Hello my Name is: Wendy Braun
My patron saint is: Well, I have a bit of a two-part answer to this query: when we became Orthodox, I really wasn’t acquainted with a lot of the Saints; so I chose my favorite childhood biblical hero: Queen Esther. (Her bravery inspired me so much when I was a little girl – and of course I loved princess/fairy tale-type stories!) Years later, I discovered St. Joanna the Myrrh Bearer. According to tradition, she recovered the head of St. John the Baptist after Herod had disposed of it. Another brave woman! My middle name is Jo, so I kind of adopted her too.
As a child, my favorite children’s book was or My favorite children’s book is: There are so many wonderful books to choose from, but my earliest recollection of a favorite picture book would have to be Virginia Lee Burton’s “The Little House”. I was enamored with the story and how the colorful, symmetrical illustrations of the family’s house during the different seasons poignantly depicted the passage of time. My favorite read aloud chapter book was “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”, which I remember my mom reading to us when I was about nine years old. I read the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia by myself, and loved them all!
My job is: Being home and taking care of my family. I babysit my new little grandson, blog as a hobby, and have lots of time to devote to my church community – choir, women’s group, soup kitchen…
What I love about my job: Everyday is different, but the same. I can count on a routine, but am learning new things all the time. Blogging is a perfect fit for me: I am passionate about good literature for children, and enjoy not only sharing what I learned through homeschooling my own kids, but also meeting authors and illustrators through social media. (And I’m constantly discovering new books for my grandchild that weren’t around when my own children were little!)
If I could tell our youth one thing it would be: Your body wouldn’t be healthy if you only ate junk food all day! It is the same with your mind and soul and what you expose it to through books and other media. Leave behind dumbed-down, meaningless literature, and try to find engaging books that will feed your soul and imagination through good narrative and worthy – but not perfect – characters.