Okay, if any of you caught the 5:30 news tonight — you know the one time slot where all the pharmaceutical companies advertise? Don’t understand? See my previous post on Why? Why? Why? — then you heard about the frightening epidemic of adult illiteracy. According to ABC sources, 7 million Americans are considered functionally illiterate and 30 million Americans CANNOT read a simple sentence. Here in America, we’re supposed to be ‘not-one-of-the-third-world countries, and yet 30 million of our fellow country men and women can’t read well enough to fill out a job application, a medical consent form, can’t research any subject on the Internet or at their public library, can’t vote . . . […]
Okay, I’d love to take credit for these, but I am an honest writer. This is one of those multiple emails forwarded to me that I actually found ‘funny’. Why? Because these bits of wisdom are what make us so human. Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead? Why do banks charge a fee on “insufficient funds” when they know there is not enough money? Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet? Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection? Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard? Why […]
Here’s what I’m reading this week. One of my critique partners *Shannon Canard* is published in this collection of short stories. So, it’s definitely been on my ‘TBR’ (to be read) list. BTW Shannon, I read your story first. My only problem . . . I want more than the little tidbit from the short story. Can I have a full length, please? In addition to this book being a great read, the proceeds go to benefit Women’s Shelters. Great romance reading and for a great cause — how cool is that?
I didn’t set out to be cutting-edge, but it’s nice to know The Reader’s Digest and I agree on something basic. People aren’t reading anymore. Not nearly enough according to RD’s information. According to a short snippet in The Reader’s Digest, February 2008, A National Endowment for the Arts study found that Americans are reading less and less for pleasure. Why? Are we working more? More than our forefathers (and especially foremothers) who toiled from sunup to sundown in order to work farms, dairies, ranches? Less educated? Not likely. During the 1910s only 15% of those between the ages of 14 and 17 even attended high school. Today, every state has a mandatory stipulation that […]
I’ve joined a new blog community. It’s a great place for bloggers (of like minds and not so like) to find each other. You can get there through this BlogTopList: Or you can vote for my blog if you think it has useful or just fun stuff through this button. BTW: There’s no tracking device set on this . . . at least not to you computer, only mine. You won’t end up with SPAMs or extraneous emails (I READ all the fine print before signing up).Blog Top List really is simply a spot to find other bloggers who enjoy the things that you do, or to look for new blogging buddies. HOWEVER, if you […]
Looking for me? Try over at Sparkle This! I’ve started a time-travel story. Lots of fun. Happy reading.
After parenting for almost two decades, I’ve washed/dried/folded more loads of laundry than I care to remember; survived a tantrum or two; mended broken arms, bumped heads, and battered hearts; enjoyed a passel of got-to-squeeze-you-so-tight hugs, sloppy good-night kisses, and ‘Mom, you’re the best’ declarations. After culling through mounds of brought-into-the-house dirt, banging against the rock-hard determination of my kids, and traversing the shifting sands of children’s needs, I’ve managed to mine a few tidbits of gold. Enjoy, and may they add a little extra wisdom to your parenting arsenal. Don’t skimp. Buy the ‘64’ pack of crayons for school. Oh, and get one for home, too. There is no such thing as too-many crayons. […]