November: National Military Family Month

On the first of this month, President Obama made a declaration that November will be recognized as National Military Family month. For those of us who have family and friends that have served or are currently serving in the military, we understand how difficult this can be. We feel the President explained it well when he said: “When a young woman signs up to defend our Nation, her parents are enlisted as well. When a father deploys to a combat zone, his children are called to serve on the home front. And when the men and women of our military serve far from home, their families feel the strain of their absence. In that absence, let us stand together as one American family. “ (His full speech can be found here).

This made us think of National Listening Day. Are you familiar with it? Some refer to the Friday after Thanksgiving as “Black Friday” – a day for discount shopping. But this particular Friday is also known as National Listening Day. A day for families to get together and share their stories and memories. Ideally, one would want to capture all these amazing stories on video or audio tape so they can be stored and viewed at a later date. At, you can find a variety of sample questions to ask, along with various recorded “stories” and “memories” from people around the world. It’s a wonderful site!

November isn’t over yet, so we’d like to take advantage of this special month and provide you with some great eBooks that the whole family can enjoy. We love sharing, but we also love recommendations! So if you have an awesome BookRix book you’d like to share with us, please link to it in the comments below.

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