The short story I read today is the text for a picture book that I wrote in 1992. I called it Martha the Discoverer. Somebody else wrote it recently and published it. Serves me right for not doing anything with it myself.
I think my tendency toward potty humor served me well when I was working in the children's section of a variety of public libraries in California and Illinois.
I used to write reviews for The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.
Some of the pieces I wrote for the online supplements to The Bulletin can be found here:
Clare B. Dunkle
The Bagthorpe books are written by Helen Cresswell. They are excessively clever and very funny.
I very recently got my doctorate from the University of Illinois.
Yay, Ravelry! My username on Ravelry is "timnah" -- please come be my friend. I haven't knitted much for a while, so I am slowly building up my photo gallery of FOs (finished objects).
I named my current pet rats Gibbs, Tony, and McGee. The Dapper Rat is a really good website for all things ratty, including fun toys and games to play with your rat. The maze box I made for my boys is basically a Clubhouse.
You can see pet rats standing up to threaten each other in relation to wrestling (fighting) here on YouTube.
NCIS is probably my favorite TV show. I also like So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and Dancing with the Stars. My husband's favorite TV shows are Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9), Firefly, and Magnum, P.I.
The local organic farm is The Learning Farm at Prairie Crossing. Pigs and rototilling? Check it out. Using pigs to till ground is an excellent example of permaculture principles: the output of the weedy field goes into the pig, which produces fertilizer at the same time it tills the field -- all using zero fossil fuels and requiring very little effort on your part. (Of course, you will want to plant a cover crop and wait a while to use the field for food production, to let the pig manure break down.) If you are interested in permaculture, you might like The Alternative Kitchen Garden podcast. You can subscribe via iTunes, but the earliest episodes are available in the AKG Index.
An example of an overtly ethical/moral critical theorist is Paolo Freire. My favorite critical theorist is Bruno Latour. I also think of sacred texts as statements describing reality as perceived by the text writers via inspiration or revelation. These texts are limited statements -- no text completely describes reality -- and so are open to interpretation. I like exploring sacred texts as theoretical statements.
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