Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Pirates’ First and Second Halves

            Everyone’s frustrated with the Pirates at the moment, except for one of our dinner guests last night.    He felt all was right with the world, since the Pirates were acting like they’d always acted for the past 20 years—losing. … Continue reading

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Poem about Irrationality

            Over coffee this morning, my husband read the poem “The Bog is Dood” by Stevie Smith (1902-1971).  Of course, the phrase doesn’t mean anything, but people rally around it and denounce those who don’t.  It speaks to so much … Continue reading

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Angst and Obstacles

            Yesterday I gave a talk to a group of retirees, some even older than I am, about overcoming obstacles.  This was the subject the group asked me to address.  I spoke of the many challenges I’ve faced, learning Braille, … Continue reading

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Characterization in Sci Fi and Fantasy

            Because I’m teaching a writing seminar on science fiction and fantasy, I’ve been reading a good bit of the stuff.  Many of the novels seem strong; Mary D. Russell’s debut (1996) The Sparrow, for instance. The problems appear in … Continue reading

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Employment inChildren’s lit

            On this Labor Day I’ve been thinking about employment and unemployment.  I’ve tried to come up with children’s books that feature young people at work.  The Kenneth Oppel steampunk series shows Matt Cruse hard at work on an airship.  … Continue reading

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