Archive | January, 2007

Games and Diversions

My sister gave Isabella a couple of very cute finger puppets for Christmas, a hedgehog and an ostrich. At first Bella would have nothing to do with the ostrich chick, though she loved the hedgehog. Now she’s pulled the ostrich out of the toy basket and is using it to scrub the floor. Poor little […]

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A Trifecta of Distopian Literature

Odd that the first three books I’ve completed in 2007 have been speculative fiction of the distopian persuasion. I hope it isn’t an omen of things to come. When we were in Texas, I read Dies the Fire and The Protector’s War by S. M. Stirling, the first two books in his Changeverse series. The […]

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More Life with Bella

Yesterday Isabella managed to pull herself up to stand at the coffee table in the living room. I tried to get a picture; but she’d fallen before I could get the camera out. Today I woke up feeling rotten, stuffy nose, sore throat, achy body. So Dom, sweet wonderful husband that he is, get up […]

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What makes great literature great?

In this multi-part essay John C. Wright addresses the meaty question that’s been making the rounds of certain online discussion forums of whether genre books (especially speculative fiction) can be great books. Here are some excerpts that, I think, lay out very well the foundational principles for the discussion: The point is that it is […]

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The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems

Sometimes you read a book review that not only makes you want to go out and get the book, it also just makes you want to cheer because you’ve found another kindred soul, in this case the book is The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems, the reviewer Becky at Farm School. The review opened with […]

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Chesterton on Santa Claus

Even though we are once again in ordinary time, I had to share with my faithful readers a pertinent selection of quotes that I just discovered over at the Irish Elk blog: What has happened to me has been the very reverse of what appears to be the experience of most of my friends. Instead […]

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Jet Blue

In my post about our trip, I meant to say something about how pleasant the airplane part of our journey was. On the way down the plane was packed, of course. But even so we had a good flight. There were a bunch of babies on the flight, I guess other parents also felt that […]

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Isabella Updates

This morning Bella pulled herself to a standing position in her crib. I put her in there standing up when I went to get dressed/start breakfast. I peeked in a few minutes later and she’d fallen down and was playing quietly in a sitting position. A few minutes after that I heard her screeching delightedly […]

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Realization

While we were in Texas and trying to get used to the time change, I decided that while we were off schedule anyway I could perform some experiments without fear of messing things up. After all, they couldn’t get much more messed up. So one evening Bella was being very very fussy, rubbing her eyes […]

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More on Bella and Sleep

Well, Bella must have been as happy as I was to sleep in her own bed again. She woke up once last night, at 11, and then slept through. I woke, amazed, at 7:45 and as I brushed my teeth I heard her chatting to herself in her crib. Ah blissful sleep! I hope she […]

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