Since one of the books I reviewed this week, My Life on the Road, was written by Gloria Steinem, I decided to start with a quote from her. I started looking at a list of quotations attributed to her and had trouble choosing. Although best know for her efforts to further the rights of women, she has spent her life working to advance many causes. As a teacher, this is the quote that got me thinking. I always said that I was learning as much from my students as they were learning from me. They kept me current. My knowledge of current music took a real hit when I left the classroom.
Sometimes adults overlook the wisdom that children/teenagers have to share. Their minds interpret things in a special way, and I used to love to watch them think things through. Unfortunately, turn-about is sometimes fair play, and today's youth seem to dismiss the wisdom born from experience that senior citizens have to offer. In each stage of life we are blessed with the ability to take in knowledge and share that knowledge in a special way. We need to be open to learning from every generation instead of becoming centered on only those in our own.
The book After the Fire by Robin Gaby Fisher was recommended to me by several people. It is the true story of two college roommates who were critically burned during a fire in their dormitory. I decided against reading it, because I feared it would be more upsetting than I could handle. Something made me change my mind though, and I agreed to give it a try.
The story, while definitely upsetting in many ways, was also quite uplifting . It shows how determination and support from those around us can take us through even the roughest times. The fire was set by arsonists, and the reader follows a bit of detective work, too. I am glad that I decided to give this book a chance and recommend it highly.
Well, Halloween is only two days away, and most children are eagerly anticipating the night of the sugar rush. Even as a youngster I was not a big fan of this particular holiday. When my own children became old enough to trick or treat, I went into full nervous mom mode. Unbeknownst to them at the time, I would go out and buy a fortune worth of their favorite candy bars, lollipops, etc. While they roamed the streets collecting candy that I imagined was filled with instant death, I was busy filling duplicate bags with all of the stuff that I knew was safe. When they came home to change out of their costume, I switched their bags for my "safe" bags, and they were none the wiser. Hmmm...I am actually surprised that I survived motherhood.
As always complete reviews will follow this blog.
Happy haunted reading,