Tuesday, October 31, 2006
One of the most difficult parts of weeding is not reading every interesting book i come across, because i am interested in so many different subjects and discover something new to be interested in almost constantly. So these are the two most recent titles that stopped my tasks at hand (of course they're both juvenile titles so they were quick enough reads to not take too much time away from the actual work i had to do): Bedbugs in Our House: True Tales of Insect, Bug, and Spider Discovery by Jennifer Owings Dewey (after reading this i decided to save it for one more cycle even though it had low circ stats--here's hoping) and Poisons in Our Path: Plants that Harm and Heal by Anne Ophelia Dowden (and doesn't she just have the perfect middle name for someone writing about plants? not to mention it's one of my favorite names after my very favorite dearly departed cat who of course was named after the much maligned Shakespearean character)
Monday, October 30, 2006
One of my biggest weaknesses is acquisitiveness. There are certain items that I am just driven to have. Halloween decorations are one of them. Of course books are another...
Katushka (my four year old cat) has more than a bit of a problem. She has bouts of walking around the house meowing constantly, clawing at walls and doors expressing general discontent. I have no idea what is causing her agitation--she always seems to act like this in the spring or fall--if i didn't know better i'd think she was in heat (she HAS been spayed). She has always been an inside cat.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
How many times have we librarians heard a question somewhat like that? Now i think it would be somewhat ridiculous to start organizing ALL the books by colour--we COULD make some kind of search engine to allow for it could we not (or is that just encouraging the stupid questions we all so abhor/adore?)
Friday, October 27, 2006
The psychology of loss--the pain of an orphan from an unknown world; or where the hell is my continuity, damnit?!?
A History of Violence by David Hopkins—discusses whether or not Superman holds back his power and whether he is a violent individual
Thursday, October 26, 2006
The other day i saw a commercial for m&ms that had orange & BLACK m&ms for Halloween which i thought was pretty cool but today i saw this site which has fifty dark (read horror actually, after solving a few, i'm not so sure i'd call ALL of them horror per se) movies hidden in a painting which i also think is mighty dec--check it out! I could only get 33 so far (with a little help from my friends--but then i am not a big visual person and i have a raging migraine--i know excuses, excuses) have fun--and let me know how you do...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
A not so bright move right? Right, you are. I was thinking somehow that it would give me some tips and tricks that i was missing out on...no such luck. Mostly screen shots and things that already seem (at least to me) pretty basic. This is what the synopsis says about it:
With this book, you will learn how to use Blogger's Post Editor and Dashboard to create sophisticated postings that include images and hyperlinks, and how to change the look and feel of your blog templates. Other topics include making money using Google's AdSense and Amazon.com's Associates program, using photo blogging services, adding a site counter so that you can track your readership, using Blogger Mobile for mobile blogging, and how to archive your blog. For those of you who have your own Web hosting, you will learn how to publish your blog to your own server. this book takes a rational, no-nonsense approach in a compact guide. The book is written to give you the basics fast! Technical accuracy is assured by Biz Stone, Former Senior Specialist on the Google Blogger Team.
hey--here's a thought: check it out from your library ;)
Monday, October 23, 2006
In the summer of 1977 Terri Jentz and her Yale roommate, Shayna Weiss, are on a cross-country bike trip, they pitch a tent in the desert of central Oregon. As they sleep, a man in a pickup truck deliberately runs over the tent. He then attacks them with an axe. The horrific crime is reported in newspapers across the country. Robert Pinsky describes it it in his book length poem, An Explanation of America. No one is ever arrested. Both women survive, But Shayna suffers from amnesia, while Terri is left alone with the memories of the attack.Fifteen years later, Terri returns to the small town where she was nearly murdered, on the first of many visits "to solve the crime that would solve me." She makes an extraordinary discovery: the violence of that night is as present for the community as it is for her. And slowly her extensive interviews with the townspeople yield a terrifying revelation: many say they know who did it--and he is living freely in their midst. Terri then sets out to discover the truth about the crime and its aftermath, and to come to terms with the wounds that broke her life into a before and an after. Ultimately, she finds herself face with the suspected axeman.Absorbing and eloquent, and paced like the most riveting of thrillers. Strange Piece of Paradise is the electrifying account of Terri's investigation into the mystery of her near murder. A startling profile of a psychopath, a vivid portrait of a small town, a sweeping reflection on violence and its acceptance in our culture, and a moving record of a brave inner journey from violence to hope, this searing, powerfully written book is certain to be unforgettable.
Some reviews have mentioned that Jentz talks about every thought she has, does too much "navel gazing" while she goes through her process of investigation, but for me that is part of its appeal. It is an examination of our culture's fascination with violence of the workings (or perhaps disfunctionality) of our justice system, of the many varied ways that we can react to traumatic events--both those that happen to us personally, or just impact our community. This book really had me thinking about the nature of violence, the nature of justice, and perhaps most of all--our almost hypnotic, consumptive thirst for blood and gore (the 364s as they are called in my world--although that is not where this book is shelved--and i'm not sure it would really appeal to the "true crime" audience per se--and it doesn't seem to be marketed as such). I wouldn't call it fast-paced (nor exactly "riveting") but it is fascinating and i would highly recommend it--as i said-a contemplative work.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
My hand brushes your knee
You do nothing to acknowledge my touch
my hand hangs lifeless
My mind chants
I will not be crushed by this
I am the same person
as I am with you
I never saw Forever
in your eyes
We do not have to Be
I sense the weight of the sky
and the spin of the ground
I just Don't know
Friday, October 20, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
And about Percival Lowell: the poor guy kept trying and he kept failing. First he thought he saw canals on Mars--waterways the Martians had built--other astronomers made fun of him. To prove he was a good astronomer he wanted to discover a new planet, studying the motion of Uranus he believed the gravity of a ninth planet was pulling it--he searched and searched but never found it--he died in 1916. When a new planet was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh at Lowell Observatory on February 18, 1930 it was named Pluto at the suggestion of a little girl (for the god of the underworld--because he lives in darkness as does the planet being so far from the sun) and because the first two letters were P L for Percival Lowell. Now with this downgrade poor Percival is foiled yet again.
Monday, October 02, 2006
"Soonie's great-grandma was only seven when she was sold away from her parents in Virginia and sent to South Carolina. All she had was a piece of muslin from her mother, two needles, and bright red thread. She was raised by Big Mama, who cared for the plantation children and at night whispered stories of freedom. Big Mama taught great-grandma how to sew messages and directions into quilt patterns, a "Show Way" The quilt-making tradition is passed down through successive generations of women in the family. Finally, readers meet the narrator, who grew up to become a writer and tell the stories of many people's Show Ways. A poignant trail at the end of the book shows eight generations of women and the author's baby painted against the background of quilt patterns. Show Way is a sophisticated book that introduces readers to the passage of time, family traditions, and the significance of quilts and their patterns in African-American history. The gorgeous, multimedia art includes chalk, watercolors, and muslin. An outstanding tribute, perfectly executed in terms of text, design, and illustration."–Mary N. Oluonye, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved