Dr. Stephens was kind enough to send me pictures of the Reading Festival this past weekend. If it looks like we had fun--well, we did!
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Yes, it's a real toy. Read through some of the customer reviews for a chuckle . . . or not.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Yesterday's news bulletin: The Author John Updike Has Died at 76
John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, has died at
76, according to his publisher.
A friend of mine sent this link to an Easter poem John Updike wrote. I was amazed at its beauty and theological truth. Read it yourself here.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
LOL! Then count your blessings, because look what some other folks have built.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Thanks, friends, for all the prayers and kind thoughts during my unexpected hiatus. Boy, did I learn a lot during these last four days!
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Whew. I thought I was enjoying some time "off," but Monday I set out to "kindle-ize" some out of print books (i.e., make them available via the Amazon Kindle reader), and that's been keeping me very busy. Not only do I have to check the formatting, etc., but I keep finding words that I no longer use much (like "suddenly") in the old text, and I'm driven to take them out!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
If you have any artists in the house, especially graphic artists, gather them around the computer and visit this web site. You'll need to give it a couple of minutes to load, then you're free to drag the slider bar to any point and watch the fun unfold. Literally. :-)
Friday, January 16, 2009
More American Adults Read Literature According to New
Literary reading on the rise for first time in history of Arts Endowment survey
January 12, 2009
Washington, D.C. -- For the first time in more than 25 years, American adults are reading more literature, according to a new study by the National Endowment for the Arts. Reading on the Rise documents a definitive increase in rates and numbers of American adults who read literature, with the biggest increases among young adults, ages 18-24. This new growth reverses two decades of downward trends cited previously in NEA reports such as Reading at Risk and To Read or Not To Read.
"At a time of immense cultural pessimism, the NEA is pleased to announce some important good news. Literary reading has risen in the U.S. for the first time in a quarter century," said NEA Chairman Dana Gioia. "This dramatic turnaround shows that the many programs now focused on reading, including our own Big Read, are working. Cultural decline is not inevitable."
Among the key findings:
Literary reading increases
- For the first time in the history of the survey - conducted five times since 1982 - the overall rate at which adults read literature (novels and short stories, plays, or poems) rose by seven percent.
- The absolute number of literary readers has grown significantly. There were 16.6 million more adult readers of literature in 2008. The growth in new readers reflects higher adult reading rates combined with overall population growth.
- The 2008 increases followed significant declines in reading rates for the two most recent ten-year survey periods (1982-1992 and 1992-2002).
Demographics of literature readers
- Young adults show the most rapid increases in literary reading. Since 2002, 18-24 year olds have seen the biggest increase (nine percent) in literary reading, and the most rapid rate of increase (21 percent). This jump reversed a 20 percent rate of decline in the 2002 survey, the steepest rate of decline since the NEA survey began.
- Since 2002, reading has increased at the sharpest rate (+20 percent) among Hispanic Americans, Reading rates have increased among African Americans by 15 percent, and among Whites at an eight percent rate of increase.
- For the first time in the survey's history, literary reading has increased among both men and women. Literary reading rates have grown or held steady for adults of all education levels.
Trends in media and literary preferences
- Fiction (novels and short stories) accounts for the new growth in adult literary readers.
- Reading poetry and drama continues to decline, especially poetry-reading among women.
- Online readers also report reading books. Eighty-four percent of adults who read literature (fiction, poetry, or drama) on or downloaded from the Internet also read books, whether print or online.
- Nearly 15 percent of all U.S. adults read literature online in 2008.
A tale of two Americas
- The U.S. population now breaks into two almost equally sized groups – readers and non-readers.
- A slight majority of American adults now read literature (113 million) or books (119 million) in any format.
- Reading is an important indicator of positive individual and social behavior patterns. Previous NEA research has shown that literary readers volunteer, attend arts and sports events, do outdoor activities, and exercise at higher rates than non-readers.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
It's here! Or almost here. You can read just one of several side stories here, or you can just tune in and watch the adventure on the Hallmark Channel, January 31st.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I knew I was in trouble last week when I was driving and realized that I could see the road better without my prescription sunglasses.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I've been asked to blog about my "writing routines" on another blog, so I thought I'd practice on you guys first. :-)
Sunday, January 11, 2009
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Friday, January 09, 2009
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Have you read the books (or seen the movies) that are part of The Princess Diaries? Meg Cabot created the books, and though I haven't read them, I thought the movies were delightful.
Monday, January 05, 2009
My favorite book growing up was THE NUN'S STORY, by Kathryn Hulme. Not only was I fascinated by the world of the convent (which was far different than my life), but I learned some real spiritual lessons from that story.
Sunday, January 04, 2009
Our minister of music asked me to sing in church tomorrow (today), and I decided (since the song is rather slow) to sign as I sing--that's sign language, BTW. Anyway, I'm fortunate in that the words are easy and I already knew most of the signs, but I'll probably walk around humming and flying my fingers for the next few hours. :-)
Saturday, January 03, 2009
I don't know if you're an Elvis fan (he's actually a little before my time), but my writing pal Leanna Ellis has a new book out that sounds like fun. Here's the official blurb:
Winner of the National Readers’ Choice Award and Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award, Leanna Ellis writes women’s fiction for B&H Publishing. Her latest book, Lookin’ Back,
Elvis Takes a Back Seat
A young widow, determined to fulfill her husband’s last request, hauls a three foot bust of Elvis strapped in the back seat of a vintage Cadillac from
Friday, January 02, 2009
Was reading the paper the other day and found a photo of a couple in Colorado Springs. A pediatric neurosurgeon removed a brain tumor from their baby boy's head . . . and found a foot and other body parts inside the tumor.
Thursday, January 01, 2009
One thing I've noticed when I traveled in Europe is that the average person seems much more literate. Bookstores abound, and you often see people sitting in a park with a book. Or reading on the tube. Or just reading.