Monday, July 4, 2011

Fireworks, French and Writing

Happy Independence Day
I adore the 4th of July.  First, we're a country based on freedoms that are assured to us in writing in our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. (That all by itself rocks!)  We are also a county of people who believe that everyone, regardless of their race, creed or religious beliefs has the same rights.

Strangely enough, we don't have personal fireworks displays this year.  This is because of the drought and totally makes sense, but it seems weird not to light a sparkler or something.  We are planning on going to Kemah Boardwalk's Public Display!  

Books and Reading in French (sort of anyway)
I'm currently working on research for a project I've worked on for a few years.  Unfortunately, I'm at a point where all of the books I've found regarding this research are in French.

Parcours De L'Ombre: Les Trois Indecideab

Parcours De L'Ombre: Les Trois Indecideab is my current research material.  (seriously, I'm not joking!)  For my friends who are wondering when I learned to read French, well I can't.  (Small problem I know)  Luckily, my Cajun heritage has given me some insite into the French language, and when I'm totally stuck I can Babel Fish it!
I love research.  It is like the quest I never finish.  I can delve deeper, look further and when I get to the point that I feel like there is nothing new to find out, I find more.  I love that.

I'm taking a couple of weeks off from work.  I will be helping out at The Greater Houston Area Writing (GHAWP) project again this year.  Part of the National Writing Project, GHWAP trains writing teachers.  It is such a fascinating program, building the teacher as a writer so he/she can promote writing within students.  Since writing education is where my passion is, I feel that this is one of the best things I do all year.

Currently Reading
Currently Reading:

For research
Parcours De L'Ombre: Les Trois
French Colonial Louisiana and The Atlantic World
For fun:
Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

Have a wonderful 4th for those who celebrate it. Make sure you thank the service men who have made this freedom possible!


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