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There is nothing. There is no God and no universe, there is only empty space, and in it a lost and homeless and wandering and companionless and indestructible Thought. And I am that thought. And God, and the Universe, and Time, and Life, and Death, and Joy and Sorrow and Pain only a grotesque and brutal dream, evolved from the frantic imagination of that same Thought.
Mark Twain (letter to Joseph Twichell after his wife's death)
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Thirteen ways to raise a non-reader  
From Horn Book Magazine (a PDF,

1. Never read where your children can see you.
2. Put a TV or computer in every room. Don't neglect the bedrooms and the kitchen.
3. Correct your child every time she mispronounces a word.
4. Schedule activities every day after school so your child will never be bored.
5. Once your child can read independently, throw out the picture books. They're for babies.
6. Don't play board games together. Too dull.
7. Give little rewards for reading. Stickers and plastic toys are nice. Money is even better.
8. Don't expect your child to enjoy reading. Kids' books are for teaching vocabulary, proper study habits, and good morals.
9. Buy only 40-watt bulbs for your lamps.
10. Under no circumstances read your child the same book over and over. She heard it once, she should remember it.
11. Never allow your child to listen to books on tape; that's cheating.
12. Make sure your kid reads only books that are "challenging." Easy books are a complete waste of time. That goes double for comic books and Mad magazine.
13. Absolutely, positively no reading in bed.
eferred by Sidelights at Electrolite from

Themis = Greek Goddess of Justice (Roman = Justitia). Depending on
source, is either offspring of Helios (all-seeing, penetrator of mysteries),
or of Uranus and Gaea. Original oracle at Delphi passed from Gaea to Themis
to Apollo. Offspring are Horae & Moirae -- the fates

Magic wins over reality
Rose Blanche by Roberto Innocenti and Ian McEwan, Random House, 32 pp, $18.95
[The story of how a child experiences war without really understanding it. Rose observes changes going on around her which others choose to ignore. Her simple humanity teaches her how to reach out to the innocent victims of her times. ]
Rose Blanche - $18.95
Ian McEwan
ISBN 0099439506
Format PaperBack
Category Children's Picture Books
Publisher Random House Children's Books (A Division of Random House Group)
Publication Date 01-Jan-2004
Pages 32
Dimensions 279 x 210

Oh, what a lovely war
A book for children about World War I has won the best picture-book award.
Christopher Bantick spoke to its creators. (The Sunday Age 17/08/2003)

The story of In Flanders Fields (Norman Jorgensen and Brian
Harrison-Lever, Sandcastle Books, $24.95), gently appropriates, in part, an
actual event during the war. In 1914, the first Christmas of the war, there
was a truce when the dead were buried and the British and the Germans played
soccer in no-man's-land. There were no Australians on the Western Front in
1914. Jorgensen says that the way the soccer match was treated at an
official level was revealing: "The officers told the soldiers off and they
went back to killing each other for four more years."
The final scene in Lewis Milestone's silent movie classic, All Quiet on the Western Front ... the picture book, Rose Blanche, and Eric Bogle's song, And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, were also influences.

Jorgensen's sparsely told story develops this idea so that instead
of a soccer match, an Australian digger sees a robin caught on barbed wire
in no-man's-land. He ties a white silk scarf on his rifle bayonet and walks
across the killing fields to free the bird. He is a target but under a white
flag is not shot. He frees the bird and returns to the trench with the sound
of the Germans and the Australians singing Silent Night. Jorgensen says that
keeping the story simple was his primary aim.

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