Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Round Up

He would like to collect 100,000 books before.....

350 poems about climate change.

Nice story about rare books.

By now you have all heard that Publisher's Weekly has come out with their Best Books of 2009 list and there is not one female writer on the list. Folks are outraged, as they should be. I am always ticked off when woman and minorities are totally ignored in so many arenas, and believe me it happens all of the time. The WILLA (Women in Letters and Literary Arts) list is a Wike that contains woman authors that Publisher's Weekly forgot. SHAME ON YOU PW!!!

I once read that Jennifer Lopez has to have an all-white dressing room (and a host of other "must-haves). I guess she would like this Living with White blog.

I am a huge Nigella Lawson fan and she has an updated website. Her "Nigella Loves" section is fun.

I'm up early every day, including the weekend, and before I am out and about on Saturday mornings I tune in to watch Bob Ross. You remember him. He's the calm-speaking artist with the Afro who developed this very cool way to paint landscapes. He had a show on PBS for years teaching viewers how to paint. Well, they have been running his shows again. There was always just something about his gentle tone and how easy he made his painting technique look that enthralled me. I was very sad when he passed away at the way too young age of 52. Here are some factoids I bet you didn't know about Bob Ross.

I knew that you could wash baseball caps in the dishwasher, but I hadn't thought of some of the other items on this list.

What with the Amelia Earhart movie (and because of where I work) I keep running into either articles or items about her. Celebrity came after her famous trans-Atlantic flight and of course with celebrity comes endorsements (even back then). I have become quite enamored with the Amelia Earhart luggage. Here are some pieces on eBay. I especially like this celadon set, and I am not the only one, what with 6 bids.

I get very excited when I hear that an animal has been taken off of the endangered species list, and I am thrilled that the brown pelican is off of the list.

The Best of 2009 lists are already starting to appear. The 2009 Best Illustrated Books for Children is out. These all look great. I have read so many great things about The Lion and the Mouse illustrated by Jerry Pinkney I may have to purchase it for my niece (sure, that's right-for my niece).

In my never ending search for unusual city names I came across Metropolis, Illinois. You know where Superman lives, and my, does he ever live large there.

After 51 years, 2 overdue library books are returned.

National Geographic (for National Geography Week) asked Senators if they could draw their home states.

Oh, they are digging up Shackleton's whisky. I would love to have a little sip of that.

Oh no, for all of you who are planning to use canned pumpkin, Libby's canned pumpkin, you might want to run out and purchase a few cans.

The New Oxford American Dictionary 2009 word of the year is "unfriend" and guess what, it's not a new word.

Elkhart, Indiana Publica Library is auctioning off some of their furniture. And they have Eames chairs. (Be still my heart).

Definr-crazy fast online dictionary.

This is my last post until after the Thanksgiving holiday. I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday.

"He who thanks but with the lipsThanks but in part;The full, the true ThanksgivingComes from the heart." ~J.A. Shedd

"The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward." Amelia Earhart

Friday, November 06, 2009

Round Up

November 18, 2009 is International Science Fiction Reshelving Day (ISFRD).

I don't think there is anything better than an apple cider doughnut in the fall. Now I am generally a glazed doughnut person, but these cake style doughnuts are excellent. Doughnut or donut???

I love this scarf.

Why do we use definite articles for some place names?

Cute bowling knights.

Make your own candy bars.

For so long Votivo were my favorite candles. Red Currant is my favorite. I really like the packaging of Linnea's Lights.

100 Best Professors Who Blog.

Things Librarians Fancy.

Looking for a tutorial-tutorialsphere.

If you like me are missing Domino magazine, take a look at Lonny. Lonny is an online shelter magaine. Very nice. I still like to hold a magazine in my hands, but this is still a nice change.

McSweeney's latest issue is all about newspapers.

Watusi cows. Okay, now Lurch the Wonder Watusi.

Author Annie Proulx donated her papers to the New York Public Library. I have said before that I am an author groupie. I think if I ever saw Ms. Proulx's papers I would turn into a giggling, nervous schoolgirl.

According to Country Home, souvenir state plates are HOT right now. I was going to start collecting these a couple of years ago, but then I got swayed by map handkerchiefs and gave up on the plate idea.

I grew up in rural America and my father had huge gardens. What makes produce grow besides water and tender loving care-manure. He would use horse manure for certain gardens, and chicken manure for others. I can remember coming home on the school bus with the windows down and realizing, "Oh yes, Daddy has put chicken manure down for next years crops.". A pungent odor one will never forget. All of this probably has something to do with why I found this article about manure fascinating.

Star Wars according to a 3-year old.

Have a great weekend.

"I have a simple philosophy: Fill what's empty. Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. " Alice Roosevelt Longworth