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A Book to Read and Love: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote - Summary and Reveiw

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A short summary of In Cold Blood: Finding and convicting the Clutter killers.

Questions to ponder while reading In Cold Blood: Why do people kill?
Is there, ever, a psychological justification?

My thoughts about In Cold Blood: Painstaking detail.
Page Turner.
Some people are truly sick.

A Book to Read and Love: Evelyn After - Victoria Helen Stone - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Evelyn, After: How Evelyn dealt with the end of her marriage.

Questions to ponder while reading Evelyn, After:
Have you ever been so upset you turned creepy?
Have you ever misjudged a situation?

My thoughts about Evelyn, After: Some people really, really, suck.
Retaliatory affairs are never helpful.
Learn to love you.

A Book to Read and Love: The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson - Emily Dickinson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson: Rhyming, Emily style.

Questions to ponder while reading The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson: Where do you find heaven?
Are you nobody too?
My thoughts about The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson: One of my most favorite poets.
Recluses can be so deep.
I love bread.

A Book to Read and Love: Macbeth - William Shakespeare - Summary and Reveiw

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A short summary of Macbeth: The cost of royal aspirations.

Questions to ponder while reading Macbeth: How far do your ambitions take you?
Do you sleepwalk?

My thoughts about Macbeth: (a review) Blood is a hard stain to remove.
Never do what you will feel guilty about.
Every prophecy comes with a caveat.

A Book to Read and Love: Antony and Cleopatra - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Antony and Cleopatra: The tragic love affair everyone is still talking about.

Questions to ponder while reading Antony and Cleopatra: Have you ever fallen in love with a person who wasn't very good for you?
What would you do in the name of love?
My thoughts about Antony and Cleopatra: (a review) I felt bad for Octavia.
The pair were kind of silly, no?
I wish I could see Cleopatra's Egypt.

A Book to Read and Love: As You Like It - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of As You Like It: Love in the forest of Arden.

Questions to ponder while reading As You Like It: Is there refuge in Nature?
Have you fallen in love with someone who can't love you back?
My thoughts about As You Like It: (a review) Rosalind/Ganymede is a favorite character.
Full of entanglements.
Nonsensical by smart.

A Book To Read and Love: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Red Tent: Dinah's Tale.

Questions to ponder while reading The Red Tent: Did you look this up in the Bible?
Don't you wish there were more stories about biblical women?
My thoughts about The Red Tent: (a review) I had to re-read Dinah's story in Genesis, it isn't long.
I love historical fiction.
I am thinking of installing a red tent in my backyard.

A Book to Read and Love: Beggarman, Thief - Irwin Shaw - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Beggarman, Thief: Rich Man, Poor Man: The Next Generation.


Questions to ponder while reading Beggarman, Thief: Do genetics truly dominate behavior?
What would tempt you into collaboration with the enemy?
My thoughts about Beggarman, Thief: It is odd how family traits seem to run in families.
The closure means everything.
It must be good, it was made into a mini-series.





A Book to Read and Love: Rich Man, Poor Man by Irwin Shaw - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Rich Man, Poor Man: A tale of two brothers.

Questions to ponder while reading Rich Man, Poor Man: How dysfunctional was your family?
Are you a Rudolph or a Thomas?
My thoughts about Rich Man, Poor Man: Ah! The fun of family drama.
Compellingly real.
I felt like such a big kid the first time I read this.

A Poem to Read and Love: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Don't shoot the albatross.

Questions to ponder while reading The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: What have you done that has irrevocably altered your life?
What cruelty have you committed simply because you could?
My thoughts about The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Ah! The regret of immature actions.
Every living being has a purpose.
You never know what you will hear if you stop and listen.

A Book to Read and Love: The Year of the Hare - Arto Paasilinna - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Year of the Hare: Finding inner peace after a near-fatal Auto-Lagomorpha accident.

Questions to ponder while reading The Year of the Hare: What have you done out of remorse?
Have you ever wanted to change your life?
My thoughts about The Year of the Hare: (a review) A weird sort of wandering.
I also feel the pull of a simpler life.
Maybe rabbits have the answers. (see Watership Down)

A Book to Read and Love: Ariel - Sylvia Plath - Summary & Review

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A short summary of Ariel: The last poems of Plath.

Questions to ponder while reading Ariel: Did these poems point to the end?
Will Sylvia's exit always taint her work?
My thoughts about Ariel: (a review) Honest and forthright.
Raw and searing.
Not your feel-good poetry.

A Book to Read and Love: The King Tides - James Swain - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The King  Tides: "Seal"-ing up some pedophiles.

Questions to ponder while reading The King Tides: How angry would you be at your sister?
How long can people function without sleep?
My thoughts about The King Tides: (a review) Fast paced. Fun read.
Total Brain Candy.
Watch out for internet predators.

A Play to Read and Love: The Importance of Being Ernest - Oscar Wilde - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Importance of Being Ernest: What's in a name?

Questions to ponder while reading The Importance of Being Ernest: Is there anything more fun than a good satire?

Should we bring back bunburying?

My thoughts about The Importance of Being Ernest: (a review) I bow to the great sarcasm of Oscar Wilde.
I wish I were so witty.
Another play I really want to see live.

A Book to Read and Love: Basho:The Complete Haiku - Matsuo Basho - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Basho: The Complete Haiku: Hokku from the Edo Period.

Questions to ponder while reading Basho: The Complete Haiku: How did these make you feel?
Do poems need to be lengthy to contain meaning?
My thoughts about Basho: The Complete Haiku: (a review) I love these!
So simple, yet so deep.
Forever re-readable.

A Book to Read and Love: The Autobiography of Ben Franklin - Ben Franklin - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: The title says it all.

Questions to ponder while reading The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: Does knowing someone's youth help you understand their adulthood?
Would you live your life over again, unchanged?
My Thoughts about The Autobiography of Ben Franklin: (a review) Reading about the founding fathers is a must.
Explore your interests, use your talents.
I snickered like a 12-year-old when I read about his naughty streak.

A Book to Read and Love: When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book When Breath Becomes Air: My death as a doctor.

Questions to ponder while reading When Breath Becomes Air: Does medical science strive too hard?
What is more important - the quality of life or the quantity of life?

My thoughts about the book When Breath Becomes Air: (a short review) One of the best books from the patient's perspective.
Medicine can't cure everything.
Quality of life is an important consideration in medical decisions.

A Play to Read and Love: Comedy of Errors - William Shakespeare - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Comedy of Errors:
Mistaken identity, done twins, times two.

Questions to ponder while reading Comedy of Errors: Is there anything more fun than puns?
Could slapstick be more fun than puns?
My thoughts about Comedy of Errors: It is utterly ridiculous and I love it.
One must have humor to survive.
One of the easiest of Shakespeares plays to read (in my opinion).

*Note - My favorite quote from the play is actually "If she lives till doomsday, she'll burn a week longer than the whole world" but everyone insists it too impolite to say so.

A Play to Read and Love: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the play Waiting for Godot: Keeping up the unkept appointment.

Questions to ponder while reading Waiting for Godot: How long do you wait before giving up?
What is the purpose of doing nothing?

My thoughts about Waiting for Godot: I don't know why, but I love this play.
Bicker, philosophy, bicker.
Life is better with a bowler hat.

A Book to Read and Love: In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: Womanist Prose - Alice Walker - Summary & Review

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A short summary of In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: The womanist essays of Alice Walker.

Questions to ponder while reading In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: How do we grow feminism to include all women?
How do you see your future?
My thoughts about In Search of Our Mothers Gardens: I was sad to realize feminism carried an ethnic bias.
Equality is necessary for us all.
Can we eradicate the inequality of poverty?

A Book To Read and Love: On the Social Contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Summary & Review

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A short summary of On the Social Contract: Why we need a government.

Questions to ponder while reading On the Social Contract: Can the people be negatively influenced by misinformation?
Is our first law truly self-preservation?
My thoughts about On the Social Contract: Important background philosophy about politics.
I am all about living together in peace.
I wish governments would live up to their philosophies.

Pen and Ink Doodle: Meditation 7.12.18

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Is this a political statement or am I just clearing my head?



My latest pen and ink meditation.
I am not sure what I am trying to channel here...
perhaps it is politics, I seem to have entered into/read about 
a bunch of politics while doodling this.
or maybe I am just excited that the roses are filling in...

A Book to Read and Love: Simple Life - Charles Wagner - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Simple Life: How to be simple.

Questions to ponder while reading Simple Life: Did we forget all the wisdom learned before 1920?
What causes you contentment?
My thoughts about Simple Life: A must for the self-improvement shelf.
Old wisdom is not obsolete.
Look to improve your community before you try and improve the world.

A Book to Read and Love: Strangers In Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right - Arlie Russell Hochschild.- Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Strangers In Their Own Land: The point of the ultra-right.

Questions to ponder while reading Strangers In Their Own Land: Do you believe that corporations put forth propaganda?
Do you feel that most laws and regulations attack people, not companies?
My thoughts about Strangers In Their Own Land: I love the term "empathy wall"
It is important to look at everyone's "side"
The environmental damage caused by oil and petrochem in Louisiana hurts my heart and it completely unacceptable.

A Book to Read and Love: A Pledge of Silence by Flora Solomon - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book A Pledge of Silence: What the Angels of Bataan went through in hell.

Questions to ponder while reading A Pledge of Silence: How should POWs be treated?
How should Veterans be treated?
My thoughts about A Pledge of Silence: We need to do a better job for our returning vets.
WWII was such an ugly time.
While this is about a fictional character, the Angels of Bataan were real. The biographies of three of them can be found through the following links: Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Redmond Hipps Captain Maude C. Davison Lieutenant Commander Laura M. Cobb

A Book to Read and Love: The Sisterhood - Helen Bryan - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Sisterhood: Searching for answers in the history of the Spanish Inquisition.

Questions to ponder while reading The Sisterhood: What do you think of coincidences?
How much of the distant past directs our lives today?
My thoughts about The Sisterhood:
Fun story.
Feel good book.
Total brain candy.


A Book to Read and Love: American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book American Lion: Just Jackson's presidency.

Questions to ponder while reading American Lion: What is your opinion of the Jackson presidency?
Did you realize how large the succession issue was prior to the Emancipation Proclamation?

My thoughts about American Lion: Beefy and full of details.
A good look into a controversial president.
A long look into a controversial president.

A Book to Read and Love: Stories From the Twilight Zone by Rod Serling - Summary & Review

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A short summary from the book The Stories From the Twilight Zone: Picture yourself, reading the past of dark T.V.

Questions to ponder while reading The Stories from the Twilight Zone: Is the symbolism still relevant today?
Did you agree with the morals?
My thoughts about The Stories from the Twilight Zone: "The Monsters are due on Maple Street" scares me the most.
A must read for those into social commentary and sci-fi.
Did you know that Rod Serling was a Veteran?

A Book to Read and Love: Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies - J.B. West - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Upstairs at the White House: The secret lives of the North Portico.

Questions to ponder while reading Upstairs at the White House: Did you realize the White House was also a museum?
Did you realize how fragile the building is?
My thoughts about Upstairs at the White House: I learned that meals aren't a perk for Presidents.
I learned that the Presidents and their First Ladies are human.
I learned that Sir Winston Churchill favorited exposure.


A Book to Read and Love: The Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book The Mystery of the Yellow Room: But, I didn't kill her! She fell!


Questions to ponder while reading The Mystery of the Yellow Room: Is there always a rational explanation?
How far would you go to keep a secret?
My thoughts about The Mystery of the Yellow Room:
Mysteries are a favorite relaxation book.
This one was so much fun.
A great piece of brain candy.

A Book to Read and Love: The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson - Summary & Review

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A short summary of The Orphan Master's Son: The official biography of Commander Ga Chol Chun, North Korea's national hero.

Questions to ponder while reading The Orphan Master's Son:
Do despotic societies destroy education and progress?
How effective is propaganda?
My thoughts about The Orphan Master's Son: My heart hurts for the citizens of North Korea.
A dictatorship is an ugly form of government.
I vote no on the shark fin soup.

A Book to Read and Love: A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book A Wrinkle In Time: Bringing the light of love to the darkest corner of the universe.

Questions to ponder while reading A Wrinkle In Time: How many problems has overconfidence caused you?
Does love conquer all?
My thoughts about A Wrinkle in Time:
I sooo related to Meg.
I wanted to be a scientist after I read this the first time. (then I realized math was involved)
**Challenged book** Be a rebel and read it.


A Book to Read and Love: Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America - Ibram X. Kendi - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Stamped from the Beginning: A detailed answer to the question "why can't the U.S. get civil rights right".

Questions to ponder while reading Stamped From the Beginning: What is your perception of Africa?
Shouldn't it be "we" instead of "they"?
My thoughts about Stamped From the Beginning: A paradigm shifter.
A must read for everyone who believes in equal rights.
People kind of suck when forced to rely on their morals.

A Book to Read and Love: Trainwreck:The Women we Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear....and Why - Sady Doyle - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Trainwreck: The life and times of history's craziest women.

Questions to ponder while reading Trainwreck: Are women inherently crazy? (careful men that is a loaded question)
What is the difference between brilliance and insanity?
My thoughts about Trainwreck: A fav on the feminist shelf.
Crazy is as crazy does.
I am on #TeamWollstonecraft.


A Book to Read and Love: Play it as it Lays - Joan Didion - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Play it as it Lays: The story of losing one's shit.

Questions to ponder while reading Play it as it Lays: Have you ever acted in a self-destructing manner?
Should we forgive the actions one commits while crazy?
My thoughts on Play it as it Lays: We (as a country) need to do a better job with mental health.
I love Didion.
I hate Snakes.

A Book to Read and Love: Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Falling Angel: A man, in search of self.


Questions to ponder while reading Falling Angel: Does it count if you don't remember?
How well do you guard your soul?
My thoughts about Falling Angel: The inspiration for the movie Angel Heart.
I love noir!!
Do not do voodoo.

A Book to Read and Love: Anthem by Ayn Rand - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Anthem: We choose to be I.

Questions to ponder while reading Anthem: Does education suffer when individuality is sacrificed?
Should a person's individuality be given to the state?
My thoughts about the book Anthem: Dystopias are us.
Celebrate "I".
A future scarier than Atlas Shrugged.

A Book to Read and Love: The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between - Hisham Matar - Summary & Review

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A short summary of  the book The Return: Have you seen my father?

Questions to ponder while reading The Return: Why must dictators destroy the educated?
Has colonialism ever turned out well?
My thoughts about The Return: Not knowing is more damaging than knowing.
Western interference is not always the correct choice.
I admire those that can maintain their beliefs, regardless of the consequences.

A Book to Read and Love: Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds - Christopher Zara - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Tortured Artists: The life and times of the best "crazy" artists.

Questions to ponder while reading Tortured Artists: Is correlation the same as causation?
Must you be crazy to have talent?
My thoughts about Tortured Artists: While great pain provides great fodder...
I don't know that I completely agree.
I don't know that I completely disagree.

A Book to Read and Love: Animal Farm - George Orwell - Summary & Review

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A short summary of the book Animal Farm: The pigs got greedy.

Questions to ponder while reading Animal Farm: Should the wealth you work for be given to others?
Who deserves the luxuries?
My Thoughts about Animal Farm: Beware of propaganda.
Be educated.
Eat your bacon.