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Ten Randoms ‘Bout Me (my brain always locks up at first when I try to think of these things… ):
1. I’m a natural redhead with brown eyes.
2. My favorite kind of bread is German Dark Rye Bread (sometimes called Black Bread here in the States). Some of this with a plate of fresh Caprese salad… mmm, happy nomnoms.
3. I’m an AmeriCorps NCCC alumni
4. I have a wonky knee that likes to slip out of socket if I’m not mindful about how I’m standing, sitting or kneeling.
5. My maiden name is Wright, my birthday is on Dec. 17th, the day of the Wright Bros flight at Kitty Hawk, NC. I don’t know if I’m at all related to those boys but I always thought this coincidence was kinda funny. Especially now that I live in NC.
6. I was an “accident” for my parents. That warning about that small percentage of the pill not guaranteed to work — *waves*
7. I love to cook and bake but I’m notorious for being incapable of following a recipe 100% without throwing in my own “what about this instead” flair.
8. I’m a sucker for ninja movies and cheezy, badly written / produced horror flicks.
9. I hate cotton candy.
10. My favorite scents are mostly nature based — evergreens (i LOVE the scent of pine, cedar, fir), grass, moss, rain, saltwater, wild sage plant, that smell of rain hitting dry earth (I grew up in high desert country), the smell of tomato plants in the sun. I also love that smell of aged, distressed leather. Prob. why I get all giddy in old libraries.
I was just a 17-year old kid from the Bronx with dreams of becoming a scientist, and somehow the world’s most famous astronomer found time to invite me to Ithaca in upstate NY and spend a Saturday with him.
I remember that snowy day like it was yesterday. He met me at the bus stop. He showed me his laboratory at Cornell University. Carl reached behind his desk, and inscribed this book (Cosmic Connection) for me:
For Neil Tyson,
With all good wisdom to a future astronomer.
- Carl Sagan
At the end of the day, he drove me back to the bus station. The snow was falling harder. He wrote his phone number, his home phone number, on a scrap of paper. And he said, “If the bus can’t get through, call me. Spend the night at my home, with my family.”
I already knew I wanted to become a scientist, but that afternoon I learned from Carl the kind of person I wanted to become. He reached out to me and to countless others. Inspiring so many of us to study, teach, and do science. Science is a co-operative enterprise, spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher. A community of minds reaching back from antiquity and forward to the stars.
Designed like a case file, chock-full of notes, journal entries, letters, e-mails, illustrations, and more, The Defense of Thaddeus A. Ledbetter is a hilarious middle-grade novel that argues why Thaddeus should be released from his in-school suspension and explains the unbelievable circumstances that led to his punishment. Like Adrian Mole and the Great Brain, Thaddeus is a too-smart-for-his-own-good hero. ** GoodReads.com
This is a fun (and pretty funny!) YA fast read about a highly intelligent, perhaps painfully honest 7th grader, always eager to better the world around him. His enthusiasm ends up getting him in ISS (In School Suspension) for an entire year due to a number of incidents he swears were simple misunderstandings. Thaddeus puts together a file of documents proving his innocence. This book is all his evidence plus emails back and forth between him, the school principal, Thaddeus’s uncle / lawyer and local businesses enraged with Thaddeus’s good intentions gone wrong. Thaddeus also throws in random ideas, ISS boredom-inspired life thoughts and “fun facts”. The story does have a tinge of sadness when it’s revealed that Thaddeus’s mother was recently widowed. There are a few blurbs where Thaddeus reveals the struggles he has at home, missing his father’s presence, wishing for his advice in these tough teen years.
Thaddeus reminded me of Sheldon Cooper from The Big Bang Theory, or how you might imagine such a character in jr. high. Fun read for those who love fast reads, graphic or artwork based novels. Some of my favorite excerpts below:
"We haven’t used hardcover encyclopedias in this millenium."