The Feel of Books

It’s been a long time since we’ve asked questions like, “What good are paper & print for communicating ideas & stories?” And rarely, if ever, have we had reason to think of the feel of books (or for that matter, their smell) as something separate from the books themselves.

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So, What Percentage Would Be Appropriate?

Cue that music from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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Tomorrow is a Monday

A voluptuous torrent…

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Seven Books of Fools & Sacred Folly

What makes a fool’s day happy? And what — if anything — makes us wise?

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First Sunday in Advent

Texts from Genesis, Isaiah & Revelation for the beginning of the church year.

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Bugs Bunny Stole My Cognitive Surplus!

Bugs Bunny’s first appearance, July 27th, 1940, was nominated for an academy award.

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Every Title the Story of a Reader

The true measure of Donalyn Miller’s students’ reading is shown in the challenges they set themselves, the new patterns & experiences they explored, and the richness of the “you had to be there” moments they shared.

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The Play’s the Thing

That we can watch such things for free over the internet via PBS is something for which I am immensely grateful. That this is just one more story we share as a family – that’s priceless.

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Boy. Dog.

A couple scenes from life with the new puppy.

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Madison Reads Leopold, 2010

Gaylord Nelson at Wyaslung State Park

“Yearly, the feathered tempest roared up, down, and across the continent, sucking up the laden fruits of forest and prairie, burning them in a traveling blast of life….”

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ABCDEF GHIJKLM NOPQRS TUVWXYZ

Acrostics — lists and songs arranged alphabetically — are of course a venerable tradition, uniting the ancient author of Psalm 119 with the youngest child learning to sing the ABC Song. One could say that the alphabet is the first & primary meme, the source behind every other, a natural fit for the blogosphere.

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Little Things

For me, microbiology always communicates a sense of secret revelation – it is so intimate, our very flesh & blood, and yet so intricate and strange. What a wonder to be able to see some small portion of the invisible entities that underlie our physical life!

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