Dear Friends, Spring is here. The sand cranes have arrived! A pair have made a home in the marsh surrounding the pond. We spied what we thought might be a nest. It’s probably not, but the sight of this pair returning after the winter freeze gives us hope.
As we observe this pair of birds and do battle with a squadron of mosquitos, I’ve been considering collective noun nomenclature. For example: We’ve discovered a rash of crabgrass in our lawn. A duck flotilla patrols the water behind our home. A Storytelling of Ravens by fellow
librarian Kyle Lukoff and a cartoon by Tom Gauld (see image) started me on this fun mind exercise. Currently I’m figuring out how to sneak “passel” into my speech. It was my mother’s favorite noun to describe a large amount.
The Spring 2021 issue of The Reading Style Guide is all about fresh starts and a fresh outlook. Explore the wonder of honeybees, elephants, and fresh scents. Bake some scrumptious whole grain banana bread, try making the Korean treat Pepero, and then reserve a boarding pass for a future trip to Mars. Adventure awaits.
Read with Style,
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