Monthly Archives: May 2011

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

Let’s remember our vets, past and present, not just today but every day.

1983 The Winds Of War ABC Miniseries Premiere Promo

I’m watching this on Netflix this weekend, in honor of Memorial Day and my Mom (we watched this whole mini series, on VHS tapes from The Seattle Public Library, the summer of 2000, when we moved to Seattle).
The Winds of War was written by Herman Wouk and published in 1971.

"Deception" by Jonathan Kellerman

Deception (Alex Delaware, #25)Deception by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My doctor has me out of work for a few days (nothing serious, I don’t think), so I finished this book last night.

Another fun story from Mr. Kellerman, another murder solved by LAPD homicide detective Milo Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware.

Kellerman’s pretty good at pointing fingers, as Milo and Alex consider possible suspects to the murder of a teacher/tutor at a fancy prep school. And there’s always one or two higher ranking LAPD cops just waiting to make wisecracks about Milo’s sexuality, question Delaware’s presence in the investigation, and take the credit when the murder’s been solved.

It looks like the teacher killed herself, but she left behind a DVD naming three colleagues who sexually harassed her, warning that if anything happens to her, it’s these folks who are to blame. In addition, the teacher was found in her bathtub, her body packed in with dry ice. Not easy for the dead person to do!

So–it looks like murder.

And there are plenty of suspects–her smarmy boyfriend, colleagues, and prep school students (most of them filthy rich, with powerful parents).

Milo and Dr. Delaware do not disappoint in this story, as they follow the clues and try to figure out what happened.

A fun, easy read!

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Bill Cosby – "Jeffery"

Many thanks to Lilly’s post, “What annoys you about flying?”

The post reminded me of my favorite Bill Cosby sketch: “Jeffery.”

Classic (the blogger and the comedian).

Tornado, storms kill 4 near Oklahoma City, officials say – CNN.com

Tornado, storms kill 4 near Oklahoma City, officials say – CNN.com

Hugs and prayers to all in the path of tornadoes!

"A Monstrous Regiment of Women" Review

A Monstrous Regiment of Women (Mary Russell, #2)A Monstrous Regiment of Women by Laurie R. King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent story.

This book led me by the nose, from first page to last, as Mary Russell comes of age, claims her inheritance, and once again steps into a dangerous situation.

And, scarier still, Mary confronts her confusing feelings for Sherlock Holmes.

Mary meets up with her Cambridge friend Veronica Beaconsfield. Veronica’s doing charity work at The New Temple of God, run by a woman named Margery Childe.

Mary, a theology and chemistry student at Cambridge, agrees to tutor Margery about “the feminine aspects of the divine.”

And then, of course, things start to get dangerous.

This second book in the Mary Russell series is even better than the first, catching me unawares at two points in the story, making me sit up straighter and finish the book this weekend instead of saving it for my bus commute Monday morning.

I won’t give away any more details, other than to offer the title of the third book, “A Letter of Mary,” which is on my reading list.

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CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog

CDC EPR | Social Media | Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse – Blog

What a riot.

The Centers for Disease Control’s public health blog crashed Wednesday, when 30,000 people checked out how to survive a zombie attack.

And the CDC’s Twitter numbers soared also, from 12,000 to 1.2 million followers.

But if you read the CDC’s blog post, it contains some useful tips on how to get through many kinds of emergencies.

The CDC recommends gathering the following supplies:
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
  • Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
  • Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
  • Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
  • Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
  • Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
  • First Aid supplies 
And then, the CDC asks you to sit down with your family and create a safety plan:

  • Besides a zombie apocalypse, what other types of emergencies could occur? Flood, tornadoes, earthquakes?
  • If you can’t stay in your home (because the zombies are at your door), pick one meeting place right outside of your home, and one other place outside of your neighborhood, for your family to meet if you can’t get back to your home right away.
  • Post a list of emergency numbers–fire, police, the local zombie survival center. 
  • Plan an evacuation route!



Besides being a lot of fun, this is a clever use of social media to raise public awareness just before hurricane season starts.

And–this is rapture day, and for those of us who will NOT be whisked up to heaven (moi), we need reminders about how to survive the end of days.

Jon Meacham: Why the world won’t end tomorrow | Need to Know

Jon Meacham: Why the world won’t end tomorrow | Need to Know

Best thing I’ve read so far on regarding the rapture (May 21, 2011).

Like Jon Meacham, I’m sure that I’m headed for really warm weather if the rapture comes.
Hey, whaddya going to do, right?

An Evening With Fringe – Anna Torv & John Noble [Paley 2011]

This is a great 4 minutes with Anna and John.
It’s going to be a long summer without Fringe!

Elvis Presley Milton Berle Show 5 Jun 1956: Hound Dog

My personal message to Arnold Schwarzenegger.
What a sleeze bucket.

Yeah, I know I spelled sleaze wrong, two e’s make it ickier!

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