Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ninja Power @ Your Library

Every now and then, particularly around Christmas, a few patrons will bring in gifts for the library staff.  Usually it’s food.  Today, I received a much more distinctive gift, an origami throwing star! The patron who gave this to me … Continue reading

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Goodnight iPad, the YouTube Video

I reviewed the parody Goodnight iPad a while ago. Today, I ran across a YouTube version of the book on Joanne Jacobs’ education blog. Let’s see if I can embed it in this post… BTW, one commenter on the YouTube site … Continue reading

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Profiling

“Hunter, stop squirming!” Click! The father secured Hunter’s last car seat strap.  He leaned over to buckle Ethan, who was playing with the door lock. “Stop touching things!” the father snapped. Deon heard the car door lock as he walked … Continue reading

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The Heywood Hill One Hundred

Originally posted on The Matilda Project:
When I wrote about Heywood Hill, the bookshop in Mayfair that’s been on Curzon Street since 1936, I said a lot about how brilliantly the shop manages to incorporate an awareness of history into…

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Comprehension Test

“Cassandra, pay attention.” Cassandra looked up, startled.  She’d forgotten she was still in class. Ms. Smith droned on. “Understanding a story’s setting is important. Reading comprehension is an essential part of the state test and…CASSANDRA, GIVE THAT TO ME!” Cassandra … Continue reading

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Who flees TO Russia? #edwardsnowden #poetry

Edward Snowden He’s so bad Told our secrets Rotten lad Fled to Hong Kong Far away Then to Russia Did he stray Though he claims He loves his land Those he fled to Aren’t so grand What more stuff Will … Continue reading

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Walkable City by Jeff Speck – Snobbery in Motion

I apologize in advance.  This is more a rant than a review. You have been warned. I just need to write this so I can return the book to the library and get it off my nightstand. I need to … Continue reading

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Anticipation, a Haiku

Where is the plumber Time wanders aimless endless Leaky pipe limbo

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The Long War by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The Long War is a solid, but poorly paced sequel to the excellent first novel, The Long Earth.  What is the “Long Earth”?  It is a series of seemingly infinite alternative Earths “organized” linearly like a number line, with our … Continue reading

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Gutless Wonder

5, 6…ow.  That’s enough.  Haven’t done sit ups since high school. I did the right thing.  I’m no longer attracted to her. It’s her fault for not taking care of herself.  I shouldn’t fake attraction. Her reaction was so childish. … Continue reading

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