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A Meditation In Ink: Meditation 9.28.18

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Dear Henry,
I have been reading about the Antebellum period of American history.
I have decided that President Trump and President Jackson are quite similar.  
I have also decided that politics and scandals haven't changed much over the years.   
viva la politica
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Hercule Poirot solves a murder with a twist.

Questions to ponder while reading The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Is blackmail a practical profession?
Did you see that coming?

My thoughts about The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: Fun, fun read.
I love a good mystery.
Agatha is a favorite.

Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.27.18

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It is amazing how connected everything is Henry.

It is also sad that we don't honor that connection.  For example, they were going to allow Grizzly hunting in Yellowstone.  I am glad it was stopped.  The Grizzlies are already struggling with their numbers and I truly can't imagine a life without bears.  I think it damages us (as in humans) when animals become extinct. 

xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Stepford Wives - Ira Levin - Review and Summary

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A short summary of The Stepford Wives: Marriage in the suburbs.

Questions to ponder while reading The Stepford Wives:
Do you believe in the suburban myth?
How do you feel about traditional gender roles?
My thoughts about The Stepford Wives:
I am scared.
I am moving to the city.
I am going to dust now...


A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.26.18

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Dear Henry,
I saw a Christmas display at the store today.  I haven't even gotten started on Halloween yet, Christmas isn't even on my radar yet.
I have decided to reduce the commercialization through of my holidays this year.  I am going to focus on the handmade and useful, not the flashy and overpriced.

Do you think that the holiday spending has gone too far?
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Girls - Emma Cline - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Girls: Evie's experience with a "family".

Questions to ponder while reading The Girls: Did you rebel against your parents?
Have you ever taken something too far?
My thoughts about The Girls: Reminiscent of the Manson Family.
The making of a "cult" classic.
Made me feel better about my actions as a teenager.


A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.25.18 - Pen and Ink Doodle.

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Dear Henry,
I have an owl that lives in the trees around my house.  He is very cool, except, when it is dark and windy and I am taking the dog out for a potty.  In the wee hours of the morning, he hooted, loudly, and scared me and Ziggy almost to death.  
I think he was just trying to say "Hi"
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: Manuscript Found in Accra - Paulo Coelho - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Manuscript Found in Accra: Copt's Truth.

Questions to ponder while reading Manuscript Found in Accra: Are you afraid of solitude?
Do you try and be useful?
My thoughts about Manuscript Found in Accra: This one is a keeper.
Wisdom for days.
Must be savored and re-read often.

A Book to Read and Love: The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Hunger Games Trilogy: The survival of Katniss.

Questions to ponder while reading The Hunger Games Trilogy: Would you rebel?
How would you try and survive?

My thoughts about The Hunger Games Trilogy: Crazy entertaining.
Great fun to read.
May the odds ever be in your favor.

A Meditation In Ink - Meditation 9.24.18

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Dear Henry,

I have been binge watching old television series, including an old favorite, True Blood.  I envy the writers of these long-lasting shows. It must be a challenge to come up with new stuff, new stories, new witty statements without going over the top (although I will admit True Blood did go over the top).  
While I am normally not a television watcher, sometimes I think you need to.  Sometimes, when the creativity muscle is strained, watching something purely entertaining can help reset the brain.
xoxo a.d.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.20.18

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Dear Henry -

A storm started to blow in last night and with the rain today, we are supposed to begin Autumn tomorrow with actual Fall temperatures.  With Summer temperatures being as high as they were this year, the chill will be a relief.  
I wonder, with climate change, if the winters too will be more extreme?
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Little Prince: The exploration of adult behavior.

Questions to ponder while reading The Little Prince:
Which adult are you?
Who is your rose?

My thoughts about The Little Prince: Timeless wisdom.
Ageless wisdom.
Symbolic wisdom.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.19.18

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Dear Henry,
I gave up on a book and I feel guilty about it.  There have been plenty of books I didn't finish, but this one has gotten under my skin. It was a book "I was supposed to like" and didn't.

This book was a collection of writings by a well-known philosopher and I had such a problem with his writing, I couldn't even absorb what he was writing about.

The writer hit upon one of my biggest pet peeves - Sesquipedalian writing.  I am a fan of using the right word, not the biggest. 

It isn't a vocabulary thing, it is a cadence thing.

and I think it is the biggest limitation of academics.  I believe they would get their ideas out so much better if they could master vocabulary.

xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: What She Left Behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman - Summary and Review

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A short summary of What She Left Behind: Investigations into insanity.

Questions to ponder while reading What She Left Behind: What is insanity?
Is there ever a good enough reason?

My thoughts about What She Left Behind: A bit over the top but utterly engaging.
Total entertainment.
Clara has my sympathy.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.18.18

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Pulling out the purple.  This one ended up with an "architectural" feel, at least in a Las Vegas, disco kind of architecture. 


xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: The Looming Tower - Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 - Lawrence Wright - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Looming Tower: The events leading up to 9/11.

Questions to ponder while reading The Looming Tower: Does the "why" make any sense to you?
Do you remember?
My thoughts about The Looming Tower: Even after reading, Jihad makes no sense to me.
I have never been so disappointed in bureaucracy.
I will always remember.


Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.17.18

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Summer is really holding on and I am grateful to have the ability to work outside.  You have got to love wifi and laptop computers.
Or maybe not.
With the ability to take your computer everywhere also comes the feeling to work everywhere as well.
But what if you love what you do?
Is it ok to work all of the time then? 
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers - Mary Roach - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Stiff: Tasteful things to do with a dead body.

Questions to ponder while reading Stiff: Can death be funny?
Have you ever considered donating your body to science?
My thoughts about Stiff: Oddly humorous.
Totally informative.
Completely respectful.

A Book to Read and Love: Blue Nights - Joan Didion - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Blue Nights: Death, aging, and grief.

Questions to ponder while reading Blue Nights: Has your life turned out the way you imagined it would?
How do you process grief?
My thoughts about Blue Nights: Sequel to The Year of Magical Thinking
Her story will haunt me forever.
 I don't want to be the last one left.


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A Book to Read and Love: Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - William Kuhn - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Reading Jackie: What Jackie O. published.

Questions to ponder while reading Reading Jackie: Can you "know" a person by examining their creations?
Does a book's cover need to be beautiful?

My thoughts about Reading Jackie: I am a total Jackie fan, I love that she loved books.
Interesting look into her interests.
Books forever!

Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.16.18

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Dear Henry, It feels more like the middle of August, rather than the middle of September.  I am enjoying the residual summer vibe.  Despite enjoying Autumn and the colors, I am loving the warmth and I am not ready to wear shoes yet, much less ready to wear sweaters.  Long live Summer.
xoxo a.d.

Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.15.18 - Pen and Ink Doodle

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I was working outside while Fish mowed the lawn today.  I think I was sneezing the entire time.   Despite the allergies (they are not usually a problem) I love the way fresh cut grass smells.  I also love the neat little diagonal lines Fish makes in the yard too.   I love for one brief moment our uncontrollable landscape in the forest looks tidy.  
Not that tidy is necessary - I love the wild, secret garden feel that occurs almost immediately after trimming.  
It is just nice to have the house look (if only briefly) well manicured. 

xoxo a.d.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.14.18 - Pen and Ink doodle.

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A black and white doodle!  Welcoming a "palette" cleansing meditation without color.  It has been a while.

Books to Read and Love: A Book List of My Five Favorites : The Self-Improvement Classics

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Who doesn't love the self-improvement genre?  These are my favorite classic self-improvement books, most are more than a century old!










The Simple Life - Charles Wagner  "How to be simple"
As A Man Thinketh - James Allen  "Proverbs, Chapter 23, Verse 7"
How to Live on 24 Hours per Day - Arnold Bennett "Discovering the time to live"
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie "How to make yourself likable"
Laugh and Live - Douglas Fairbanks "Finding Pep with Fairbanks"
Honorable Mention: How to Behave and Why - Munro Leaf

A Meditation In Ink - Meditation 9.13.18

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I think I finally got the color pink out of my system. 
 I certainly have gotten it out of the drawing box.  





A Book to Read and Love: Three Junes - Julia Glass - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Three Junes: The lives of the McLeods.

Questions to ponder while reading Three Junes: How is your relationship with your parents?
Do you have a pet?
My thoughts about Three Junes: Family relationships are always great fun to read about.
I am a little in love with Dennis.
I sometimes wish I owned a bookstore.

A Book to Read and Love: Half a Yellow Sun - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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A short summary of Half a Yellow Sun: Lives in the brief land of Biafran.

Questions to ponder while reading Half a Yellow Sun:
Could you participate in a revolution?
Can you imagine life as a refugee?
My thoughts about Half a Yellow Sun: A great story about historical Nigeria.
I don't want to try and survive a revolution.
I was not a big fan of Odenigbo.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.12.18 - Pen and Ink Doodle.

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Is this a meditation about carpet?  Maybe it is a mine?  I am currently reading The Looming Tower: Al Queda and the Road to 9/11. I wonder if that has influenced it.  I am desperately trying to alleviate the abundance of pink I have in the drawing box.

A Book to Read and Love: The Gnostic Gospels - Elaine Pagels - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Gnostic Gospels: All you ever wanted to know about early Christianity but were afraid to ask.

Questions to ponder while reading The Gnostic Gospels: Have you ever explored the ideas outside of your religion?
Can there be wisdom found in sources other than the bible?
My thoughts about The Gnostic Gospels: I love exploring the history of Christianity.
A very thorough work on the Nag Hammadi.
Not for the faint of heart.

A Book to Read and Love: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson - Summary and Reveiw

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A short summary of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Going gonzo in Vegas.

Questions to ponder while reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas:
Have you ever been to Bat Country?
How much is too much?
My thoughts about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: This book is like a train wreck - you know you shouldn't look but you just can't help it.
Not high literature but equally as important.
This is everything you ever wanted to know about the drug culture of the early '70s but were afraid to ask.

A Book to Read and Love: Spares - Michael Marshall Smith - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Spares: PTSD and the meaning of people.

Questions to ponder while reading Spares: Could you see yourself living in a mall?
Should living donors be a thing?
My thoughts about Spares:
Kinda sci-fi, kinda noir.
Not sure I liked it, but it stuck with me.
Like Never Let Me Go the concept bugs me to no end.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.11.18

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It is the end of summer, and I don't have a tan.  I have been trying to take skin care seriously (plus I HATE sunburns) and therefore, been very diligent with sunblock applications, including hats and lurking in the shade.

It almost doesn't seem like the end of summer though without a "sunburn" story, or weird tan lines because of your favorite sandals.

I have been trying to make up for my lack of color the last couple of days by working outside.

xoxo a.d.

A Meditation in Ink - Meditation 9.10.18

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I don't know that I had any profound thoughts while I was doodling this, other than "Wow! I have a lot of pink in the coloring box".
Pink is a really bubbly, bouncy, color.
xoxo a.d.

A Book to Read and Love: Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Never Let Me Go: The meaning of a donor's life.

Questions to ponder while reading Never Let Me Go: What type of people matter?

Who decides who matters?
My thoughts about Never Let Me Go: An exploration of the definition of humanity.
A horrific concept, creating people for their parts, the concept bugs me terribly.
Like Spares, the underlying concept gives me nightmares.







Meditation In Ink - Meditation 9.8.18 - Pen and Ink Doodle

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I think I am too excited for Halloween.  I love Halloween. Although we haven't really "celebrated" it for years.  I am thinking about making popcorn balls and candied apples this year.  Plus, I think, I will use candles for the pumpkins.  I switched over to the glow sticks but I realized, I really miss the smell of candle roasted pumpkin.

I miss trick or treaters too.  I know the trunk and treats are safer for the children, but, seriously, Halloween, with its myriad of demons, superheroes, and fairy princesses, was fun.  I wish we could have come up with a better idea than a collection of cars in a parking lot.



xoxo a.d.
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Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.6.18

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Just a meditation of repeating patterns, I am not sure that I really had a theme or vision.  Sometimes just coming up with patterns is relaxing and meditative.  Since I use this as a pain management tool, patterns are enough.
xoxo a.d.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.5.18

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I had been thinking of water lately.  How different streams and rivers are in different parts of the country, but really, water is as old as the world itself.  It is a mind-boggling thought. It seems so abundant with our oceans, rains, floods, but, really, only one percent of the water on the planet is fresh water, and, we are currently tainting that one percent at an alarming rate.
What do we do when we run out?



A Book to Read and Love: The Cellist from Sarajevo - Steven Galloway - Summary and Review

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A short summary of The Cellist from Sarajevo: Living in a city under siege.

Questions to ponder while reading The Cellist from Sarajevo: Why do we lose our humanity when afraid?
How would you continue to live while under siege?
My thoughts on The Cellist from Sarajevo: This book made me think very hard about - -who I am -who I hope I would be -who my country is and -who I want my country to be.




A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.4.18

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I seem to have been reading a lot about war lately, both through the newspapers, the books I have been working through, and, of course, Everyday Patriot.
That a "civilized" nation resorts to violence still shocks me. Wars, in my mind, should be something that we relegate to the annuals of history, and should not exist any longer, especially since the world has televisions and internet access.  We, as a people, should have outgrown this period of violence, like toddlers grow out of temper tantrums.
When does a civilization grow out the violent period? Is it even possible to? Why can't everyone just be kind? Or at least not cruel, even indifference between nations and ideologies would be a significant improvement to the hatred.
I think we need to learn to be silent, not offended when we don't agree.
xoxo a.d.



A Book to Read and Love: Hamlet - William Shakespeare - Summary and Review

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A short summary of Hamlet: The death and drama that surrounds the Danish throne.

Questions to ponder while reading Hamlet?
How do your family dynamics compare to that of Royalty?
Could hauntings and insanity be one and the same?
My thoughts about Hamlet: The imagery, the graveyard, the skull, the prose.
Royal family dynamics at its finest.
Family secrets are haunting.

A Meditation in Ink: Meditation 9.2.18

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I avoided the crowds this weekend, stayed close to home and let the summer wind down slowly.  
I have even been avoiding the news, lately, it has been so negative, so full of hate, that it has been hard to read.  Surely good things still happen in this world and surely those things can be reported?
All in all, it was a restful holiday, batteries were recharged, books were read.  
Sometimes you need to just take a weekend.
xoxo a.d.