Crazy Busy – Book Review

I just finished Kevin DeYoung‘s book, Crazy Busy. It’s pretty short, so even those of you who don’t enjoy reading can make it through this 118 page book. Chapter One doesn’t even start until page 11, so you technically get a few thrown in for free. The subtitle of the book is, “A (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem.” With homeschooling a 9-year-old, an almost 4-month-old, a (rented) house, 11th-grade writing students, and a few pets on my plate, I’ve got more than enough to keep me busy. Let’s also not forget my friends, marriage, and relationship with God.
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3 More Weeks

Spelling tests, homework, math sheets, agenda checks, cleaning out the cubby, turning in homework, taking back library books, standing in line, raising his hand. E is over it. I’m over it, too. He is past the point of being ready for summer break. This morning I had to drag that little doodle-head out of bed while he moaned, “I don’t want to go to school. How many more days? Which ones are half days? When is Memorial Day?” We’re all pretty miserable about it, even the dog. He’s tired of whining at the front door at 8 am when Tyler
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MWF Seeking BFF – Book Review

Check out mwfseekingbff.com This was one of those books that plopped into my lap at the perfect time, and Tyler probably got overwhelmingly annoyed with how often I talked about it. Surprisingly, even with all of my monologues about the book, every time he looked at it he tried to come up with what MWF meant. Macho Women’s Front Miserable Whales Forever Mistaken Wart Frog I actually made those up. His were probably more interesting and inappropriate. This fun book is the memoir-ish story of Rachel Bertsche, a Chicago journalist, looking for a new BFF. In an attempt to give
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The Eternal Silver Screen

Picture Link This was my favorite chapter from Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. It’s insightful and wise. I love how Angelou reflects on experience and her response to a situation that seems to honor her. So much of our past affects us in so many ways no matter how much we pretend it does not. Many years have passed since the American Film Institute gave a tribute to William Wyler, one of Hollywood’s most prolific and prestigious directors. I, as a member of the Board of Trustees, was asked to participate in the ceremony. I was to make a
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Letter to My Daughter – Book Review

I’m part of this book club with some church ladies, but I’ve never been. I’m probably the slackest member of that group as in they may not even know I exist. I have, however, looked at the book list and read a few of the books. The last book of the season is Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou. I don’t know what I expected, but it’s a quick, impressive read. I told Tyler he should read it, though he’s not a daughter, because it is so easy. The chapters are short and to the point, and an ADD reader
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Happier at Home – Book Review

So, here is the deal on Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. It cultivated a contemplative mentality about my attitude in life. I really enjoyed this aspect of the book. I liked all of the active things she did. She would come up with specific, detailed directions to help her in her search for happiness, especially related to her home life. I think my favorite aspect was about possessions and time. I liked that she felt items should only be in a home if they are beautiful or useful. I need to follow this rule pronto. She also suggested that there
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What Alice Forgot – Book Review

Image from Goodreads It’s been a while since I’ve read a modern fiction story that hasn’t been cheapened by references to Facebook and internet drama. Well, this isn’t entirely true as I rarely read this type of fiction, but it is true I haven’t really adapted to techno-savvy literature. I prefer the ideal, pre-internet works that remind me of better days when life was real. However, What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty refreshed my view of relatively new fiction, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed the story. While I’m describing the book, don’t be surprised if you think
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Bossypants Book Review

Dear Tina Fey, I couldn’t stop laughing. My dad is a southern version of yours. Sincerely,Melissa LaCross P.S. I’ve never actually watched 30 Rock, but I hope to if it’s on Netflix. Some favorite quotes from Bossypants: “What Turning Forty Means to Me: I need to take my pants off as soon as I get home. I didn’t used to have to do that. But now I do” (265). * “I searched the audience for him(dad) during the sixth-grade chorus concert and, seeing his stern expression, was convinced that he had seen me messing up the words to the Happy
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Whining over the Little Things

I’m often surprised at how much E whines over the little things. But when it comes to big boo-boos or life issues, he’s amazingly silent. Those are the times when I really want him to tell me he’s in pain or upset. I wish I could flip a switch for him to complain about those things and not the broccoli, the smaller piece of cake, the unfairness of life. For instance, he recently visited a friend. After I picked him up from his play date, we ran three of four errands and then went home. About thirty minutes later, he came
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Lincoln – The Aftermath

We went and saw Lincoln, the movie, yesterday afternoon (Many thanks to the Vaughn family for hosting E while we were at the show). I’d heard mixed comments on the movie. Mostly everyone said it was fantastic and pretty historically accurate. However, most of my friends had not seen the movie, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I loved it. The lighting was spectacular and Spielberg’s use of windows, mirrors, and shrouded images were epic throughout. I reminded me of Jacques Lacan’s idea of the “Mirror Stage,” where we see images of ourselves outside of our inner beings in
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