Saturday, January 21, 2017

Noah Webster's Fighting Words - a bookwrap





According to Wikipedia...





Unwrapping...  Noah Webster








Noah Webster, Jr. was an American lexicographer, textbook pioneer, English-language spelling reformer, political writer, editor, and prolific author. He has been called the "Father of American Scholarship and Education". 







Noah Webster Fact Sheet

The name, Webster, means "female weaver."
He went to Yale and was the only one of the Webster's five children to go past grammar school.
Noah and Nathan Hale were at Yale at the same time:  Hale was three years ahead of Noah.
He socialized with Ben Franklin, who was known as quite a lively character.
When he asked his father for money to study law, his father gave him worthless currency. (this makes it sound like his dad didn't care about him!)
Noah loved music and dancing.
He once lived in a house in New Haven that belonged to Benedict Arnold.
Noah and Rebecca had six daughters and two sons.
He was invited to the White House for dinner but was uncomplimentary of this event.

The dictionary took Noah 27 years to compile and was published when he was 70 years old.


  

Unwrapping...





"Noah Webster's Fighting Words"


Authored by Tracy Nelson Maurer
Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu

Ages 7-10



Illustrations for you to enjoy...




















About the book...





This book is a biography of Noah Webster that kids will truly understand.  Noah Webster was obsessed with letters and words from his babyhood.  He was concerned with reading and writing and sharing his knowledge with others not so inclined.  

He felt that the breakaway by the U.S. from England needed to be punctuated by a revision of all the words that the US implemented that were rooted in the English language.   He took it upon himself  to tackle the monumental task of writing, then publishing "A Grammatical Institute of the English Language", and his spelling book (yes a dry, but necessary) spelling book, became American's first bestseller.  Can you believe it?  

He believed that letters embedded within words that had no sound   should be omitted altogether from that word.  He arranged and deleted letters to simplify spelling so words could be recorded exactly as they sounded:  jail instead of gaol, iz for is, and hed for head.  His claim to fame?  He changed the spelling of more English words than anyone else alive.  

He used his pen as a weapon and wrote essays, speeches, and newspaper articles to defend his work and expound on the activities of his world around him.  When it came to his mission of words and their meanings he was ever feisty and always relentless trying to drive his points home to anyone that would listen.  

Castusanu's illustrations bring so much to the understanding of the story.  Time-period pictures are embellished with period drawings,  newspaper articles, books, and letters - handwritten in Webster's own script.   

I loved the added touch of using Noah himself as the editor of the book. Brilliant. The two dimensional words that were printed on a page needed a voice and they found a very serious and exuberant one in Noah Webster.  He definitely got the word out. Dictionaries in all forms have Webster to thank for their notoriety.  I highly recommend this book.  



Storywraps rating:    5 HUGS!!!!!
















About the author...








Tracy Nelson Maurer has published more than 100 titles for children and teens. Tracy holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University and lives with her family near Minneapolis, Minnesota.






About  the illustrator...







Mircea Catusanu was born in Romania and studied painting at the National University of Arts in Bucharest. He now lives and works in New York City as a freelance illustrator and painter, incidental photographer, and occasional author.














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Friday, January 20, 2017

God Bless the U.S.A. - a hugwrap on their very special day












Today's an historical day for my neighbour's to the south.  Today Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America.  I want to wish him and their beloved country the very best with their change of leadership and the direction their country will be taking.  I am praying for peace, prosperity and unity in the upcoming four years of his presidency.  


Proverbs 21 - King James Version (KJV)

21 The king's (or President or Prime Minister's) heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.







Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has said that not only did God have a hand in getting Donald Trump elected as U.S. president, but that Trump is God's answer to people's prayer for a president who will stand up to the "humanistic, atheistic agenda" in Washington D.C.

Graham claimed that he sensed that God was "getting ready to do something" when he listened to the prayers of the thousands who showed up at his state-wide Decision America Tour rallies last year.

"They were praying that God will change the direction that our nation was going in. The secularists that have gotten control of Washington, that have a humanistic, atheistic agenda – they (the people) were praying that God will change this," he said.
The evangelist argued that the people wanted somebody in the White House "who believed in God, and was willing to listen to God's voice. I believe in this election, God's hand was in it."
Graham, who will take part in Trump's inauguration ceremony, said in another interview late last year that the billionaire businessman's victory was God's way of "protecting" America


Franklin Graham Wants Trump to Make America a Global 'Peacemaker' Again

"I think maybe God has allowed Donald Trump to win this election to protect this nation for the next few years by giving maybe an opportunity to have some good judges," Graham said, referring to Supreme Court justices.
"It wasn't hacking. It wasn't Wiki-leaky or whatever," he added of why Trump won the election.
"It was God, in my opinion, and I believe his hand was at work, and I think he's given Christians an opportunity."

Other major pastors, such as Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas church, have also been supportive of Trump.  Mr. Trump will be attending Pastor Jeffress's church this morning and the pastor will be preaching on the book of Nehemiah, building a wall. Perfect choice, but then God's word is always timely and fitting for those seeking truth and wisdom. 






If you have a bible, and have a chance, read what it says about Nehemiah being chosen by God to build the wall for the people's protection. The book of Nehemiah is in the old Testament.  It is a very fitting story for such a time as this. 

A great article to read is found at:  

psotzinogens.com  -  Rebuilding your broken walls


 A verse from the Bible that keeps coming up again and again is from the New International Version...


If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 This verse is not only fitting for America, but Canada and all the other nations throughout the world. 

I pray that everyone gets behind him and supports Mr. Trump on his inaugural day, pray for him and give him a chance.  Christians have been wrong before as with the Apostle Paul and even Jesus himself so why not humble yourself and pray that God's will be done through Mr. Trump.  God has a plan.  God sees.  God changes minds and hearts.  God loves to see his children succeed and prosper.  


Have a beautiful day
USA...






Canada and the whole world is watching this day go down in history and I'm wishing you the very best! 




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When I was younger, my mother always told me, like her father told her, there are three things that you should never talk about at the dinner table: money, politics and religion. 

Today I talked about all three... today as Paul Anka sings... "I did it my way!"  Feels good to be true to yourself.  Have an amazing day everyone.  Happy Friday, January 20th, 2017.  God bless both our lands! 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

the Blue Satin Nightgown - an adult bookwrap










Unwrapping some "DREAM" quotes...











Unwrapping...





"the Blue Satin Nightgown"
My French Makeover
at Age 78!

Authored by Karin Crilly 



About the book...




Karin is not just an inspiration to those in their seventies or those who have lost a life partner, she is an inspiration to all of us, who have ever thought about doing something a little adventurous or extraordinary.



In her own words:

"When my husband died from complications of Parkinson's disease, I wondered if I could still be extraordinary. I had expended so much energy being his caregiver for eighteen years, the last five years of which demanded my entire being. After grieving for several years,  I retired from thirty years of counselling. I needed to reinvent my life. I believed what I have always known: that the true self is presented with ideas that it is capable of fulfilling.

When I received the call at age seventy-eight, I remembered my clients and my advice to them. And I said YES!"



The Blue Satin Nightgown is a delightful, interesting memoir of Karin's two years living in the small town of Aix-en-Provence, France. She shares both the trials and delights of her attempt to integrate into French culture.  She finds living accommodations, discovers the bliss of market shopping, learns French cuisine (bon app├ętit), and shares some new and favourite recipes throughout the book.

She attracts men without trying with her friendly and outgoing personality. She is open to a different way of life and is eager to experience all the new culture has to offer, never using her age as a stumbling block or barrier to hold her back.  She is so enthralled by her adventure that she stays not one year in France, as she first planned, but extends her stay to two years.


 Karin's writing is full of self-reflection and positive things she  learns from her experience living abroad in a foreign country.  She brings a natural and gracious wisdom to the pages and her goal is to encourage and inspire others to live out their dream also. She discovers firsthand knowledge and a great sense of satisfaction knowing that she followed her heart's desire and out of that reality is empowered to write this wonderful inspiring book telling others it's never too late to fulfill your dreams.  I  highly recommend this book.  I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.  




About the author...




Karin Crilly, MFC, was a Marriage and Family Counselor for thirty years in Southern California. After two adventurous years of living in Aix en Provence, France, she returned to California and now lives in Laguna Beach. Her passion is to inspire others to live out their dreams.


Karin Crilly, Marriage, Family Counselor, retired after practicing thirty years in Southern California. Traveling and inspiring others to live their dream is her passion. She currently lives in Laguna Beach, California after having two adventurous years living in Aix en Provence, France.


The first chapter of The Blue Satin Nightgown, Scattered Dreams, won the Good Life France writers contest in 2014. The five judges stated that out of 105 entries, hers moved them to tears.



















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