The best characters are the one's who are flawed, because only by confronting the imperfections can there be true manifestations of our best self. Steele is both the best and worst of what life has to offer. Bevan lends an empathetic ear to hard truths, painful pasts and a web of lies. Blake and Mary are runners too afraid to stop and face the reality their working to outrun. Until fate gives each a reality check in the worst way. To find the pretty, we have to rise above the ugly.
And so begins No School November, a loving name the parents of the students who go to DoDEA schools (American schools on base run by the DoD). Between the holidays, the parent-teacher conferences, the mandatory teacher training the kids are out of school more than they attend. Today is the first of those days off, so I am making my kids get their annual flu shot (mandatory to attend DoDEA schools) so they don't get too comfy being at home.
This weekend we are attending our town's Bonfire Night. I can't wait but right now all my hopes are on it NOT raining on our party. Old man winter has definitely arrived and set up shop here in East Anglia. Then on Monday starts my town's Remembrance Day activities - each day will have something going on (poetry session at Tilly's Tea Room and Shop, Darren Norton giving a monologue at the Heritage Center for example). I am hoping to make it to a couple of these events.
In between refereeing my kids and going to Great War events, I plan to read:
1. Feminasty by Erin Gibson (library borrow)
2. Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (library borrow)
3. Let the Circle Be Unbroken (Logans #5) by Mildred D. Taylor (24 Festive Tasks)
Have a happy reading weekend!