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Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation in Pink and Green

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Pink/green is a fun color combination to play with.

A Book to Read and Love: Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Gone with the Wind: The life and times of Scarlett O'Hara



Questions I pondered while reading Gone with the Wind: How does greed work so quickly?
Is honor a better motivator than love?
My thoughts about Gone with The Wind: I am so disappointed in Scarlett.
Never forget where you have been.
Reputation is important.





A Play to Read and Love: The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play The Heidi Chronicles: The adult life of a feminist.

Questions I pondered while reading The Heidi Chronicles: Why can't women be more supportive of each other?
Do you have to get married to have a full life?
My thoughts about The Heidi Chronicles: Deep subjects require humor.
I wish I were as witty.
Be true to you.



Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation in Yellow

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Feeling a little festive.

A Book to Read and Love: The Good Lord Bird by James McBride - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Good Lord Bird: The tales of the abolitionist John Brown, according to the Onion. 

Questions I pondered while reading The Good Lord Bird: How long could I have remained hidden?
Could I have given so much to a cause?
My thoughts about The Good Lord Bird:
Onion is now on my list of favorite characters.
I love this perspective.
Remember Harper's Ferry.

Pen and Ink Doodle: My Soul, That Day

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Looking inward.

A Book to Read and Love: Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Joan's thoughts, during the late '60s

Questions to ponder Slouching Toward Bethlehem: Do I have that type of self-respect?
Does language dictate your reality?
My thoughts about Slouching Toward Bethlehem: I agreed with so much.
There is clarity in precision.
I need to work on my vocabulary.



Pen and Ink Doodle: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

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Doodling about a book. Inspired by the book - A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

A Book to Read and Love: Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the Book Into Thin Air:Climbing Mt. Everest May 10, 1996, and living to tell about it

Questions I pondered while reading Into Thin Air: Why do we (as humans) push so many boundaries?
Should Mt. Everest be open to the inexperienced? My thoughts about Into Thin Air: Wouldn't consider the climb now - not that I had before.
14ers are plenty big enough for me.
1 in 4 is an ugly bet with your life.


Pen and Ink Doodle: Clamor

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Coastal reverie

A Book to Read and Love: Dead Wake: The Last Crossing Of The Lusitania by Erik Larson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Dead Wake: The events leading to the sinking of the Lusitania and the United States entry into WWI

Questions I pondered while reading Dead Wake: Can any argument really be worth 15 million deaths (WWI total)?
Why do we develop weapons like these?
My thoughts about Dead Wake: Remember the 1,198 who died.
War is so dumb.
Why is collateral damage deemed acceptable?



A Book to Read and Love: The Revenant by Michael Punke - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Revenant: The consequences of taking a fur trapper's things.

Questions I pondered while reading The Revenant: Could I have managed that motivation?
Would I eat raw rattlesnake?
My thoughts about The Revenant: I would have curled up and died.
Bears and trappers aren't particularly nice.
Don't take other people's stuff.



Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation in Purple

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Twists and bows

A Book to Read and Love: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The factors that make a society a pillager or a pillagee.

Questions I pondered while reading Guns, Germs, and Steel: Why didn't the Norse cause any biological devastation?
Wouldn't hunter-gatherer societies develop artisan skills during the winter?
My thoughts about Guns, Germs, and Steel: Germs appear to be humanities biggest bane.
Historically, resource exploitation as not done well for humanity.
The world needs rhino mounted Banta shock troops.




A Book to Read and Love: The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom - Summary & Review

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A short summary of  the book The Five People You Meet in Heaven: What can happen when you cross over.

Questions I pondered while reading The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Who do I want to see?
Who don't I want to see?
My thoughts about The Five People You Meet in Heaven: I hope there is peace.
I hope I find my purpose.
I am not going to enjoy facing my guilt.



Pen and Ink Doodle: Excitement!

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YAY!

A Book to Read and Love: Gabby: A Story Of Courage And Hope by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Edward Kelly - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Gabby: Learning to live after a near-fatal event.

Questions I pondered while reading Gabby: Why does crap like this happen?
Could I ever hope to be that tenacious?
My thoughts about Gabby: Life is unpredictable.
Hug your loved ones.
Gabby for the win!




Pen and Ink Doodle: Love

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A meditation about love.

A Book to Read and Love: Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Murder on the Orient Express: Retribution, Caesar style, in a Pullman.  Solved (of course) by Poirot.

Questions I pondered while reading Murder on the Orient Express:
Wouldn't that be really cold?
Isn't that a rather large group for a secret?
My thoughts about Murder on the Orient Express: I love whodunits.
Poirot's the man.
The more improbable, the more fun the book.



A Book to Read and Love: Marley and Me by Josh Grogan - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Marley and Me: A dog teaches his people about love.

Questions I pondered while reading Marley and Me: Why are boisterous dogs called "bad"?
Do I want another dog?
My thoughts about Marley and Me: "Bad" dogs are never boring.
"Bad" dogs are the best dogs.
I love my bad dog.
#LifeWithZiggy - #RescuedDogsAretheBestDogs

Pen and Ink Doodle: Denver Sunrise

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Inspired by the purple and orange mornings of Denver.

A Book to Read and Love: The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Road Less Traveled: The importance of discipline and love for a happy life.


Questions I pondered while reading The Road Less Traveled:
Do I take on too much responsibility or not enough?
How often do I lie to myself?
My thoughts about The Road Less Traveled: Discipline for the win!
I am the boss of me!
I don't like frosting!


Pen and Ink Doodle: Whale's Tail

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Underwater currents.

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

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A short summary of the book Sense and Sensibility: An example of good sense amid the selfish.


Questions I pondered while reading Sense and Sensibility: Why is it so hard to do the right thing?
Doesn't making marriage a business arrangement take all the fun out of it?
My thoughts about Sense and Sensibility: Getting dumped is harsh.
Good sense is hard to find.
I, like Marianne, wear my heart on my sleeve.