Monday, February 17, 2020

Coffee Break Reading List (President's Day 2020)

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Some of the things around the web that I've been reading or exploring during recent coffee breaks:  

  • Today is designated as President's Day in the United States, and it's a regional holiday throughout most of Canada as well. So I'm going to kick off today's reading list by letting you know about my own previous post about President's Day and the various Canadian Family Day or heritage day observances. Check out Today North America Celebrates . . . 

Today North America Celebrates . . . on Homeschool Coffee Break @ - Learn about President's Day in the USA and Family Day observances in Canada
  • On Saturday, the Google doodle honored Susan B. Anthony on the 200th anniversary of her birth. She was an amazing lady, and if you don't know much about her, here's a couple of websites to help you get acquainted: Susan B. Anthony Biography on; and the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House in Rochester, NY. I think it would be really interesting to visit there, so if I'm ever in the area and have time, I'd like to stop by. Anthony was a leader for women's rights but was also a strong voice for the abolitionist movement and temperance.

Some fun things I've found during coffee breaks: (humorous or lighthearted, perhaps video or memes, a lighter photo of mine)
  • Okay, I am not a dog owner, but this is a great idea and the article on Good News Network made me smile: A 'Stick Library' for Dogs.
  • If you're on Facebook, you've probably noticed they are really hyping the groups lately. I somehow stumbled across a group recently that shares photos of "things with faces". In other words, inanimate objects in which we see something that looks like a face. Yeah, I'm one of those people that are constantly seeing faces on things. Vehicles and houses have faces - didn't you know? Well, as fun as it is to be in the group, it also led me to find out a bit more about why we tend to see faces (and whether it's normal or not!). Check out the BBC Future article Neuroscience: Why do we see faces in everyday objects? and Artsy: Why Do We See Human Faces Everywhere We Look? Both articles mention evolutionary theories, which I don't agree with, but they're still very interesting - and reassuring, because it's not unusual or a sign of mental illness! Here are a couple of my photos of things with faces. Do you see them?

  • And finally, it has come to my attention that perhaps I need to read my email a little more. Found this number of unread emails in my Inbox a little concerning. That's just my Inbox. Never mind the folders, some of which have two or three times that amount unread. Yikes.

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What I've been reading during longer coffee breaks: 

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Warriors Don't Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette
Emma by Jane Austen
The Curse of the Healing Kiss by Mark McClelland
The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Find out more at my book blog Just A Second.

Found anything interesting on the web lately? Read any good books? Leave a comment and let me know!

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