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Dangerous flaws July 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 10:17 pm

“The most dangerous flaws are those which are good in moderation,” she said. “Evil is easy to fight. Lack of wisdom . . . that is very hard indeed.” (from The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan)

When I read this quote, I kept to to share because of how true it is.  I can think of a lot of characteristics that are good in moderation but become flaws when excessive.  Like appreciating good food.  That’s good unless it becomes an obsession.  Or wanting to be healthy or safe, until it affects your ability to enjoy your life.  And it’s always these flaws that are hardest to accept and change because they seem like good things.


Do you think God minded? July 30, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 9:28 pm
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Mother, I guess I was naughty last night. I said, “Give us tomorrow our daily bread,” instead of today. It seemed more logical. Do you think God minded, Mother? (from Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery)


The first scoop of ice cream July 29, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 8:42 pm
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“I expect I’m always going to miss my daddy. He loved us to pieces, didn’t he?”

Ruby gave herself over to memory. “He always let me have the first scoop of ice cream when we made it ourselves.” (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)

 This post is for all of my friends who have lost their daddies in the recent past: Amber, Candy, Connie, Peggy, Brent. I read this quote in Love, Ruby Lavender and immediately felt the urge to pray for all of you, that your memories of your fathers would be full of the joy of growing up loved, and not the pain of watching them die. There are so many ways you know that your daddies loved you I rejoice with you that you had that joy in this life. Just remember today that he gave you the first scoop of ice cream, built you that playhouse or those kitchen cabinets, taught you the scriptures, walked you down the aisle, helped you achieve your dreams, bounced your children on his knee. Remember that he loved you and that his love for you could never compare to the love of God in whose presence your daddy now glories forever. I love you.


You’re going to love me. July 28, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 11:55 pm

“What am I going to do with you?”

Ruby tried a grin. “You’re going to love me.” (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)


Like lemon drops July 27, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books — Kristi @ 7:49 pm
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He told Ruby most people were like lemon drops, sour and sweet together. (from Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles)


A leaky boat July 26, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Classics — Kristi @ 7:00 pm
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He knew he couldn’t take Harriet out in a leaky boat—she wouldn’t like it. (from Stuart Little by E.B. White)

 Stuart is such a chivalrous little mouse. I do love his little romance with Harriet–makes me giggle. 🙂


The Wolf Split July 25, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 5:25 pm

The wolf split, but not before old Grannie Goose and Little Red had hit him with everything that wasn’t nailed down–and a few things that were.  He soon had more stuff coming at him than a garage sale. (from “Little Red Hood: A Classic Story Bent Out of Shape” by Tony Ross)


Pain July 24, 2010

Filed under: Chapter Books,Young Adult — Shanna @ 6:03 pm

Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it. (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling)
I’ve been thinking about pain a lot this week because all four of my wisdom teeth were removed on Monday.  When my brother had his removed a month ago, he didn’t have either swelling or pain.  I had both.  In fact, swelling is what caused most of my pain.  It wasn’t as bad as it could have been, or even as bad as I expected, but it was some of the worst pain I’ve experienced at times, and probably the longest lasting.  But as I was thinking about that today, I realized what a blessing it is that I can say that.


Never take pride July 23, 2010

Filed under: Classics,Young Adult — Kristi @ 9:09 pm

“People in their right minds never take pride in their talents,” said Miss Maudie. (from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee)


You can play it July 22, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:34 pm
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The best thing about history, as everyone knows, is that you can play it at recess. (from Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look)

Another great thing about history is that you can play it on YouTube. I started to think the other day about the day my second grade teacher, Mrs. Salmon rolled a TV into our classroom and we watched footage of the Berlin Wall coming down. It was weeks before my eighth birthday. I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind. I remember that the teachers had tears in their eyes as they explained it to us in the simplest of terms. Later, our school got a piece of the wall and Mrs. Salmon passed it around the room so we could all hold it. Anyway, tonight I started to wonder if there were videos of those Dan Rather reports on YouTube and I was not disappointed. I found them and so many more Berlin Wall demise videos, but this one captivated me. I have watched it with a lump in my throat three times now. Enjoy.