Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.
When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember!
This week I'm celebrating links and connections found through the wonders of technology. Mostly I'm celebrating and collecting them for myself, so that I can come back and find them later. But I'm hopeful that they might be interesting to you also.
- Mary Lee Hahn's poem, "They Can't Shut Us All Up" - I loved this so much that I had to share it on Facebook, and just in case you missed it on Poetry Friday, stop now and go read it. You'll be glad you did!
- Linda Baie's review of Elaine Magliaro's new book, Things to Do - I had an entire fall bulletin board that I put up each year with Elaine's poems and acrostics. So I was excited to read Linda's review of this new book and immediately requested it from the library.
- And then I hopped in the car for another drive to baby Jack's house and was surprised to see that the next podcast up on my phone was Matthew Winner's All the Wonders podcast with Elaine Magliaro.
- NYT article "Mirrors for My Daughter's Bookshelf" by Sara Ackerman - You'll want to read the entire article, but here's the nugget that I love:
- "The education professor Rudine Sims Bishop uses the metaphor of windows, sliding glass doors and mirrors to illustrate why diverse literature is so important. Books can be windows into worlds previously unknown to the reader; they open like sliding glass doors to allow the reader inside. But books can also be mirror.s When books reflect back to us our own experiences, when scenes and sentences strike us as so true they are anchors mooring us to the text, it tells readers their lives and experiences are valued. When children do not see themselves in books, the message is just as clear."
- Book lists - I've shared some of these on FB, but I'm sharing them here so I can come back and find them later.
- 20 Books About Refugee and Immigrant Experiences (All the Wonders)
- 9 lovely children's books about the immigrant experience (Cool Mom Picks)
- 35 Picture Books for Young Activists (All the Wonders)
- 12 Children's Books about Refugees (What Do We Do All Day)
- Gretchen Rubin's Podcast 103 - I love to listen to podcasts while driving to baby Jack's house. In this podcast, Gretchen mentions their #happier2017 instagram project. She says that research shows that we all have a negativity bias which means that we pay more attention to negative things, we are often attracted by negative things, and we remember them better. She mentioned how the instagram project fought the negativity bias by having her be on the lookout for "What's making me happier?" I found myself nodding in agreement and immediately thought of our Celebrate This Week group. This has been a tremendous happiness boost in my life as I find myself looking for things to celebrate each week. And just like Gretchen mentioned, seeing other people's moments of happiness or in our case, celebrations, becomes another happiness boost. Thanks, Ruth, for this weekly place of celebration!
- Boy Joy! Jack reached his one week old mark on Tuesday.
I took this pic while he snuggled in my arms!
And Teddy is now 33 weeks old.