2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (November 2018)

November’s words were: brown, dream, family, food, laugh, over, table, thanks, town

I read…

Book of Poems:

Food by Ogden Nash


“In Defense of Small Towns” by Oliver de la Paz

“The Circus Is in Town” by Patricia Smith

Dream Dead Daddy Walking” by Patricia Smith

“Small Towns Are Passing” by Wesley McNair

Over Ohio” by Michael Blumenthal

“A Dream Within a Dream” by Edgar Allan Poe


Immigrant high school students challenged to ‘dream – a conference in Long Island encouraging “dreamers” to pursue careers and higher education

Michelle Obama says she will “never forgive” Trump for putting her “family’s safety at risk” – Obama’s new memoir calls out Trump on his ridiculous birther conspiracy theories.

Marco Rubio’s “conservative solution” for paid family leave: Pick your kids or your retirement – article at Quartz argues that Rubio’s proposal is not a reasonable solution

Michael Brown sculpture on display at the Contemporary Art Museum St Louis – article on a new exhibit with a goal of “elevating specific stories [of police violence] to combat historical amnesia.”

Indian man, woman killed in fall from Yosemite park overlook – sad news from October out of Yosemite National Park. (This article was from SFGate.com, but as of December 2018 the link doesn’t work, so I’ve removed it. The articles currently on the site about this tragedy do not contain “overlook” in their headlines and I’m not sure whether what I originally read in November is still available.)

Trump: I’m thankful for the difference I’ve made – because nothing epitomizes the Thanksgiving spirit more than bragging about one’s own supposed accomplishments

The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday – “Most of our Thanksgiving recipes are made with indigenous foods: turkey, corn, beans, pumpkins, maple, wild rice and the like. We should embrace this.”

First Lady Melania Trump Faces Backlash for Thanksgiving Tweet – Melania Trump tweeted, “let’s keep those who can’t be with their families in our thoughts today.”

Laughing at the Jokes on Ancient Greek VasesHyperallergic article on a 2017 exhibit at the Princeton University Art Museum

The Prom’s Same-Sex Kiss Makes History at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade – a happy milestone

New questions raised on Trump’s family separations as 14 children discovered – “Two recent government reports faulted the administration’s tracking efforts, and one said officials feel no obligation to find children who were released to other homes before a judge ordered an accounting of them, suggesting the total separated under the policy may never be known.”

Trump family cheated the IRS for decades: Letters – The letter writer says, “My prediction is that supporters of this president will shrug their shoulders and perhaps offer an ‘attaboy’ to President Trump for being smart enough to beat the IRS.”

Victorian Table Setting – blog post from the Tinker Cottage Museum in Illinois detailing the many objects associated with mealtime in the Victorian Era and the importance placed on how the objects were arranged.

About Laura

Paralegal with Master of Arts in Teaching in Museum Education, frequent museum visitor, based in Washington, DC. I care about what museums can do, both in terms of public offerings and internal practices, to make the world a better place. I blog about museum education ("informed"), the social work of museums ("humane"), and visitor experience ("citizenry").
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1 Response to 2018 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Update (November 2018)

  1. Samantha says:

    Thank you for sharing Tinker’s article on Victorian Table Setting!

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