Miss Night's Marbles

Musings, mumbles, marvels, and sometimes mockery, live from kindergarten.

Weekend Latte & Links: Adoption, Minecraft, Outrage, Frosted Cookie Candles

(Full disclosure: All product links on my site are Amazon affiliate links, and if you click through and actually buy stuff, a small percentage of the cost goes to help THAT kid, in a number of ways.)

Hello friends

While I never intended to start Latte & Links and then miss 3 weekends in a row, that is how it went. I thank you for your patience, and your kindness.

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Right now: about 20 below and snowing outside, the kind of snow that sort of looks like feathers when it lands. Inside: tree lights and pyjamas and a dozing Freddy at my feet. Breakfast was a vanilla latte and bacon and eggs, because it’s Christmas holidays. Cooking shows are my go-to TV therapy, so The Holiday Baking Championship is on the teevee.

Shiny brilliance of the week:

  • It is over a year old, but this Reuters Investigates series about international adoption, and what happens when those adoptions fail, is fascinating, heartbreaking, and utterly compelling. It is good for all of us to wrestle with complex ethical issues, and this is definitely one of them.
  • The title is a little clickbait-y, but We’re ruining our kids with Minecraft: The case for unstructured play is an excellent summary of what unstructured play IS, why kids need it, and how re-introducing it to over-programmed kids may be a bumpy road (and ultimately worth it).
  • Slate.com has identified 2014 as The Year of Outrage, and their interactive calendar of daily outrage is an informative, way to kill a few hours on a snowy afternoon. Fact is, we were angry about A LOT OF STUFF in 2014. (May 15 is my own personal hill to die on. Apparently, this makes me a “ballet truther.” I’m okay with that.)
  • And, because this is my blog and I can do what I want, I’m going to ask you to read about my dear friend Lauren, taken from me too soon, and to donate to the benefit fund created in her name.

On the nightstand:

  • Wild. This is my second trip up the Pacific Crest Trail with Cheryl Strayed; I’m re-reading in preparation for seeing the movie later this week. The book truly is excellent: smart, funny, emotional, brave, messy.  RECOMMEND. I’m probably going to finish it today, and I am already bereft about that.
  • The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook. I got this for Christmas, and just reading the recipes makes me feel warmer (also hungrier). It includes a very do-able recipe for Vietnamese Pho, and THAT seems like a fun project for a snowy day…

One thing you should buy:

I am no great lover of smelly candles, but I needed some white candles-in-jars, and these Glade Frosted Cookies Vanilla and Sugar were the only ones in the store, and I actually sort of love them. The smell is not-too-strong and actually really smells like cookies have been baked in my house recently. The candles burn for a LONG time, and the jar is simple enough that I will probably keep them to re-use for other things. (I don’t know why the image is all wonky. Amazon makes the code; I just copy-paste it.)

Okay, that’s what I’ve got for now, friends. I hope your holidays have been peaceful and happy and calm and bright.

xoxo


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Weekend latte & links

So. According to a highly scientific and rigorous survey of my social media, you guys think it is a good idea for me to post a weekly(ish) recap of what I have read and loved on these great interwebz over the past 7 days. Alright then, here we go! You can expect a latte and links post most weekends. I hope.

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(Full disclosure: All product links on my site are Amazon affiliate links, and if you click through and actually buy stuff, a small percentage of the cost goes to help THAT kid, in a number of ways.)

Right now: Minus a million degrees (okay, just -37) outside, fireplace on inside, Grey’s Anatomy: Season 1 on Netflix on the teevee. Freddy and I are holding down the couch. Breakfast was a vanilla latte with coconut and cinnamon, and a big bowl of oatmeal with almonds and raspberries.

Shiny brilliance* of the week:

  • If you do not read Pernille Ripp’s brilliant blog, you should. Her letter to her angry daughter made my eyes get a little bit of wet in them. I suspect there were times when I was very much like her little girl, and that my own mom was in equal measures mystified and heartbroken as she stepped back to let me find my own way.
  • Across the Atlantic, Cambridge University posted a summary of the research on school starting age, and why it is in NO ONE’s interests for us to try and force five-year-olds to read. This has HUGE ramifications for kindergarten (and pre-kindergarten) classrooms. Read it, share it, shout it from the rooftops.
  • I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how our school system is just not working for so many boys. This: Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still in School, reinforces my pondering. How do we fix this?
  • We all have “squirrel students” – the ones who scurry from one place or task to another, perpetually unable to settle in. My dear and brilliant friend, @mmekathleen, blogged her simple, personalized intervention for one of her squirrels.

On the nightstand:

On the Audible app (audiobooks while doing housework – you heard it here, first)

One thing you should buy:

The Idina Menzel holiday album is GOR.GEOUS, and on continuous loop in my office these days.

Happy Weekend, Friends. I remain ever-awed that you all think I am interesting enough to read. Stay warm out there.

 

xoxo

 

*Credit for the expression “shiny brilliance” goes to my dear friend @learningmurd, who you should totally follow on the Twitterz.

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