This week’s Song for Sunday is brought to you by the fabulous Carrie Underwood. Two Black Cadillacs is all the things that Carrie Underwood does best- it’s dark, it’s soulful, and it showcases her killer voice.
March 2nd celebrates Read Across America Day. It is a day that promotes the enjoyment of reading, especially for children and young adults. Libraries and schools across America will be hosting events geared at young readers today in an effort to teach a lifelong love of reading. This nationally observed day coincides with the birthday of one of my all-time favorite authors, Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss is of course the author of beloved childhood classics like Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, and Horton Hears a Who, but he is also the speaker of many wise words for living the good life.
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
― Dr. Seuss
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
I challenge you to spend at least a few minutes today encouraging a child or young adult to read. I cannot thank my parents enough for fostering in me a genuine love for all things reading. Throughout the years I have spent many hours escaping into the words of beloved authors and finding joys and surprises within the pages of my favorite books.
The instructions are really quite simple. First you choose a book; then you read! Repeat as many times as you desire to enter new worlds and learn new things.
Happy Friday everyone! Today’s Bookish Quote of the Day is brought to us by the fabulous Stephen Chbosky. This is my favorite line from his wonderful book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. If you haven’t read it yet, get thee to a bookstore or library immediately!
In a new feature at Refreshingly Riki I am sharing A Song for Saturday each week. This week is brought to you by The Lumineers, a fabulously talented little group. I love Ho Hey for its simplicity and think the video is the perfect transmission of the song’s message.
Music has always been a huge part of my life. As a child my family always had music playing and even at a young age I was no stranger to rock concerts. As I grew older I caught the music bug in a profound way with a driving desire to become a flutist and spent the last 25 years making music in various orchestral and concert band settings. These days I’m never far from a musical moment with Pandora constantly streaming on my computer and my iPod in heavy use during my commute and workout times.
Music has always provided the soundtrack to my life. I remember sitting in the park in between my best friend and the boom box playing pop princess Tiffany over and over. We were convinced that those sappy songs about love and friendship were made for us and us alone. These days my love life is backed by a constant stream of romantic Dave Matthews Band tunes. When I need a boost there’s Kelly Clarkson and Pink, and when I need to calm down and relax, Mozart’s Moonlight Sonata is the only way to go.
This week I am thankful for a musical moment that brought back a flood of memories too treasured to forget. I spent an evening out with a good friend and we commandeered the jukebox to play songs that had us reminiscing and feeling more than a little nostalgic. A song that never fails to bring me right back to a singular moment in time is “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie. It’s the perfect musical backdrop for a wonderful moment in time.
What music makes up the soundtrack to your life?
What would you do if money was no object? I recently came across a YouTube video that posed this question and it got me thinking. I’m in my last year of college about to graduate and begin my search for gainful employment in the “real world” and have a world of options on the table. My degree is formally in English Literature but my interests in life are varied and not quite so narrow. The big question is what path of employment I will pursue.
When I tell people that I’ll graduate with an English degree most immediately jump to the conclusion that I will become a teacher. Of course teaching is a valid and worthy profession, but it’s not where my passion currently lies. Not only do I love words, reading and writing, but I am in a passionate affair with making music. Ideally upon graduation I would find a job that allows me to marry my two loves and work promoting the arts with my words. A job in media relations creating press materials for a symphony or opera company would be the ideal fit. It’s a job that I hope would pay the bills, but just as the video says; it’s something I would also do if money were no object.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What is your passion? What would you do if you didn’t have the worries of money on your mind? Have you found a way to creatively pair your passion and your job?
Alas, I am not the winner of the Book Riot High School Horror Story contest. Thank you a thousand times and again to everyone who took the time to read my story and vote for me. It ended up being a close contest!
Although I didn’t win the grand prize, I did win an awesome parting gift just for being a finalist. Book Riot is sending me a signed copy of Jen Lancaster’s latest novel, HERE I GO AGAIN! I’m thrilled on the account that I love books, but also because Jen Lancaster is freaking hilarious and her book was on my wish list. I’m super excited to receive a signed copy!
In case you missed my high school horror story submission, here it is:
After marching band rehearsal and before concert band we change out of our stinky clothes and into appropriate school wear. On this particular day I am rocking my white tights and oh-so-adorable red pleated skirt with the white mohair sweater. I glance in the mirror and smile, because yes, I look good. I’m walking to the band room when he rushes up to me and pushes me back up against the wall. It’s a grand moment because the he I’m referring to is none other than the most amazingly cute Senior bass drum player that I’ve been secretly (okay, not so secretly) crushing on. Here he is, with that gorgeous face inches from my own Freshman smile and we’re all alone in this hallway. I’m about to say hello when he turns red and blurts out the news. “Your skirt is caught up in your pantyhose.” He walks away without looking back and I am left to retrieve my adorable red pleated skirt from my white tights. Pure mortification on every level.
Thank you again for your generous votes!