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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!