Monday, April 30, 2007
Also, my overall to-read list is now much longer because I put all the runners-up on my general list as a consolation prize!
But I think, after much debate in my own little brain, that these three will be the best choices to expand my literary horizons and carry me through a hot, sticky, Southern summer.
Deliverance by James Dickey
Light in August by William Faulkner
Mockingbird by Charles Shields
OK, even as I type it, I can't help but think about The Orange Blossom Special, The Prince of Tides and Look Homeward, Angel. Aww...so many great books...such a short summer!
Friday, April 27, 2007
Top 10 Assumptions about Future of Libraries from ACRL Research Committee
Cool NPR story about Wikipedia founder and "Alabama boy" Jimmy Wales
And, can I just say how much I'm loving LibraryThing? If you haven't checked it out yet, clink on my link to the right. It's too much fun!
Things I like about MySpace so far...
-Lots more of my friends (past and current) on there than on blogger
-Makes me feel like I'm yOUnG and cOoL, even though I promise to never randomly capitalize letters like that again. What is that?
-I didn't like the music on pages at first, but now I'm kind of getting used to it and trying to decide what "my song" will be...at least for this week.
Things I don't like about MySpace...
-A lot of pages seem a little cluttered/busy...especially b/c some people use hard-to-read text sizes/colors, loud music and slow slide shows with lots of pictures
-Etiquette questions--I guess this comes up in blogger, too. Is it OK to send a message to someone you haven't seen in 10 years or haven't even met when you randomly found them by clicking from one link to another? Or is this considered too invasive?
-It's new...and I'm one of the late adopters. It took me long enough to get used to blogger...now something new. Aach! I'm just not big on change, but sometimes...you have to.
Planning to make my MySpace page a little more like me later tonight. Maybe new flickr photos, too. Now back to work.
"Better multitasking skills through massive caffeine consumption." (credit--a magnet)
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Anyway, I'm trying out this MySpace thingy (and I'm so so not cool anymore), and I'm fascinated/confused!
So, if you're on, give me tips! I've already seen friends from college, high school...and now I'm breaking out the elementary school yearbooks. haha
Nah...but it is kind of interesting.
OK, help me out, fellow MySpacers!
I'm so excited about Maggie's Summer Southern Reading Challenge (still picking my books for that one). And, again thanks to Maggie, I found Nattie's Newbery challenge!
I'm a big fan of the Newbery winners and, partly as a result of my children's lit class, have read a good many of them. So, for this challenge, I went for the older ones (new to me). And, to help my budget, I also picked books that the ACA library has.
Here are my picks, and I can't wait to get started next month!
Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
The Dark Frigate by C. B. Hawes
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Thanks again, Maggie and Nattie!
How do I know this?
Because I bought yet another box of Peeps blue bunnies (my personal favorite--of course I don't like the bird ones) just yesterday. Today...they are gone...and Fred only ate one. Jason didn't help at all. The rest were for me!
And I know there are more Peeps at Rite Aid, Target and probably 37 other stores across Tuscaloosa. They're now 75% off and still relatively fresh/delicious, so I just can't pass them up.
Someone else start eating these things, so I can get back on my diet...at least until Halloween!
Oh, and just for funsies...
Peeps go to the library
Monday, April 23, 2007
Just finished Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother this weekend and loved it just as much as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. They're both so well-written, with the characters believable and sympathetic. Both books are also simultaneously funny and sad. I literally had tears rolling down my face from both emotions (if that makes sense).
Friday, April 20, 2007
Besides my obvious fear of misspelling a word or making a grammar error, I'm also deathly afraid of birds. I think about this virtually every morning when I'm walking Fred and dodging the nesters, but I thought about it in a different light this week when my friend and uber-librarian Maggie did a post about a pigeon book.
Now, just to clarify, I have no "normal" phobias to balance this out. I'm not a huge fan of bugs, snakes, heights, germs...all the things you might think of when you hear the word "phobia"...but they don't really scare me either.
But let me see a blue jay, or worse, the dreaded mockingbird, and I just spaz! I've been known to hit the ground, run screaming, you name it.
I really had some issues at San Marco Square in Venice and at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans because the pigeons were EVERYWHERE. And chicken is the only meat I don't feel guilty eating--the fewer of those around, the better!
But, freakishly enough, this phobia apparently extends to books/pictures as well as real live birds. Cartoony ones are OK, but I don't even like to reshelve our "bird" section.
OK, so that's my embarrassing admission for the day. Just thought I'd share.
Just as an aside, I'm not afraid of owls. In fact, I love them. Have some owl-related stuff that I absolutely love. Go figure.
And just for funsies, here is Monk's phobias mug. A must-have for any phobia-freakazoid like me.
Hey, it's Friday! Yay!
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Kudos to the Birmingham News for winning the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. Click here to read more about reporter Brett Blackledge's ongoing series about corruption in Alabama's two-year collegesystem.
Meanwhile...another Alabama-Pulitzer connection...The Race Beat by Hank Klibanoff and Gene Roberts won the Pulitzer Prize for History. Klibanoff apparently conducted research at UA's archives, the Hoole Library. He was also on campus earlier in the semester to talk about his book -- you can see that talk on the Libraries Lecture and Book Talk Video Series.
Moving on beyond Alabama...
Are Reference Desks dying out? I hope not! Interesting article, though, especially for higher ed library administrators. I'm all for adapting to the new trends--virtual chats are a must--but it's good to have actual people on hand, too. Whether students just like asking questions face-to-face or they aren't "technologically prepared" when they come to college, it's good to have someone available. Even if someone just asks where the restroom is, a friendly and accurate answer could interest a student enough to bring them back!
A trend to watch. Happy almost-Friday!
Monday, April 16, 2007
National Library Workers Day. Ideas for celebrating. (How about taking the day off? Just kidding.)
Also, to recognize National Poetry Month, the Tuscaloosa Public Library is hosting Lyric Lounge, Lyric Cafe and Lyric Words. Go here for more information.
ACA kids will be recognizing Shel Silverstein this week. We won't be reading The Giving Tree, though, because it makes me cry.
Meanwhile, I just thought this article was fun and highlighted the recent discussion on ssh-ing.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
That list, like the one of my favorite books and authors, is a long one. And, since it is National Poetry Month, I wanted to post something about it.
Lately, though, I've been reading a "hymn-a-day" book with a little devotional about the hymn and writer. And I've really started to see some of these beautiful old hymns as poetry. It's so easy sometimes for me to ignore the words, especially of those "old, slow" church songs that have been around for years (and that we sang A LOT at my church growing up).
But I've been trying to appreciate those more lately, and one has really stuck in my head.
"How Firm a Foundation" was an early American melody. It's apparently attributed to several writers. If you're around Tuscaloosa and interested, my church choir is singing it Sunday. Hope you enjoy the words (updated just a bit by me--my apologies if I've offended any traditionalists)as much as I have this month!
How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word
What more can he say than to you he has said
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?
Fear not, I am with you, oh be not dismayed
For I am your God and will still give you aid.
I'll strengthen you, help you and cause you to stand
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.
When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be your supply.
The flame will not hurt you; I only design
Your dross [impurity] to consume and your gold to refine.
The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes.
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake.
For me, the jury's still out on whether he's a good author. I read Galapagos a few years ago and hated it, so I haven't given him another chance yet. However, he's well-respected in many circles that I respect...so I might check out his other works.
Any Vonnegut fans? Thoughts? Recommendations?
As if we needed another reason to NOT like http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPFirstPerson.asp?ID=25358
Some funny Google stuff...
And, for even more fun, see what happens when you "map it" across continents (i.e. Boston to Paris). Don't you just love Google?
Finally, I'll be posting later today on my "personal" blog some thoughts on National Poetry Month if you want to check it out.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The deception of these big corporations is disturbing at the least. And there's a more extreme part of me that now wants to grow all my own food, never eat out and toss the television!
Monday, April 09, 2007
Anyway, we had a wonderful time. My brother, his wife and my niece and nephew were in town as well, so we spent a lot of time eating, jumping on the trampoline, watching movies and the Braves and, of course, playing, playing, playing. Their personal favorites were ping-pong, pool and "bloodhound hide and seek." This was priceless...one of them would hide, and the other would take Fred and go look...using Fred's nose to find the other. Hilarious.
The only drawback...it was cold! Bitterly cold! We only made it about half an hour at the park, even bundled up with mittens and "hot hands." Bless their hearts...they couldn't escape the Connecticut weather, even in Alabama.
Also, my dad's poor flowers took a beating...they were already blooming from the beautiful weather we had the week before.
A few pictures of the flowers (and Fred, of course)...I'm iffy about posting pictures of other people's kids, so I'm not putting up any of Christopher and Elizabeth, even though I personally feel they are the cutest and smartest kids that have ever walked the planet. ;)
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
This provided a much-needed laugh. Sadly, I feel like I can relate to the before/after pictures.
Meanwhile...more edible book fun!
Also...this came across SLIS-L as an alternative to wikipedia. Really? Because I love wikipedia, and it's going to have to be good to get me to switch. Any users? Comments?
And finally...Librivox- Acoustical Liberation of Books in the Public Domain. My husband's going to love this one!
OK, time to watch It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown!
Monday, April 02, 2007
None of these are in any particular order...
SEVEN THINGS TO DO BEFORE I DIE:
1. Have children
2. Adopt as many puppies as possible
3. Go back to Europe
4. Attend a football game at every SEC stadium
5. Visit every state in the United States
6. Read War and Peace
7. Write a book (and get it published)
SEVEN THINGS I CANNOT DO:
2. Tell a joke
4. Understand why people have a certain philosophy or belief but vote a different way (does that make sense?)
5. Stop being afraid of birds
6. Stop carrying a book everywhere I go
7. Decorate (see picture at the bottom)
SEVEN THINGS THAT I FIND ATTRACTIVE IN OTHERS:
2. Patience (even though this is a virtue I cannot yet claim)
3. Dimples (because I don't have them)
4. Naturally curly hair
5. Nice eyes
6. Spiritual strength
7. Logical mind
SEVEN THINGS I'VE BEEN KNOWN TO SAY:
1. Here's the thing.
2. Shh...(to rowdy library kids)
3. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer...
4. Where's my book?
5. I'm hungry.
6. Does that make sense?
7. Do you like my shoes?
SEVEN BOOKS I'VE READ AND RECOMMENDED TO OTHERS:
1. The Book of Luke (in the Bible)
2. The Chronicles of Narnia
3. The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings trilogy
4. Junie B. Jones series
5. Series of Unfortunate Events
6. Going Public With Your Faith
7. Imitation of Christ
SEVEN FAVORITE MOVIES:
2. The Godfather
3. Gone With the Wind
4. If a Man Answers
5. Little Women
6. Please Don't Eat the Daisies
7. You've Got Mail
Meanwhile...Happy Easter from the Norrises! (This is about as close as I get to decorating.)
Just proves you're never too old to do something inspiring.
Haven't personally had experience with swapping or the freecycle network, so let me know what you think if you're part of it!
And I just thought they have cool stuff.
Happy Monday and Happy April!
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