Living and Learning in the Pacific Northwest
I finished the Oxford punch needle rug and it is sooooo soft! I used it for the first time yesterday. I love it! Abby dog has curled up on it a few times too. Once, her toenail loosened a thread, so I cut off the thread. It is easy to fix. I didn’t put a non-slip or felt backing on it so I can easily punch in repairs, if it gets bare looking in a spot. It hangs on the side of the tub when not in use. Binding it was the “hardest” part. I really need to find my thimble. OUCH
In June and July, I read/listened to “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I finished “Mockingjay” last night. I cringed from the violence and atrocities at several points in the story, but it is a thought-provoking series. It is surprising that this is teen literature, partly because of the violence and all the issues that need to be processed and discussed from the story.
This month, I re-read “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. TKAM is one of my all time favorite books. Now I’m reading “Black Like Me” by John Howard Griffin as a follow-up to the issues that concern me in TKAM. I will get this book on Friday. I’m wanting to read it because of the recent verdict in George Zimmerman case. I thought our society has changed in 50 years. After Trayvon Martin was killed, the Zimmerman verdict, the assumptions, the commentary, the stereotypes, and the unkind words about Trayvon’s childhood girlfriend, I am afraid society has not changed in a way that really matters. It makes me sad and I want to understand it better. I want us to be friendlier, more open with one another, more willing to talk and help. I know the outcome would have been different if these two frightened people were willing to talk to one another first.
I’m on a book reading roll.
This month I also read “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” by John Mayer. It is a living book about World War II. Not that it is eloquently written, a powerful story does not need this distraction. I found its simplicity mirrors the simplicity of the play the teenage girls wrote and it is the perfect tone for the book too. I was fascinated to read about how the teenage girls in Kansas find a forgotten hero for a school project and truly bring her story to life again. What Irena Sendler did in Nazi occupied Poland is truly amazing, yet she remained humble about it until her own death. I am inspired by this story! I won’t say anymore as it will be a spoiler for the book. I highly recommend this book, especially for anyone interested in history, education and helping others.
The boys are listening to audio books from our audiobooks.com “unlimited” subscription –over 30 hours in 2 weeks. Chandler is listening to “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis and Hunter is currently listening to “Brian’s Winter” by Gary Paulsen. “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkein are on their short list for the summer. Instead of game apps, they are listening to books or music in the car. Hooray!