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Nov.01.2011
My New Year's resolution to read more books this year as well as my pedometer goals took a hit this month.  It is not that I didn't read or walk for that matter, but October wasn't quite as productive as the past several months have been.  Having said that, I have surpassed the total that...
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Oct.23.2011
It was suggested that Red Roomers blog about Poet Laureates, whether real or fictional, a couple weeks ago.  In my previous blog, I talked about the fact that I had, once again, gotten out of my comfort zone and had a few speaking parts in the play, The World of Carl Sandburg, which is to be...
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Oct.20.2011
Well, I am frantically reading my library book group's book for October.  Tonight is the meeting and I've a little more than six hours to finish it.  "It" being John Grisham's nonfiction book, The Innocent Man.  I'll admit that I put off reading it for this and that reason (mostly...
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Oct.11.2011
New Year's Resolutions are generally difficult to continue.  I suppose I manage to continue mine because of what I resolve to do. This year, as last, I resolved to read more books, and at this juncture, I am ahead of where I was last year at this time.  Therefore, I am reading more books...
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Oct.06.2011
...is one of those things needed to help lasso in escaping words, words of description, words of flight and fancy, in order to create a more perfect poem, a poem that gives life and speaks to the human within.  Or a poet lariat can be used, perhaps, to wrestle, hogtie, and then drag in...
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Sep.29.2011
Mom and Dad....before
A month or so after my mom died, I had an idea about gathering photographs from all of my cousins (and my own sisters) to make a pictorial album of the (paternal) family tree.  I indicated that we had all grown so far apart (especially geographically) that I asked them to send me pictures that...
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Sep.28.2011
I've stated more than once that my favorite author is Ayn Rand, and moreover, that my favorite novel of all time is Atlas Shrugged.  When I go to a beach, I generally take the time  to write the novel's "catch phrase" in the sand even though I know it may never be noticed and will be...
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Sep.25.2011
Recently I have noticed that television newscasters and personalities have changed the way they say certain words, in particular one certain word (although there are others).  Or perhaps, these people have always pronounced this word this way, but because I only hear them when they are...
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Sep.19.2011
One of my first exposures, if not the first, to some works of great literature came from playing the card game, Authors, with friends in the neighborhood.  The girls across the street owned the game, and we often played it hour after hour on their breezeway in the summer.  For those who...
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Sep.17.2011
...over and over." So go the lyrics to one of Tommy James and the Shondells hit songs.  Joan Jett and the Blackhearts did a re-make of it, too.  One of the things about music is that lyrics tend to stay with us long after the original tune has faded from popularity.  Moreover,...
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Sep.14.2011
Before Twilight, before even the Harry Potter series (who had the character Sanguini..great name for a vampire, by the way), but well after, Bram Stoker's Dracula, there was the dark soap opera, Dark Shadows, with the vampire Barnabas Collins and the werewolf Quentin Collins and all manner of...
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Sep.13.2011
Perhaps it is just me, but I tend to notice connections between the books I read.  First off, generally I am reading several books at a time.  I never read just one; I often have one or two books on both levels of my home. Right now, I am reading three books.  Perhaps that's why I...
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Sep.07.2011
New Year's resolutions come...and (mostly) they go, but I have chosen resolutions that I am continuing to keep since my resolutions fit into two categories.  The first is concerning reading.  That is, to read more books this year than last year!  The second is concerning the tracking...
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Aug.31.2011
Recently I have been experiencing what I would call is a "war of words", but that really doesn't describe it very well.  As I have mentioned many times, I am a bookcrosser and spend time on bookcrossing.com and sending (as well as receiving) books all around the world to fellow bookcrossers....
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Aug.27.2011
As part of our  landscaping project, we decided to plant some wildflower seeds.  We didn't know quite what to expect at the time.  The photo on the package showed sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, cone flowers, lupine, and a few others I've yet to identify.  For a while, nothing...
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