Swirls of Life

Life is a swirl…

Book of the Month

 

This month’s book is Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech.

Summary: “How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned. “Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

I remember reading this book for a report back when I was in middle school. It’s easily one of my favorite childhood books.

Rating: 10/10

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019

This year Pantone chose “Living Coral” as the color for 2019.

“In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity.”

Coral happens to be my favorite color so I’m really excited about this decision 🙂

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Quote of the Month

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“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” – Thomas Aquinas

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Song of the Month: Fresh Eyes

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This month’s featured song is Fresh Eyes by Andy Grammer. Listen below!

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Zoolights

Last week some of my friends and I went to DC to see the Zoolights at the National Zoo. It was so much fun! Here are some of the photos I took.

One of the reason Christmas is my favorite holiday is because of all the pretty decorations. What do you like most about the holiday season?

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Book of the Month

 

This month’s book is Shine: Make Them Wonder What You’ve Got by Newsboys.

Summary: When you think of the Newsboys, do you think rock and roll, gold records, concerts, and fame? Shine: Make Them Wonder What You’ve Got reveals the Newsboys in a way you have never seen them before–not just as performers but as Christians. Follow them as they travel through seasons of personal and spiritual growth, undergoing struggles that are common to all believers, experiencing faith-stretching circumstances, and seeking to live for Christ in an authentic way. Their spiritual journeys reflect a deep and growing faith that permeates their music while also transcending it. This new path challenges the limitations we’ve put on Christianity in our postmodern culture and seeks the essence of the Gospel. Shine will challenge and stretch your own spiritual expectations as you discover the dynamics of a living faith.

Overall this is a great book to read if you’re interested in learning more about real Christianity.

Rating: 9/10

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Quote of the Month

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“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” – Voltaire

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On This Day in History – December 6

On December 6, 1865 the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was adopted. The amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime.

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Song of the Month: Breath of Heaven

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This month’s featured song is Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant. Listen below!

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Book of the Month

 

This month’s book is Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot.

Summary: For Princess Mia, the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity: living in New York City, running her new teen community center, being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. And speaking of engagements. Mia’s gorgeous longtime boyfriend, Michael, managed to clear both their schedules just long enough for an exotic (and very private) Caribbean island interlude where he popped the question! Of course, Mia didn’t need to consult her diary to know that her answer was a royal “oui.” But now Mia has a scandal of majestic proportions to contend with: her grandmother has leaked “fake” wedding plans to the press that could cause even normally calm Michael to become a runaway groom.

 

Worse, a scheming politico is trying to force Mia’s father from the throne, all because of of a royal secret that could leave Genovia without a stomach. Can Mia prove to everyone–especially herself–that she’s not only ready to wed, but ready to rule as well?

Royal Wedding was one of the first proper adult (instead of young adult) fiction books I read and it did not disappoint. I read the original Princess Diaries series when I was in high school so it was cool to see Mia all grown up.

Rating: 9/10

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