Archive for May 2008

Books Books Books!

My Big Fat Supernatural Honeymoon
Yes, the girl and I man­aged a library run (to the GOOD library) on Fri­day. It took more time and energy than expected, of course, but we got a bunch of very good books.

I read My Big Fat Super­nat­ural Hon­ey­moon last night, with much gig­gling. The sto­ries were a bit uneven (nor­mal for an anthol­ogy), but worth­while overall.

I espe­cially liked “Heo­rot,” the Harry Dres­den piece from Jim Butcher. I love the way he brings in mythol­ogy from so many dif­fer­ent cultures.

Kelly Armstrong’s “Stalked” was fun, too. Her were­wolves are just more wolfish than most, in my opinion.

P.N. Elrod’s “Her Mother’s Daugh­ter” wasn’t bad at all. I’ve obvi­ously missed some of her Jack Flem­ing nov­els, and I’m look­ing for­ward to catch­ing up.

I want to find some of Mar­jorie M. Liu’s longer works, as “Where the Heart Lives” isn’t the first of her short sto­ries that have impressed me. What’s even bet­ter is that WtHL is a total depar­ture from the ear­lier sto­ries I remember.

SBQ: Sick of a WIP?

The Stitch­ing Blogger’s Ques­tion of the Week is:
Do you ever get to a point work­ing on a project that you’ve had for so
long, you start to won­der what pos­sessed you to start it in the first
place?

Of course! It has always hap­pened with pat­terns I chose to do for some­one else, though, rather than those I chose because I was inter­ested in them. There are a few WIPs that have out­lived the rela­tion­ships that inspired them, and they may never be fin­ished. That’s a bit embar­rass­ing, but in at least one case I wouldn’t have ever started the piece if I’d really known what an unsta­ble, vicious being the intended recip­i­ent was.

Book Review at Fibrant Living

Vicious Teacher Leads Bullying of Disabled Child

Teacher lets kinder­garten stu­dents vote 5-​​year-​​old “out of the class”

After each class­mate was allowed to say what they didn’t like about Barton’s 5-​​year-​​old son, Alex, his Morn­ing­side Ele­men­tary teacher Wendy Por­tillo said they were going to take a vote, Bar­ton said.

By a 14 to 2 mar­gin, the stu­dents voted Alex — who is in the process of being diag­nosed with autism — out of the class.

The teacher, Wendy Por­tillo (portillow@stlucie.k12.fl.us), has acknowl­edged that the inci­dent hap­pened. She had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the child’s IEP team since Feb­ru­ary, so she knew that Alex was being eval­u­ated for a dis­abil­ity (most likely Asberger’s syn­drome, from the infor­ma­tion in the article).

There isn’t be any excuse for any adult treat­ing any child that way, but a teacher to encour­age chil­dren to ostra­cize a dis­abled child? That’s even worse.

The school dis­trict has refused to fire Por­tillo, but claims that she has been moved to non-​​classroom duties. That isn’t nearly enough.

Fibrant Living — Oxygen for CFS

Today’s post is at Fibrant Living.