Monthly Archives: February 2014

Free Fridays: Green

In honor of SPRING BREAK, I thought I’d post about a book, titled Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Though it does not at all feel like it yet, springtime is coming! The sun will be shining, the birds will be singing, and flowers will be in bloom! In this book, Seeger talks about all things green, which […] Continue reading

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Traditional Thursdays: Cinderella (Janetra Gleaves)

Cinderella is a folk tale of a princess who was forced to live with her mean step sisters and her brutal step mother after the death of her father. Cinderella lived in very unfortunate circumstances and was forced to do everything she was told. She was not allowed to look pretty. Until one night this […] Continue reading

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Winner Wednesday: A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Happy Winner Wednesday! It’s that time of year again where everyone and their mother has the sniffles. Luckily, A Sick Day for Amos McGee is here to bring a little bit of joy to having a cold! This Caldecott Award winning picture book was written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin Stead. The book follows zookeeper […] Continue reading

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Sentimental Sunday: Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis (Adina Rosenberg)

For this sentimental Sunday I have chosen a book very near and dear to my heart, Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis. This lovely rhyming story follows a moody youngster throughout her week. As a child I was fascinated by this book for many reasons, the main reason being that I related an […] Continue reading

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The New Novel

So we established pretty early on this semester that genes are what “makes us all alike” as well as “what makes us all different.” Aside from the numerous other extensions upon relational dialectics that this notion draws upon, I think it is exceptionally worthwhile to adopt this dialectic viewpoint when looking at a novel so […] Continue reading

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Lost & Maybe Found?

I think we’ve lost it -our true purpose as writers, scientists, students, or whatever title you feel suits your calling. I say we, and place myself in a position of high guilt, because I didn’t even realize something was missing until I read “Ship Fever” by Andrea Barrett. The novella details the 1847 Typhus epidemic. […] Continue reading

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The Genetic Plot

The first five sections of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas showcase an eclectic formats. Readers are enveloped into a close first person journal, privy to letter correspondences and interview transcriptions, and pulled along in suspense-filled mysteries. Some formats allow more insight into a characters motives than others. Across the styles, characters are mercilessly driven to their […] Continue reading

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What Came First, The Chicken or the Egg?

It has often been questioned, what came first, the chicken or the egg? How did life originate? What caused the big bang? How does evolution come in to play? All of these are questions that science has attempted to answer for years. And after reading chapter 14 of Darwin’s The Origin of the Species, I […] Continue reading

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Creationism vs. Evolution – Today’s Debate

Reading the end of Darwin’s Origin of Species reminded me of the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham about the scientific validity of evolutionary theory. It defies explanation that there are still people who defiantly refuse to accept the validity of evolution. Not only has there been extensive research, but it is the […] Continue reading

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What Makes You Stronger Could Also Kill You

DNA methylation was one of those wondrous discoveries that has completely changed the way we think about evolution and genetics. Essentially, certain characteristics and traits may or may not be expressed due to the attachment of methyl groups to DNA molecules. This process however, doesn’t take thousands of years, but can occur in a single […] Continue reading

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