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A Book to Read and Love: Bird Box - Josh Malerman

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A short summary of Bird Box: Don't look now. You'll never guess what's out there.

Questions to ponder while reading Bird Box: Is there anything scarier than the unknown?
Would you have peeked?
My thoughts about Bird Box: Scared me!
Surprised me!
Satisfied me!

A Book to Read and Love: Forgotten Bones - Vivian Barz

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A short summary of Forgotten Bones: Solving crimes with schizophrenia.

Questions to ponder while reading Forgotten Bones: What do you know about mental illnesses?
Do you believe in ghosts?
My thoughts about Forgotten Bones: Crime-fighting with a paranormal twist.
A different mix of elements.
Some books are literary and some (like this one) are just fun.

Inside a Stained Glass World with Mediation 10.23.19

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Dear Henry,

I really need to get busy getting my camper van together because, in addition to checking out Southern Arkansas and looking into the Museum for the International Concatenated Order of the Hoo-Hoo, I want to take a road trip to the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston.

Oddly enough, I am not all that interested in the books at this library, but rather, the three-story stained-glass globe within it.

The globe is called the Mapparium, and it opened in 1935.  The structure is comprised of 608 stained glass panels and because it is a globe it doesn't suffer from Mercator projection, so all of the countries are true representations. The globe room also provides "whisper acoustics" and even the smallest sound will carry across the structure.

Of course, the globe is obsolete and was almost immediately after it opened.  There were initial plans to update the panels as boundaries changed but by 1960 it was decided that the Mapparium was a work of art and needed to be pre…

A Book to Read and Love: The Secrets of Lost Stones - Melissa Payne

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A short summary of The Secrets of Lost Stones: Tying up the loose ends of a tragedy.

Questions to ponder while reading The Secrets of Lost Stones: Where do you go when you have nowhere to go?
How has the past haunted you?
My thoughts about The Secrets of Lost Stones: An easy book to engage in. With easy characters to love
An easy book to enjoy.





A Book to Read and Love: The Island of Dr. Moreau - H.G. Wells

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A short summary of The Island of Dr. Moreau:
The science that separates man from beast.

Questions to ponder while reading The Island of Dr. Moreau: What makes us human?
Can science go too far?
My thoughts about The Island of Dr. Moreau: Very disturbing.
Very savage.
Very hard to put down.

A Book to Read and Love: Marie Antoinette: An Intimate History - Melanie Clegg

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A short summary of Marie Antoinette: The life and times of France's last queen.

Questions to ponder while reading Marie Antoinette: Have you ever wanted to be the queen?
How do revolutions begin?
My thoughts about Marie Antoinette:  A conversational look into a misunderstood queen.
Sympathetic and easy to read.
I love a good history book.

A Book to Read and Love: Agamemnon - Aeschylus

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A short summary of Agamemnon: The tale of the Great Agamemnon, king and conqueror. (Spoiler: Karma gets involved)

Questions to ponder while reading Agamemnon: Can you get justice through revenge?
Can a family be cursed?
My thoughts about Agamemnon: Another perspective on the Trojan saga.
A must-read for history/mythology lovers.
Ancient literature at its finest.


A Book to Read and Love: Dreams, Memories, and Reflections - Carl Jung

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A short summary of Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: The story of Carl Jung.

Questions to ponder while reading Dreams, Memories, and Reflections:
What do you think about when you reflect?
Do you dream?
My thoughts about Dreams, Memories, and Reflections: A must-read if you love psychology, history, or philosophy.
There is so much insight into "where" Dr. Jung came from.
I love that Dr. Jung was a doodler.





If You Can't Handle the Heat... with doodle 10.1.19

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Dear Henry,

I have been blessed with an abundance of jalapeno peppers in my garden this year and I am burned out on poppers.

I also live in a humid area and can't string them up to dry.

Exploring my recipe collection this morning, I had an epiphany. 

Jalapeno Jelly!

The recipe I have is a small batch/refrigerator type jelly, which is fine with me.  I am always terrified I am going to give someone botulism when I can.

Enjoy!

xoxo a.d.

Jalapeno Jelly
9         Jalapeno Peppers 3/4 C   Apple Cider Vinegar Dash    Salt 1 3/4 C Sugar  6TBSP Pectin
Finely chop (or use a food processor) 8 of the 9 peppers and add to a saucepan with the apple cider vinegar.  Heat until boiling and then reduce heat and let simmer for 20 min.  Strain out the pulp and return the liquid to the saucepan and the saucepan to the stove, adding additional water as needed to make 1/2 cup of liquid.  Add salt and sugar, stirring until sugar has dissolved.  Heat until a rolling boil that can't be stirred down, re…