If you’re anything like me, the start of September has taken life by storm. I’m skating in to this week’s email by the skin of my teeth (late, if you’ll note), and hoping that the grace I know is always out there can be shared with me this week. Let’s all give each other a little more grace today.
Around the Web
Christy Bauman considers the truth of a city’s tagline.
- I am sitting in Kerry Park looking at the Seattle skyline when a woman with a canvas bag reading “Atlanta is for Dreamers” passes by me. I turn my gaze from the skyline I have called home for 15 years and stare.
Really? Atlanta, for dreamers?
Since our recent move to the East Coast, I have driven through Atlanta more often aware of popular attractions such as the MLK museum, the World of Coca-Cola, and Underground Atlanta. The city has a really cool mayor doing more for black-owned businesses…but I don’t know if I would describe the city as one for dreamers?.
Top Hat Books
Sally Lloyd-Jones shares some excellent hat books.
- I love hats, don’t you? You can see me in a hat here. And here. And I love reading in hats, as you can see here.
Some of my favourite books feature hats. In fact, I love them so much I wrote a book about them—and a friend who loves them.
Gospelbound: Everything Sad Is Untrue
Colin Hansen has a conversation with Daniel Nayeri.
- You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll shout hallelujah.
It’s hard to describe the exact experience of reading Daniel Nayeri’s Everything Sad Is Untrue. I can’t say I’ve read anything like it before. It’s a coming-of-age memoir. It’s a Christian testimony. It’s a refugee’s inside look at religion and geopolitics. It’s the anguished cry of a boy separated from his father and the only world he knew and loved—a world that he’s not even sure he can remember.
Persons Not Products
Amy Fisher shares how she reframed her education.
- Charlotte Mason helped me make sense of my education.
I had caring and competent teachers in high school, but they could not compensate for the educational system we operated in. You may find that system familiar. It breaks education down into a series of benchmarks, rewarding those who have the personality, ability, and motivation to keep in line. I was one of those students, and high school was a steady process of accruing good grades and extracurriculars for my impending scholarship applications.
Around the Warren
The Neighborhood News: Good News for Everyone
Rebecca Levake shares their family’s Neighborhood News project.
- One day I was mentally wandering through ideas, searching for the next great homeschool project for our kids. Or perhaps I was musing about ways to connect with our neighbors. I guess I don’t remember my exact train of thought, but when I landed on the idea of The Neighborhood News, I knew I was on to something good.
The Apostles’ Creed | Ben Myers
Théa Rosenberg reviews Ben Myers’ book that opens the doors to a familiar creed.
- My youngest daughter is in kindergarten which means that, when I teach art in her class, I get to hang out with kindergartners, who are some of the best people I know. By the time I get there, they’ve been in school for five hours, so they’re in a pleasant state of disarray—their hair wild, their knees stained.
Stories Are Light
Millie Sweeny shines a light on how stories shine.
- Bedtime at our house is often rushed. Especially as the springtime moves along and the evenings push themselves later and later, the last month of school is full of days in which we play too long outside and have to throw the kids in bed so they can get out of them again in the morning.
4 Short Read-Alouds
Théa Rosenberg recommends four short read-aloud books.
- Sometimes, you need a short read-aloud, one you can pick up and read here and there—at the park, say, or on a trip. You can’t commit months of your family’s life to reading it, and you need to be able to put it down for a few days or even a few weeks. Or you just need a book you can finish quickly. What I’m saying is: there’s a time for reading all seven Narnia books aloud, and there’s a time for reading a collection of Father Brown stories.
Something to Do with Your Kids
It’s September and there’s a whole slew of new things to do as a family! Here are some great recommendations.
Something to Watch
How far back in history could you go and still be able to understand the English language? This video explores that question!
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team