Author: Lark_Bookwyrm

Recommended: WG on reforming education

I highly recommend WG’s recent post, “Dysfunctional Middle Schools.”  WG is a former teacher and co-founder of The Interlocking Curriculum, a Quaker school in the late 1970s.  When he talks about how to establish a culture of respect in schools, he speaks from his own experience.  The IC did indeed… Read more »

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“I do love knitting patterns.” — Albus Dumbledore

“I do love knitting patterns.” — Albus Dumbledore

Knitting is taking over my life. I tend to go on reading jags.  For several weeks, or even months, I find myself focusing almost exclusively on a single genre: fantasy/SF, mystery, children’s/YA, historical romance.  Then suddenly (and unpredictably) I feel surfeited, and I switch to another genre.* Recently, I’ve been… Read more »

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Recommended: Adin’s “Valuing E:Books”

Rich Adin has an interesting post about e-book pricing over on The Digital Reader blog.  In “Valuing E-books: Is It a Sensory Problem?”, he compares e-books to things like Starbucks coffee and movies, which we are willing to pay premium prices for, and wonders why the same isn’t true of… Read more »

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“Homer’s Odyssey,” by Gwen Cooper

“Homer’s Odyssey,” by Gwen Cooper

Category: Memoir; animal storyBook source: Public libraryPet memoirs tend to fall into two categories: heartwarming and heartbreaking. Gwen Cooper’s Homer’s Odyssey: A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned About Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat is unabashedly the former.  Gwen Cooper was newly single, living in a… Read more »

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“Knitspeak” by Andrea Berman Price

“Knitspeak” by Andrea Berman Price

Andrea Berman Price coined the term “Knitspeak” for the language of knitters, a language comprised of knitting terms and the mysterious (to beginners) abbreviations used in knitting patterns. As Price herself remarks, knitters who have learned the basics of cast-on, knit, and purl are often baffled when they try to… Read more »

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Support Your Local Library

Support Your Local Library

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Libraries experience two things in an economic downturn: a reduction in funding and an increase in the number of patrons. The current recession is no exception. Libraries across the country are seeing more people come through their doors at the same time that they are… Read more »

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Holmes as cross-dresser?

Holmes as cross-dresser?

I’ve just finished a thought-provoking little book by Alan C. Bradley* and William A. S. Sarjeant entitled Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock. Their thesis is, of course, summed up in the work’s title: Sherlock Holmes was a woman. At first glance, this seems like a ludicrous… Read more »

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Themed Mysteries

Themed Mysteries

If you are a lover of mysteries, particularly the “cozy” type, no doubt you have noticed the recent and rapid proliferation of themed mystery series. There are series featuring bookshops, catering or cooking, inns or hotels, gardening, scrapbooking, reading groups, ghosts, needlecrafts in general and knitting in particular, and even… Read more »

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