Thursday, September 01, 2005

Relief Organizations looking for Donations

My husband, son and I are planning on donating our allowance, this week to the American Red Cross. When I heard that a donation of $100 can feed a family of four, provide water and clean up kit, I figured we could forgo our usual weekend spending for something more important.

When I told my son I was donating his allowance he said
"That's okay Mom, I have a place to live, food to eat and water to drink."

My family prays for all of you that are directly affected by this disaster. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Here's a link to several relief organizations that are offering general, animal and pet relief.
Network for Good

It's National History Day!

September 1 is National History Day. It's a day to encourage the continued studying of all moments of history to students and educators.

The History Channel does a fantastic job at educationing us in an entertaining way. There are numerous topics that they have done shows on. Their website is full of short videos, resources and more.

Starting Labor Day, The History Channel will be showing "Rome: Engineering an Empire". Visit the following link for more information and short videos.

Many schools, statewide, are having special events today. Visit Minnesota Historical Society's website for more information.

Remember learning can be fun.

Rona Berry-Morin
Marcus and Me

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Kids and Teens - Personal Web Pages

Marcus used to attend High Tech Middle School before being homeschooled. Students were required to have and maintain a web page through out their school years. Students took courses on web design, programming and graphics. By the time the student reaches high school their web pages are a resume of their school and extra curricular activities.

Now that Marcus is now homeschooled he still is required to attend computer workshops and pass a series of computer literacy tests this year. This is one of the state requirements for his promotion to the ninth grade. This year, he will be starting his own Blog. He plans on including his homeschool experiences, sports, volunteer work and other interests.

I found that there are many kids and teens with their own web pages. You and your kids should take a look. Maybe it will give you some ideas.

Remember to have fun today!

Monday, August 29, 2005

Rona's Book Review - "Must Love Dogs" by Claire Cook

The book,Must Love Dogs by Claire Cook is now a motion picture. Here's a book review from Library Journal.

This utterly charming second novel by Cook (Ready To Fall) is a fun read, perfect for whiling away an afternoon on the beach. Sarah Hurlihy is 40 years old, divorced, and happily teaching preschoolers a multicultural curriculum. But her interfering, overzealous Boston Irish family thinks that she should be dating, and with much love she is pushed into answering a personal ad from a gentleman seeking a lady "who enjoys elegant dining, dancing and the slow bloom of affection"; the clincher is that he's a man who "loves dogs." That man turns out to be the last man on earth any woman would want to date, but Sarah pushes on, slowly falling headlong into the dating game with decidedly mixed results. Meanwhile, Sarah's widowed father has his own dating troubles, brother Michael is deep in marital problems, and sister Carol is having difficulty at home with her temperamental teenage daughter, who turns to her favorite aunt for comfort and body-piercing support. Somehow, they all seem to end up on Sarah's doorstep at the most inopportune moments, keeping the laughs going all the way to the not-quite-storybook-perfect ending. Suitable for all public libraries. Stacy Alesi, Palm Beach Cty. Lib. Syst., Boca Raton,
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I decided I wanted to read this book instead of seeing the movie. I'm glad that I did. The movie trailers had me thinking this was a romance but it's more about a woman finding herself, after divorce. I would have been very disappointed. In between, she deals with her very involved family, her job and dating. I felt that this was not a great read. Matter of fact, I wouldn't recommend it.

Maybe when the movie makes it to HBO, it's a gloomy day and I have nothing better to do, I'll check it out.

WAHM Talk Radio Show - This Week's Show

On this week's show, Kelly McCausey, host, WAHM Talk Radio Show, shares her list of the Ten Awesome Women who have inspired her in some way in the last year or so. All of these ladies are a great influence on the Internet.

You can listen to her weekly show anytime because it's an internet talk radio show. Once you listen to it you'll be hooked. You can also download the show to your MP3 player. How convenient!

Also stop by Hot Seminar Series. Kelly is speaking with Lynette Chandler, of Tech Based Marketing about Blogging, the basics of Blogging, Pings and RSS. Kelly has split this topic into 3 separate shows, available in archives.