It’s officially December and thus I am staring hollowly into space. Here’s some links to get us through.
First of all, a literary online advent calendar! It’s free! It’s fun! It’s at Book Riot!
My daughter and I are crazy about this art from Wildstar Tempest. Enjoy.
Chuck Wendig’s yearly Gifts for Writers post is up, and I approve.
Enough fun! We have work to do!
Giving to charity this year? Of course you are, and not just in December, I hope. Charity Navigator can help you find the best charities in terms of fiscal health and responsibility and accountability.
Many of us are trying to be more politically and socially active this year. My Civic Workout offers suggestions for a 5 minute action, a 10 minute action, and a 30 minute action every week.
Thanksgiving is over. Our families didn’t kill each other, the cousins bonded, much pie was consumed, and we are home being sniffed by our pets who suspect us of having eaten turkey while we were away.
As we pause and catch our breath before December First unleashes the madness of the holidays on us all, here are lyrics I wrote about Winter Solstice in my hometown. I hope you find many peaceful moments during this hectic season!
Here in Sacramento, there is no sign of snow
But the fog fills up the streets and makes the streetlights glow
All of us are happy that the solstice season’s here,
And that the light’s returning from the darkest time of year.
Whichever way you celebrate the rising of the sun
We hope that your holiday will be a blessed one
May we all find peace and joy, goodwill to all who live
Remembering love and kindness are the sweetest gifts to give.
Thanksgiving is upon us and therefore here are my 24, mostly geeky, reasons to be thankful this year:
- Gravity Falls. Love this show. I only weep that there are no more episodes.
- Steven Universe. I love you, Garnet! You are my everything!
- On a related note – sharing fandoms with my family.
- Father Daughter cosplay. Behold.
- Bitch Planet, Thor, Mockingbird, Heathen – so many great comics
- Hall H.
- My daughter’s extended family of Aunties and Uncles at Baycon and Convolution.
- The fact that middle school is only two years long.
- My stuffed octopuses.
- Advance review copies.
- The Monterey Bay Aquarium.
- The entire cast of Orphan Black.
- Naveen Andrews playing Sayid. Lost ended a long time ago, and you know Sayid and I did have our ups and downs, but he and his angst and his endless supply of tank tops will always have a special place in my heart.
- This pic.
- The battle of the white nightgowns in Crimson Peak.
- Everything about Captain America: the Winter Soldier.
- Everything about Kubo and the Two Strings.
- The sloth in Zootopia.
20. This song!
21. Intra-library loans.
22. The fact that my daughter learned how to make pie so I don’t have to make it anymore.
24. My followers!
What are you thankful for?
First of all, the in-person Between the Lines Book Club will be meeting tomorrow, at 10:30AM, at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento, California. See you there! If you aren’t in the area, feel free to leave comments about the book below.
We will be taking a break during the month of December (which means a blogging break for me!) You might want to start reading early though, because our January book, Alexander Hamilton, is a long one.
Here’s our schedule for January 2017 – March 2017:
January 21: Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
February 18: One Summer: America 1927, by Bill Bryson
March 18: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline
See you all in January!
This Monday post has turned into a Monday night post, as I have a great deal to say and yet very little capacity for saying it. I had intended for today’s post to be my thoughts on the election – but I hadn’t expected to be having these particular thoughts.
Whatever happens under a Trump Administration, we will have to look after and protect each other, our families, and our communities. If you are wearing a safety pin to express your willingness to be a safe person, then BE A SAFE PERSON. Read books and blog posts and articles by people of color, people with disabilties, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Attend marches or sign a petition or write a letter. If you see bullying, physically stand next to or sit with the person who is being bullied. Remember that midterm elections are coming.
One reason I waited until this evening to post this is that I wanted to include a link to this post from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books. This post, which was written by the Smart Bitches team including myself (CarrieS) includes links to a huge variety of places and causes that are looking for donations and/or volunteers. The comments section has a lot of good suggestions as well.
This month we have a quick turnaround book-wise. We’ll be meeting to discuss The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown, on 11/19/16 at Arden Dimick Library at 10:30AM.
The Boys in the Boat tells the story of the University of Washington’s efforts to win a gold in rowing at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. The story focuses on Hitler’s efforts to convince the world that Germany was a benign power, and on the efforts of American Joe Rantz to survive the Depression and parental abandonment, finish college, and succeed in keeping his place on the crew team.
In this book trailer, at minute 1:10, you can see video of the incredible 1936 Olympic race:
If you have an hour, you can view the PBS documentary: The Boys of ’36, about the crew.
I hope you all enjoy this amazing story!
And if you’re wondering – I’m with her!