As you may know, November is National Novel Writing Month. The goal is 50,000 words in 30 days, and it’s almost too much fun. And afterwards, you have a huge pile of words to work with.
What you may not know is that there are fabulous prizes for meeting that goal. First, of course, are the terrific bragging rights of actually writing a novel-length document, if not an actual coherent novel. There are web badges to help with the bragging and t-shirts. There are also discounts on programs like Dragon, Scrivener, and Tinderbox.
Back when I was a young boy growing up in Independence, there were two things that really got me stoked (besides playing in the yard): the Chiefs and reading. I would watch Chiefs games with my parents, mostly on TV but occasionally at the stadium. After a little while, I would get bored, but K. C. Wolf was always there and I thought he was the coolest mascot in the league!
Recently, I had the pleasure of hosting a tea party program here at the branch. We had a visit from a wonderful representative of the John Wornall House Museum and Alexander Majors Historic House and Museum. Her name is Dorene Disbrow, and she taught us all kinds of useful things related to table manners and setting the table for tea.
MCPL has a wonderful collection of picture books. One of my new favorites is a book titled The Flower Man by Mark Ludy. It is a wordless book; however, the pictures paint a very sweet and rich story about how a small gesture can have a huge impact on an entire community.
What about rotten food, lice, rats, dysentery, and scurvy, (“oh my!”)? Ahh, this is the pirate life. Want to experience the golden age of piracy? Put on your skull and crossbones bandana and head to Union Station where "The Real Pirates" traveling exhibit will be on display through January 5, 2014.
The first crossword puzzle was compiled by journalist Arthur Wynne and published December 12, 1913 in the newspaper New York World. The first puzzle was diamond shaped and provided one clue for every two numbers, but it did not include the blackout squares we see today.
"Um, he's sick. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious."
That’s just one of the bazillion lines from 80s movies I have locked in the recesses of my brain, along with songs, TV shows, and even commercials. "Where’s the beef?" Oh, how I miss that old girl!
Ahh! Summertime! I have a friend that frequently asks me, "And how does your garden grow?" This is the year that my garden is awesome, thanks to our bountiful spring rains.
After perusing every new gardening book I came across, I decided to make a round garden, divided into three sections. This year, one section is devoted to zinnias for a cutting garden. I have also "grown" a bottle tree. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you can grow one of these!