The library haul this month. I think I can live with the fact that there are so many books that feature girl central characters, or are written by women authors, or profile women in different fields, that my kids possibly don’t have to read any other books.
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Table setting for a preschool party.
Here is a story written for a magazine published by a North American Malayalee group: This story was written very quickly, inspired by an old Fiat, and women who drive, and of the presence of eccentric fathers in our lives.
This year, I would like to write about others (hopefully imaginary others). When I read my bio I feel that I focus too much about myself in my writing. I don't want eulogize, but writing for social good is rattling in my head.
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