Listaliciousness: Traffic Cone Interviews, Dogs in a Photobooth, and Realistic Heroines

Just two days until the preview of Narnia! That is practically our opening night because we will have a full house just like all of the other evenings and afternoons. I can’t wait to upload pictures of my beautiful costume. Only a few days more to wait.

Anyway, there are lots of great links this week. Many are focused on health issues such as eating disorders, abuse, and Lyme disease. However, others center on fun topics like rumors about the upcoming Harry Potter spinoff. Enjoy!

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Recovery in the Media: #50. Counting by 7s

Counting by 7s book

Both witty and touching, this novel shows an odd but brilliant girl who learns to deal with grief and heal.

50. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Solan

Whenever I enter a library, a strong urge compels me to pick up book after book. Normally, I walk out with over twenty new items. Did you know that most libraries have a limit of 100 items that you can have out at once? Yeah, I found that out the hard way. Anyway, the book Counting by 7s stood out to me a few months ago at our little local library. Intrigued, I stuffed the novel into my overflowing book bag. Several times it almost was returned because I had plenty of required reading in school. However, I luckily kept the book and found myself enchanted with it. The main character is never diagnosed with a mental illness (despite the fact that she showed signs of one…more on that later), but the book still addresses important elements of recovery such as grieving, loss, hope, redemption, and support people.

Synopsis: Willow is not your average 12-year-old child. Her rapid thinking skills, ability to diagnosis medical conditions, amazing way with plants, and oddities distance her from classmates. Luckily, her parents give her great encouragement and support her dreams. When they are involved in a fatal accident, Willow is left with no relations or close friends. However her peculiar personality ends up touching more people than she ever guessed – the controlling teenager Mai, her moody brother Quang-ha, their loving but orderly mother Pattie, the under-confident taxi driver Jairo, and an unreliable, people-hating school counselor Dell. All of them come together to care for this young girl and grow through the process.

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Recovery in the Media. #40. The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Sweet but honest, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is as quirky and hopefilled as its main character.

Sweet but honest, The Odd Life of Timothy Green is as quirky and hopefilled as its main character.

40. The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Sometimes, a preview for a movie piques your interest right away and makes you wait in anticipation for its release. That is what happened for me with The Odd Life of Timothy Green. A cute child, loving parents, dreams fulfilled, a tad of magic, lots of imagination – it sounded like just the film for me. Although I did not see the movie in theaters, I snatched it up the first chance I had at the library. What I expected to be a happy family show turned out to be deeper and more beautiful than I had thought. Although a bit different some of the films I have reviewed, this film has some messages that could be helpful in recovery such as hope, dreaming, and the importance of family.

Synopsis: Cindy and Jim Green are a happy young couple. Everything seems lovely in their life except for one thing: they cannot have a baby. Heartbroken, the couple writes down qualities in their ideal child. The box containing these traits is buried in the backyard in a attempt to move on with life. However, that night, a strange boy with leaves growing on his legs shows up at their door. Immediately Cindy and Jim are taken with this sweet and innocent child. As they welcome him into their life, things begin to change. Everyone who knows Timothy is touched by his honesty and kindness. Yet, as the summer draws to an end, the leaves on Timothy begin to color and fall. Will this child just brought into the Green’s life have to leave again?

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