My 2013-2014 Project: iHRIS Implementation Toolkit

For the past 12 months I have been editing and compiling a web-based implementation toolkit as a consultant for the iHRIS project. iHRIS is free, open-source, health workforce information software developed for use in low-resource countries. The Implementation Toolkit is a guide to deploying iHRIS in a country, but also functions as a general tutorial for implementing any complex information system project. Putting this together took a lot of work compiling contributions from iHRIS implementers working in the field and the core team based in Chapel Hill, NC, and I’m proud of the results. Take a look.

My Review of The Dispossessed by Ursula K Le Guin on SF Mistressworks

Shannon:

My review of The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin, posted on SF Mistressworks.

Originally posted on SF Mistressworks:

the-dispossessedThe Dispossessed, Ursula K Le Guin (1974)
Review by Shannon Turlington

You shall not go down twice to the same river, nor can you go home again. That he knew; indeed it was the basis of his view of the world. Yet from that acceptance of transience he evolved his vast theory, wherein what is most changeable is shown to be fullest of eternity, and your relationship to the river, and the river’s relationship to you and to itself, turns out to be at once more complex and more reassuring than a mere lack of identity. You can go home again, the General Temporal Theory asserts, so long as you understand that home is a place where you have never been.

Long after I closed this book for the night and lay waiting for sleep to catch up with me, I thought about what I’d read, about the ideas posed…

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My Review of The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell on SF Mistressworks

Shannon:

My review of The Sparrow, posted on SF Mistressworks.

Originally posted on SF Mistressworks:

The SparrowThe Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell (1996)
Review by Shannon Turlington

It’s hard to describe the exhilarating sense of emotion I felt while reading this book. I don’t consider myself a religious person, and this book is unquestionably about religion and our relationship with God. I am a spiritual seeker, though, and I found this novel to be one of the most meaningful examinations of our purpose as humans that I have ever read. It is not an easy read, and it offers no easy answers. But despite its horrors – and some truly horrific things happen in this story – it is a beautiful, life-affirming read.

I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, because part of the joy of reading The Sparrow lies in discovering it. Russell parcels out the story in bits and pieces, to prepare the reader for what’s coming. So, just a bare-bones summary…

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My Review of Worlds of Exile and Illusion by Ursula K Le Guin on SF Mistressworks

Shannon:

SF Mistressworks reposted my review of Worlds of Exile and Illusion, an omnibus of three of Ursula K. Le Guin’s early novels.

Originally posted on SF Mistressworks:

worldsofexileWorlds of Exile and Illusion, Ursula K Le Guin (1996)
Review by Shannon Turlington

How can you tell the legend from the fact on these worlds that lie so many years away? – planets without names, called by their people simply The World, planets without history, where the past is a matter of myth, and a returning explorer finds his own doings of a few years back have become the gestures of a god.

Three early novels of the Hainish Cycle collected in one volume.

The science fiction novels of Ursula K Le Guin, often collectively called the “Hainish Cycle,” are not intended to be a series in the conventional sense. They are meant to stand alone and be read that way. But collecting three of her earliest novels into one volume gives the reader the opportunity to read these as a series, revealing connecting themes and making for a…

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