Just an ordinary day today.
School work. Laundry. The regular crazy round of driving to Taekwon Do and Irish Stepdance (but my husband does that, so I'm definitely not complaining.)
I bailed on Three Wishes by Lianne Moriarty, by the way. It was kind of lewd (and the bad language was distracting). I'm going to try The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey instead. I know nothing about it, so we shall see.
I just finished listening to Andrew Pudewa's The Profound Effects of Music on Life and let's just say: I'm rattled. I always am after listening to Pudewa. :) He's definitely making me think about our listening choices- especially contemporary Christian music, which I've listened to all my life and have generally considered harmless. I felt similar to this after learning about the negative power of inverted archetypes in literature. Then, I was stunned to learn that seemingly sweet stories in which dragons or witches are discovered to be kind, misunderstood creatures actually serve to undermine the Christian Truth we work so hard to nurture in our children. Now I'm considering Pudewa's presentation of what contemporary music (of any variety) does to a person's brain and body. The science behind it is quite amazing.
At any rate, I'm very glad we have the girls in piano lessons, and I'm looking to bring more music appreciation into our days as well. I feel like I'm more or less illiterate when it comes to understanding and appreciating truly excellent music. I picked up a few random things from the library, but I'd love to hear if you use a program or a book and love it.