Sunday, October 28, 2012

October's Bright Blue Weather

I confess dear reader I'm in a bit of shock that this blog has been up and running for little over a year! We've had a wonderful first year, and for the here and now,  how lucky we are to enjoy October's bright blue weather.  I've always loved Helen Hunt Jackson's ( 1830-1885) poem.

      October's Bright Blue Weather
    O SUNS and skies and clouds of June,
        And flowers of June together,
    Ye cannot rival for one hour
        October's bright blue weather;
    When loud the bumble-bee makes haste,
        Belated, thriftless vagrant,
    And Golden-Rod is dying fast,
        And lanes with grapes are fragrant;
    When Gentians roll their fringes tight
        To save them for the morning,
    And chestnuts fall from satin burrs
        Without a sound of warning;
    When on the ground red apples lie
        In piles like jewels shining,
    And redder still on old stone walls
        Are leaves of woodbine twining;
    When all the lovely wayside things
        Their white-winged seeds are sowing,
    And in the fields, still green and fair,
        Late aftermaths are growing;
    When springs run low, and on the brooks,
        In idle golden freighting,
    Bright leaves sink noiseless in the hush
        Of woods, for winter waiting;
    When comrades seek sweet country haunts,
        By twos and twos together,
    And count like misers, hour by hour,
        October's bright blue weather.
    O suns and skies and flowers of June,
        Count all your boasts together,
    Love loveth best of all the year
        October's bright blue weather.

In the next few days we'll carve our pumpkins....

...and prepare for THE BIG NIGHT...

I'll share some of my very favorite costumes in my next post..but in the meantime, we can dream about all that spectacular candy.

Swap you my Mars Bars and candy corn for your Atomic Fire Balls and Snickers?!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Celebrate Science Month

Greetings dear reader. I'm oft heard to exclaim that I love to read because it gets me off the planet for awhile. Wouldn't it be incredible to visit these planets?! Illustrator Dean Walton offers this limited edition series of posters based on the greatest sci-fi movie planets. I love his bio; "Hi, I'm Dean Walton and Mr. Shabba is the name of the illustration and graphic design obsessed part of my brain."

Illustration courtesy of Dean Walton.

Click on the illustration to see the other cool posters in this series. *No space travel is without its turbulence so please calmly glide around the "A" word on the Mars poster. After all, he may be speaking of taking a donkey into space.

We are celebrating Science Month in our branches with programs and these neat science kits from The Lawrence Hall of Science. Families have a choice of eight different kits to check out. Included in each kit is a book, suggested activities, a notebook for each investigator to keep, and best of all, a free child/youth admission pass to the Lawrence Hall of Science. Fear not, these will be available after science month as well.

Meanwhile, while I'm off planet reading I'm also trying to come up with a name for the illustration and graphic design obsessed part of my brain. Any suggestions? Actually, " Planet Pandora" might be appropriate. But Pandora's Box is a story and blog post for another day. In the meantime, live long and prosper, dear reader. On Planet Vulcan and Planet Earth.