Hello Friday (and some great reading!)

Daylight Savings Time

Ahhh… Friday. I don’t know about you, but the arrival of Daylight Savings Time on Sunday threw off my week. I was more tired than usual, going to bed at 9:00 and 9:30 PM two nights! Despite my exhaustion, going to bed early felt…luxurious. What a state my life is that going to bed early equals luxury! (I’m not alone in that, am I?)

Sunday was also International Women’s Day, and coincidentally, it’s also when I started a new book, “Personal History” by Katharine Graham, an autobiography of the woman who led The Washington Post for two decades, including during the Watergate scandal of the 1970s. I’ve wanted to read it for a while, and so far, even only a short way into her story, I’m finding it fascinating.

In other reading news (and, thankfully, there is always other reading news), I’ve been gathering items from around the web to share with you. I hope you enjoy them and, as always, thank you for reading for Red Shutters!

1 || Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in your house? Although I’m part Irish, my celebrating has typically included wearing something green (if I even remember!) and eating some green vegetables. However, now that my kids are getting older, I may have to up my game to make the holiday a bit more special. Thankfully, the Internet comes in handy on this front. I may make this fun treat for their lunches, give the kids these printables to do, make my own (healthy) version of the Shamrock Shake, or make our dinner “green.”

2 || Do you play Monopoly? Ever think about who created the game? The story may surprise you.

3 || As a parent, I am always intrigued by the stories of other parents and how they shepherd their children through life. This one is especially moving.

4 || The ViewMaster is back! (Confession: I still have mine from childhood.)

5 || Are you a Wes Anderson fan? I loved “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “The Royal Tenenbaums,” so this “what-if-Wes-Anderson-had-directed-X-Men-short” had me laughing.

6 || Did you know there’s a new Frozen short–and that Frozen 2 is in the works? My five-year-old is going to flip out when she hears the news!

7 || Vaccines save lives. And the US Surgeon General is taking questions from parents about the MMR vaccine in an effort to encourage parents opting out from vaccinating their kids to rethink that choice.

8 || I recently came across this piece about the healing power of toast (no joke there) and it’s profound.

9 || And, finally because we can never, ever have too much Star Wars in our house…

Happy Weekend!

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