Book Links

I’ve started another book reading blitz. I am now in the habit of reading for, on average, an hour after I’ve gone to bed. My “pile” of books to read include a few physical books sitting on my desk, a bunch of ebooks and I’ve found the graphic comic books of The Walking Dead on YouTube. Love the show and it’s interesting to see the differences between the two. And I have a bunch of Jackie Collins ready to go when it gets to hot this summer to move away from the fan.

Are you not reading as much as you would like? Lifehack.org lists 10 benefits of reading of why we should read each day.

Need some ideas on how to read more books this year? Random House Canada has them.

It’s National Library Week this week (April 13 – 19). This year’s theme is Lives change @ your library and Judy Blume is the honorary chair. In celebration of libraries, I found some links that book lovers may be interested in.

UNESCO General Conference proclaimed April 23 as World Book and Copyright Day   Their goal is

“…to encourage authors and artists and to ensure that more women and men benefit from literacy and accessible formats, because books are our most powerful forces of poverty eradication and peace building.”

Reading to kids  is a great way to get them interested in books and using their imagination. I missed this when it happened earlier this year but February 26th of each year is Tell A Fairy Tale Day. And remember, fairy tales aren’t just for kids.

Another one I missed was World Read Aloud Day that is held every March 5th. Their mission is

“…to empower children through literacy to lead lives of independence, hope, and joy.”

Something new I found was We Give Books. It was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation and each time you go to their site and read a book, they will donate a book. All the books online are age appropriate to age 10 and is a great opportunity to read aloud to a child or let them read a book.

If a child in your life is learning another language, or you are starting to learn another language and want to read something other than short phrases, there are sites such as Children’s Books Online: The Rosetta Project. This site has a large collection of free illustrated antique children’s books and some of the books also have translations for such languages as Spanish, Italian and English.

And there are always online sites such as archive.org and Project Gutenberg where you can find free ebooks.

Happy reading.

Sunday Quotes – Dreams

 

 

Give yourself up to this moment. Dare to see it. Now look down at your feet; slip out of those invisible tethers. Then ask: Where would you take yourself right this moment if you walked toward your most heartfelt dream? What would your life look like? What would your body look and feel like? What level of energy would you have? What might be your favorite activity? What would your daily life include? Imagine happiness — the sweet glow of inner contentment, the way it tastes and smells and feels.

Chris Downie

When you stop having dreams and ideals — well, you might as well stop altogether.

Marian Anderson

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.

Dale Turner

Yet it is in our idleness, in our dreams, that the submerged truth sometimes comes to the top.

Virginia Woolf

The dream was always running ahead of me. To catch up, to live for a moment in unison with it, that was the miracle.

Anais Nin

Sunday Quotes – Children

 

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

Stacia Tauscher

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music.

William Stafford

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.

Kay Redfield Jamison

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglass

Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it.

Not Your Average Dictionary

As the father of two young girls, I have come to the realization that they are just as messy as boys but the dirt that they create around the house is comprised of at least 50% glitter.

Andrew K. Keller

 

Sunday Quotes – Spring Cleaning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.
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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

 

May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life’s passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

Sunday Quotes – Irish Authors On Being Irish

When anyone asks me about the Irish character, I say look at the trees. Maimed, stark and misshapen, but ferociously tenacious.

Edna O’Brien

There is an Irish way of paying compliments as though they were irresistible truths which makes what would otherwise be an impertinence delightful.

Katharine Tynan Hinkson

I think there’s something about the Irish experience — that we had to have a sense of humor or die. That’s what kept us going — a sense of absurdity, rather than humor.

Frank McCourt

When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.

J. P. Donleavy

If one could only teach the English how to talk, and the Irish how to listen, society here would be quite civilized.

Oscar Wilde

Everything that we inherit, the rain, the skies, the speech, and anybody who works in the English language in Ireland knows that there’s the dead ghost of Gaelic in the language we use and listen to and that those things will reflect our Irish identity.

John McGahern

There is no language like the Irish for soothing and quieting.

John Millington Synge