The Materialistic Maiden

Where I sip coffee and judge everyone.

Month: November, 2013

I am thankful for so many things today. Ultimately, I am thankful that I can serve God and that he has granted me life…time and time again. 

Happy Thanksgiving, my American friends. Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends. May God bless you all. 

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I could not help but chuckle while reading Wear More Cashmere. The 82nd tip is to indulge in a collection that you can tell your friends about. And I was imagining sitting at a formal dining table, eating a fancy dinner and having this discussion,

Hostess-So what do you collect?

Me-…Post-Mortem photographs…

That’s sure to spark up a grandeur conversation, don’t you think? 

Jan Brett Reading and Signing At Local University

Jan Brett, the beloved author and illustrator of such books as The Mitten, The Hat, and The 3 Little Dassies, paid a visit to my local university where she gave a reading of her latest book, All About Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella. This book is quirky and clever, based on the original Cinderella tale. She cleverly utilizes her real-life chickens of eclectic breed to transform the classic tale into something comical and beautiful that children can enjoy.

Growing up with Jan Brett’s books, I am admittedly from the generation of such books as The Mitten and The Hat, having been read those books to throughout elementary school. The Mitten holds a special place in my heart, as well as Who’s Knocking On Christmas Eve.

There were craft tables present after the presentation, which I volunteered for. At my table, my group and I focused on Hedgie’s Surprise. Our table gave children the opportunity to both draw their own hedgehog as well as cut out and create their own hedgehog. It was quite fun, and the children seemed to enjoy it.

Below is a picture of my own creation, as well as our craft station for the kids:
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Below are pictures of Jan Brett’s presentation (I apologize that they are blurry, they were taken from my phone, zoomed in, because a man’s head was in the way, hah):
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And finally, below are pictures of the various things I received from going:
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There was a gorgeous handout given that discussed her book and its inspiration.

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And this was the lovely button I received!

Finally, my class group and I stood in front of the tour bus, which was magnificent! No one is pictured, to protect identity:
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Over all, this was a fantastic experience, and Jan Brett seems like a lovely woman! She is an amazing artist and children’s author, and I highly recommend her if you have never read her books.

I will leave you all with a link to her official website, and I hope you have enjoyed this blogpost as much as I enjoyed helping out for the event!

http://www.janbrett.com/

I Do Not Support These Views; I Felt Compelled to Write This Poem However

Haunting melodies tinkle;
tender strokes upon blue chapped lips,
gentle caresses across hollow cheeks,
warm eyes peering into a cold gaze.
Bodies brush, passionately,
moans envelope the dark space,
the bed rattling, the sound of metal filling empty space.
The body-on-body ballet has finished,
and although a one-sided dance
she could feel he felt the same satisfaction she had received from him.
Carefully she recovers the white sheet he had been laying under,
and intertwining her fingers with his,
she lays upon his boney chest,
listening to the beating of his undead heart.

Please let me know what you think.

Oaken Reed

Wander with me awhile. Ponder with me awhile.

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