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This about books – yesssss:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/14/style/in-a-mothers-library-bound-in-spirit-and-in-print.html

Books are related to a love of words – but are not limited to it. A Venn diagram, in fact – the value of words separate from books and of books separate from words. The love of talking-sharing stories with one another. The love of touching, smelling, and feeling bound storage containers of ideas.

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From the Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, by William Joyce

There is a restfulness – a relaxation in being surrounded by a timeline of bound paper (libraries, archives, others’ collections). There is a feeling of connection to all the authors…and all the readers of these books through time. A feeling that here, you can find soul mates.

And yet there is a wonder, a joy in being connected to a worldwide collection of stories and information in your pocket. Of being able to read in the dark with one hand and a thumb while rocking and waiting for your child to (finally) get to sleep.

I’ve passed this love on to my daughter, I know.  Because she too has said, “Books are my friends,’ and “You can always use more books!” and “Mom, can you/we/I read this?”  She too loves libraries and bookstores.  And reads electronic texts with exciting scalable images and interactive elements.

But what we love best is the sharing of a text – the turning of a page, the discovery of what’s next.  The wonder of print and paper.

Books. Yes.

semicolonGreat article from Academe Today:

Life-Saving Punctuation
http://chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2014/03/24/21793/?cid=at&utm_source=at&utm_medium=en

Please pass the word:
On April 16, 2014, everyone who self-harms, is suicidal, depressed, has anxiety, is unhappy, going through a broken heart, just lost a loved one, etc., draw a semicolon on your wrist. A semicolon represents a sentence the author could’ve ended, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.”

For more info: http://projectsemicolon.org/index

I describe myself as a vegetarian. Lacto-ovo-pesco when I wish to be specific.

This does NOT mean I eat only vegetables. This does NOT mean I eat only healthy/organic foods. This does NOT mean I am a rabid PETA member and nauseate at the sight of meat.  In truth, I am best described as a junk-food vegetarian.

Just to clarify, here I are some handy definitions:

  • Vegetarian  – eats a limited amount of animal products (meat)
  • Lacto-vegetarians – eat milk/dairy products only
  • Ovo-vegetarians – eat eggs only
  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarians – eat milk/dairy products and/or eggs
  • Pesco vegetarians  –  eat fish or seafood but avoid all other meat
  • Lacto-ovo-pesco-vegetarians – eat milk/dairy products and/or eggs,  fish or seafood.*
  • Semi-vegetarians  – no red meat
  • Dietary vegans  – do not eat any animal product or animal derivative but may use animals in other commodities.
  • Ethical vegans –  refuse to use any animal product including dairy products, eggs, honey, wool, leather, cosmetics and in some cases avoid medical procedures that involve animal testing.
  • Fruitarian – eats ONLY – fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds (and oils) – that would fall naturally from a plant; that is: foods that can be harvested without killing or harming the plant (this may or may not include grains).
  • Raw foodism – eats only uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic foods or wild foods. Typically added to veganism and frutarianism.

carbovoreNote also:

  • Pogie-monster will eat, in large quantities, at any time, candy/treats/sweets…even yours.*
  • Carbovore – will eat, in large quantities, at any time, bread, potatoes, rice, corn, etc. (fresh or processed)…preferably with salt and butter.*

* these are me, although I am really limited on pesco – generic fish sticks and crustaceans mostly.

Cow licks explained visually

My daughter has a ‘cow lick’ – right in front, off to the left. It regularly pokes out of her bangs and has to be wrestled into some level of submission with a wet comb and lots of pats.

When I saw this, I immediately shared it with her – and now the two of us giggle every time we fight “the hair the cow licked in the night.”

COW LICK

I’m counting steps on a daily basis now…and some days just don’t match the pedometer count AT ALL…

I love “A Softer World”  ….

Thanks Zig!

I’ve been exploring math humor lately.  Sorry if you don’t get it, but I feel like sharing.

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