Category Archives: Books and reading

And the sun came out . . .

Very windy rain showers hit Milwaukee around mid-day today. I took this series of photos from my office window after returning from a couple of meetings around three o’clock. For some reason the title of a favorite picture book of … Continue reading

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LIttle Free Library – There’s a book!

Actually there are THREE books! The Little Free Library Book (2015) tells the official story of the Little Free Library movement and contains a forward by Todd Bol, the founder of Little Free Libraries, who built the first one in … Continue reading

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The individual vs. society – Joseph Campbell, Gandhi, and JFK weigh in

I’m cleaning out my office today, throwing out old student papers and old lecture notes from courses I no longer teach. One of the files I came across was from a one-off class on mythology that I taught in the … Continue reading

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A nice midweek break

Last night after work I met my friend, Karen, for dinner on the east side, followed by an author event at Boswell Books, featuring a talk and booksigning by Austin Kleon. Kleon has written three books about how to build … Continue reading

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Visiting Sim – Part One

This past Saturday I went to a lecture/tour at the Milwaukee Public Library marking 90 years since Simba the lion came to live at the Milwaukee Public Museum, which then shared half of the building with the Central Library downtown. … Continue reading

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If you love ruins and abandoned places

Then you might want to read this review of a new book that sounds so “me” it jumped straight to the top of my to-read list. I love Phaidon, publisher of fabulous picture books for grownups. Like DK,  my other fave … Continue reading

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All that is gold does not glitter

Today is Tolkien Reading Day, a fact I discovered randomly while going through Twitter for a work project. For those of you/us who haven’t read The Lord of the Rings recently (or paid exceptionally close attention to the calendar of … Continue reading

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Little Free Library #10 – Samson & Delilah Salon

Stopped by Colectivo at 68th and Wells Streets today to pick up a latte and some of their fabulous Hot Cocoa Mix for home. (Truly, their cocoa is the BEST! And they don’t pay me for this endorsement😄) I was … Continue reading

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Michael Caine on life as a never-ending audition

While doing some background research for the academic article on movie trailers that I’m writing with a psychology professor in my department, I stumbled across a book by Michael Caine titled Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making … Continue reading

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A “Ha-Ha” Aha

In reading a book recently, I came across a reference to something I’d never heard of before: a “ha-ha.” This turned out to be a fun little piece of landscape trivia to learn about. A ha-ha is a feature of … Continue reading

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