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A Book to Read and Love: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Crime and Punishment: The moral consequences of murder.

Questions to ponder while reading Crime and Punishment: Do your dreams talk to you?
What do you think eternity is?

My thoughts on Crime and Punishment: Everyone should have one.
Guilt is a powerful thing.
Deep and complex.

Books to Read and Love: The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the Divergent Trilogy books: The tale of a dauntless dystopia.
Questions I pondered while reading the Divergent Trilogy: Could I have conformed?
Where do these super teenagers come from?
My thoughts about the Divergent Trilogy: Fun, fun read.
Total brain candy.
I am glad to be past teen angst.

Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation 4.19.18

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Still doodling.....

Pen and Ink Doodle: MA

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A kind of personality doodle.

A Book to Read and Love: Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Little Dorrit: A little loyalty to debtors.
Questions I pondered while reading Little Dorrit: How loyal am I?
Would I have been so kind?
My thoughts about Little Dorrit: I admire the unselfish.
Bureaucracy will forever be ridiculous.
Debt destroys everything.

A Book to Read and Love: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: McMurphy's fight against the system and Nurse Ratched.

Questions I pondered while reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest:
What exactly is madness?
Why does authority turn abusive?
My thoughts about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Fight the good fight.
Believe in hope.
Sometimes, you just need a friend.

A Book to Read and Love: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Under the Tuscan Sun: Food, frescoes and foundation repairs

A Book to Read and Love: Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Wild: A walk away from demons.
Questions to ponder while reading Wild: Have you ever just lost your shit?
Can you find inner peace in nature?
My thoughts on Wild: Hiking experience may have made this a tad easier.
Grief is a powerful tailor.
Sometimes you just need a walk.

A Book to Read and Love: Far Far Away by Tom McNeal - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Far Far Away: A Grimm ghost's adventure as a guardian angel.
Questions I pondered while reading Far Far Away: What is in that cake?
Are you ever too old for fairy tales?
My thoughts on Far Far Away: Slow start, epic finish.
There were entirely too many J's.
I wonder if anyone ever ate cake again.





A Play to Read and Love: Proof by David Auburn - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Proof: Reconciling grief, love, resentment, trust, and talent.

Questions I pondered while reading Proof: Is it possible to spend too much time alone?
Why is independent education so mistrusted?
My thoughts about Proof: I *really* want to see it live now.
The play has a good flow.
I admire genius.

A Pen and Ink Doodle: My Bouquet

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I have been thinking a lot about flowers.

A Book to Read and Love: An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book An Artist of the Floating World: An artist's life and legacy.

Questions to ponder while reading An Artist of the Floating World:
What have you done that you regret?
How much of your past taints the present?
My thoughts about An Artist of the Floating World: I think he regretted leaving the floating world.
The cultural adaptation required was a lot.
I wish I could face my guilt with such grace.


A Book to Read and Love: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Year of Magical Thinking: How Joan survived grief and loss.


Questions to ponder while reading The Year of Magical Thinking: Can etiquette get you through anything?
Do you envy them their marriage?
My thoughts about The Year of Magical Thinking: I love her language.
I almost felt like a voyeur.
I admire her stoicism.

A Book to Read and Love: Close Range by Annie Proulx - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Close Range: Stories of the wilderness that is Wyoming.
Questions to pondered while reading Close Range: Can you find solace in the desolate?
Can you find beauty in the stark?
My thoughts about Close Range: I loved the descriptions.
Well-crafted tales.
A Wyoming road trip is in order.

A Book to Read and Love: On Canaan's Side by Sebastian Berry - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book On Canaan's Side: The tale of an Irish girl in America.

Questions to ponder while reading On Canaan's Side: Would you have been able to forgive?
Would you have felt left behind?
My thoughts about On Canaan's Side: The violence of Ireland's division stuns me every time I read of it.
Beautiful, bittersweet story.
Lilly is on the list of favorite characters.