Just living is not enough...
one must have
sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
~Hans Christian Andersen
|My friend Miako & Me in front of my favorite gravemarker|
Holy Moly! It’s been a busy, busy week. The week included presentation prep for the ChLA - Children's Literature Association conference as well as cemetery tour prep since I was giving a tour in American Sign Language for the first time. If you’re multilingual you’ll understand that there are various levels of fluency. I’ve been using my second language for nearly two decades but there are still times that I very much get stuck in my first language and since on campus I’m not typically describing gravestone shapes, etc. I really needed a practice run… and signing to oneself (or talking to oneself) always looks a little weird. Fortunately, I am good friends with a linguist who was willing to come down and go on my Hollywood Cemetery tour to help me with my language use. That was Wednesday! Thursday morning I gave the tour and while I had a few cancellations from folks coming from out-of-state, I still had the perfect little group of those who were excited about taking a tour. The tour went great! It was a hot day so I headed home, showered, and then headed back to the Children’s Literature conference for a very full afternoon.
|example of a fun presentation at ChLA|
The conference was Thursday-Saturday. I presented my research on Friday morning and then felt incredibly free to simply enjoy the other papers. Before anyone thinks that academic or educational conferences are boring, I assure you being an English Professor does not always mean Shakespeare, Dryden and Pope. Yesterday’s panel presentations included: Popular Scary Stories for Children; The Witching Hour; and, Things that Go Bump in the Night. I enjoyed presentations from panelists who spoke about Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoet’s anti-fairy tale Beautiful Darkness, a panelist who discussed The Babadook, and an entire panel about the works of Neil Gaiman. So it was not a dry and boring conference as some might presume.
Aside from *work*, my garden is BLOOMING! My fella gave me a cactus ear from his gigantic cactus and I planted it when this house was built about five years ago. This year is the first time it has ever bloomed! Three blooms (always a significant number for us).
Yesterday the pumpkin patch was a foot over the fence! I took some time to carefully unfasten the little clingy vines to wrap them down lower. Today it's much fuller and happier after last night’s storm.