Archive for July 2016

Summer Blog Break

July 28, 2016

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We interrupt this blog for breaking news. “Humor Me” is taking a summer blog break. It will return the first week of September to continue to inform and entertain the masses. See you then!

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Luck

July 21, 2016

Who says I’m not lucky?

I was contemplating on what to blog about this week when I suddenly realized I had the answer in my hands all the while. I’m talking about the book I just finished reading. The Thing About Luck is a National Book Award winner written by Cynthia Kadohata, who is also a Newbery Medal winner. This middle-grade novel has diversity, a youthful crush, an intergenerational relationship, and moral dilemmas.

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Summer, the main character in the story, is convinced that her family is stuck with bad luck. An unusual case of malaria, parents who must return to Japan to take care of relatives who are dying, worry about a mortgage that must be paid, a younger brother with challenges, and a harvest season spent with very traditional Japanese grandparents, are some of the difficult situations in which Summer finds herself. Through all this, Summer begins to understand her complicated relationship with her demanding grandmother, and she manages to find the strength she needs to help her family. Cynthia Kadohata has done a superb job of creating believable characters who are funny and endearing. Make this book your lucky pick!

Sage Advise From Abraham Lincoln

July 14, 2016

Recently, I made a trip back to my hometown of Lincoln, Illinois. Having been named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, the town is filled with his memorabilia. Lincoln was a wise and witty individual who had the ability to inspire others. Below are some thought-provoking quotes from Lincoln that can be applied to our lives today.

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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.

Upon the subject of education, not presuming to dictate any plan or system respecting it, I can only say that I view it as the most important subject which we, as a people, can be engaged in.

The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.

What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of Earth.

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Do You Have a Plan?

July 7, 2016

Do you have a plan? I have one. I want to read this picture book.

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Shh! We Have A Plan is written and illustrated by Chris Haughton. It’s an award-winning book published in 2014 by Candlewick Press. It’s been on my list to read for quite some time. I now have it. I’ve read it. Might I say, WOW! Chris Haughton conceived an idea, and in 102 words he created an amazing picture book.

 

Four friends see a bird they want to catch. They make a plan, but the littlest friend isn’t quite on track with their idea. Shh! Don’t tell, but each time the friends try to catch the bird, they bungle it. They try again and again with no success. The littlest friend has a simple plan of his own that works. Birds galore appear. His friends are thrilled until a BIG bird comes along. They run. The end result is no bird – nothing – until a squirrel appears. Do the friends have another plan?

 

Shh, don’t tell anyone, but this review is longer than Chris Haughton’s entire story. The simplicity, subtle humor, and illustrations which are done in blues and bright colors make this book a winner. If you haven’t read it, make a plan to get it today!


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