August 4 2018:
As a young girl Margaret E. Knight carried with her a notebook labeled My Inventions. She made creations for her mother and brothers and when she was twelve she designed a metal guard to prevent shuttles from shooting off looms and hurting workers.
Later she invented a machine that would cut and glue together a square-bottomed paper bag. Many of the paper bags we use today are still processed using Mattie’s invention.
An inspiring story of a girl and woman who knew in her heart she was an inventor and never backed down from that belief. Even in a time when it was believed women couldn’t understand the complexities of mechanical equipment.
July 28 2018:
Rumi – Whirling Dervish
Another incredible DEMI book! A brief book about the life of Rumi and what led to the Whirling Dervishes. Touches on how he wrote about the love that resides in the soul of everyone regardless of religion or background. Beautiful and inspiring book!
July 21 2018:
A wonderful book which highlights the African elephants and their intricate social structure. It’s from 1993 so also points out issues with the ivory trade. We all enjoyed this and I especially loved the simple illustrations.
July 14 2018:
The Noisy Paint Box
“I let myself go. I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.” …. And …. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” ~Vasily Kandinsky
An historical fiction of the life of Vasya Kandinsky who was one of the very first painters of abstract art. So interesting to learn that he could hear the colors. They literally made sounds that he could hear.
It is believed that he had synesthesia; a condition where one sense triggers another sense. He knew in his heart how he wanted to paint and kept straying from it to please others. He finally let loose!!
Lillian was glued to this as she loves creating and learning about abstract art. Thomas and I loved it too!
July 7 2018:
Manfish – A Story of Jacques Cousteau
Beautifully illustrated story of a boy who fell in love with the sea and dreamed of breathing beneath the waves.
“Il faut aller voir.” ~Jacques Cousteau (We must go and see for ourselves.)
An inventor, adventurer, explorer, poetic writer – a remarkable person.
This was another fun book to read!
July 1 2018:
Read this last night before bed Kasey J. Claytor. My favorite poem is “The Imprint”. I liked them all; yet, this one stood out for me.
July 1 2018:
Cannabis Revealed – How the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant is Healing Everything from Chronic Pain to Epilepsy
I’m researching CBD oil and I was referred to this book by another Chromosome 18 mom. I’m glad she did. I loved how the author included history of cannabis and detailed information to help a lay person understand.
Plus, I got to learn about the endocannabinoid system that we all have within us. I had never even heard of it! Great book for anyone wanting to educate themselves on this topic.
June 23 2018:
The Magic Boat
A traditional Chinese tale of a young boy named Chang who rescues an old man from a river. He is rewarded with a magic dragon boat that can magically change from pocket-size to full-size and back.
A wicked man steals the boat and takes it to the corrupt Emperor. Chang sets out to get the boat back so he can continue to do good with it. Great DEMI book with vibrant illustrations!
June 16 2018:
Heartwarming story of an Italian painter and a deep friendship formed while working on what will be the last of his masterpieces … painting and repairing the facade of an old church. Beautiful story!
June 9 2018:
Your Life is a Book – How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir
In the past I have stayed away from books like this, choosing instead to read deeply spiritual, mystical, and inner exploration type books. Recently, while pulling holds at the library, I was drawn to this book and others like it. Although I checked it out, the book sat for weeks while I read other books.
I’m grateful that there are times when I listen to the inner knowing and do things without question …and really, don’t even know that’s what I’m doing. HA! This book was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. And, surprisingly was also deeply spiritual. Imagine that!!