Book Review: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown is one of the books that followers of my blog voted as a must-read for our Children’s Book August 2018 Readathon. Come check it out and join the next few weeks!


This picture book was such a delight. I hadn’t remembered reading it when I was a child, but it might have been read to me… either way, it was like a whole new experience! It’s always so difficult to convince a child to fall asleep at night. I don’t have kids, but I do have a 5-month-old puppy who whines for 5 minutes every night when he goes in his cage/crate (hopefully he’ll be fully housebroken soon so he can roam around when he wants). I can only imagine! I babysat a lot as a teenager and I have tons of younger cousins, nieces, and nephews, so I’ve been through it before, too. This was a believable experience, and it really helps show kids how to relax and just let go when it’s time to sleep.

The bunny’s are adorable. The rhymes are exquisite. I found it pretty fun, but possibly a little dated given many of those things aren’t normal routines anymore. But the lessons to take from it are still powerful. Loved it! I want to sample some more books by this fine author and her illustrators.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


365 Challenge: Day 273 – Easter (LIST: Holiday)

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Easter: the most important and oldest festival of the Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ and held (in the Western Church) between March 21 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the northern spring equinox — also fun with Easter eggs and rabbits



Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. For this group of 5 Sundays, I chose holidays and now we’re in our second week. It feels odd to pick holidays from earlier in the year when we’re approaching the bigger ones at the end of the year, but I’ve of course reserved Christmas and New Year’s for the last two Sundays. This week, I’ve gone with Easter because it’s one of those classic holidays that’s evolved into so much more.

Easter is a religious holiday; I grew up Catholic and went to church every weekend. I vividly recall Sunday school lessons and preparing for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Palm Sunday. I also remember the season of lent beginning in February. I was very conscientious about not eating meat on Fridays and choosing something to ‘give up’ during those 40 days. I went back and forth between desserts or different activities I enjoyed doing. Over the years, I stopped observing those traditions, but the holiday has always been something a bit special for me. From a religious perspective, it was about the death and re-birth of a savior, the sacrifices people make, the ways to show people you care. But then there’s the commercial side of it where it’s all about the fun and food.

I’m glossing over a bit, but just wanted to mention a few of the important things from the spiritual and religious aspects; however, to keep this light and fun, let’s explore why I love this holiday from a commercial perspective:

  • I am a dessert fiend. I love chocolate and candy and pie and cake and… it goes on forever. It’s so much to enjoy when you have baskets filled with it!
  • I rather enjoy the feel of the grass you put in the baskets. It’s silly until you have to clean it up off the floor for days afterwards. Oy!
  • Who would not have fun dyeing Easter eggs? All the wonderful pastel colors and designs. The process to teach kids how to create something from scratch. Learning about how an egg goes from delicate to hard-boiled and then can be painted.
  • Easter Egg hunting! Finding gifts. Searching for hidden eggs. Rolling down a hill in a big toss to see who makes it first without dropping the egg on a spoon.
  • The Easter Bunny. Some kids were afraid to sit on his/her lap at the mall. I was fine. I remember asking the bunny for Peeps and (s)he asked (I don’t recall the gender) why I didn’t want anything else. I just said “I’ve got everything else I want. Just need some candy.” I was a weird child, I admit it.
  • There’s no expectations on buying grand presents. It’s always been something relaxed, playful, cute and simple.
  • Family gets together and has a chill day with less requirements over who has to host each year, what needs to be served, et al.
  • I enjoy cooking a good spiral ham. That’s the traditional food for me growing up for this holiday. Mmmm… maple syrup… cloves… I want one right now.
  • All the outfits, from little kids to women in giant Easter bonnets and men in bow ties. It’s classic picture time!


How do you feel about Easter? Do you celebrate in any special way?



Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms
  • Week 32: How to help an artist with promotion
  • Week 33 – 37: Favorite Book Genres
  • Week 38 – 42: Holidays
  • Week 43 – 47: TBD
  • Week 48 – 52: TBD


About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.


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