Thursday, March 7, 2019

It's World Book Day, March 7: For the Love of Books

Why We Read: 

Books are magic. They can take you anywhere you want to go.  They take you to different times; they let you visit people who lived hundreds of years earlier; they let you imagine what it would be like to live hundreds of years later.  You can be rich or you can be poor; you can experience anything through a book.
(A friend posted this illustration on Facebook . If I can find the source, I will credit it.) 

In honor of World Book Day, at least World Book Day in the UK, I'm going to reintroduce an article I wrote last year about the joy and magic of books:

At one time we had hundreds of books, actually we had several thousand books.  My first husband and I were both book collectors; our first date included a trip to a used book store with thousands of cheap books.  My ex-husband built bookshelves everywhere...  We had library stacks in the basement, library stacks in the extra rooms on the third floor; the closets that we didn't need for clothing or storage were turned into floor-to-ceiling book shelves. 

But then life changed..... 

The story continues here:
 For the Love of Books.......

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

For The Love of Books

I love books.


Not just the function of books.  But real books with paper pages.  And sometimes with beautiful photographs or sketches.  Hard cover, paperback; that doesn't matter.. but BOOKS.  Not books you read online, not even Kindle books.  Books that smell like paper.  Even some with a touch of mustiness... REAL books.

Book chair by Alexander Love.  You can buy it at etsy! 

At one time we had hundreds of books, actually we had several thousand books.  My first husband and I were both book collectors; our first date included a trip to a used book store with thousands of cheap books.  My ex-husband built bookshelves everywhere...  We had library stacks in the basement, library stacks in the extra rooms on the third floor; the closets that we didn't need for clothing or storage were turned into floor-to-ceiling book shelves.    

At one time I had these books pretty well organized.  Fiction was in the basement, arranged alphabetically by author.  Greek and Roman history were in the back room of the third floor.  Psychology and philosophy were also in that back room.

When our son was born, we added more books.  Books about pregnancy and child-rearing.  Beautiful hard-covered picture books for children.  When I returned to teaching, we added shelves of books about child development, education, and teaching.

Well, life changes.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Easter! Happy Passover! Easter Bunny detours....

The Easter Bunny gets a taste for something green and makes a detour:






Happy Easter!  Happy Passover!
More Easter humor HERE and HERE....

Easter foods and treats?  Boozy bunnies HERE and HERE, Easter egg Jello and pudding shots HERE and HERE, and simple Easter cakes HERE and HERE.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

St. Patrick's Countdown: Nine Days until St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year; giving fans of the holiday -- Irish or those who are just Irish for the day -- extra time to celebrate and wear green!


We do know that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.. Actually though, tens of millions of people in the United States have Irish heritage.. including many millions who are unaware of their Irish roots.

There's another reason that so many celebrate the Saint:  St. Patrick's Day means that Spring is just around the corner and that's reason enough to celebrate, even if you don't have a proverbial drop of Irish blood.  But it is usually still pretty darned cold in Chicago, so we still need to wear coats when we watch the parade, watch the Chicago River being dyed green, or engage in some bar-hopping or pub-crawling or green-beer-drinking.


No idea where this vintage St. Patrick's Day card came from, but I found it at one of my favorite Facebook pages, Nanalulu's Linens and Handkerchiefs

Irish parades in various cities:

Chicago:  Listings for Chicago St. Patrick's Day festivities can be found HERE and HERE.

Atlanta touts Savannah as preparing for the "Nation's second largest St. Patrick's Day parade" HERE.  (If so, I had no idea.)

Boston:
  Well, we know that people in Boston celebrate St. Paddy's Day.  Try this link for more information.

I'll add information about celebrations in various cities as I come across it. 

Irish (or kind of Irish) food and drink:

Two articles about Irish Soda Bread can be found at Cheese, Chocolate, and Other Delights:
  1. Traditional Irish Soda Bread HERE.
  2. Enhanced Americanized Irish Soda Bread HERE.

I've also got some great recipes for homemade Irish cream liqueur, Irish Stew, and a few others, some traditional recipes, some just fun.  So check back! 

I've already published this very faux-Irish (but very green)
dessert that will make a colorful addition to any St. Patrick's Day celebration:       
Original of this from Taste of Home, recipe reproduced HERE.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

St. Patrick's Countdown: Ten Days until St. Patrick's Day!


St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday this year; giving fans of the holiday -- Irish or those who are just Irish for the day -- extra time to celebrate and wear green!   


We do know that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day.. Actually though, tens of millions of people in the United States have Irish heritage.. including many millions who are unaware of their Irish roots.


There's another reason that so many celebrate the Saint:  St. Patrick's Day means that Spring is just around the corner and that's reason enough to celebrate, even if you don't have a proverbial drop of Irish blood.  But it is usually still pretty darned cold in Chicago, so we still need to wear coats when we watch the parade, watch the Chicago River being dyed green, or engage in some bar-hopping or pub-crawling or green-beer-drinking.


No idea where this vintage St. Patrick's Day card came from, but I found it at one of my favorite Facebook pages, Nanalulu's Linens and Handkerchiefs

Thursday, March 1, 2018

How Long Until Daylight Savings Time Begins? Click Below!





Click HERE for the number of Days and Hours Until Daylight Savings Time!


Daylight Savings Time for 2018 begins Sunday, March 11th!

Yes, friends!  We are almost there!  Only one completely dark weekend left and one more dark week.  (I'm writing this on the evening of February 28th, 2018, around 8:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.)  

We've noticed earlier evenings even though we've had many grey days lately:  When it is sunny out, it is still light until after 5 p.m. 

But on Sunday evening March 11th....

We Spring Ahead!  Daylight Savings Time in 2018 starts Sunday, March 11th.  We need to move our clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night and we get one less hour of sleep, but it will seem worth it when we notice that we can still see our hands in front of our faces at 7 p.m.!  Enjoy!


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So:  Turn your clocks FORWARD Saturday night, March 11th, before you go to bed.  Spring ahead!!




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