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Feb.28.2010
One resolution that I have managed to keep is that I resolved to read more books this year.  So far, I am succeeding in this.  As February ends, I have read the following books: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society   by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows Private Scars by Brenda Youngerman...
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Feb.26.2010
One of my favorite quotes from a left-hander.  "You must be the change you want to see in the world." --Gandhi What's that got to do with fairness and integrity?  Probably nothing except that I think that integrity and justice, too, for that matter, are somehow related to fairness. This...
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Feb.24.2010
I have been a member of the The Book Exchange book group at the Huron Library since its inception a few years ago.  It became a group when we did the Big Read of Marley and Me by Josh Groghan.  We basically replaced the Anything-But-Mysteries Book Group (the Mystery Book Group still exists, by the...
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Feb.22.2010
Tomorrow, the twenty-third of February, is the anniversary of the date that I first became licensed as a pharmacist.  Thirty-one years it will be, and yet I know many pharmacists who have practiced much longer than me.  Pharmacists who became pharmacists long before I was born, pharmacists who were...
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Feb.19.2010
I've been writing about bookcrossing.com for some time.  Just as I am coming up on my anniversary here, I just passed my anniversary there.  For the first several months, I just observed and learned the system.  Tentative at first, I learned out how to register and release books.  I found the...
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Feb.18.2010
(With apologies to Tim Burton’s “Beetlejuice”) “…typos? Hate ’em, don’tcha?”  I do, and the worst of them?  Well, I would have to say it depends.  It depends on what it is and who made it and why it didn’t get caught.   Okay, let’s discuss the differences.  I guess this is a philosophy blog so, in...
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Feb.15.2010
A few more books finished and all were very different reads. Last week I finished Susan Vreeland's Girl in Hyacinth Blue, a composite novel about a painting of a young girl.  The  short stories are tied together by a painting that appears in each of the stories throughout the centuries, starting in...
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Feb.14.2010
I wish you all a Happy (Chinese) New Year, but this wish goes out specially to my son Michael, who is a Chinese linguist.  Since he has become a Chinese linguist, I have sent him Chinese New Year's cards because I am proud of what he does and why he does it. I know that he understands those customs...
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Feb.13.2010
As the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics begin, I am both elated because I enjoy watching all of the events, but also saddened by the death of the Georgian luge athlete.  It certainly cast a pall over the Olympics, especially the opening ceremonies. Being an athlete has never been easy, but, I think,...
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Feb.11.2010
Recently I mentioned that I get a perverse pleasure from knocking off what I call snow stalactites from my car.  I make a game of it, but I do enjoy knocking them off without getting my boots wet and messy.    I have another perverse pleasure, too, that is somewhat similar. First off, I have to...
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Feb.08.2010
For the most part, I choose to read fiction.  I prefer fiction if for no other reason than for escapism. I like to escape into a world that is different from my own.  Partly because I deal with so much data and all of the reading material connected with my position is so technical, I tend to avoid...
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Feb.05.2010
I have to admit this pedometer geek has blown it for the past two months (December and January).  My step counts are way down in comparison to the previous months.  I am sure the weather has something to do with it.  It isn't nearly as easy to put in 10,000 steps when there is ice and snow on the...
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Feb.04.2010
I'm so excited to be hosting my first bookcrossing.com bookray.  To explain, a bookray is when a book is sent to several people in a defined order until all the members get to read the book. The leader sends the book to the first reader who then sends it to next reader, and so on until all the...
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Feb.02.2010
As February begins, I am reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel  Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.  In fact, I will probably finish it later today. It is definitely a different read than the other books I read in January. (As an aside, I resolved to read more books than last...
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Jan.31.2010
Just recently, I discovered through bookcrossing.com the list of "1001 books you must read before you die" which was compiled by Peter Boxall.  Okay, I will admit that I am a bit behind the times; this book, by the aforementioned Mr. Boxall, with its list of must reads apparently came out...
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