Summer Reading Buddies

As one of the poster-girls for United Way’s literacy program United2Read, I once again had the pleasure of going to the Yonkers’ public library in New York to find some summer reading buddies.  It was amazing and gratifying to see how many kids and how many volunteers were there. The place was a magical madhouse of…

A library awaits…

Children have schools, but everyone has access to public libraries. I’m always amazed at the resources and activities available. When we were looking for a place to live, proximity to a library was a consideration for location. And, we are lucky enough to live just three blocks from our local branch in Arlington County, VA.…

The Purpose of School: Assumptions Differing

On Monday, I uploaded the last three requirements for this semester—29 pages of writing. That afternoon, I reassembled a candelabra floor lamp (removing cloth-covered wires that are now considered a safety hazard), cut and primed boards for an exterior door overhang (a very long time in the design phase) and started laying out a tile…

Learning to read; reading to learn

It’s countdown time–not to Christmas or New Year’s. The end of the semester is 5 days away. Luckily, I’m only taking two classes, and I’ve been staying on top of the reading and other requirements. One class only had two exam/papers, with the final due on Friday. But I just counted. The other class had…

Go with the Flow

Evocative advice. Unfortunately, my flow would leave me reading a selection chosen by my book group rather than The Secular Revolution: Power, Interests, and Conflict in the Secularization of American Public Life, not a title that rolls off the tongue or one I’d be inclined to choose if I were browsing the library shelves. The 95…