Sunday, May 10, 2009

Best of the Week: May 3-9

Author Karen Harrington over at Scobberlotcher shares five thoughts to inspire our writing.

Did the speaker at your college graduation inspire you? Do you even remember who it was? Mine would be Mark Singl, former lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, who used the occasion to reminisce about his Penn State days. (Which would have been fine, if I'd actually graduated from Penn State instead of a small, Catholic liberal arts college.) Proof positive of Daniel Rubin's column in The Philadelphia Inquirer where he informs graduates that the selection of a commencement speaker is not about you. (And if I can add my two cents? The sooner one learns this critically important life lesson, the better we'll all be. Thank you, drive through.)

What are the things you'd like your kids to know by the time they are finished school? (As if one is ever finished learning ... no, never.)

In college, I spent an evening or ... um, maybe two or three (my mom, mother-in-law, and boss all read this blog, people!) listening to the flower people while watching the "rock-u-mentary" known as "This is Spinal Tap" starring David St. Hubbins, Nigel Tufnel, and Derek Smalls. (Perhaps you know them better as Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer?) For those Tap fans among you (and you know who you are) doesn't this "Unplugged and Unwigged" concert sound hilarious? I'd love to go to this ....

Perhaps one of these 20 Pocket Change Date Night ideas from Small Notebook might bring you back to your salad days.

Freakonomics has a post about the Espresso Book Machine, which allows one to order, print, and bind any book of one's choice in a matter of minutes. There are about five such Espresso Machines in the United States. I'm not sure I like this ...

J. Kaye told us about a new book site in town ... is a new place to connect with readers and authors. Check it out.

And Dawn from She is Too Fond of Books gives us a tour of Louisa May Alcott's home in her post, On the Road to Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House. Doesn't this sound like a wonderful place to visit? (Dawn's blog is a great place to visit, too.)

Congratulations to readergrlz for winning a National Book Foundation Award! If you're not familar with readergrlz, here's the description as found on Vivian's blog, Hip Writer Mama, where you can read more details about the award: readergirlz is an online book community for teen girls that is designed to make reading hip, compelling, and fun, as well as to promote teen literacy and leadership. Their mission is to get teens to read, reflect, and reach out. Using social networking sites, YouTube, and other online resources, teens are able to chat with their favorite Young Adult authors. readegirlz is led by five Young Adult authors: Dia Calhoun, Holly Cupala, Lorie Ann Grover, Justina Chen Headley, and Melissa Walker.

I don't have that many Twitter followers (sniff ... :( but if I did, I'd be getting myself the Nest Unclutterer, as described here on Unclutterer. (I love that blog.)

And for Mother's Day ... gives us the 10 worst literary mothers ever.

Some lovely tributes to mothers can be found with Cathy Kaye's Saturday Soliloquy for Mom, and Beth Kephart's post Finches, Ghosts, and Writing About Our Mothers. and this post from Jess Wilson's blog Diary of a Mom which is so beautiful, so poignant, and so true.

For those of you who are mothers ... cherish today.
For those of you still on your journey towards motherhood or missing a special mother ... a wish for comfort and peace.
For those of you who have ever cared for and nurtured anything, be it animals, people, plants ... a Mother's Day embrace.


Cathy said...

Thanks so much for the mention. I felt the need to talk about Mom more today. :)

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

And today's is also a great post. Thinking of you and everyone else who is missing their mom (or missing being called mom) today.