Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Bit of Cake While You Wait

Once upon a time, I used to have semi-regular blogging habits. (Or at least, I aspired to.) I haven't been blogging much lately, but I do have some new Michigander Monday profiles upcoming soon; and I'll be doing a blog contest mid-March (one that will give you a chance to win a free signed copy of The Barefooted, Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade). In the meantime, I ran across some Seuss cakes over on Cake Wrecks -- if you haven't seen them, thought you might enjoy the link.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Along Comes a Day Brightener!

I'm still wrestling with computer woes. Long, sad story that I'll save for another day. Suffice it to say, I've been feeling plenty sorry for myself. Then I ran across this. Cheered me right up!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

If you've emailed me recently and haven't heard back...

...please try again. I've recently had big computer problems (I'll spare you the long, sad saga; but let's just say I've learned my lesson about backing up) and I lost a whole bunch of files and lots of emails, including all the emails I had stored in a folder labeled "Reply To." Most of the unanswered emails were very recent, though a few were older. If you haven't heard from me, please email me again. Thanks!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Poetry Friday

What Keeps Me Warm

Sometimes I wish I knew how to knit.

I imagine myself ambling into my knitting club,
or pulling out my knitting in the midst of a long meeting,
or perhaps knitting fireside, devoted cat nearby,
granny glasses on my nose.
I see a sphere of soft yarn at my feet,
hear the competent click of my needles.

But more I wish I knew how to knit
so I would know the terminology.
Know the knit ones and purl twos.
The casting on. The weaving in. The binding off.
Then I might know,
with precision and confidence,
how a single strand
becomes pattern and beauty and strength.

If I knew how to knit,
I could comfortably use knitting words
to speak of life
and of friendship
and of family
and of love.

But instead,

I’ll just wear my sweaters,
my wonderfully warm and magnificent sweaters,
and be thankful
for every stitch.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Workout Review: "Yogini Workout" by Ellen Barrett

First, totally unrelated to the Wednesday Workout Review: Unbridled Books has a P.S.A. on the dangers of reading. Worth a view.

Now. On to the workout!

In my DVD rotation lately has been Ellen Barrett's Yogini workout. Ellen Barrett is very prolific, and her various workouts each have their own feel. Her Yogini workout incorporates yoga and Pilates moves in a dynamic way. It has a non-rushed feel to it, but it builds slowly to give a moderate, thorough whole body workout. Yogini is an excellent choice for a day when you're maybe not feeling like pushing yourself too hard but you do want to get your body moving and stretching. By the end of it, you'll feel energized, and maybe even a little taller.

The DVD runs about 45 minutes and is led by Ellen with two exercisers in the background (one of whom is named Deborah, which means I have moments where I feel like the DVD was customized for me!).

Other reviews here, here, here, and here, and some discussion of the workout by Ellen Barrett here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Federal School Library Funds

This is an apolitical blog, but I think this article is worth a read.

I don't know anything about the Improving Literacy for School Libraries Grant Program, but it certainly sounds like something worthy of continued federal investment? Study after study after study has shown that funds invested in early childhood literacy pay for themselves down the line. And I personally know what a big role my own school library played in my education.

Anyone who might know more about this federal budget issue (about the grant program, or about the rationale for cutting the funds), feel free to chime in in the comments section. As always, a variety of opinions are welcome.

Pardon Me...

Nice review of Michigan author Hope Vestergaard's Potty Animals over on 100 Scope Notes.

(My thanks to Boni for pointing out the great review.)