The weekly “little of this, little of that” feature here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!
Do you ever come away from the library as from away from a very successful, bargain-heavy shopping trip, thinking, “we made out this time!” But the library is better, because the house isn’t collecting any more stuff, because it’s books, and because no money has been spent (ba-dum-chish!). Love it.
But it’s not every time – at least not for us. Sometimes I do feel like, huh, we kinda struck out today. But this week’s trip was a good one and we have been so enjoying story time.
Would you be interested in hearing about what we’re liking from the library on such weeks? If so, I can try to remember to share on here. This week we are enjoying Mud is Cake, a very pleasing poem* about the world of the imagination featuring the best illustrations my David McPhail that I’ve ever seen (really a whole different level from the rest of his work that I’m familiar with); Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, as told by Jerry Pinkney (another favorite) because Finnabee requested that we get it as soon as I told her we were going to the library; and My Father Knows the Names of Things by Jane Yolen, which also has delightful illustrations by Stéphane Jorisch. (Others as well, but these are the stand-outs so far.)
*I actually alter the poem slightly when I read it aloud, because of a minor grammatical/meter choice that bothers me. But overall I think it’s excellent.
This week’s links!
- Has it been too long since you’ve heard Auntie Leila’s voice? She was recently featured on the Homeschool Snapshots Podcast, so you can check that out here! Don’t forget that you can access all her podcast-y-type-stuff on this page.
- For all JRR Tolkien fans, here’s a lengthy interview with the author himself. “I never expected a money success.” Auntie Leila says “he reveals himself to be a bit mischievous! And he also reveals that he intensely dislikes the medieval mind, which sheds light on the fact that he didn’t care much for C. S. Lewis’ fiction. I love Tolkien but I don’t’ think we should pay too much attention to him on this matter. Instead, read this and this.”
If you’re following the Synod
…and need a little input from us, here’s what we’re recommending as far as commentary:
- Country Club Catholicism (something to avoid). From First Things.
- Did Thomas More and John Fisher Die For Nothing? from the National Catholic Register
- At the Synod, Truths of Christ are worth a Fight from Catholic Culture
- A funny set of instructions for avoiding apostrophe abuse on your Christmas cards. (But she doesn’t address what to do when you want to pluralize and make possessive!)
- My throat hurt from laughing after I watched this: if moms talked to each other the way we talk to our kids. Some helpful perspective on how we sound sometimes…
- Related to that last link, on the topic of what tone of voice we use with our children: Don’t Wear your Child’s Name Out.
- Related to the C.S. Lewis link above: A Giveaway for C. S. Lewis Fans (the giveaway part is long closed, unfortunately, but the post is still interesting!)