January 30, 2009

Great news and horribly sad news in one day

The great news is that Neil Gaiman's book, The Graveyard Book, won the Newbery. I loved this book, my 22 year old daughter just loved this book, and I imagine scores of teens and adults and a few preteens will love this book. Great to see such a terrific book and author honored.
On an entirely separate note, the horribly sad news is that two librarians from the Perrot Memorial Library in Greenwich, CT were killed in a hit and run accident Wednesday morning on their way home from the Denver ALA conference. An enormous loss to the library community and a loss beyond words, I am sure, to those who loved them.

January 28, 2009

Jane Austin and the Zombies...

Jane, we hardly know you...at least not like this. My son emailed this to me and I nearly fell out of the chair...depending on your sensibilities, it's either brilliant or the most awful thing ever. I am, of course, emailing it to everyone I know as well as trying to think up variations - To the Lighthouse (Woolf) becomes Run to the Lighthouse to Escape the Zombie hordes...Far from the Maddening (Zombie) Crowd, The House of Mirth becomes the House of ...well you know. Any suggestions?

January 27, 2009

January 25, 2009

Sunday Quote

The Selkirk Grace

(attributed to Robert Burns)
Some hae meat and canna eat,
And some wad eat that want it;
But we hae meat, and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit

January 24, 2009

Pilgrimage to Kearny

On the eve of Robert Burns' 250th birthday, the trek to Kearny, NJ where scores of Scots get their food fixes. I remember my Dad, my Aunt Annie, my Uncle Jimmy (all gone and greatly missed) would pull up the driveway and we'd know we could find the white cartons tied with string...black pudding, meat pies, bridies, currant cakes...great treats. So off we went today and now we're set for our Burns' party tomorrow between our fetch and the cooking done tonight - Cockaleekie soup, Albannach Orange Fancy (a cake), and a Renfrew Lemon Pie Cake (supposedly will taste like both, hmmm). Am going to try to cook oatcakes tomorrow morning...will let you know how the recipes turned out. And yes, no haggis for us! We'll address the groaning table but not the haggis (not fans). My sister bringing over a Mince pie (so if all my desserts are dreadful, I know we'll still feast! ) The fish and chips at the Argyle were terrific by the way . Now to practice my (terrible) Scottish accent for the poetry reading section of the dinner.

January 21, 2009

A story, photos, and a calming pretend.

I like this story from another inauguration a lot. Love the duet at the end.

And this around the world photoblog site is sublime armchair travel.

and here is something wonderful. Pretend.
You are right there as he swims by.
There. Don't you feel better?

January 20, 2009

Hail to the Chief

I am loving seeing the word President in front of this man's name.
President Barack Obama.
Wow, that sounds Terrific!

January 19, 2009

blog anniversary

I had it all planned when I realized that January 15th would be my one year blog anniversary. I would muse about how much I've come to enjoy blogging, maybe a link to a great poem, how I had a shaky start from November to January where I deleted everything I wrote until I found my blog footing, and how I have come to love taking the photos more than writing the posts, oddly enough, but I love sharing things I come across even more.
However, the 15th was a meeting of area youth services librarians, it was snowing, and then days passed, my oldest son went back to college, and I finally solved a timeline problem in the YA, and I've been getting all psyched about my Prez being sworn in. So it was late at night in bed - and I thought two things - one was oops - forgot blog anniversary and two - I probably should remove the batteries from my old, hardly used anymore Canon before they leak.
Ah, the heady workings of the creative brain.
Anyhoo, the least I can do is a link to a great poem. Cheers!

January 18, 2009

Sunday Quote

Empower me
to be a bold participant,
rather than a timid saint in waiting,
in the difficult ordinariness of now;
to exercise the authority of honesty,
rather than to defer to power,
or deceive to get it;
to influence someone for justice,
rather than impress anyone for gain;
and, by grace, to find treasures
of joy, or friendship, of peace
hidden in the fields of the daily
you give me to plow.
-Ted Loder

January 16, 2009

Stumble-upon talent

Here is one of my new favorites, courtesy of the always terrific VSL which brings great finds to my e-mail constantly.
This great stumble-upon was when I was hunting down an old favorite tune on YouTube which I couldn't find exactly...Anyone can whistle when Lee Remick sang it - just amazing. The song sung by others has never quite right for me but - here it is sung by someone I kept clicking past (calling herself Miss Broadway Dork was part of it) but finally I checked her out...and she became another happy stumble-upon.

January 14, 2009

Farewell, Patrick McGoohan

My Dad had the corner on loving the series The Prisoner as well as being a big fan of Patrick McGoohan. My husband loves the series as well, one of his sisters gave him the complete dvd collection a few years back to his great pleasure. I remain most devoted to his appearance in The Three Lives of Thomasina, a 1964 Disney movie I was slightly obsessed with and watched loyally whenever it came on the television, but also a big fan of his other work.

January 11, 2009

Sunday quote

(On Care)
"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not-knowing, not-curing, not-healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is the friend who cares."
-from Out of Solitude by Henri M. Nouwen

January 9, 2009

Fun with depravity

At least in its wordplay form! No fan dances and la de dah here, at least not in this post although I am wearing my polar bear design pajamas :)
Fun book - Depraved English by Peter Novobatzky and Ammon Shea - has me learning the meanings of things I don't want to be: fustilugs (an unwieldy and slovenly woman) or a quakebuttock (a trembling coward) or experience: scaphism (the practice of covering a victim in honey and strapping him to a hollow tree exposed to stinging insects...yikes) or words such as spraints which means otter feces, "An odd but memorable word. The challenge, of course, is to somehow work it into everyday conversation without sounding strained. Good luck." Obviously the amusing style of the writers makes this a fun, if at times, appalling read.
There are a surprising number of words for scatological fans and the perhaps not unsurprising number of words for sexy beastie sort of things
You will excuse me now as I need to go write an email to my husband using select favorites of my new vocabulary - it's not that I'm a spoffokins, it's just that I feel a fit of early vernalagnia coming on (and don't be a witling, for pity's sake!). Giggle.

January 6, 2009

They roam...the husband and boy...

while I'm at work. The son magicked by the deer, the husband too, until he becomes angry about the rude adults who burst onto the scene yakking without apology on their power walk - just as the the boy neared the deer - and scared them away. We have a lot of that type around here, so busy marching, they don't breath, so busy talking, they don't hear, and so on. There are so many who forget what magic is and where it hides and how to find it. Such a terrible thing. I feel sorry for them.

January 4, 2009

Sunday quote

"For the angels who inhabit this town, although their shape constantly changes..."

January 3, 2009

"Value the passing time".

Roger Rosenblatt is a friend of mine. He doesn't know me from a hole in the wall, of course, but he's one of those literary friends we readers have. Like some relationships, actual and not quite, our friendship comes and goes, drifting as we (okay, I) get caught up in other things. I haven't read Roger for a spell, and then there he is in the December 15th, 2008 issue of The New Yorker, which I was reading in the early morning of the second day of this new year. An essay called "Making Toast" about how he and his wife have moved into his grandchildren's home to help care for them after the sudden death of his daughter, Amy.

I have always liked his work for its intelligence, his high hitting moments of grace, his wit and his sorrow in what feels like a great fondness for the human race. I often find guidance in his writing, the kind that you get over coffee with a good friend, the one who reminds you to be the person you were meant to be. Here, he writes of something so awful that words only open the window to it, what you see in the view depends, I think, on how your life has played out so far. Yet, astonishingly, even in sharing such difficult circumstance with the kind of heartbreak that catches your breath, he still offers something, words on how to live your life, to value the passing time.

I hope everyone tracks down the issue (library, people!) and reads this essay. The book he reviewed, from where he borrows a deeply moving quote, sounds worth tracking down as well.