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Monday, January 18, 2016

Monday Musts #2

This is a weekly meme created by Jessica of Lovin' Los Libros.  Go to her site and get on the linky link and see other participants' Monday Musts!

It's Monday and we have the day off to reflect on the impact of Martin Luther King Jr. on our country.  I was just a small child in the 60's, so I have no actual memory of him.  I think it is hard for people now to think of someone in this day and age being able to inspire and organize others to peacefully change our country for the better.  Perhaps, one day, we will see new leaders emerge that will help mold the world into a more equal and fair society.

Last week was finals for one of my kids, and now my other high school student has finals this week.  The stress level these teens face is enormous!  I have a hard time watching my kids struggle.  I see how hard they work and how frustrating it is to have too much to do. 

Here are my musts for this Monday:

Must Read:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24647866-the-possibility-of-now?from_search=true&search_version=serviceThis is an amazing book by Kim Culbertson, about student stress.  I have reviewed it on my blog, and am part of a street team for it.  But it really touched me.  I read it at a time of seeing how much pressure my kids have been under to be super students.  It is about a teen who cracks under the pressure to be perfect.  It is a smart, fun read.  There is a giveaway going on here.

Must Listen:


This song, Stressed Out by 21 Pilots, could be my kid's theme song! It perfectly embodies Finals week.

Must See: 

Race To Nowhere


This is a documentary about student stress that won a bunch of awards.  I think it is thought-provoking and I hope more people see it.

What are your Musts for Monday

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  1. As a teacher, I can totally relate. I teach Spanish, so my subject isn't quite as stressful as others, but seeing them work so hard and fight for perfection is really awesome and hard at the same time. I am definitely adding that Kim Culbertson book to my TBR!

    I LOVE Twenty One Pilots and I am kicking myself for not going to see them this past summer when I had the chance! Stressed Out is a fun song.

    Wow, that documentary gave me chills. I definitely want to see that.

    Thanks for joining again Ardis! :)

    1. Thanks Jessica. I am really enjoying see what other people recommend. Keep posting links on Twitter. I think it is a great way to promote the meme.

  2. I've had my eye on that Kim Culbertson book for a couple weeks now. It looks really good. I'm definitely adding it to my TBR. :)

    1. It is so, so good! I live in Northern California and I loved the Tahoe aspect of the book so much.

  3. That documentary really hits home and I hope many get to watch it! My oldest is always under a lot of stress with just homework and band alone.

    1. Yes, I don't know how teens can do sports, music, volunteering and get straight A's. I told my daughter that as long as she was trying her best, I'm not too concerned with grades. But there is actually pressure from her peers that gets really bad. Kids start to compare grades on tests and cry when they get B's.


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