Just as Saturday mornings’ TV programing was aimed at kids, showing cartoons all morning, back in the 50s and 60s, PWR aims book recommendations at kids on Saturdays. Today’s recommendation is aimed at high schoolers.

The teen above could be Sid, the protagonist of Karen Bass’s Drummer Girl because she always wore baggy jeans and an oversized rock band T-shirt, often a hand-me-down from Devin, her away-at-college brother. When she wants to be a part of the rock band of her high school, she submits to her cousin turning her into a girly-girl, complete with mini skirts and scoop necked blouses over lacy camisoles.

The attention she receives from the jocks is unwelcome, and the criticism for trying to be something she’s not from her best friend, Ty is puzzling. With unwelcome “help” from a well-meaning guidance counselor, Sid is forced to confront her confusion about her mother’s leaving the…

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Church Bulletin Bloopers – Reblogged

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(This post was originally re-blogged on ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest’ 7/20/2015 – from ‘Nutsrok‘. The blog still exists, but hasn’t been publishing new posts since October 2020)

Thank God for church ladies with typewriters. These sentences actually appeared in church bulletins or were announced in church services:

1. Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Methodist. Come hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

2. Announcement in a church bulletin for a national PRAYER & FASTING Conference: “The cost for attending the Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.

3. The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.”
The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”

4. Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall – Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.

5. Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid…

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Annette Rochelle Aben

So, along came a cat

In search of a new home

Wanting no more to roam

Just to belong

One day in a strange yard

She found someone who cared

With a big heart to share

Who had no cat

And two willing hearts worked

In search of affection

To build a connection

Of lifelong love

©2023 Annette Rochelle Aben

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Just as Saturday mornings in the 50s and 60s reserved TV programming for kids’ cartoons so mom and dad could sleep in, PWR reserves Saturday mornings (in today’s case, Saturday night ) for recommendations of books for kids.

Today’s recommendation is a book I enjoyed so much, I might be my favorite kids’ book of 2023. Perhaps because I taught junior high for almost twenty years, I am a soft touch for books about junior high, especially when they feature a kid that is “different” and doesn’t fit in.

The thing obviously different about Cap (short for Capricorn)is his massive “haystack ” hair. It is the perfect target for spitballs and derisive remarks. Capricorn is straight out of the 60s Hippie Movement because he is raised by his grandmother, Rain, who instills in him the values of the peace and love generation who lived on her commune. Cap’s integration into…

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Eleanor Roosevelt once said, A woman is like a tea bag. You don’t know how strong she is until she’s in hot water. (paraphrase) Make the best of the stress and hot water life’s pressures put on you and sing–LOUDLY! Let your voice be heard. The suffragettes got themselves in hot water, were arrested, jailed, and waterboarded and starved. Just look at what that got them–the right to vote.