Classified as a "memoir" b/c he talks about his own family, but most definitely not a memoir in the traditional sense. I do not love this author's lonClassified as a "memoir" b/c he talks about his own family, but most definitely not a memoir in the traditional sense. I do not love this author's long form pieces and I think this type of work is more suited magazine or newspaper articles, but I'm give him 4 stars for at least getting me to think about what works in our family and what might help us be more cohesive.
As he correctly points out, not everything will work for every family. For instance, I have no interest in taking my kids on a nighttime military-style workout mission in a park, However, I do need to be better about certain things including continuing the sex talks that have been part of our general conversation since the kids were in elementary school - I need to incorporate more age-appropriate information now that they are teenagers. Rob and I decided to give an allowance, not tied to chores, to increase financial independence (b/c as he points out, better to make a mistake with a hundred bucks than with a thousand or ten thousand). Nate is not the best conversationalist and does not seem very curious, and our dinner table conversation floats over his head (and Reed's) b/c Walker wants to talk about current events and politics non-stop. (Seriously, there is nothing you cannot say that he cannot relate to politics. Case in point - this am, when I mentioned someone's age, he said "he's older than Hilary Clinton!). I need to incorporate him into our conversation in some regard to make him feel more part of the five of us, instead of the four of us and him. I decided that, as much as possible, we will play a game every night, even for 10-15 minutes, after dinner and Nate will participate.
I am also interested in a family reunion, although the book makes them sound so daunting with t-shirts and schedules and so. many. activities. I'm thinking of a few of Rob's cousins and their kids at a beach house in one of the Carolinas. I doubt it will ever really pan out, but I'd like to at least talk about it with the cousins when we see them in June....more
This book took me months to read, but I did really like it. The authors look at global and national charities and convince you of the impact small amoThis book took me months to read, but I did really like it. The authors look at global and national charities and convince you of the impact small amounts of money can have and what huge steps people are taking to help those in need. Much of the focus is on poverty--especially overseas--education and reducing violence. I was very impressed with what people are doing and it will make me think twice about donating money to things I think are not worth their money.
For instance: if I have $250, I can give to a local Firefighter's group that will take kids to the circus, which is certainly noble; on the other hand, I can provide vision surgery to someone overseas--a surgery to restore a person's vision which will prevent that person from being a beggar and living a life on the streets. For me, that choice is a no-brainer.
I will really be thinking about the money I donate and what the money is being used for and, specifically, how it is impacting others' lives.
The book is told in alternating chapters with long chapters devoted to various projects and very short chapters that discuss what one person did or how one life was changed. It was nice to mix it up. ...more
The title says it all about this book. Short (about three pages each) essays from writers about their favorite book stores. All are, of course, indepeThe title says it all about this book. Short (about three pages each) essays from writers about their favorite book stores. All are, of course, independent. I marked a few down and will definitely plan on stopping by the one store listed in Florida (in Deland, about 90 minutes away) and will try to hit some other ones in cities we are visiting this year (Austin, Boston and maybe NYC, although I have my own favorite in NYC).
I really only read the authors I knew and the places I have either been or plan to visit soon, but I may copy/scan the first few pages which list each author, the bookstore and the city.
I think I've only been to three of the bookstores listed; The Strand in NYC (which is not my favorite; I lean towards a children's bookstore across from a phenomenal bakery); Tattered Cover in Denver and Elliott Bay in Seattle....more