Blog Posts by dnapravn
I’ve been a fan of Kent Haruf’s novels since Plainsong came out in 1999. His newest novel, Benediction, is written in his sparse, hauntingly beautiful style and does not disappoint.
Like his other novels, Benediction is set on the high plains of eastern Colorado in the fictional town of Holt. Seventy-seven year old hardware store owner “Dad” Lewis has just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. As his wife, Mary, and daughter, Lorraine, work to make his last days as comfortable as possible, we become witness to what Dad treasures most in life. We learn of his secrets as well as meet the members of his community who rally around both Dad and his family.
This is a beautifully written book about a man’s last days. Beyond that though, it is a book about love and regret and the ties that bind us together. If you have never read a Kent Haruf novel, I urge you to give one a try.
I'm almost afraid I'll jinx us by putting this in writing, but spring seems to have finally arrived in Arlington Heights. As soon as the thermometer hit the 70 degree mark for the first time, my thoughts turned to gardening. Our library has many books to get your family of gardeners started outside, no matter what shade of green your thumb may be.
Rocks, Dirt, Worms & Weeds by Jeff Hutton is a fun-filled guide to creating vegetable and flower gardens with your kids. From starting seeds indoors to creating gardens that attract birds and butterflies, this book has everything you need (except a shovel) to spend the summer digging in the dirt with your kids.
Teeny Tiny Gardening by Emma Hardy is gardening on the smallest of scales. This book is filled with ideas for planting in anything from empty eggshells to salvaged containers. Some of my favorite ideas include planting vegetables in an old colander or having your kids create a fairy or dinosaur garden. This book is beautifully illustrated with clearly numbered steps that make the most challenging projects doable.
The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids by Whitney Cohen and John Fisher encourages getting your children outside and involved in all aspects of gardening, from design to harvest. From planting pizza or salsa beds to making sure to incorporate fun family features into your yard, this book if filled with projects to get your kids to stop watching TV and start watching the garden.
So grab one of our many wonderful gardening books and a shovel because it's time to garden!
Being a geek isn't just about books and brains anymore. Being geeky has become a state of mind. When we intensely explore our interests or get super involved in our latest craze, we get "geeky" about it. Geek Mom: Projects, Tips and Adventures for Moms and Their 21st Century Families is a quirky book filled with fun, imaginative things to do with kids of all ages. For example, why not throw a hobbit feast or grow heirloom vegetables this summer? Perhaps you can dig into your family history together or listen to a new style of music (bluegrass, anyone?) Maybe creating a secret lair, superhero style, or making a statement through yarn-bombing is more your style. Whether its computers and video games, at-home science experiments or traditional crafts, this book from the editors of Wired.com's GeekMom blog is filled with easy and fun activities for you and your family to get involved in and inspired by. So whether you dig out that crochet hook or start a rock collection, find something to be passionate about and get geeky!