Almost as important as Poggio Bracciolini in Greenblatt’s The Swerve is Petrarch. Petrarch’s primary purpose was to recover the heritage of Ancient Rome. He may have been motivated by his impression of his own era, which to him was sordid, coarse, ignorant, and trivial. Obviously, Petrarch didn’t have any problems expressing how he felt about something.
He also felt it was an era that would vanish from human …
Ever find yourself sharing a laptop or tablet with a group and everybody having to be just a bit too intimate? Or have you found yourself teaching a few people from the same computer screen? Or do you and your friends want to attend an online lecture as a group? Or do you just like a huge screen? Well, we have you covered.
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Foster brothers Jeo, a medical student, and Mikal, a vagabond, sneak across the Pakistani border into Afghanistan shortly after 9/11 to aid wounded villagers. The young men unsuccessfully try to avoid both the Taliban and American Special Forces. Meanwhile their father, the blind man of the title, is being harassed by the militant Islamists who have taken over the school he founded and Jeo’s wife Naheed (who is actually in love with Mikal) is being bartered by her mother to another husband when it seems that the boys will not return. An intense and insightful story of Pakistani villagers, of Muslim fears of America, of ignorance and naivete and their consequences, and of the human costs of this brutal conflict, this artfully written story will appeal especially to fans of literary and multicultural fiction.
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Monday: Learn techniques to help stand out from all the other job hunters in the Streetwise Guide to Interviewing.
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Friday: Kick off your weekend with a little night music at cellist Ben Lash performs works from Dvorak and Tchaikovsky.
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Creating videos only to export them to an unsupported format can be frustrating. The video plays perfectly under Mac OS but sharing it with someone who has Windows can become a headache. Or, created it in Windows and sharing it with a Mac OS user with the same result.
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Ah, the joys of unresponsive sites. Ever wonder why a website is not responding? Is it something on your end or is the site down for everyone? Is it Down Right Now lets you check. Just type in the tiny url: iidrn.com and then enter the url of the site you’re experiencing issues with.
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My Adventures as a Young Filmmaker by Andrew Jenks Reviewed by Matthew S. McCracken School, 6th Grade Would you ever dream of moving into a retirement home as a teenager? Or want to roam Japan with Bobby Valentine, one of the best managers in MLB? Well, Andrew Jenks did those things, while also being an [...]
Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans Reviewed by Juliana T. McCracken School, 8th Grade In the book, Horten’s Incredible Illusions: Magic, Mystery & Another Very Strange Adventure by Lissa Evans, Stuart Horten, grand-nephew of the famous magician Teeny Tiny Tony Horten, travels to a magical land and tries [...]
Meryl Streep narrates this stunning Disneynature documentary that gives viewers a close-up look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bats, bees, and flowers. Via stunning photography, it shows how much of the world’s food supply depends on these incredible, increasingly threatened, creatures.
Released overseas in 2011, under the title Pollen, this was not available on Blu-ray/DVD in the U.S. until April 2013. In fact, for the first time since 2009, Disney did not have a nature documentary playing in theaters for Earth Day. But don’t worry; Bears is scheduled for an April 2014 release.
In the meantime, Wings of Life should please fans of Disneynature films. Meryl Streep, using a soothing and lovely voice, takes on the part of the flower. Hokey, perhaps – but I liked it. The high-speed, time-lapse, macro filming is used to great effect. You are sure to have some favorite scenes.I love the nighttime sequence that shows bats feeding on the nectar of cactus flowers and spreading pollen, as they fly from one cactus to the next. Another is a territorial battle between two hummingbirds (spoiler alert: both hummingbirds live to pollinate another day). This hidden world is eye opening and fascinating!
Be sure to stay for the credits to catch useful gardening tips. If you go to the official Disneynature website (http://nature.disney.com/), you’ll find an educator’s guide, slideshow, and trailers.
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The library has a green roof that surrounds the staff offices on the third floor. Every year, we’re visited by a pair of geese who build a nest on the southeast corner of the building. Like the first robins of spring, their arrival is a sure sign that the weather’s about to get warmer. They touched down a few weeks ago. Today we’re excited to …