pameladlloyd: Horton the Elephant, from Dr. Suess' book, Horton Hears a Who (A Person's a Person)

Thanks, Andrea Kuszewski, for your post on Google+, directing your followers to your Science 2.0 blog post, Don't Shelter Your Children: Coping With Stress As A Child Develops Resilience And Emotion Regulation As An Adult.

It's hard to find the right balance between giving our children the freedom to develop confidence and the shelter they need from truly harmful experiences. Beyond that, it's impossible to truly shelter our children. Life is full of stress and many of the experiences that cause stress are entirely out of control. Certainly, I know that my own children had far more stress in their early lives than I would have chosen for them, most of it arising from issues over which I had very little control. That said, I have recognized a pattern of growing protectiveness from generation to generation in our society.

Helen Keller once said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”

In general, children growing up in the first half of the twentieth century (my parents' generation) were far less supervised than I was, and my childhood was less supervised than my children's. This trend toward protectiveness, which I believe has moved into overprotectiveness in many ways, has been paralleled by changes in playground equipment and activities. The "normal" bumps and bruises, and even broken bones, of childhood are no longer seen as acceptable. It's rare to see the tetherballs, jungle gyms, merry-go-rounds, and teeter-totters that were in every park and schoolyard when I was a kid. The trampoline classes I took with my brothers at the YMCA summer camp, are getting to be as rare as hen’s teeth, since most schools and activity clubs have eliminated the trampoline from their equipment, due to the expense of insurance. (Ironically, more families than ever have trampolines in the backyard, which means that kids are actually less safe because they probably aren’t getting the right supervision or training.)

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a fan of broken bones and I required my kids to wear helmets when they rode their bicycles, and helmets, knee, and elbow pads when they skated on the sidewalk in front of our house. Still, sometimes I wonder if all the emphasis on safety is worth it, when it means our children's lives become more and more restricted.
pameladlloyd: Green Woman West - Self Awareness by  Johanna Uribes, c. 2009-2011 (greenwoman)

LiveJournal's "Writer's Block" question for August 9, 2011:

If you could, would you set a zoo animal free? Which one and why?

I would never set a zoo animal free.

Zoo animals do not know how to care for themselves, so releasing one is very likely to result in its injury or death. In addition, many zoo animals could be a danger to humans, so releasing them could place people at risk. In either case, it's irresponsible and cruel to simply release a zoo animal.

Typically, zoo animals are well-cared for, but if I learned that a zoo animal was being mistreated, I would take legal and/or political steps to end the mistreatment and, if necessary, to move the animal to a facility that would care for it appropriately.

The one exception I would make to this, is that if I were working with a legitimate animal rehabilitation and release program, one that was acting responsibly and within the law to return wild animals to original and appropriate habitats, such as one affiliated with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, I would happily work to reintroduce animals to the wild.

Crossposted manually from
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Default)
Today's libraries are dynamic and offer much, much more than books. We're very lucky, here in Tucson, to have Liz Danforth (G+) on our library staff, where she has acted as a liaison between the more traditional library world and the gaming world.  A self-described "Librarian-Gamer-Geek," she writes the “Games, Gamers, and Gaming” column for Library Journal. Some of you may also know her from the artwork she's done for games (for example, Wizards of the Coast's "Magic the Gathering") and, if you're at GenCon, you can check out her work in the art show, you lucky person, you.

Here's a small sample of what's going on in the Pima County Public Libraries:

Baker's Dozen: get a taste of what's cookin' on the web

I realize that most of you are far, far beyond needing these beginning web classes, but I also suspect you know someone who could benefit, so I figure this isn't completely irrelevant.

Note: I've linked to the About page, because it lists links to each of the tutorials and also lists the tutorials not yet published.

Worlds of Imagination Sci-Fi/Fantasy Art Contest & Workshops

Teen artists may submit their artwork from August 13th through September 24th at any Pima County Public Library branch to enter the Pima County Public Library's annual Fantastic Creations Art Contest. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Joel D. Valdez Main library during October. In previous years (through 2009?), the awards were handed out at our local science fiction convention, TusCon, but this year: "The winners will be honored at an art grand opening on October 9th. The grand prize winner will have the opportunity to design the poster for next year's summer teen rock concert!"

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Art workshops are taught by professional artists on a wide range of topics.

Well, I'm heading off to watch an episode of Buffy ("Once More with Feeling") and then head to sleep. Y'all have fun, now.
pameladlloyd: icon from <lj user-shatterwise>, art by Rackham (Pensive Woman)
I don't remember exactly when I first encountered Granny O'Grimm, but today I stumbled across the full video of her rendition of Sleeping Beauty, over on YouTube, and felt I should share. This little film—it's only six minutes long—is a brilliantly fractured version of the tale. I'm just glad that Granny O'Grimm wasn't my granny.

Spoiler )

pameladlloyd: Horton the Elephant, from Dr. Suess' book, Horton Hears a Who (A Person's a Person)
I recently started a genealogy blog at Blogger. My new blog is Searching for Roots and Branches, and my most recent post, a poem, is at Where I'm From, an Adaptation.
pameladlloyd: Horton the Elephant, from Dr. Suess' book, Horton Hears a Who (A Person's a Person)
Last night, I shared a shorter, simpler version of the following information in the comments to a friend's post on Google+. However, I think this may be of help to others who are still trying to figure Google+ out, especially those who are on LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, so I'm posting it on those services, as well as sharing it on Google+.

Most descriptions of Google+ compare it to Facebook, but when it comes to posting and how your posts are shared, I think G+ has more in common with services such as LiveJournal and Dreamwidth, than with Facebook. So, for those of you who are familiar with LJ or Dw, here's a short overview of who will see your posts.

When you share something on Google+ ), you get to choose who will see your post by selecting to make it public; limiting those who see it to one or more of your circles, or one or more email addresses; or even by sharing with only yourself.

To share your post with the world, leave the green Public button in the list of those who can see your post (or, if it's not visible, select it from the list of options). This is the equivalent of selecting "Everyone (Public)" from the Show this entry to: list when posting on LJ or Dw.

To the right of the Public button, you'll also see +Add more people. This is an option that is not available on LJ, Dw, or Facebook. You can use this option to specify one or more of your circles, but since they will already see your post, that would be a bit redundant, unless there's something I'm missing. The real power of this option is that you can add the email addresses of people who are not yet on G+ and they will receive an email with your user pic, the full text of your post, and a link to your post on Google+. Note that during the Beta period, the recipient(s) may, or may not, recieve an invitation to join G+; once G+ goes live, they should recieve an invite.

To limit your post, click the x on the right side of the Public button. Now, you'll see the text, +Add circles or people to share with.... When you select 
+Add circles or people to share with..., you will see a list of options that include a list of your circles (e.g. "Friends", "Family", etc.), "Your circles", and "Extended circles". Note that, depending on how many circles you've got, some of your circles may be hidden and you'll have an option to see more.

To share your post with everyone who is in any of your circles, select the "Your circles" option. This is the equivalent of selecting "Friends" on LJ, or "Access List" on Dw.

To share your post with everyone in your circles and everyone in their circles, select the "Extended circles" option. This option is more like the "Friends of friends" privacy setting in Facebook and, to the best of my knowledge, has no direct equivalent on LJ or Dw.

To share your post with a more limited selection of people, click the x on the right side of the Public button (and any other visible buttons for circles or people you don't want to see the post), click +Add circles or people to share with..., then specify those 
with whom you want to share by selecting the circle or circles for those people already in your circles, typing the names of people already on G+ (you'll see a list of people from which you can choose) and adding the email addresses for those not yet on G+ (emails for your Google contacts will be listed, so, if you are a Gmail user, you probably won't have to type the entire address). This is the equivalent of selecting "Custom..." on LJ, or "Custom" on Dw, and actually offers you more flexibility than either of those services.

To create a post that only you can see, simply remove all circles from the 
+Add circles or people to share with... box by clicking the x on each button, then enter your G+ user name. This is the equivalent of selecting "Just Me (Private)" on LJ or Dw. (For those of you on G+ who saw the original comment that spurred this post, this is a correction to the information I gave there.)

I hope this rather long-winded explanation will be helpful to people who are still trying to figure out G+. So far, I've been very pleased with my experience at Google+, which encourages me to Follow ("Friend" on LJ, "Read" on Dw) anyone I find interesting, to share tidbits with my followers as I might on Facebook or Twitter, and to create the deeper sense of connection that the LiveJournal and Dreamwidth services foster. Of course, there's more going on here, with the addition of Sparks, which act similarly to RSS feeds, the impending integration of other Google services, and the evolution of Google+ in response to our feedback.

If you think you might be interested in participating during the Beta, let me know and make sure I've got your email address, and I'll try to send you an invite. No promises, since Google is the gatekeeper, but I can certainly put in the request and this will automatically put us in each other's circles.
pameladlloyd: Happy Bear by Boynton, "Oh, What a Great Moment!" (What a Great Moment!)
A friend of mine, [ profile] mmegaera, just announced that her first curated virtual museum exhibits are now available on the Tacoma Historical Society website. These are historic postcards in four categories: Schools of Old Tacoma, People...Virtually, Parks of Tacoma, and Commerce in Tacoma. The links to each exhibit are on the left side of the page.
pameladlloyd: icon from <lj comm=musesrealm> (Not All Who Wander Are Lost)
Ever since my last post, I've been saddled with the nagging feeling that I'd not only made a misspelling in my entry, but that the misspelling was in my title.

This is not exactly a comfortable feeling for someone who tutors writing.

So, I finally looked it up. It turns out that this is a term in transition and I'm in, if not good company, at least, numerous company, as 46% of people will use the spelling I did. Even the folks at Oxford Press now see this as a variant, although the New Oxford American Dictionary flags it as a nonstandard variant. You can read more about this lexicographic issue on the OUPblog.
pameladlloyd: icon from <lj comm=musesrealm> (Not All Who Wander Are Lost)
Hello, Everybody!

Recently, I signed up with SoulNeeds, which describes itself as "the conscious social network." I'm not particularly active on there (no surprise, there, huh?), but I do enjoy receiving their email newsletter, "The Daily SoulFeed."

Today's newsletter started with the following:
To be the best in anything you have to be curious about everything and take nothing for granted.

Einstein, one of the greatest minds of the last century described himself as "neither especially clever nor especially gifted." Then he added, "I am only very, very curious."

Be eager to learn. Be fascinated by the strange passions of human beings. Always ask questions. Be in pursuit of the strange and unusual. Discover and explore always!

As someone who has always enjoyed learning—even when I didn't enjoy school, which was the usual case while I was in elementary school, and all too often in high school—I can really appreciate this sentiment. My curiosity has even been noticed by my coworkers, here at the Learning Center. When I shared today's message with them, one of the other tutors commented on my willingness to find out more about anything that comes up that is new to me. As a tutor, it's really great to know that I am modeling this behavior for the students I work with.

I believe this is also a quality usually found in good writers. Certainly, many of my writer-friends have discussed the lure of research, which may, if not held in check, take them on paths that wander far from the intended goal. When time is precious, and when isn't it, we may feel that we are being self-indulgent in taking wandering research trips. Perhaps this is so, in the short term, but over the length of our lives, I believe that much of what we gain from these unplanned journeys into knowledge will prove to be serendipitous in ways we might never guess, beforehand.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (reading)
I'm at the Learning Center and researching publishers in connection with a project here. In my researches, I discovered the Bookjobs website, which offers an overview of publishers. While directed at job seekers, the information about the publishers may be a useful resource for people seeking publication.

My other research topic (or, more correctly, my primary research topic) is learning styles. Along with one of the other tutors, I will be putting together resource materials on learning styles for tutors and students, as well as a training session on this subject for the tutorial staff.

I've also been given a leadership role with respect to a wiki we are developing, designed to help college students find educational resources that will help them to succeed in school.
pameladlloyd: icon from <lj comm=musesrealm> (Not All Who Wander Are Lost)
I'm at the Learning Center, between students, and getting ready to brush up on my algebra skills (I've started helping students with math, as well as writing), and I came across the following quote in an algebra text:

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

I love the quote, but must acknowledge that there's a bit of irony in my use today, since I'm attempting to remaster something I had previously mastered, but have since forgotten.
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alya)
This is very cool! I want to power my home with artificial "leaves!"

Debut of the first practical 'artificial leaf'
Scientists today claimed one of the milestones in the drive for sustainable energy — development of the first practical artificial leaf. Speaking here at the 241st National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described an advanced solar cell the size of a poker card that mimics the process, called photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert sunlight and water into energy.

pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (lady with cup)
As have many of my writer friends, I've examined the pros and cons of self-publishing. The publishing industry is in flux, and this means that there are new challenges and opportunities for writers. I think that many of us struggle with the idea that, if we could just figure it out, we could determine the "best" way to get our work published.

But the reality is that there is no more one best way to publication than there is one best way to write.

All that said, Amanda Hocking, USA Today best-selling author, who has achieved her success through self-publishing, shares her thoughts on the subject in her blog post, "Some Things That Need to Be Said ". It's well worth reading.

Hungry Cats

Mar. 3rd, 2011 08:07 pm
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Horn of Plenty)
My work at the West Campus Learning Center at our local community college has me finishing up each day at 7 p.m. Since I usually feed our cats in the evenings, they've started congregating at the front door around then, greeting me with vociferous demands that they be fed immediately. I resist following orders, especially from the non-human members of our household, partly out of principle and partly out of the certainty that if I ever start there will never be an end to it. In fact, having arrived home less than an hour ago, I have cats sitting outside my bedroom door at this moment, wailing their dismay at my decision to write this post before feeding them.

The cats' impassioned pleas for food have become something of a joke in our house, so tonight I was greeted not only by them, but by an email from my husband, containing only a JPEG created by one of our boys:

pameladlloyd: Romantic watercolor image of a woman gazing at the moon (Moon Gazing)
I just finished reading the most wonderful fairytale. Although recently written, it has the timeless feel of the fairytales I grew up reading.

Go! Read "The River of the Fire of Life" by Francesca Forrest (aka [ profile] asakiyume) on page 36 of the current issue of New Fairy Tales. Then (if you're on Facebook) go like New Fairy Tales on Facebook and tell them how wonderful this story is. Then go tell [ profile] asakiyume how wonderful her story is.

That. Is. All.
pameladlloyd: Fairy with dice, children's book illustration by Christian Martin Weiss (Gambling Fairy)
I hope all of my American friends and readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving day was great for me and my family, with a wonderful home-cooked vegetarian meal. Our home is turkey-friendly. :-)

Friday morning, however, I woke coughing, as the nasty virus/flu/what-have-you that has plagued me since at least the last week in October returned, this time as a bacterial infection. Monday, tired of coughing so hard it was hard to catch my breath during an attack, I dragged myself in to the medical clinic, where I was diagnosed with bronchitis and put on powerful antibiotics. I'm not completely well, yet, but definitely feeling much better.

Also on Monday, I received a package in the mail. Last week, based on a mention by a LiveJournal friend, [ profile] asakiyume, I ordered some Soliga Forest Honey from Himalaya Herbal Healthcare. Also, what with my cough, and all, I ordered some Koflet lozenges.

Here's what arrived:

You'll notice that they added something--a tube of Himalaya lip care--as a free gift.

The first thing I did was to take a cough drop and make some herbal tea sweetened with honey.


The cough drops have a bit of bite. I really like them. The honey is very dark and thick. It has a very complex flavor, a bit tart, which makes regular honey seem over-sweet in comparison. The lip care is fabulous, probably the best of any I've tried, with a coconut oil base, plus sesame seed oil, cocoa butter, and other natural ingredients. It was badly needed, as my lips were quite chapped, so it was a very welcome gift.

I just posted a short note on Goodreads.
The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) (Oz, #1)The Annotated Wizard of Oz (Centennial Edition) by L. Frank Baum

I found this book on the library shelves when I was in El Paso this summer. I was really enjoying it, but my schedule while there made my progress slow and I haven't yet had the time (work) and energy (illness) to see if it's available in the Tucson library. I definitely hope to finish this book, as I found it to be a fascinating glimpse into Baum's life and writings that went far beyond other biographical essays I've read about him. I also appreciated the insight into the different artists and into publishing during that era.

View all my reviews

Also, in other news, I'm very happy to say that I'll be returning to the Pima Community College West Campus Learning Center as a part-time staff member and tutor. I'll be starting Monday afternoon
pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alya)
My most recent contract position ended earlier this week, so I've been getting caught up on sleep after the big push at work to meet the release deadline and working on getting over the flu that's made it's rounds through the house for the last few weeks. I'm also trying to get caught up on chores I put off doing while I was feeling overwhelmed, plus I'm doing a bit of writing (or, well, maybe writing prep is more accurate) for myself. Oh, and one more thing I'm doing is working on getting the word out to the IT world that I'm available.

Wednesday I downloaded the new Scrivener for Windows Beta. I've started two new projects in it. The first is a collaboration with my husband, and the second is a novel I started (mumble) years ago. It'll be interesting to see how this works. By the way, for those of you who are participating in NaNoWriMo (as my eldest son is doing for the second year in a row), Literature and Latte is offering a 50% Discount for All NaNoWriMo 2010 winners, and 20% off for those who try, even if they don't manage 50,000 words.

My husband and I have been listening to some old classic songs, such as My Girl, by the Temptations, and Be My Baby, by the Ronettes:

Karl says listening to these old songs is like eating potato chips. Once you get started, it's hard to stop.

pameladlloyd: Alya, an original character by Ian L. Powell (Alya)
Today I came across Why do the National Book Awards bar fairy tales?, by Laura Miller on I wasn't aware of the restriction, but I do have to wonder at it. Sometimes, a retelling is simply that, but sometimes, it's the basis for going beyond the traditional story to find new meaning.
pameladlloyd: Fairy with dice, children's book illustration by Christian Martin Weiss (Gambling Fairy)
My very good friend, [ profile] frankieroberts, has just made her first book sale! To sweeten this, she found out on her birthday! Check out her blog post at TusCon 37 and A Sale! for the details.

Frankie and I used to be in the same writers' group. While I'm no longer part of the group since I just haven't been able to keep to a regular writing schedule, I've had the pleasure hearing Frankie read at our local con, TusCon. I was very disappointed to have missed her reading at the con this year, as illness kept me from attending. I've even had her reading on my Google Calendar for weeks, just to make sure I was there, because she's writing the kind of paranormal romance I enjoy and she's gotten very, very good.

So, drop by her blog for the low-down on the book, and keep your eyes peeled for Veiled Mirror. You won't be sorry.
pameladlloyd: Fairy with dice, children's book illustration by Christian Martin Weiss (Gambling Fairy)
For all my NaNoWriMo friends and family out there:

I am writing a different kind of book (or, rather, two of them), the technical kind. I have been very, very busy. Someday, I hope to return to hanging out with all my LJ friends, at least once in a while, but now is not that time. *sigh*

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