Update on 52 Books in 52 Weeks 2011

For the last few years, I’ve tried to do a 52 books in 52 weeks reading program and have encouraged others to do the same.

This year, I hadn’t done a good job of updating my list and had the feeling I wasn’t going to make the target this year without a big push at the end of the year. Fortunately, between reading on my Kindle and my new trick of taking a picture of hard copy books with my iPhone, I was able to get the list up-to-date.

To my pleasant surprise, I had already reached 52 and beyond.

Here’s the updated list. Good reading to you. And a big thank you to the Webster Groves Public Library for being such a great source of books to read.

December

56. Rip Tide, Stella Rimington

November

55. Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars and the New Lithium Economy, Seth Fletcher
54. Robert Ludlum’s The Ares Decision, Kyle Mills
53. The Devil’s Light, James North Patterson
52. The Big Roads, Earl Smith
51. A Letter to Mary, Laurie R. King
50. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King

October

49. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
48. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War, David Willman
47. Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman
46. The Way Some People Die, Ross MacDonald
45. Red Alert, Peter Bryant
44. Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff

September

43. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, Neil Strauss
42. The Profession, Steven Pressfield
41. 59 Seconds, Richard Wiseman
40. Stories My Father Told Me, Jeffrey Lyons

August

39. Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
38. Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli
37. Dethroning the King, Julie Macintosh
36. How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
35. Blood Trust, Eric Van Lustbader
34. Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland, Patton Oswalt

July

33. Portrait of a Spy, Dan Silva
32. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion, Eric Van Lustbader
31. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
30. Flash Foresight, Daniel Burrus

June

29. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work, Douglas Coupland
28. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub
27. As of This Writing, Clive James
26. Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens
25. In the Line of Fire, Jerry Weissman
24. A World I Never Made, James Lepore

May

23. Getting More, Stuart Diamond
22. The City in Mind, James Howard Kunstler
21. The Next Decade, George Friedman
20. The Unknown Soldier, Gerald Seymour
19. The Leavenworth Case, Anna Katherine Green
18. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell

April

17. In Office Hours, Lucy Kellaway
16. Practically Radical, William Taylor
15. Gunn’s Golden Rules, Tim Gunn

March

14. Free, Chris Anderson
13. Our Kind of Traitor, John le Carre
12. Geronimo, Geronimo’s Story of His Life
11. The Secret Soldier, Alex Berensen
10. If the Dead Rise Not, Philip Kerr

February

9. Finders Keepers, Craig Childs
8. Choke, Sian Beilock
7. Monsoon, Robert Kaplan

January

6. Agents of Treachery, Otto Penzler
5. The Big Bang, Mickey Spillane
4. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, Matt Dellinger
3. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
2. Moxyland, Lauren Beukes
1. The Missing Manual: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, David Pogue

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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Congratulations to 2011 International Master Gardener Search for Excellence Award Winners

When we were back in Indiana a few months ago visiting my parents, my brother, Bruce, told me about a cool project he had been working on with a group of his Master Gardener friends. He also said that the project had won a state award and might get a national award.

It turns out, the project actually won an international award – first place in the Special Needs Audience category of the 2011 International Search for Excellence Award, sponsored by The National Gardening Association and Extension Master Gardener.

The details can be found in the article, Noble County project wins Excellence award, which includes a picture of the representatives of the group that won the award, including my brother.

The project involved teaching gardening skills to minimum security prisoners. Among other things, some of the vegetables (quite a lot) were donated to a local food pantry. Bruce told me that, as a result, a number of the participants were hoping to get into gardening, landscaping or food-related careers.

As I said, it was a cool project.

Today, Bruce sent me the speech he made when accepting the award at The International Master Gardener Conference in Charleston, West Virginia last week on behalf of the Noble County Master Gardeners. He said that there were about 1,000 people in the room. He said he was nervous, but thought a great project deserved a good speech. Apparently, many people thought it was a great speech.

I did too.

Maybe you will too. Here it is:

This project was a joint effort between Chain O’ Lakes Correctional Facility superintendant Michael Cunegin, Noble County Extension Agent Hanson Young, and the Noble County Purdue Master Gardeners. We gave the inmates a 80 hour intensive training program based on our Master Gardener training with a emphasis on landscape design and installation and greenhouse production to make the guys more employable when they get out.

The guys couldn’t understand why we would take time to come in there and teach them. They would ask us every night and our answers weren’t good enough. Seems nobody had ever taken time to do something like that for these guys. Finally I told them the AA saying that says if it weren’t for the grace of God that would be me in there and if it was, I hoped somebody would do it for me. They understood that.

A ways into the classes a well-liked secretary at the facility was killed in a car wreck on the way to work one snowy morning. The guys asked us to design them a memorial garden they could plant for her. We told them they had the training now, they should do it themselves. We got them the plants that spring and they planted it.

This gave us the idea to put in a vegetable garden so they could get some hands-on training. The produce was going to supplement their meals. We had a landscaping project at the courthouse in town and were using the guys for labor. One day they helped was the day the local food pantry was open. The guys asked what were all the people standing in that line for? When they learned it was needy people waiting for food, they were seriously moved. They went to Mr. Cunegin and told him they wanted to donate their produce to the food bank if that was possible. They ended up giving over 1100 pounds of fresh produce to the food bank that summer.

I went out there two or three times a week to check on the garden and one day I asked them, why do you do this? You could be sitting under that shade tree smoking cigarettes with them other guys, making fun of you sweating in the sun and working so hard. They told me it was weird, but it makes you feel good. They had never experienced that feel good thing before. So the best thing to come out of this project was to introduce these guys to that feel good thing. Now I know how to explain why I am a Master Gardener. That feel good thing. Thank You for this award.

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Celebrating the Eighth Blogiversary of DennisKennedy.Blog (2011 Blawgiversary)

I launched DennisKennedy.Blog on February 15, 2003, when I really believed that I was so late to blogging that I had missed the whole blogging thing. In part, the blog was also an early birthday present to myself. My birthday is February 17.

Over the years, this blog has made such a big deal of its birthday that my own birthday tends to get overshadowed. This year is no exception. As longtime bloggers know all too well, blogs can be very demanding.

Every year, I’ve done some kind of blawgiversary-birthday week-long extravaganza with fun events and surprises. In 2011, I’m taking a low-key approach, at least as compared to earlier years.

Three things have always been a consistent theme in the blogiversary celebration. First, I want to say a big “thank you” to my readers. Second, I try to devote some time to answering questions from readers. Third, I admit to a slight tendency to anthromorphize my blog.

I invite you over the next week to leave a comment, send me an email or DM me at @dkennedyblog on Twitter with any question you might have about legal technology, blogging or anything else I might cover on this blog.

I also have a surprise or two in mind for blawgiversary-birthday week, so watch during the rest of the week for those.

A huge thank you to all my readers. I appreciate you sticking with me and this blog for another you and I also welcome new readers.

Best wishes to all for another year.

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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MLK Holiday – 2011

I have a tradition on this blog of writing a post on celebrating the Martin Luther King holiday (here, here, here, here (especially) and here). The holiday is special to me for a number of reasons that I go into in the earlier posts on the topic and it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.

The holiday has always seemed to me to be a day for reflection. I like the way that many blogger point to primary materials and good resources, and the way that some bloggers draw lessons from their own unique perspectives,

Some posts I saw today that I liked:

‘Dream’ Speech Writer Jones Reflects On King Jr.

On MLK Day: Put yourself in the shoes of a famous speaker – I had similar thoughts when standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on a trip to DC last October.

MLK’s Last Days

What Better Way to Honor Dr. King Than to Learn More ABout His Life and Legacy
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What you don’t know about King’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

Signs of Hope Along St. Louis’ Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

Hope you had a great day.

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52 Books in 52 Weeks – 2011

For the last few years, I’ve enjoyed reading the posts of several bloggers who are trying to read 52 books in 52 weeks. I’ve also wanted to find a good way for me to keep track of the books I’ve read.

Last year, I decided to try to do the 52 books in 52 weeks meme (and encourage others to do so). I made it to exactly 52 and posted some reflections about that here.

I’m doing the same thing in 2011. My approach is the same as last year – I’ll simply update this specific post from time to time throughout the year as I finish books.

I’ve enjoyed doing this challenge every year and hope you find the list useful. And I encourage you to take the challenge yourself.

December

56. Rip Tide, Stella Rimington

November

55. Bottled Lightning: Superbatteries, Electric Cars and the New Lithium Economy, Seth Fletcher
54. Robert Ludlum’s The Ares Decision, Kyle Mills
53. The Devil’s Light, James North Patterson
52. The Big Roads, Earl Smith
51. A Letter to Mary, Laurie R. King
50. A Monstrous Regiment of Women, Laurie R. King

October

49. The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Laurie R. King
48. The Mirage Man: Bruce Ivins, the Anthrax Attacks and America’s Rush to War, David Willman
47. Pleasure Thresholds, Patricia Tallman
46. The Way Some People Die, Ross MacDonald
45. Red Alert, Peter Bryant
44. Pitch Anything, Oren Klaff

September

43. Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, Neil Strauss
42. The Profession, Steven Pressfield
41. 59 Seconds, Richard Wiseman
40. Stories My Father Told Me, Jeffrey Lyons

August

39. Do the Work, Steven Pressfield
38. Read This Before Our Next Meeting, Al Pittampalli
37. Dethroning the King, Julie Macintosh
36. How to Live: A Life of Montaigne
35. Blood Trust, Eric Van Lustbader
34. Zombie, Spaceship, Wasteland, Patton Oswalt

July

33. Portrait of a Spy, Dan Silva
32. Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Dominion, Eric Van Lustbader
31. The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, David Mitchell
30. Flash Foresight, Daniel Burrus

June

29. Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work, Douglas Coupland
28. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead, Jerry Weintraub
27. As of This Writing, Clive James
26. Hitch 22, Christopher Hitchens
25. In the Line of Fire, Jerry Weissman
24. A World I Never Made, James Lepore

May

23. Getting More, Stuart Diamond
22. The City in Mind, James Howard Kunstler
21. The Next Decade, George Friedman
20. The Unknown Soldier, Gerald Seymour
19. The Leavenworth Case, Anna Katherine Green
18. iPad in One Hour for Lawyers, Tom Mighell

April

17. In Office Hours, Lucy Kellaway
16. Practically Radical, William Taylor
15. Gunn’s Golden Rules, Tim Gunn

March

14. Free, Chris Anderson
13. Our Kind of Traitor, John le Carre
12. Geronimo, Geronimo’s Story of His Life
11. The Secret Soldier, Alex Berensen
10. If the Dead Rise Not, Philip Kerr

February

9. Finders Keepers, Craig Childs
8. Choke, Sian Beilock
7. Monsoon, Robert Kaplan

January

6. Agents of Treachery, Otto Penzler
5. The Big Bang, Mickey Spillane
4. Interstate 69: The Unfinished History of the Last Great American Highway, Matt Dellinger
3. Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
2. Moxyland, Lauren Beukes
1. The Missing Manual: Mac OS X Snow Leopard, David Pogue

[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]

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