Nurture Shock


I enjoyed the book “Nurture Shock” although it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the reviews made it out to be, overall it was an interesting read. Some quick takes:


  • Praising children can cause more harm than good and doesn’t necessarily = encouragement/ motivation
  • Self-esteem is overrated
  • White families don’t talk about race and should
  • Sleep deprivation makes children fat not TV
  • educational TV is trash perhaps worse than Trash TV
  • Children grow into lying not out of it
  • Permissive parenting isn’t effective



One Fine Day by Molly Panter-Downes

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I finally finished One Fine Day. It really shouldn’t have taken me this long but life (and other books) got in the way. It seemed to drag on a bit and only half way through did I realize that the book was just that, “one day” I  get impatient with books that take place in just one day. (I really dislike the movie Casablanca for this reason, heh. ) But it was well written and a thoughtful book. It takes place in strange times, right after WWII, when all the families are adjusting to peace and the middle class struggles with their lowered standard of living. The introduction in my Virago modern classics edition was good, I enjoyed it more than the book itself.


What I’m reading now:

Birth Order Book 

Nurture Shock 

The Calls of Fatima 


What are you reading? What have you finished recently? Recommendations?




Q&A with demographic analyst Neil Howe

Are Millennials Actually Lazy, Narcissists?

P.S. Harry Potter is not comparable to War and Peace. I’ve read both. Tolstoy is timeless; Rowling, might be a fun read,  but her works will not stand the test of time.

P.S.S. I’m happy to hear that Millennials are readers. I am a bookseller after all.


What I’m Reading

The Lost Traveller by [White, Antonia]

The Lost Traveller by Antonia White. This is the second book of a four part series. Apparently Evelyn Waugh admired her writings which is why I started reading them.

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Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin  reminds me of C.S. Lewis’ “Til We have Faces” Pagan with flashes of the beatific.

One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes. An interesting read so far. It takes place in England after the second world war and explores  how the war effected the middle class. Housewives became more isolated, help was harder to find and families had to manage without ‘those anonymous caps and aprons who lived out of sight and pulled the strings’.


I’m always looking for a good book. What are you reading?


P.S.  I’d like to write full reviews once I’ve finished reading them . . .










“The silent influence of books, is a mighty power in the world; and there is a joy in reading them known only to those who read them with desire and enthusiasm. Silent, passive, and noiseless though they be, they yet set in action countless multitudes, and change the order of nations.” Henry Giles

 Artist: Van Hove

Honey Bees

You tell me of the clover

how it trilled

and swayed with bees,

of  hot summers,

and mason jars

filled with foragers,

Seized for the hum!

And my bare feet tremble

Though I do not divine a sting.




The Right Book



What We’re Reading


The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris.

I just finished “The Quotidian Mysteries” by Kathleen Norris a Catholic Christian and a  Poetess. I had such high hopes! But was a little disappointed  by it. The little book is actually a lecture she gave in 1998 at St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indaiana. It begins with reflections  on her first encounter of a Roman Catholic Mass. What struck her was the priest cleaning the chalice after Holy Communion. From there she  delves into the inescapable duties of daily life that even the Liturgy is bound to.

Of course, she identifies  herself as a feminist (what published poetess/authoress doesn’t these days?) and believes that the feminist movement has developed far enough that we can now admit to finding meaning in our daily work. A very naive view of feminism! But of course, no feminist would touch her or her ideas, they are too feminine. I also found her “calling” to barrenness  unsettling; All women are called to motherhood of some form even if they are barren.

That aside, the lecture was refreshing. Many of the poems, psalms, quotes, prayers referenced and her commentaries were very good and encouraging.

Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel

“Owl at Home” is our favorite Arnold Lobel book. Great for beginner readers. It has five easy and interesting stories in it. “Tear-Water Tea” is rather a poetic little story and my favorite out of the five. We’ve been reading it daily for a week now. My girls insist upon it. The illustrations also by Arnold Lobel are endearing.


An Anthology

A name, a date, a dash –

denotes a beating heart.

How salient a thing to read, to see

Before the poem that spoke to me.



It was probably a bad idea to read, The Gulag Archipelago by Solzhenitsyn and Liberal Fascism by Jonah Goldberg at the same time.