Glance through photos of Coco Chanel’s earliest day wear and you’ll see a whole galaxy of frumpiness: long, shapeless jackets layered over even more shapeless calf-length skirts. I place them in three basic categories: slightly frumpy,…
Added by Crystal Hammon on February 24, 2012 at 7:21am —
I entered this crazy blog contest sponsored by the Indianapolis Museum of Art
a couple of months ago. I didn’t really expect to be a finalist. But once I was, I looked at the competition and thought, “Hey, maybe there’s a chance that I could win.” After all, my entry
was certainly as good as the others.
Added by Crystal Hammon on March 5, 2010 at 7:05am —
Only one thing shocks me about WellPoint’s 38 percent rate hike to health insurance policyholders: I ’m shocked that people are shocked by it. The fact that WellPoint raised premium rates that much all at once? No, that doesn’t shock me at all. That’s just WellPoint acting like a business. That’s what businesses do. They determine how much profit they want to make, what to charge in order to make those margins, and what their terms are for doing business. As long as people are willing and able… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on February 18, 2010 at 9:30am —
Today the Indianapolis Museum of Art announced five finalists in its blog contest
. For the next five Wednesdays, they’ll be posting an entry from one finalist. Readers get a chance to choose the IMA blogger of choice by voting on March 3.
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that this post is truly shameless self-promotion because I am one of the five finalists. (I hope that… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on January 20, 2010 at 12:30pm —
Anyone who doubts the future of reading should digest what author John Green has to say on the subject in the January issue of School Library Journal. Although this periodical is written for public and school librarians, readers might want to take note. Green says librarians (and I say book bloggers) have a wonderfully important role in the future of reading, especially for children’s books.
For starters, the very definition of book has changed now that video and three-dimensional… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on January 14, 2010 at 10:07am —
Deep down I read because I hope it will make me a better person. I figure that if I become a better person, maybe I’ll improve the world in some small way. If that’s the kind of thing that motivates me to read, why wouldn’t the same be true for kids? After all, kids are among the most idealistic people on the planet. I used this as the rationale for a new kind of book discussion group for kids at a public library… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on December 16, 2009 at 11:17am —
Yesterday the New Oxford American Dictionary named “unfriend” as the top new word of 2009. Unfriend: to boot someone out of your life, either virtually, in real life, or both. The fact that we need a common word for this act may underscore a growing problem we’re having with loyalty these days.
How loyal are you? To your friends, family, employer, customers, colleagues? If you’re like most people who answer that question, you believe that you’re giving way more loyalty than… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on November 18, 2009 at 9:25am —
It’s amazing how your view of things can change over time. When I was first introduced to yoga in 1996, all I could see was a pud form of exercise. I was attracted to it and enjoyed it, but I didn’t really appreciate its potential, probably because I wasn’t completely ready for it. I wish I had been. Life could have been better a lot sooner. This realization has made me feel obligated to share what little I know about yoga with others, in hopes they’ll discover its potential, too. Here’s what… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on October 30, 2009 at 11:46am —
My Kindle was a birthday present I gave myself last year after Oprah plugged it on her show. I don’t watch Oprah, but Amazon
was giving a $50 discount to anyone who used the Oprah coupon code. The discount was enough to reel me in.
As it approaches its first birthday in my personal library, the… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on October 2, 2009 at 8:00am —
People who cook outside and go to the bathroom inside baffled my grandfather. He had a contrarian’s view on many things, including progress: when you’ve come so far that you have to go out of the way to seem natural, something’s wrong, he figured.
I can’t think about the green movement without wondering where he’d stand if he were alive today. As a lifelong farmer and outdoorsman who grew his own food and, yes, killed his own meat, would he be glad to see people interested in… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on September 30, 2009 at 8:00am —
I have a favor to ask: will you follow LeadingReads, the blog?
What’s in it for you? Well, for starters, I’m offering a free book (your choice) to the first 20 people who’ll subscribe to LeadingReads
feeds or follow from Facebook’s Networked Blogs before next Friday, October 2.
Choose any single children’s title up to $20 in value from my Usborne Bookstore
Added by Crystal Hammon on September 23, 2009 at 11:43am —
If you write, present, or conduct competitive research, here’s a resource you should add to your toolbox. Would it be helpful to you to have free, full-text access to an exhaustive archive of content from blogs, academic and trade journals, newspapers and other periodicals? Well, in most cases you already have that. You just don’t know it. Unless, of course, you’ve been in an institution of higher learning in the past five to eight years, and in some cases, not even then.
Added by Crystal Hammon on September 21, 2009 at 7:42am —
Ever been in a yoga or fitness class, working your way through a certain pose or movement and wondered what’s wrong with you because you don’t look like your neighbor? Everyone else is doing it, but you feel trapped in a painful distortion that makes the goal seem impossible. No matter how much we try not to compare, it’s part of our social conditioning.
Here’s a kernel of wisdom to help you reconcile that discrepancy and bring you to a new place of awareness in your yoga practice… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on September 19, 2009 at 8:47am —
Let’s face it. We all have days when life seems kind of…well, ordinary. Days when no one notices you and you don’t notice much either. You wake up, go to work, eat and sleep, but nothing amazing happens. No Pulitzers. No comments to your blog posts or Tweets. No praise. No blame. No reaction. You’re just here living your life, not hating it, but not loving it either. Not even close to suicidal or despondent, but wondering if anything you do really matters all that much.
One day last… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on September 5, 2009 at 1:41pm —
Inspirational Person of the Day
: During Indianapolis rush hour traffic one night last week, I saw a guy jump out of his truck in the middle of a torrential storm. He had hurriedly parked on the side of an exit ramp that was part of a major road construction project on Indianapolis’ west side. From my rear view mirror, I saw him run across the ramp toward a set of concrete barriers, preparing to hurl himself over the barricades and into a lane of oncoming traffic that had come to a… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on August 24, 2009 at 1:42pm —
Invest in you: tips for getting the most out of your conference attendance
isn’t over for me. Sponsored by the School of Informatics at IUPUI and other corporate sponsors, this three-day conference on blogging and social media ended yesterday. It jangled my nerves. It reconnected me with someone I hadn’t seen in almost a decade. It freed me of some self-limiting beliefs that have dogged me for years. And it introduced… Continue
Added by Crystal Hammon on August 18, 2009 at 9:01am —