Apr 292008
 

When I get tagged for memes, I sometimes do them and sometimes leave them – and hope that anyone I tag feels free to say “ummmm…. not my cup of tea”. But what I really hate is when I intend to do a meme, but just don’t seem to get around to it.

I was feeling kind of guilty because I told Cathy Jo over at Techno Tuesday that I’d join in on the High School Daze to Praise meme about three weeks ago, and still haven’t shared a review of a Young Adult novel that I think is a sure antidote to the daze of High School.

I’m going to cheat in the same way that Cathy Jo did, and mention two books that managed to snap me out of adolescent fog. They were The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate (two books in one volume) by Nancy Mitford and The Importance of Being Oscar: the wit and wisdom of Oscar Wilde set against his life and times by Mark Nicholls.

In my High School days, I was living in a small town with small town orthodoxy and small town mores – and boy did I need a dose of English upper class eccentricity and sexual fluidity to make me realise that there were other ways of being. I was enraptured by Lord Merlin in the Pursuit of Love – with his rainbow dyed doves- and with the rude, self centred matriarch Sonia who was totally transformed by her obsession with the “worldly” and “flamboyant” (oh nudge, oh wink) Cedric. And Oscar – well if he could challenge strict Victorian morals with the way he lived and focus on things beautiful and witty, then surely I could see out a few more years of High School and ignore the obsessions of other 15 year olds with getting stoned and/or pregnant and/or married immediately out of high school.

I feel less guilty about taking so long to respond to Cathy Jo now that Michael Stephens has taken around two months to write a post after I tagged him with the Passion Quilt Meme – the one where you take an image and add a caption expressing what you think is the most important thing for students under your care to learn. He’s added a twist – what you’d want for new librarians. It’s beginning to make its way through libraryland already…

Here’s a sample of the Library Passion Quilt patches. I think Dorothea’s one is closest to my heart so far.

Mine

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Michael’s

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Helene Blowers

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Amanda Etches-Johnson

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Jenica Rogers-Urbanek

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Cindi Trainor

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Jason Griffey

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Dorothea Salo

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