Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Home is the place that'll catch you when you fall. And we all fall.
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts (now also a major motion picture!) brings us into the life of Novalee Nation and her sometimes cursed, sometimes blessed life. The story starts with Novalee, who's seventeen years old and pregnant, stranded at a Walmart and befriended by the most unusual people in the southern United States. After living in and giving birth to her baby in the Walmart, Novalee is taken in by Sister Husband, who cares for her and her baby. Following countless accidents, troubles, and good times, we finally reach the end of the novel in which Novalee must decide between her head and her heart.
This novel is touching as well as heartwarming. Watching the struggles of the young Novalee as she is forced to become a woman is inspiring. Where the Heart Is captures the readers' attention and, of course, their heart.
This book is available at Matthews Public Library and upon request from Annville Free Library, Lebanon Community Library, Myerstown Community Library, Palmyra Public Library and Richland Community Library. Check it out sometime!
--Reviewed by Miss Victoria
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
As [Union General Joshua Lawrence] Chamberlain later wrote ... "my thought was running deep.... Desperate as the chances were, there was nothing for it but to take the offensive. I stepped to the colors. The men turned toward me. One word was enough,-- 'BAYONET!' It caught like fire, and swept along the ranks." With a wild yell, the survivors of this two-hour firefight, led by their multilingual fighting professor, lurched downhill in a bayonet charge against shocked Alabamians.
from pages 81-82, Hallowed Ground
Chamberlain's words at the dedication of his regiment's monument at Gettysburg:
"In great deeds, something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear, but spirits linger, to consecrate the ground for the vision-place of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them..."
from page 84, Hallowed Ground
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain--that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom--and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
from President Lincoln's Address at Gettysburg on November 19, 1863, reprinted on page 140, Hallowed Ground
Family is coming from out-of-state to visit for a couple weeks as they do nearly every summer, and one of the day long excursions we are planning for this year is to the historic battlefields of Gettysburg. In anticipation of this trip I decided to read up on the battle that took place there over a century ago.
Hallowed Ground: A Walk At Gettysburg is written by James M. McPherson, a Princeton professor who has led many a tour of Gettysburg's battlefields. The author's introduction begins by pointing out that the battle's importance in military history is studied both here and abroad. McPherson then takes us on a walking tour of Gettysburg where 165,000 Union and Confederate soldiers met in a bloody battle on July 1-3, 1863 that became the turning point for Union victory and preservation of the nation. It is a detailed, fascinating and gripping account of the battle couched in the context of a walking tour. McPherson also takes care to dispel several popular myths related to the battle and sheds light on the heroic actions and courage of the men who fought there for their respective causes.
I highly recommend you check out this book. It is available upon request from Lebanon, Myerstown and Richland Community Libraries.
--Reviewed by Ms. Angie
Thursday, July 10, 2008
The first is entitled DIY Patio Pavers and can be viewed here on the blog or on our channel here.
The second video is entitled Paper Toys and features a fun book called The Toymaker by Marilyn Scott Waters that is chockfull of creative paper toy ideas to create with the kids. You can view this video below or you can view it on our channel here.
We hope you enjoy viewing these videos!
Monday, July 7, 2008
There are so many killings, so many victims, so many lives lost and ruined every day, that it can be hard to keep track of them all, hard to make the connections that might bring cases to a close ... One death invites the next, extending a pale hand in greeting, grinning as the ax falls, the blade cuts. There is a chain of events that can easily be reconstructed, a clear trail for the law to follow.
from chapter 1, page 13 of The Reapers