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Jane Smiley on reading, writing and creativity

Jan. 24th, 2007 | 01:35 pm

Jane Smiley spoke here in Nashville yesterday.  Here's the video:  http://www.vanderbilt.edu/news/releases?id=31657

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Vandy Prof talks about science and sci-fi

Jan. 23rd, 2007 | 04:18 pm

Here's a lecture by Robert Scherrer.

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Dammit, we don't have time for this! Put the president on the phone!

Jan. 15th, 2007 | 09:03 am
mood: excitedexcited

Thank God, Jack Bauer is finally back in my life, I've missed him so!

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Empty Nest Syndrome?

Jan. 11th, 2007 | 08:32 am

I, a lifelong cat person, have recently developed a strange urge to get a dog,
just as my teenaged sons are exhibiting an aversion to any sort of motherly
caretaking. God forbid I should tell someone they will need a jacket today, for example.

So I'm thinking hard about adopting this little pooch, who goes by the name of Mitzi: http://search.petfinder.com/petnote/displaypet.cgi?petid=5873303

Meanwhile, driving to work this morning I spotted a bumper sticker: "Wag more, bark less!"

Coincidence? Not if you are suffering from EN Syndrome, it's not.

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Arg, the yearning!

Jan. 4th, 2007 | 04:09 pm
mood: determineddetermined

Just like every year for the past decade, one of my resolutions is to lose weight. Unlike previous attempts, I'm actually trying really hard this time. As a result, hungry and a little grumpy, I've spent the day composing the following list of delicious food that is now forbidden.

Hopefully, someone who happens to read this post will go out and enjoy some of these dishes on my behalf:

Peach cobbler

Grilled cheese sandwich, cooked in butter, baby

homemade sweet rolls, with delicious plump raisins and extra cinnamon

Pumpkin cheese cake or banana cream cheese cake (from the Cheesecake Factory)

Samoa Girl Scout cookies

Cheeseburger with mayo (extra pickles) and fresh french fries

sweet potatoe pancakes with maple syrup

blueberry pancakes with maple syrup

tortilla chips with hot queso

chipped beef over biscuits

rum raisin icecream

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Haiku Thursday

Dec. 28th, 2006 | 10:40 am
mood: predatorypredatory

Please ignore the tail.
That cat in the Christmas tree
lurks in yuletide stealth.

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100 best first lines

Dec. 20th, 2006 | 10:26 pm

  I just Stumbledupon this link, the 100 Best First Lines of Novels.

There are some beauties here, but I have to say I just don't get the appeal of number 95.

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Proud to be a Scrooge...

Dec. 16th, 2006 | 10:19 pm

Deck the halls with boughs of Humbug,
Fa la la la la, la la la la.

Deck the Halls
from the Christmas Song Generator.

Get your own song :

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Haiku Thursday

Dec. 14th, 2006 | 10:35 am

Black cormorants plunge
like three beads on a fine wire.
Wingtips brush the surf

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I remain bookish, here's proof.

Nov. 19th, 2006 | 09:45 am

From PJ, I found this quiz which tells what type of reader I am.

What Kind of Reader Are You?
Your Result: Dedicated Reader

You are always trying to find the time to get back to your book. You are convinced that the world would be a much better place if only everyone read more.

Literate Good Citizen
Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm
Book Snob
Fad Reader
What Kind of Reader Are You?
Create Your Own Quiz

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