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Two Portraits of the Poet as a Young Woman

Books by Poets

Mary Karr and Maya Angelou are talented authors of both poems and memoirs. With the remembered perceptions of a child and the skills of a mature artist these women recount the early years of their lives. These are honest stories about childhoods, not books written for children. The authors are plain spoken about the political and economic conditions they lived through, their sexuality and adolescence, so while they never lose the beauty and command of the language, the content of these memoirs is frank. This is to say that they are occasionally painful as well as joyful and celebratory. They are all well worth reading not only for their honesty, but also for their command of the language.

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Squirrel Silliness Discovered on Internet!

Also featuring: Ultimate Tag Team Match Up,
and Are Squirrels Planning a Hostile Take Over of the Planet? The Facts You Need to Know!

Squirrel in fez 

 In his National Wildlife Magazine article “Crazy over Squirrels,” Michael Lipske observed that “Americans are schizoid about gray squirrels.” They are “a scourge to some, a delight to others.” He then goes on to profile representatives of each camp. It’s a good introduction to this heated national debate.

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Tastes Like Chicken: Cooking with Squirrels

Tastes Like Chicken

Another thing to be aware of during Squirrel Awareness Month in October is that squirrels are edible.

Of course, before you can cook them properly you have to kill them. It’s not like cooking lobster or eating oysters on the half shell. So to properly prepare Batter Fried Squirrel, Brunswick Stew, or any other hardy pioneer fare, it’s time to go squirrel hunting. Fortunately October is also squirrel hunting season in Harris County. So get your license, and round up your gear and head for the hunting grounds.

Step 1 Hunt Them Down

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Now That You Are Aware of Squirrels, How to You Keep Them Away From Your Bird Feeder?

October is Squirrel Awareness Month


In last week’s blog I cited Bill Adler, Junior’s book Outwitting Squirrels. In it he offers advice on deterring squirrels by means mechanical and odorous. I promised more information on keeping squirrels out of your bird feeder, and here it is:

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October is Squirrel Awareness Month: Be Aware!

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

When I spoke with Nancy Agafitei, the Branch Librarian at the Barbara Bush Branch Library, about Squirrel Awareness Month, she said that her dog was very aware of squirrels, especially about one hour before it’s time to wake up, when he begins to bark loudly at them. This makes the whole household aware of squirrels.

If you are not so fortunate as to have an alert member of the canine species in your house here are some resources to help you become more aware:

The Natural History of Squirrels / John Gurnell

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Squirrel Tales

You’ve read the facts. Now just for fun, here are some satisfying squirrel stories:

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

Squirrel Tails Tales for Young Readers

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Squirrel Awareness Alert! – The Facts You Should Know

October is Squirrel Awareness Month

October is Squirrel Awareness Month. Honestly, it is. It’s also Spinach Lovers Month, and I mean no disrespect for spinach lovers, but you won’t see any of them hopping from tree to tree or gliding across your back yard at night.  So, I will do my best to make your aware of squirrels.  Because when you see one outside you know they are aware of you.

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Three Damsels in Distress

Do they have the wits and willpower to survive? Will they be rescued or will they need to fight their way out by themselves?

Double Identity     Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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English Victorian Novels: Four Golden Oldies

We tend to think of the life of the English population a century and a half ago as quaint, cluttered, and repressed. However they saw themselves on the frontier of a great social change. The aristocracy saw their social position and role in society challenged by a new and wealthy class of merchants and manufacturers. Reform Bills were hotly debated and then passed by the parliament increasing the size of the electorate. At the same time traditional gender roles were beginning to be questioned and challenged. It was an exciting time and it produced a feast for fiction fans, especially fans of the weighty tome stuffed with intriguing characters and spiced with surprising, and often ironic, twists of plot and phrase. 


 Dickens, Brontë, Thackeray, Eliot

 

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