It’s K month and the sisters are back and raring to go. Well, Laura might be medium rare. It’s been such a long time since we’ve actually been able to go out and do anything that I think anything we try now will be particularly satisfying to us.

Kathryn Klepak’s Snowy Range Alpaca Farm

2 Points – Activity

Barbara – This was such a great way to step back into the ABC Life. Kathryn’s farm animals were great fun, especially those gorgeous alpacas. I learned so much about this beautiful animal – how they communicate to their children (with clicks), how they warn each other of danger (whoever sees it makes a noise and the rest stop and watch until the first one says all clear), the differences between males and females (females were neater, especially in their bathroom habits . Naturally). I was able to feed them, groom the donkeys, pet the goats…a great day all around.

2 points – Movie Theme: The Ku Klux Klan

You wouldn’t think that any movie about the Ku Klux Klan could be both uplifting and depressing but that’s exactly what we found in Best of Enemies. This movie was based on the true story of an unlikely friendship formed between the Exalted Cyclops of the Durham S.C. Ku Klux Klan and a civil rights activist during the process of voting on school integration there. We were surprised to see that the reviews were not the best; they seemed to be in a consensus that the story was trivialized. We weren’t judging the movie by its dramatic quality but more by how it drew upon our emotions. On the uplifting side, we were very inspired and impressed with the courage of the real-life people it was based upon. The fact that those two individuals could ever see eye to eye on anything let alone become friends was amazing and we were both touched by it. However, the depressing thing is to acknowledge that the Ku Klux Klan is still around and race relations is still a prominent issue in this country. Reviews be damned…we recommend this movie.

2 points – Book  

Barbara: We’ve always (especially Laura) loved reading a good quote. We even go as far as to write them down sometimes. So, when I found I Really Needed This Today: Words to Live By by Hoda Kotb it definitely hit the right button. I knew by the third page in, when I read this quote, that I was hooked:

“And if I asked you to name all the things that you love how long would it take for you to name yourself?”

Each day of the year had a quote that the author initially posted on her Instagram and what it meant to her. The only thing I wish she had included in the book were a few of the reactions she received from her followers as she mentioned in her preface that it was fascinating to see how it touched them for different reasons.  

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