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It's A Mystery 1/13/09

Beginnings and Endings

The close of 2008 allows us to take another look at some of the news that caught the attention of mystery readers in the last year.

Among the notable authors who passed away in 2008 were these mystery writers:

Just the Facts

Are you job-hunting and need to write a resume? Microsoft Word has resume templates, but these online Web sites may also help.
www.myresumeonline.org
This site is free and offers templates for resumes and cover letters

www.theresumebuilder.com
Some features are free; others are available only with anannual subscription.

www.buildaresumetoday.com
Basic services are free; silver and gold services are available for a subscription.

Within the library, you can use the database Ohio Career Information System. Click on "job search" in the left-side margin, and you'll find lots of good advice and sample resumes in Word or pdf that you can modify for yourself.

Financial Crisis Timeline

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has created a timeline of the current financial crisis.

Links to press releases, SEC filings, Congressional testimony, etc., are provided within each timeline entry. Also, there is a PDF version of the timeline that you can download and print off.

Soon I Will Be Invincible

In Soon I Will Be Invincible, author Austin Grossman expands the world of superheroes and supervillains, giving comic book archetypes rich lives and emotional states. There are two story lines in the novel.

Author Donald Westlake died on 12/31

Donald Westlake, the so-called "Neil Simon of the crime novel," died on 12/31/08 while vacationing in Mexico. He wrote more than 90 books in his career.

He was known for incorporating comedy and slapstick in to traditional crime novels. In 1993, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.

For a biography from the Washington Post, click here.

Time Magazine: Top 10 Everything of 2008

As we say farewell to 2008, let's celebrate the year with a boatload of top 10 lists from Time Magazine!

There are 50 top 10 lists in The Top 10 Everything of 2008, which include such topics as:

  • Odd-ball news stories
  • Olympic Moments
  • Late Night Jokes
  • iPhone apps
  • Viral videos

I particularly liked this entry in the Top 10 T-shirt worthy slogans category.

The Jesuit and the Skull

 

In The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, the author provides a concise history of human evolution, and an intriguing personal history of French Jesuit priest and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who had been exiled to China by the Vatican for writings that asserted humanity's evolutionary relationship to apes and challenged the doctrine of original sin.

Health Care Information Site for Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has created an excellent new Website called Who Cares: Sources of Information About Health Care Products and Services.

This site provides information on:

  • Care and services -- including facilities, therapies, etc.
  • Pills and Products
  • Scams and frauds

A PDF version of the site is also available, making it easy to take the information to your doctor.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Told through the eyes of a 15 year old autistic boy, author Mark Haddon provides an insightful glimpse into the thought processes of an autistic mind. Though uncomfortable with strangers and unfamiliar situations, young Christopher is determined to discover who murdered his neighbor’s dog. As he embarks on his search, Christopher’s unique approach to solving the predicaments he finds himself in are often humorous and always unusual. His determination and unorthodox approach captivate the reader who will find themselves rooting for this determined young man who perseveres despite overwhelming odds as his search leads to discoveries that will impact his life and those closest to him.

Website for safe toys: Healthytoys.org

'Tis the season to buy toys. If you have concerns about the safety of the toys you buy and the use of chemicals in them, then check out Healthytoys.org.

You can browse by toy brand or type. There are also lists of the best and worst toys.