Kimberli Lengning

I am a teacher, an avid reader, writer, budding photographer, hiker, and ecologist. I am a life-long learner with a passion for literacy, the environment, history, gardening, botany, antiques, and animals. I love stories. I love 'quirky.' I am always seeking that small, teachable moment. I am also one of "those" grandmothers with an endless supply of cute grandchildren pictures available at a moment's notice. 

It's Time for a Frank Discussion on Vaccinating: Don't Be a Jerk

At the same time that Jenny McCarthy is learning that people are attracted to people who vaccinate their children, Kristin Cavallari is being hailed as the next Jenny McCarthy for her public statements on how vaccines cause autism. ...more
That is painting with a pretty broad brush.more

Letter to Christians on Abortion: Put Up or Shut Up

 I wonder what most churches would do if Roe v. Wade was really overturned. What would most churches do about all those unwanted babies? Would we see an up tic in sermons encouraging Christians to adopt? Would churches sponsor mass adoptions? Or pour money into a Christian-sponsored fostering systems & orphanages or set up programs to support & mentor young mothers who got knocked up by a guy who's already out of the picture?...more
I find it ironic that your post has no reply. Yet.more

To Shave Or Not to Shave

I shaved under my arms last Saturday. That’s not a happening that generally merits a tweet, or for that matter an Instagram post. For me, though, it’s a pretty big deal. Because years ago, in my impressionable and dogmatic twenties, I resolved that I would never again shave where the sun don’t shine. Image Credit: Matt Erasmus...more
I refuse to shave the armpits between November and June.more

10 Books I Think You Should Read Right Now

I am an avid reader, for lack of a better phrase. I read 240 books in 2013. My goal for 2014 is 300, though that's definitely a stretch goal for me. I read 25 books in January of this year. I read all genres. I read new books. Old books. Self-published books. I follow series. I listen to audiobooks. I buy books. I have books sent to me as gifts. I occasionally receive books from publishers for reviews, (though I rarely accept them because I hate feeling like I am obligated to review them), but most of my books come from my library. I have a great library. ...more
I read a book years ago, when I was a kid, by John Gunther ... About a brain tumor. He wrote it ...more

10 Books I Think You Should Read Right Now

I am an avid reader, for lack of a better phrase. I read 240 books in 2013. My goal for 2014 is 300, though that's definitely a stretch goal for me. I read 25 books in January of this year. I read all genres. I read new books. Old books. Self-published books. I follow series. I listen to audiobooks. I buy books. I have books sent to me as gifts. I occasionally receive books from publishers for reviews, (though I rarely accept them because I hate feeling like I am obligated to review them), but most of my books come from my library. I have a great library. ...more
Me too.more

10 Books I Think You Should Read Right Now

I am an avid reader, for lack of a better phrase. I read 240 books in 2013. My goal for 2014 is 300, though that's definitely a stretch goal for me. I read 25 books in January of this year. I read all genres. I read new books. Old books. Self-published books. I follow series. I listen to audiobooks. I buy books. I have books sent to me as gifts. I occasionally receive books from publishers for reviews, (though I rarely accept them because I hate feeling like I am obligated to review them), but most of my books come from my library. I have a great library. ...more
Thank you for this list! I needed some new authors to freshen up my reading selections. I adore ...more

Dating A Girl "Like Me"

Through a series of inferences and coincidences, my family found out I was dating somebody last year (the kid suspected and let it slip to his uncle, who proceeded to tell everyone else).  The break-up happened when the kid was away, so he had no idea that this not-yet-discussed-or-confirmed situation was no longer.  So, what I was met with the day I came to retrieve my precocious child was a Spanish Inquisition of sorts from my family, wanting to know about this “guy who would date (me)”....more
You deserved better than you got. I am so sorry.more

Screw the Dealership: I MacGyvered My Key Fob

My key fob on my Honda croaked.  No big … I took my husband’s extra key.  BACK-UP!Then?  The OTHER one croaked.  Within a week … wt … how does THAT happen?...more
Good for you!more

My Father Is an Addict

I lost my dad to addiction. He is still alive, but the person I knew as my dad was swallowed whole by addiction years ago and most likely will never be seen or heard from again. ...more
I lost my father to the ravages of addiction. Not a day goes by that I don't miss him and wish ...more

When a Not-So-Small Town is Struck: Rape Culture

I’m trying to articulate my thoughts.  They are jumbled, scattered, yet so, so clear in my mind.  It’s the words that aren’t coming together right.  Like a jigsaw puzzle, I am turning each piece over, observing its defining characteristics, and hunting down its precise place....more
Excellent and thought provoking article. Kudos to you for standing up and protesting this. Be ...more