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I'd like to share what I know about: Child Development, Guitar, Classics, Etymology, Music

I'd like to discover more about: Entomology, Robotics, Foreign Language

 I've spent most of my life getting paid to teach, mostly young children.  Obsessed with the ancient world, I studied Classics with a focus on Roman poetry, contributing to my degree in English from the University of Iowa.  I also studied Music Theory & Composition, have a lifelong addiction to music.  I distract myself … more

Cat, You Better Come Home
Cat lovers will rejoice when sharing Garrison Keillor's Cat, You Better Come Home  with their children.  Whether you're a fan of his work on American Public Media's "A …
reviewed Romanian Poems. June 01, 2010
Romanian Poems
Paul Celan's German poetry became major work for study and consideration from the prolific literary era after World War II.   Coming from a Romanian Jewish family, surviving the political …
reviewed Atari 2600. May 29, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
Atari 2600
2600 hertz is the frequency of a Captain Crunch cereal prize whistle that motivated nerdy kids of the 1960's to hack telecommunications systems.  What a perfect call sign for the machine that defined …
reviewed A Scientific Romance. May 28, 2010
A Scientific Romance
 Ronald Wright weaves one of the most splendid personal narratives I've ever read in A Scientific Romance.  Placing his characters on the edge of life itself through the device of terminal …
reviewed Two Cool Cows. May 22, 2010
Two Cool Cows
Have you ever noticed that many enduring children's stories beg the practical question of "Where ARE your parents?"  The freedom of imagination in literary experience is an important reader …
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Quick Tips
posted a Quick Tip about The Spirit of Aikido. July 24, 2010
The Spirit of Aikido
This book presents some subtle and important aspects of Aikido. I especially appreciated the sword section, descriptions of "entering" philosophy, and personal accounts of Ōsensei's legacy. …
posted a Quick Tip about Bastard Out of Carolina. July 24, 2010
Bastard Out of Carolina
Raw, dangerously emotional fiction with amazing character depths and strength of perception. Allison shouts a blunt commentary on selfishness, human nature, and the loneliness of abuse. Read and weep. …
posted a Quick Tip about The Dead Girls. July 09, 2010
posted in Indie Music
The Dead Girls
These guys are the real deal if you want 1) to know where rock and roll lives nowadays 2) to hear the best rhythm section in the midwest 3) to experience legitimate guitar creativity with hooks and harmony …
posted a Quick Tip about Cat's Cradle. June 24, 2010
Cat's Cradle
Best closing line ever in a novel: "....thumbing my nose at You Know Who."
posted a Quick Tip about Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Da.... June 20, 2010
Mama Makes Up Her Mind : And Other Dangers of Southern Living
If you ever heard Bailey White on National Public Radio you'll love how her voice is translated to text and how the eccentricities of the American South can be both magical and horrifying. The sense of …
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Latest Lists
created a list. June 29, 2010
The encouragement and strength of imagination that picture books offer to young children is a significant boon to development. These stories assure children …
Ten Apples Up On Top In the Night Kitchen The Giant Jam Sandwich The Tale of Peter Rabbit Tiki Tiki Tembo
created a list. June 16, 2010
posted in Awesomeness
There was a time, I believe, when the awesomeness of computers was measured by more aesthetic and original means.  Today's machines are powerful by comparison, …
Commodore 64 Lisa TI-99 4A Timex Sinclair 1000 TRS-80 Model III
created a list. June 16, 2010
Here are some works (piano / orchestral / classical) of various eras that I am crazy about.  List could get kind of long winded, let's just call it my …
Sonata Pathétique Gymnopedies Prelude no. 20 C minor Symphony No. 40 in G Minor Peter and the Wolf
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March 03, 2011
Ditto to what @ said! Congrats on the win and I'm flattered to have gotten a shout out in your acceptance speech as well! :)
March 10, 2011
Aw thanks, Devora! Of course you got a shout out, you're one of my favorite lunchers. ;) And thanks for reminding me about it in email.
March 03, 2011
Congrats, Chris, for winning the Best Book List in the Lunch Awards! I'm so proud of you, and I'm honored that you mentioned me in your speech (best speech ever! ;) ). Thanks so much. You're amazing, and I'm really happy to have met you through Cafe Libri and Lunch! Keep on writing, and I'll keep on reading. 
March 10, 2011
Thank you, Adrianna. And congratulations on your awards, you deserve it! Happy to have met you as well and I do plan on being around a bit more, writing and reading. Cheers.
March 20, 2011
Thanks so much, Chris! I look forward to your contributions when you have more time to write reviews. I'm getting ready to head back to school this winter, so my reviews won't be coming out as frequently anymore. I'm so glad you won a Golden Thumb. You rock! You deserved it too!
July 24, 2010
Thanks for the follow and for joining us in the Movie Hype community, Christopher! Welcome to the site and we are very happy to see you on board! :)
July 24, 2010
Hey you're welcome, William...been meaning to do both of those things for a while. =) Looking forward to catching up on every thing, cheers!
May 26, 2010
Hey Christopher, just dropped by to say welcome you to my Awesomeness community and thank you for the quick tips!  Good stuff :)  If you have any questions, fee free to let me know, and I look forward to reading more from you!
May 26, 2010
Well met, Queen of Awesomeness. Has anyone ever told you that you are, like, the nicest person on the internet and stuff? Thanks for taking your time and attention, etc. I have some ideas for silly postings in the Awesomeness community, so be certain to let me know if it is a strange fit / wrong kind of content or whatever your thoughts are (I know I can be a little sideways). Looking forward to reading more of your stuff too. =)
May 28, 2010
Queen of Awesomeness? I'll take it!  And... maybe (I'm just being modest ;).  But seriously, I'm flattered! Lookin' forward to the awesome stuff! :)
May 28, 2010
Oh that...heh. *blush* Yes, the category today is "...and other things your shouldn't type after having your evening refreshments..." O well, you can translate my meaning I'm sure. Cheers and thanks.
May 28, 2010
It's cool, it's not like you said anything mean! And that sounds like some of my nights on the internet.... :P
May 24, 2010
Thanks so much for joining the Cafe Libri Lunch Community. Hopefully, you will be inspired to write reviews, lists, or quick tips. Otherwise, feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy others' reviews. Don't feel shy about rating or commenting on them either. The writers really appreciate the feedback! Let me know if you have any questions!  

Thanks for all the current contributions you've made to the community! I can't wait to read through and comment on some of them once I'm done playing "catch-up." :)
May 25, 2010
Thank you, Adrianna, this is a pretty cool place and I'm enjoying myself. Also, congrats on your MA!
May 25, 2010
No problem, Christopher. I'm happy that you are having fun on the site. I'm also glad you enjoy Cafe Libri Reading Community so much. :) Also, thanks for the congrats on my MA. I have a small break before I start applying for my Ph.D. programs, so I will probably put out a couple of reviews soon. It's been far too long since I've written anything. (laughs)
May 26, 2010
Wow, aren't you the academic masochist? LOL. That is excellent....be sure to make every one call you Dr. Adrianna when you jump that hurdle! Looking forward to reading your stuff...but make sure you spend some of your free time taking a break at an amusement park or something. Cheers!
May 27, 2010
(laughs) Nah, I find academic learning a lot of fun. :)

To be honest, I haven't decided if I will ask people to call me Dr. or not. I know all the education is a lot of work, but I had a professor once who was very pretentious about everyone calling her doctor. By the end of the class, the students resented her. I guess it will depend on the academic environment as well, whether it's more formal or informal. 

I hope you enjoy reading my reviews too! I have quite a few out there, and I will hopefully post some soon after I am done playing catch-up in some message board rpgs. :)

This weekend I am going to the Kinetic Sculpture Race, so that will be very relaxing and fun. It's a big event where I live all about human powered vehicles. I hope you have a good weekend too!
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