January 2009

A Flying What?

In Let’s Go! I tried to encompass several future transportation possibilities that included both the ideas of personal flight and large distances covered. I used the line, near the end, “Will we circle the stars like we now drive our cars?”

So it’s kinda fun that I just saw this article thanks to Nathan Bransford’s blog:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2009/01/22/flying-car.html

Yes, flying cars! Gotta get me one of them! Okay, later, when they are fully idiot-proofed by people not wearing white lab coats and have come down in price. Har!

Seeing this technology makes me think of my grandmothers. Why? Because I wonder what it must have been like to be born into the tail end of a horse- and train-based transportation society and then living to see automobiles and airplanes everywhere. Maybe one day I’ll have a pretty good idea.

I’ve already seen huge technological changes for computers (bulging black-and-green screens you used by memorizing Basic codes) and phones (remember rotary dials?), and good lord I’m old enough to have experienced life before microwave oven!

So I may yet live to see a huge shift in transportation technology. That would be pretty cool. Cause the evolution so far, from driving in the parentals’ Cordoba to joining the masses in a minivan, hasn’t been all that impressive.

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Celebrate Family Literacy Day Today

It’s Family Literacy Day in Canada! The people at ABC Canada along with Honda Canada have created a day to celebrate reading with family. How great is that??

How will I celebrate? I’ll read to my kids as always, but to make it a little different I think I’ll pull out a book or two that I loved as a kid. Due to my pack rat tendencies, I have saved a few of them.

And if all goes well I may have a critique group meeting, so I’ll be working with fellow writers to create future literature for kids.

Have a literary day!

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A Fairy Fun Book

Ever read a book that entertains you so completely that you can’t get parts of it out of your mind? This has just happened to me.

Thanks to How to Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier I now have the word “doos” firmly embedded in my brain. Maybe this is a word she made up. Maybe this is a word teens have been using for eons. I wouldn’t know given that
a.) my kids aren’t quite teens yet and
b.) even if they were, any current lingo used up here in the styx is bound to be at least 10 years out of date in major urban centres.

Anyway, this and other pulchy turns of phrase are now running around my head. I recommend this book. It’s a doos read!

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owloutside

Wow, an Owl!

The sight of an owl outside my window was so rare I just had to make note of it. This isn’t a great shot because I had to take it through the window and my camera doesn’t have a stellar zoom lense. Proof nevertheless…


I think it’s a Great Gray owl. I’m no field expert, but it seemed to fit the description given in my Audubon bird guide.

Who knew these guys actually hunted during the day (a dark, gray, dismal day)? Better go let the cat in.

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