’re falling down
And it’s a long way up when you hit the ground
Get up now, get up, get up now.

‘Cause I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
I’m on top of the world, ‘ay
Waiting on this for a while now
Paying my dues to the dirt
I’ve been waiting to smile, ‘ay
Been holding it in for a while, ‘ay
Take it with me if I can
Been dreaming of this since a child
I’m on top of the world.



What are you listening to?

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