I feel measurably lighter at the end of this week than I did at the beginning. I have an editing fest ahead of me this weekend, but I am feeling up to the task!
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HOME/SCHOOL/LIFE
Shelli reviews a middle grades fantasy with a great heroine protagonist.
one year ago: World history at the movies
two years ago: The Secret Keepers and The Secret of Goldenrod
three years ago: Mindful Homeschool: What are you afraid of?
four years ago: Raising children who love to write
LINKS I LIKED
Relevant to my interests: Literary maps of imaginary worlds
This is a great list of books to introduce Iranian culture to kids.
THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW BUT NOW I DO
Someone knit a map of space, and it’s amazing.
All those white marble Greek statues? They weren’t actually white at all.
The first comic strip may have been in Latin.
The easy answer is yes, of course, but the details are fascinating: Were there transgender people in the Middle Ages?
There’s a word for that stack of books I haven’t read yet.
WHAT’S MAKING ME HAPPY
Rediscovered Langston Hughes, the Algonquin Round Table turns 100, feminist utopias, and more stuff we like.
Preschool politics, battles on the YA shelves, Stone Age engineering projects, the subtleties of translation, and more stuff we like.
The downside of gifted-ness, secret literary fellowships, loving Judge Judy, LARPing with goats, and more stuff we like.
Why do we trust online reviews, reading by plant-light, the overlap between Waldorf, privilege, and vaccinations, Babylonian break-up tablets, and more stuff we like.
Is Mark Twain the problem with the modern United States, it’s still possible to get a great 1980s photo of yourself, television should be doing a better job across the board with women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ people, and more stuff we liked this week.
Revisiting the 90s, utopias vs dystopias, what your favorite color says about you, dinosaur courtship, and more stuff we like.
Burnout is not a professional goal, the myth of the frontier in U.S. history, what do we mean when we talk about “electability,” what we always suspected about cats is true, and more stuff we like.
Highs and lows of Facebook groups, Teddy Roosevelt and the Iron Throne, my new favorite interview with a vampire, and more stuff we like.
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