Saturday, November 14, 2015

Josiah and Julia: 2nd Edition and Giveaway

I recently heard that a second printing of Josiah and Julia is in the works.  The next edition will include a slight change to the story, but it will remain a beloved and enjoyable story to help children learn proper church ettiquette.   I'm quite pleased that so many people have found the book beneficial and enjoyable that a second edition is needed and desired. 

So, to share my excitement and just in time for the Nativity Fast, I am doing a giveaway on Goodreads.  The winner will receive an autographed, 1st edition of Josiah and Julia.  The entry period will begin next Saturday, November 14 and go through St. Nicholas Day.  Use the link below to enter.  Contact me if you would like to purchase your own signed copy before the giveaway ends.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Josiah and Julia Go to Church by Kelly Ramke Lardin

Josiah and Julia Go to Church

by Kelly Ramke Lardin

Giveaway ends December 06, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

Upholstered Bench

Not so long ago we bought a house, and I have been trying to furnish it without spending much extra money. Months ago, I got a cute, modern desk free from craigslist. The only problem is it didn't come with a chair, so we'd been using a dining room chair... until now.

Take one free piano bench from craigslist
Half a yard of fabric from Joann's for a whopping $3.50

And a can of blue spray paint leftover from an earlier project, and Voila!

Not counting the time it took for the paint to dry, the whole project took about 30 minutes, and I love how it turned out.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Frontline: Generation Like

I seem always to be behind on media, social media, and whatever is hot in pop culture.  I'm sure that's true for most of us middle agers.  Wow!  Gen X is getting old...  So, a year after it aired, I watched this Frontline video about "Generation Like."

The video was thought provoking and left me feeling even more wary of kids' relationship with social media.  It clearly illustrated how kids are manipulated by marketers to market for them and feel like they are "empowered" at the same time.  What appears to kids/teens to be transparent, organic, grassroots movements online are actually finely orchestrated marketing campaigns, planned down to the second.  Kids become "famous" online and become the marketers.  And probably the craziest thing to me is that because the goal for them is to get sponsorships while being famous they have no idea what it means to "sell out!" They are not (jaded) idealists like their parents, they are the ultimate consumers and sell outs...

It's rather scary to think how shallow the whole social media world is (I say as I type a post to throw out into cyber space), and how it's influencing our kids.  Although I've let Hummingbird have her own website to do book reviews, I am more firm in my resolve that the kids will not have Facebook, Twitter, or other accounts for a long, long time.  And even though I lurk around Facebook and have a barely used Twitter account, I'm so proud of DH for still avoiding the bandwagon (although he has been known to peek at my Facebook news from time to time).

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

On Walking Home From School...

As overdone as it may be, I have appreciated Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken since I first read it in school.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth;          5
 Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same,         10 
And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.         15 
I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference.        20 

 I discovered on walking home from school with Bumble Bee that the path less traveled by may seem like a good thing, but really it's not always so...  She spent about 10 minutes trudging through waste deep snow past one house.  I must have been feeling pretty indulgent because I let her do it!  Then, as we moved further along our journey and came to the pirate snowman I had passed earlier in the day, she knocked his nose off!  She stay to patch him up, though.