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User: deenaml
Date: 2014-04-20 21:13
Subject: Grimmly (60)
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Tags:library, scifi/fantasy, short stories, ya
GRIM edited by Christine Johnson
Fourteen young adult authors retell Grimm fairy tales with humor, horror, and imagination. The benefit of this short story collection is that one can jump around depending on the type of story the reader is in the mood for. Some retellings feel modern, others historical, and another has both; there is something for everyone in this book full of well-known YA author names. (Harlequin Teen, 2014)
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User: writerjenn
Date: 2014-04-20 20:08
Subject: The eras of reading
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"Something that has always fascinated me is the way, if you read your whole life, you use what you read to mark time. I know I associate certain books with, I read that when I was moving. I read that when I was breaking up with my boyfriend, kind of thing. You're immediately, if you pick up a book, sort of thrown back in time to this other time when you first read it. The books never change, but you do."
--Gabrielle Zevin, interview with Powell'

Zevin also commented on the difference between being an author in real life and the way it's portrayed in popular media; the changes in publishing over the past decade; bookstores she has known and loved; the mysterious figure known as the book sales rep; and her new novel, The Storied Life of AJ Fikry.
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Jim Hetley
User: jhetley
Date: 2014-04-20 18:43
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Four deer on our morning walk.  They stood and stared at us as if they thought we had apples in our pockets.  I think someone has been feeding them, and not just the landscape plantings . . .
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Lisa Yee
User: lisayee
Date: 2014-04-20 10:50
Subject: A Spring Explosion from Peepy, James Thurber and Moi
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Earlier this month I had the pleasure of staying at Thurber House, where humorist/author James Thurber spent part of his youth.

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It was a homecoming of sorts for me, having been the 2007 Thurber House Children's Writer-in-Residence. It was so wonderful to see my old friends (as in I've known them for seven years) Pat Shannon and Meg Brown . . .

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I stayed in the attic apartment, and since Pat had gifted me with a pack of purple marshmallow Peeps, it was only fitting that I blow them up in the microwave -- with an assist from James Thurber and Peepy . . .

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But first, this. Near Thurber House, in the Germantown section for Columbus, OH, is a most marvelous used/new bookstore, The Book Loft.
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And here's Thurber House . . .

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Here are some of the authors who have visited Thurber House . . .

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Now, in honor of Easter Peeps and Spring and whatnot, there's this . . .

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Liz Garton Scanlon
User: liz_scanlon
Date: 2014-04-20 12:19
Subject: Haiku 20 -- April 20, 2014
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Two dozen jeweled orbs,
holding secrets or promise.
Half full or hard boiled?

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User: dragonmyst
Date: 2014-04-20 12:01
Subject: My tweets
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  • Sat, 17:31: Murphy rules the day. #notamused
  • Sun, 09:29: Walked up to the corner store to grab a battle of fix a flat. Forgot how nice it was to just walk!
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Denyse J. Loeb
User: domynoe
Date: 2014-04-20 12:03
Subject: My tweets
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  • Sat, 13:21: About to do stuff that's gonna hurt....
  • Sat, 13:23: I spent 40 minutes doing fitbit hip hop abs cardio groove. 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
  • Sat, 14:32: I spent 5 minutes doing fitbit hip hop abs cardio groove challenge. 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
  • Sat, 14:55: I spent 15 minutes doing fitbit zumba ripped. 0 calories burned. #LoseIt
  • Sat, 14:55: I spent 15 minutes doing heart monitor adjustment. 80 calories burned. #LoseIt
  • Sat, 15:39: I earned a Fitbit Adjustment of 20 calories. #LoseIt
  • Sat, 15:56: Holy Shit! A 1X I've been waiting to wear FITS!!! LOOK! (Ignore the crappy way I look otherwise-rushing out the door)
  • Sat, 18:44: Alrighties, time to make a strawberry spread (not jam, but nice and thick and homemade) and apple butter. :)
  • Sat, 18:48: Also need to make some more granola tonight, and maybe some more muffins for hubs, plus apple chips. Gonna be busy!
  • Sat, 19:18: Strawberry spread a failure: no flavor. :P Going to try a different recipe at another time. What a waste of strawberries.
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some guy named Larry
User: lnhammer
Date: 2014-04-20 08:02
Subject: "This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move."
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"Erst kommt das Fressen, dann kommt die Moral."

"Grub first, then ethics," as it's commonly translated when not aiming for a singable score. It's a descriptive statement, but every once in a while, I imagine Herr Brecht saying* it prescriptively: "No, no -- you're doing it wrong. Grub first, then the ethics." Which inevitably leads to the obvious Pink Floyd parody: "If you don't eat yer grub, you can't have any ethics! How can you have any ethics if you don't eat yer grub?"

At which point I highjack my brain and forceably think about something else, such as tenser tensors or division by rabbits, as the crossover that is The Threepenny Wall does not bear thinking about. At least, not without a lot more alcohol and Marxist in-jokes than I can stomach.

* Yes, I know, in the original it's spoken, or rather sung, by two characters. Death of the author be damned, when it makes a good joke.

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User: cynthialord
Date: 2014-04-20 09:22
Subject: Happy Easter!
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From my hutch to yours. :)
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User: slatts
Date: 2014-04-20 08:57
Subject: 20 APRIL 2014
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ON THIS DAY IN 2012 I created this illustration on a lunch break. It was intended for use in my third self-published art-magazine, "A Place I Don't Belong."

But the purpose of today's blog is not about this image—though it's fitting as he's smoking—but rather THIS DAY, APRIL 20 or 420. I've known for some time this date has something of meaning for potheads but I never quite knew exactly what.

And that is why God invented GOOGLE!

So, I looked it up this morning. It appears, it was started by some California teenagers back in the seventies who called themselves—of all the coolest names—The WALDOES (Now, I wonder if "finding them" has some pot connection, too?). According to what I read, there's some big scheme about finding a cannibas stash and a secret meeting place, etc., etc. And the buzz word (pun intended) was 420.

I basically skimmed this Wikipedia entry but found one of the reasons this seemingly insignificant group of teens and their "pot term" became so important was the connection to the band, the Grateful Dead.

Now, of all the Dead-heads I've met—well, if there isn't a "religious cult-like" quality to them! And today 420 or APRIL 20th is also Easter. Pretty powerful day, I say!

Smoke 'em if you got 'em!

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