Memoirs of a Geisha, a Beautiful Book

I just finished listening to Memoirs of a Geisha.  (I got the audio from  It’s a beautiful book about a 9 year old Japanese girl who is sold to a "family" that raises Geishas.  The book is narrated in first person and she uses amazing metaphors, adjectives and similies to describe the people in her life.  Just in the first few pages describing her home and family she says things like: "tipsy house", "the ocean caught a terrible cold", and "His face was very heavily creased … like a tree that had nests of birds in all of the branches."  Memoirs of a Geisha is worth reading for the language, the glimpses into human motives and its insight into the Geisha culture of Gion.

Dinosaur book: Best present ever for a boy

If you are looking for a present for a little boy, I highly recommend this book.  Each page of the book has several popups of dinosaurs along with lots of interesting facts written in a way to intrigue a 5 year old … as well as the adults in his life!

Schools banning blogging

I can’t help but think that these schools have missed the world moving on.  Telling your students they can’t blog is like saying they can’t make phone calls. 

Forgive me, Father, for I have blogged | | CNET

Several Catholic high schools have banned their students from posting personal information about themselves or their schools, according to a report by the Associated Press.

Antartica, Travel Cheap

Always wanted to see Antartica?  Here’s your chance.  Raytheon Polar Services is hiring a Blaster for a project in Antartica.