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The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough
Friday, February 24, 2017

This biography gave the Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville, a humanness that I had never read about before.  It made me appreciate their hard work and dogged determination even more than I had in the past.  Both of the brothers had a talent for making and fixing things and a deep curiosity about movement especially flying.  Orville, the younger one, had “dark” periods which is how it was described in the diaries and other documents.  It was probably some sort of deep depression that he suffered from time to time. Their family was close-knit and supportive.  Their father was a well-known traveling minister who had a...

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen was outraged when the officials of his homeland, Denmark, let the Nazis take over the country without a fight.  He, his brother and some of his school friends decided to take matters into their own hands and sabotage the Germans. It started with changing road signs so the Nazis would get lost. After a while the group grew in size and courage and knowledge and soon important buildings used by the enemy  were bombed.  The Nazis grew frustrated with the Churchill Club (the boys named their club after Winston Churchill) and tracked them down.  But their efforts were not in vain; their courage sparked a...

Friday, February 10, 2017

You are going to love Viggo Mortensen in this.  He plays the passionate father of six who is home schooling to the extreme in the mountain forest.  The eldest played wonderfully by George MacKay.  As all teens will do, he challenges the value of the extraordinary physical and intellectual education his parents have been providing to the exclusion of modern cultural values.  For any one who is passionate about preparing their children for the world this movie speaks to the challenges of how we pass on our values.
 
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

I picked this book up on a whim, hoping it would prove to my kids that putting your elbows on the table qualifies as poor table manners (check out the book to find the answer).  This is a very quick read full of practical and relevent advice, dished out in a fun and amusing way.  A great read for anyone who needs a refresher on everyday or business etiquette.  Check our catalog.

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The DVD “A man called Ove” is a foreign film (Swedish with English subtitles) that is based on a novel by Fredrik Backman. Ove is a widower who expresses his loss of his wife by being prickly to everyone he meets. He lives in a small neighborhood that has similar rules to a co-op. He takes a routine walk around the complex every morning to check to make sure gates, etc. are in working order. He also buys fresh flowers daily for his deceased wife’s grave and chats with her about the changes in the neighborhood. A new family with 2 girls and another on the way moves in next door. The family’s activities and his reluctant involvement...

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