Category Archives: books

…Read Out

Welcome to February, fellow crusaders! It’s the shortest month of the year, but it makes up for it with plenty of reasons to celebrate.

There’s Black History Month, Groundhog Day, Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day, and that’s only the first half of the month. Kicking off the month are two events that go together perfectly — Harry Potter Book Night and World Read Aloud Day. Read the rest of this entry


…Think, Think, Think

think winnie the pooh GIFDeep into the work week the world can start to weigh heavily on you. Thankfully, there’s days like today to help snap you out of it. Today, in case you were curious, is Winnie the Pooh Day.

In honor of A.A. Milne’s birthday we celebrate everyone’s favorite chubby little cubby (and Eeyore, and Kanga, and Roo, and Rabbit, and Piglet, and there’s Owl, and Tigger too). This willy, nilly, silly old bear may be a staple of childhood, but there’s nothing childish about him. He’s stuffed with fluff and lessons about life. Read the rest of this entry

…make mankind our business

“Mankind was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business.”

Jacob Marley in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Happy Christmas Eve, crusaders! Or as it’s known in the Scrooge household — The night the ghosts came.

While the lessons of Ebenezer Scrooge are many, I’ve always been touched by the fact that it’s not fear of his own suffering that begins Scrooge’s transformation from miser to merriment master, but the generous nature of others he’s shown by the Ghost of Christmas present. Read the rest of this entry

…Find Middle Ground

It’s official, Middle-earth is coming to the small screen. Apologies for the lack of exclamation point, but at this point there’s too many unknowns to determine if more flamboyant punctuation is needed.

What is known is that Amazon has acquired the television rights for the beloved J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, “The Lord of the Rings.” I’ll give you a moment to let the sheer poetry of that sink in. The online retailer responsible for killing the brick and mortar bookstore just bought the television rights for one of the most popular book series of all time.  Read the rest of this entry

…get it write

blur-old-antique-bookAs we all settle into our jingle bells and one-horse open sleighs…or turkeys and pilgrims for those who insist on celebrating the holidays in order, we find ourselves at the start of another important month of the year.

Today marks the second day of National Novel Writing Month. You may recognize it better as its hashtag — #NaNoWriMo. As you can see, it’s compact because nothing matters more to writers than character(s).  Read the rest of this entry