19 May 2007

IndyPaws | Where Pets Connect

IndyPaws | Where Pets Connect. My dear Perlie made it to the big time - the newspaper. Both dogs were featured in a recent full-page ad promoting the IndyPaws site. Hoorah! Also look for her best pal and nemesis, Beauregard.

And, if you like dogs and are in the Indy Area, check out the Indy Humane Society's available dogs listing.

Fruits for sale!

"For there is no friend like a sister,
In calm or stormy weather,
To cheer one on the tedious way,
To fetch one if one goes astray,
To lift one if one totters down,
To strengthen whilst one stands."

Goblin market by Christina Rossetti is a lovely little primer with whimsical and delicate imagery and delightful wordplays and usages. After struggling to make it through a tedious introduction by Germaine Greer in the 1975 edition I obtained, I finally skipped ahead to the actual poetry and enjoyed it well.

The poem moves jauntily through a plot of a gormless sister driven by her desires to commerce with the goblins, and her sister's beatific and careful efforts to redeem her. To my dear friends and their daughters - take a chance with this book, have you the chance to do so.

For beautifully colored imaghes and further analysis, see
Rates of (Ex)Change: The Goblin Market and Voodoo Accounting by Helen Pilinovsky

08 May 2007

LibriVox Catalog Pages: iPod Fodder

LibriVox - how cool is this? I consume audiobooks whenever I get bored with NPR on my commute, and via Project Gutenberg I found out about this effort, which provides free audio recordings of out-of-copyright books for general consumption. PG Wodehouse, Aesop, Viking stories, Wollenstonecraft, Poe... I'm delighted! I wonder if they might have some from my classics challenge...? Or maybe I shouldn't tempt myself by looking. OTOH, it is the literature I'm after - not necessarily the page turning. So by that measure listening to a book is as good as any method. Though I truly love a good read better than a good listen.

06 May 2007


Thanks pal Lili for a reference to a fun INTELLIGENCE TEST I got a 27, and am really stumped by 3 B M (S H T R) - post if you know the answer!