- Had a nice interview with Real Life Radio – 1380 – Catholic radio out of Lexington, last week. Discussing Bambinelli Sunday, natch. The program isn’t archived, but you can find the guest page here, follow the station on Twitter and Facebook here.
- Still have copies of the book! As well as The Loyola Kids’ Book of Heroes and a few others. See the list here.
- And, as always, some free books to download here!
- Colleen Connell Mitchell, who is serving with her family as a missionary in Costa Rica, is starting a great, in-depth series for the month of November:
Why not add freedom to the list of gifts you’ll give this Christmas? Slow down a bit and try to be intentional in the ways you spend, gift and celebrate this Christmas. There are ways to shop and give that are ethical and responsible and will drastically lower the demand for slavery around the world. And many of these options actually contribute to a better world. We can shop local, support social and micro-enterprises, give gifts of charity, and educate while we give. We can avoid the “no room at the inn” mentality of Christmas that tells us we have no time to be slow and intentional and make room for Christ-like love.
So I will be beginning starting today a series of 31 Days posts about shopping ethically and responsibly this Christmas season. About giving that gives back and giving that gives freedom. Join me, please? Not only will you learn more about the issue of modern day slavery and its implications for our lives, but you will be introduces to some lovely businesses and gifting opportunity that will inspire you and give you the gift of hope in the goodness of humanity.
- Current read: A Man of Misconceptions: The LIfe of an Eccentric in an Age of Change. It’s a biography of 17th century Jesuit priest and polymath Athanasius Kircher. So far, I’m impressed by John Glassie’s ability to write history in the way it should be: seeing the past in its own context, and as much as is humanly possible, setting aside the prejudices and assumptions of the present.
- On deck this week: Jesse Owens, Creek and Cherokee Indians, robotics, Zoo class, music…another camping trip.
- We’ve been so Huntsville oriented this fall, it occurred to me that maybe I’d want to look south and see what’s going on. Joseph did a field trip to Montgomery as part of Alabama history in 4th grade, and I’ve been through several times (visited Hank Williams’ grave, among other brief stops on the way to Selma and then NOLA years ago), but there’s a lot more…we might do an overnight down there some time over the next couple of weeks….
Yesterday, I purchased this lovely oversized hand towel at the Moss Rock Festival. Nansuhome is the work of two Birmingham women, who coordinate, design and manage, and Maya women in Guatemala, who weave this lovely, substantial pieces. One of the women was in the booth, and my pre-Columban-obsessed 8-year old was absolutely dumbstruck upon meeting her, not only because she was shorter than he is, but because she was introduced to him as a Maya….I think he knew that Maya are a living people, but to actually encounter a real Maya person was almost too much….