My reading list for 2018 has finally come together! There is something here for almost everyone, with no trashy content surprises (except I may need to do another list for cookbooks, health and gardening books another time)….
It’s long been a family tradition in many a home to spend the chilly winter nights reading aloud. A particularly wonderful Christmas tradition is to read aloud a poignant, inspiring short story reflecting the real reason we celebrate Jesus’s birth.
This collection of heartwarming, inspirational Christmas stories (and books, at the end) will remind you of what the Christmas season is all about: giving, love, and humility, but especially Jesus!
[I recommend, if you plan a reading, printing this out so the ads don’t distract you or the hearers.]…
(source – with permission)
I just have to say, we think Richard Scarry books are THE BEST for teaching observation skills.
Little ones gain ability to sit and absorb detail in the old-fashioned way that lights up a child’s brain as they make connections in the world around them.
So much better to start them out with great books in hand than devices that don’t equate to actual processed knowledge!
Studies show that children with as little as two hours of screen time daily got lower scores on tests focused on thinking and language skills.
I attribute these books to our son’s early love of learning that has never waned. Today, he is a pilot for a major airline at 27.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is native to the Mediterranean and was brought to Britain by roving Roman armies. Rosemary is repeatedly mentioned throughout European history for it’s healing powers and properties of purification (it is a part of the recipe of my Thieves® essential oil blend). Rosemary’s believed ability to increase circulation and strengthen blood vessels has also associated it with remembrance and memory.
The earliest tradition of Rosemary is quite ancient and appears to have its origins in the Arabic world of medieval times which was know to be advanced in medicine. (source)
Or so a pious tradition has it.
Empathy is a beautiful thing.
In an excellent article about empathy, Psychology Today states: ”
Empathy. It’s the bedrock of intimacy and close connection; in its absence, relationships remain emotionally shallow, defined largely by mutual interests or shared activities.
Without empathy, we could live and work side-by-side with other people, and remain as clueless about their inner selves and feelings as we are about those of strangers on a crowded subway car. Empathy isn’t just the engine for closeness and prosocial behavior; it also puts on the brakes when we are behaving badly and become aware of the pain we’re causing. Those of us who’ve had the misfortune of being intimate with someone high in narcissistic traits, combined with impaired empathy, know the devastation that can ensue. When there are no brakes and an excess of self-interest, you end up with scorched earth.”