Book: Words, Christoph Niemann There are sight words that kids learn in English. This book offers interesting art to go with each word. Words like to/and/go could be hard to illustrate, but this book does it. Interestingly, the preschooler thought the book cover was to be read upside down as he thought the kids were … Continue reading Phonics and book reports
Sometimes social media hits us with bits and pieces of news. These are not blogs I follow, but rather what suggested or promoted posts show me. These are feel good news, the kind that make me click and read. One on my personal social feed, went on like this: Here in Arizona, is one of … Continue reading Let’s throw away the stones
Book: The women who caught the babies, Eloise Greenfield, Daniel Minter We have a friend whose kid has graduated and plans to go medical school. The child has been studying towards her goal for a long time. High levels of dedication here. When we heard that she has completed high school, I promptly looked at … Continue reading History learning that I approve of!
Considering that history is messed up, and history books are written by the winners, how do we 'read' history? One thought is to focus on the current life (society, social problems, demographics, socioeconomic situation, culture), and then take a lightweight approach to reading the historical background that led to current situations.
The more I interact with people who have faith, the more I realize what it is to be steadfast. The presence of faith is much larger and more expansive than I can ever imagine. I said thank you to a meal that my friend brought over for us. She said, add us in your duas. … Continue reading Wondering
Movie: Turup, by Ektara Collective. Turup is checkmate, and a story that revolves around the game. Men and boys play it at the local chowk, town centre, painted chessboard under the tree. Women play at home, teach others the game, and often it is all done unseen. For as the two little girls say, we do … Continue reading Prejudices: check and, mate
Maybe after all is said and done, our words will be preserved in some manner. Maybe some living beings will decode what we said, a long while after we are gone. And maybe they will wonder about us. Or maybe we will have been too primitive for them. I have my story, titled Can you … Continue reading A story in these times
Watching tales of heroic past. Living in the fearful present. King Arthur and knights of the round table. A virus that is spreading far and wide. They saw and fought the enemy with bows and arrows. We cannot see, do not know how to fight. Knights who had to earn their freedom. We who are … Continue reading And the days
How do you end a disappointing day? With tears and sweat? For a while I had this urge to cry. I did those days. And then there were the days when I wanted to shout and scream. But neither of them give you a sense of long term satisfaction. Short term satisfaction, yes. But it … Continue reading Take it fluffy
I saw somewhere that said, stay home everybody, so that mother earth can heal herself. It certainly looks like that. One of my favorite Quran/Bible stories is the Noah’s ark. Many times in Ireland, when it would rain with the winds lashing against the windows, I would think of the story of the ark. The … Continue reading When the world turned