Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Angel and Apostle by Deborah Noyes

Angel and Apostle: a novel by Deborah Noyes. Denver: Unbridled Books, 2005.

Love and lust, beauty and depravity Angels and Apostle has it all in a mix of marvelous complexities. Progressing at a deliberate pace we are with Pearl as she grows from childhood to adulthood. Because of the historical and sociological insights we empathize with our young, spirited outsider.

Our Pearl is the daughter of Hester Prynne, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s unfortunate victim of Puritan society in his work The Scarlet Letter. Noyes begins her novel with Hester in the stocks and Pearl wanting desperately to understand her place and relationship to those of her community.

We see those around her the intermingling of duplicity, jealousy, mockery, even hatred yet we also witness love, responsibility, and nobility of purpose. Adultery, the plague, squalor, and merriment at alehouses are all part of the seventeenth-century intercontinental tale along with the sweet duality of the verdant New Forest.

Friday, May 1, 2009

View of Sacré Coeur through L’horloge a Musée d’Orsay

View of Sacré Coeur through L’horloge a Musée d’Orsay

View of Sacré Coeur through L’horloge a Musée d’Orsay photo by Ana Sofia

Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle

Angel of Sainte Chapelle

Sainte Chapelle

Video of Sainte Chapelle.

More video of stained glass and tracery.

Ana Sofia Hernandez and Sid Kamerman Part 1

A Parisian Beauty and Sid

Sid and Ana at the Bird Market

The unanimous favorite.

Metropolitan Metro stop gorgeous ironwork and more gorgeous models.

On to Sainte Chapelle

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Exercise 23: Thanks for the memories!

Because I am a visual person images are such a joy. Of all the exercises I really liked the
flickr mash ups and the online generators best. Because I am a pragmatic person I also liked Bloglines to help me find and organize the RSS feeds and the 2007 Web 2.0 Awards List for introducing me to so many valuable new sites. Bloglines and the Awards List makes me more efficient and effective. Since I am a believer in life long learning, the entire adventure in Navigating New Technologies helped to broaden my geek horizons.

2. Until the “23 things” program my education and furthering of my professional development was “catch as catch can,” or simply haphazard: for instance, I would take part in whatever irresistible class was offered that would fit my work schedule, whatever topic was offered at the OCLC symposium at either ALA mid-winter or annual conferences, whatever workshops were offered by the Center for University Teaching Center, the Technology and all that Jazz Workshop (before it passed on was an "ahead of the curve" introduction to cutting edge technologies), whatever workshops PLAN offered, or continuing education courses that fit my schedule, or a personal campaign to learn new software (often presentation power point or Articulate type software).

3. There were several things that were takeaways for me. The list of categorized winning web sites was wonderful. The concept of the mash up was great as well. I had to have faith that the application did exist. The most concrete takeaway will be the blog that I wanted to start a year ago.

4. We were all working in separate vacuums. Frequently students learn best from peers. Peers who keep them from going down the wrong path, peers who share with each other to seek out perceived quality resources, peers who motivate each other by simple but insistent inquiries into progress toward completion. Students could not be responsible to read all blogs but could be put into groups or teams. I feel that the completion rate would be higher if there had been some required interaction.

5. I will be at the beginning of the line for any future discovery program that you may offer. I found the program to be more of a time demand than I initially assessed. I could have never done the program during work time and also accomplished my assignments. The discover exercise required a very fair amount of volunteered hours.

Exercise 22: netLibrary and Project Gutenberg

Net library has been a favorite of mine for a number of years. However, I’ve found that our library users are not as immediate in their acceptance of this product. I’ve demonstrated that they do not have to read the entire book online. They can easily zero in on the specific chapter or chapters that will meet their needs. Somehow if the book is of interest to them the conversation comes around to, “Do you have a print copy of this book?” Each time it happens I am surprised, but it happens at least 80% of the time. The Net Library interface I find to be useable but not entirely intuitive. I particularly like the search feature that gets the user to the chapters that will meet his/her needs and the dictionary feature. What a luxury to have it resident so that the student does not have to open another browser window.

Project Gutenberg began even before I started library school. Its infancy was in 1971. Where else can you search for a favorite Shakespearean quote with such ease? This site is a dream come true. What a wealth of out of copyright classics. How much easier it is for serious literacy textual scholars.