Thursday, May 30, 2013

Links for Book Lovers

Discovered a neat link yesterday due to a post on the librarian's list serv.
A used book dealer blogs about bookmarks found in the old books he purchases. 

Another I love to visit

People caught reading on the subway in New York. Their books are identified too.

Posted about this one before but is a cool site to see how people display and shelve their book collections.

And for you librarians, Barbara Braxton of Australia does a fantastic job of discussing ways to make you and your job indispensible to your school and your patrons.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tornado Devastates Moore, Oklahoma

A terrifying nightmare. Details still being sorted. A direct hit on an elementary school. Lives lost, homes obliterated.

This prayer was posted on Facebook last night.

John DeBevoise

Prayer for those in the path of the tornado:

Alas, alas O God, how shall we pray when mayhem and destruction fly down from the sky? In our humanity we live in your creation with the power of storms and the seeming capriciousness of their path. With the disciples we cry out "Master, do you not care that we perish?" O God help those in the aftermath of the terrible storm, the traumatized, the grieving, the injured, the devastated. Reveal the power of your love to help and to heal in the midst of catastrophe. Speak your Word of hope and promise of resurrection in the face of death and loss. Holy Spirit, bring order from chaos, hold the broken together, give energy and strength, clarity and unity, to rescue and emergency workers, physicians and nurses, leaders and citizens. Have mercy on them O God who loves this world: children, families, friends and neighbors who know such great pain and whose hearts and homes are certainly shattered. For we pray in the name of Jesus Christ, who stilled the storm, had compassion on the suffering, and rose from the dead. Amen.     I don't know the author, but I do know the One to whom it is prayed.      

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Haywood Smith Laughing My Way Through Her New Book

Haywood Smith is always a fun read. This is a summary from the Goodreads website

If you’ve ever struggled with a health insurance claim, you’ll love Haywood Smith’s witty send-up of the health insurance industry, the drug companies, the medical profession, and falling apart ten years before Medicare. From the beloved author of The Red Hat Club and Wife-in-Law, Out of Warranty is a witty story of two lonely misfits who find exactly what they need in the most unlikely of situations, with a bonus of humor and heart.
“If you have anything weird wrong with you in this country, you’d better be Canadian.”

So says widowed Cassie Jones when, after being written off by countless doctors, she finally finds one who diagnoses her with a rare genetic form of arthritis. The condition is manageable, but not curable, and a new diagnosis, so her health insurance refuses to pay for most of her expensive medications and treatment. So widowed Cassie, still grieving for the love of her life and facing destitution because of her medical bills, decides she has to remarry for better health coverage. Enter one-legged hermit and curmudgeon Jack Wilson, on the same appointment schedule at their specialist’s, who’s rude and obnoxious, but eventually tries to help by setting up e-dating for Cassie. After a hilarious round of fix-ups and e-dating, Cassie’s left with no hope and no prospects.

That’s when Jack offers a strictly business marriage that could solve both their problems, with a serious set of house rules, including separate bedrooms. How well it will work remains to be seen.

With her trademark humor and sass, Haywood brings these two characters to life in an unlikely grown-up relationship that transcends their medical problems and will leave readers smiling long after the last page is turned.