I generally write these emails the evening before you get them. Sometimes, my day is ordered in such a way that I’m done preparing the email by about 5:30 pm. Other times it’s 10:30. Tonight’s one of the latter, but it’s been a rich evening, full of talk on books and language and writers and storytelling. There should be more evenings like this.
Around the Web
We Need More Holy Fools
Scott Hubbard shares how God wakened him to eternity.
- A man is trapped in a car, rushing down a hill toward a cliff. The doors are locked. The brakes are out. The steering barely works. Far ahead, he can see other cars hurtling into the abyss. How far they fall, he does not know. What they find at the bottom, he cannot imagine.
But he does not seek to know; he does not try to imagine. Instead, he paints the windshield, climbs into the back seat, and puts in his headphones.
Picture books for and about school
Megan at Redeemed Reader gets us ready for back to school.
- Three picture books are perfect for going back to school: We the People, Pterodactyl Show and Tell, and My First Day.
3 Practical Ways for You and Your Family to Glorify God and Leave a Legacy of Glory
Ann Voskamp has a conversation with her adult children.
- As summer ripens like a golden wheat field, Caleb and Melba continue their work in Italy and the thermometer shows over 100F most days.
The blazing Tuscan sun is relentless; while the heat and dust are less than ideal for conducting research and exploring Florence, the heat is perfect for the growth and abundance of the fields in the hills around the city, turning the wheat white for harvest, just like wheat harvest begins at the homefarm in Canada.
Robert McCloskey Makes Way
Sarah Mackenzie revisits a classic.
- In today’s Special Edition of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, you’ll meet the man behind Make Way for Ducklings. Robert McCloskey was the first to win two Caldecott Awards, and his books are arguably among the most celebrated picture books of all time.
Around the Warren
Sarah Hohner shares her plan for sowing season.
- So I finally made my sowing schedule. 150 seeds; some indoor, some outdoor. The dates are staggered, dependent on soil temperature, or rainfall. I have the indoor peat pots on the way, and 8 lbs of organic dirt is nestled next to my backdoor, much to my husband’s befuddlement (why are we paying for dirt, again? Because the online voices tell me to, honey, it’s fine). I even brought in a hangdog open-air shelving unit from outside and positioned it next to our biggest, sunniest window. All of this is in hopeful anticipation of optimum weather, and the beginning of sowing season. All of this is in direct defiance of the Great Disappointment of last year.
Poetry for the Lazy Hazy Days of Summer (pt. 1)
Leslie Bustard shares poetry for, well, for the lazy hazy days of summer.
- Summer is just the right time to discover new poets and add poems into your home life. With the school year and all that must be accomplished left behind, reading poetry can become source of delightful “that’s me!… and you, too?” moments with loved ones. Although it is easy to put poetry in the “too hard and too good for you” category, enjoying how words are put together and how they capture the joys and sorrows of everyday life may add another layer to the making of good summer memories. Just like a dish of freshly picked strawberries or a bowl of homemade peach ice cream, these poems will tickle your lips and make your heart happy.
A little more poetry for you from Mary Caroline Whims
- The river is silver tonight
So the moon came down for a dip
Where the frogs croak deep in the rushes
And the stars swim shining like fish.
Something to Do with Your Kids
You know I love an activities list and this one is great. Need ideas for summer fun? Here are a bunch!
Something to Watch
This is a cool podcast/video where Destin from Smarter Every Day asks questions of his friend who knows history stuff. This time, they’re talking about the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team