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Monday, April 27, 2015

Day 27: Monday {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

Another poem by by Lee. This may have been shared at some point here but poems are good to repeat.

White Butterfly by Autumn Lee

The day I
Caught a little
In my

Was white
And so small,
Even in my
Own small

The gasp I
Gave at seeing
The creature
So close

I thought, and
In my

Blowing on
The butterfly,
Willing it
To fly

Up, away
From me, into
The sky, soon
Just a

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Day 26: I Need Thee Every Hour {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

I Need Thee Every Hour
Words by Annie Hawks
Music by Robert Lowry

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;
Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee;
O bless me now, my Savior,
I come to Thee.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 28: Tuesday {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

Today, Tuesday

The sun shines, but
Under the eaves is 
Ethereal white, looking like
Snow; it is only thick frost.
Dawning, the sun begins to warm
And melt the ice, but it isn't that warm

Day 25: Granola Bars {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

The original recipe is from Against the Grain* cookbook by Nancy Cain. I've modified it {of course}.

2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup Trim Healthy Mama Baking Blend
1/4 cup snipped Viva Labs organic goji berries*
1 snack box of snipped raisins
1/4 cup Viva Labs organic raw cacao nibs*
1 cup shredded coconut
1 TBS unflavored NOW Foods gelatin* (optional)
1 TBS cinnamon
1/3 cup Trim Healthy Mama erythritol
1/2 cup honey
2-3 TBS unsulphured molasses
1 tsp vanilla
4 TBS butter (or coconut oil- that's what I was going to use)

Directions: (remember, I modified this)
Preheat oven to 300*F.
Grease 9x13 pan. Line with parchment paper if you have that.
Mix all dry ingredients, except erythritol, in a medium bowl. That's the first 7 ingredients. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and heat. Bring to a rolling boil, for about 2 minutes.
Pour the sugar mix over dry mix. Stir until well combined.
Spoon into pan and flatten uniformly.
Bake for about 25 minutes. When done let cool in the pan completely. If you were lucky to have parchment paper you can remove that to let them cool on a rack. Otherwise, wait to cut into bars until it's completely cooled.
Of course, I don't follow directions- probably why I'm always tweaking recipes- and I went ahead and cut these before completely cool with no problems.
They taste yummy!

*Disclaimer: I was given the Viva Labs organic raw cacao nibs and organic goji berries for free for the purpose of reviewing on Amazon. This post is just to show one way I used them. *Links are Amazon affiliate links. See Disclosure/Policies.*

A quick poem because I just can't not have one: Shakespeare's Sonnet 18 

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course, untrimmed;
But the eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow'st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 24: Reading List on the Net {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

For today's poem I'd like to share another of Lee's poems. She wrote this just the other day and I quite like it:

The View (by Autumn Lee)

Great wide world--
I see you!
You spread away, away--
I can cover you with one hand.
At some point there's an edge--
I see you for miles.

Great wide world--
You look so small!
There's so much in every place--
I see it in one glance.
Much more beyond just here--
I am above it all.

Great wide world--
I'm standing in the sky!
From here I see how big you are--
Still only takes one hand.
You're so much vaster than I know--
But for now I see it all.

*This post contains one single solitary Amazon affiliate link. See Disclosure/Policies.*

Otherwise I'm keeping a reading list on my phone when I come across links that interest me. Here is a little video to watch: Keepers of the Flame.

Most of the links I have are for education; public school that is. I will only share some of those. But one I have bookmarked is not. It is from Christian Science Monitor (I am not in agreement with their theology/doctrine but appreciate their reporting):
Is this the most effective new antipoverty program in America? What it entails is taking an active interest, and follow-through, in those who are in poverty. It doesn't mean just giving them money or resources to buy what they need. It means helping them see how to get what they need, and in some cases even understanding what it is that they need. Watching the video documentary from 2010, Waiting for Superman*, one tactic for an alternative school to reach more students effectively is by taking an active interest in the students' family. It involves helping the parents get what they need so that they can in turn better help their kids.
*Amazon affiliate link

Less is More. That isn't the title of the post but it really sums it up. A US educator goes to Finland to get more ideas on how to do new things with her class here in the US. What she finds is that the Finnish students are succeeding when the US students are not; that might be because less is more.
Here in the US,
"we can't even stick to ONE philosophy of education long enough to see if it actually works. We are constantly trying new methods, ideas and initiatives. We keep adding more and more to our plates without removing any of the past ideas. Currently we believe "more" is the answer to all of our education problems- everything can be solved with MORE classes, longer days,...MORE assignments, MORE pressure, ...and of course MORE testing! All this is doing is creating MORE burnt out teachers, MORE stressed out students and MORE frustration."
She gives 11 areas that Finland has the Less is More mentality when it comes to education. And they all make perfect sense. I'd say these are evidence-based results that should be given much thought here in the US. There is always the drive to find 'evidence-based' strategies and practices for the best teaching and learning here in the US. But I think that for the most part, those advocating for so-called evidence-based practices are primarily concerned with successful schools in the US. That presents a problem when supposedly the most successful here is still falling behind the most successful internationally. If we are going to compare, it makes sense to see what others are doing "right" so that perhaps those strategies can be applied.

Lastly, the reliance on smartphones by teens is rising. Apparently in 2012 only 1/3 of teens (surveyed) had smartphones; now 73% of teens (surveyed) have one. 92% of teens go online everyday.
Of course they have to throw in demographics as well: 85% of African-Americans have a hand-held device, while 71% of white and Hispanic do. Interestingly,"91% of white and upper-income teens" also have a desktop or laptop at home, compared to only 80% of "African-American, Hispanic, and middle- and lower-income teens." Facebook apparently is still the king of social media for teens, but Instagram, SnapChat and Twitter are used more often by middle- and upper-income teens. Girls gravitate toward the more visual apps.
Other than the social media stats, as far as was stated, the rest of the results mimic adult ownership and usage of smartphones or hand-held devices. Is this surprising? 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 23: Sweet Tooth {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

Looks like I missed another day. I had a feeling it was going to happen. I'm going to get the poetry portion out of the way right away.

Short, my poem will be,
When it deals with
Eating. Because today I will be
Eating something that I hope will be
Truly tasty!

Short and sweet, no? Yeah, I crack me up.
I wrote that acrostic poem in honor of the peanut butter bars cooking right now. They smell deliciously wonderful.

And that's taken care of; on to other things. In a post not too long ago I talked about making cat food. It's raw food, not to be cooked. We got it made and have been giving it to our kitty.

She *loves* it!

I've noticed she begs more for food now though (not good) but she's also got more energy (very good). I'm hoping that those will even out soon. Also, I'm watching her coat and skin to see the improvement that is supposed to happen.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 21: Cat & Food {National Poetry Month & 30 Day Blog Challenge}

Years ago- somewhere around 8- Lee* wrote a little book of cat poems for school (when she was in public school). I still have those poems somewhere on a disc or computer. Unfortunately, I don't know exactly where. They were cute and well-done. Here I will share one that she did more recently that is also about a cat. Our cat, to be precise.
*Her pseudo-pseudonym is Autumn Lee. *wink*

Little Kitty With the Question Mark Tail by Autumn Lee
Little kitty with the question mark tail,
with the soft bur and the round eyes,
When there's food, always comes without fail.

Though normally she's slow as a snail,
One good whiff and off she flies.
Little kitty with the question mark tail.

A step behind you she will trail,
Calling you to stop with small cries -
When there's food, always comes without fail.

If you ignore her, she may wail,
And her hunger perhaps dramatize.
Little kitty with the question mark tail.

To your softer side she'll appeal,
And wait and wait for her prize -
When there's food, always comes without fail.

When you relent, the tidbit she'll inhale,
And thank you with purrs loud for her size.
Little kitty with the question mark tail,
When there's food, always comes without fail.

And now I'm going to talk about making cat food. I am *positive* -absolutely- that I wrote about this at some point on this blog, not somewhere else. But I cannot find it. Oh well. The way I am going to make cat food this time is very different than that time; whenever it was.

I am relying on two sites specifically to help me do this right: A Wiki-How and Feline Nutrition. More on the latter than the former because it is an ".org" site. According to the price break down, this costs about what it costs me to buy dry food but will be much better for our kitty and she'll eat less. Theoretically.

We will be using chicken most likely as I've no idea where to find rabbit (and am a little freaked out to even do so). I ordered the supplements from Amazon (just about my favorite 'store' lately) and they should arrive in a day or so. Also we'll be going the no-bones route as we've nothing that can handle grinding them up.

This post is being pre-written and scheduled so who knows, I may have had success with making the food for our kitty. In that case, you can be sure I'll be back soon with an update *smile*

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 20: Book Review & Giveaway Link: A Sparrow in Terezin {30 Day Blog Challenge}

Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and K├íja must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

My thoughts: I will put my review here, below the blurb about the book and above the details for the giveaway. I signed up for this book review after reading Cambron's The Butterfly and the Violin, which I absolutely loved. But my review is about A Sparrow in Terezin.

The story is set in the past and the present, with Kaja and Sera, and all that entails during years of Kaja's life, and less than one of Sera's. Other characters are the journalist who does crosswords for the paper that hires Kaja, in London, and of course Sera's husband. But Sera's husband is arrested, sending the family scrambling somewhat to figure out how to clear his name. There are others of course, but they come and go. 

I really like the books Cambron writes and would definitely read more of them. I am watching and waiting for her next book. However, this one wasn't as gripping as The Butterfly and the Violin. I am not entirely sure why. It could be that I 'experienced' the War so emotionally in the first book that I was tempted, and gave in at points, to skimming when it was detailed again in this book. Also, the um, pettiness of a character or two really annoyed me. Fortunately that wasn't often and only two characters. I won't tell you who *smile*.

I think if you read this, you won't be disappointed {except with maybe a few little things}. 

***Disclaimer: I received a physical copy of the book reviewed from LitFuse for free for this review. No compensation was given. All opinions are my own. See Disclosure/Policies.

And now for the Giveaway details!

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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