Tuesday Teaser

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Tuesday Teaser is a bookish meme from The Purple Booker.  The idea is to open a book you are reading at random, copy a couple of sentences and “tease” other readers into reading the same book.

Mine today is from a book selected for this quarter by PWR.  It is by Madeline Engle, author of scientific science fiction, and the selection begins near the beginning of the book where the twins, Sandy and Dennys, enter their Phd dad’s laboratory where a computer program dealing with time travel is in progress.  They think they may have “disturbed something”,

“Stupid.  We were stupid, mucking around with an experiment-in-progress… we should have stopped to think…Dispite the intense heat Dennys shivered…’Shade’ croaked Dennys.  Do I see a palm tree?”

Soon in this time-travel novel involving the same tesseract theory from A Wrinkle in Time, but this time computer generated, Many Waters has Sandy…

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Friday Tag–I’m IT

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While reading my daily “fix” of a friend, James J. Cudney’s blog ,This is My Truth Now, (really worth checking out), I came across a “tag” or challenge put out by the blog Always Trust In Books.  In it there were 20 quick questions to answer about your blog.  I do not have the time or inclination to answer all 20 questions, but I thought it might be fun to address a few of them and give followers and readers some insights into Powerful Women Readers.

What were the last three books you read?

Memoirs of a Geisha, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, both book club selections, and The Education of Dixie Dupree. The last is a debut novel I’d read a review on, and debut novels fascinate me; I guess it’s because I’ve always heard the saying, “Everyone has one novel inside them.”

Spoilers or No…

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Like a Car Wash for Books: How Libraries Clean Reading Materials

Kristen Twardowski

As much as I like to imagine that library books remain perfectly clean, the reality is a little different. Sometimes books get gunky. Oil from people’s skin rubs off onto them. Someone spills a cup of coffee on a book cover. A child drops her novel in the garden. In cases like these, libraries have to put a little work into cleaning the reading material.

On April 20, 2017, the Boston Public Library tweeted a video of their ingenious machine that helps them clean books. (You can see the video below.)

The machine is known as a Depulvera, and it really does look a bit like a car wash. Books are set on its conveyor belt and are…

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It’s a dog’s life

Funny!

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An Englishman went on safari in Zambia, taking his faithful corgi along for company. One day the corgi decided to go do some exploring on her own. 

As she was wandering around, she saw a leopard approaching with the obvious intention of having her for lunch. Just in time, she noticed some bones on the ground nearby, and settled down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching leopard.

When the cat was close enough to pounce, the corgi said, “Wow, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the leopard immediately halted his attack and retreated into the jungle. “Whew, that was close,” said the leopard. “That dog nearly got me.”

A monkey who had witnessed the whole encounter from a nearby tree figured that he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection. So he went after the leopard, and when…

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It’s a dog’s life

bluebird of bitterness

An Englishman went on safari in Zambia, taking his faithful corgi along for company. One day the corgi decided to go do some exploring on her own. 

As she was wandering around, she saw a leopard approaching with the obvious intention of having her for lunch. Just in time, she noticed some bones on the ground nearby, and settled down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching leopard.

When the cat was close enough to pounce, the corgi said, “Wow, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?”

Hearing this, the leopard immediately halted his attack and retreated into the jungle. “Whew, that was close,” said the leopard. “That dog nearly got me.”

A monkey who had witnessed the whole encounter from a nearby tree figured that he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection. So he went after the leopard, and when…

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BIG MAGIC: A Review

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This 2015 self-help book by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, is proof the author has still “got it.” As a matter fact, I liked this non-fiction exploration of “Creative Living Beyond Fear” much more than her earlier bestselling hit. In Big Magic, Gilbert discusses her own creative processes and her life as she expresses the wonder and joy of Creativity. She has written many “pieces” for magazines, novels, and non-fiction books, so she is definitely the one to consult concerning “Creativity.” She insists everyone has the ability to “make something”–create.

In her last section, “In Conclusion” she writes:

“Creativity is sacred and it is not sacred./ What we make matters enormously, and it doesn’t matter at all./We toil alone, and we are accompanied by spirits./ We are terrified, and we are brave./Art is a crushing chore and a wonderful privilege./Only when we are at our most playful…

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