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If you're looking for some advice on good breakfast choices, NPR's Morning Edition ran a story on it a few days ago: A Better Breakfast Can Boost a Child's Brainpower. When Laurel's older and asks why she doesn't get sugary cereal or commercial yogurt for breakfast on school days, I'll whip this out. (She does get those things on vacation so it's not completely verboten, but on school days getting protein and fiber with a low glycemic index is more important than eating brightly-colored cereal bits.)

And because I liked it, a ten-question book meme I picked up from piratepirateThe Pirate King:

1. One book that changed your life: Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously, Osho. It taught me more about being present than any other experience in my life so far.

2. One book you have read more than once: The Nearby Faraway: a personal journey through the heart of the West, David Petersen. Whenever I feel homesick for the mountains, I reread a few of the essays in this book. I have a few of the essays memorized.

3. One book you would want on a desert island: The Art of the Catapult: build Greek ballistae, Roman onagers, English trebuchets, and more ancient artillery, William Gurstelle. Newer readers might be surprised by that, but older readers know about my little obsession with backyard artillery. And on a desert island there aren't any neighbors to complain about it!

4. One book that made you laugh: The Grouchy Ladybug, Eric Carle. Every time I read it to Laurel, I hear my sister's voice saying "Hey you, wanna fight!?" when the ladybug says that line.

5. One book that made you cry: Le Ton beau de Marot, Douglas Hofstadter.

6. One book you wish had been written: more Flatland works by Edwin Abbott.

7. One book you wish had never had been written: the complete works of Faulkner.

8. One book you are currently reading: Sixpence House, Paul Collins. If I ever make it to Wales someday, I will blow my wad in Hay-on-Wye sniffing book bindings. Oh yes.

9. One book you have been meaning to read: Exuberance, Kay Redfield Jamison. KRJ has an amazing way with writing in depth on mood disorders while still being a relatively enjoyable read (i.e., not too dry and detached) so I look forward to every book she writes. It's coming up in my to-read queue after I finish Sixpence House.

10. Now tag five people. Tag amongst yourselves.

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assmonkeydiary
Sep. 3rd, 2006 01:32 am (UTC)
Newer readers might be surprised by that, but older readers know about my little obsession with backyard artillery. And on a desert island there aren't any neighbors to complain about it!

But also, no one to attack! Well, I suppose you could shoot at sharks...
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