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Feel free to access these pages and quote short passages for your projects as long as you give credit to the author and include a link, if you can do so, in your papers and projects.

Have a fantastic 2015 – 2016 Academic Year!


US National Book Festival, Historic Words And Reading Education

From Native American poetry to Classics, songs, and graphic novels, how can we not be proud of America’s literary development? Come celebrate literacy and literature of all sorts in DC this September 5, 2015 from 9am – 10 pm. Free admission!

This year’s festival is a tribute to the 200th Anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s donation of all of his personal papers and books for the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress.  During the War of 1912 – 1814, the British burned 3,000 books belonging to the US Congress and took 10,000 American military and civilians captive, jailing them at Dartmoor prison in England. it was a horrible time.

Thomas Jefferson offered his personal library to replace those burned volumes, but it took us until 1815 – a full year after the war was over – to gain the release of all of our prisoners. Today, the British and filks all over the UK came to our National Book festival to speak, to sign books, and to visit the kiosks.

Times change, but books are always good.

Have you experienced this quandry? —

“I gave [my employer] 6 weeks notice so that I could find and train my replacement, but no one except me seems to feel this major urgency to hire someone. My 6 weeks are almost up, and there’s no one to take over my many and complicated responsibilities. What should I do?”

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The new film  ITHACA is based on William Saroyan’s novel and manuscript of The Human Comedy. based in stories of his youth during World War II in California. Filming is in Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia during the summer of 2014.

Director Meg Ryan chose Virginia over Ohio, which is to the northwest and not very California-like.

The amount of the Virginia Film Tax Credit awarded the movie production depends, in part, on how many local people are hired, so watch newspapers and websites for advertisements of speaking and more minor parts in ITHACA.

One of the songs the movie soundtrack was written by John Mellencamp and performed by Leon Redbone.

Find out more about the new cast, the original story, and the old black and white film with Mickey Rooney here:

Meg Ryan Directs One of the Best Films Made in Virginia


Increasing numbers of free magazines, newsletters and eBooks are becoming available online as more people learn how to create them.

While some of these offerings are strictly sales literature, others are informative, entertaining, and fun to have. Even employment news and trade or business journals are available online these days.

via The Best FREE Hot Magazine Subscriptions

He played a notable part  in Catching Fire, but Philip Seymour Hoffman died before parts three and all of four of the film series before they were finished filming. That leaves a character gap that disappoints fans and hurts the franchise.

In February 2014,  we heard more about CGI presentation on screen as an opportunity to portray Hoffman in the continuing character

The announcement of a CGI version of the Hoffman in one major scene in the fourth Hunger Games film was welcomed news.

What other star would you like to see resurrected in this way?

via Mockingjay – Phillip Seymour Hoffman in CGI

A rumor is spreading that the Russian Space Agency sent a man to the moon before the Americans did (1969). The story continues that while America was actually beaten in the Space Race by Russia, the Soviet craft crashed and killed its Cosmonaut.

Interestingly, Apollo 11’s Michael Collins wrote in a children’s book that while he felt no fear or dread flying around the moon many times while his crew mates were on the surface. He also never wanted to return to the moon or to outer space again.

Mr. Collins worked for NASA a bit longer, but went to the Smithsonian to lead the National Air and Space Museum. He retired to tend to his gardens. He does not discuss space exploration much today at age 83. Buzz Aldrin is gung-ho for the Mission to Mars.

The camera or cameras carried by Apollo 11 astronauts did not return to Earth.

No Apollo astronaut cameras came back fro any mission,  except Jim Irwin’s unit from Apollo 15, a tense, strenuous geological mission on the moon. On that mission, he suffered cardiac arrhythmia, followed by a heart attack on Earth a couple of months later; he suffered three more such attacks and was the first Apollo moon-mission astronaut to die.

Irwin gave up on moon landings and began an earnest search for Noah’s Ark, finding a wooden structure of the correct size in the Himalayas, usually buried in snow. Some years, a corner of it could be seen in the spring thaw.

His moon camera was auctioned off to someone in Europe in March 2014 for about 3/4 of a million dollars (USD).

For more data and ideas, see:

Apollo 11 to Apollo 18 – NASA Cover Up? Conspiracy Theories?.

A strange name can saddle a child for life with the inability to succeed. This may be a reason behind Odd’s feeling that he is really not very important as a short-order cook. He may work at the Pico Mundo Grille all his life and since he is only 20, that’s another 50 or 60 years.

Will he save money and buy the grille or will h find something else to do? After all, he has special powers – like may people in the new Spring TV Lineup of 2014. For some reason, new movies and  TV series this spring show trending toward the supernatural. They star people with clairvoyance, psychokinesis, healing, and other powers on television and a dozen religious movies are set to appear in close succession.

And we still have the unique show The Blacklist, which must be supernatural, because so many people say they love it, even if they cannot figure it out.

As for names – Many of my former adult education students with unusual names have felt the inadequacies that Odd feels in Book One and his movie; but,  so have some people with popular names and high IQs.He can represent all of us at some crossroads in life.

Odd may be more usual than we suspected.

via Odd Thomas, the Book and Film.

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