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Blog: Asking the Wrong Questions (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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"When I was younger, the future was... different." So says Frank Walker (George Clooney), one of the heroes of Brad Bird's Tomorrowland, in the opening narration that acts as a frame for the film's story. It probably says everything you need to know about this movie that Frank--and the film itself--seem entirely unaware of the irony and self-contradiction inherent in a statement like this, andAdd a Comment
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It’s almost summer! I live in Michigan, so during the few months when the sky is blue, the grass is green, and clouds are fluffy, I pack away my winter projects and hit the outdoors—preferably with a book in hand. Those days are just around the corner, so I’m stocking up my Kindle now. If […]Add a Comment
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वो बच्चा …
कुछ दिन पहले दोपहर मे दरवाजे पर घंटी बजी. इतनी गर्मी में कौन आया होगा सोच कर मैं दरवाजा खोलने गई तो देख दस बारह साल का एक बच्चा थैला लिए खडा था बोला आंटी जी धूप, अगरबत्ती लाया हूं ले लीजिए … मुझे शक हुआ कि भरी धूप में किसलिए … कही उसके साथ कोई गिरोह न हो …मैने बहुत मना किया कि नही लेनी पर फिर भी छोटा बच्चा जान कर 20 रुपए की अगरबती ले ली. दो दिन पहले फिर घर की बैल बजी. बाहर गई तो वही बच्चा था. उसने फिर खरीदने के लिए जोर दिया उसने बताया कि उसके पिता शराब पीते हैं और मां घरों मे काम करती है और कमाई का कोई जरिया नही … मना करते करते भी मैने इस बार 30 रुपए की धूप और अगर बती खरीद ली. पर मन में बार बार एक ही बात आ रही थी कि ऐसे लोगों की बात में कोई सच्चाई नही होती ..
आज किसी काम से भरी दोपहर में मार्किट जाना पडा, ट्रैफिक की वजह से कार रेंग रेंग कर चल रही थी अचानक मेरा ध्यान एक दुकान पर गया. वही बच्चा वही थैला अगरबती बेच रहा था. आवाज तो सुनाई नही दे रही थी पर उसके हाव भाव से लग रहा था कि वो मिन्नत कर रहा है कि दुकान दार खरीद ले और कुछ ही देर में वो पसीना पोछता चुपचाप सिर झुका बाहर आ गया. सामने का रास्ता साफ हो गया था इसलिए मेरी कार भी आगे बढ गई. रास्ता साफ था पर मेरे मन मे बहुत उथल पुथल चल रही थी.
बेचारा सच्चा था पर मैने विश्वास नही किया शायद इसलिए कि समाज मे बुराई इतनी बढ गई है और हम उसमे इतने उलझ गए है कि सच्चाई और अच्छाई हमें दिखाई नही नही देती.. दिखाई देती भी है तो हमारा दिल उसे नही मानता
पर अब मुझे उसी बच्चे का इंतजार है वो आएगा तो मैं उससे खूब सारी धूप और अगरबती खरीदूगी …Add a Comment
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Here's a drawing based on a medieval painting at the Städel Museum in Frankfurt. Great museum! I wasn't so taken with their modern art, but the old stuff was grand.
(Here's our lady peeking at the original painting.)
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Check out Crazy! Hot! And Living on the Edge! by Shirley Harris Slaughter for Pay It Forward Week!
Check out author Shirley Harris Slaughter about her book Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge! on Stories From Unknown Authors http://blogtalkradio.com/storiesfromunknownauthors
This was a great show and a good book.
Crazy! Hot! And Living On The Edge!
Imagine experiencing emotions that have you questioning your sanity. Your body gets overheated at the least bit of excitement and you scramble to find a fan or some air. Or you find yourself in the throes of a panic attack and can’t understand how to shut it off, so you are filled with anxiety wondering when the next one is coming. What if every time you take a drug you experience side-affects that you are warned about on the label? The title was conceived in my mind after I thought over all the situations I had found myself in, getting out of them, and the affect all of this had on my overall physical and mental well-being. Crazy! Hot! And Living On the Edge!! Is the True Story of My Upside Down Life!
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Blog: Write From Karen (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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One of the many things I like about Facebook? You get to learn things about your family that you otherwise probably wouldn’t have known.
The man laying on the ground in the picture above is my grandfather – my dad’s dad. He fought in World War II.
I’m just going to post what my Aunt posted on Facebook …
Dan said his dad never talked about the war much (who could blame him) but he would tell us this story often.
One day there was an order to head out, so some of his buddies got into the jeep. Right before Leroy got in, his commanding officer said “Hutton you stay”. That jeep was hit and Leroy lost good friends. He would say to us, “If I would have gotten in, you all would have never been here, that saved my life”. Glad he didn’t get in!”
Isn’t it amazing to think that one moment in time, that one split second decision my grandfather’s commanding officer made, led us to this moment: Four children, ten grandchildren, nineteen (?) great grandchildren later.
It sort of boggles the mind when you stop to think about it.
My grandfather is in his early nineties now. We lost my grandmother, my dad’s mom, about … three years ago (?). She developed dementia toward the end of her life and it was a terribly sad way to say goodbye. It was very hard on my parents, I know. And now my grandfather is being moved to a nursing home today because we have reached the point where he can’t take care of himself and it’s physically too hard on my family to help. (He’s wheelchair bound and he requires physical assistance to get into bed, go to the bathroom, etc).
This is INCREDIBLY hard on my grandfather. He’s FIERCELY independent, has been his whole life, so now that he is being forced into this situation, well, it’s been difficult, to say the least.
My parents came over yesterday and they filled in the details. It was heartbreaking to listen to the anguish in their voices and watch tears gather in their eyes.
My grandfather begs them to take him home. He doesn’t want to go to the home. Who can blame him?? But though my family tried to take care of him in his home for one week, the situation is simply more than any of them can handle. They’re trying to make deals with my grandfather, work hard, participate in physical therapy, work on his strength so that he can at least walk on his own again and then they can take him home and work on a schedule to have someone with him at all times. But my grandfather is being stubborn. I’m sure the whole situation is embarrassing and humiliating for him. I see this in patients every day at work. It’s SO HARD to succumb to physical restrictions and have to rely on other people to help you when you’ve been so used to being on your own, taking care of yourself, your whole life.
This situation makes me think of my own parents a lot. They’re getting up there in age, too. Though they are still both relatively young and stay physically active (they go to a gym to walk and socialize every day), I can see early signs of dependency. It brings a lump to my throat to think me and my siblings may be in a similar boat one of these years. And though you can promise you’ll never, ever, put your loved ones in a home, you can’t TRULY promise that. I think this situation with my grandfather has taught me that. All you can do is the best you can do for the situation you find yourself in.
I also wonder how our boys will react when Kevin and I reach that age. Getting older has never really bothered me before, but honestly, seeing my grandfather’s situation has opened up doors I never really knew existed before.
I learned that being in a home, a DECENT home, is terribly expensive. This will likely put a huge dent in my grandfather’s money. I have no idea how much he has, it’s really none of my business how much money he has, but knowing my family, he likely has a nest egg somewhere he can rely on to help him through this stage. I feel terribly sorry for people that DON’T have that money to fall back on.
Kevin and I have talked about making sure we have a will. But I’m not sure we have ever really discussed our plan if one of us ends up in a nursing home. I have made Kevin promise me he will never put me in a home, and vice versa, but my grandfather’s situation has taught me, it’s never quite that black and white.
I worry that dementia runs in our family. I mentioned my grandmother had it and there are signs my grandfather might have it, too. I’ve always worried about my own memory – I have trouble remembering things NOW. What will I be like when I reach my twilight years?
I think that’s one big reason I refuse to retire. Which, I realize is unrealistic, my body will deteriorate … I realize this. But I hereby pledge to work on keeping my mind active. I’m not saying my grandparents did not do that, dementia is not something you can likely prevent, but I will do everything in my power to keep it at arm’s length.
In the meantime, life trudges on. All we can do is try and keep pace with it.
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Hello, Monday's Stories will be posted as soon as possible. I'm running behind due to power outages. My utilities just returned, so hopefully they will stay on, at least long enough for me to publish a post. Thank-you for coming by, and Monday's stories will be published today. Thank you for your patience, and I hope you will return. Add a Comment
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Today we honor our fallen heroes. Here's a coloring page to help you do it:
There's also one for soldiers in other countries - our friends and allies. Color the flag to fit your nation. Let's remember those who fought for our freedom today.
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If dinosaurs had any inkling as to how popular they’d end up, I’m sure they would have stuck around longer to enjoy their fame and fortune. Here are a few more new titles to add to your prehistoric, dino-inspired picture book collection, some serious, some silly. All fun. Dino-Daddy by Mark Sperring and Sam Lloyd […]Add a Comment
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प्लास्टिक बोतल में पानी कितना खतरनाक हो सकता है कभी सोचा न था.
कुछ देर पहले मेरी सहेली मणि का फोन आया कि उसकी तबियत ठीक नही पेट दर्द है बहुत तेज. मैं तुरंत उसके घर पंहुची. बहुत ज्यादा दर्द हो रहा था. दवाई ले चुकी थी. मैने पूछा कि आज दिन भर क्या क्या खाया तो उसने बताया कि वो दोपहर तक बिल्कुल ठीक थी. शाम को शहर से बाहर जाना था जल्दबाजी में कार मे पानी की बोतल रखना भूल गई. रास्ते में प्यास लगी तो कार मे एक प्लास्टिक बोतल में पानी रखा मिल गया शायद दस बारह दिन पहले रखी होगी . वही पानी पी लिया. बस उसी के बाद से …
बस , अब मैं समझ गई थी. मैने कही पढा था कि कार में रखी प्लास्टिक की बोतल जब धूप या तापमान की वजह से गर्म होती है तो प्लास्टिक में मौजूद नुकसानदेह डाइऑक्सिन का रिसाव शुरू हो जाता है। ये डाइऑक्सिन पानी में घुलकर हमारे शरीर में पहुंचता है डाइऑक्सिन कोशिकाओं पर बुरा असर डालता है. वैसे उसे तो मैने ज्यादा कुछ नही कहा पर सचेत जरुर कर दिया कि आगे से वो कभी कार मे रखे पुराने पानी को कभी न पीए… इस बार तो मात्र दर्द ही हुआ था पर इससे भी बुरा और खतरनाक कुछ भी हो सकता है…
दवाई के बाद उसे आराम हुआ और वो सो गई तो मैं भी घर लौट आई और नेट चला कर इसी विषय पर खोज की … और बहुत कुछ पढा और आप के साथ भी शेयर कर रही हूं
Drinking water from a plastic water bottle poses serious health risks
प्लास्टिक की बोतल में कई नुकसानदेह केमिकल होते हैं, जो गर्म होने पर रिसकर पानी में मिल जाते हैं। ये खतरनाक केमिकल सेहत को नुकसान पहुंचाते हैं। कैंसर, कब्ज और पेट संंबंधी कई बीमारियों के अलावा कई अन्य नुकसान हैं इन बोतलों के।
एक रिसर्च में यह सामने आया है कि प्लास्टिक के बोतल और कंटेनर के इस्तेमाल से कैंसर हो सकता है। हवाई के कैंसर हॉस्पिटल के डॉक्टर एडवर्ड फुजीमोटो ने प्लास्टिक और कैंसर पर काफी शोध किया है। उनका कहना है कि प्लास्टिक के बर्तन में खाना गर्म करना और कार में रखे बोतल का पानी कैंसर की वजह हो सकते हैं। उनका कहना है कि कार में रखी प्लास्टिक की बोतल जब धूप या तापमान की वजह से गर्म होती है तो प्लास्टिक में मौजूद नुकसानदेह डाइऑक्सिन का रिसाव शुरू हो जाता है। ये डाइऑक्सिन पानी में घुलकर हमारे शरीर में पहुंचता है। डाइऑक्सिन कोशिकाओं पर बुरा असर डालता है। इसकी वजह से महिलाओं में ब्रेस्ट कैंसर का खतरा बढ़ जाता है। Read more…
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मैने तो अपना प्लास्टिक बोतल में पानी का अनुभव शेयर किया। क्या आप भी मुझे कोई अपना अनुभव बताना चाहेगें … हो सकता है कि आपके अनुभव से किसी को फायदा हो जाए …
Blog: The World Crafter's Inkspot (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Also... Today is Geek Pride Day! Who's excited? Who's excited?!
So, I usually post lots and lots of gifs with my posts, but as there are an inordinate amount of questions associated with this tag, I'm not going to post AS many. I will post where I deem it appropriate.
Without further ado... the Geek Day Question Fiasco! (Yep, that's what I'm calling it.)
1.) Who directed the first Star Trek Movie?
Do we mean MOVIE, or TV show? If we are talking movie, I haven't the foggiest. If we're talking TV show, I'm pretty sure it was Gene Roddenberry.
2.) Where did the Winchester's live before Mary's death?
3.) What do the Druids call Merlin?
4.) Who was originally casted for Han Solo?
I feel like, once upon a time, I knew, but I don't know anymore.
*It appears that the correct answer is Kurt Russell.
5.) Who are Arwen's brothers?
|THESE guys! :-)|
6.) Who was the first goblin to guide Harry around Gringotts?
No idea. I'm guessing Warwick Davis, in one of his innumerable roles in those movies.
*Actually, it wasn't Warwick Davis... he played the bank teller. It was actually Verne Troyer, who played the role of Griphook the Goblin.
7.) In what Star Trek episode did the Tribbles FIRST appear?
a.) Trials and Tribble-ations
b.) Amok Time
c.) Trouble with Tribbles.
Wow, this is multiple choice? The answer is C., Trouble With Tribbles!
|*That look. :-)|
8.) Who played the First Doctor?
That white haired gentleman. Hang on, let me think... Let... me... think... William. William something. I'll come back to this.
9.) What hits John on his way to see Sherlock in the streets in "The Reichenbach Fall"?
A fella on a bicycle.
Which of the following knights did not betray Arthur?
B.) Gwaine (Which, by the way, is spelled WRONG! I don't care if it IS a TV show... that name is spelled GAWAINE.)
And I would have to say, since this TV show is apparently pro Lancelot and NOT Gawaine, it was Lancelot who did not betray him. As I cannot find what the proper answer is to this, I'm afraid you'll have to discover the truth of it yourself.
10.) What was Bones' first name?
I think Leonard. Or wait. Sylvester?
11.) The Tesseract is one of six powerful "Infinity Stones." What are the other five?
12.) John Watson goes on a date with a girl in "The Blind Banker." What is her name?
Sarah, but don't ask me her last name. I dinna ken it.
13.) What does TARDIS stand for?
14.) Who killed Darth Vader?
I *think* the Emperor guy? I'm not hugely into Star Wars, so my trivia on this point is a bit foggy.
15.) What does the inscription on the Colt say?
All I know is Samuel Colt made it. I don't know the inscription.
*Apparently the inscription reads, Non Timebo Mala, which is Latin for I Will Fear No Evil.
16.) What words did Moriarty carve into an apple as a message for Sherlock?
|"I owe you a fall, Sherlock."|
17.) What episode of TNG were the Borg originally introduced?
18.) How does Sherlock Holmes like his coffee?
Black, two sugars?
19.) Who finally kills Morgana?
20.) Who is older, Fred or George?
21.) What kind of plane does Han Solo fly?
A Millennium Falcon!!!
22.) Where do Eowyn and Faramir settle (and rule) after the War of the Ring?
23.) What does the T stand for in James T. Kirk?
24.) What is John Watson's middle name?
25.) Who is the most famous Doctor?
26.) What is Chewbacca?
*I always wanted a Wookie, but I found out they weren't real.*
27.) What is the color of Gallifrey's sky?
Red. Which seemed like a bad idea. Red is such an angry color.
28.) What does SHIELD stand for?
29.) In Iron Man 2 what element saved Tony Stark from blood poisoning?
30.) Name the seven horcruxes.
1. Tom Riddle's Diary.
2. The Ring in Dumbledore's drawer.
3. The Locket in that weird cave.
4. The Goblet in Gringotts.
5. Rowena Ravenclaw's diadem.
6. Nagini the weird snake.
7. Harry Potter.
That last answer sounded a bit weird, didn't it. :-)
31.) Name the movie that goes with this famous exchange: "I love you." "I know."
Star Wars, the original second movie, I believe - what's it called? "The Empire Strikes Back"? - Anyway, it's that scene right before Han goes into the deep freeze thingy. Carbonite.
32.) In which episode did the sonic screwdriver first appear?
Heh. It was with the second doctor, I think, but I'm not totally sure, y'all.
33.) Where was the HOUND group located?
34.) What is the Secret Word that opened the Gates of Moria?
35.) Which college did Sam Winchester attend?
36.) Who does Lavender give Ron for Christmas?
I'm not really sure what to take from that question. Does she really give him someone? Who? Who? Not the Doctor, that's for sure!
*That answer, apparently, isn't WHO, but WHAT. And it was a necklace that said "My Sweetheart."
37.) In Doctor Who, who is Davros?
38.) In "The Blind Banker" which book does Sherlock use to crack the coded messages?
39.) What action made Thor worthy of Mjölnir?
He faced the Destroyer and sacrificed himself in exchange for the safety of the earth.
40.) In what episode was Arthur crowned King?
Somewhere in the fifth season?
* Nope, apparently it was season 4, episode 3, "The Wicked Day."
41.) How many kids are in the Weasley family?
42.) When did Bruce Banner "Hulk" for the first time?
*Per the comic books, he first hulked after being caught in the blast of a gamma bomb.
43.) What is Ron's boggart?
44.) What is the name of the remote and uninhabited planet that was destroyed by the first test of the Death Star's laser cannon?
45.) Who saved Frodo from the barrow wights?
46.) What is the name of the Gentlemen's Club that Mycroft Holmes attends?
47.) What iconic word is the Ninth Doctor known by?
48.) A character from Captain America: The First Avenger reappears in a later movie as a villain. Who is it?
James "Bucky" Buchanan Barnes. He reappears as the Winter Soldier.
49.) In which classic episode did Sarah Jane leave the TARDIS?
*Appears to be Season 14, Episode 5, The Hand of Fear.
50.) What did Hagrid give Harry the first time they met?
51.) Who was the father of Legolas?
52.) Which three people does Moriarty have snipers set on in "The Reichenbach fall"?
John, Mrs. Hudson, Lestrade.
53.) "Every life is a pile of good things and bad things...." complete this quote.
"The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice versa the bad things don't always spoil the good things or make them unimportant."
54.) What kind of car does Dean Winchester drive?
|A '67 Chevy Impala :-)|
55.) What team played in the Quiddich World Cup that Harry attended?
56.) When was Agent Phil Coulson first introduced? What were his first lines?
He was introduced in the very first Iron Man. I'm pretty sure his first lines were, "I'm Agent Phil Coulson" or "I'm Agent Phil Coulson with the Strategic Homeland Intervention and Enforcement Logistics Division."
57.) In Merlin, what is the name of the evil spirits that attack Camelot at the beginning of Season Four?
Sorry, haven't seen the show. Only the first season, and I got caught up in a multitude of other shows since.
58.) The despised character Jar Jar Binks (who first appears in "The Phantom Menace"), hails from what underwater society found on planet Naboo?
He is despised. Why do we care? And I'm not looking it up. It's late. :)
And HARTNELL! William Hartnell was the name of the man who played the first doctor! :-) I REMEMBERED! :)
59.) What political office did Pippin have in Gondor after the War of the Ring?
Thane, I believe.
60.) When was Lancelot first introduced?
Somewhere in the first season. Like the fourth or fifth episode? It felt early on. I remember thinking I didn't despise him, for a change.
61.) What does Harry want to be after he Graduates from Hogwarts?
62.) Which Avenger has no personalized/superhero weapon?
This one is tricky, since neither Black Widow NOR the Hulk really have personalized weapons. The Hulk IS a weapon, and the Black Widow MAKES weapons out of anything.
63.) Which Supernatural character shares Dean's birthday? (hint: it's a girl.)
*Oh, Jess! That's cool. :-)
64.) What three items does Sherlock steal to impersonate a waiter for his clever surprise “reveal” to John Watson at the restaurant?
A.) A comb, a fountain pen, and a boutonniere.
B.) A monocle, sharpie, and a silk cravat.
C.) A bowtie, glasses, and eyebrow pencil.
65.) What are some other names used for Gandalf the Grey?
66.) What is the the licence plate number on the Winchester's car currently? (NO LOOKING IT UP!)
Whoa, I was RIGHT!!
67.) Which Avenger movie did Hawkeye first appear in?
68.) What was the name of the waltz Sherlock played at John and Mary's wedding?
The Blue Danube?
*I think actually the Blue Danube was the one playing when he was practicing his dancing, but he played a song he composed for John and Mary.
69.) When was the One Ring destroyed?
In the Third Age somewhere in the year 3000, I believe. March 25th.
70.) How many years had the Great Dragon been imprisoned when Merlin first entered Camelot?
A huge amount of time!
*About 20 years, I guess. I asked a sister who has seen it.
71.) Where is the Stark tower located?
New York City. Manhattan area?
72.) Who voiced the computer in the TNG?
Oh, wasn't it the nurse in the Original Series? What was her name... Nurse Chapel?
73.) There are five ranks of Wizards. What are they?
White, Grey, Brown, Red, Blue. Or possibly two blue, no reds.
74.) How did Mary accidentally reveal her true identity to John? (This is for Sherlock, BTW)
Didn't she shoot a coin or something that Sherlock threw in the air? And John, who was hiding in the house, saw and realized she was an assassin.
75.) Who is K-9?
A mechanical dog belonging originally to the Fourth Doctor, I believe.
76,) What is the Name of Aragorn's ring?
77.) What is inscribed upon each side of the sword Excalibur?
A Just Question, My Liege. Possibly a variation of "Whosoever pulls this sword from the stone is rightful king of England."
78.) What is Bucky Barnes' full name?
James Buchanan Barnes.
79.) What was the gift given to Boromir in Rivendell?
In Rivendell? Or Lothlorien? 'Cause I don't recall him getting a gift in Rivendell, but in Lothlorien he received a gold belt and an Elven cloak.
80.) "You were right, okay? I see light at the end of this tunnel..." Finish this quote.
81.) Where did "The Last Battle for Camelot" take place?
82.) What were the names of the Eagles who rescued Sam and Frodo from Mount Doom?
A.) Orcrist, Sting and Glamdring.
B.) Narsil, Glamdring and Hadhafang.
C.) Sting, Anduril and the white Knife of Legolas.
D.) Aeglos, Orcrist and Sting.
None of the above. I know one was Gwaihir, but the others were Landroval and Meneldor.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST:
How did Sherlock fake his death?
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#BookADay: FOX AND SQUIRREL MAKE A FRIEND by my awesome sis, Ruth Ohi (published by Scholastic Canada). This was a "Best Books" selection by the The Canadian Children's Book Centre and a "First and Best" Toronto Public Library Selection!
"Is there room for someone else in Fox and Squirrel's friendship? Fox and Squirrel are the best of friends. But when Yellow Bird comes along, he and Squirrel frolic high up in the treetops where Fox can't reach. Fox feels like Squirrel doesn't need him anymore. Can Squirrel help Fox see that there's room in their friendship for another?
The simple text and joyful art together deliver a heartwarming tale with a subtle but profound message about the strengths of friendship, loyalty, and acceptance."
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Music and books have many benefits in common for a baby’s long-term development. Learning about patterns and sequencing, counting, memory, expressing language and emotions are all powerful advantages to being exposed to these experiences. And when combined, this makes for a most engaging, dynamic and instrumental union. Here we explore a few upbeat and rhythmic […]Add a Comment
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Stephanie Lyons is the first-time author of Dating Down (Flux, 2015). From the promotional copy:
At Café Hex, Samantha Henderson can imagine being the person she really wants to be.
It’s her place to daydream about going to art school and getting away from her politician father. It’s her place to imagine opening herself up to a new kind of connection, away from her family and the drama of high school.
Enter X—the boy she refuses to name. He’s older, edgy, bohemian . . . in short, everything she thinks she needs.
Her family and friends try to warn her that there may be more to him than she sees, but still she stays with X, even as his chaos threatens to consume them both.
Told in waves of poetry—whispering, crashing—Dating Down is a portrait of exhilaration and pain and the kind of desire that drives a girl to risk everything.
In writing your story, did you ever find yourself concerned with how to best approach "edgy" behavior on the part of your characters? If so, what were your thoughts, and what did you conclude? Why do you think your decision was the right one?
I did struggle with how much to tell. My story is about a girl who spirals downward while in a bad relationship. It’s odd because—as far as the drugs and partying—I didn’t feel I needed to censor. But the sex, well, that was the part I wrote around for many edits until finally realizing it just wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t go there. So I did. And it hasn’t been a problem out in the real world with readers.
I guess my new mantra is anytime I take off my seventeen-year-old hat and put on my writer’s hat, I’m doing a disservice to the story.
As someone with a MFA in Writing for Children (and Young Adults), how did your education help you advance in your craft? What advice do you have for other MFA students/graduates in making the transition between school and publishing as a business?
Vermont College of Fine Arts. Time there is an endless source of creative inspiration and information: The lectures and discussions. Talking about books. Why you did or didn’t like a particular one. Turning something in on a monthly basis and knowing someone’s on the other side ready to read it and help you make it better.
All these things gave me “aha” moments. And the people I met were super talented and supportive. I didn’t just gain a degree, I gained lifelong writing friends.
As for advice for other MFA students making the transition, I’d definitely say, know that when you’re creating something that is the creative process. Once you create it and turn it over to an agent or editor that is the business process.
The creative process is personal. The business process isn’t. Learn to separate the two and you will have a much easier time.
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In the first chapter of The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough, a baby boy is visited by the manifestation of Love. Appearing as a man in a fine gray suit, Love gives the boy a steady heart and these words: "Have courage." The next night, the manifestation of Death visits a baby girl across town and marks the child with a tear and whispered warnings. The first chapter is set in 1920; the next chapter skips forward to 1937, when the players are seventeen years old and the Game officially begins.
Told in third person, the book shuttles between the perspectives of the players - Flora, an African-American aviatrix who tends to planes during the day and sings jazz music at her uncle's club at night, and Henry, a scholarship student who lives with his best friend's well-to-do family - and the game runners - Death, a cynical feminine presence who would give Once Upon a Time's Queen Regina a run for her money, and Love, a masculine presence who believes in the transformative power of love. Other characters who come into play include Henry's best friend Ethan, Ethan's little sister Annabel, Ethan's cousin Helen, Flora's grandmother, Flora's uncle, and others at the jazz club. The third-person narrative permits the readers to know more about the characters, the events, and the overall big picture than the main players, who are unaware of their part in the Game. Revelations and connections lead to some tense page turns, especially as the story ramps up to the climax.
Death is a master manipulator, cunning and some would say cruel as she finds a way to get close to Henry and use him as a pawn. Meanwhile, Love is determined and hopeful, and his side story is something that made me want to give Brockenbrough a very strong high-five. The world would be a better place if all people were open-minded and optimistic and true to themselves.
The contrast between Death and Love is stark, but what's even more interesting is what they have in common. Consider, if you will, what they want; what they seek; what they are willing to sacrifice; and what they refuse to give up. It's eye-opening and tear-jerking and thought-provoking and other hyphenated things. If you are an emotional reader, you should probably have a box of Kleenex nearby. Also, perhaps you should sit in a comfy chair so you can grip the arm of it and/or curl up in a ball when necessary.
The writing throughout the novel is thoughtful. Every scene offers a complete picture of the setting and the people present. For example:
"Do you ever wonder," Helen said, walking down the stairs towards him, "if flowers feel pain when someone cuts them?" She lifted one from the basket. "Does it look like it suffered?"
"Oh, Helen," Mrs. Thorne said, "what a curious thing to say. I'm sure Henry has thought no such thing."
It was true. But, he realized, he would not be able to look at a flower again without wondering whether it had suffered, or whether anyone had cared. - Page 94
The word "someday" is introduced early in the book as something important to the characters, and it leads to an impactful song that I wish we could hear.
If you liked The Game of Love and Death, you should check out The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Read the original book, then see the classic film. The book was written by Josephine Leslie, but she used a pseudonym: R.A. Dick. The book also inspired a TV series, a sitcom. You should also read The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, which is directly narrated by Death, who is omniscient and genderless and more of an observer than a manipulator. Set on the European homefront during World War II, you'll need Kleenex to handle the tears you'll shed while reading that book, too.
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