Skip to main content

This and That

My thoughts turn often to the people of Norway right now. My grandpa, always one of my favorite people, felt quite proud of his Norwegian heritage, leaving me with, at least in my own mind, a strong feeling of connection to Norway. I hope to one day see the breathtakingly beautiful country in person. For now, my heart and thoughts are with everyone there at this time of crisis and grief.

A Bookshelf the Size of the World: Inside the Vision for the Largest Library in the World is an interview in the Boston Globe with Robert Darnton, who leads the Harvard library system. The interview addresses plans to create the Digital Public Library of America, which I definitely hope happens. My favorite question and answer:

IDEAS: Who do you see using the DPLA?

DARNTON: I imagine an enormously varied public. I’m convinced there are people throughout this country who just want to write something to express their own understanding of the world and need material to do that writing … .I think there are lots of people in community colleges - many of these community colleges hardly have libraries, but now it should be possible for every community college in the country to have access to something greater than the Library of Congress. I imagine people in retirement homes who would want access to books to entertain themselves. I think there will be lots of uses in K-12 schools … .I think what it will do, in a word, is to democratize access to knowledge.

Anyone making special plans for the weekend? My mom, Maya, Muffin, and I are visiting my sister's house in Iowa for the weekend. (Allie sheds, and, since my sister isn't exactly a "dog person" in the first place, she's very generous to even allow Muffin to come.) My niece Liz heads to college in a couple of weeks, so this is our bittersweet send-off visit.

[Leave a comment on this post for your entry in the drawing to win The Secret Year.]

Comments

Dana said…
My Dad was in the Navy for 20 years and said that he thought the Norwegians were the nicest people he'd ever met. What a sad event.

Popular posts from this blog

If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor

The May selection for my work book club is Jon McGregor's If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things (2002). The novel follows various individuals in one neighborhood on a particular day, an ordinary day that ends with a terrible tragedy.

Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

Did you notice that the day on which the events unfold is actually the same day that Diana, Princess of Wales, died? Does knowing that make any difference in how you see the story? I wouldn't have made the connection if I hadn't just watched some of the coverage of the Royal Wedding. To quote the author, he chose this particular day because his novel is about how ". . .everyday miracles of life and death go unwitnessed in favor of celebrity and sensati…

Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?