From time to time, a week comes along in which I utterly and completely forget The Warren & the World. Usually busyness or illness or some change of schedule is involved, but I 100% space out and don’t even realize I forgot to prepare and send the email until the next week when I jump in to do it again. It’s a reminder to me that I really can’t do everything, and that I’m not perfect—so it’s probably a good thing. It happened last week, and I only just realized it now as I logged on to prepare this. So look out below for a little something more—two weeks of Story Warren content instead of one, and an extra highlight of an exciting project on the horizon.
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Mother’s Day Book Picks
Sally Lloyd-Jones has a book list for us of books that celebrate the love of moms—er, mums.
- Some books to celebrate the unconditional love of mothers—all featuring adorable animals! Thank you, mums! (And grand mums and all the other beautiful mother figures in our lives.)
The Blood That Truly Saves
Carol Agate reminds us where our hope lies.
- In 2010, my sister was diagnosed with MDS a “pre-cancer” where the bone marrow does not function properly. Without a bone marrow or stem cell transplant, it is highly likely a patient will develop an aggressive and terminal form of Leukemia (AML).
My sister received medication that kept the MDS in remission for years, however, in May 2016 the same week in which my younger sister Cathy was diagnosed with a recurrence of Breast Cancer, Connie’s medication became ineffective. In the fall of 2016, Connie’s condition worsened, and it was determined without a stem cell transplant, she would not survive.
Children’s Stories: Cat and Dog Go to the Beach
The folks at the Circe Institute have been sharing stories over the past year, and invited their young readers to write their own. Here’s a fun one.
- Throughout this last year, I have enjoyed reading a variety of beautiful stories on the Daily Gathering; we read and discussed the story of a rabbit who desired to be real, a Mermaid who sought an immortal soul, and a cowboy who lassoed a tornado. These, and many other stories, have brought the participants into a world of fairies and giants, witches and kings, and wonder and joy; they have taught the students how to attend through imagination, narration, discussion, and comparison.
This last month, participants were given the opportunity to write their own stories. They all wrote well crafted and creative stories, a testament to the power of reading stories. We at CiRCE enjoyed reading each of the submissions, and carefully selected three stories to publish on this blog.
Someone shared a video from this project on Facebook the other week and now I can’t stay away from the site. The Photo Ark is a National Geographic project with the goal to photograph all existing species of animals on the earth. They call it the Photo Ark.
- Photo Ark uses the power of photography to inspire people to help save species at risk before it’s too late. Founder and photographer Joel Sartore has taken portraits of 11,000 species — and counting — in his quest to document our world’s astonishing diversity! He’s over half way to his goal of documenting all of the approximately 15,000 species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.
BIG NEWS from the Wingfeather Saga Team
This week I hung around on Facebook to hear the live unveiling of news from Andrew Peterson and Chris Wall about the long-awaited Wingfeather Saga animated series. It was news worth the wait, as they announced a partnership with Angel Studios to fund and distribute a Wingfeather Saga animated series. You can watch the video at the link below and let the team know you’re interested in keeping up with the project here.
Around the Warren
To Young Mothers of Toddlers and Babies
Rebecca Reynolds shares a gift of words to young mothers.
- There’s something I wish I could give to my friends who are moms of toddlers and babies. I wish I could give you a taste of what I see, now that my oldest children are teenagers.
I want to give this to you, because I know you are tired. I know it feels like some of those long days of service will never end, and that you aren’t doing any good, and that you are just getting old, wasting your whole life along the way.
I remember years of feeling like that.
Review: Into the Lantern Waste
Emily Putzke reviews an album inspired by Narnia,
- “So you might turn the page or you might shut the book, but the truth is still truth even if you don’t look.” – Sarah Sparks, Into the Lantern Waste
It is rare to come across an artist who eloquently combines literature with music while both convicting and bringing hope to the listener. Sarah Sparks’s album Into the Lantern Waste does just that. The songs are inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia and explore C.S. Lewis’s message of redemption through a combination of storytelling and soulful melodies.
The Longer You Look
Helena Sorensen reminds us to take a longer look.
- The first time I saw him, his face was shadowed by the brim of a baseball cap. His shoulders were hunched. His shorts and T-shirt were loose. He lifted my suitcase and garment bag out of his parents’ van, and I thought, “Jock.” That evening we sat across the table from each other at a restaurant famous for its peach muffins. You know the kind—just enough flour to keep the lard, sugar, and canned peaches together. He asked me about music, about the pieces I’d done with our college chorale and the songs I was working on in my voice lessons. He’d been a music education major, he said. Just like me.
The Little White Horse, by Elizabeth Goudge
Théa Rosenburg introduces a classic.
- “I absolutely adored The Little White Horse.”
J. K. Rowling
That sentence alone persuaded me to purchase The Little White Horse, a book I knew nothing else about by an author I’d never heard of. If this story fed the imagination of young J.K. Rowling, I wanted to save our family a seat at the feast.
Something to Do with Your Kids
May can be a busy month, but I hope you’ll find some time for family fun. Try these suggestions!
Something to Watch
I’ve been listening to Sir David Suchet read John’s Gospel in Westminster Abbey lately, and it’s just right.
Thanks for reading. We’re on your side.
–The Story Warren Team