Friday, July 31, 2009

Where to Go Online

When I visited my sister in Cape Cod two years ago, we went into Internet withdrawal. You say to yourself that it is really getting away from everything without email, but then you remember a couple things you want to check or a message you are waiting for. And you check the hours of the Osterville Library where there are computers. Then we realized that library provides wireless access so we occasionally drove over at night and checked our email on my laptop from the car. Other cars were doing the same thing: the faint glow of laptops slightly illuminated all the cars in the parking lot. The way the cars came, lurked, and departed made it seem as if drug deals were going on - but the drug of choice was online access.

I am not the only person who has noticed these furtive tourists!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Random Medical Advice

Instead of recommending hot compresses, my new ophthamologist (who looks barely old enough to be in college, let alone out of med school) told me seriously to fill a sock with uncooked rice, warm it in the microwave, and then apply it to my eyes ! Of course, no rice in the house, although I do have many socks that have lost their mates, so cannot try it out right away. . .

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Mummy Market

For years when I tried to remember man (Neil Armstrong) walking on the moon, all I could recall was being squeezed into the John Ward School library around a black and white television. Bored while waiting for the coverage to begin, I picked up The Mummy Market by Nancy Breslin, and became completely captivated. It's about the three Martin children who go in search of a new mother but have a hard time finding one that is perfect (at that time there were just three of us, so that may have struck a chord).

Moon exploration in my mind became synonomous with this book, and I never really regretted having been so absorbed (that elementary school library could tell some tales about my antics over the years). Years later my sister suggested I get a copy for her to read to the nieces (I would say in the hope that they appreciated her more except that they already do!) and it was difficult. Thanks to fellow BTer Hilary who gave me her copy.

However, around July 20 with all the anniversary coverage of man's first walk on the moon, I realized for the first time that I would not have been in school in the summer. It must have been Apollo 8 that we saw in school, which would not have been nearly as exciting.

A few years ago I found out there was a movie made of The Mummy Market. I will have to keep my eyes open for it.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Eat Pray Revenge

It is too funny that the husband Elizabeth Gilbert disdains (for what appears to be no good reason) in Eat Pray Love now has a book contract of his own in which he be revenged on his ex!

The New York Times says Gilbert’s ex-husband, Michael Cooper, has just signed a deal to write a book chronicling his side of the story of their divorce and his own “search for purpose” on a trip through the Middle East and other parts of the developing world.

It must have been very annoying to see her become a millionaire in the process of finding herself!

To Be Read

I need to post about the Betsy-Tacy convention but in the meantime, here is a great review for the new Rennie Airth! I can't wait!