Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. -- Mark Twain
crushing on Mo Willems and his latest
Mo Willems is one of my go-to authors for easy readers (i.e. the Piggy and Elephant Series); Knuffle Bunny is one of those silly stories I share with my pre-K/Kindergarten kiddos (btw, the mix of drawing with photos, GENIUS!); kids of every age love yelling at the pigeon in the Don't Let the Pigeon... series. I LOVE Mo Willems. I love his characters and his sense of humor. I love that his stories make ME laugh outloud. I had such high hopes for Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs...I was NOT disappointed.
The inside cover art
Willems retelling is hysterical. I laughed outloud. I may have snorted...a little. He rethinks everything from changing the bears to dinosaurs, to the porridge, to the surprise ending; also appreciated is the final pages where Willems gives us AND the dinosaurs a moral of the story. I love the art work: the "poorly supervised little girl named Goldilocks," looks very much like an older Trixie (Knuffle Bunny Free); the dinosaur Dad has a hysterical mustache; in true Willems style there are the little details (a sign in the background which reads, "Home Sweet DINOSAUR Home." I loved everything about this book, down to the inside cover art. Well done, Mr. Willems. You haven't disappointed me yet!
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conference report on House Bill (HB) 64, the state’s two year main operating
budget bill, was adopted on a 4-2 party-line vote at about 2:30a.m. this
morning.The Senate is expected to
approve the report later today and the House will vote tomorrow.
Rep. Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell), Sen.
Scott Oelslager (R-N. Canton), Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Township) and Rep.
Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) voted for the report.Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati)
voted against the report. PLF
– The Conference
Committee kept the language increasing the PLF percentage to 1.7% of the total
General Revenue Fund (GRF).This is a
huge success because anything can happen in Conference Committee.However, they chose not to include a
provision guaranteeing us the actual dollar amounts estimated in the budget
Package – The
Conference Committee made a few changes as they worked out the differences
between the House and Senate tax proposals.They kept the 6.3% across …
Every time we try to identify God, we are sure to identify what he is —
what she is certainly not. And the genius of God to dwell where we would
least likely look, within the depths of our own being, our own
shallowness, our own darkness, our own humanity. --Martin Sheen
My friend Pamerama was kind enough to share this great, On Being, podcast interview of Martin Sheen. I chose to read the podcast interview transcript instead, to I might better process Sheen's statements.
I too am Catholic, but you don't need to be to enjoy. Sheen examines his return journey to faith and spirituality, and it's just wonderful.
A great read before New Years revelry.
Happiest New Years' Eve to you and yours! Be safe, be merry, be young tonight!