Recently Read: Kitchen Gardening in America

Okay, “Recently read” is stretching it a bit here. I didn’t actually Image result for kitchen gardening in americafinish the book. And this post is more about how I read the book than a review of the book itself.

I started “Kitchen Gardening in America”, by David M. Tucker, with high hopes. I love writing about gardening/farming/cooking/preserving. Unfortunately, I was heavily influenced by a note in his acknowledgements/ introduction, thanking the person who noted his heavily male-centric research and writing. To be fair, most of history features men, because throughout the world and throughout history, men are the ones allowed (typically, by other men) to do things and men are the ones whose deeds -good, bad, and otherwise – are most often recorded. But women make up half the world, half of history. So perhaps more than a brief mention of their contributions are in order. So Mr. Tucker says he went back and fixed that issue as best he could.

I appreciate him acknowledging this – he could have just left the final draft as it was, the issue and editing and rewriting unmentioned. I appreciate that he brought it up – hopefully future readers and writers will make some small note and it will influence their own reading and writing.

That said, it was hard for me to get past it. No matter what period or topic he wrote on, I kept wondering “what else has he glided over, decided wasn’t important enough to include, didn’t dig far enough to find out?” I finally decided if I was this suspicious of someone’s writing, perhaps I need to stop reading it.

Maybe I’ll try reading it again another time.

Alaska Airlines: Reading on the Fly

Remember my recent post about JetBlue Airlines’ Soar With Reading program? I just found out about the Alaska Airlines program, Reading on the Fly.

alaska air lfl.pngThe bookshelves are for children’s books, for readers 0-16, to read in the airport, on the plane, and even take home with them. All of the books are new and used donations – and all donations are vetted by volunteers. So far, as of the creation of the program in 2016, the bookshelves are located on multiple concourses in Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Fairbanks International Airport, and Juneau International Airport, with more planned throughout Alaska.


What Fictional School Would You Like to Attend?

What fictional school would you most like to attend?  Hogwarts? Rydell High? Star Trek Academy?

The Atlantic asked this question, and it got me thinking. Probably not Riverdale High School – as much fun as it seems in the “Archie” comics, I’d probably have gotten picked on or totally ignored for being too square.  I would have done much better in school if I’d gone to Walkerville Elementary and had Ms Frizzle as my teacher. Field trips don’t get any better than when you go on The Magic School Bus.

How about Battle School, in Orson Scott Card’s “Ender’s Game”? Maybe Camp Half-Blood from the Percy Jackson books is more your speed. Stay at home and go to school online at the OASIS school from Ready Player One?  Or the other schools mentioned in the Harry Potter books? Sweet Valley High? (a little after my time, but I know they were popular!) Pencey Preperatory, where Holden Caufield of Catcher in the Rye fame attended. Perhaps the boarding school in France where Madeline attends?  There’s even an Ella Mentry school in the My Weird School series.

Check out these 14 Fictional Schools From Books, Ranked

Then take the Fictional Schools of Literature quiz on Sporcle! (let me in the comments how you did!)



Bad Jokes & Quotes

If we didn’t have libraries, many people thirsty for knowledge would dehydrate. — Megan Jo Tetrick, age 12

Everything comes to him who waits, except a loaned book. — Kin Hubbard

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them. The only books I have in my library are books that other folks have leant me. — Anatole France

Life happened because I turned the pages. — Alberto Manguel

There’s many a bestseller that could have been prevented by a good teacher. — Flannery O’Connor

Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away. — Clarence Darrow

Never judge a book by its movie. — J.W. Eagan

There are two motives for reading a book: one, that you enjoy it; the other, that you can boast about it. — Bertrand Russell

The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense. — Tom Clancy

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking. — Jerry Seinfield