Did you know that Eskimos actually DON’T have 500 words for snow? Have you ever erroneously believed that “posh” stands for “port out starboard home” like they told you in Disney’s classic film, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”? Do you have a penchant for sending email forwards full of etymological errors? If so, Word Myths: Debunking Linguistic Urban Legends
is for you! It’s full of interesting descriptions of common myths about the origins of words and phrases. Now that I’ve read it, I know a lot of things that could probably get me into a lot of trouble at cocktail parties. Good thing I don’t go to a lot of cocktail parties these days! Ha ha. I did wind up skipping over some of the sections of this book, because those sections were about phrases I hadn’t heard of or didn’t care about. But I’d say I read about 98% of it, so I’m counting it. Try to stop me.
Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, And Family in the Real World
is a great book about how to get and stay organized when you’re trying to juggle a lot of things at once. Obviously home schooling takes organization, but I think the tips in the book will be helpful for me even before we get started. I found it to be an encouraging and helpful book, with a pleasant and readable style, even though there wasn’t a whole lot of really groundbreaking material included. I’m always looking for ways to be better organized and do my work more excellently and efficiently, so I enjoyed the book.
Hosea, Joel, Mark, 1 Corinthians
Psalms, Amos, Luke, 2 Corinthians
“Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte (to Hannah)
“Slow and Steady, Get Me Ready” by June Oberlander
“Don’t Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me” by Paula Begoun (Amy K. didn’t tell us that the book is the size of a phone book, wow!)
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