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Cynsations: Guest Post: Joseph Bruchac on "You Don't Look Indian."

You don’t look like an Indian.

Ever heard anyone say that? It’s a safe bet that you have if you’re a contemporary Native American. Or, as my friends in Canada put it, a member of a First Nation.

And those were the exact words that I heard this past Saturday. Standing in front of a group of fifty sixth and seventh graders at Henry Hudson Middle School (And no, I shall not go into a rant about its namesake right now) in the Bronx.

I’d just finished doing my presentation to that very polite audience. Great kids. The very fact that they were here spending a sunny Saturday morning in school spoke volumes about their motivation. I’d been introduced as an American Indian author.

And as I told a story and then talked a little about my two YA novels—Wolf Mark (Lee & Low, 2011) and Killer of Enemies (Lee & Low/Tu, 2013)—which had just been given to each of those young men and women, they’d listened attentively.

“So,” I said, “any questions?”

And that was when, in the second row, the young woman wearing a scarf had raised her hand and made that comment. “You don’t look like an Indian.” [read more]

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Reblogged from The Other Grimoire

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The Shadow on the Blind and Other Ghost Stories. Mrs. Alfred Baldwin (nee Louisa MacDonald). London: J. M. Dent & Co. New York: Macmillan & Co., 1895. First edition.
A prolific writer of fiction and poetry, Louisa MacDonald was at the heart of late Victorian and Edwardian political and artistic society. “Fairly conventional, commercial Victorian ghost stories … except for [“The Empty Picture Frame”], which has touches that lift it above the other stories.” - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction

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The Shadow on the Blind and Other Ghost Stories. Mrs. Alfred Baldwin (nee Louisa MacDonald). London: J. M. Dent & Co. New York: Macmillan & Co., 1895. First edition.

A prolific writer of fiction and poetry, Louisa MacDonald was at the heart of late Victorian and Edwardian political and artistic society. “Fairly conventional, commercial Victorian ghost stories … except for [“The Empty Picture Frame”], which has touches that lift it above the other stories.” - Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Reblogged from Books and Art

It was a beautiful spring evening on the University of Virginia campus. I attended final project presentations by students in The Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. One team making a gold star presentation had studied the Hart and Risley word gap in young children entering school with proposals then evaluated for alleviating that gap for recommendation to RIF for possible implementation. Great work and heartfelt thanks to Cassidy, Olivia, Chanel and Emily!

It was a beautiful spring evening on the University of Virginia campus. I attended final project presentations by students in The Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. One team making a gold star presentation had studied the Hart and Risley word gap in young children entering school with proposals then evaluated for alleviating that gap for recommendation to RIF for possible implementation. Great work and heartfelt thanks to Cassidy, Olivia, Chanel and Emily!

Posted on Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

 Marie Curie (via photoencounters)

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Reblogged from Photo Encounters

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Olga Picasso (1923). Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Oil on canvas.
The last great portrait of his first wife that Picasso painted, “Olga Picasso” also marks the end both of Picasso’s neo-classical period and his interest in Olga herself. By the summer of 1923, Picasso had a new love interest and Olga’s features disappeared from his paintings.

books0977:

Olga Picasso (1923). Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973). Oil on canvas.

The last great portrait of his first wife that Picasso painted, “Olga Picasso” also marks the end both of Picasso’s neo-classical period and his interest in Olga herself. By the summer of 1923, Picasso had a new love interest and Olga’s features disappeared from his paintings.

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Reblogged from Books and Art

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Image: Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Today’s top book news item:
In a book out Tuesday, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens proposes six amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including measures aimed at preventing gerrymandering (that is, redrawing district lines for political advantage), abolishing the death penalty and allowing limits on the amount of money that political candidates and their supporters can spend on campaigns. Other amendments would promote stricter gun control and abolish states’ sovereign immunity.
The 94-year-old Stevens writes in the preface to his book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, that of his proposals, “the first four would nullify judge-made rules, the fifth would expedite the demise of the death penalty, and the sixth would confine the coverage of the Second Amendment to the area intended by its authors.” He added that he is confident “ultimately each will be adopted.”

Thank you, Justice Stevens!

nprbooks:

Image: Former Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Today’s top book news item:

In a book out Tuesday, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens proposes six amendments to the U.S. Constitution, including measures aimed at preventing gerrymandering (that is, redrawing district lines for political advantage), abolishing the death penalty and allowing limits on the amount of money that political candidates and their supporters can spend on campaigns. Other amendments would promote stricter gun control and abolish states’ sovereign immunity.

The 94-year-old Stevens writes in the preface to his book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, that of his proposals, “the first four would nullify judge-made rules, the fifth would expedite the demise of the death penalty, and the sixth would confine the coverage of the Second Amendment to the area intended by its authors.” He added that he is confident “ultimately each will be adopted.”

Thank you, Justice Stevens!

Posted on Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

Reblogged from NPR Books