Friday, June 29, 2012

The Story of Colors, by Subcomandante Marcos

The Story of Colors / La Historia de los Colores : A Bilingual Folktale from the Jungles of Chiapas
by Subcomandante Marcos
illustrated by  Domitila Dominguez ("Domi")
translated by Anne Bar Din
Guadalajara, Cinco Puntos

Thursday, June 28, 2012

18-year-old shot and left for dead along with her girlfriend

I read with sadness Tuesday about the Portland, Texas shooting of two teenage women. One, Mollie Olgin, was pronounced dead at the scene on Saturday morning, but the other is alive and hospitalized in stable condition. Her name is Mary Kristene Chapa; her friends call her Kristene. She played softball for her high school team and had plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall. The two had been dating since mid-February, according to friends.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Solstice, everyone!

Welcome to the midpoint of the year!

It's so lovely to have sunlight after I leave the office -- even though the days will start getting shorter starting now, I know there will be several more months of that.

I decided to take a look at where I am with my 2012 goals now that the year is half gone. Some are complete or nearly complete, some have a ways to go yet, and a few are pretty far behind... will I achieve them by the end of the year? Only time will tell! (But here are my predictions based on current progress.)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories, by Jan Greenberg

Romare Bearden: Collage of Memories
by Jan Greenberg
artwork by Romare Bearden
New York, Harry N. Abrams
ISBN 0-8109-4589-4

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Storytime at the Farmers' Market

All through the summer, Green Branch will be hosting an open-air reading room at the Saturday farmers' market in Berkeley. The growing children's collection is too massive to display in the reading room, so each week two or three themes are selected. Yesterday's were Strong Girls and Diverse Families; there are always some classics, pre-K board books, tales from around the world, and just-for-fun titles, too.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Learning Outcomes APPROVED

For an internship (LIBR 294) at SLIS, a student must provide in his/her application several Learning Outcomes by which performance in the internship will be evaluated. Because my summer internship was being created at the last minute, my application went in just before the semester ended, and I had to revise my Learning Outcomes. They've now been approved -- and we begin the term today -- so here's what I will be focusing on at Green Branch:

Friday, June 1, 2012

Is my wedding ceremony boring?

My Honest Answer posted this today to wrap up a week of wedding-related advice.

If people turn up, that’s enough. If there are specified responses, they should probably join in. But they’re not going to be pondering on the wonderful personalized meaning of your ceremony. Because it’s your ceremony. The main thing is it’s meaningful to you.
Please do ignore people who tell you that your wedding ceremony will be boring. If they really can’t sit through a ceremony to get to the reception, then they have no patience. And more than that, they have no manners for telling you so.