Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Randomness #388: Jack still approves of Reading



Jack would like to share a public service message:

Read Aloud

Read to your children, your parents, your companion, your pets, your plants, yourself.

Reading aloud has many benefits some of which are explained in this interview with Jim Trelease: http://www.greatschools.org/students/7104-read-aloud-to-children.gs

Mr. Trelease encourages reading aloud not just for vocabulary but to develop a love of reading and a way to explore different ideas and the lives of people outside of our individual experiences.  He even encourages high school teachers to read to their students to help them develop into life-time readers-not just school-time readers.

Jack prefers picture books (as you can see from the picture!) but you can read aloud any book-just start reading!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Author #129: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent with how much dogs can smell


From Searching and Saving to Helping Planet Earth to Medical Alert Dogs, dogs of all breeds, sizes, and backgrounds are helping people around the world.    In Super Sniffers: Dog Detectives On The Job, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent takes us on a journey in pictures and text covering all the amazing things dogs can be trained to detect and locate from bombs to cancer to water contamination and more in between!  You can find out more about other animals and more about other dogs serving people at Dorothy's website: http://www.dorothyhinshawpatent.com/index.html

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Author #128: Wonders in your own city with Sarah S. Brannen


Madame Martine written and illustrated by Sarah S. Brannen tells of a woman who lives the same way every day until a little dog named Max comes into her life and she discovers something new-the Eiffel Tower.  From Max leading her to the wonders of the Eiffel Tower, she decides to do some things the same and some things new.  View more of Ms.Brannen's wonderful illustrations at: http://sarahbrannen.yellapalooza.com/    We have a number of wonderful things in our neighborhoods, towns and cities from fall colors and farmer's markets to Christmas lights and holiday productions to baby animals in the spring along with beautiful blossoms to parks with splash pads and shaved ice stands in the summer.  What wonders are found where you live?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Randomness #18: The Obsolescence of Steam Rollers


So, um, yeah.  I've had these steam rollers (specifically Mist Condition Dry Hairsetter from General Electric GE) for several decades yet I was only using them about every 4-6 years.  Finally decided it was time to send them off to better pastures-especially since I'm leery about the safety and overheating issues that seemed to arise the last time I used them.

Thank you to my Aunts with long hair back in the day (which I will not disclose to protect from age discrimination) who inspired me to get this unit and use it in the first place.  It did get used fairly frequently during the first part of its life with me but then that use dwindled as styles changed and other demands took the place of having time to put my hair up in rollers.

Farewell little rollers-my curls stayed in longer with more body and bounce when I used you vs. the curling iron.  The curling iron will never match up to the beauty and glamour you imparted, but now comes the day when I can no longer justify your storage space in the back of a drawer when you have aging issues and are no longer safe to use.  May you know that you were used and loved and appreciated and well fulfilled your role as an instrument of hair manipulation.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Author #127: Gabrielle Wang with The Race for the Chinese Zodiac



Gabrielle Wang wrote this version of the Chinese Zodiac story titled: The Race for the Chinese Zodiac with illustrations by Sally Rippin.  The pictures are done in Chinese Ink, linocuts, and digital media.  With beautiful earth tones and bold lines in the illustrations, this simply executed story flows smoothly from one animal to another as they reach the emperor and their designated year on the zodiac in the text accompanying the pictures.  Included are the Chinese characters for each of the animals.  For more about Gabrielle Wang and her other books, visit her website at: http://gabriellewang.com/