Wednesday, 4 June 2014

diversity, anti bullying and ordinary things

STOP the BULLY Blog Tour June 2-11

2 June STOP the Bully Release Party & REVIEWS           http://
Sally Odgers Interview
3 June Jill Smith Review
Charmaine Clancy Interview

4 June Sally Murphy 10 QUICK Qs

5 June Melissa Wray Interview
Yvonne Mes Interview

6 June Ali Stegert Counsellor Interview

7 June Kids Book Review CURLY Questions

9 June Bug in a Book Review
Jackie Hosking Interview

10 June June Perkins Interview
Robyn Parnell Interview

11 June Nicky Johnson Review 

ktyrrell-stopbully-cover-webpromo-3Dbook (2)Karen Tyrell has organised a blog tour and give away of her fabulous book Stop the Bully. the links above are all the people hosting the blog tour and I strongly recommend you take a look and share the sentiment of stopping bullying.

STOP the Bully is well-paced and energetic aimed at mid-grade readers. The character's are kids we can relate to and the message is more than the issue of bullying.  

FMS Photo A Day
Okay my picture for  ORDINARY  caused me to think a lot about what makes a thing ordinary.
  1. 1.
    with no special or distinctive features; normal.
    "he sets out to depict ordinary people"
    synonyms:usual, normal, standard, typical, stock, common, customary, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted, everyday, regular, routine, day-to-day, daily, established, settled, set, fixed, traditional, quotidian, prevailing More
    "the ordinary course of events"

noun: the ordinary; noun: ordinary; plural noun: ordinaries; noun: Ordinary; noun: the Ordinary; plural noun: Ordinaries
  1. 1.
    what is commonplace or standard.
    "their clichés were vested with enough emotion to elevate them above the ordinary

I walked around my house looking for things that are ordinary parts of our life. The dishwasher was my first thought because we have to wash the dishes every day but my dishwasher is a new thing. I purchased it last year after saving for it and it was something I had resisted for a long time thinking the battle lines over the dishes had to be crossed and a victory of some sort needed to happen. I gave up the battle and achieved my victory. We use so much less water now but more electricity, so it wasn't really ordinary. So I thought about the grassy back lawn currently being chomped by sheep and thought but in a drought stricken country, green grass is not ordinary and it is certainly not ordinary to have sheep mowing it in an urban back yard. So to the laundry then. My washing machine, the daily chores of washing the clothes and i said yes that is definitely ordinary but then it isn't because my washing machine is covered in language labels and there is a whole story behind my owning it and it was part of the independence training of my children who took over their own washing as they grew and it has all its own little foibles that make it a little bit unique.  I settled on the washing machine but I am now thinking there are not that many things that are totally ordinary. I am so grateful that i have both a working dishwasher and a working washing machine and i can afford to run both. That is not ordinary, that is wonderful.