Words

Teaching Children to Read and my Childhood Favorites

I believe that you should instill the love of reading in children at an early age.  These are some of the ones that I remember very vividly from my childhood.  My grandmother Midge really encouraged our reading.  She often bought us books as gifts.  I really wish I had kept them for myself instead leaving them at home when I  moved out. Sadly they have lost to donation.

She also encouraged our reading by providing a good example to us. She loved mystery books and often had one sitting next to her chair in the den.  She also read the newspaper every morning.  It wasn’t until I was a teenager that I started to devour books regularly and it is something that I have kept up. 

There is nothing like cuddling up with a good book on a cold day with a cup of coffee or tea and a warm blanket, or, in the summer a glass of lemonade and a hammock strung between two strong trees on a nice day.

The internal stories played out in your mind are much more vivid, and full of feeling.  It’s hard to explain it to non-readers.  I have never found a way to encourage someone that didn’t develop the love of reading from a young age to start, but those with the love of the written word know exactly how I feel about reading.

So, get them started young!  Reading is so fundamental, and will only help them in the future.  It will expand their mind, their imagination, and their vocabulary.

Pets

Introducing Zelda

This is Zelda.  She came into my life only two months ago through a rescue in my area.  She had just given birth and raised 6 puppies to a healthy 8 weeks old and was ready to have all the attention back on herself.  

There are several things that I have discovered about Zelda in the past few months.  First, she is a lover. She loves other dogs, cats, and definitely people. Second, she is a licker.  She loves to give kisses. Third, she can hold her own with much larger beasties than herself. Just ask Otto, her Plott Hound brother.

I bring her everywhere that I go, within reason, so that she likes people.  Since she’s a small dog prone to resource guarding her person, I wanted to make sure that she was comfortable around people.  Turns out, she’s doing really well with this, and although she still seeks the comfort of her momma’s lap, she likes to love on others too.  So if you see us out and about, you might get some loves too.

Don’t hold her too close to your face unless you’d like a tongue bath from a 14 pound pro licker.  It’s really hard to not want to cuddle her close, because she’s a very good cuddler. She really boroughs in.

She may be smaller than the cat, but she can definitely hold her own in any tussle.  She’s fierce when she needs to be. Zelda can give her 60 pound brother a run for his money.  She’s got that fast, sneaky thing going on. She’s also really smart and has learned to distract him, and then bound in to steal his toy or treat.

All-in-All she’s been a great addition to my life and I look forward to sharing our adventures with you.

Create

Art or Vandalism

Banksy has always intrigued me a an artist/social activist.  I have mixed emotions when it comes to what he does. On one hand he has a well established following and a well known style, but on the other hand he vandalizes property.  

I think that the anonymity of his work and the public placement of his art drives the interest, because his images are mostly simple.  His work is also exposed to the elements and in that way not permanent. Who wouldn’t want to say that they have seen a Banksy in its element, because in a few years, or moments, as one auction goer found out, it won’t be there.

By Dominic Robinson from Bristol, UK – Banksy Girl and Heart Balloon, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73570221

As a law abiding citizen, unless you count my lead foot, I do have a problem with vandalism.  Even if he’s famous and his work is coveted, I still think it’s wrong to tag someone’s property.  I would think that it would be a double edged sword, because now there is a blemish on your building that you cannot even paint over because it’s now a work of art from some anonymous artist.  I’m definitely not saying it’s right, but maybe he should join the hoodlums that spray paint railroad cars. Is it me, or have some of those guys gotten really talented.

By © Simon Mannweiler / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63884159

One thing is for sure, he does a terrific job of keeping himself and his work relevant.  Whether I agree with his methods or not, he has a knack for what he does. May we all aspire to have that much ambition and motivation to be heard/seen.