Memorial Day Weekend Books, Videos, and Recipes
I couldn’t stay away. I’m supposed to be on a blogging break…couldn’t do it. In fact, I’ve been so excited with everything that’s happening in my writing life that I’ve had trouble sleeping. And when I can’t sleep, I’m thinking about characters in my YA novel or future blog posts. I love what I do! I can’t not do it…
Let’s BEGIN with some heartwarming videos…
Memorial Day Thoughts
I have a friend who served in WWII and Vietnam. We go out to dinner to his favorite restaurant and he tells me stories of his life. At 18 he was drafted and promised that when he returned from his service his health needs would be taken care of for the rest of his life. The promise was broken. I listen to his painful accounts of what it was like serving in WWII and watching his friends die. I feel his sadness when he tells me that workers at the VA hospital refuse to give him what he needs or tell him they don’t believe he held certain positions during his service in WWII. I love words but words are not action. Instead of simply saying thank you we need to show that we are thankful and take care of our veterans. It can be done. We can fix this.
On to Books
Keeping with the Memorial Day theme, I highly recommend Laurie Halse Anderson’s THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY
Here’s Ms. Anderson’s USA TODAY interview about the book.
THE HEART AND THE FIST by Eric Greitens. “Clear-eyed account of a youth devoted to service as a warrior and a humanitarian…A remarkable story told with modesty and grace.”
– Kirkus Reviews
Eric Greitens is the Chief Executive Officer of The Mission Continues. “The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.”UNBROKEN by Laura Hillenbrand “STAGGERING … MESMERIZING … Any one of the threads in Hillenbrand’s monumental new book could be a page-turner all its own… Hillenbrand’s writing is so ferociously cinematic, the events she describes so incredible, you don’t dare take your eyes off the page.”–People
Here’s the recipe: Great Labor Day Dessert
The BANANA SPLIT ICEBOX CAKE is another great dessert for a Memorial Day party.
How about some PEACH UPSIDE DOWN CAKE or CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PIE?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, both feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
K.D. Rausin is a former teacher living in sunny Cape Coral, Florida. MYSTIC, her middle grade fantasy, and Elle & Buddy, her picture book, feature strong female protagonists who use wheelchairs. Both books were inspired by her daughter, Arielle Rausin.
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.
Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.