Wednesday, February 23, 2011

‘The Lost Hero’ by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (Disney/Hyperion Books, 2010), first book in The Heroes of Olympus, returns readers to the world of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series about demigods, offspring of mortals and Olympian gods.

The first book in this new series takes the story in an interesting new direction: the Greek gods were also known to mortals in the guise of their Roman counterparts — and produced demigod offspring of their own.

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Web opinions are frequently unreliable

A set of questions from my textbook reading this week for an online course in Library and Information Technology ought to be transcribed and framed above the desktop or slipped into the e-Reader case of anyone who relies on the Internet as a source of information. The questions serve as an important reminder of what each of us should ask about the information we consume.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Poetry is constantly evolving

One of the lasting benefits to my having volunteered producing a newsletter for the Lake County Arts Council is the periodic bulletin I get from the California Arts Council. Of particular interest to me is arts coverage in the media.

Banned Books Week arrives early

A disturbing sight confronted me on Sunday as I viewed the portable book-laden cart that serves as a small church library. Someone had removed an entire series of books by a particular author without checking them out.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Unwanted ‘advice’ is frequently off-base

On the Café Press website, an entire line of T-shirts and other items serve as proxy advocates with which parents can communicate, “Your parenting suggestions are unwelcome unless you have a child with [fill-in-the-blank].”