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My my, what happened? I suddenly looked around and it was June. I guess that's what happens when there's less than a week between terms and the summer term is an intensive course.
May was a disastrous month for reading--when I've had the time, I've been reading either dissertation books, or books for class. We've just finished Of Love and Other Demons which is a fabulous book, but it's so hard to tell what this group got out of if. Guess I'll find out with the…Continue
Ashfall by Mike Mullin is an apocalyptic novel. The end of the world catalyst? The eruption of the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park. After what is assumed to be some sort of volcanic debris destroys Alex's house, the first real wave of destruction hits the town: noise.
"The sound hit me physically, like an unexpected gust of wind trying to throw me off my feet. Two windows in the house next door bowed inward under the pressure and shattered...It went on…
Well, I gave the final exam to my students yesterday, so now I have a stack of those and their final essays to grade. Also, someone recalled a book Thinking with Demons that I need for the dissertation. I can't purchase it--$75 is the lowest price I've found--so everything else is shoved out of the way while I'm trying to read as much of it as possible before I have to give it back.
The action for this one is easy to decide--incorporate the relevant info into my chapter. …Continue
I just finished the Y.A. paranormal fiction Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Actually preferred it to Twilight, for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it features the doings of wolves, canids who've long held a fascination for me.
* I'm going to look for the most recent wolf-related documentaries and Netflix a few.
* I'm going to do a bit of research on wolves in the Minnesota boundary region, where this book takes place, and…Continue
So, in the book I'm currently reading (The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen), I thought I was going to take an action to preserve my family's past. My younger brother and I have been talking for a while about giving the older generation in my family a journal and a book of prompts for them to write their history in. This way, we won't lose those stories. Two of my grandparents passed on before I was born. My remaining grandfather died when I was relatively young and my…Continue
Yes, I finished them within the same 24 hours (and it wasn't even a readathon!).
For TSoaWSE: My action has been to go outside each morning (when it wasn't snowing or hailing or pouring) to observe the flora and fauna of my wee suburban permaculture oasis. Done, and I met a few new slugs, bugs, and birds, plus I watched the first plums, cherries, and blueberries blossom. And I hit those babies with deer spray because every single morning: there were the two young does who…Continue
My attempt at Poem in a Pocket Day was very successful. Probably 75% of my students participated for their extra credit points. As soon as I finish grading their Essay 3 papers, I'm going to go through the poetry write ups and share some of their experiences.
I've been trying to think of what I could do for Earth Day, especially in regards to my paper consumption. I'm currently trying to decide whether it would be practical for my students to email me their "first passes"…Continue
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I'm going to take the rest of the weekend to mull this one over, because my teen years were so (sadly) long ago! As a young adult, I read and acted in many plays that certainly changed my worldview…Continue
Mine's the timeless and gorgeous American classic To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. If you haven't read it lately, now's the time. Not sure if your favorite read's been banned or challenged? You…Continue