Book Club!

I did a thing tonight— I created a Facebook group called The Not Quite Superhuman Book Club. The group is a place to talk about books. There is no monthly set reading list. Simply talk about the books that have you excited and you want to share with others. All books are created equal there.

Anyone can join. In fact, most of the first members work in libraries, so there are sure to be some great recommendations. Librarians are great people, but just in case, here are some Group Rules:

  1. As Captain America says “Language!”. Let’s keep it clean and respectful.
  2. While discourse about a book is encouraged, respect the opinions of others. We all have different reasons a book made a connection with us and not everyone will agree. That is okay!
  3. Book links from Amazon are okay, but don’t try selling your essential oils and Tupperware here…that will get you blocked.
  4. No politics…things go down the rabbit hole too quickly.
  5. No hate speech or bullying.

This group is a work in progress. If you have ideas or would like to help moderate, let us know! Happy reading and check out the group! We would love to see you there!

Click here to request an invite to join the group!

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A-Z Challenge Time!

Many years ago, I participated in an A-Z blog post challenge. In April, not counting Sundays, there are 26 days. So the idea behind the challenge is to post a new blog post each day in alphabetical order. April 1st would be an entry for the letter A and April 30th would be an entry for Z.

In years past, this has meant that I posted a potpourri of ideas, but I like the idea behind that because there is a creative aspect in coming up with each entry. Sure, I could make it more challenging by having a theme, but let’s face it, life is just crazy enough as it is without throwing that into the ring…so anything goes. I could post Instant Pot recipes or I could share pictures of my dogs. Could it be a book review? Maybe you will get a social distancing observation entry. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what comes next.

Are you a blogger and you want to participate in the challenge as well? Drop a comment with a link to your blog and I will keep a list here. Please, only family friendly blogs. Believe me, I have a mouth like a sailor, but my mother could be reading this…second thought, she would enjoy that too much. My third grade teacher could be reading this…let’s keep things clean for the Irish Catholic Parochial School teachers out there. 😉

P Is For Promoting Happyness

Yes, it is spelled wrong. Kudos points to anyone who can tell me where that one is from…

Anyway, today I heard some good, some bad, and some ugly. It had me thinking about happiness. With the economy as troubled as it is right now, many people are trying to just hold on. Many have been holding tight for longer than they expected and for some are just getting started. It is especially tough for those with kids because we want to give them the world or at least give them better than we had it.

Today, I heard about a government funded program that was giving capes out to the unemployed who visited their office. Yeah, bad idea and a waste of money, but I understand where they were coming from. When you don’t have a job, it is very easy to sink into depression and once that happens it is hard to climb back up. They were only trying to boost moral and send a message. Though that message could have been told in a more metaphorical manner rather than literally passing out red capes. Everyone is somebody’s hero regardless of what they do or if they have a job or they make tons of money. A lot of these heroes go unnoticed.

It is situations like this cape thing which paint a target on what other agencies are trying to do to help. I would like to hear more stories not about how the government or other companies are mismanaging but rather how they are doing right. When was the last time you heard about the family who visited the library where dad used the free Internet to search for a job and mom took the kids to the story time workshop being conducted in the children’s room, also free? What about the free tutoring offered to at risk learners through the school system? Free family movies in the park? Free lunch at the senior center? Volunteer run community groups that provide sports for youth? How about a company like Target that gives back 5% of profits to the communities they serve? Yeah, might not sound like a lot, but think of how much 5% profit for a company like that can go. Even individuals can do small things to spread a little good cheer.

Yes, times are tough, but we all have a responsibility to each other. We all need hope and something to get us through. What do you do to promote a little happiness?