Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Dumb and Dumber

I saw something disturbing today on the Today Show. To introduce an author who has written a book about the ignorance of people today, a statistic was mentioned:

over 40 percent of adults under 44 did not read a single book last YEAR.

Are you kidding me? This is completely ridiculous. How could you get through an entire year without reading a book for personal growth, for professional growth, for education, or at least a novel at the beach for fun?

And they also showed several female pop icons and their examples of dumbness. Why do girls think it is actually cool to act dumb???? I especially hate this since I work with teenage girls. And text/instant messaging has basically ruined any hope for this generation to remember proper grammar. More than that, the author said on the Today Show that she thinks we, Americans, are almost proud of our stupidity; she found that many young people saw no use whatsoever in learning about history nor learning a second language. Well, that is embarrassing... truly. Beyond just the lack of knowledge, there is another danger for Christians, I think. If we do not educate ourselves in what is going on in the world around us, how will we know how God wants to use us? I have not always been good at doing this, but I want to get better.

I am determined to read more because of that.

Therefore, here are the books currently on my nightstand.

The One Year Bible (self explanatory)
There is No Me Without You by Melissa Fay Greene (a book, documentary-style, dealing with AIDS and orphans in Ethiopia and Africa in general)
Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance by Barack Obama (passed on from my husband, a book about his relationship with his family, in which his mother was white and his father was black, written prior to his political career)
I'm Chocolate You're Vanilla: Raising Healthy Black and Biracial Children in a Race-Conscious World by Marguerite Wright (still reading this one after many months... a book, well, it pretty much explains it in the title)
Double Cross by James Patterson (my FUN book)
A crossword puzzle book

What is everyone reading these days? Anything interesting?

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Life Goes On

Sophie found this book in someone's junk pile at our offices. Look closely at the title. (Can you guess whose book this was???)

Here she is in her favorite place at my office: watching her video. She is actually sitting for this picture but soon after she got up to stand right in front of the TV (see previous posts about this:

Sophie is eating (finishing!) her banana on her own in this picture. She is getting so big and learning something new each day.

I am so so so behind on posts but I have some funny stuff to share. Especially in the wake of so many people making their blogs private, this is interesting.

I have always known, intellilectually at least, that my blog was on the WORLD WIDE Web, therefore is a public entity. Recently, I was shocked by someone who called me to write an article about me for a magazine. This person had been googling certain topics, and one of my blog posts came up. She emailed me about the article and then called me for a interview. The funny thing is that the article is about a quality about myself I don't really like. :)

No, I'm not telling what magazine because I really don't think any of you will see it. There is no telling what crazy stuff I said or what I will sound like. Probably a little nuts.

Anyway, just a reminder Big Brother and all kinds of other random people are watching.