Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Family Secrets.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Family Secrets.
From Publishers Weekly: What was the first book that made you love books?
From Yahoo News: ‘Fifty Shades’ makes list of challenged books
“Fifty Shades of Grey” and its sequels have made the new list of challenged books that are most likely to be removed from school and library shelves.
I don’t know about libraries, but the “Fifty Shades” books have NO business being in a school. But that’s just MY opinion.
More challenges: Dav Pilkey’s “Captain Underpants” (Are you kidding me?)
Sherman Alexie’s “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian”
Jay Asher’s “Thirteen Reasons Why”
Toni Morrison’s “Beloved”
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Private Eyes.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Thrill Rides on the Best-Seller List.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Art for art’s sake … and for greed.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Murder, They Wrote.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column, Blinded by Science?
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on “Love is in the air.”
The Guardian asks, “What’s the loveliest word in the English language?” (I really like “balalaika,” but I question its Englishness.)
Compare with Robert Beard’s 100 most beautiful words in English. (I’m all for “lissome,” “lithe,” and “woebegone,” but he’s missing so many more. What about “kerfuffle”? “slender”? “suffuse”? or “alluvial”?)’
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Challenging the Body, Energizing the Spirit.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” columns on Pirates.
My car’s odometer (no, it doesn’t measure the odor; it measures the mileage) just turned over 30,000 miles. In the digital age, that means the numbers flashed from 29,999 to 30,000. No big deal.
But when I was a kid, that would have been an event. Dad would announce 10 miles ahead that the numbers were going to change, and we’d all watch the odometer in anticipation.
He’d let us know as each mile ticked past, and then, when the penultimate mile approached, we’d all lean around him, he’d slow down, and we’d watch as the numbers in 29,999.9 rolled one at a time and then all together, slowly — and I do mean slowly — to 30,000.0.
At first, the numbers wouldn’t align properly, but after a few miles they’d settle in.
And if you were lucky enough to be sitting in the front seat (kids in the front seat? that shows my age, doesn’t it?), you could lean in and watch the number-maneuver close up.
The whole thing could take almost a minute — or so it seemed — before all the motion and commotion were over.
Now, THAT was family fun in the car.
Here’s to a great new year of reading!
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column in which animals tell their tales.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Local books, sports and eye-popping goodies.
I’m all happy that the Duchess of Cambridge is having a baby, and I wish her well.
People have been thinking about what name might be given to the baby. (I’m going with Victoria, Mary or Elizabeth if a girl and George, Philip or Charles if it’s a boy.)
Now reports are that the condition she’s been suffering from is an indication that she may be having twins.
It’s very exciting to contemplate Royal Twins, so I’ve been tweeting this morning about the story possibilities that come to mind:
What if the #RoyalTwins are identical and decide to switch places, a la Patty Duke Show or Prince & the Pauper?
What if one of the identical #RoyalTwins is a psychopath and offs the other one to grab the throne?
Since they will probably be delivered by C-section, if a boy & a girl, what if the doctor purposely pulls out the boy first? #RoyalTwins
What if the #RoyalTwins are Siamese Twins and arrive all at once, but are separated two years later? Which twin gets the crown?
If the first-born of the identical #RoyalTwins is groomed for the throne but doesn’t really want it & the other one does, can they swap?
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on A literary trip to modern-day England.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on “Anything Can Happen in a Garden.”
Says it all.
From Mental Floss: Six famous ghostwriters. My favorite (not on their list) is Ohio’s own Mildred Wirt Benson (1905-2002), who wrote many, many books, including some of the Nancy Drew books, under the name of Carolyn Keene.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on War … What Is it Good for?
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on graphic novels for young people.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Discover More for Intelligent Kids.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Fantasy.
“At the time of this writing, … large numbers of right-wing Americans are lost in fantasies about President Barack Obama. Obama is a stealth Muslim (one-third of conservative Republicans believed this as of August 2010, along with 20 to 25 percent of Americans generally). Obama was not born in the United States (45 percent of Republicans). Obama is a communist who is actively trying to destroy America. Obama wants to set up Nazi-style death panels to euthanize old people. Obama is the Antichrist (in a controversial Harris Poll, 24 percent of Republicans endorsed the statement that Obama “might” be the Antichrist).”
— The Storytelling Animal by Jonathan Gottschall
Good lord, and they think WE’RE crazy.
THE BEST REASON TO VOTE FOR BARACK OBAMA — This quote from Mitt Romney (source: Mother Jones):
“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. That that’s an entitlement. And the government should give it to them. And they will vote for this president no matter what.
“And, I mean, the president starts off with 48, 49 [percent], he starts with a huge number. These are people who pay no income tax. Forty-seven percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn’t connect. So he’ll be out there talking about tax cuts for the rich. I mean, that’s what they sell every four years.
“And so my job is is not to worry about those people. I’ll never convince them they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. What I have to do is convince the five to 10 percent in the center that are independents, that are thoughtful, that look at voting one way or the other depending upon, in some cases, emotion, whether they like the guy or not …”
Oh, man, does he not get it. We don’t pay taxes? Then where does 1/3 of my pay go? I realize what I end up paying in taxes may not seem like a lot to you, Mitt, but it’s a lot to me.
We don’t take responsibility for ourselves? I’ve been working all my life — since I was big enough to walk. Born on a farm, you work on a farm, and you learn to work every day, to earn what you have. No entitlements here — nothing was handed to my farmer father.
After all the deductions, I only take home about $1400 a month. So I sure could use the money they take away for taxes. Could YOU live on $1400 a month, Mittens? That’s why I have three jobs. Not responsible? I’m not responsible?
You see, Mittens, if you’d pay 1/3 of your annual income in taxes, you’d still have more money than most people — and I don’t begrudge you that money. I don’t even mind paying taxes: It’s worth it to me, to have good schools, good roads, decent and affordable health care, and the knowledge that older people who have worked hard all their lives won’t be left on a stoop somewhere to rot. I don’t consider them — or myself —to be “victims.” We’re just Americans. Hard-working Americans.
No, Mittens. I can’t claim $77,000 for a horse as a medical expense. Why? Well, first, because I don’t have $77,000. Or a horse. And if I DID need to claim something as a medical expense, it probably wouldn’t be allowed by the IRS, because I don’t have 27 financial lawyers and auditors helping me find loopholes. And no, I don’t consider it patriotic to find loopholes so you don’t have to pay your taxes.
When I went to college, do you think I borrowed money from my parents? Get real, Mitt. I got scholarships, grants, and low-cost loans, thanks to government as well as private opportunities, and I paid back every cent. I’m not responsible for myself?
I’m voting for somebody who understands — who knows what it’s like to struggle, to pay back college loans, to be quietly responsible. Somebody who understands that we’re out there working our butts off every day and just want a good life, just want what’s fair, just want not to get ripped off by bankers and Wall Street, not to get dropped by insurance companies just because our kids got sick or a hurricane hit our house. Somebody who believes that America is the greatest country in the world BECAUSE we take care of our own — because no one should starve to death in America, no child should be left without an education, and no returning veteran should be discarded simply because he or she is no longer on the battlefield.
I’m voting for Barack Obama.
Here’s a link to the latest “One for the Books” column on Sci-Fi.