That was the weekend… it started off on top of a mountain and somewhat blustery…
Lovely Links from This Week
- Gotta say a sense of humour is essential to life and love, here is a Honeymoon tale that only a sense of humour and then only after the fact, could get you through!!!
- How totally cool is this Tinker lab Engineering Kids and Rube Goldberg Machine and while you are over at Tinkerlab… did you see these solar labs!!!
- Hmmmm, I have eight kids, and the associated grey hairs… Grey or not… I am always astonished at the amount of discussion it raises!!!
- Who knew fresh kitchen clippers could make you happy, but a friendgifted me with these and they are fab… and since we are over at Yuppie Chef… have you seen the new Breakfast Course in their Cooking School, I think it is next on our list!!!
- I cannot resist a good play space, cannot!!! Childhood 101 has 60 Inspiring play spaces to look at… and I’m loving them!!!
- My friend Heather Sanders, who blogs everything about homeschooling, wants to know: “Your Biggest Homeschooling Frustration?” Head over and leave a comment, or read the comments and see that you are most likely not alone…
- And just in case you need some real live letter writing inspiration… there is a load of letter loveliness in this post on The Story Warren.
- A Blast From the Past:
And the se7en + 1th link:
Book of the Week
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah BenWell is the reason that this post has taken the whole weekend to hit publish. I had to read this book right the way through and word for word, I didn’t want to miss a thing. This is a book about a young teenage lad, called Sora, who suffers with ALS, (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). He is going to die and he grapples with the loss of his normal everyday life and his friends. He has lost the function in his legs and is losing it in his hands and arms as well, he can no longer attend school. And he worries about becoming more and more of a burden to his mum.
The book is set in contemporary Japan, which is refreshing in itself… it seems that most teen books that grapple with issues are set in the USA or the UK, it is reassuring to teens everywhere that teens all over the world have to deal with similar problems. Sora turns to the internet for friendship and finds it online in a chat room. Two online friends become good friends in real life and ultimately help him to reach his goal.
A multitude of teen topics like life online, loneliness, suicide. Don’t for a moment think that teenagers are not thinking about deeper topics just because they aren’t talking about them with their parents. The author clearly presents a window into the world of teenagers like no other that I have read. It is somewhat disquieting, though not at all surprising, that he turns to his online friends in his hour of need. In a nutshell… very compelling read.
That’s us… Hope your weekend has been a fabulous one and we are so looking forward to another week of blogging with you all… not to mention a fun GiveAway…