Guilty Reader Tags

  1. Have You Ever Re-Gifted A Book You’ve Been Given?

Yes, but rarely. I haven’t wrapped it up and presented it as a book for an occasion, but I’ve given books I haven’t gotten to and decided I probably wouldn’t to someone who might like it more.

2. Have you ever said you read a book when you hadn’t?

I think I did in school once or twice for a book report. I do recall reading part of Uncle Tom’s Cabin and expounding on it on a test. I got a great grade for that response.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

A friend lent me a book and I got part way through it and tried to return it but she said to keep it. I’ve lost library books, but paid for their replacement.

4. Have you ever read a book in a series out of order?

I read The Ladies’ Paradise by Zola before I knew it was part of a “series” called the Rougon-Macquart series. Many people suggest not reading Rougon-Macquart books in the order of publication, but rather in this order.It’s not a straight up chronological series.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

No one’s said I did.

6. Have you ever dog-eared a book?

Yesterday, I wanted to mark some pages in Paul Johnson’s Heroes. So often.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

No. I’m not sure why I would unless it’s a non-fiction book assigned for a course. Often you don’t have to read the entire book.

8. Have you ever bad-mouthed a book which you liked?

No. Again I don’t know why I’d lie. I think these questions assess the respondents’ honesty as much as their guilty. 😉

Sepia Saturday


This week’s prompt image looks so freakish. I’m kind of put off by it and wasn’t sure about participating.I know I can be oversensitive. Does anyone else think the image is freaky?

What do you think of this?

What do you think of this?

Now very politically incorrect

Now very politically incorrect

Fraud? I think so.

Fraud? I think so.

I did go to Flickr Commons and found some Sideshow or Freak Show images, for what they’re worth.  Next week the theme is lawyers or courts, which is not so creepy, as far as looks go.

Sepia Saturday

This week’s prompt is of a silhouette artist preparing to create some silhouettes. Thus I thought I’d see what silhouettes I could find.

First the Library of Congress had this one of a debutante lighting a cigarette by a window. She looks like someone out of The Great Gatsby, doesn’t she?

Debutante, 1920

Debutante, 1920

The Library of Congress also has some paper silhouettes (i.e. not photos) such as these of Gerry Mulligan’s parents. (Mulligan was a jazz musician.)

sil parents

Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge: Beginning



Where to?

Where to?

Ese’s inviting people to a new photography blogging challenge. Each week she choses a quotation and invites people to post a photo or two that are inspired by the quote.

We start with:

Prompt 1 – BEGINNING

A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao Tzu*

Everyone is welcome to join. You just have to

  • create a post with the title Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Beginning;
  • include a link to Ese’s blog – see above.

*Since this is the first week, I chose to use Ese’s quotation. Next week who knows? Come back and see what I do.

To view more interpretations go to Ese’s Voice.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh


1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.

2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use a “postaday2013″ or “postaweek2013″ tag.

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Related posts

Travel Theme: Festive

Images of Christmas in China, 2012.

What’s your favourite feast, festival or celebration? What makes you jolly, gets you merry or fills you with cheer? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Festive
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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I Saw Sunday

Here’s a new meme: I Saw Sunday

So, what did you see this week?

One thing or a whole list! – Words or photos or both!

Share it here with us.

The Rules

1. Write your post on your blog and include a link back to I Saw Sunday.
2. Leave the link to your post in the Mr Linky widget so we can find you.
3. Leave a comment after linking so that I know you have been here.
4. Please be sure to visit the other participants and share what they saw.

The Emotional Roller Coaster that will be Econ 170

Well, it’s been a crazy week. One thing I can’t believe I saw was the graph above. I am now facilitating a college economics course full of Chinese high school students. The teacher online has spent three weeks describing his pedagogy and last week told them that as Lead Facilitator (not teacher or professor) he wanted them to know that his approach will involve learning in a dramatically different way that is likely to shock them and bring about regret, depression, panic, etc. Eventually they’ll cross over to the promised land of improved performance.

No one understood this. If they had, they’d have signed their drop slips I’m sure. Why would someone need to introduce this much innovation with students who barely speak English? Also, he expects competency in argumentation including constructing a thesis and spotting logical fallacies. The teams will determine the allocation of points for their grades through consensus. I’ve spent hours helping kids tell the teacher, who’s not real alert, that they did do their homework. That’s the level of language assistance they need. What a train wreck this will be.

I haven’t seen or done much fun or interesting. The workload’s out of control and I have a vague idea that things are happening in the world, that people aren’t happy with Wall St. and Bill Clinton had a birthday.

I so miss news. I do have NPR, but I want more. I want red wine, news and some time to play. Good Chinese food is welcome too.