The weather turned cooler again today and I wanted nothing more than tomato soup and grilled cheese for dinner. The nice thing about being a grown up is that I got to make and eat just that. The other nice thing about being a grown up was my “grilled cheese” was actually mature Scottish cheddar toasted on a French baguette. I highly recommend the combo.
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The Labors of Hercules Beal by Gary Schmidt
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews Gary D. Schmidt’s new novel.
- The title character of The Labors of Hercules Beal works through his grief by duplicating, in contemporary terms, the 12 “labors” of his mythical namesake.
To Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice
Kerry Anderson reminds us that both sides of the familiar verse matter.
- When it comes to opening my mailbox, May is almost as exciting as December. Graduation announcements come in as a close second to Christmas cards among the favorite mail I receive. I love seeing the creativity of the cards, the carefully chosen, personality-reflecting senior pictures, and the promise of the future. I adore reading about the various accomplishments and next steps and I get extra excited when there’s a party invite in there too! I can just sense the beaming smile of a mamma as she addressed them all. And if you’ve ever mailed me one, know that your announcement sat in a special basket and was prayed over until dethroned in December by that first holiday card.
Get the Scoop on the Little Free Library
It’s Little Free Library Week and here’s everything you need to know about the book sharing non-profit.
- Have you strolled by a Little Free Library and wanted to know more about what it is? For Little Free Library Week, May 14-20, let’s break down this cool book-sharing opportunity, how to borrow, donate, and swap books for free, and how to build your own box.
I Wonder Why? : Journal Page Idea for Kids
Erica at What Do We Do All Day has a great recommendation for a journal page with your young ones.
- Like most things in life, the best journal page ideas for kids come from the kids themselves!
Chances are high that your child is always asking you questions, and while you’d love to actually know everything in the universe, you probably don’t.
Around the Warren
To the Everyday Artists
Millie Sweeny writes an ode to those who make in the ordinary days.
- On the side of a county road stands a large wooden sign. It is obviously hand-painted, a protest sign against some proposed government measure. It is eye-catching however, because the sign’s maker punctuated the words by painting a large heron onto half the space. It is large,detailed, outlined in bold strokes. Obviously a great blue heron, it is a striking painting.
Carolyn Leiloglou self-diagnoses.
- I’ve self-diagnosed myself with adult amnesia. Maybe I made that term up, but I think it’s a real problem. I have trouble remembering what it’s like to be a kid. Do you?
Actually, I do remember much of what it’s like. The problem is I have trouble remembering to remember.
Making the World More Beautiful (with Miss Rumphius)
Laura Peterson reviews a classic picture book.
- Are you acquainted with the Lupine Lady? She lives in a small house overlooking the sea, and goes by the more proper name of Miss Alice Rumphius. I’ve known her since I was a child, and I love introducing her to new friends. The Lupine Lady is the central character in the picture book Miss Rumphius, by Barbara Cooney, and it’s one of my favorite stories.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Got some long car rides coming up in the summer months? Try these tongue twisters to get everyone laughing.
Something to Watch
I’ve been listening through a podcast rewatching one of my favorite shows as a kid: Boy Meets World, and when they got the episode where Nancy Kerrigan made an appearance, they brought her on for an interview. Which, of course, sent me to YouTube to find her 1994 Olympic skating performances, and this free skate is pretty amazing—even if she hadn’t just come back from a famous injury.
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–The Story Warren Team