Saturday, April 19, 2008

This and That

Semicolon hosts the Saturday Review of Books today. Interested in participating? Jump on in!

Speaking of Semicolon, I appreciated Sherry's thoughts on Ben Stein's documentary, Exposed, and the theory of intelligent design. Well said.

Carole reminded me that we are heading into Turn Off Your TV Week. I don't usually participate in activities such as this, but it happens to come at perfect time of refocus for us.

The boys usually watch a few episodes of shows such as Between the Lions, Little Einsteins, and Magic School Bus daily. We don't have any gaming systems, and they are rarely on the computer. (Me, now, that's a different story.)

This week, we'll keep the TV off. I'll be carrying around my camera (like usual) and posting a glimpse of our life at the end of each day. No dialogue, no links, no tutorials or lessons. I'll respond to emails, comments, and questions at the end of the week. I'm keeping my computer time to a bare minimum.

Need activity ideas for a TV free week? Here is a starter list. Get the kids together and see what you can add!

For those of you that want a bit of decorating and design inspiration for this next week, please visit this post at Becky Novacek's blog, live & learn. She's a gem! You'll love her advice on decorating and living well in your home. I certainly do! You might even see a few empty frames and handmade canvas wall art...


The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It's overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. ~Leo Buscaglia

(HT: Ali Edwards. If you haven't checked out her blog, now would be a great time!)


Kindra-At Home With K said...

What a great starter list for shut off your t.v. week. I think we will participate. We don't watch much lately but my 4 year old likes his Curious George and Super Why. :) I do catch myself having it on but not watching it...just for background sound I guess. That's kind of a bad habit.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Love your blog!

Elise said...

Hi Heidi

Oh I do love that quote you have included from Leo Buscaglia. It's so true, the smallest gestures on your behalf may very well make a huge difference in someone else's life. Without even knowing it, to someone else, whether it be a friend or stranger, you may be an unsung hero.

Where do you come across such quotes? I often find myself writing down such inspiring words, but I need to record them in a way where I can refer to them, use them at appropriate times (sometimes I write down quotes that I think would be perfect to send to someone) and be constantly reminded of them.

Sounds like your week without the TV is going to be bursting with creativity, actually every week in your house appears like that! I bet it will be a week you and your gorgeous boys remember for a long time to come.

carole said...

This is so funny. Somehow I missed reading this post until today when I (inspired by you...) looked up my blog address on technorati. (By the way, have you ever done that? Go to and type in your web address in the search engine. It'll tell you who linked to you. Or probably you already knew that.) So, that's when I noticed this post. And then a very huge "AHA" dawned in my little brain as to all your lovely and simple posts last week. :) hahaha. I am laughing at myself.