Author Archives: geraldlively

This and That from Here and There

I’ve been listening to Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis, an excellent podcast that has to do with the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  AIDS first appeared in the 1980s, so it’s easy for us to forget in … Continue reading

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The Return of Pete Soderbergh

One of the unique aspects of LSU College of Education professor Pete Soderbergh was that he invariably stood at the door of his classroom ready to greet his students as they filed in.  In fact, he told his students that … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed

The Good Earth (1931) – Pearl S. Buck Buck, the daughter of missionaries, spent much of her life in China and many of her novels are about China and its people.  The Good Earth, her best known novel is about … Continue reading

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Reading and the Human Brain

My six-year-old grandson speaks English well.  He uses nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and all the rest with complete ease.  He speaks in the present tense, past tense, and future tense without ever thinking about it, and his vocabulary includes the … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month

It seems that I haven’t published a “Quiz of the Month” since August 2018.  Sorry about that.  But now it’s back! This quiz has to do with books and movies.  You may find that you’ve seen some of this information … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

I recently read a delightful book of quotes titled Wild Words from Wild Women: An Unabridged Collection of Candid Observations and Extremely Opinionated Bon Mots by Autumn Stevens.  (She also has a 2021 day-to-day calendar, which might interest you if … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Both National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and her poem “The Hill We Climb” were big hits at President Biden’s inauguration.  You can read her poem here.  The Great Books Foundation has developed a set of discussion questions about the … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

In this edition of Lagniappe (a Cajun French word that means “something extra”), I’ve gathered together more items than I normally include in a single post.  It seems appropriate to do so in view of the pandemic that has most … Continue reading

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Quotes of Note

“Age doesn’t alter one’s outlook on the world, Belle.  The essential person is always there.  Sometimes, I’m perfectly horrified to look at myself in the mirror and see an ancient crone staring back.  I feel no different than I did … Continue reading

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Happy 100th Birthday!

On November 2, 1920 radio station KDKA in Pittsburg, PA, which was owned by Westinghouse, became the first commercially licensed radio station in the United States.  It transmitted a signal of a whopping 100 watts.  Radio existed prior to 1920, … Continue reading

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