January 26, 2005

On my bedside stand (or beside it on the floor)

The Random House Biographical Dictionary
Webster's New World Dictionary
Le Mot Juste- A Dictionary of Classical and Foreign Phrases
The New Well-Tempered Sentence- A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed.
Williams-Sonoma Catlog
February Lucky
February In Style
FebruaryThe Atlantic
Charlotte's Web (Reading to K, but have paused and need to return to Charlotte, Wibur, Templeton [or "Pimpleton" as K sometimes calls him] and the race to save the pig).
A Little Princess (Reading to C, but we paused during Christmas to read other books; so we need to return to Sara Crewe).
The Content of Our Character
Looking for God in Harry Potter
1 travel reading lamp
1 mechanical pencil
1 ink pen
1 highlighter
An old hymnal
My NAS Bible
A Pile of Gantt Charts (thanks to me husband)
"Et Al"- my 3 inch Three-Ring Binder of everything home-education
2 Euro Pillows

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January 19, 2005

I am currently reading:

The Content of Our Character by Shelby Steele.

Looking for God in Harry Potter by John Granger.

Both books are as diverse as could be in subject matter, but each author asks their reader to think for themselves with information from both sides and to come to the most logical conclusion, not one that we are expected to have by influence of either ethnicity or denominational culture.

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December 17, 2004

Rocking (Meciendo)

This is a beautiful poem by Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet and Nobel Prize in literature, 1945. For me, his poems are an expression of unbridled beauty. So strong, so feminine, so powerful.

Here, Gabriela Mistral depicts in just a few words how she is, somehow, part of a cosmic order; but the center of all this universe is her child, protected in the hand of God our Father. Gabriela might be just a tiny grain on sand on an infinite beach; but her love for her child is boundless, powered by God's love.

I'll put the Spanish poem on one side, and the translation on the other.

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December 16, 2004

GIFTS FOR READERS: Michael Chabon's The Final Solution

Michael Chabon, whom I think is the best writer of his generation, has a new book just in time for Christmas. The Final Solution is a brief, deceptively charming romp in which the aged Sherlock Holmes comes out of retirement to solve one last crime.

In 1944, Holmes - referred to as the old man - has long since retired to the pastoral countryside of England where he attends to his beekeeping (which appeals to his sense of order). When a Jewish refugee boy's pet parrot is stolen, Holmes senses something darker at work, & agrees to solve the mystery.

Since it's 1944, only the reader can guess at what's induced the boy's muteness. The parrot has a remarkable talent, reciting strings of numbers whose significance interests certain parties. Are they German codes? Or something too awful to imagine?

The arthritic Holmes has a grand time leading a glum young constable around & astonishing him with his still-awesome powers of deduction. And Chabon shows off his mastery by writing an entire chapter from the point of view of Bruno the parrot! He also shows that it's possible to write a story about a subject without ever referring to it.

Also just out: McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, edited by Chabon. 2nd in series of retro-pulp tales, sparked by Chabon's disenchantment with dreary postmodern stories in which nothing happens.

For kids: Chabon's Summerland, which shows what a real writer can do when he sinks his teeth into YA fantasy. See also CSM article on Chabon's career

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June 09, 2004

The Newest Dish

The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler. Am running to get it this minute (well, erm, not exactly this minute, but in about five). More info here.

Am throwing all other pieces of current reading to wind for this one. Heard about it on The Diane Rehm Show this morning on NPR. And, eeeehh, got on as a caller :) Ahhh, can you say "Made Her Day?" Now this is the Diane to whom I actually enjoy listening.

Kris is going to get the book, as well. We are going to read it together and start a "Literature Day" section on our blogs. I simply can't wait!

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