We are happy and sleepy. And we have no idea what day it is.
Oh, yes–Friday! I’ve got some things to share that popped up while I was in Newbornland:
I may have already mentioned this, but I can’t wait to read this book! It’s all about the young women who were recruited to work in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, during WWII. On the Manhattan Project (you know, the Atomic Bomb). My grandmother was one of those girls. She was recruited right out of Winthrop University (then College) in South Carolina, with a friend, but when the friend bailed, she still went. She met my grandfather, a nuclear physicist and a Yankee to boot, at a dance. He told her he was going to marry her the night they met. My mother and aunts were raised in Oak Ridge, the “Secret City.” And the rest is history.
Speaking of history, these women, and their stories, are incredible. A must read for your nonfiction stack this summer. It’s already on mine.
Have you seen this movie? It’s not just for kids. About a strong-willed young Scottish princess, Merida, and her quest to break from tradition in order to live her own life. It’s set in the Highlands of Scotland and is a great big adventure, complete with a legend, a witch, and ill-fated wish, and a host of unforgettable characters. The animation is absolutely gorgeous, and truly different than anything I’ve seen before.
We watched it over the weekend with my 3 year-old (who’ll be 4 in late July), and she loved it!
My husband and I backpacked and traveled through the Scottish Highlands several years ago, and came away forever changed–not to mention determined to get back there one day. Disney Pixar gets it right with this one. It’s a good movie for everyone–battles and humor and danger and redemption–but it’s great for girls. All hail the female hero! Plus, it won the Academy Award for best animated film.
3.) “Being But Men” by Dylan Thomas
This was the featured poem-of-the-day on Wednesday at The Writer’s Almanac. I love Thomas, and this poem demonstrates why I think he’s a poet for the ages. I think it speaks to quiet truths about nature and humanity; that it’s lovely and sad at the same time.
Poets slay me. I don’t know how they do it.
4.) And last, some quotes to welcome the unofficial start of summer:
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” ~ Henry James
“A man says a lot of things in summer he doesn’t mean in winter.” ~ Patricia Briggs
“Come with me,’ Mom says.
To the library.
Books and summertime
~ Lisa Schroeder
“Summer’s lease hath all too short a date.”
~ William Shakespeare
“The summer demands and takes away too much. /But night, the reserved, the reticent, gives more than it takes”
~ John Ashbery
“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” ~ Bern Williams
“The summer night is like a perfection of thought.” ~ Wallace Stevens