Upcoming Classes @ Young at Art: Story Time and Craft

I am so excited for the upcoming classes I’m teaching at Young at Art because they combine two of my most favorite things, kids and books!  I am really hoping to make this a monthly thing if all goes well this month. (I already have books picked out for October and November so I am crossing my fingers!) I am going to pick some of my favorite children’s literature to read aloud and then plan either a craft (or two) to with the kids or have a canvas for kids to paint that has been inspired by the book.  Sounds fun, right?!?

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This month I read… July 2016

Three pretty great books this month!  I am also in the middle of a giant book that is the 6th (and final) in a series that I spent quite a bit of time. I am determined to finish in August.  My “to-read” pile is getting quite tall so I am going to have to get to it if I am going make some headway.

All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

This book is so my kind of book! A suspense-filled mystery that kept me guessing until the end.  I raced through this book because I could not find out fast enough what had happened to all the missing girls! Continue Reading

Approval Junkie by Faith Salie

26067500I am a sucker for memoirs.  I think it appeals to the same part of me that makes me love people watch at restaurants and try to peek into windows as I drive by houses. I just love people and wondering/knowing their story.  Approval Junkie, a memoir by Faith Salie, had me from the front cover.  Some people might be right if they suggested that I might be a bit of an approval junkie myself…maybe.

The book is a series of stories of memories that Salie shares to make the point that too often she has been driven by gaining approval from those around her.  Most of the time, making decisions in this way did not serve her well.  She offers no solutions on how to stop seeking approval and is honest about that from the beginning.  I think though, that you can see how she has evolved over time to being a little less of an approval junkie. Continue Reading

This month I read… May 2016

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross was a fairly quick fiction read.  The book’s format is one of my favorites, a story told through different perspectives.  This story follows Lucy, Mia and Mia’s birth mother.  Lucy, desperate to have a baby, steals Mia from a shopping cart and raises Mia as her own child for decades. As a mother, it is terrifying to imagine this happening.  Lucy was a good mother to Mia but eventually Mia finds out the truth and wants to have a relationship with her birth mother.

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars.  Throughout the book, Continue Reading