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1. Polar Opposites: #3,935 on Amazon Rankings!

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

I'm definitely not one to really follow these things -- especially with a book that is now two years old. Fleeting as it might be however, ( I mean I probably just happened by at the exact minute that it sold 3 copies in close proximity - or something like that - it is kind of cool to see such a relatively low number next to one of my books. 

Not to MENTION being in the low 20's for children's Bird books. Go Zina!  -- And tiny, mostly black - with a little bit of white, older, near sighted, right-handed, neat and tidy penguins around the world :)

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2. Chicanada @ LoneStarCon. Melinda Palacio @ NHCC. Café Fresco @ Gallista Gallery

World SciFi Convention wants Chicano/mexicano programming

This past summer I ran a four-part series entitled Spic vs Spec, in which I spoke to latino participation in the U.S. spec fiction world. That world is a changin'.

Next year, one of the largest fantasy / sci-fi gatherings will be held in San Antonio, Texas. What will make it stand out is that organizers want to diversify their programming into the Spanish-speaking and mexicano world. Qué bueno!

La Bloga was recently contacted by Lone Star Con3 program organizers with the following request:

"We want to develop a Spanish Language Track to the World Science Fiction Convention. Panels might not be bilingual, but should include Spanish-speaking fans, TV shows, and unique Spanish language contributions to Science Fiction & Fantasy. We are looking for local authors from the San Antonio area to help us put together programming that would promote SF&F from Spanish language sources, who are interested in helping us develop that track along with local clubs and media."

This effort is in the beginning stages, but offers an opportunity for Chicano and mexicano spec authors and readers to enter an arena of U.S. literature that is just beginning to learn about us. It also provides us a new mechanism to take our literature to mainstream readers.

Other gente outside the San Anto area can possibly also get involved in some way. I believe there will be many opportunities and ample reason not only to attend, but to participate in enrichening this convention.

Please contact us for further info if you are interested. Note this, too: whatever is accomplished in San Anto can possibly be taken to similar conventions in the U.S. in the future. I among others are definitely interested in that. And spread the word.

LoneStarCon3, Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 2013, San Antonio, Texas, Aztlán

Melinda Palacio to read at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Award winning novelist and poet Melinda Palacio will read from and sign her new collection of poetry How Fire is a Story, Waiting at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Saturday November 17th at 2 PM in the Salón Ortega. The event is free to the public.

According to Northwestern University Press, “Melinda Palacio’s newest poetry collection creates images that are at once heartbreaking and humorous. She tackles elemental subjects of family and childhood with the same depth and grace as that of myth making and death. As the only child of a mother who died too young, she infuses her words with longing and life, and celebrates the women who came before her. Each poem offers up the truth in a fearless and unsentimental voice.”

Melinda Palacio lives in Santa Barbara and New Orleans. Her novel Ocotillo Dreams (ASU Bilingual Press) received the Mariposa Award for Best First Book from the International Latino Book Awards. She also received the 2012 PEN Oakland-Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature. She was also a finalist for the Premio Aztlán for 2011. Her poetry chap book Folsom Lockdown was the winner of Kulupi Press’ 2009 Sense of Place award. She is a contributing columnist to the Latino literature blog, La Bloga.

No doubt, her new collection of poetry explores similarly complex territory. Contact Greta Pullen at (505) 724-4752 or e-mail greta.pullen@state.nm.us.

Joe Lopez invites you to Café Fresco

Café Fresco is now open at Gallista Gallery, San Anto. We are excited about the cafe/sandwich bar re-opening at Gallista, under new management. If you're in the area, stop by and help us welcome our new cafe manager Yolanda Aravelo.
Cafe Fresco will be open Tuesday - Saturday from 7 am - 2 pm.
The Menu includes breakfast and light lunch items, such as English Muffins filled with ham, egg, and/or sausage, Buttermilk Biscuits by the dozen and half-dozen, and Hoagie sandwiches.

Enjoy local art with your coffee! - Free Wifi
Gallista Gallery, 1913 S. Flores St., San Antonio, Texas, Aztlán

Es todo, hoy,
RudyG, aka Rudy Ch. Garcia, author of The Closet of Discarded Dreams, the Chicano fantasy with a Chicano hero

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3. Gift Idea - Funny Face Dried Cranberries + a Giveaway

When I was younger, I would wake up at 3:00 on Christmas Morning and sneak upstairs to look through my stocking.  And after I looked through my stocking, I would check out my sisters.  We always had the same basic things in our stockings, but we usually had different flavors.  So if they had something I liked more, I would switch it out.  After that, I would usually go back to sleep just on the floor in front of the Christmas tree.  My husband thinks that I should feel bad about my sneaky ways.  But I don't.  There was more than one Christmas morning that I would wake up from my Christmas nap and find completely different items from what I had started with, and different from what I traded for.  It was all part of the fun.

As Stockings kick off Christmas, it's important to have a great stocking stuffers.  So today's gift ideas are all about how to fill them up right for a happy Christmas morning. 

Gift Idea - Funny Face Dried Cranberries

About - Funny Face Dried Cranberries come from Decas Cranberry of Massachusetts. They have ½ the sugar, 5 times the fiber and 1/3 the calories of traditional, sweetened dried cranberries. What they don't have us the bitter after taste that is common with other brands. They come in four different flavors -
but raspberry is my favorite.

Even my kids like them. The day after they came in the mail I heard Bid scooting a chair across the kitchen floor to the pantry. Then after a few minutes of rustling in the pantry, I heard her run across the kitchen floor into the living room. Naturally I investigated. I finally found her sitting in a corner with an open bag of cranberries. I would have got some out for her if she had asked, but for some reason she felt that she had to resort to sneak eating. Little stinker.

To Buy - With Funny Face dried Cranberries, you get all of the health benefits with none of the bitter taste. You can find the Funny Face Cranberries on Amazon.com and stores around the country.

To Win -  You could win a Fall Preview Pack including, 2 packages of cranberries, a kids tshirt, and fun toys

To Enter complete any of the entries on the rafflecopter form below.  Open to US - no PO Boxes

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I received a product to review from the above company or their PR Agency. Opinions expressed in this post are strictly my own - I was not influenced in any way. I received no monetary compensation for this post. By entering this giveaway you agree to my giveaway/disclosure guidelines

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4. Figure Friday -

Long pose day. Charcoal pencils on toned paper.

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5. Workbook's Creative Circus

Certainly a departure from the regular creative routine, I had the opportunity to participate in this year's drink & draw event, which was brought about to promote illustrators, watch illustrators work, drink, and witness a spectacle of the sideshow sort, all in the name of art education.  It was held at the Art Directors Club in NYC, a really lively venue on the ground floor, where people from the streets could witness the scantily clad models and sometimes live reptiles in action through the floor to ceiling windows. We sketched and sketched to our hearts' content and posted our creations on a wall to be sold to charity. It left me wanting more...drawing from life of course!

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6. 4 Great Author Interviews You Might Have Missed!

Hi all, as promised, because many people are busy with NANO (National Novel Writing Month,) we're not having a new interview this week or next week.  But No Fear!  Here are 4 great author interviews you may have missed! Check 'em out by clicking the links below their photos! Happy Reading.  And after the reading, Happy Writing, Revising, Submitting, and Getting Published!

Thanks again Kate, Kathleen, Kelly, and John for these great interviews with tips and stories about how you have become successful authors! We can learn so much from you.

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7. Victory through Cranberries

I was telling a friend of my about a 1941 ad I found in which Ocean Spray had offered a red plastic turkey shaped cranberry cutter that could be gotten with only a label and a dime.  She started laughing heartily.  Her grandmother had apparently sent in the required label and dime, and had received her cranberry cutter.  Many years later, the cutter had been passed on to her mother and it became my friend's job every Thanksgiving to cut out the cranberry turkeys - year after year.

Back in 1941, it must have seemed like kind of a fun, festive addition to the traditional Thanksgiving table.  No one suspected that in a very short time America would be drawn into the war that was already being fought in most of the world after being attacked.

With the country had been at war for a while and things were scarce.  In 1942, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was cancelled for the first time.  Turkeys and all the trimmings were scarce and places at the table left empty by family members serving their country were filled with other members of the armed services invited to share a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  But while tables at home may not had had the kind of abundance they had in previous years,    overseas the troops did have a full Thanksgiving dinner, no matter where they were.  And with women off working in factories and munitions plants, often there was no one home to make the dinner.

Amazingly, despite shortages, the cranberry turkey cutter was offered again in 1943, but this time with a difference.  Metal was needed for the war effort, so the familiar cranberry can was replaced with a glass jar, but not just any glass jar.  By now, Ocean Spray, like every other company in the US,  had caught Victory fever and so its new glass jar was a victory glass jar, with the same cranberry contents as before, but also with many reuses.

But with things getting scarcer and scarcer amazingly enough, cranberries were still available, but now at a much higher price than the year before.  And, of course, with war plants again staying open on Thanksgiving, many woman many women were either working or just didn't have the time or energy to make a Thanksgiving dinner.

By 1944, the food that make up a traditional Thanksgiving dinner were really
in short supply, with cranberries being the scarcest.

But, in1945 Americans were celebrating their first peaceful Thanksgiving and the cranberries were abundant, the turkeys were plump and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade was back.

Nevertheless, some nice cranberry recipes were still being offered to cooks during the war.  I found this one in a 1943 article about Thanksgiving dinner in New York Times and I am planning on trying it this year.

Spiced Cranberries
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
2 two-inch sticks cinnamon
1 teaspoon whole cloves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Grated rind of one lemon
4 cups fresh cranberries

Combine the sugar, water, spices, lemon juice and rind, and boil together
for five minutes.  Add the cranberries and cook slowly, without stirring, till
all the skins pop open.  Chill thoroughly before serving.
(Makes one quart)

During the war, the Red Cross did a lot to help not just servicemen and women, but also refugee children and their families, those left homeless from bombings and prisoners of war.  Thanksgiving 2012 will be a difficult time for so many who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.  While you are giving thanks for your blessings, please remember those who are not so fortunate at the moment.  If you feel like you want to help, you can text REDCROSS at 90999 to make a $10.00 donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief.

And I hope everyone has a happy, cranberry-filled Thanksgiving.

Weekend cooking is a weekly event hosted by Beth Fish Reads

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8. The Menagerie by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski

Attention fans of X-Men and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen:

The Menagerie books by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski are being republished as e-books! Welcome to the digital age, my friends.

The Menagerie is made up of legendary characters, each with his or her own powers and mystical, mythical origins. Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski have taken various characters well-known from literature and mythology and made them their own. Eve is not only what readers assume she is, but also a vampire. She is a ferocious female who takes no prisoners - and happens to have a keen fashion sense. Ceridwen is elemental and strong, but vastly different from Eve in her speech and in her approach to situations. Doyle is intelligent and powerful but also has human traits and flaws, making him more believable and likable than the leaders of some other series.

The Nimble Man starts the series off with a bang. It serves as a great introduction to the characters and their histories. This genre-blender is sure to please fans of fantasy, science fiction, and mystery stories alike. The writing is rich in description, placing the reader right in the middle of the action sequences. The third person narrative permits the reader to get into the heads of these widely different characters, ranging from the immortal shapeshifter Clay to the confused changeling teenager Danny, from the specter of Dr. Graves to the shadowy hobgoblin (and chauffeur) Squire.

Get The Nimble Man for Kindle on Amazon.
Get it on Amazon.co.uk

The story continues in Tears of the Furies, which dives head-first into Greek mythology; Stones Unturned, which follows Danny's journey closely; and Crashing Paradise, which sheds more light on the past and present of the lady Eve.

Get Tears of the Furies from Amazon.com
Get it from Amazon.co.uk  

Once again, Golden and Sniegoski have conspired to create an action-packed story that weaves classic mythology together with intrigue and suspense. I highly recommend this series, and I'm excited that they are being republished so they can grab a whole new crop of readers!

Visit http://www.christophergolden.com and http://www.sniegoski.com

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9. SkaDaMO Day 16

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10. Illustration Friday~Zoom!

 This illustration is hanging in my son's room.
 Matt loves Mustang GT's!
Done in colored pencil this is my first and so far only car illo.

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11. The Dual Personalities of Runners: Switching from ‘life’ mode to ‘race’ mode

Runners have a kind of dual personality thing going on, which is really quite interesting. Not the doctors in white coats and clipboards kind of multiple personalities, but rather, a stark difference between ‘life’ and ‘training/racing mode’ personalities.
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The ‘life’ side of runners is typically one of being slightly awkward, but in a lovable way. That thing about smiling at strangers, I think runners are typically more apt to have a smile quick at hand. Maybe it’s the fast-twitch muscle response that just carries over into our cheek muscles.

It kind of throws people a bit, especially these days when more and more people seem to be kind of ‘hard’ or harsh. I’ve found that runners, be it by choice or perhaps a bit of childlike naiveté, tend to give people the benefit of the doubt and will go out of their way to help others. Sometimes it bites us in the bums, but at the same time I’d like to think we, and those around us, are better for it overall.
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I used to have a friend who said she could tell someone was a runner by the way they walked, an extra kind of bounce in their stride. Runners tend to walk faster than ‘normal people’ too, sort of like walking with purpose; or probably more correctly we get bored of walking because it’s just too darn slow and getting places takes forever.

Runners do tend to vary in that some are incredibly shy and not overflowing with words until you know them while others, ahem like me, probably make up for those lost words and then some. I love the sense of humor of runners; quirky could be an understatement, we relish in poop jokes, chaffage stories, making fun of ‘normals’ who partake in ridiculous behavior…ummm, jogging in jeans?! Runners can be snarky, sarcastic, and you have to be in order to get through the times when the miles are just downright painful.

That last part ties into the other side of runners. The training and racing personality, we’ll call it the ‘go time’ mentality. Here is where a runner can become stoic, intimidating, closed off from everything else. Hyping oneself up to last through lactic acid onslaught, to mentally push their body past its comfort level; so far past comfort the body screams it is in agony.

To do that, to withstand the he** that is running on legs coursing with actual poisons eating at the muscles, making them want to stop, you HAVE to be hard. There has to be a part of your brain that is able to shut out ‘sanity’ and run towards insanity.
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Runners are competitive; we thrive around those around us who are BETTER than us, who can help push ourselves past our perceived limits. Your competition is there to help you but you also want to beat them, no? When that gun goes off, runners are adept at stuffing down the ‘life’ side of themselves and slipping fully into the races. For when the gun does go off, your performance ultimately is up to you, and while there can be a team aspect, running is highly personal in that regard.

This is not cold, nor calloused; it is the truth. The best runners are able to shut out personal feelings between the start and finish line and realize it is NOT a personal slight to want to beat a friend, a training partner even, or Joe the Bag Boy. Going one step further, the best runners can then snap right BACK into ‘life’ mode the second the finish line is crossed and congratulate those around them regardless of placing.

Personally speaking, my best and favorite races are the ones where you warm-up with your friends and training partners, grind each other to be your best in the race, then cool-down together. It’s the melding of the two runner personalities.

We are people; but we are not ‘normals’. We are better, because we are runners. [Wow, does that sound elitist?! Bwahaha!]

1) What’s a common ‘life’ side of runners personality trait?

2) Do you tend to be able to shift to a more competitive side of yourself when in hard workout and race mode?

3) What is your stance on racing friends and teammates, do you agree that it’s nothing personal if you are both out to beat each other?

4) So I’m not the only runner elitist around here…lol…name one reason runners might be a little cooler than ‘normals’. And I DO have non-running friends that I think are awesome, so please, no hate mail…mmmk.

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12. Nonfiction

What do editors look for in a nonfiction project? 


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13. Things I Like (4)

It's been so long since I've done one of these posts! It's fun to share a few of the things, other than specific books,  I've been enjoying lately and I always love reading others' posts like this. Enjoy!

I've been pretty sick for the past week or so and this tea is amazing. I typically order it at Starbucks when I have a cold, but when this sinus infection decided to invade and stick around for awhile, I bought a box. Not the same. I don't know if the tea leaf is different when it's served in the store, but the taste wasn't quite as strong and nasal-clearing. I still the minty smell and taste though. Great for cold weather. 

Sick remedy #2. This is my favorite ice cream flavor and I've been downing a bowl a night to help my throat. It's just delicious. 

This gorgeous scarf by Little Minnow Designs. I found it on Etsy while browsing one day and I just can't get it off my mind. It's the holiday season, so buying for myself is out of the question, but I sure do love it. SO many pretty colors too. I think I'm partial to the green, though the plum is beautiful too. 

Kinda strange for a list like this, I know, but after my husband's dedication last weekend, we have really nice "new" countertops. Be gone fake butcher block laminate! It doesn't quite look like granite, but it definitely looks much more expensive and pretty than what we had before. $60 vs. probably $1000 for granite. I'm sold. 

I really want these stockings. 1 of each color please... Aaron in red, Elliott in green, and Amanda in white. Thanks! ;)

How's that for a random assortment??

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14. luclatulippe: Not sure who animated this PSA (anyone? Anyone?...


Not sure who animated this PSA (anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?) for Metro Trains Melbourne but Dumb Ways to Die has such a catchy tune (by Tangerine Kitty) you’ll be humming it for the rest of the evening. 

Have a great weekend, and be careful playing on those train tracks.

Anyone know who animated this? I’d like to credit them!

*EDIT: Thanks to everyone who helped identify the animator and ad agency behind this! The animator was Julian Frost (as claimed in his tweet) and the ad agency was McCann Melbourne

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15. So You Want to Write - Joan Lennon

Having been born in Canada I feel quite proprietorial towards anything Glenn Gould - and here he is, giving excellent advice on writing a fugue which is also absolutely applicable to writing, well, anything!

So you want to write a fugue.
You got the urge to write a fugue.
You got the nerve to write a fugue.
So go ahead, so go ahead and write a fugue.
Go ahead and write a fugue that we can sing.

Pay no heed, Pay no mind.
Pay no heed to what we tell you,
Pay no mind to what we tell you.
Cast away all that you were told
And the theory that you read.
As we said come and write one,
Oh do come and write one,
Write a fugue that we can sing.

Now the only way to write one

Is to plunge right in and write one.
Just forget the rules and write one,
Just ignore the rules and try.

And the fun of it will get you.

And the joy of it will fetch you.
Its a pleasure that is bound to satisfy.
When you decide that John Sebastian must have been a very personable guy.

Never be clever

for the sake of being clever,
for the sake of showing off.

For a canon in inversion is a dangerous diversion,

And a bit of augmentation is a serious temptation,
While a stretto diminution is an obvious allusion.

And when you finish writing it

I think you will find a great joy in it.

 Hope so...

Nothing ventured, nothing gained they say
But still it is rather hard to start.

Well let us try right now.

Now we are going to write a fugue.
We're going to write a good one.
We're going to write a fugue ... right now.

The man has spoken!

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Visit Joan's blog.

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16. A Blog Break

This is the first time I've announced a blog break. I've scheduled auto-posts when I've been away, but this time I'll be away for more than a week. I'll be back on the 28th for a ROW80 update. I'll come back with pictures, books I've read during my upcoming trip, and any author promos and hops I'm already committed to.

I'll miss you all. Happy Thanksgiving!

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17. Bear

My blog.

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18. Nov. 16-17, 2012: Shen's Books at CSLA Annual Conference

California Librarians: get ready! Shen's Books will be exhibiting at the CSLA Annual Conference in San Jose, CA this year. If you are going to be there, stop by and say hello.

We will have two author signings on Saturday, the 17th:

And if you're going to be at the conference on Sunday the 18th, don't miss Demi's presentation about the book at 10:30 am. See you there!

California School Library Association Annual Conference
November 16-17, 2012
Marriott Hotel
301 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113

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19. Amethyst creature [ghost hack]. ©2012 Dain Fagerholm

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20. All this Twinkie news reminded me of this Graham Roumieu cartoon...

All this Twinkie news reminded me of this Graham Roumieu cartoon from earlier in the year when Hostess filed for bankruptcy. 

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21. New "Young Doctor's Notebook" Promos

There are three new promotional videos for "A Young Doctor's Notebook," a mini-series which will star Dan Radcliffe and Jon Hamm. The clips which you can watch below show a few short moments from the series, which will begin on December 6th on Sky Arts. Sky Arts has also released a synopsis of the first episode:

In the first episode of the four-part comedy drama A Young Doctor’s Notebook, we encounter the doctor (Jon Hamm) recollecting his younger days when, at the fragile age of 25, he was hurled pitilessly into the icy depths of rural Russia. With his old notebook acting as his memory-catalyst, the now-experienced doctor travels back in time to the eve of the 1917 Russian revolution, but perhaps he is not entirely prepared for what he will find. 

As he looks back and revisits himself in embarrassment, awe and a hint of nostalgia, his inner conflicts are unravelled, brutally and comically, whilst he battles to rediscover his past, and his happiness.

Meanwhile, Jon Hamm’s younger self is played by an outstandingly witty Daniel Radcliffe, who arrives at the Muryovo village soon after graduating - top-class, as it must be noted - looking like the inexperienced, scrawny boy he was. Beardless and almost pathetic, he finds himself in the midst of panic, having to cope with the grotesque conditions of an antiquated, regressive Russia, back then a stranger to electricity and such modern luxuries as fashioned by Western Europe.

“[Your walk] It lacks authority, like your voice”

His first test is a woman suffering from the extreme pains of giving birth, but this may have been one medical lesson that the doctor wasn’t particularly attentive to. Shocked and terrified to his very core, he dashes to his library, frantically searching for an answer but only to be faced with a very angry, older version of himself, namely Jon Hamm, who pushes him to act like a man.

Brusquely humorous and delightfully exuberant, the series inauguration is bound to compel you and leave you wanting more. 

Sky Arts has also released several images from the episode, which can be seen here in our galleries.

"A Young Doctor's Notebook" will air at 9 PM on December 6th.

Many thanks to SnitchSeeker for the tip.

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22. The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins Review - Jewel Beetle insect model made from recycled materials

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23. Elegy for a Twinkie

No more Twinkies, no more Yodels;
Say farewell to Sno Balls, too.
Ring Dings soon will be extinct
And Devil Dogs, as well, are through.

Plus you’ll have to wonder where
Your fluffy white bread went because
If Wonder was the brand you bought,
This news I bring will give you pause:

For Hostess brands (and Drakes as well)
Have closed their doors, declared defeat;
But oh, those squiggle cupcakes! They,
In childhood days, were such a treat!

Hostess cakes are front and center
When I’m sweetly reminiscing.
I feel bad for kids today
And all those Twinkies they’ll be missing!

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24. maybe fame is, after all is said and done, boring

This is the tree that lives just outside my window, and this is yesterday.  I've done nothing to amplify or affect the color of the leaves.  They are just like this, for now.

Sometimes I think about how my life could be bigger, my reach broader, my impact more lasting.  Sometimes I wish.  Sometimes I measure myself against impossible standards, or against something somebody said.  And then the light will change, and I'm reminded of how empty and meaningless that kind of questing is.

Today that light was these words about fame from Jack Gilbert, quoted in the New York Times obituary written by Bruce Weber. 

In 1962, Mr. Gilbert was a poetry star. He had won the Yale prize, and the editor Gordon Lish had devoted an entire issue of the literary journal Genesis West to him. Theodore Roethke, Stephen Spender and Stanley Kunitz praised him in print. He was in demand as a reader. But it didn’t take. 

“I enjoyed those six months of being famous,” he recalled in the Paris Review interview. “Fame is a lot of fun, but it’s not interesting. I loved being noticed and praised, even the banquets. But they didn’t have anything that I wanted. After about six months, I found it boring. There were so many things to do, to live. I didn’t want to be praised all the time — I liked the idea, but I didn’t invest much in it.”

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25. The Beetle Book by Steve Jenkins Review - Jewel Beetle insect model made from recycled materials

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