How We Read Across America

Today, March 2nd, marks National Read Across America Day.

This day celebrates and stands as a reminder of how important it is for children and teens to read. In honor of this celebration of reading, our team brainstormed some of our favorites and recommendations.

  1. Favorite book as a child
    • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    • The Nancy Drew series, published by Edward Stratemeyer
    • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
    • Works by Shel Silverstein
    • The Wizard of Oz series by L. Frank Baum
    • The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
    • The Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  1. A book every child should read:
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
    • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
    • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  1. A book every adult should read:
    • The Great Gatsby
    • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
    • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
    • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  1. Favorite Non-fiction Book
    • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
    • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
    • Happy City by Charles Montgomery
    • The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
    • The Bible
  1. Favorite Legal Book
    • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    • Bourbon Justice: How Whiskey Law Shaped America by Brian F. Haara
    • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
    • Gideon’s Trumpet by Anthony Lewis
    • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
    • Just Mercy by Brian Stevenson

 

Lastly, as part of Read Across America’s mission to empower young readers, Rina wanted to recommend The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. She shared that it’s an amazing book on the importance of reading to children when they are young. Kat similarly had a few other titles that didn’t quite fit the questions that she wanted to share. As an avid fan of financial literacy books, the two that she would suggest for everyone are I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi and Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins.

We hope you’re able to find a good read to celebrate National Reading Month in March and Read Across America. What are some of your recommendations or favorite reads?

 

– Lily Taggart

Valentine’s Day Fun Facts!

Candy, flowers, and even heart-shaped pizzas may come to mind when preparing for the 14th of February. 

But where do these traditions come from? How are Americans celebrating this year? Here’s some fun facts about Valentine’s Day 

  1. Not surprisingly, the Legend of St. Valentine bears little resemblance to our modern celebrations. It is alleged that before his death, St. Valentine signed a letter to his love with “From your Valentine.” 
  2. The Greeting Card association estimates that 145 million Valentine’s Day Cards are sent every year, second only to Christmas.
  3. A somewhat polarizing celebration among Americans, only around half of U.S. adults will celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, according to statista. 

Recognized by many as a celebration of love, Valentine’s Day in the United States also represents major economic activity. In total, consumer spending on Valentine’s Day in the U.S. is expected to total 21.8 billion dollars this yearThis is quite a large number, but is actually significantly less than years prior due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dining-out options represent another likely change for this year. More people will be celebrating with a night in or ordering take out rather than a traditional date night. 

If you’re looking for last minute gifts or activities, here are some options:

  1. Gift cards for a favorite local business. With economic uncertainty, now is an extra important time to spread some love and support to the local community 
  2. DIY “coupons.” Make slips of paper with activities to give to your loved one to redeem when they wish. These could be thoughtful gestures like serve breakfast in bed or playful options such as watch your (terrible) show, set thermostat to your (freezing) setting, and load dishwasher your (wrong) way. Not only are these coupons an inexpensive option, they can also really come from the heart as you personalize them and add some levity to pandemic life! 
  3. Virtual “Palentine’s” party! Single? Complicated? No worries! This time of year isn’t just for romantic love – set up a call with friends to watch cheesy rom-coms, share embarrassing date stories, test out a cat filter, and snack on everything heart-shaped 

Valentine's themed treat boxes sit atop the front desk at Gavin Law Offices

 

This year we were inspired by Valentine’s celebrations of our youth and set up small treat boxes in the office. Everyone received candy, stickers, and a small fortune to unbox. In addition, team members decided to get small surprises to give to one another!

So, how are you celebrating this February 14th

Romantic candle lit dinner with a loved one? Or is it a time to poke fun at our traditions and instead gather  virtually – with friends? Let us know!  

 

January Focus: Self-care and Wellness

Self-care can mean a lot of different things and everyone practices it a little differently. We wanted to highlight some of the ways that our team has been taking care of our well-being. To celebrate the new year, we decided to treat ourselves to facemasks.

Finding time to rest and relax is an important part of sustainable working habits. Some members of our team use candles and soft music to relax. Elizabeth sticks to a meditation routine and Jenn likes quiet days.

Taking care of ourselves involves more than just the ways in which we relax, itis also sticking with healthy routines. Here are some of the best ways to start your day, according to the GLO team:

Courtney: Coffee

Pam: A solid night’s rest

Jenn: Coffee, socks, and pups!

Elizabeth:  A (COVID-19 compliant) walk with close friends.

Lily: Upbeat music

There is a whole list of ways to practice self-care that works for your life, whether it be for your physical, mental, or any other part of your well-being! This could look like daily routines that help support your goals or treating yourself to something special. Finding what helps you recharge is important, whether it’s daily increments of exercise, walks in sunny weather, or guilty pleasures like reality TV shows. Let us know how you relax and recharge!