Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Oh The Stress!

It's giving me migraines! I woke up yesterday with a pounding headache. Literally. I made it halfway to school before I had to pull over 'cause I couldn't see clearly out of my right eye. It felt like somebody was jabbing a screwdriver into my temple. Ouch! I slept until 1:30 in the afternoon and by then it was just a dull pain. I have been getting tension headaches lately, so I wonder if this is related. Hmmmm...

I think it's because I keep stalking Alanna and it's stressing me out.

On another note: I Love Oprah's Book Club List. I always choose books from her list but I'm disappointed today about one choice. I picked up Here on Earth by Alice Hoffman. Looked good. Began alright, but it started to sound like another book I've read...a classic in fact. I read farther, thinking that maybe she was inspired and used this other book as a jumping off point. Not so. As the plot thickened it thickened into downright 'borrowing' of somebody else's idea. The other idea? Non other than Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I'm kind of mad about this. Here I am trying to instill in my student's minds how using ideas and materials that are not your own need to be recognized. And here is a well-known author making bucko bucks off it! Great Role Model Folks. This is SOOOOO not right and I e-mailed Oprah. Seriously. Here was a woman who wrote, along with her sisters, under men's names trying to breakthrough into the literary world. They wrote some of today's classics and somebody is taking advantage of this. Sorry, I just feel really strongly about this.

Seems I'm not the only one concerned with 'borrowing', 'copying', 'lying', 'cheating', 'plagerizing','not giving credit where creidit is due' or in other words, 'being lazy':

Check out this article

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