Earths Children series by Jean M. Auel- Here is a link to the first of the 6 book series. This book was amazing and I could not put it down. I laughed and cried and was so enthralled I felt sad and a little empty when it was over. Have you ever had that happen?
This novel of awesome beauty and power is a moving saga about people, relationships, and the boundaries of love. Through Jean M. Auel’s magnificent storytelling we are taken back to the dawn of modern humans, and with a girl named Ayla we are swept up in the harsh and beautiful Ice Age world they shared with the ones who called themselves The Clan of the Cave Bear.
A natural disaster leaves the young girl wandering alone in an unfamiliar and dangerous land until she is found by a woman of the Clan, people very different from her own kind. To them, blond, blue-eyed Ayla looks peculiar and ugly–she is one of the Others, those who have moved into their ancient homeland; but Iza cannot leave the girl to die and takes her with them. Iza and Creb, the old Mog-ur, grow to love her, and as Ayla learns the ways of the Clan and Iza’s way of healing, most come to accept her. But the brutal and proud youth who is destined to become their next leader sees her differences as a threat to his authority. He develops a deep and abiding hatred for the strange girl of the Others who lives in their midst, and is determined to get his revenge.
Fingerpainting in Psych Class– M. S. Jay Morgan. Take a look here. A book about conscious parenting. I have really enjoyed it and feel like I get good useful information about how I can be a better mom. The author is also active on FB. You can like his page here.
“Working with kids is challenging in the best of situations. Fingerpainting in Psych Class is a resource for parents, teachers, therapists and other adults who want to better meet this challenge and more effectively work with children of all ages. This book will help you:
Better understand children and teenagers.
Confidently work with children on a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.
Stop reacting to negative behavior and be more of a positive influence.
Better understand some important psychological and spiritual principles critical to every child’s healthy development.
Develop the ability to use intuition and creativity in your work with children.
An Everlasting Meal- Tamar Adler. This book was recommended by Joy the Baker. I feel like it opened up my mind on how to approach cooking. If you cook you should read this book. Take a look here.
Through the insightful essays in An Everlasting Meal, Tamar Adler issues a rallying cry to home cooks.
In chapters about boiling water, cooking eggs and beans, and summoning respectable meals from empty cupboards, Tamar weaves philosophy and instruction into approachable lessons on instinctive cooking. Tamar shows how to make the most of everything you buy, demonstrating what the world’s great chefs know: that great meals rely on the bones and peels and ends of meals before them.
She explains how to smarten up simple food and gives advice for fixing dishes gone awry. She recommends turning to neglected onions, celery, and potatoes for inexpensive meals that taste full of fresh vegetables, and cooking meat and fish resourcefully.
By wresting cooking from doctrine and doldrums, Tamar encourages readers to begin from wherever they are, with whatever they have. An Everlasting Meal is elegant testimony to the value of cooking and an empowering, indispensable tool for eaters today.