When you think of reading, you think of a solitary activity, don’t you? I do. Reading has always been a solo venture for me. Of course, in the beginning, I had to have help with it – my mother would read to me, or help me read for myself by pointing out errors in pronunciation or helping me with context by either explaining words that I didn’t understand, or later on, pointing me towards the massive Concise Oxford that sat on the bookshelf. Still, none of that was particularly social. It was more a matter
When I am reading, I tend to fidget with things – my fingernails, the edge of a page, my hair, anything I can get my hands on. It’s a nervous habit borne out of restlessness. But I also believe that part of it is due in some part to this new generation of instant-gratification technology. I know. It sounds like I am blaming technology for my own short-comings. Yet another malady that is showing up more and more in our lives – laying blame outside of ourselves. But allow me to muse on that other issue for a
The whole notion of “online privacy” is a hot topic these days. I wrote briefly about this issue in last week’s Foboko.com newsletter because we happened to have a new submission to the library at both Foboko.com and Free-eBooks.net which outlines all the places online we are exposed and in what ways. Internet Security Fundamentals does a very good job of giving us the basics of how we expose ourselves online every day and how we can be alert for and wary of the different pitfalls of establishing and maintaining an online presence in this technological age.
I have been struggling with coming up with stuff to write in the last few weeks. The problem lies in this notion I have, that anything I write here has to be somewhat controversial – something to get your blood boiling, dear readers. Something that you can dip in with an opinion of your own and blow mine out of the water. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of controversy in the blogosphere these days. The days of dueling eReaders is just about over because if you’re in the market for an eReader, you’ve either already had
I am a vampire fiction fan, so I freely admit to my bias towards this month’s pick.
“Our Miss Engel” is a short but sweet read that is written journal-style from the perspective of a teacher in the early 1900s. Employed to teach a group of small young girls at a convent school, a young woman finds that her charges are a little more of a handful than young children normally are. Much is strange about how these young girls are taught and cared for at the academy, and at first our Miss Engel is enchanted and determined