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.
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
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.
I read Women, Work and Autoimmune Disease by Rosalind Joffe and Joan Friedlander a few months back, but for some reason my review on Amazon never showed up, and I didn’t think to keep a copy for myself. It seems to finally be there now, so I’ll put it here, too (slightly expanded).
This book is one the best I’ve ever found for those of us who have chronic illnesses, but want to continue working. It goes beyond the standard “coping tips” to talk bluntly about pacing yourself, searching for a job, keeping a job, negotiating with your employer for accommodations, and being self-employed. Topics like “when do I disclose a disability/illness?” are covered by authors who have extensive personal experience building their careers despite chronic illnesses.
The title does refer specifically to women, but I think the book can also be very useful for men. Likewise, there’s no reason to limit readership to people with autoimmune diseases.
I’ll be buying copies to send to some of my friends. I don’t plan to let mine out of my sight! I hope to get a copy of the accompanying workbook soon, as well.
Joffe’s blog, Working With Chronic Illness, is also good reading.
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 â€” who is in the process of being diagnosed with autism â€” out of the class.
The teacher, Wendy Portillo (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
Today’s post is at Fibrant Living.
A research abstract from Dr. Paul Cheney offers an interesting conclusion.
Oxygen Toxicity as a Locus of Control for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
“We conclude that CFS is an oxygen toxic state and that oxygen toxicity status appears to determine outcome in therapeutic trials and is therefore, a locus of control in chronic fatigue syndrome.”
The possibility of an efficacious treatment for CFS is exciting. I’ll be watching the news for more information on this angle.
Months ago, I posted about Ponce de Leon High School in Florida banning the wear or display of any kind of gay pride symbols or words, claiming that they indicated involvement in an “illegal organization.” I later found out that the problem started last fall, when a lesbian student complained that she was being harassed. Instead of investigating or trying to stop the harassment, the school administration cracked down on any show of support for her. The principal later said that he was sure that gay pride symbols would cause students to visualize gay people having sex, leading to disruption.
Anyway, Florida managed to get something right, or at least one judge there did so. Oh, wait–he was a federal judge, not a state authority. Anyway, on May 13 he issued a permanent injunction against the school! He told them that they must stop their unconstitutional censorship of expressions of support for gay people, and warned them not to try retaliating against anyone involved in the case.
After reading From Dead to Worse, I feel as if Charlaine Harris is finished with the Southern Vampire Mysteries. If so, she’s doing so well, as volume seven is the most satisfying book of the series.
This is not a “happily ever after” book, but it isn’t an “oh my God what’s going to happen next,” either. I’m sure that more could be written about Sookie Stackhouse and her very interesting life, but Harris has a history of leaving series on a high note. The Aurora Teagarden and Shakespeare sequences felt a bit more “done” at the end, so maybe I’m wrong. I certainly don’t hold Ms. Harris’ confidences.
In any case, I hope that we’ll see more books by Harris before long. She’s a good author, and I enjoy her ideas.