Saturday, February 01, 2014

CELEBRATE TODAY!

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On our 8th Birthday, we decided to celebrate 2014 by celebrating others who inspire us every day. Each month, on the 1st (or so) of the month, we will celebrate a fellow blogger whose work has inspired us recently. We feel so lucky to be part of the blog world that we want to celebrate all that everyone gives us each day.

This month, we are celebrating Ruth Ayres and her blog. Ruth Ayres Writes is a blog that grounds us on a daily basis. Ruth's honesty and joy about all things teaching, parenting, and beyond is one reason we love her blog. But the thing we've loved best lately is the gift she has given all of us with her Saturday CELEBRATE TODAY Meme  We love reading everyone's posts in her roundup but so many of us who participate regularly realize the gift that this roundup offers.  Ruth has invited all of us to look at our weeks with new eyes--and to find the things to celebrate each day. It is a mindset change when our weeks aren't as we hoped they'd be,  and we love Ruth for giving us this gift.

We are honoring Ruth by making a donation to BOOK LOVE in her name. If you don't know the BOOK LOVE FOUNDATION, it is a non-profit started by Penny Kittle. The mission on their website says this:

"TO PROMOTE THE LOVE OF READING AMONG ADOLESCENTS BY PROVIDING CLASSROOM LIBRARIES OF HIGHLY ENGAGING BOOKS TO MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHERS."

 Brilliance indeed!  If you don't know of this amazing new foundation, we encourage you to check it out!


So our CELEBRATE post this week is a celebration of Ruth and all she does for the Blog Community! BOOK LOVE to RUTH AYRES this month as we celebrate those people who inspire us on a daily basis!

12 comments:

  1. What a wonderful celebration indeed! I did not know of Book Love and thank you for sharing. I too celebrate Ruth for her inspiring blog about the many intersecting identities that makes her life!

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  2. Hip, hip, hurray, to Ruth for inspiring and bringing people together. Great celebration. Thank you!

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  3. Oh my, Franki & Mary Lee! Thank you for your constant kindness and encouragement. I'm humbled by the donation to Book Love (you know how I love all things Penny Kittle) and am touched that my words impact you.
    Sending big hugs your way,
    Ruth

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  4. I love how you're honoring Ruth! What a great idea!!!

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  5. We couldn't agree more! Thank you for Ruth for helping us notice the celebrations that are all around us.

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  6. Yes, celebrate! Ruth is so deserving of this celebration! Excellent choice this month.

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  7. Bravo to celebrating Ruth, and celebrating her in a away that honors the work she does, and does so well.

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  8. Wonderful celebration. Thank you for this. Ruth brings so much joy every week.

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  9. Yay, Ruth! Perfect choice! :-)

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  10. Great way to start off February! Choosing to celebrate is a great message for everyone. Celebrate your weekend!

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  11. Happy blogaversary. I started my original Check It Out blog eight years ago as well. I remember getting it started with the help of a librarian and some were still shaking there heads about this notion of a blog. Congrats to Ruth Ayres. A well deserved honor.

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  12. Thank you for sharing Book Love and you chose a very deserving person. Congratulations Ruth! Franki and Mary Lee, you are both such great role models of generosity and leading the way. :)

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