|Raccoon at Northwest Trek showing off for us|
|Ian loves the river otters|
Family: Yesterday we went to Northwest Trek again. It is near our home and we are trying to get our money's worth since we bought a membership for my grandson and I for the year. He loves the play area. I love the animals. The little raccoon above was the most photogenic of all the critters we saw. Well, unless you want to consider Ian as a 'critter.' Here he is hugging a sculpture of an otter.
Earlier in the week I took a weird tumble down the stairs oddly hurting my shin. I think what I did was slipped in my socks and my opposite leg hit the stairs on my shin bone. I am not crippled at all but the swelling and the coloring of the bruise is pretty nasty.
|Jamie fell asleep finally once he was in the stroller. It was a lovely spring day, too.|
Books: It was a good reading week.
- Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang. A YA Graphic Memoir by the illustrator/author about his school's basketball season. This book is great and I highly recommend it. It was a Printz Honor book in 2021. Print.
- Fifty Words for Rain by Asha Lemmie. This is a book club selection for April. Set in Japan right after WWII about tradition and acceptance. I think the writing is strong but I didn't care for the story. E-Book and Audiobook.
- The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley. Another book club selection. This one is a mystery. What happened to Miles? I can't say anything nice about this book. Print.
- Currently reading
- Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell. Yet another book club selection. This is historical fiction about Shakespeare's son Hamnet. Print and audiobook. 1%.
- Ready, Player Two by Ernest Cline. I started this audiobook in December but had to set it aside after listening to only about 15% of the book because other commitments pushed it out of the way. This week my daughter joined me in listening to it and we made great progress. It is a fun sequel to Ready, Player One. 78% audiobook.
- Fury and Grace: 40 days of Paintings and Poetry From Prison by Rev. Riley Pickett. I am enjoying this Lenten devotional. Each daily reading is only a few pages so progress is slow, as it should be. 42% print.
Cancel culture? The silliness in the right-wing press about the cancellation of a few Dr. Seuss books is astonishing to me. My sister shared this excellent article "Dr. Seuss and the Bible" in Emmaus Always. I highly recommend that you read the whole thing but let me pull out a few quotes that may be helpful in framing the discussion with people who want to be outraged about this.
- "The decision to cease publication of those six books is not in any way an effort to ban Dr. Seuss from the school libraries or to tarnish the image of Theodore Seuss Geisel, the creator of Dr. Seuss. It rather simply recognizes a much deeper truth that racial bias is baked deep into our world and even in something so beloved as Dr. Seuss."
- "One of the key principles I learned in seminary for interpreting scripture was to be aware of the “canon within the canon.” “Canon” refers to that body of literature one considers to be holy. Within that body are passages which you might say are holier than others, or which you use as a guide to understand the meaning of the whole... The example I often used in preaching was to compare Psalm 137:9, “Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!” to the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” There is simply no way that one can read those two texts as equal guides for living a godly life."
- "Is there a canon within the canon of Dr. Seuss? That might be stretching the concept a little far when considering the merits of green eggs and ham v. red fish, blue fish! But Geisel did produce a volume of other literature that may provide some clues on his values and beliefs. In Horton Hears a Who! Geisel writes, A person’s a person, no matter how small! It does not take great imagination to insert descriptions of race, gender, religion, gender identity or any other characteristic in lieu of size and to read that as an affirmation of all humanity."
A few funnies:
Today my husband and I were just talking about how achy and creaky we are becoming...
Disgusting... not funny at all.
This would be Carly's cats...