Thursday, July 21, 2005

And now, for your edification......

I have always been a big Roald Dahl fan,* and recently was sent a link to a very excellent article on him. If only all reviews of authors and their work could be this good:

Why children love Roald Dahl's stories - and many adults don't
from The New Yorker

Once you're done reading that one, here is another excellent article recently sent to me (actually, I must thank Randal for both of these - I adore you and you spend too much time on the Internet, but I learn so much!), this time on the appeal of books and, especially, libraries that are full to the brim of 'em:

Stacks' Appeal
from The Chronicle of Higher Education

There will be a test on all this in seven days.

* I re-read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory recently. It would have shown up in my "Currently Reading" list but for the fact that it took me all of one hour to read...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The End of the (Dal) World?

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I sure hope this is a temporary problem and not the end forever and ever of my Welcome to Sherwood Forest. I liked that page.

Plus, I gave up on my Geocities quest long ago and so have nowhere else to put it!!!

While we are on the subject, I would like to state for the record that my precious laptop has been in and out of repairs at Staples and Sony for the past 6 weeks with no end in sight, and so I have not been able to work on the Flickr website I started about 8 weeks ago (though I'm going to upgrade to an unlimited site once I get the darn 'puter back). That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. Problems with the laptop, I'm sure, shall be detailed in these pages on an upcoming date (probably once it turns out they have failed, yet again, to solve my apparent problem).

Monday, July 04, 2005


Spent Canada Day weekend in Toronto. I know, I know - I live in Ottawa and should have stayed here. But many things colluded to make me leave (including the thought of multiple evenings during which I could have martinis at Insomnia - a fine way to celebrate Canada Day if you ask me). Much shopping. Clothes and books. BBQ at my cousins' place waaay north (East Gwillimbury, which is past Newmarket - egads!).

First day at new job. Reference librarian at the law faculty of one of our finer higher education establishments.

Made yummy chicken thighs, potatoes and green peppers for dinner tonight. Randal put his plate down on the coffee table and went to get his eyeglasses from the next room. I am sitting in the living room as well with my plate in front of me. Suddenly, before you could say "Jumpin' Jack Flash", the DOG had jumped up and stolen an entire piece of chicken. Swallowed in a second. This is his First Encounter with Actual People Food, and we are not impressed. However, it hasn't wreaked havoc on his digestive system yet so that's good. (I have also been in another room from the dog for the past hour or so, so I may stand to be corrected yet.) Keep in mind he is a tiny dog (mini Jack Russell) and it was a large piece of chicken.

And I don't like or trust George Bush. 'Nuff said.

Now I am tired, so I am going to bed.

* With apologies to Rebecca for having stolen one of her titles.