Cuppa reads

We’re in Oregon right now, and after a bit of time in Texas, it’s downright weird—it’s hotter up here than it is in the Lone Star State. How’s your summer faring these days?

(If you get my personal newsletter, the email from this past week explains in a bit more detail our family’s current plans.)

On to the reads!

• I love neighborhood tiny libraries, “inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s famous support of public libraries and borrowing from the ‘take a book, leave a book’ model commonly found in coffee shops and hotels.” Love this collection of creativity showcased in tiny libraries. via Country Living

• “…Walking along the highway had not soothed people’s minds. But the volunteers who had strolled along the quiet, tree-lined paths showed slight but meaningful improvements in their mental health.” Fascinating thoughts about how walking in nature changes the brain. via The New York Times

• It’s everywhere, but with good reason—I love this spoof by Key & Peele on what it’d be like if we talked about teachers the way we do pro athletes. via Slate

• Fascinating read about a “new” way to discipline kids in the classroom: “Out on the playground, she approached the boy reassuringly, like a trained hostage negotiator. ‘Do whatever you need with the belt,’ she told him gently. ‘Just keep it away from people.’ Slowly, Will began to calm down. They walked over to some woods near the school, and she let him throw rocks into a stream, scream, and yell until, at last, he burst into tears in her arms. Then they talked and came up with a plan.” via Mother Jones

• And finally, I love this little trailer about what happens with teenagers help senior citizens learn to use the Internet. This should happen everywhere. via Cyber-Seniors

“Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That’s why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.” —Benjamin Alire Sáenz

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Self-care that satisfies

A few years ago, self-care was pretty much nonexistent for me. Time to myself was a rare occurrence and was pretty much all or nothing. When it was over I felt hungry for more – it was like I couldn’t get enough and I began to resent my family for being so demanding of my (read more…)

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jewelry shopping

3 questions I ask myself before buying something

I’ve been thinking about the how and why of buying stuff lately, what with my family re-settling after a year of travel. Being back in my home culture has reminded me that parts of our western world have a love affair with shopping as a pastime—rather than it being an errand or a task that (read more…)

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The Simple Show with Tsh Oxenreider

Podcast Episode #8: Put on your Brave Pants, with Sarah Mackenzie

I love meeting homeschooling women who don’t have their act together, nor do they pretend. Sarah Mackenzie is one of those—and I love that the stuff she writes and talks about is inspiring for non-homeschooling families as well. She’s all about talking about basic stuff, reminding us that those things can go a long way (read more…)

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College essentials: a checklist for parents

As I’m about to launch the youngest of my three children to college – all you parents of tinies and tweens, don’t blink – it occurred to me it might be just as beneficial to share insights for parents as to what they might need and/or need to do, as it is to share a comprehensive checklist for students. Preparing (read more…)

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