I usually don't idealise women, praising them as stronger, cleverer and more empathetic – put simply: the best. I often think about implementing equality in every part of life. In my opinion, regardless of our gender, we should find our place. Preparing lists in which half of the population must be considered the weaker sex, regardless of wishes, qualifications or abilities is a mistake. We can find careers or fields of life where women are better and others where men are better. Of course, I'm an oponent of discrimination; I disagree that women in the same positions should earn less money than men just because of their gender. I don't like it when employers look at young female candidates through the prism of setting up a family and motherhood.


But the truth is that social conditions mean that many women perceive themselves as weaker and worse at coping in difficult situations. Nevertheless, it is the 21st century; we have space technology and we use mobile phones to do things that a few years ago we didn't even dream of. Many woman need to be convinced that we are capable, we can do anything. In every person there is power, we just need to extract it.


That's why I read the book "The Gutsy Girl. Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure" by Carolina Paul. You can find there a life full of adventures and stories to freeze the blood in your veins, but also inspiration, challenges and a load of information about remarkable women. This book teaches us to overcome our own weaknesses and fears, taking on challenges and building confidence – even though some of the stories are in my opinion a bit controversial. The main character and also the author of this book was shy and apprehensive as a child, and it was very difficult to convince her to accept many challenges. Now as an adult woman she wants to make up for the shortcomings of her childhood, so she flies a plane, becomes a firefighter, flies a paraglider and climbs mountains. She achieved it all by breaking her own barriers, taming her fears, learning new things, fostering self-confidence and self-esteem.

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Have you come across such well-written books which completely pull you in, which you can't tear yourself away from, and if you somehow manage to put them down, they draw you back like a magnet? They tell you about some mystery, which invades our thoughts, not allowing us to concentrate. We have to turn the next page, even though another night hour has passed.


My daughter definitely reads the most in our family and her bookcase, especially on holiday, is the best stocked. Sometimes I borrow the most interesting books from her, and sometimes I buy books which I will gladly read myself on the pretext of providing my daughter with books. This time my daughter borrowed quite a lot of books from our friendly library. Among the many interesting choices I found the book "Lumber room, in the middle of nowhere" by Agata Mańczyk. I began to read and I lost myself completely.


Though it is a novel for young people, I found in it everything that I like in novels: well defined, colourful characters, fast-flowing action and an engaging mystery. It is good that the book is a little over 500 pages long, because otherwise there would be so many more stolen moments.


We meet the main character at a disruptive moment of her life. Her parents' divorce turns the well-organised world of sixteen-year-old Maryla upside down. She must move from Warsaw to the tiny town of Tomaszów, leaving behind what is important for her: friends, love and school. Hope for a positive beginning in the new place bursts like a soap bubble after a meeting with her grandmother and great-grandmother. It turns out that even though they don't know Maryla, they truly hate her. For a teenager, who never liked to stand out, starting a new school isn't easy. But the most irritating thing is it seems that everybody in the town knows the dark mystery of the teenager's family.

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There are books which we remember our whole life, the most amazing of which join the canon and we want to pass them on. Even if they aren't books like "The Little Prince" and only books which are important for us, it is worth remembering and reading them again, because they can reveal something new. Everyone knows the adventures of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland and some day we will give them to our children. I have a special liking for "Grandma in the apple tree", "The Book thief", and "Matilda".


Today I would like to tell you about another amazing book. "The Girl Who Drank the Moon" is a beautiful and unusual book which can appeal to everyone: cChildren get magic and adventures, and adults receive timeless wisdom. Obviously, I bought the book for my daughter, but the first pages caused me to read it first.


The beginning of the book will frighten every mother. The people in Protektorat live in dread and sadness. The legend says that an awful witch lives in the forest, and every year the townspeople have to give her the youngest child as a tribute. The tragedy of the families, the grief of the mothers who every year have to leave their children, the sadness which hangs over the town and the strange, devious old men make this a bleak book. Quickly it turns out that the witch Xan isn't bad. She lives in a wooden house with a small dragon called Fyrian and a smart mud monster called Glerk. Every year, Xan takes the children out of the forest, wondering why the people leave them alone on the glade. She tends to the babies and gives them a new and happy life.

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Everyday life is sometimes difficult, dull, and busy. In the evening I feel like I've thrown a tonne of coal into the cellar, so from the cinema, theatre or literature I expect relaxation, escape from everyday work and the chance to recharge my batteries. It doesn't mean that I watch only comedies and read only crime stories (even though I value both). I have to psych myself up for a difficult book and be aware that I will be watching a tough movie. Often I wait until I can watch especially difficult movies at home. I can then take a break, rest, cool down and go back to watching.


Today we decided to go to the cinema to watch a more difficult movie. Enticed by friends' recommendations, we didn't wait, and we watched „Zimna wojna" by Paweł Pawlikowski on the big screen. I have to say it was a good decision and the excellent reviews really weren't over the top.


The beginning of the movie: fragments of folk music and an audition for a folk band serve as an excellent introduction to 50s and 60s war-torn Poland. We also meet the main characters of the movie: Lech Kaczmarek (Borys Szyc), Irena Bielecka (Agata Kulesza), Wiktor (Tomasz Kot) and Zula (Joanna Kulig). Zula – an interesting girl with a shady past – draws Wiktor's attention from the beginning. The forthcoming affair between Wiktor and Zula is in fact as obvious as his stormy life history is surprising, poignant and disappointing.

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Holidays usually involve travelling. It doesn't matter if we travel by car, train or plane, our children have to stay in one place for a long time. For many children and their parents it is a very difficult time. I remember when a few years ago I had to sing to my one-year-old daughter for almost 11 hours of traveling on our summer holiday. To this day I don't know why she only stopped crying then and how my husband managed to endure my singing. I'm happy these hardcore journeys are over. Because of travel sickness my children can't read or watch movies in the car. Therefore, we usually listen to audiobooks. If we find something for everybody, we listen together; if not, our children have their own headphones and we enjoy the silence.


Before our last trip I wanted to prepare some audiobooks for my seven-year-old son. We couldn't find anything interesting for him. My daughter found a forgotten and dusty audiobook called "Cat stories" by Tomasz Trojanowski. The recommendation of his older sister was sufficient, and my son had almost 10 hours of meeting with nice characters to look forward to. The audiobook was read with bravura by Jarosław Boberek.


Zofia, Herman and Gienek are cats who live in Big Man's House. Big Man is a nice cool customer who with boundless patience tolerates the creative and crazy ideas of his cats. The book describes the adventures of the cats, who sometimes seem more similar to small, impish children. They are extremely perceptive and curious about the world – they play with unfettered imagination, they hide, watch TV, take part in competitions and parties and play ball games. Just like lot of parents the Big Man has to listen to endless questions and monologues. Fortunately, the cats answer many of the questions on their own. Above all the cats talk to each other, to friends and to Big Man. They talk about important subjects, but they are also interested in more mundane things. They are interested in the weather, the smelly contents of the fridge, the best way to celebrate birthdays, but also appropriate behaviour in the forest, the value of friendship, tolerance and family relationships.

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