National Veterans Awareness Week United States Senate Resolution 143 November 11 to November 17, 2012 The resolution calls for educational efforts directed at elementary and secondary school students concerning the contributions and sacrifices of veterans. Veterans Day “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to [...]Add a Comment
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Blog: Kid Lit Reviews (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: Darcy Pattison's Revision Notes (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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In celebration of National Picture Book Month and Veteran’s Day:
Give a Military Family a Free Book
In celebration of National Picture Book Month and Veteran’s Day and to honor of our military families, download and give a free children’s picture book to a military family.
THE STORY: “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph”
When her father goes soldiering for a year, a girl decides that without Dad at home, it’s not a family photo album. Though her beloved Nanny is in charge of the album that year, the girl makes sure that photographs of her never turn out well. Photos are blurred, wind blows hair in her face. April rains bring umbrellas to hide behind. Halloween means a mask. This poignant, yet funny family story, expresses a child’s anger and grief for a Dad whose work takes him away for long periods of time. It’s a tribute to the sacrifices made by military families and to those who care for children when a family needs support.
THIS STORY IS A WINNER!
In conjunction with “The Help” movie (www.thehelpmovie.com), TakePart.com (www.takepart.com/thehelp) recently sponsored three writing contests: a recipe contest, an inspirational story contest and a children’s story contest. TakePart is the digital division of Participant Media which aims to bolster a movie’s audience with a message of social change. THE HELP movie campaign emphasized the role of stories in people’s lives.
Notice: This site and the story are not endorsed by or affiliated with TakePart, LLC or the motion picture “The Help” and or its distributors.
READ THE BOOK!
Darcy Pattison’s story, “11 Ways to Ruin a Photograph” is the winning children’s story. It is a free download at www.takepart.com/thehelp, or download it here (pdf download).
You can also order it for your:
Read more at www.11WaystoRuinaPhotograph.
PLEASE pass this along to anyone who might know a military family or to anyone in the military that you know.
Blog: First Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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This week First Book is sharing stories about science and engineering from some of our friends at Lockheed Martin. Today’s guest blogger is Jeff Marier, an aerospace engineer with Lockheed Martin in Syracuse, New York.
Looking for some adventure, I joined the Air Force right out of high school and got introduced to the engineering career field almost by accident when I was assigned as an electronic intelligence/radar technician. Fortunately, this turned out to be a very exciting field involving both cutting-edge technology and world-wide travel. Inspired by my superior officers, all of whom were electrical engineers, I chose, instead of reenlisting in the military, to pursue an electrical engineering degree from the University of Toledo (bachelor’s) and Syracuse University (master’s).
During my career at Lockheed Martin, my favorite part of my job has been developing very complex radar systems and delivering them all over the world. There is nothing more rewarding than to see your ideas go from the conceptual stages on paper to an actual system working on the top of a mountain somewhere around the world. The greatest inspiration for my work is that the systems we deliver typically have a direct impact on the security of those countries and our customers understand and appreciate that. Along with that, living in countries like Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Japan and Croatia for extended periods has allowed me to not only learn about many new cultures and places but has also gave me a greater appreciation of what we have here in the United States.
Engineering to me is essentially just creative problem solving. To help expose kids to the engineering career field, I visit many grade schools throughout the year and challenge student teams with open-ended projects that, given constraints on time and materials, encourage them to develop solutions by trial and error. Usually the most successful students tend to be the ones that have creative solutions and are willing to take risks by trying new things.
If you’re a student, what do you think of Jeff’s job? What do you like (or dislike) about studying science and math in school?Add a Comment
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I’m employing hyperbole to make a silly point. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette amuses me. Their most recent post Coworkers, Diagnosing the mental health of your allows you to talk about your crazy coworkers in the comments. Go nuts, you know you want to.craziness, etiquette, insanity, libet Add a Comment
Blog: OUPblog (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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One of the best things about working at Oxford is all the brilliant coworkers I have. A while ago I found out that our copywriter, John Brehm is also a wonderful poet. Naturally, I harassed him until he agreed to share a poem with you! Today we are honored to publish “Prophecies: Right Here, Right Now.” John Brehm is also the author of Sea of Faith, which won the 2004 Brittingham Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. Recent poems have appeared in Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, Boulevard, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. John is a freelance copywriter who works part-time for OUP. (more…)Add a Comment
Blog: Summer Friend (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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CJ Ray has tagged me with a most creative meme: I must grab the closest book with more than 123 pages, turn to page 123, go five sentences down, and provide the next three sentences here.
How fortuitous that Bartlett's tome sits nearby; a book on bodily functions occupied a nearer space yesterday.
Here are the words from the required quadrant:
Modestus said of Regulus that he was "the biggest rascal that walks upon two legs."
There is nothing to write about, you say. Well then, write and let me know just this--that there is nothing to write about; or tell me in the good old style if you are well. That's right, I am quite well.
I included a bonus sentence because I like the flip voice of the speaker.
My tag is open--if you like this meme, show us what you've got!
In other news, Stephen Parrish gave me an E for excellence blog award. Thank you, Stephen! I'll add it to my sidebar.
Being noted for excellence is an inspiration to aspire to greater heights. I want to achieve excellence in all my endeavors. I want to be all I can be. Oh, wait, that's the Army. Get an Edge on Life, that's the Army, too, but the other slogan, Be All You Can Be is better. Here are a few more:
It's not just a job. It's an adventure! Navy slogan. I give it an E for excellent!
The Few. The Proud. Marine Slogan. SC for super cool!
Aim High. Air Force. O for okay.
Be Part of the Action. Coast Guard. B for boring. There's gotta be something better than that. Post your alternative in the comments! Display Comments Add a Comment
Blog: Ypulse (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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A spoonful of satire helps the newscast go down (recent polls show more Americans prefer to tune into Stewart and Colbert than traditional anchors. Motivating young people to stay well informed? I'd say that's good news) (AdWeek) - YouTube EDU (a... Read the rest of this postAdd a Comment
Blog: Unabridged - Charlesbridge Publishing Company (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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It seems I have a fascination for true stories about children who endure tumultuous events in history, as I tend to write about them (The Children of Topaz; Brothers in Valor). So when I ran onto the story of the Berlin Candy Bomber, it was a natural fit, for it concerned children who suffered through years of war—some young enough to have only known a life of hunger and fear. The candy-laden handkerchief parachutes dropped over West Berlin by Gail Halvorsen, a young American pilot, lit up a dark world for kids who hadn’t tasted chocolate in years. But the mere gesture of kindness also offered those children both healing and hope amidst the rubble of WW II. Forevermore, those kids remembered Halvorsen as Uncle Wiggly Wings (because he wiggled the wings of his plane to signal a candy drop), th