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A Book to Read and Love: The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Strange Library: A library trip gets twisted.

Questions I pondered while reading The Strange Library: Was that perhaps a wee bit of an over-attachment?

Should I learn to be a little more forceful in my nos?

My thoughts about The Strange Library: Interesting twist on how a library acquires knowledge.
Clingy parents are hard to deal with.
I will be avoiding library basements from now on.

A Book to Read and Love: Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Last Night in Twisted River: An author's experience in bear killing.


Questions I pondered while reading Last Night in Twisted River: Why do we lie to our kids?
Why not stand your ground?
My thoughts about Last Night in Twisted River: Melodrama at its finest.
I kept getting hungry while I read.
Ketchum has been added to my favorite characters list.

A Book to Read and Love: Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Alice in Wonderland: The journey through a rabbit hole.



Questions I pondered while reading Alice in Wonderland: Would I have dared eat the cake?
Is croquet playing a useful skill to have?

My thoughts about Alice in Wonderland: Love, love, love this story.
I want to live in this fantasy.
Tarts? Anyone?

A Book to Read and Love: Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Yellow Star: Surviving the Lodz ghetto, lyrically.

Questions I pondered while reading Yellow Star: How do we make sure this never, ever happens again?
Why is religious persecution so prevalent?

My thoughts about Yellow Star: I don't know that I could be that brave.
It makes me ill to think of this.
Chocolate can improve almost any situation.

A Book to Read and Love: Tenth of December by George Saunders - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Tenth of December: Saunder's short studies of humanity.


Questions I pondered while reading Tenth of December: Is capitalism really that harsh?
Can there be moral exceptions to the rules?

My thoughts about Tenth of December: I'm a big fan of inner dialogue.
Little bits can be so satisfying.
This fiction is very factual.

Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation 12.13.17

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It's cold outside!

Once the temperature dips below 35 degrees, I camp in front of the fireplace, reading, and doodling.
Warmth and meditation.

A Book to Read and Love: We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book We Should all be Feminists: The complete definition of feminism.


Questions I pondered while reading We Should all be Feminists: Why is equality such a difficult concept?
How do we change our culture?

My thoughts about We Should all be Feminists: Everyone should read the book.
Rights have responsibilities.
Ability matters more than gender.


Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation 12.11.17

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Dotting all of the I's in my head?

I sometimes wonder how this happens, how a cohesive image emerges from a meditation.

A Book to Read and Love: The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror by Joyce Carol Oates - Summary & Review

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A Short Summary of the book The Doll-Master:      Joyce's thrilling tales.



Questions I pondered while reading The Doll-Master:
    Do you ever trust your husband if you were once the "other woman"?
    Should you ever take cappuccino from strangers?

My Thoughts about The Doll Master:    Creepy ambiguity.
   Creepy carriage house.
   Creepy frothy coffee drink.

Pen and Ink Doodle: Green Meditation

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Word of the day: Monochromatic
Not entirely sure that there is a theme, or feeling here.  It just seemed to be a green kind of day. A fun meditative doodle.


xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Art of Happiness by The Dalai Lama - Summary & Review

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A Short Summary of the book The Art of Happiness:
The Buddhist method of achieving lasting happiness, from the words of the Dalai Lama.





Questions I pondered reading The Art of Happiness: Is happiness internal?
Am I being responsible for me?

My thoughts after reading the Art of Happiness: A good place to begin learning peace of mind.
I <3 meditation!
Be present, live now!

A Document to Read and Love: The Declaration of Independence by Thomas Jefferson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Declaration of Independence:
Bye! George!




Questions I pondered after reading The Declaration of Independence: Do we have similar grievances today?
How well is our current government holding up to this list?

My thoughts on The Declaration of Independence:
Independence Day!  The fireworks have begun!
The beginning of U.S!
Be bold like Hancock!


A Book to Read and Love: War Dances by Sherman Alexie - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book War Dances: Alexie's poetry and prose.


Questions I pondered while reading War Dances? Am I conflicted about my heritage?
Why is ethnic tension still so high?
My Thoughts about War Dances:
A serious subject should always be witty.
Was this really fiction?
The book has a secure spot on my shelf forever.


A Book to Read and Love: Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Dear Ijeawele: How to raise a feminist.

Questions I pondered while reading Dear Ijeawele: Will true equality really ease resentments?
Can feminism and femininity co-exist?
My Thoughts about Dear Ijeawele: Good advice for raising little children.
Good advice for raising big children.
Something for everyone who believes in equality.



A Speech to Read and Love: Give Me Liberty by Patrick Henry - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the speech Give Me Liberty:

I vote for independence, sincerely Patrick Henry

Questions I pondered while reading Give Me Liberty: Would I have made the same choice, had I been there?
Are there still people like Patrick Henry in the US today?
My Thoughts about Give Me Liberty: History!
Liberty!
Fireworks!

A Document to Read and Love: The US Constitution by The Founding Fathers - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the most important US document The US Constitution: How our government was grown.



Questions I pondered while reading the US Constitution: Is the Constitution still applicable today?
Are we currently abiding by it? My thoughts about the US Constitution: Know your government.
Know your rights.
Know your responsibilities.


Pen and Ink Doodle: Autumn

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Meditating about the season.

Leaves, leaves, and more leaves!

A Book to Read and Love: The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Economic Consequences of the Peace: An economic statement about the Treaty of Versailles.

Questions I pondered while reading The Economic Consequences of the Peace:
Did the economic crippling after WWI help?
Why do we view war as inevitable?  
My thoughts about The Economic Consequences of the Peace: Good theory to know.
War should not equal profit.
The financial destruction of another country is a dangerous situation.

A Book to Read and Love: Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine - Summary & Review

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A short summary about Stillhouse Lake: So I married a serial killer..........
Questions I pondered while reading Stillhouse Lake:
Why is it so easy for people to be cruel, especially on the internet?

How do you recover from something like that?  

My thoughts about Stillhouse Lake:
Engaging and good paced.
Stretched believability.
Great fun!

Pen and Ink Doodle: Abundance

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Meditation on abundance




Flowers, greenery and a lot of them both.

A Book to Read and Love:The Last Of The Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Last of the Mohicans: The romance of King Philip's war. Love and a Leatherstocking.


Questions I pondered while reading The Last of the Mohicans: Can you overdo a description?
Why is it impossible for nature and religion to co-exist?
My thoughts about The Last of the Mohicans:
Uncas was a crush.
I got lost in the details.
I think this could be called a romance.



A Play to Read and Love: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling - Summary & Review

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A short summary about the play Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: A frantic New York search for magic creatures and creations.

Questions I pondered while reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Who wouldn't love a baker?
It's okay to want a suitcase like that right?
My Thoughts about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: I love the Rowling world.
I want my own bowtruckle.
Betrayal after cocoa is bad form.



Pen and Ink Doodle: Blue Snail

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Meditation in Blue
It almost looks like it has something to say, but it doesn't, not really.


A Book to Read and Love: Tales Of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book the Tales of Sherlock Holmes: The stories of a sociopath who solves crimes.

Questions to ponder while reading the Tales of Sherlock Holmes: Is logic always to be trusted?
Does being gifted also come with mental illness?
My Thoughts about the Tales Sherlock Holmes: I want to see *that* London.
I wish I observed so much.
I can re-read these forever.


A Book to Read and Love: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Cry, The Beloved Country: Kumalo's tragedy in the illiberality of South Africa


Questions I pondered while reading Cry, The Beloved Country: Is the disintegration of tribalism the cause for many of our problems?
How detrimental is fear to our society?
My thoughts about Cry, The Beloved Country: Industrialism wasn't always the right answer.
Don't fear what is different.
Families should stand by one another.



A Book to Read and Love: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Silmarillion:

The mythology of Middle Earth.

Questions I pondered while reading The Silmarillion:
Is there creation in music?
Does knowing the mythology strengthen the story?
My Thoughts about The Silmarillion:
Spelunking into Middle Earth.
A geek among geeks.
Can anyone get enough of this world?

Pen and Ink Doodle: Carnivale

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Soft nights, bright lights.


Thinking back to New Orleans, fun trip even though I missed Mardi Gras.

A Book to Read and Love: The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons - Summary & Review

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A short Summary of the book The Short Drop: The resolution to a decade's long disappearance.


Questions I pondered about The Short Drop: Why do we allow things to haunt us?
Why are politics so tainted?
My thoughts about The Short Drop: Edge of my seat.
Suspenseful.
Great fun.



Pen and Ink Doodle: Black Dahlia

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Nope, not the flower.
Inspired by the book The Black Dahlia - James Ellroy

A Book to Read and Love: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Doctor Sleep: Danny is back and he is still shining.

Questions I pondered while reading Doctor Sleep: Is it possible to ever truly conquer an addiction?
Why does vampirism appeal to some people?
My thoughts about Doctor Sleep: Completely surprised me.
I am altogether creeped out.
Never RVing again (not that I did before).





A Book to Read and Love: I Remember Nothing by Nora Ephron - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book I Remember Nothing: Ephron's Essays.


Questions I pondered while reading I Remember Nothing:
Why do we all expect perfection from our parents?
What surprises me?
My thoughts about I Remember Nothing: Clear language.
Agreeable opinions.
Butter anyone?


Pen and Ink Doodle: Agave

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Who doesn't like tequila?
Envisioning Pee Wee Herman

A Book to Read and Love: The Help by Kathryn Stockett - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Help: A study of the roles in the South.

Questions I pondered after reading The Help: Was that really a good way to treat an employee?
Does everyone have secrets?

My thoughts about The Help: Carried me away.
Love the emotion.
Would anyone like a slice of pie?




A Book to Read and Love: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Perks of Being a Wallflower: An introvert's freshman year.

Questions I pondered while reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Did adolescence suck for everyone?
Has practically every person been abused?
My thoughts on The Perks of Being a Wallflower: It is hard to be an introvert.
I relate.
You have physical health without mental health.

A Book to Read and Love: When The Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book When the Emperor was Divine: Japanese in the United States, one family's experience.

Questions I pondered while reading When the Emperor was Divine: Who in the f-word decided on these camps?
How did we, as a nation of immigrants, justify that type of incarceration?
My thoughts about When the Emperor was Divine: I have seen Delta, Utah.
I am ashamed this was ever allowed.
Reacting this way to fear is not okay.



A Book to Read and Love: All Creatures Great And Small by James Herriot - Summary & Review

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A short summary of  the book All Creatures Great and Small: The joys of the country vet.

Questions I pondered while reading All Creatures Great and Small:
Do I love animals enough?
Could my job ever be that icky?
My Thoughts about All Creatures Great and Small:
Emergencies shouldn't happen after dark.
I know entirely too much about cows now.
I will never look at pigs the same way again.



A Book to Read and Love: The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Diary of a Young Girl: Anne Frank's voice from the attic.

Questions I pondered while reading The Diary of A Young Girl: Could I have hidden like that?
How do we (as humans) prevent something like this from ever occurring again?
My thoughts about The Diary of a Young Girl:
WWII was such a dark time.
The world lost so much.
Humor helps everything.


A Book to Read and Love: The Valley Of The Dolls by Jacqueline Susann - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Valley of the Dolls: Three dark lives in the spotlight.


Questions I pondered while reading The Valley of the Dolls:
Why do the talented self-destruct?
How much should you sacrifice for love?
My thoughts about The Valley of the Dolls: There is too much pressure for celebrities to be perfect.
Keep your head small and your heart humble.
Self-respect should never be tossed aside for a relationship.


A Book to Read and Love: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Great Gatsby: Nick's New York adventure.

Questions I pondered while reading The Great Gatsby: Does wealth diminish character?
Is it fair to hold someone accountable to your memory of them?
My thoughts about The Great Gatsby: The fun of rich people problems.
I love the decadence of that period.
I would have been a bootlegger. You?


A Book to Read and Love: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Black Like Me: I pretended to be African-American, this is what happened.

Questions I pondered while reading Black Like Me: Where in the F-word were everyone's manners?
Have you ever been ashamed of your ethnicity?
My thoughts about Black Like Me: Still unsure about how far we have come.
Manners!  Really people!
My heart hurts when I think of this actually happening.




A Book to Read and Love: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Meditations: The correct philosophy of life according to the stoic Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.

Questions I pondered while reading Meditations: Why isn't this philosophy more commonly taught?
Can you think yourself happy?

My thoughts about Meditations: Favorite philosophy and philosopher.
These are the rules for life.
Yay! Stoicism.

A Book to Read and Love: A Movable Feast by Ernest Hemingway - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book A Movable Feast:
The tale of the Lost Generation in Paris.

Questions I pondered while reading A Movable Feast: Could I possibly drink that much wine without keeling over?
Is anyone really that manly?
My Thoughts about a Movable Feast: I want to visit *that* Paris.
I wish I could have met Hemingway.
Is wine considered alcohol?

A Book to Read and Love: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Giving Tree: A tree in love.

Questions I pondered while reading The Giving Tree: Would I ever give someone that much?
Could I ever ask that much of anything?

My thoughts about The Giving Tree:
I thought the boy was selfish.
I felt sad for the tree.
Never ask something for everything.







Poems to Read and Love: Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Where the Sidewalk Ends: Rhymes for life.

Questions I pondered while reading Where the Sidewalk Ends: Do I have to make my own magic?  Can't someone bring me some?
Can I wish too much?
My thoughts about Where the Sidewalk Ends: I am still inventing my colors.
Everyone can find wisdom here.
Anything can happen.



A Book to Read and Love: Persuasion by Jane Austen - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Persuasion: Another go with the one that got away.
Questions I pondered while reading Persuasion: Should social status dictate marriage?
Is following anyone, including mentors, blindly a good idea?
My Thoughts about Persuasion: I am a romantic.
I love do-overs.
I love happy endings.




A Book to Read and Love: A Brief History Of Time by Stephen Hawking - Summary & Review

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A short summary of A Brief History of Time: What time is, or was, when the book was written, it may have changed since then.

Questions I pondered while reading A Brief History of Time: Is everything truly connected?
Am I the only one having a hard time following this concept?
My thoughts about A Brief History of Time:
Surprisingly readable science.
Why means everything.
I have a slight headache now.




A Book to Read and Love: The Prophet by Kahil Gibran - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Prophet: The *still* applicable essays of Kahil Gibran.

Questions I pondered while reading The Prophet: Should troubles be shared?
Is happiness worth the unhappiness?
My thoughts about The Prophet:
Share quotes.
Share joy.
Share the book.

A Book to Read and Love: The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafron - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Angel's Game: A haunting writing contract.

Questions I pondered while reading The Angel's Game: What would I write in my book?
Does running away bring its own conclusion?
My thoughts on The Angel's Game: I want to go to Barcelona.
Corelli IS rather suspicious.
Where does one sign up to write this type of book?



A Book to Read and Love: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Goldfinch: The atonement of an accidental art thief.

Questions I pondered while reading The Goldfinch: Why couldn't someone get Theo some help?
What about Boris?  Anyone?
My thoughts about The Goldfinch: Engrossing.
Picturesque.
Aeonic.







A Book to Read and Love: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal and The Real Count of Monte Cristo byTom Reiss - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Black Count: The heroic life of General Alexandre Dumas

Questions I pondered while reading The Black Count: How do people like this get omitted from the history books?
Was it possible to survive the French Revolution as a government employee?
My thoughts about The Black Count:
Now we know who inspired the character Dartagan.
History is written by the political survivors.
Shame on Napoleon.