Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kids Book? Adults can read it? What?!

One thing that has been added to the Dean's List of favourites is the author Rick Riordan.  Though he writes mostly children books Josh and I LOVE them.  I am in the midst of reading the Pearcy Jackson series.  I find it is very rare that I can find well written children's books that are readable by adults.  These books are definitely on the "read to my children list."  Josh and I like the "Heroes of Olympus" series the most that combines Greek and Roman mythology.  One thing that should be noted that in the fourth book of the series there is brief mention that one of the characters is gay.  Parents should be aware of this and instead of avoiding the issue perhaps use it as an discussion point in their households.  The mention in the book seems like an editor's choice that was later included in the story line to "increase the audience"--this is unfortunate as I have seen this tactic before. i.e. "Oh there is no girl in the story?  Lets just throw her in here," or "Oh there is no romance?   We need female readers so lets throw a kiss in here."  No matter where you stand on the issue of homosexuality it is  topic that should be talked about and not avoided.  I guarantee if you are not talking about it all they will know is what misinformation their friends and media give them.

Over all the books are amazingly well written and are action based--rather than the current emotionally driven trend (thanks a lot Twilight).  The books are applicable to both males and females and are great vocabulary builders.  I recommend that children read the Percy Jackson series between 10-14, the Kane series(Egyptian mythology) between the ages of 12-14, and the Heroes of Olympus series between the ages of 13+.  If you are reading these books to your children--which I highly encourage--you can knock 2 years off of the recommendations.

You'll like these books if you like:
Harry Potter, Eragon books, Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, Narnia, any other adventure series.

You'll hate these books if:
You are not into mythology, are looking for a "romantic fix," or are reading these to children that are just too young--the chapters can be lengthy and long.

5/5 for content
4/5 for family friendliness (not for young children)
4/5 for originality
4.5/5 overall rating

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What this Blog is about!

Purpose of this blog:

This is where I can rant and rave--hence the "list" part.  I will cover topics from movies, food, to social injustice.  Some of this will be controversial, that is how I roll.  Occasionally my gorgeous husband may contribute--and that will be noted, but it will mainly be me.

I hope you are all having an amazing day.  Thank you for reading.  A lot of these posts are designed to make you think, so please think about it :)  

Queer is not Okay!

First there needs to be a confession...I am a Facebook creeper.  Recently a family member of mine acquired a new "significant other."  I did not know this person, so what would any self respecting girl do?  Facebook stalk them of course!  :)

As I ventured in to the world of adolescents--I am the oldest of my generation in my family--I was amazed by several things.  First is that texting has ruined a younger generations ability to spell.  Instead of typing "know" the seem to think "kno" is acceptable.  The second is the vast amount of disrespectful language that was on their Facebook pages.  In my opinion under no circumstances is ever okay to call someone a "queer" or a "fag."  I don't care where you stand on gay marriage, or homosexuality in general it is NOT OKAY!

It is not okay in the same way that it is not okay to use racial slang.  It is not okay in the same way that is not okay to demean someone based on their gender--"bitch," "c--t," etc.  It is not okay in the same way that it is not okay to use demeaning slang about ethnicity.  It is not okay in the same way that it is not okay to use the word "retard" or "retarded."  IT IS NOT OKAY!

Who is to blame?  Who allowed this atrocity to happen?  Who said this is okay?

Here are a few tips:

1. Watch what you say yourself--a lot of the language children use is picked up from older siblings and parents.
2. Teach children that using these words is not harmless--it is prejudicial and bullying.
3. Take a stand.  Mention to people that that word is not acceptable.
4. ALL people were created and are cared for by God.  That means that demeaning his creation is demeaning him.
5.  RESPECT.  Treat everyone as you want to be treated--it is the golden rule.  Even if you do not agree with what a person believes they are as human as you.

Sorry about the inflammatory title, but I had to get you to read this somehow :-)  In summary be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving one another, even as Christ has forgiven you.