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.
Adorable! Ramona, you are indeed a blessed Gramma!ReplyDelete
Babies!! I've been feeling pretty crummy today, but it's impossible not to feel happier when you look at those sweet little faces. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for al the links! I've been so busy exploring them I almost forgot to leave a comment. Beautiful babies by the way!ReplyDelete
Ramona, your links are worth mentioning for sure and of course, I love to see the grandboys' photos. We grew up with Teddy and now it's Jack's turn to wow us.ReplyDelete
Great links, but your baby boys steal the thunder today. I loved how you wrote about what you listened to on your way to Baby Jack's house.....I sure can relate....grandchildren are very special gifts! Congratulations!ReplyDelete
I took a break and was heading for your post, and there you were at mine. That final picture of Jack is adorable and Teddy! He's already growing up! What a cutie. Thanks for the shout out, and for the lists. I don't remember seeing any of them. You really should join our Monday Reading sharing, Ramona. Finally, I read Elaine's book to Ingrid yesterday. You know what she did? She acted out each part and danced! I guess we never know how a book can inspire. Have a good Sunday!ReplyDelete
With so many things to read and hear the recommendations from friends become valuable. Thank you for sharing the links. Lucky you with two babies in the family now. We continue celebrating my nephew who is as old as your Teddy.ReplyDelete
On Wednesday nights, I teach a graduate class for literacy teachers. This past week, I had a guest speaker come to talk about diversity in books. She shared that very same quote! (SMALL WORLD!!) The quote is so true though, and something I had never realized. Thank you for sharing your celebrations this week, Ramona. Baby Jack is absolutely magnificent!ReplyDelete
Such sweet pictures! I have always seen your face in Teddy's and the older he gets, the more I see it! I will come to check out your links when I have a little more time. Spent yesterday in the gym watching a tournament and I need to catch up!ReplyDelete
Wonderful things to celebrate - especially Jack and Teddy!ReplyDelete
Such beautiful grandchildren, Ramona! And thanks for all these links - now I know how to spend the rest of this snowy day!ReplyDelete
What wonderful pictures! You have so many great resources here. I like your idea of collecting them here on your blog. I often forget where I saw posts and articles and can't find them when I need them. I should start some sort of collection method.ReplyDelete
Amazing post! Thank you so much for putting the NYT article on my radar, I somehow hadn't come across it yet!ReplyDelete