Book Review – The Capture by Kathryn Lasky

November 27, 2010

    More than entertainment, The Capture, the first book in the Guardians of Ga’Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky, is an intriguing adventure about two owlets, Soren and Gylfie, kidnapped by a band of evil owls, intent on controlling not only them but the entire owl kingdom. Each main character, a different species of owls, is beautifully developed with Kathryn Lasky’s detailed knowledge of owl lore, permeating their descriptions, actions, and the content of the book.
    With the help of one another and the inspiration of legends learned from their families, they resist “moon-blinking”, an attempt to erase their identity and yearnings, and eventually escape the sinister clutches of their adversaries. Two orphaned owls later join them in their quest, all believing in the legendary knight-owls, the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, whose stories encourage them to go on the long, arduous journey to elicit their help.
    Soren realizes that he “had become something else.” No longer is he just the child of his parents. He’s becoming something more than he ever imagined himself to be, as are his three companions, embracing their destiny to free the owl kingdom from evil.
    The beginning of this epic, the first book in a series of fifteen, is complete in itself, although I am tempted to read one more. Who would not want to find out how this saga unfolds! I highly recommend The Capture for interesting and inspiring content, excellent character development, and a great story.

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The Perfect Thanksgiving Story

November 16, 2010

Learning gratitude and “seeing the silver lining in a situation” are prescriptions from both the Bible and worldly wisdom how to have a successful and joyful life. How would you like to have this important lesson clothed in a delightful story to warm your heart and inspire your actions this Thanksgiving season? The classic children’s novel Pollyanna is the answer.
Yes, I know you’ve seen the movie. Most of us have had the pleasure of experiencing Disney’s Haley Mill’s 1960’s version, but truly it is not the same story as you’ll find in the original book. Hollywood created an almost musical, extravaganza Pollyanna. However, if you haven’t read the book, you missed the full development of both characters and plot.
The Glad Game, the wonderful game Pollyanna’s deceased father taught her, is a key theme throughout; it is beautifully developed and practiced in the book. To read its inspiration lay in the “rejoicing texts” was such a joy to discover!
This is just a fun suggestion to read and share Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter with the special children and the young-at-heart in your life to make your Thanksgiving even happier.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Susan

GRADUATION!

November 2, 2010

On October 1, I completed the Apprentice Course of the Christian Writers Guild.  It was a three year investment  – fifty lessons ( “a comprehensive course for writers”) done under the guidance  of a mentor. After taking a month off, I am ready to pursue writing!

An Example of Cultural Adoption

June 20, 2010

My husband Martin  has no known Celtic blood. However, when we lived in Scotland for two years, he demonstrated a very strong Celtic connection. He loved Scottish music and dance and many other aspects of this culture.  I did not understand  this strong affinity.

His last name, McCrea,  is an adopted name. His father Kenneth, abandoned by his birth father, loved his second step-father, an Irishman with the last name of McCrea, more than any of his other dads.  He took on both the name and the heritage of his adopted dad. This cultural identity was passed on to his son, my husband.

Love is the key to this case of  cultural adoption – the love between an adopted father and his adopted son, transmitted to the next generation culturally.

Introduction to Cultural Adoption

June 15, 2010

Have you ever felt part of a culture, a people group, that you are not biologically connected to? It is a common experience, especially for adoptees, raised by parents from a different ethnic group. I, for example, was raised by my adopted parents, two children of Irish immigrants. Passing down her culture,the first song my mother sang to me was Toura Loura Loura, a famous Irish lullaby. She transferred Irish thinking, superstitions, and speech to me. I totally identified with being Irish.

When I found my birth mother and my biological roots eight years ago, I discovered that genetically I was mostly English, not Irish. I do have some Celtic blood but it is not predominant. I still feel more Irish than English, because not only was I adopted as a person into my adopted family, I was adopted culturally. My identity is Irish. I am an adopted Irish person. Not only did my parents adopt me, I was adopted by their culture.

Cultural adoption is a very valid concept, one that needs to be recognized as a tool for sorting out the cultural confusion that can occur in adoptees’ minds after reunion or at any other points of realization of cultural differences between themselves and their adopted family.

The Perilous Path

April 28, 2010

I am still on the perilous path of proposals and publishing, waiting for a response of any kind. I am determined to get my story out there, but it’s not easy. If you care to join me in this journey, please comment and also tune into my Facebook Fan Page for details of the journey.

Book Proposal

April 16, 2010

For the past eight weeks I have been working on a book proposal for my adoption/reunion book and just sent it in yesterday to an interested editor. What a relief to have it finished! It is step one on a long journey.

Writers?

April 7, 2010

I am in the process of writing my adoption/reunion book. Are there any other writers or wannabes who would like to share this journey? I’m learning lots and would also love to hear what you have to share.

Are You Touched by Adoption?

April 5, 2010

Welcome! Please share who you are and if adoption has touched you in any way. Are you a member of the classic Adoption Triad (adoptee, birth parent, or adopted parent)? Or the Adoption Constellation (spouse, sibling or other relative of a triad person)? Or just interested in the subject of adoption for other reasons? Thanks.

Which Is More Important?

April 2, 2010

I am their child; each one can claim me as that. They gave me their inheritance – physical, soul, and/or spirit. It’s up to me what I do with each of their gifts, positive or negative.
My bio-parents gave me the substance for life, the raw genetic material , that basic ball of clay. My environ-parents contributed to the structures for this clay. Which is more important, the clay or the forms it is cast into? How can one make that judgment! Both are essential for the finished product as are my choices in how to react to their contributions.