Grieving

21 May 19
thejallens

I want to say that the first half of 2019 has been “Ecclesiastical,” but that could be confusing. It’s not ecclesiastical in the dictionary definition (“relating to a church especially as an established institution”) but in an Ecclesiastes 3 sense: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” […]

21 May 19
Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle

(Website: chicagocriticsfilmfestival.com) For the seventh consecutive year, many of the best domestic and international films on the festival circuit come to Chicago thanks to the Chicago Film Critics Association.  The 7th Chicago Critics Film Festival began May 17th at the famed and restored Music Box Theatre.  Steaming towards a decade in successful existence, the CCFF […]

21 May 19
Toronto Sun

The temperature in England and Wales during the cricket World Cup in May and June is expected to hover around a pleasant 17C, but it will be far from comfortable for Australians David Warner and Steve Smith. The two will find it hot and sticky during the competition and it will get unbearably hotter when […]

21 May 19
Written on the Pages

Soooo, during the duration that of posting my Rainbow Shelf Tour (you can find that here), I never once posted an update about the new books I was purchasing and therefore haven’t done a Book Haul in about six months. That’s crazy! It will come to no surprise that:1) This is gonna be a long […]

21 May 19
Nehemiah's Journey

By Katherine and Nathan Many of you are aware that we are first time parents. And for this reason this is the first year we are able to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day as grieving parents. The way we chose to do this is to remember our son. Kat raised money for a March […]

21 May 19
A Glimpse of Starlight

Everything is going so slowly. Writing, for example. Back in high school, it felt like my writing star was ascending in an unclouded sky. I moved up the ranks of my online newspaper in exemplary fashion. I participated in NaNoWriMo and wrote a couple full-length first drafts of novels. I entered contests and won a […]

21 May 19
My Name is Elena and I Can't Read

Up in the Roof of the World: Analyzing Personal Identity in The Poisonwood Bible While many themes are explored within Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, an idea that is present throughout the entire book is the idea of identity, and how one’s identity is fluid, and as such, exhibits changes over time. The novel tells […]

21 May 19
Learning the Truth Within Yourself

This blog is about to experience some big-ass changes.  Get ready.  No no. I mean, REALLY  ready.  …. What’s that mean?  It means that after this Scorpio full moon, I’ve felt the need to finally put into works what I’ve been dreaming of for years. I could bore you to death with a list full […]

21 May 19
Nouvelle ELA Teaching Resources

We read a lot of books with social issues for the YA Cafe Podcast, and I feature a lot of these books on my own Instagram. Because of this, teachers often ask me for resources for teaching social justice books. Today, I want to share some specific resources for teaching social justice literature circles.   […]

21 May 19
holy hellions

My sabbatical year started two weeks before the adoption of our foster girls became final, and in everyone else’s mind but my own the two were related. A sabbatical year, however, was not code for maternity leave.  It was how I would become MYSELF.  Long before I met our children, like a whole three months at least, […]

21 May 19
Lotus&Moon

Do you ever have one of those DUH moments? You know the moment where you say, “WHY DID I NOT THINK OF THAT?!” Well, I had one of those last Thursday night. I was talking to my friend about the emotions that come with this journey. During our talk- she said the most profound, but […]

21 May 19
The Traveler Weekly

Let us give public recognition to and be grateful for mothers. God lent them for a season, when gone there is no other.  Motherhood is a most arduous responsibility. With each test of suffering or sorrow, God gives strength for the hour. Mothers have no choice but to have unrelenting stamina in bringing children into […]