Anyway without further ado here is The Lion and The Mouse:
The Lion and the Mouse is one of Aesop's Fables, numbered 150 in the Perry Index. There are also Eastern variants of the story, all of which demonstrate mutual dependence regardless of size or status. In the Renaissance the fable was provided with a sequel condemning social ambition.
In the oldest versions, a lion threatens a mouse that wakes him up. The mouse begs forgiveness and makes the point that such unworthy prey would bring the lion no honour. The lion then agrees and sets the mouse free. Later, the lion is netted by hunters. Hearing it roaring, the mouse remembers its clemency and frees it by gnawing through the ropes. The moral of the story is that mercy brings its reward and that there is no being so small that it cannot help a greater. Later English versions reinforce this by having the mouse promise to return the lion's favor, to its sceptical amusement.
The Scottish poet, Robert Henryson, in a version he included in his Morall Fabillis in the 1480s, expands the plea that the mouse makes and introduces serious themes of law, justice and politics. The poem consists of 43 seven-lined stanzas of which the first twelve recount a meeting with Aesop in a dream and six stanzas at the end draw the moral; the expanded fable itself occupies stanzas 13-36. A political lesson of a different kind occurs in Francis Barlow's 1687 edition of the fables. There the poet Aphra Behn comments that no form of service is to be despised, for just as the humble mouse had aided the king of the beasts, so 'An Oak did once a glorious Monarch save' by serving as a hiding place when King Charles II was escaping after the battle of Worcester.
The 16th century French poet Clément Marot also recounts an expanded version of the fable in the course of his Épitre à son ami Lyon Jamet (Letter to his friend Lyon Jamet), first published in 1534. This is an imitation of the Latin poet Horace's Epistles, addressed to friends and often applying Aesopian themes to their situations. In this case, Marot has been imprisoned and begs Jamet to help him get released, playing on his friend's forename and styling himself the lowly rat (rather than mouse). La Fontaine's Fables included a more succinct version of the story (II.11) in the following century.[4
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He was best known as one of the greats who carried the battle against apartheid, together with people like Desmond Tutu and the last white President of South Africa, FW de Klerk, to its conclusion, and the man who kept the end of apartheid from becoming a bloodbath. He was a hero of the age to people of all ages and nations, of all colors. Although he remained silent on the subject of AIDS while he was in office as president, he became an energized campaigner for information and health measures, breaking open the silence on HIV and AIDS in South Africa at that time.
I am honored to have lived in the same time as this man. And now he can rest free of pain in the eyes and lungs that were damaged in his long years in prison. He in the Summerlands, and we are left to carry on his legacy.
Mandela and DeKlerk, 1993, win the Nobel Peace Prize
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Revelry! Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac from Steam Punk Romance | Coffee Time Romance. Peek: "Not too many books I know contain a pedantic Sasquatch with ESP. But he and his people are in the traditions of every Native American nation and it was not hard at all for me to imagine them surviving into the tenuous future of my story." See also Nine Post-Apocalyptic Books Starring People of Color by Audrey from Rich in Color.
Birthdayographies from Donna Bowman Bratton. Peek: "Where did the biography birthday idea originate? I'm glad you asked. My friend, the talented author Anne Bustard, launched the idea in 2008 with her own blog, Anneographies. And she totally rocked at it. Though Anne still loves picture book biographies, she's more focused on fiction now. I'm honored that she has passed the birthday torch to me."
What to Do Before Revising a NaNoWriMo Novel by Angela Ackerman from Writers Helping Writers. Peek: "One great thing about Nano is that we’ve written it so fast, the character’s journey is fresh in our mind from first page to last. Take this opportunity to make some notes to yourself and ask these three questions..." See also The Seven-Step Business Plan for Writers by Angela from Jane Friedman.
The Color of Imagination: Interview with a Cover Artist by Therese Walsh from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "The sales reps have a lot of sway, as do the booksellers (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc…). If a book is slated for a large retail order (such as Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters), the retailers can also have the final word."
Character Building: Using Quirks to Reveal Personality by Becca Puglisi from Jody Hedlund. Peek: "As with any other gesture or habit, quirks that are used too often become distracting. Choose fitting times for your character to show his personality so each instance has meaning and serves a purpose." See also Becca on the Difference Between Primary and Secondary Character Traits and How to Use Them from Susan Quinn.
Villains are People, Too by Bobbi Miller from Children's Literature Network. Peek: "I asked many of my favorite writers and illustrators to name their favorite villains, what they found memorable about these characters, and how this character influenced their writing?"
The Creator's Game: A Story of Baaga'adowe/Lacrosse by Art Coulson (Minnesota Historical Society Press): recommendation from Debbie Reese at American Indians in Children's Literature. Peek: "Coulson's storytelling delivers nuggets of info about the ways that Ojibwe people play lacrosse, and, the way that Cherokees play it."
Should You Revise and Resubmit? by Suzanne van Rooyen from QueryTrackerBlog. Peek: "Before committing to an overhaul, you need to ask yourself if the person requesting the R&R is someone you really want to work with, do you trust their opinion and will their suggestions improve your manuscript."
Barbara Park Remembered from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "Barbara Park, author of many books for children – including the bestselling Junie B. Jones series – died on Nov. 15 at age 66, after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Here, some of those with whom she enjoyed lengthy professional and personal relationships pay tribute." See more information.
Plotting Along: A Diagram of Key Plot Points by Janet S. Fox from Through the Wardrobe. Peek: "Today I’m posting the latest in my personal collection of plot diagrams, something I’ve put together based on the best plot diagrams I’ve found and used."
Dumpster Diving: An Observation on Socio-Economic Class in Children's Literature by Charlesbridge editor Yolanda Scott from CBC Diversity. Peek: "I’ll take with me into my editorial work is to look more carefully and deliberately for class markers and where they appear or don’t appear in text and art. Indeed, the latter is an intriguing issue to explore in any book: who is not in a given story, and why?"
Mentoring: Two-Way Learning by Juliet Marillier from Writer Unboxed. Peek: "Be prepared to make major changes, including cuts, to render your manuscript more readable / more publishable. Yes, even if it’s an aspect of the story that you are deeply fond of."
The Gingerbread Man's Top Five Writing Tips by Darcy Pattison from Fiction Notes. Peek: "Based on the folktale about this popular Christmas pastry that comes to life, the Gingerbread Man gives his writing tips." See also Frosty The Snowman's Top Five Writing Tips from Darcy and Take a Different Approach to Writing: Eat Dessert First by Amy Rose Capetta from Adventures in YA Writing.
- signed copy Penguin Cha-Cha by Kristi Valiant (Random House), bookmark, sticker, and magnet (PB)(U.S. only)
- one of two sets of Mitchell Goes Driving and Mitchell Goes Bowling by Hallie Durand (Candlewick)(PB)(North America)
- the Watersmeet trilogy--Watersmeet, The Centaur's Daughter and The Keeper by Ellen Jensen Abbott (Skyscape, 2009-2013) and a Kindle Paperwhite (YA)(U.S. only)
The winner of a signed copy of Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst is Alicia in Alabama.
See also the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway from Latin@as in Kid Lit: Exploring the World of Latino/a YA, MG, and Children's Literature. Peek: "From Christmas Day through Three Kings Day (Jan. 6), one lucky winner will win one of these (12) awesome books."
See also Giveaway of One or Two Things I Learned about Love by Dylan Sheldon (Candlewick), plus new YA releases from Adventures in YA Writing.
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Deadline time! I'm pushing hard to finish my draft of the manuscript titled Feral Pride, which will be book 3 in the Feral series.
That said, I stole a little play time and consequently highly recommend "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and "Frozen," both of which feature strong girl protagonists (Frozen has two of them!).
In other news...
Congratulations to Debbie Reese, recipient of the 2013 Virginia Mathews Scholarship! Peek: "The purpose of the Virginia Mathews Memorial Scholarship is to provide tuition to an American Indian individual who lives and works in an American Indian community, and who is enrolled, or has been accepted and will enroll, in a master's degree program at a university with a library and/or information sciences program accredited by the American Library Association for the 2013-2014 academic school year."
Find out the one thing I wouldn't change about the Feral series no matter what from YA Series Insiders.
Converting Prose to Graphic Novels with Cynthia Leitich Smith by Annemarie O'Brien from Quirk and Quill. Peek: "Think about offering new content or perspective with the goal of adding value for your readers. Perhaps tell the 'same' story from a secondary character’s point of view, for example."
YA Lit Boy Characters that Inspire Crushes from A Simple Love of Reading. Note: fun to see Kieren from the Tantalize series on this list.
A Celebration of Native American and Aboriginal Girls from A Mighty Girl. Note: pleased to see Jingle Dancer featured among recomendations.
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There is a lot of talk this morning both positive and negative about the live version of The Sound of Music that aired last night. I am going to be interested in the final viewing numbers. If this experiment worked, then we might see more live theater on TV, which is a good thing for theater in general. It puts live theater back on people’s radar. A majority of Americans have not seen a live theater performance (school productions aside) and wouldn’t it be nifty if they want to see them? Yes, they did the musical and not the movie but that was the point of doing a live performance.
Today Caroline is home because it is teacher/parent conference day. She is enjoying her long weekend by getting up early and playing with her dolls. I have a 10:30 appointment to talk to the teacher and get Caroline’s report card. Last year for this because we don’t have this in middle school around here.
RIP Nelson Mandela. He changed a country and the world forever. He died of old age which, considering what has happened to others who practiced non-violence, was a win for him.
I need to get some stuff done today or at least started after I finish the conference. We have cake on the kitchen floor due to a mishap so that need to be scrubbed up before it gets ground in. Also want to get the vacuuming done. I might start on the laundry today rather than tomorrow.
I applied for a job yesterday that I am really hoping I have a better shot at than the last job I applied for. I would be so good at it considering my skill set that I have built over the years. If not this one, I am hoping that another position at the same company opens up and I can be on the ground floor of getting into that one. It would be the kind of job that if I get it, everyone who knows me will say, “Of course she is working there.” Caveat: it is not with the Muppets or CTW as much as I would love a job there too.
I am grateful for opportunities that present themselves.
Once again I woke up later than I hoped, and have wound up feeling rushed this morning. I have a tentative 10 am appointment at my hold workplace, and a firm 10:45 am leading to a group lunch. I'm planning to spend the afternoon with
How can I feel so busy when logically I am taking things easy? One of life's sweet mysteries. Meanwhile, efforts proceed apace on securing clinical trials, and various other life issues such as car repair, fixing my broken recliner, and dealing with the problems I've been yammering about of late. As for the personal generosity that has been shown to me this week, thank you so very much. You know who you are...
Off to the cold soon. It is currently zero degrees F outside here.
Graveyard of spacefaring dreams, Star Wars Shop in Aberdeen, WA.
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United States, Israel opposed Mandela, supported Apartheid — The attempt to make Nelson Mandela respectable is an ongoing effort of Western government spokesmen and the Western media. He wasn’t respectable in the business circles of twentieth-century New York or Atlanta, or inside the Beltway of Washington, D.C. He wasn’t respectable for many of the allies of the United States in the Cold War, including Britain and Israel. And yet he prevailed anyway, and we were wrong.
'Tis More Blessed - Week 1 — In which I am part of a holiday raffle. (Well, one of my books is.)
Typists who clear 70 wpm can’t even say where the keys are — We don't have much explicit knowledge of our good friend, the QWERTY keyboard.
What the English alphabet used to look like — Cool.
The Coolest Music in the World: Listen to Siberian Ice Drummers Use Frozen Lake Baikal as an Incredible Musical Instrument — Wow. (Via David Goldman.)
China's first lunar probe 'Chang'e-3' enters Moon's orbit
23andMe Puts Health Reports on Hold — Personal genetics company 23andMe will only sell ancestry reports and raw data as controversy with regulators continues.
10 Things Traditional Christians Got Terribly Wrong — Although progressive Christians have been at the forefront of social justice, conservative Christians are often on the wrong side of history. I’m pretty sure “often on the wrong side of history” is far too kind. Every one of these things was a cherished religious belief, a Biblical injunction which must be obeyed by all of society, not just the believers in question. Every one of these things was once the eternal and inviolate word of God. Every one of these things by happy coincidence sustained the prejudices of the Christians of the time. Every one of these things is now considered wrong. How do you suppose the current Christianist views on the prosperity gospel, evolution, climate change, homosexuality and abortion will hold up over time? (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
Of Myths and Modesty — Feminist Mormon Housewives on whether or not to wear a bikini top. That intelligent adults of faith can be consumed by questions like this is one very good reason I am an atheist.
Confederates Look To Win 'Second Battle Of Olustee' In Florida — I will never understand the conservative need to support and defend their profoundly racist rebellion against their allegedly beloved Constitution.
Fox's Latest Christmas Scare Deemed A "Vicious Dissemination Of Untrue Information" — That would pretty much describe everything that ever is said on FOX about any subject, insofar as I can tell. Your Liberal Media, hard at work sustaining the conservative narrative since forever.
How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea — Yup. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)
What would the Union Jack look like if the Scottish bit were removed? — Huh. (Via my brother.)
California GOP defends its fake health insurance web site — When you can’t win on your ideas, lie. The GOP’s core mantra is proven over and over and over again.
?otD: When did Johnny strike up the band?
Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (chemo brain)
Hours slept: 9.0 hours (very fitful)
Body movement: n/a (traveling)
Weight: n/a (traveling)
Number of FEMA troops on my block forging presidential birth certificates: 0
Currently reading: n/a (chemo brain)
I don’t know about you, but I’m tired and ready for some things to smile about.
- Amateur Photographer Shoots Largest Ever True Color Photo of the Night Sky. Composed of 37,000 photographs, this is “a 360-panoramic view of the sky taken by trekking 60,000 miles across the western United States and South Africa…”
- High-resolution, zoomable and navigable version is here.
- Best #BisexualFacts. Apparently Bisexual Facts was a thing on Twitter, and resulted in a number of humorous “facts” … which have now been turned into lovely images, suitable for framing or giggling over. Though it’s sad that none of the tweets were attributed in the images. (Context for these comments: http://www.xojane.com/fun/the-sheer-unad
- Best #BisexualFacts, Part 2.
- Australian pigeons team up to use a public water fountain. Because Australia! (Link from Laura Anne Gilman)
- Also in Australia, scientists basically brought a heart back to life without a body. I don’t know whether Australia is the most awesome place in the world, or the most terrifying. (And yes, I know the correct answer is probably “both.”)
- Image gallery from the Hubble telescope. Wow…
Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.