Sunday, May 25, 2008


This weekend we remember men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. Many families also use this holiday to remember any family member who is deceased. Information about this holiday can be found at and InfoPlease. The PBS site includes eulogies and personal stories. Poems, essays, speeches, and songs can be found at US Memorial and The Memorial Day Tribute.

One of the most famous poems about World War I is still relevant and moving today, written by a field doctor, John McCrae, on the battlefield burial ground, In Flanders Field:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

In Belgium, there is an actual In Flanders Field Museum, with interactive exhibits about war and the people it affects.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008


The 2008 Webby Awards winners have been announced. [via Boing Boing]

Monday, May 05, 2008


Some noteworthy Book Awards have recently been announced:

The Arthur C. Clarke Award was given to Richard Morgan for Black Man, published here in the US as Thirteen (Adult Fiction/Sci Fi MORGAN, R.)

The Edgar Awards were also recently announced. The Nominees and Winners are in fifteen different categories presented by the Mystery Writers of America.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have posted the 2007 Nebula Award Winners.

The PEN American Center has announced its PEN Literary Awards in several different categories.

Nominees for several awards have also been announced:
The Locus Awards (Science Fiction)
The Christy Awards (Christian Fiction)
The Orange Broadband Prize (women novelists writing in English)
The Audies (audio books)
The Thriller Awards (international thrillers)

Most of these awards will be announced in June or July.
[via Readers Advisor Online Blog]