Sunday, December 30, 2007
Friday, December 28, 2007
Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.
The Best (Worst) Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Covers
Judge a Book By It's Cover Blog
and from one of my favorite book blogs...Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books
Thursday, December 27, 2007
So, I have been making a conscious effort to start taking baby steps toward living in a more environmentally responsible way. To help me with this I have been reading several environmental blogs and have signed up for several newsletters. The Sierra Club http://sierraclub.typepad.com/ puts out a newsletter/blog that you can either subscribe to or do as an RSS feed. Yesterday, the tip was something I can do on my cell phone (now permanently attached to me) and since I thought it was interesting I decided to share.
Be an informed eater: If you're torn between the trout and the halibut, text 30644 with the message "FISH" and the type you're considering to learn which is the more sustainable choice (fishphone.org).
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
To see pictures of the display:
Sunday, December 23, 2007
"Stanford on iTunes U provides access to a wide range of Stanford-related digital audio content via the iTunes Store, Apple’s popular online music, video, and podcast service.
The project includes two sites:
a public site which includes Stanford courses, faculty lectures, event highlights, music, sports, and more.
an access-restricted site for the Stanford community which includes:
CourseWork-linked iTunes U sites for course-based materials
Stanford Community iTunes U for the entire campus community."
I am downloading Patrick Hunt's Hannibal lectures for free as an after-award committee treat.
Book Count for today: 45 1/2
Save the easily offended: ban everything.
Friday, December 21, 2007
A cartoon just for librarians...Unshelved
And because all the other KC Bloggers are doing it....
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Something tells me I should have taken more than three days off in January to finish up my reading.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
I would have liked to keep this one quiet for a little while, but because of upcoming conventions and of course the need to keep my publishers informed, it seems to me unfair to withhold the news. I have been diagnosed with a very rare form of early onset Alzheimer's, which lay behind this year's phantom "stroke".
We are taking it fairly philosophically down here and possibly with a mild optimism. For now work is continuing on the completion of Nation and the basic notes are already being laid down for Unseen Academicals. All other things being equal, I expect to meet most current and, as far as possible, future commitments but will discuss things with the various organisers. Frankly, I would prefer it if people kept things cheerful, because I think there's time for at least a few more books yet :o)
PS I would just like to draw attention to everyone reading the above that this should be interpreted as 'I am not dead'. I will, of course, be dead at some future point, as will everybody else. For me, this maybe further off than you think - it's too soon to tell.I know it's a very human thing to say "Is there anything I can do", but in this case I would only entertain offers from very high-end experts in brain chemistry.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
At least one school in the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, area has temporarily pulled the novel The Golden Compass from its library shelves over concerns about what critics call its “anti-Christian message.” Mary Miller, media specialist at St. John Neumann Middle School and Lourdes High School, said she has taken the series off the shelf at the shared school library because she wants to have a chance to read them and decide for herself if they are appropriate for students....
Oshkosh (Wis.) Northwestern, Dec. 7
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
The Virgin Bride said “Wow” by Cathy Gillen Thacker - (this may be my all-time favorite)
How to Be Pope: What to Do and Where to Go Once You're in the Vatican by Piers Marchant
People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves To Unsuspecting bystanders and what to do about it by Gary Leon Hill
The Beginner's Guide to Sex in the Afterlife by David Staume
Knitting With Dog Hair: Better A Sweater From A Dog You Know and Love Than From A Sheep You'll Never Meet by Kendall Crolius
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
The top score on the list below represents the faith that Belief-O-Matic, in its less than infinite wisdom, thinks most closely matches your beliefs. However, even a score of 100% does not mean that your views are all shared by this faith, or vice versa.
Belief-O-Matic then lists another 26 faiths in order of how much they have in common with your professed beliefs. The higher a faith appears on this list, the more closely it aligns with your thinking. Take the test - http://www.beliefnet.com/story/76/story_7665_1.html
1. Liberal Quakers (100%)
2. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
3. Neo-Pagan (98%)
4. New Age (94%)
5. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (87%)
6. Secular Humanism (84%)
7. Mahayana Buddhism (79%)
8. Reform Judaism (76%)
9. Taoism (69%)
10. Bahá'í Faith (67%)
11. Theravada Buddhism (67%)
12. New Thought (66%)
13. Scientology (60%)
14. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (52%)
15. Orthodox Quaker (52%)
16. Nontheist (51%)
17. Sikhism (50%)
18. Jainism (44%)
19. Orthodox Judaism (41%)
20. Hinduism (36%)
21. Islam (31%)
22. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (31%)
23. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (30%)
24. Eastern Orthodox (22%)
25. Roman Catholic (22%)
26. Seventh Day Adventist (22%)
27. Jehovah's Witness (9%)
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I may have mentioned this already but I LOVE Venice. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would marry Venice. In other words, I really, really liked it there. It may have helped that I went prepared to love it there but it had the vibe that all of my favorite cities have. A laid back energy, not pushy, just doing it's thing, waiting for you to fall in love with it.
View of the tiny island where we stayed (from inside the boat)
A picture of Venice from another boat. Yes, much to my friend's dismay there was a whole lot of boat riding in this city.
The buses are boats, the taxis are boats...well, you get the idea. This city might not be the best destination for someone like my friend who gets motion sick when just walking along. She was a good sport however.
The first day was the most fun.
We visited the small museum, wandered around aimlessly, bought our Venetian masks (mine is very pretty) and eventually ate Italian food (not Venetian food) and headed back to the hotel.
Monday, December 03, 2007
In the meantime, have a safe and happy holiday season.
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I really liked the Musée d'Orsay but I LOVED the Musee Rodin, which makes sense because he is one of my favorite sculptors. It was also one of the most well designed and focused museums I have ever seen, housed in Rodin's house. Oh, and one of my favorite authors was his secretary for a while.
As an aside, in the book of essays I just read it talked about distinguishing the literature from the man (or woman) author. I believe it is the same with art. I don't have to like the sculptor to recognize the genius of his work. (He wasn't the kindest man around.)
Anyway, here are a few of my favorite pieces...
For some reason, I can't find this on the museum website so I can't tell you the name of the piece.
And what could be more charming than a whole group of art students sketching The Thinker?