Monthly Archives: August 2011

Fringe Season 4-Canadian promo

I like this promo better, because it gives newbies a 2:22 guide to what Fringe is all about.

And for die hard fans, like me, it’s pure heaven.

“O Jerusalem”

O Jerusalem (Mary Russell, #5)O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

What a bummer.

I loved the first four Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books.

This one?

As my son would say, “meh.”

I gave it weeks, and just could not get into the story.

Maybe it’s because I’ve been really busy, I don’t know.

All I know is, I give up on this one.

But I’m giving the next book in the series, “Justice Hall,” the old college try.

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Season 4 of Fringe

Get ready, folks.

The fourth season of Fringe starts September 23.

I’ve got it marked as an event in my Google calendar.

Warning: You may tire of me prattling on about this season of fringe, but I just can’t help it!

I’m hooked.

The End of Cursive? – ABC News

The End of Cursive? – ABC News.

So–should we still be teaching children cursive writing, or focus on teaching them keyboarding skills?

I say teach cursive, because you never know what could happen.

Let’s say the Internet is unavailable for a period of time; cell phones aren’t working and we can’t text (NO; say it isn’t true).

What will you do if you can’t write legibly?

I will be okay, because when I went to grade school (many many moons ago), we had to practice our cursive skills every day.

Of course, I have to admit that my handwriting is not as legible as it used to be; I spend so much time on a computer these days, at work and at home, that I’m sorry to say my cursive abilities have deteriorated somewhat.

What do you think?

Should cursive still be taught in schools?

 

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Hurricane Irene raking Eastern Seaboard « Summit County Citizens Voice

Hurricane Irene raking Eastern Seaboard « Summit County Citizens Voice.

Summit County is in Colorado.

I’m trying to visit more WP blogs and spread the word.

The image below is from thew Summit County Citizens Voice blog.

Irene looks like a Category 1 right now.

I’m glued to CNN today as I continue to shake off a weird virus that’s going around work (acts a lot like a sinus infection).

Hugs and best wishes to all on the eastern seaboard.

 

“Sixkill,” by Robert B. Parker

Sixkill (Spenser #40)Sixkill by Robert B. Parker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As many of you know, Robert B. Parker died on January 18, 2010.

“Sixkill” is his last book, and it did not disappoint this Spenser fan.

This is Parker at his Spenser best, as the Boston detective mentors a new partner, Zebulon Sixkill (Hawk is out of the country, dang it) and continues to be totally in love with his main squeeze Susan.

I put off reading “Sixkill” because it is the last book by Parker, and that makes me sad. You see, Robert B. Parker helped me through a period of adjustment. In the summer of 2000, I moved from my hometown of Rochester, New York to Seattle. I was off kilter, away from my beloved hometown, in a very large and confusing city. I was looking for a job, so the first thing I did was get a library card at the Bellevue library. Then I hit the mystery section, and just happened to pick a Spenser book. I don’t remember which book it was, but I do remember being seriously hooked. After finishing the book, I proceeded to read the series from the beginning. I had to wait until a copy of “The Godwulf Manuscript” became available, but it was worth the wait. I found a job, started working, and my Seattle life took root. Over time, I’ve learned to love Seattle and consider it my adopted hometown.

And I’ve read every Spenser book that’s been published at least once, some twice, over the years.

So this is it, Robert B. Parker. I’ve enjoyed the last Spenser novel you will ever produce. Apparently writer Ace Atkins, http://www.aceatkins.com/ will be writing more Spenser and Jesse Stone books. I’ll give Ace a chance, but for me it just won’t be the same. Not right away, anyway. Maybe, like adopting a new hometown, I will learn to love what Ace Atkins does with Spenser, Hawk, Susan, Quirk, Rita, all of the Spenser characters, and the references to great literature and quotes (“Hoka Hey! It is a good time to die!” Crazy Horse, http://www.circleofexistence.com/quotes/…).

Every new Spenser novel was true to the ones that came before it; Spenser’s wiseguy dialogue was always witty, his search for the truth always came first.

Thanks for helping me find balance, Mr. Parker, by providing me with good stories and interesting characters.

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Shakespeare in the Park

Last night, I watched my granddaughter N play Rosalind (beautifully, I might add) in The Bellevue Youth Theater production of “As You Like it.”

What a beautiful evening For Shakespeare in the park! It was comfortably warm, and all of the actors did a wonderful job. Especially my granddaughter 🙂

Too nice to be inside!

I’m out and about in the Seattle sun today, finishing up tonight at a play my granddaughter N is in; she’s such a star!

I hope you all have a great day; I will be visiting blogs tomorrow.

My neighborhood on a sunny day!

Deployed troops singing Adele

I saw this on Entertainment Tonight this evening.

They are great!

Top ranking black female officer on ‘living fearlessly’ – CNN.com

Top ranking black female officer on ‘living fearlessly’ – CNN.com.

Brigadier General Marcia Anderson is the highest-ranking African-American female officer in the U.S. Army Reserve. She joined ROTC in college. You may not agree with her path, but please take note  of how she got where she is today.

 

“Yes, along the way, I encountered people who made snap judgments about me because I was shorter than them, a woman or an African-American. They decided I did not measure up, but I chose to ignore them and believe in myself. My family is full of people who are intelligent, resourceful, strong and stubborn — traits I inherited and I am certain are the reason I have been able to succeed in life and to overcome people who put obstacles in my path.

One of the most affirming moments in my life was the day I was promoted to brigadier general. The look of pride in my father’s eyes is something I will never forget. If my mother had been alive, I know she would have had the same look.

My father served in the Army Air Corps in the 1950s when he was denied the opportunities I have enjoyed. Men and women like him — my mother, aunts, uncles, grandparents and great-grandparents — suffered disappointments and indignities so that I could have choices and opportunities.

So, this is NOT about me. It is about realizing their dreams. It is about opening doors for others. It is about living fearlessly every day.”

What does living fearlessly mean to you?

I’m with Brig. General Anderson–it means believing in yourself, daring to live your dreams.

Live the dream, and good reading to you.

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