It’s Inauguration Day. I’ve seen where many people say they will not watch the Inauguration today. I just don’t understand. I guess we all have different backgrounds by which we view the world, but my parents both stressed history so much in our home. I think we watch every event that was televised when I was a child, and then we discussed it. So when I look at any inauguration, I see it as an historical event. I realize there are many who are sad today because their candidate lost the election. That happens every four years. The way I view it is that today is a great example to the rest of the world. The peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone of our democracy. Our country goes on. We all march forward as one. I hope that we can all allow it in 2021.
Here is a list of things piquing my interest on this Peak of the Week! It’s not Hump Day, it’s Wednesday! It’s Inauguration Day!
We finally got a significant amount of snow on Tuesday. These mountains of New Mexico really needed it! As I write this on Tuesday afternoon, I’m looking out my office window and see snow still coming down. I love days like this.
I didn’t get a picture of it, but we actually saw a bobcat walking behind our house yesterday evening. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen one. I was shocked at how big he was!
N95 Masks– I realized that Amazon is well stocked with N95 masks and recently ordered some. I postponed all appointments until mid January because I just didn’t trust people to not gather at Christmas. Now that my appointments are so near, I want the best protection I can get. Remember- you mainly wear a mask to protect others!!
N95 masks can be purchased HERE.
StoryWorth– Have you heard of StoryWorth? My sister and I got this for our mother for Christmas. Every week a question is mailed out. All you have to do is reply to the email with the answer. Eventually it’s made into a book. Such a great idea to keep family memories forever. You can also upload pictures to go with the stories.
Click HERE to get $10 off your purchase.
Willow’s 100 Books To Read In A Lifetime To Be Well Read
Do people care about being “Well Read” these days. I know that I certainly still do. When I taught school in the late 80’s I was introduced to the term “cultural literacy.” It was coined my E.D. Hirsch, and he wrote a book about it- can be purchased HERE.
I believe very strongly in everyone in our culture knowing the same stories that built our literature. For example, if you’ve never read many of Grimm’s Fairytales, you won’t fully understand many great works of American literature. I also feel that way about reading the Bible. If children are never taught the bible, they will miss out on rich symbolism found in many works of American Literature. Remember the Christ imagery in Hemmingway’s The Old Man & The Sea?
E.D. Hirsch went on to write books for each grade level and what children in each grade should know to be culturally literate. I bought all those books and read many of the stories in them with my children as they were growing up. If you are a parent or teacher, I highly recommend his books.
They can be purchased HERE.
Go through the 100 books to read to be Well Read. How many have you read?
I only got 29 out of 100. Thank goodness To Kill A Mockingbird was on the list. Classics and recent books are included. Very interesting list.
Area of the house I’m organizing- kitchen drawers. It may take me a while. We have quite a mess.
What I’m listening to– I’m extremely proud that I’m still listening to my Daily Audio Bible. I’m well on my way to having my first month behind me. It will allow me to read the entire bible this year. I am loving it!!
What I’m Watching– We finished Bridgerton, or what I called Pride & Prejudice & Porn. I loved the storyline, but could have done without some of the scenes. It makes me very sad that my mother won’t be able to watch it. She would have loved the storyline and the costumes.
What I’m Reading– I just started James Patterson’s The House of Kennedy book. I’m enjoying it- though not anything like I did his Beatles book. Both are very well researched.
Well, this is what’s piquing my interest this week. How about you?
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