It’s been a busy week. I already miss October and it’s not even over yet. My life has turned the corner into the end of year and holiday details and I’m missing the slower days of sunshine through golden leaves. Let’s hold onto the golden hour of the year just a little longer. Take a breath and take a walk and revel in the light.
Around the Web
On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
Janie at Redeemed Reader reviews Lois Lowry’s poetic memoir.
- On the Horizon recalls two pivotal events of World War II through the eyes of witnesses, victims, and two children who would meet much later.
The Story of Daughter Zion’s Woe: A Lament Compilation
Kate Bluett reviews a new project from Cardiphonia and The Liturgy Fellowship Group, an album of laments written by women, born out of 2020.
- As the pandemic has made us painfully aware, women are often the first to give up. We give up our jobs to take care of the children, after first giving up our bodies to bring them into the world. We give up our needs to make sure that others’ are met. In many contexts, this means we lose our time or our money (or the possibility of making money), but what about the context of worship music? Women are worship leaders and musicians, songwriters and lyricists, but when we give up our places in the church to serve other needs, we give up our very voices. But the church and the world need our voices.
Midsummer’s Mayhem: Shakespeare, Baking, Magic
Carolyn Leiloglou recommends a middle grade novel based on Shakespeare.
- A real-world middle-grade fantasy built around the plot of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Yes please! Midsummer’s Mayhem by Rajani LaRocca is a magical story about a young baker and her family.
wounds from a friend
Mandy at life.faithful reminds us what true friendship is.
- I’ve never been a people person, but I’ve always been a people pleaser. I don’t like not being liked, which is probably the biggest reason it’s hard for me every time I click the “Publish” button and put my writing out there to be judged. My writing feels like so much a part of me that if anyone has anything negative to say about it, I feel like that is a blow to me.
Around the Warren
On Loneliness: A Letter to My Children
We’re revisiting an important essay from Rebecca Reynolds this week.
- I wish I could remember how many times your father has read the Narnia books to you. During those slow years when you still had time to crawl up into a lap and listen, you spent hundreds of hours in the company of Caspian, Lucy, Jill, and Reepicheep.
We read those books until the fabric of that world integrated with the fabric of our own. When we ate a good breakfast, we declared it a centaur breakfast. A thick, white snow was a Narnian snow. That awful kid at school was a Eustace. When your dad and I grew weary, we would crawl under our covers at night and remind ourselves of the fatigue of little Shasta running in the woods.
Changing the Ending, with Owen Davey’s Laika
K.A. Ramstead explores what it means to change the end of a tragic moment of history in a children’s book.
- Laika (pronounced Like-ah) wasn’t the first dog sent into outer space, but she was one of the most, if not the most, famous cosmonaut dog. Owen Davey’s Laika: Astronaut Dog introduces kids to this canine hero who helped test the possibility of space travel.
Something to Do with Your Kids
Do you have a young marine biologist on your hands? Need some ideas for passing a rainy November afternoon? Check out this jellyfish in a bottle project.
Something to Watch
Hector Elizondo reads a lovely tale by Eileen Spinelli.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
-The Story Warren Team