Ah, summer. Â I am loving it: the slower pace of life, the lack of papers to grade, the chance to catch up on reading and writing (more on that later). Â And sleep! Â No longer does that alarm go off at the brutal hour of six. Â That may be the best thing of all.
The kids and I are in reading mode, with another trip to the library planned for today. Â Matthew and I just got a kick out of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, which I read as a kid and loved. Â It was pretty darn fun as an adult, too.
On my summer radar is introducingÂ Charlotte’s Web with the kids. Â They haven’t read it yet, and I haven’t read it in years, and can one properly be a child without this marvelous book?
I’m engrossed in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Â I’m reading it with an eye toÂ improvingÂ my teaching practice (sometimes you end up with a classroom full of introverts, and you can feel it), but a plus is that I’m starting to understand myself better as well.
On a whim a while back, I also picked up Pray Like a Gourmet:Creative Ways to Feed Your Soul by David Brazzeal. Â It’s aÂ book on expanding your prayer repertoire, offering a whole smorgasboard of things to try, and it’s a beautifully-designed book as well. Â A very unique approach … sort of like fusion cuisine for the spirit.
‘Tis the season to get lost in a series, and luckily Masterpiece Theatre is about to oblige. Â Tomorrow night is the start of “Poldark,” and I am counting the hours.
I’ve read the first three books in the series, and they’re fabulous, so my hopes are high. Â Apparently the series was a colossal hit in the UK (they got to see it a few months ago), so the advance buzz is good. Â Tomorrow night it starts — set the DVR! Â And check back here Monday for some post-show thoughts.
Intrigued? Â Here’s the PBS preview.
What are YOU enjoying this summer?