Here are the answers to last week's Personality Quiz. What's your personality?
Check your answers to the questions from last week, and count how many times you picked A, how many times you picked B, and how many times you picked C. You might be evenly split between all 3. That means you are pretty balanced between all these personalities. But if you picked one letter more than the others . . .
You're fashionable, and LOVE outfits and gossip. The best of the best won't even make you smile sometimes. Try to lower your expectations. It'll make everyone happier.
You are sporty and casual. You could grow up to be an amazing athlete with tons of fans, (but don't get too carried away. I'm no fortune teller.)
You're a bit of everything. Because of this, you can be almost anything you set your mind to. Just remember, I'm no fortune teller.
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The narrator of the story, Aaron Woolcott has suffered debilitating permanent injuries from a childhood illness. He walks with a cane and wears a back brace for support. He has spent his life being fussed over and protected from the outside world by his mother and sister.
After the death of his father he returned to the fold to run the family publishing business, which specialises in vanity press and ‘Beginner’s guides’.
When he finally meets Dorothy Rosales, some years older than him, he is delighted by her indifference to his physical condition. They have a comfortable marriage, but one where they allow each other space for independence. There is none of the fussing and deep concern that had so irritated him throughout his childhood.
Aaron is distraught after Dorothy dies in a freak accident in their home. He moves in with his sister away from the wreckage of his home, which has suffered catastrophic damage from the accident.
Suffering, in the early stages of grief, Aaron reflects back on his life with Dorothy, how they met and the state of their marriage at the time of her death. Dorothy begins appearing to Aaron, first briefly and then for more prolonged periods of time. She never appears in the same place and often talks to him. Aaron initially thinks others can also see Dorothy, that she has come back to him, and then as time passes he begins to realise that he is the only one to see her.
Tyler’s tale is a very ordinary one of the early stages of grief. In many ways it is an untouchable subject, one that is difficult to talk about. Tyler shows this through the attitude of those around Aaron. His fridge is so full of food he can’t possibly consume that he ends up throwing out one dish after another and writing the same polite note to each one of the generous givers. No one is able to talk to Aaron; no one knows what to say. They seem to have forgotten his wife’s death, ignoring it completely. Tyler hauntingly tells his loneliness in grief. His one companion, his wife Dorothy, leads him through his grief until he is finally able to contemplate life without her.
It is simply told, an ordinary family dealing with ordinary every day life. This is perhaps what makes the book so brilliant. Tyler’s story is achingly real and astutely observed.
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Spring is (finally) in the air. Although we officially left winter behind almost two months ago, only recently have the pre-summer months begun to offer their full bounty. Birds are chirping, trees are blooming, flowers are blossoming, and baseball season is in full swing.
Because spring is a season to celebrate rebirth and renewal, there's no better time to dive into a paperback. This month
Sylvan Dell is looking forward today to the celebration and awareness of our endangered species.
In Charleston, at South Carolina’s beaches we are very aware of the need to protect the loggerhead sea turtle. Every year several injured turtles are brought to the aquarium where a dedicated staff of rehabilitators care for these sick turtles. Turtle protectors, seek out nests and place warning signs, so that no nest is disturbed and the baby sea turtles can escape to the ocean when ready.
We have seen on our coast the difference that caring for animals can make in preserving a species, and how exciting it is to release a healthy turtle back into the wild, or watch a baby turtle make a run down the beach to the ocean.
A Fun Learning Activity for Children: Have kids identify what animals are endangered in your area? Then get outdoors and learn about their environment, and where animals live. If a zoo is close by they are great resources for learning about endangered animals. You can even volunteer with some rehabilitation groups, or attend programs aimed at educating kids about animals in danger.
If you would like to learn more about loggerhead sea turtles, read Carolina’s Story. Also, coming very soon Sylvan Dell will publish Animal Helpers: Wildlife Rehabilitators