I am on Facebook often. Social media is part and parcel of being an author (The Travelers, Saguaro Books). You have to stay connected. Some parts of social media I enjoy more than others. Honestly, I find the Facebook part mostly taxing. So what does this have to do with metaphors? It's kind of a strange leap. But here it goes...
I haven't recently posted anything specifically for my Books Over Looks blog series, the purpose of which is to talk about how to help kids, particularly girls, realize books, reading, education and thought are more important than material things or how many likes they have on Instagram. A recent study that found as early as 6 years old, girls already think they are NOT as smart as boys made me think it was time for another installment.
Everyone wants a smart kid right? But how do you raise a smart kid? And can you or is it just genetics?
• This week in Northern Virginia we again saw record highs, all week. Not just one day, not just one afternoon - all week. In February in the Washington, DC area, the cherry blossoms are budding. So, let's talk about climate change and how to educate ourselves and others on this topic through information and books!
This week the US is faced with yet another policy shift - increasing deportations. Whenever I ask people who are in favor of this policy why they support it, they say it will make our country safer and get rid of illegal immigrants who take Americans jobs. Why would this be bad? Here's the thing - that answer is just too simple. If you have a simple answer to a complex problem, you're not thinking. But, why do we do this? Why do we gravitate toward an easy explanation?