Archives for the month of: November, 2008
I love the idea of this project I think there are so many fascinating stories out there – from people we pass on the street every day. I think that this project does a lot to get those stories out there. How will you include your story?
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Our mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

Since 2003, over 35,000 everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends in our StoryBooths. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.
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Rebecca's Tale Rebecca’s Tale by Sally Beauman

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
The book, Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier was on my mind for awhile. I thought I would look up some scholarly articles and read analyses about the book. Before I could do that this book came to my attention.
The books starts out with very intense emotion in the voice of Colonel Julyan. I had a hard time reading the first part, because it was so intense, and I really thought I would have to abandon Rebecca’s Tale entirely. The voices, however, change as the book progresses and I found that the text became easier to read as they changed. It is interesting to see the different points of view as all the characters speak.

I enjoyed the book, but found that I needed more information about post-war England or there were parts of the book that were a little too unbelievable.

I liked the section where Ellie speaks and would love to see another book about her and her life before this book and then after. I thought she was a good character.

The tone has a bit of the confusion that I find in Rebecca, which, I suppose, is a link between the two books. This book is a bit clearer in what happened, but not completely clear.

There are some parts that are unnecessary like references to Tom’s, and Rose’s, personal situations. I suppose they explain why Tom acts the way he does towards Ellie, and explain the choices that Rose made in her life, but I found them to be unnecessary. These and Colonel Julyan’s end seemed overly dramatic and out of place. has an enlightening description of Rebecca, mentions of sequels and further reading at the website of the organization

This might be a good adjunct to SLA’s free online tutorials. I am constantly trying to learn to make my digital photography better and use my digital photos in better ways. Perhaps this site will assist?
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Today we’re going to continue our Breaking the Rules of Photography series by suggesting you experiment with a high ISO.

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The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

My review

rating: 2 of 5 stars
This was a hard book to get through. I persevered. The writer overuses a very dry humor and didn’t let up to the point where it became a constant haranguing drone. The tone got old after a few chapters. She would have done well to employ it in a few places throughout the book.

The reason I stuck with it had to do with the definitive lists of when to use apostrophes, commas, ellipses, dashes, etc which I found to be quite useful. I also found that her points about the changes in the way we use language, and punctuation in particular, to be quite interesting.

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I think a lot about the reading population of Seattle and how much they read. It is not unheard of to have waiting lists of 50+ people who want to read a book. As a result I wasn’t surprised to find the Central Seattle Public Library come in first in America’s Coolest Libraries.

The other libraries on the list are great as well and the photos are really nice. If you are going to one of these locations, stop by for some free WiFi!

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America’s 10 Coolest Public Libraries

From majestic marble columns to expansive modern spaces, check out more than books at these top libraries.

Seattle Public Library, downtown branch  Will Austin --
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