Wordless Wednesday: Summer’s End


Lens-Artists Challenge #61 – Precious Pets

In general I often prefer animals to people.  I’ve had pets since I was young, and I’ve worked with animals in various ways throughout my career.  However, I would unequivocally say I am a cat person.  They have so much personality and require just the right amount of attention.


Popcorn was my first cat.  She was very feisty, though she mellowed and became more of a lap cat when she was older.  She had the most beautiful long white coat, with a raccoon-like mask and tail.


Jolee was the first cat my husband and I adopted together; we named him after a Star Wars character.  He was a huge troublemaker and figured out how to open the doors in our house.  He passed away rather suddenly this year and left a big hole in our lives.

Juhani is also named for a Star Wars character.  If there is a lap available, she will find it immediately.  She is the sweetest cat ever and tolerates our toddler with equanimity.

You can find more precious pets at the original Lens-Artist challenge.

Feeding Reading — Free Books!


Kellogg’s is running their Feeding Reading program again this summer that allows you to get free books when you purchase certain products like cereals, Cheez-Its, Eggo waffles, and Pop-Tarts.  You can get up to 10 free books, from all reading levels from picture and board books to YA titles.


My family lives on Pop-Tarts, so I’ll definitely be able to get all ten books without even buying anything I wouldn’t already buy at the store.  I got my first set last week, two for me and two for my kid.  I am always impressed by the selection of books available, with both current and classic titles.  Steelheart and Illuminae are two (thick) YA titles that I’ve heard rave reviews about.  Llama Llama Red Pajama (also available in Spanish) is even a hardcover.

So what do you guys think of my haul?  Feeding Reading is going on until the end of September, so I hope you can check this out and get some free books yourself!

Why Should We Care about the Macmillan E-Book Embargo?

Do you guys remember how annoyed I was that I couldn’t get Vicious because of the Tor ebook embargo? Yeah, it’s only going to get worse. This is an important post to read if you enjoy getting ebooks from the library.

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Why Care about the Macmillan Ebook Embargo

Starting in November 2019, Macmillan announced an embargo on all new e-book titles.  Libraries will be allowed to buy only one copy of new e-books for the first two months after release, no matter how large the library system or how many patrons it serves.  Only after the initial hype has died down will libraries be allowed to buy additional copies.  Macmillan’s CEO John Sargent argues that this step is necessary because libraries are decreasing e-book sales.  In essence, he is hoping that library patrons annoyed by long waits for e-books will buy the books instead.  (Steve Potash, CEO of Overdrive, questions Macmillan’s assertion that libraries decrease e-book sales.)

This announcement has met with loud resistance from librarians, but has been generally overlooked by the public.  Macmillan’s new business model, however, has troubling implications–ones that could become more widespread should other publishers decide to follow its lead.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #60– Framing the Shot

Arches are one of my favorite framing devices, and Europe is full of them.  Here are two photos my husband took, one at Roman ruins in Italy and one in a Croatian Old Town.  It’s nice to show off his talent every now and then!

But in a more natural setting, who doesn’t like using foliage for framing?  I immediately thought of this photo I took on a hike along the coast on the Beara Peninsula in Co. Cork, Ireland.  I took pictures of this lighthouse from several angles with different framing devices; you can see more in my post for Weekly Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme.


You can find more framed shots at the original Lens-Artist challenge.