Archive for May, 2009

Book Spotlight: Found

FOUND Margaret Peterson Haddix Book Trailer

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who’s also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a vast smuggling operation, an airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and people who seem to appear and disappear at will. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing forces that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying? Read more

Tweety Birds

Click to listen to some bird songs and calls! Allaboutbirds.org is an excellent website for learning more about birds. Check out the Bird Guide or learn about the characteristics, behavior, and flight patterns of all kinds of fowl. They’re pretty sweet! Read more

A Piece of Poetry

Fueled by a million man-made wings of fire
the rocket tore a tunnel through the sky
and everybody cheered.
Fueled
only by a thought from God —
the seedling
urged its way
through the thickness of black —
and as it pierced
the heavy ceiling of the soil —
and launched itself
up into outer space —
no
one
even
clapped.

(“Fueled,” Marcie Hans)

Guardian. Idealist. Rational. Artisan. Which are you?

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter®-II (KTS®-II) is the most widely used personality instrument in the world. It is a powerful 70 question personality instrument that helps individuals discover their personality type. It’s also free. Read more

INSPIRING! Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
“Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
—Benjamin Franklin

“Benjamin Franklin was the most famous American in his day. Wherever he went, crowds formed. People worldwide pictured Franklin when anyone said, “American.” . . . The remarkable Franklin, a printer by trade, a scientist by fame, and a man of action by all accounts, continues to shape American thinking and action. The Independence Hall Association, owners of ushistory.org, has commissioned and assembled resources for you to explore the diversity that was Benjamin Franklin. Each generation produces people who reshape their world. Benjamin Franklin was one such man.” Read more

Why do we have eyebrows?

Eyebrows are a very significant aspect of our appearance. They are one of the most distinctive features that make up our faces, and we pay a lot of attention to them. We think of some types of eyebrows as attractive and some as unattractive, and many people spend as much time preening their eyebrows as they do applying makeup to their eyelashes or lips. Eyebrows are also one of our most expressive facial features. One of the clearest ways to tell somebody what you’re thinking is to simply move your eyebrows up or down — we all know what different eyebrow positions mean. Read more


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