Digital scan of original 1939 poster owned by wartimeposters.co.uk.
Until last week I thought the Keep Calm and Carry On poster had been around and popular since World War II. But when I watched a YouTube video Liz sent me about the poster’s history, I found out I was only half right. And I fell in love with another used bookstore…
fillip options: sage & mint from my garden | 2012
We read Betty Smith’s A Tree Grows in Brooklyn for book club this month. (Actually, I’m still reading it — 200 pages left to go!) One thing I’ve appreciated about the book is how Smith tosses out detailed descriptions of everyday things — a meal, an outfit — almost like a recipe for life in 1900s Brooklyn.
Unexpectedly, I found myself becoming a little enamoured with the Nolans’ approach to poverty. Being on a tight budget myself, I began wondering if I should try to incorporate some of their attempts at economy. I realize this sounds like I’m romanticizing the struggle of being poor; I am not by any means discounting the hardship of poverty. Rather, reading this reminded me of something Anne Shirley said: There are so many things in this room and all so splendid that there is no scope for imagination. That is one consolation when you are poor — there are so many more things you can imagine about. Oh, imagination.
Dear Parents at Sandy Brook by Jeremy Collins | December 14, 2012
My friend, Jeremy Collins, created this piece in response to the recent tragic events in Connecticut. Where words fall short, sometimes a single image can speak.
If you’re looking for a way to actively help the families dealing with loss after Friday’s tragedy, Jeremy is selling prints of his image and will donate the proceeds to help cover funeral costs. If you want to participate, you can donate here.
Hi everyone! Ali here, from Gimme Some Oven. I am so excited to introduce you to the new main writer for the Gimme Some Reads section of the blog — my dear friend, Bet!
You know that friend in your life who always has the right words to say? Who has the perfect quote for any occasion? Who loves getting lost in a good book for a day, and then encouraging you to do the same? Who gets a twinkle in her eye when she has the opportunity to use a favorite new word in a sentence? Who can listen to you talk in circles, and then somehow in a few sentences reframe the situation and sum up exactly what you were trying to say?