Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday Morning Musings

Timothy Hallinan, a terrific author whom I discovered when I read and reviewed Breathing Water, has just received some good news about his latest, The Fear Artist. The book was chosen one of the Best Crime Novels of 2012 by Deadly Pleasures Magazine.The Fear Artist continues the Poke Rafferty series that just keeps getting better and better.

Congrats to Tim!

"Governor Goodhair", as some people refer to Texas Governor Rick Perry, is fostering another proposal that doesn't seem to be in the best interests of higher education. He proposes to cut funding for universities that are not graduating their students. That is just as bad as rating teacher's based on the student's test scores. Granted, the teachers and the educational institutions do have a responsibility to make sure that the learning environment is healthy and supportive, the staff committed and qualified. However, to put the full responsibility for outcomes on their shoulders is a huge disservice.

Students make poor choices all the time that affect their success, or lack of success. Parents make choices all the time that either help or hinder the ability of their children to succeed.

To punish the teachers or the schools does not seem like the right thing to do.

I do hope you will come back on Wednesday. I have a special guest, Mary Deal, who shares the pages of 25 Years in the Rearview Mirror with me. She has also written a thriller,  Down to the Needle, about a woman’s search for her abducted child. Could her daughter be that woman on death row?

Wednesday is also the day for the Did I Notice Your Book blogfest hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh and  Ciara Knight. There is still time to sign up to participate in the blogfest and you can do that at either blog. Here are some of the specifics:

Did I Notice Your Book Blogfest, October 17, 2012
Post about a book you’ve noticed.

You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex or Ciara Knight when the author finds their book.

Only two rules:
1) You can’t post about your own book.
2) The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list. This is your chance to shout out about a book that might not have been noticed by others.



6 comments:

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Punishing by cutting funding at the university level seems unfair. They can't pass kids who decide sleeping and partying are more important than attending class.

LD Masterson said...

Timothy is new to me. Thanks for the tip.

There is way too much government interference in education. Our schools have stopped teaching kids how to think and concentrate on teaching them to pass the state standardize tests that determine the schools' ranking and funding.

Maryann Miller said...

My thought exactly, L. Diane and LD. The focus has really gotten skewed when it comes to education.

LD, you will really like Tim's books. I do like the Poke Rafferty series better than the other one, but they are all well-written.

Tracy Krauss said...

Looking forward to Wednesday's post

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, thanks for mentioning our blogfest!

Maryann Miller said...

Thanks, Tracy. And at the end of the month you are going to be my guest. Looking forward to that.

Alex, I figured folks might like to know about the blogfest. I need to work on my post for tomorrow. (smile)