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
Our weekly roundup of great links, books, and other stuff that’s inspiring our homeschool life.
The slow, important uncovering of history, snow plow parents, transcript-writing for people who aren’t transcript writers, cats in medieval manuscripts, and more stuff I like.
Problems with children’s literature, thirty years of “Closer to Fine,” saying goodbye to Dylan McKay, weird ancient Greek obsessions, and more stuff we like.
The magical union of science and art, objectivity in a post-truth world, Star Trek has seen the future, and more stuff we like.
RIP, Mars Rover; renegade nuns; my new favorite tip for recognizing passive voice; my neighborhood 50 million years ago; and more stuff we like.
Friends versus “friends,” the link between prairie dresses and colonization, slow cooking trumps quick hands, adventures in medieval poop, and more stuff we like.
The not-so-true Instagram reality, new words for cold days, find your Dewey Decimal personality, let’s stop hustling for a minute, and more stuff we like.
Celebrating Edward Gorey, how many books could you read in a year, a Golden Compass adaptation that I can’t wait for, trying the murderer of Edwin Drood, and more stuff we like.
Existential therapy, quitting email, fortune cookie literature, the best way to take notes, and more stuff we like.