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Poetry Friday & Buffy’s “In the Big Top”

It’s Poetry Friday! Sylvia at Poetry for Children is our hostess this week. Today I’m sharing the last of the masterpieces I’ve received this summer in the Poem Swap. Buffy hosted caterpillars on her dining table this summer– I bet they ate well! They inspired this incredible poem.  Thank you, Buffy!    

Poetry Friday & “Exhortation to a bee” by Tabatha Yeatts

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It’s Poetry Friday! Catherine at Reading to the Core is hosting! Just as the bees are wringing the last nectar from the summer flowers, I’m bedazzled by the next-to-last of my poem swap poems. What a grand summer it has been, and what a balm these friendships have been! Here is, quite possibly, my favorite […]

FOLP #5: Being Dead is No Excuse — The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral, by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, copyright 2005

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I read this humorous, recipe-filled guide about a month before we dealt with two family deaths within 36 hours. Not being in the Mississippi Delta, most of the traditions lauded by the authors were not part of the past few days. Specifically, I did not see any deviled eggs, pimento and cheese, or even casseroles. […]

How Full is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald O. Clifton

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This year for my job, I set a goal of reading one book each quarter related to leadership, development, assertiveness, or management. You can read books from earlier in the year here and here. I found How Full is Your Bucket? on the shelf of my stepson Andrew — a gift from his grandmother. I […]

FOLP #4: The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

If you need a bit of inspiration or encouragement coupled with a kick in the pants, The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch will do the trick. Originally a filmed lecture that became a viral sensation, the book expands on theme he touched on in his speech at Carnegie Mellon in 2007: achieving your childhood dreams. […]

Poetry Friday: Welcome to the Farm!

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Welcome, friends! It’s Poetry Friday and I’m honored to be your host today! Best of all, my sister and nephews are here visiting from Texas, so there’s a lot going on around here today! (There’s an Inlinkz widget at the bottom of the post for your links. We’ve gone fishin’!) When Mark and I selected […]

Poetry Friday & Carol’s Gift from the Sea

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It’s Poetry Friday & Margaret is hosting at Reflections on the Teche! This week I’m sharing the treasures Carol sent my way for the Summer Poem Swap. I feel so blessed to have received wonderful, perfect-for-me treats from the thoughtful poets in our online community! Carol created a 3-D card & poetry bookmark that touched […]

FOLP: Financial Peace Revisited by Dave Ramsey, copyright 2003

I finished my second “Friends of the Library Project” book June 28. It would be easy to say a lot has changed in the world since 2003, and even more since 1997, when Dave Ramsey first published his book about personal finance. But the principles of money management outlined here are timeless, which is one […]