Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Texas Love



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Inspiring Quotes from Books

















Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Back from China and Off to TLA!

It's time for another Sunday Salon. I'm happy to be here once again, talking books. I'm happy you stopped by and I thank you for sharing your thoughts.

I spent last week in China. It's always fun to travel the world in the library.



And it's going to be a fantastic week, book-ish-ly speaking....I'm headed to the Texas Library Association Conference in the wonderful city of Austin, Texas. I'm not sure what the week will hold, but some of the things I'm especially looking forward to are:

     (1) Learning about Makerspaces in the library
     (2) Hearing Dick Allington share his always-daring thoughts on reading
     (3) Bringing home lots and lots and lots of new books to share with the students at my school!

Here's what I managed to drag home a few TLAs ago!


What Arrived Last Week



Can't wait to get to these!



What I Finished Recently






Reviews coming soon! 





What are you reading today?!



What is the Sunday SalonImagine some university library's vast reading room. It's filled with people--students and faculty and strangers who've wandered in. They're seated at great oaken desks, books piled all around them,and they're all feverishly reading and jotting notes in their leather-bound journals as they go. Later they'll mill around the open dictionaries and compare their thoughts on the afternoon's literary intake....That's what happens at the Sunday Salon, except it's all virtual. Every Sunday the bloggers participating in that week's Salon get together--at their separate desks, in their own particular time zones--and read. And blog about their reading. And comment on one another's blogs. Think of it as an informal, weekly, mini read-a-thon, an excuse to put aside one's earthly responsibilities and fall into a good book. Click here to join the Salon.

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and recap the past week.

Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia at The Printed Page. We share books that we found in our mailboxes last week.  It is now being hosted here.

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews in which you can share the books you've acquired.



Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Galveston Island Tree Sculpture Tour

Recently a group of my friends headed off for a day of adventure in Galveston. After we ate, one friend chauffeured us on the wonderful Galveston Island Tree Sculpture Tour.

During Hurricane Ike in 2008, lots of old trees in Galveston were inundated with salt water or were uprooted and died. Artists have taken the dead trees and carved them into fabulous art.

Here's a physical map you can take with you if you decide to take the tour. Or here's a Google map of the tour.

Here are some of my favorite spots:




You might not really notice them if you weren't looking for them. It's nice to stop and take a closer look.


Pretty soon, you start recognizing them when you see them.




Some are quite startling.

 
 Most are near private residences, but some are in parks and some are at restaurants.



Some were festooned with the trimmings of the upcoming holiday.




And some were embellished with paint.



I was surprised at how elaborate some of them are.


A dog chasing a squirrel up a tree...



...while a lazy cat looks on.



A close up of the dog.



Some familiar figures....





This seemed to be the favorite of our group.




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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

How're They Doing Now? Characters I Feel the Need to Check On




Scarlett O'Hara...Gone With the Wind...How many husbands did she finally end up with?




Meg Murray...Wrinkle in Time...Has her grownup life been better than her teen years?



Stargirl...Did she stay zany? Or did she become a regular old grownup like the rest of us?



The basketball players...The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams...Where are they now? Alive, I hope.



Our main character in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance...Is he still peaceful? Or does he sometimes fight bouts of depression?



Gringos in Paradise: An American Couple Builds Their Retirement Dream House in a Seaside Village in Mexico...They moved off to Mexico a long time ago. Is it still paradise?


Lynne Sharon Schwartz...Ruined by Reading: A Life in Books...Was it? Did reading really ruin her life?


The Pigeon...Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus...Did he ever get to drive it?



Sam-I-Am...Green Eggs and Ham...What food is he trying to push off on people now?



Madeline...Is she running Paris? I hope so.





Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.