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.
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.
“…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.
“…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.
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!
It is that most joyous time of the year when EVERYONE is Irish! And I know that it’s the most joyous time of the year because St. Patrick’s Day is when my little blog has the most views of any day of the year so…
Guinness, a popular Irish dry stout, is one of the most successful beer brands worldwide. And it could have health benefits. According to this BBC News article, “A pint of the black stuff a day may work as well as a low dose aspirin to prevent heart clots that raise the risk of heart attacks.”
Drinksmixer.com has a variety of stout mixed-drink recipes such as Black Velvet, Guinness Float and Irish Russian.
I rarely drink coffee. When I do, either Irish Cream is involved or I’m having an Irish Coffee. Most Irish Coffee recipes have similar ingredients and directions such as this one from BBC Food.
1 cupful of strong, hot, black coffee
1 tsp sugar
1 measure whisky
1 small carton double cream
And here’s a video that shows you how to make an Irish Coffee along with some of the tricks of the trade such as warming the glass before preparing the coffee and how to get the cream to float on top.
If you prefer cocktails, discovery.com, those fine purveyors of science, technology and history, also have 10 St. Patrick’s Day Cocktailsfor you to consider, such as the Emerald Isle.
1 part Gin
1 tsp Green Crème de menthe
2 dashes bitters
Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Should you not want any alcohol in your drinks or you have some wee ones that will be joining you, spoonful.com has some non-alcoholic drinks and some treats for the kids such as a dairy-free shamrock shake and shamrock drops that can be enjoyed by everyone.
Have fun, drink responsibly, have a designated driver or the taxi company’s phone number with you and enjoy being Irish.