The Winter of My Discontent

The geraniums are surviving an L.A. winter

Richard:
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this son of York;
And all the clouds that low’r'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
Richard The Third Act 1, scene 1, 1–4, by William Shakespeare

Sooner or later there had to be a Shakespeare reference in my writing. It’s my comfort, and almost like a talisman or Magic 8 Ball to me. Something wrong? Flip to any random page in the Collected Works and find an answer. Ok, so maybe not, but it makes me feel better.

When I was ten years old or maybe eleven, my grandmother and Aunt Jessie took me to the mall and said that I had ten whole dollars to spend. The Glendale Galleria was a new thing and like any kid with a fistful of unexpected money, I was excited. I didn’t know what to buy. Toys didn’t appeal. Clothes? No. Then I saw it, the huge volume of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare sitting on a stand. It was HUGE, it was brown, it was some kind of fake leather binding and it was ten dollars. My eyes lit up, and I skipped to it, picking the heavy thing up lovingly. I had no idea who Shakespeare was, but I wanted this book.  It was my first remembered incident with that thing Nancy Pearl calls Book Lust. I coveted this book desperately.

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What I’m Reading & Sharing

I read a LOT!

Not just books.

AmoXcalli is for books and that’s where I talk about the books I read.  But, I read much more, daily and often, I share on Twitter and Facebook. Here’s two days in links from my Buffer Dashboard.

Kindle Fire: Ad Impression Delivery on Fire

How to Turn Your Tablet into an Awesome, Productivity-Boosting Second Screen
Almond and Orange Blossom Croquants Cookies j.mp/vv4vCH
Inclán aprendió náhuatl para interpretar a Moctezuma – El Universal – Espectáculos http://j.mp/vxLb9I
Luis Rodriguez, Author Of ‘It Calls You Back,’ On Los Angeles’ Revolutionary Past j.mp/t3Do5q
Mexico to cash in on 2012 Mayan end of the world apocalypse prophecy – Telegraph http://j.mp/v57tc1
The Science of Staying Young: Scientific American http://j.mp/uOCmUk
Animation Desk for iPad presents you the virtual reality of creating animation. « lakingeneva1 http://j.mp/vXahaT
Touch Press talks digital publishing, Kindle Fire and inspirational book-apps http://j.mp/tihOlO
Roger Ebert’s Top 20 Movies of 2011 | /Film http://j.mp/rPDlyg
Feds Tell Man To Stop Giving Away His Sperm for Free Online j.mp/vHCzQV
Kindle Fire Utility Easily Roots, Updates, and Hacks Your Kindle Fire j.mp/rSSXe0
Two days in the desert with Apple’s lost founder, Ron Wayne — j.mp/sbNByQ
Bill Clinton’s 21 Favorite Books j.mp/tuH7cb
Geologists Find Source of Stonehenge’s Inner Stones: j.mp/v90nwv #science #geology
Google+ rolling out new features this week j.mp/rUORmK #google #tech #latism #llblog
Super Bowl to be streamed online and to Verizon phones for the first time — Engadget http://j.mp/vHt8LT
McSweeney’s to Start Poetry Imprint : j.mp/vQ7fP0
Smurf town in Spain votes to stay blue – Boing Boing j.mp/rxWIcI #smurfs #movies #spain #latism #llblog
How Twitter Stores 250 Million Tweets a Day Using MySQL j.mp/s64WEC ..
Vaclav Havel – An Intertwining of Artist and Politician j.mp/v5ZKfI
Why hardware is the new software – Fortune Tech http://j.mp/vfrANu
Michael Chabon takes backlist titles to e-publisher j.mp/uFcyur
Mexico Mayan region launches apocalypse countdown j.mp/udg4ch
Beethoven music shaped by gradual deafness, say experts j.mp/tbyyFc
Scientists discover how water makes chili peppers hotter – CSMonitor.com http://j.mp/v0gIms
Mexico to cash in on 2012 Mayan end of the world apocalypse prophecy: j.mp/v57tc1
Everyone’s Mixtape Is a Socially-Curated Playlist Creator j.mp/tUBHVv http://j.mp/tUBHVv
Some Spiders Have Brains in Their Legs j.mp/sUarXY

Kindled Out

I have a Kindle. Nothing fancy, just the little $79.00 one (I am so impatient for the new Kindle Fire), but it’s enough (though it would be so much better with a light in it). I’ve set up collections for Jasmine of books she’d love to read and together, we found Amazon’s freebies of wonderful 19th century books. To my surprise, there were a lot of the books I’d fallen in love with at her age: Pollyanna; Five Little Peppers and How They Grew; Anne of Green Gables; Eight Cousins; Jo’s Boys; and on and on.

This weekend we found all the Andrew Lang Color Fairy books and I was taken back to a little LAPL (Los Angeles Public Library) on Elizabeth Street in Cudahy where I first stumbled upon those books. I read them avidly all summer and fell in love with the tales. My favorite was one called Cap O’Rushes. The thought of Jasmine reading that story made me smile. Jasmine and I happily downloaded all the fairy books to the Kindle and set up yet another collection.

On weekends there, I hand over the Kindle and don’t see it again until I’m home, when she reluctantly hands it over as I get out of the car. I foresee a Kindle in her Christmas future.

The Kindle is getting packed and now, with Cybils nominations closed and the availability of many of the nominated titles on Kindle, this thing just might end up being maxed out.

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