Wednesday, November 29, 2006
I'm no longer on Paxil, but for those of you who are, you should be aware of these, especially if you are pregnant, plan to be, or at risk of pregnancy. Other warnings include the potential for suicide, especially in young adults and serotonin syndrome, especially with concomitant use of MAOIs. An adverse reaction that has been added is the possibility of hallucinations. Check it out if you're concerned.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Spindle cells are found in the brains of only a few creatures on the planet. They are thought to be linked to intelligence.
Furthermore, in cetaceans they evolved earlier and are found in additional areas of the brain than those of primates.
It does make you wonder just how intelligent whales, dolphins, and porpoises are, and what it means for the ethics of the whaling industry and other hunts for these animals.
I'd also be interested in whether elephants have spindle cells in their brains, since they also exhibit complex behaviour.
Monday, November 27, 2006
The Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters, my favourite mystery series
and one on Heroes my current addictive TV show upon which I'm hooked (well, the only one I watch on a regular basis, as I have no cable and watch with a friend). You have to love a show whose taglines include: 'Save the cheerleader. Save the world.' :)
Today some of us at work are exchanging e-mails in preparation for our Secret Santa holiday celebration. We take a week and get little presents for someone (and in return, get them), followed by a slightly bigger gift at a party. It's very fun, and went really well last year. Two of the people are on maternity leave, so I hope they can come.
I think I'm going to get some small things for my family (I'm including a couple of friends in that category) and for the members of the game, too and cover all the bases. This year isn't as tight as past years have been, although I'm having an almost irresistable desire to get a $300 computer for a friend who has a slow not-quite-dinosaur of one, and I really can't afford that, so I AM resisting. I don't know where that idea came from, it's out of the blue, but I actually priced some. For $300 you can get a really decent computer these days.
Well, that's enough for now. Nothing in the news struck me as blogworthy. Hope you had a happy holiday. It's hard to believe that by Friday it will be December. Eek! When am I going to be able to go shopping? Oh, well, I have bills to pay first anyway. :)
Saturday, November 25, 2006
I will be working on Christmas, probably during the evening, but that's okay; I agreed to that to get Thanksgiving off and it's double-time-and-a-half. Besides, I'm not Christian--it's not my holiday. My family will get together sometime around the holiday, even if I have to take some vacation time off another day.
I've changed when I take my meds; the Provigil and metformin are still in the morning, (well, and the metformin is again later in the day) but the Lamictal and Abilify have gone to bedtime, because I was getting very drowsy in the daytime otherwise. Apparently Lamictal can cause drowsiness. I had originally started taking everything in the morning so I'd remember to take all my meds, and the Provigil has to be in the morning, but I'll just have to remember to take the others at bedtime. I think it's doing much better now. The real test will be next week at work, when I'm not necessarily being pelted with lots of stimuli (like at the gas station, which stays busy). I've been having a hard time staying awake, especially once I get to the projects I should be working on that aren't urgent or directly for others. Of course, it would help if I could get enough rest, too. And I'm going to start checking my blood sugar again to see if that's part of the problem (you get really fatigued when blood sugar is high). I just need to get some testing strips this week from the pharmacy.
In a couple of weeks I have an appointment with my nurse practitioner which will be my last; they won't be taking my insurance after December 15th. I got the notice the other day in the mail. So it's time to find another medications manager. I've already had two psychiatrists who have moved away, and now this. Sigh. I also have a dental appointment coming up. Yay. (Yes, that's facetious, although actually I really like my dentist and her staff).
We've cut my hours down at the gas station to mostly Saturdays, which should help for making doctor's appointments and maybe having a bit of a life during the week. I'm wondering if there's a way to fit in the gym. I'm really starting to get winded whenever I walk anywhere and I'm disliking my size. I want to be in better shape (I know I'll never be svelte, but I'd settle for feeling a lot better). It's almost resolution time, I suppose, but also, I pay for the experience--I might as well avail myself of the equipment. It may mean getting up much earlier, though, which is hard for me. :)
Well, I guess that's enough for now. It's almost time to go get a friend from work. Take care.
It reads like some Tom Clancy novel, riveting and full of twists. But unfortunately, this is the case not only of historical drama (that will no doubt be researched intently in the future) but that of a man who became a shadow of his former self through exposure to something you'd have to have access to nuclear materials to even obtain. It has also been linked to the death of a Russian journalist last month, so the story (and the human cost) may turn out to be much greater than it is on the surface. Meanwhile, since he had obtained citizenship and there is a strong possibility that foreign concerns are involved, there may be a breakdown in British and Russian relations. It's a far-reaching bit of cloak and dagger. I hope the people responsible--all of them, no matter how high this goes--are brought to justice. Perhaps it is a rogue plan, perhaps part of a personal vendetta of an old comrade, but if it is the result of the Russian forces, that needs to come out. Otherwise the perpetrators win.
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
In '77 and '69 revolution was in the air
I was born too late into a world that doesn't care
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
When the head of state didn't play guitar
Not everybody drove a car
When music really mattered and when radio was king
When accountants didn't have control
And the media couldn't buy your soul
And computers were still scary and we didn't know everything
When pop stars still remained a myth
And ignorance could still be bliss
And when god saved the queen she turned a whiter shade of pale
My mom and dad were in their teens
And anarchy was still a dream
And the only way to stay in touch was a letter in the mail
When record shops were still on top
And vinyl was all that they stocked
And the super info highway was still drifting out in space
Kids were wearing hand me downs
And playing games meant kick arounds
And footballers still had long hair and dirt across their face
I was born too late into a world that doesn't care
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair
Of course, I was born in '67, so I was much too young for the hippie movement--I was born right before the Summer of Love to parents of that generation--and was still too young for the punk movement, but I saw the beginning of the changes that made the world she talks about. I always felt, though, that I would have made a good flower child, and instead I'm a GenXer through and through, but my idealism and mentality are kind of stuck in the 60s. I am a product of 70s cartoons and TV that sought to make everyone equal and represented in happy multicultural ways, and I have an annoying habit of asserting that everyone is equal even though I know that each person has unique abilities and background. But I remember when vinyl was all that, radio was king, and computers were still scary. But at least we still don't know everything...we just tend to think we do. I'd never have made a good punker, though...I just never got the whole punk thing, for which a friend mocks me on occasion. :)
Friday, November 24, 2006
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Yeah, I don't really get it.
In my case, though, it's usually a time to get together with my family and have dinner, although now that we're down to mostly women, we skip the football. This year we had it at my mom's; I went to my grandmother's, picked her up, and took her on to Stanford from Danville. They had turkey with all the trimmings; I had baked cod. It was the first Thanksgiving I can remember where I braved oyster casserole (her husband's family recipe) and we didn't have fruit salad (ours--there was just so much and whereas there were plenty of sugar free desserts for the diabetics--and all but one of us are--it's hard to make a fruit salad low on sugar.
We had a good time. I felt a little out of place there, like I wasn't quite connecting on some level, but rather watching it from the outside. Part of that reason may have been the inclusion of my stepfather's family--his mother, whom I don't really know but who seems rather sweet and my stepbrother, who is painfully shy and doesn't really talk.
Afterwards my mother showed me where she'd subscribed to a major genealogy website and had some of the family back to the 15th century, building on other genealogists' work. I have to admit, I really wanted to add what I have to that, although it's $155 a year, so I doubt I can subscribe.
We went back early; my grandmother decided she was going and so I didn't really get the sides to take back home (I only missed the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, really, but if I'd taken the latter home, I'd have eaten too much too quickly, and since it's sugar-free, that could have a quite negative effect on my system), and I was a wuss and didn't tell her just to hold her horses like I should have. Ditto on the backseat driving. But hey, she's old and frail, and while we all give her a little too much slack, I don't really want to upset her over small things anyway. I'll save that for, oh, the first girl I ever bring home to Thanksgiving, if ever. :)
The drive was nice both down and up. By the time I got up to Lexington I was hungry again, so I stopped by the Chinese restaurant whose food I've been craving just on the outside chance they were open, but no luck. It used to be you could count on Chinese establishments during the holidays, especially at Christmas, but I guess they weren't making enough business during Turkey Day. So I went to Walgreen's, got a couple of things (like I'm now the proud owner of an electric can opener, since my manual one had gotten difficult, they didn't have any more of those, and an electric one with rebate was about the same price). Then I went home and baked some Tofurkey. I think next time I'll get the complete meal, which comes with gravy, extra stuffing, a couple of sides, and Tofurkey jerky.
Well, that's all for now. I'm off tomorrow and get to sleep in, which is exactly what I plan to do. Hope you have a good holiday, if you're in the US, anyway. The rest of you probably think we're wacky as all get out.
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Although it certainly needs it, it amazes me just how much press pandemic flu gets these days. Even the gas station I work for has a brochure on pandemic influenza. This article gives a glance of what doctors dealt with in 1918, with particular description of postmortem findings in those who have succumbed to influenza, but also a literary view of the aftermath.
An early morning blast in Danvers, the site of the Salem Witch Trials, had people out in the streets expecting an aeroplane crash or earthquake. For unknown reasons, a plant producing solvents and inks exploded in the wee hours in the morning. Remarkably, only a few people were hurt, none seriously. The area has a lot of homes and businesses, so it could have been much worse.
Monday, November 20, 2006
It scares me that 48% of the US population has low literacy (defined as being able to read, but having difficulty) According to Nielsen, studies show that low-literacy readers tend to read word for word slowly, rather than scanning portions of text and navigation tools quickly. They skip over anything that is too tedious for them to read and accept things at face value rather than digging for more information. They also tend not to scroll down, and searching is a problem for them as well. As of now, the majority of Internet users are high-literacy readers, but the number of low-level readers is growing, and Nielsen points out that web pages should be designed for these readers and gives suggestions for doing so that would probably work in print as well with some adaptation.
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Here are my results (unfortunately Pagan just falls in neo-Pagan, which I'm not, really, but that's splitting hairs). Also, I have been a member of the UU church, and probably still would be if they didn't clamour so often for money I don't have:
1. Neo-Pagan (100%)
2. Hinduism (88%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (85%)
4. Mahayana Buddhism (83%)
5. New Age (79%)
6. Jainism (77%)
7. Sikhism (77%)
8. Liberal Quakers (69%)
9. Reform Judaism (69%)
10. Theravada Buddhism (67%)
11. Orthodox Judaism (59%)
12. New Thought (57%)
13. Scientology (54%)
14. Secular Humanism (52%)
15. Bahá'í Faith (52%)
16. Taoism (49%)
17. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (44%)
18. Orthodox Quaker (42%)
19. Islam (41%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (37%)
21. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (36%)
22. Nontheist (31%)
23. Jehovah's Witness (27%)
24. Seventh Day Adventist (24%)
25. Eastern Orthodox (20%)
26. Roman Catholic (20%)
27. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (18%)
Where else can you read about creatures that use pedal mucus to remain attached to rocks? :) Thanks to YKWIA for introducing the term to me, even if he was using it to make a disparaging comment about someone at the time.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Apparently during the initial craze related to the fuzzy toy, she was with her husband who was in the Army and stationed at a base in Germany. One of the husbands of a friend called and told her that a plane had come in on the flightline and it had Tickle-me Elmos on it. Well, several of the Army wives--you just know the story's going to go bad from that alone--went down to meet the plane and tried to convince the guy there to either give or sell them one of the dolls, without luck. At one point, one of the women (not the one telling the story) said something like, 'well, how about I kick your butt and you give me the Elmo'. The next thing they knew, the MPs were called and they were all taken to jail for communicating a threat and loitering.
When asked how her husband took this, the lady said it was definitely not well. He was an MP himself, for one, and was really embarrassed. Plus, he was up for a promotion and they not only did not promote him as a result, they cited him for failure to control his dependents. He did eventually get the promotion the next year. Any fight they had after that the Elmo incident was brought up. They eventually divorced. The Elmo made it into their divorce papers, as he cited it as an example of her lack of control. She may be the only person on the planet where Tickle-Me Elmo played a role in her divorce. (Mind you, I understand why the husband was upset, losing a promotion over a doll, but as the radio hosts said, sometimes you have to let it go.)
Well, she's married again, this time to an Air Force man. Here's hoping she'll stay under the radar of the SPs there. :) Who knew a doll could cause this much trouble? And it just illustrates what I mean when I say the world I grew up in (the military) is a whole other world from what outsiders experience.
I'm not sure which is crazier--camping out for a video game system or shooting people camping out. Agh. In the Lexington case, a reporter was one of four people injured as she was interviewing a camper. One has to wonder about people who do drive-by shootings with cameras rolling. Go figure. Fortunately it doesn't seem like anyone was injured too severely, although I didn't find any details on the Connecticut man's condition. The Playstation 3 went on sale today to the tune of $500 or so. Many people hope to score big either in terms of playing the latest games or selling the consoles on eBay for much more cash. Even though the system is considered the must-have toy of the season, as a friend pointed out, these aren't people waiting in line for kids. These are mostly college geeks or people who have taken off from regular jobs to camp out for essentially a bunch of plastic gadgetry which will be obsolete in a year or two, just to be 'first'. I just don't get it, myself, and its a very expensive magic bean otherwise. Of course, the only video games I have are an old Nintendo system (the original) and one of those joysticks that play 80 of the '80s games. I play the rest of any games I have on a computer, which can be used for other things. I'm just not the video game player in the family. That would be my mom. I wonder if she keeps up with the latest systems. :)
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
I think we all saw it coming. The women who drowned were (appropriately so) coming home in a cab late at night, indicating that they had perhaps been drinking. The Gorge is well-known not only as a natural treasure but as a place to go and get plastered, which is unfortunate, since it also has many beautiful but deadly cliffs. In all the stories of falls in the Gorge I've read or heard of (and there have been many over the years), the vast majority have been alcohol-related.
Yet because this story appeared in the Kentucky Kernel, UK's campus newspaper, the parent of the young man who died in the Gorge has sharply criticised the paper. Moreover, most likely due to this story, 4500 newspapers were stolen, to a tune of about $300, a felony. In a related story, the mother of the young man said '"I could guess" that the papers were stolen by her late son's friends, but she said "I'm not going to name names."' Police don't have many leads, although someone reported a woman stuffing papers into a bag, and the reporter received e-mails that were described as '"borderline" between complaints and threats'.
It's sad that these young people's lives were cut short. I'm sure they were all wonderfully vibrant people with their lives ahead of them. But I don't think the Kernel's reporting their blood alcohol levels (and in the young man's case, drug levels) was irresponsible in any way. The values themselves are a matter of public record. But when put with other recent deaths related to UK students and alchohol, they paint a disturbing picture of something that should be addressed. The Kernel did not paint the victims as bad people, or even point out that in each case some bad decisions were made--mostly under the influence of alcohol. It simply reported the cases and helped put another layer onto the tragedies of their deaths.
That kind of story isn't going to be silenced regardless of protests, and in the end, it's also a true story. The facts are verifiable. The truth doesn't reduce the victims 'into flat, one-dimensional characters'. It just points out that anyone can make a mistake, and that mistake can be deadly. I think it was stupid for anyone to steal the papers in some sort of protest of the story, but I suppose emotions are running high and again, people don't always make the best decisions then, either.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Googling for a diagnosis--use of Google as a diagnostic aid: internet based study
Google searches out diagnoses, stat
Comparison of MEDLINE, Google Scholar, and Scirus (PDF)
Concerns about Google Scholar
In a fairly small study (26 published diagnoses blinded for searches to try to find using search terms), they found them on Google 58% of the time (15 out of the 26). How they can make claims that the internet can be particularly useful is beyond me, as the confidence interval stretched from 38% to 77%. But you know what it really tells us? Librarians need to make it clear that we (and the resources at our disposal) can give you much better odds than, as one colleague put it, a crap shoot. We have much better searching skills, because of training and experience, have access to more databases, and simply put, we do this for a living. Leave patching people up and making the actual diagnoses to the medical professionals, but librarians are very useful for finding the information necessary for medical personnel to do their jobs, and they can save valuable time doing it. Unfortunately, there is a perception that 'everything is out on the Internet' (wrong) and that as long as you find something, it's what you need (wrong). Librarians are trained to evaluate information as well as find it and are adept at determining the value of the website, its agenda, and how much weight the information should have.
So if there are any doctors reading this, feel free to Google, of course, but you might find a quick call to a librarian can save you time, give you better results, and could quite possibly help you save your patient.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The yearling buck had been running around for several days looking thinner and thinner with a Halloween pumpkin bucket caught on its ears or horn buds and covering its snout like a feed bag. Rescuers were trying to trank him without success. Many thought his hope for survival was low. Last night some children found the plastic pumpkin in their yard, and a thin deer was seen running free. Of course, it's deer season in Michigan, so he still has that to face, but hopefully a young deer who is on the thin side and without a rack will be considered beneath the notice of hunters.
I haven't been to Shakespeare in the Park since they moved out of Woodhill to the Arbouretum and started charging. I suppose that makes me a poor supporter of the arts. I just preferred the old, simply staged shows and back before I had a car I really couldn't get to the Arbouretum, which isn't near a bus stop. Later it was a matter of fighting the crowds and problems with the weather that tended to discourage me. But it's still sad to think that our town is now bereft of this institution. It's closing came as a surprise for most. I wonder what my friend Brenda, who has costumed for several shows, thinks of it.
Friday, November 10, 2006
Hope things are going well for you all this weekend. Take a moment to remember how important your loved ones are in your life--and never take their presence for granted.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
These are for various store brands, including those listed at: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/perrigo/perrigocustlist.html. Lot numbers affected can be found here: http://www.fda.gov/oc/po/firmrecalls/perrigo/perrigobatchlist.html.
The recall is being made because of small metal fragments apparently due to premature wearing of the equipment in the pill factory. The recall only affects 500 mg tablet strength, so there is no anticipated shortage of acetaminophen (the generic form of Tylenol). Tylenol itself is also not covered by this recall. It covers various store brand alternatives to that product. All told about 11 million bottles are affected.
I wonder if the change in leadership in Congress might be even more helpful to keeping these libraries open. Let's hope so.
Last night I got to work (early, actually) and was told that they really didn't need me for the night (but it wasn't because of the night before, they just had two people scheduled already), so I went and worked on the notes, then came home with the intention of reading, but fell asleep in my recliner. I am doomed from the moment I sit down and turn that massaging cushion on, let me tell you.
Today has been hectic so far but at least I've had plenty of rest, had a decent breakfast, and have taken my medicine. Every morning I line the bottles up and they look like some sort of Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and two Baby Bears in terms of size. Okay, maybe that is a little whacked in thinking, but hey, it's how I think.
That's all for now. Hope your day goes well.
Picasso Sale Can Go On after the case was dismissed, although the family turned around and filed again, causing Chritie's to withdraw the painting from the sale
Christie's Rides Art Broom, setting an art world record for its Impressionist auction, even without the Picasso that was withdrawn, a record $491 million. Included were several Klimt's including the one I blogged about a few months ago which was itself the subject of restitution litigation. The owner in that case, who won her suit, wanted it to be available to public on display rather than remain in private hands.
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
That doesn't mean environmental factors aren't an issue. A related story in the same issue of Medscape Pediatrics says that 41% of children with fetal alcohol syndrome also have ADHD. It's just that genes could make one more susceptible to those environmental factors.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
I won't go into to how I voted per se. You all know I'm a bleeding-heart liberal and staunch Democrat (although I rather lean Green), so you could probably guess if you looked at the races. Our council-at-large was somewhat difficult, as there were four good candidates of the six, and you can only vote for three. The mayoral vote I think comes down to what you don't want rather than what you want. That was another one I debated, and I changed my vote from the primary, even.
That's all I have to say, except, no matter what side of the political spectrum you may be on, be sure to cast your own vote and participate in democracy by exercising your right as a US citizen. Remember there are people over the generations who have fought for those rights, and died for them. Don't give way to apathy.
And they worry about cell phone use and text messaging whilst driving? Try unloading a gun!
(Really, all three very bad...shame on you people.)
Monday, November 06, 2006
HAPPY 35TH BIRTHDAY, MEDLINE!
How their computers changed over time
The differences between MEDLINE and PubMed
A chronology of milestones at the National Library of Medicine
In Britain, a woman who finds out her unborn child is severely disabled can abort the foetus at 28 weeks. A woman whose child is born prematurely at 22 weeks has no such option. An ethics committee in Britain is planning to debate various measures to prevent long-life cost and poor quality of life for such infants. Disability activists say doctors shouldn't be making those sorts of decisions, especially if the driving factor is cost to the system. The only place so far in which newborns may have treatment withdrawn or in some cases be euthanised is in the Netherlands. It's very unlikely any recommendations of the committee would lead to any legal changes in the system in Britain, but they wanted to debate the ethics of the situation anyway.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
All six defendants were sentenced to death (one is a Palestinian doctor, the others are Bulgarian nurses) for allegedly intentionally infecting more than 400 children with HIV. They deny the allegations, and there has been international pressure from Europe, the US, and human rights groups (including Amnesty International) to reverse the verdict, saying the charges were concocted to cover up poor hygeine isues at Libya's hospitals. The Supreme Court of the country ordered a new trial, where the verdict is expected December 19th. Meanwhile, human rights groups insist that the suspects have been tortured, including being given electric shocks, in order to confess.
I could see one sick hospital worker doing something like this. But 6, in some sort of conspiracy? It just seems so far-fetched, and I get the impression there's not much real evidence against them. I hope the truth will prevail
Friday, November 03, 2006
with hyperlinks to drugs, other conditions, etc. :) I tried it out and everything looked free, at least for now. Have fun.
In the past, Medicaid was extended to mothers who fell within the right income bracket regardless of immigrantion status on an emergency-only basis, and then it was automatically extended to a child born to that mother, because it was obviously a citizen with a verifiable birth place in the US. This was to prevent delays in care. Now a Bush Administration reading of a law signed in February will require all babies to go through an application process that could take anywhere from days to months to begin their coverage--potentially delaying care for many babies. Medicaid pays for a full 1/3 of babies born in this country, so the impact is great. Tens of thousands of those children are born to illegal immigrants, so they represent a small percentage of the total. However, in the case of illegal immigrants, the fear is that many will simply not apply in fear of coming to the attention of immigration authorities. By doing this, babies who are citizens of this country, are entitled to coverage, and who are at their most vulnerable in terms of health, are put in the position of not being able to obtain health care.
I agree that non-citizens should not be covered under our health care system, but their children born here are citizens and there should be no delay in coverage. Thank you, Mr Bush, for yet another convoluted mess that does not serve the interests of the country.
Sara Rosenbaum, a professor of health law at George Washington University, said: “The new policy reflects a tortured reading of the new law and is contrary to the language of the 1984 statute, which Congress did not change. The whole purpose of the earlier law, passed with bipartisan support, was to make sure that a baby would not have a single day’s break in coverage from the date of birth through the first year of life.”
US Evangelist in Male Prostitute Claim
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Take Dr Laura Everywhere
Talking Presidents Announces Release of Dr. Laura Talking Action Figure
Talking Presidents: 'Listen to her Preach, Teach, and Nag!'
I'll give them this much, they market well. Their website is very carefully written to appeal to both those who take these figures seriously and those who mock them. I get the impression that their sense of humour is a bit skewed against all the figures. I mean, really, George Bush in Top Gun flight gear? President Clinton who talks about how he didn't have sexual relations with that woman. Most of the figures are conservatives or Republicans, such as Ronald Reagan, both Bushes, Donald Rumsfeld, Anne Coulter, and of course Dr Laura, but there are others, such as Clinton, Dennis Miller, and Kinky Friedman. The company apparently worked with Dr Laura to come up with this figure.
What I do expect to see happen to the Dr Laura action figure is that it'll wind up on Robot Chicken. I mean, isn't it perfect for that?
one I would have loved as a child, and would probably love now. I'm glad someone mentioned it on one of my library lists, as I had not heard of it. I also like that the vocabulary is not dumbed down...one of the words in the very first chapter is ennui, another is condescending.
It is the story of a china rabbit with rabbit fur-wire ears and wonderful silk suits with a working pocketwatch. He is adored by his owner, a young girl, but is lost overboard from The Queen Mary due to some boys' pranks. From there he is found (and lost again) several more times, all the time learning to appreciate what he has had and lost.
The website has an excerpt (chapter one) and a teacher's guide. It's rather well done.
It's a new book, one I definitely would like to pick up. Perhaps you would, too.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
This is all the more reason to go with recommendations to put babies down to sleep on their backs, without pillow or other obstructions, on a firm mattress.