1) These vivid pictures of Earth below, from a slide show on the Guardian, are authentic captures from US Geological Survey (USGS) satellites, the  colors created by various sensors aboard:


The Yukon Delta, with a purple tint, comes to resemble a human heart


An image of an Iranian desert the US Geographical Survey has titled Spilled Paint


Meandering Mississippi

2) Green Shade by Henri Cole

With my head on his spotted back
and his head on the grass—a little bored
with the quiet motion of life
and a cluster of mosquitoes making
hot black dunes in the air—we slept
with the smell of his fur engulfing us.

It was as if my dominant functions were gazing
and dreaming in a field of semiwild deer.
It was as if I could dream what I wanted,
and what I wanted was to long for nothing—
no facts, no reasons—never to say again,

“I want to be like him,” and to lie instead
in the hollow deep grass—without esteem or riches—
gazing into the big, lacquer black eyes of a deer.

3) Rock musician Patti Smith won a 2010 National Book Award for “Just Kids”.  Accepting the award she recalled her days as a clerk in the Scribner’s bookstore in Manhattan:

“I dreamed of having a book of my own, of writing one that I could put on a shelf,” she said. “Please, no matter how we advance technologically, please don’t abandon the book. There is nothing in our material world more beautiful than the book.”

It is encouraging to see that the dream of creating great literary is being keep alive by organizations like 826 Valencia, “Dedicated to supporting students, 8-18, with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the literary arts”. – http://www.826valencia.org/

The Young Author’s Book Project 08-09

Do you have your own personal library?  What was the last book you added?

If you are like me and use the public library what is the last book you read?