Balance…or lack thereof

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Monday's Musings


Driving the long trek into work one morning, I looked to my left and admired the lovely moon and slowly pinking skies.  I looked to my right and was taken with the glorious sunlight shining through the trees.  It occurred to me that this was a magical moment, the perfect balance as night concedes to morning and the day unfolds.  This juxtaposition of moon and sun together makes for a bit of dissonance that intrigues and provokes thought.

It led me to think of the frisson of excitement or heightened awareness one feels the moment one encounters something that is seemingly contradictory like the moon and sun in the same frame.   As I pondered and wondered, my thoughts inevitably turn to education and reading.  I realize this feeling of being slightly off-kilter or unbalanced a bit is what I love reading good steampunk–the juxtaposition of old and new,  skewed or altered history, familiar figures in wrong settings.  As a reader, the seeming disconnects intrigue me and hijack me on the journey through the story till resolution and I can re-enter the ‘real’ world.  I suspect those of you who have taken a similar journey will concur.

For those who want to know more:  Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

Wikipedia “Definition of steampunk. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 6 October 2012

Terry Roper

Terry Roper

Terry Roper, Library Consultant for Region 10 ESC. has been an educator/librarian in the North Texas area for 22 years. She has worked on elementary and high school campuses as well as central administration. Ms. Roper has experience dealing with English language learners of all levels and works closely with the Region 10 Literacy Team. Terry loves dealing with literacy and information dissemination and talking about book stuff!

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