Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Book to Keep You Up All Night

Erica Spindler outdoes herself once again. You will find yourself captivated by the story. I felt I was standing with Alexandra Clarkson when she entered the wine caves...I felt for her and what she was going through. How could people not believe, but then again why should they? This story is a real page-turner! And I must left me hankering for a good glass of wine!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter

   Remember Why He Came

It may seem strange at Christmas time
     To think of nails and wood,
   But both were used in Jesus' life
     to bring us something good.

From manger bed, to crown of thorns
     To death on Calvary,
God used the wood and nails of men
     To set all people free.

So celebrate God's greatest gift,
     Give thanks in Jesus' name.
The wood, the nail, the blood red cord --

    Remember why HE came.

Written by:  Michael Sarah

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing." Harper Lee

I have read the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee over a dozen times.  It never gets stale...maybe it's her writing style or her character development.  I mean who wouldn't have wanted the pleasure of knowing Atticus Finch or his daughter Scout. 

Scout sums up the blessing of being able to read in one short quote, "Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing."

As adults, we know the importance of being able to read and write and communicate, but how do we show that to our children?  Children know they are expected to read and write in school to get passing grades and to pass standardized tests and because of that, I think many children look  at reading as a chore... something long, and  hard, and boring.   As homework! So the question is how do we show them that reading is something engaging and exciting and active?  One simple way is to let your children see you read and to read along with them. If we can help to foster a love of reading for our children that love, that interest, will help them to realize how wonderful reading really is. It will no longer be looked at as a chore, but as a form of enjoyment! Once children unlock the mystery of how great and wonderful the world of reading is, they'll be hooked for life. It can become something so wonderful that the fear of losing it would make them want to do it all the more!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

From teacher to author! What a difference a dream makes!

As a first post, I thought I'd tell you a little bit of how my story came about!

It was the summer of 1991 and I had a dream where my grandfather explained to me that he was going to die. Upon awakening the next morning, I received a phone call that Grandpa had had a stroke and he died shortly thereafter. My grandfather and I had such a great relationship, I believe that he wanted me to know personally that he was going to die and that things would be okay. While I was grief-stricken by his death, I was in awe of my dream. To help me with the grieving process, I started to write down stories/escapades that Grandpa and I shared. Many years later, I finally took the leap and made it into a memoir. My book, "My Hero, My Ding, A Memoir of a Girl and her Grandfather" was recently released on December 7, 2010. If it wasn't for this dream about my grandfather, I probably would have never realized my dream of becoming an author.