The seasons are changing, and as the days get shorter and cooler, there is less time to do things outdoors. What a perfect time to curl up in your comfortable armchair and literally do a bit of "armchair travel". You can plan a trip for the next traveling season, or - if you can’t take a trip in the near future, it’s almost as much fun to read travel stories. Travel literature, as opposed to guidebooks, has been around for a very long time. There’s something about reading true travel adventures that is almost as good as being there.
Last Friday, I read to the kindergarten classes at West Platte Elementary. We read Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr. The phrase "Run, Turkey, Run!" is repeated many times in the book, which is perfect for audience participation! The students did a good job of helping me read the book. Good work kindergarteners!
This week, I had the opportunity to see TV chef and cookbook author Ina Garten. She was in town at an event sponsored by Rainy Day Books, an independent book store here in Kansas City. While I don't consider myself a very good cook, I love to watch other people cook, even if it is just on TV. I have watched Ina, known to her fans as "The Barefoot Contessa", cook on TV for years and to see her in person was a real treat.
There are leaves to rake, if the wind will leave them alone long enough to bag. There’s a meal to cook, but my imagination level is low today. A cold front is coming in, but ho hum, that's to be expected. It's November.
If you need a relaxed activity for your children on the day after Thanksgiving (November 26, 2010), please come to the Blue Ridge Branch for Craft Time for Preschoolers at 10 a.m. We offer this program on the fourth Friday of each month. Crafts are planned for children who haven’t yet started school. No difficult cutting, no sharp scissors, no rigid rules, but lots of glue stickiness. We’ve made Mother’s Day cards, Halloween bags, wreaths, placemats, woven caterpillars, and butterfly wings.
Most of us have at least heard parts of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. We might even have read its chiseled words on the walls of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It is a memorable speech to be sure. However, I believe Lincoln’s greatest speech, only 703 words long, is his Second Inaugural Address.
The pundits of Lincoln’s time gave the speech mixed reviews. But, Lincoln’s words have stood the test of time. Its final paragraph inspires me in today’s circumstances: