This is my image of the week. I love this picture. I actually have it hanging on my refrigerator right now as a reminder to my son to not be a conformist, to be himself and follow his own interests, regardless of how weird other people may think those interests are. I know we all worry about our kids, especially when they hit the teenage years and they really start to feel the effects of peer pressure. The pressure to just fit in or to completely disappear into the shadows can be a strong pull. But just like Alice told the Mat Hatter when he asked her if he had gone mad, “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”
Things that made me happy this week
Oyster Books. There is just something about this service that makes me read more than ever. Maybe it is because it shows similar suggestions at the bottom and through this I have discovered books I never knew existed. Maybe it is because, unlike being on Amazon, I don’t have to think about whether or not I really truly want to read a book before buying it. Oyster has unlimited ebooks for only $9.95 per month. If you use my affiliate link, you’ll get a $15 credit and I’ll get one too!
Here are some of the books I have read recently, all free at Oyster:
Creating Innovators | To Marry an English Lord | Keeping a Princess Heart: In a Not-So-Fairy-Tale World | Face-to-Face with Mary and Martha | Eating History: Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine | The Last King of Wales: Gruffudd ap Llywelyn
And right now I am reading:
Something I’ve made
I made this for my husband. He said he might even take it to work and hang it in his office.
From around the web
- Here’s Everything We Learned After Talking To Astronauts On The Space Station – BuzzFeed News called into the International Space Station to chat with Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts and Flight Engineer Scott Kelly about their time in space.
- Hey You Guys!!! This weekend marks the 30th Anniversary of The Goonies!
- Homeschooling Your Teen: Are You Missing the Most Important Thing? – My beautiful friend Mary shares her poignant story of discovering that she was neglecting to nurture her daughter’s spirit.
- How to be a Cool Mom (And Why You Should Want to Be One) – another amazing post from another amazing friend, Jimmie. I can so relate with everything she is saying.
- 89-year-old Dick Van Dyke dances like Mary Poppins was yesterday – this makes me want to watch Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang again!
Books that I know you’ll love
We discovered a series of books about the history of Scotland and its famous residents, written by Allan Burnett. In Macbeth and All That, you’ll learn the difference between Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the real Macbeth * Discover how dark the dark ages truly were * Investigate Macbeth’s dealings with witches and Vikings * Uncover the true Lady Macbeth. There are also books about Saint Columba, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and more. The Kindle versions are $3.99 on Amazon or you can read them for free through Oyster Books.
On my blog, in case you missed it
- Which Way to Gallifrey? – I made the cutest set of directional signs for my son’s bedroom. I love them so much!
- What Led to our Decision to Homeschool? – our list of 11 reasons why we chose to homeschool.
- How I Stock My Homeschool Bookshelves – a list of my top 8 favorite places for homeschool books and my heartbreaking story of purging books that will never be read again. Sigh. I hope this list will help some of you find some hidden gems.
- How to Raise a Boy Who Loves to Read – in this post, I share some of my personal tips with you, along with the advice from some of my brilliant friends
Linking up with my friend Kris at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers
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