Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Painted Churches of Texas: St. Mary's Catholic Church of High Hill

For more about St. Mary's Catholic Church of High Hill, Texas, see:

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Great Books I Found at Home During this Crazy Time

You are probably just like me...you probably have books squirreled away all over your house, books you have been given for a birthday or Christmas, books you brought home from conferences and author events, books sent to you for review, books you bought on impulse, books you found on sale....

I have been happy to find a lot of great books sitting here on my shelves right now. Here are a few that I hope to read soon.

A Book That Takes Its Time: An Unhurried Adventure in Creative Mindfulness. I saw this book at a library conference. As soon as I opened it, and took a look at all the fantastic activities inside, I knew that I would have to get a copy of it for myself. I did, and I've read it, but now is a great time to look through it again, during this stressful time.

I ordered this book, The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology, from a bookstore in England at the beginning of this stay-at-home time, and it took a couple of weeks to arrive, but it did arrive. It's an excellent collection of poems. I'm reading a few poems from it each day.

I've been trying to read all of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up for a long time now, and several wonderful friends have sent me books from the list that are not widely available here in the US. I've had these three on my shelf for a while. For some reason, I've been reading these 1001 Children's Books like crazy (I read twelve last week). So I am thrilled to have these and a few others on my shelf.

The single best book I have ever found for calming my anxiety and fears during a stressful time is this book, The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times by Pema Chodron.

I have any number of gentle reads. Village School is one of them.

I have an entire Paris book stack here at home. This one, The Paris Librarian, is doubly wonderful, with Paris as a setting and a librarian as a character.

Writing is always something that helps me. This book, 1 Page at a Time: A Daily Creative Companion, is a book I got for my birthday. It's ideal for me.

I love DK books, with their big illustrations and their helpful explanations. I use this one, 101 Yoga: Essential Tips, for my daily yoga regimen, though I still miss my yoga and swim classes at the Y and walking with my friend.

I found this one on my bookshelf from a library conference. It's More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War. I hope I can be brave enough to read it soon.

Books-about-books are always wonderful, but they seem more comforting, more helpful right now. 

What sorts of books do you have on your bookshelves
that are comforting right now?

Have you ordered any books?

Share your recommendations with me.

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Weekly Wrap-Up: Twelve Children's Books, the Emergency Poet, and Face-to-Face on Zoom

I can't seem to read anything but children's books, but I am reading a lot of them. I've read twelve of the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up last week. Here's what I read and reviewed:

Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (1894)
The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth (1877)
The Rose and the Ring by William Makepeace Thackeray (1855)
Ameliar-anne and the Green Umbrella (1920)
Mind Your Own Business by Michael Rosen (poetry)
The Fortunes of Philippa: A School Story (1906)
The Haunting by Margaret Mahy
I Am Susannah by Libby Gleeson
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson (fantasy)
Nesthäkchen and Her Dolls (1913)
The Family from One End Street by Eve Garnett (1937)
Roule Galette by Natha Caputo (picture book in French)

Have you heard of the Emergency Poet? The Emergency Poet is described as an "experience set up inside a 1970s ambulance. The ambulance is set up at a venue, and patients take part in a free private poetic health consultation with the Emergency Poet, and within 10 minutes will be prescribed an appropriate poem, verse or lyric." I bet it was lots of fun to do this before the coronavirus.

The Emergency Poet: An Anti-Stress Poetry Anthology is a collection of poems often used by Deborah Alma. I'm reading a poem or two a day. 

Our face-to-face book group, Third Tuesday Book Club, met on Zoom last week. We didn't really have a lot of book discussion, but it was wonderful to see everyone's faces. We decided to go ahead and try to meet in two weeks rather than a month for our next book, The Giver.

Wow. Book Sales Surge as Readers Seek Escapism and Education. I know I can't keep my Little Free Library full. It empties almost every day.

It looks like one of the few Texas Master Naturalist projects I will be able to do right now is a citizen science project on pollinators. I will be observing ornamentals (annuals or perennials) to help determine their attractiveness to various groups of pollinators in Texas and Oklahoma. For more information, see the Pollinator Project.

1. Brooks Brothers, MLB, a fashion designer, a hockey equipment company, and Under Armour have set to work making face masks and other protective gear. For more good news about how Americans are helping each other during this time, see this article in The Hill. (Thank you, Anne of A Head Full of Books).

2. I shared photos from a trip I took in February (it feels like it was centuries ago) to the Painted Churches of Central Texas. You won't believe how beautiful these churches are.

Painted Churches of Texas: St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church of Dubina

The Painted Churches of Texas: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Ammannsville

3. The choir at Shadow Creek High School, one of the high schools in my school district here in Alvin, Texas. I love looking at the faces of all those young people. Beautiful. It gives me hope.

How are you doing?

I'm very happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. There are no real requirements to linking up at Sunday Salon. Sunday Salon is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. Sunday Salon is a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 

Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:

  • What was your week like?
  • Read any good books? Tell us about them.
  • What other bookish things did you do? 
  • What else is going on in your life?

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