Tag Archives: Book

quotation: P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)


Her pupils were at once her salvation and her despair. They gave her the means of supporting life, but they made life hardly worth supporting.

P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) Discuss

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quotation: If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.Agatha Christie


If one sticks too rigidly to one’s principles, one would hardly see anybody.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: Miguel Hidalgo (1753)


Miguel Hidalgo (1753)

A national hero in Mexico, where the state of Hidalgo bears his name, Miguel Hidalgo was a priest and revolutionary leader who is regarded as the founder of the Mexican War of Independence movement. Influenced by the French Revolution, he launched a revolt against Spain in the early 19th century. Hidalgo led the rebels to several early victories but was captured, defrocked, and executed by firing squad along with other revolutionary leaders in 1811. What was done with their remains? More… Discuss

quotation: George Eliot


It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

The Puerto Rican Parrot


The Puerto Rican Parrot

The Puerto Rican Parrot is the only remaining native parrot in US territory and one of the 10 most endangered bird species in the world. It has green feathers with black edges, a red forehead, and white ovals around the eyes. It was abundant at the time of Columbus’ arrival, but its numbers declined with the clearing of Puerto Rico’s virgin forests to make way for agricultural, mainly sugar cane, production. In 1975, the population reached an absolute low of how many individuals? More… Discuss

quotation: Lewis Carroll


How queer everything is to-day! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve been changed in the night? Let me think: was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I’m not the same, the next question is, “Who in the world am I?” Ah, that’s the great puzzle!Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

Education – Audiobooks – (Dare to listen): Boris Pasternak Doctor Zhivago


quotation: Louisa May Alcott


Let my name stand among those who are willing to bear ridicule and reproach for the truth’s sake, and so earn some right to rejoice when the victory is won.

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) Discuss

Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel


Harper Lee to Publish Second Novel

Harper Lee has announced that she will publish her second novel in 2015, a sequel of sorts to her beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee completed the manuscript, titled Go Set a Watchman, in the 1950s, but her editor persuaded her to more fully explore the childhood of the book’s main character, Scout, which resulted in To Kill a Mockingbird—until now, her only novel. Lee, now 88, became reacquainted with the manuscript when her lawyer came upon it last year. More… Discuss

image of the day: Louis Braille simplified six dot alphabet for the visually impaired



Louis Braille

Louis Braille, born February 4, 1809, was blinded at age four as the result of an accident in his father’s shop. Nevertheless, he became an accomplished organist and cellist and won a scholarship in 1819 to attend the National Institute for Blind Youth in Paris. At age 15, Louis witnessed a demonstration there by Charles Barbier, a soldier who had invented ‘night writing,’ a system of letters embossed on cardboard for silent communication along trenches. While Barbier’s system was too complex to be practical, Braille simplified and adapted it to a six-dot code representing letters that enabled people with impaired vision to not only read but also write for themselves. In 1827, the first Braille book was published, but Braille himself died of tuberculosis at age 43–before his system gained widespread acceptance.

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/picture-of-the-day#sthash.R7bxTawE.dpuf

quotation: In some ways, you know, people that don’t exist, are much nicer than people that do. Lewis Carroll


In some ways, you know, people that don’t exist, are much nicer than people that do.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

quotation: Charlotte Perkins Gilman


The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

Haiku: We all are Charlie, poetic thought by George-B (the smudge and other poems page)


Haiku: We all are Charlie, poetic thought by George-B
(the smudge and other poems page)

We all are Charlie

dawn in and on assignment:

 open people’s hearts!

_______________________________ ________________
– ©George-B (allrightsreserved)

 

 

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM NEVER GOING BACK AGAIN Genial Musical composition!


Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned


Original Little Prince Illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

Original ‘Little Prince’ illustration to be auctioned

BOLERO-RAVEL: great compositions/performances


BOLERO-RAVEL

Just a thought: “Because the doing of the being tends to go on and on,…”


Just a thought:  Because the doing of the being tends to go on and on, the mind needs to remind the doing that it’s nothing without being…and needs to empty itself of noise, in order to hear the silence before. -George-B

word: harangue


harangue 

Definition: (noun) A speech or piece of writing characterized by strong feeling or expression; a tirade.
Synonyms: rant
Usage: The coach’s angry harangue during halftime somehow managed to motivate the team. Discuss.

this pressed: bookmobile (pic.twitter.com/0B3Df6acOX) — Classic Pics


Old, yet embelished with passage of time: Rumi and the Play of Poetry – University of California Television (UCTV)



Rumi and the Play of Poetry

quote: The one predominant duty is to find one’s work and do it. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935)


The one predominant duty is to find one’s work and do it.

Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Discuss

today’s birthday: J.K. Rowling (1965)


J.K. Rowling (1965)

Joanne Kathleen Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter book series, which has been credited with sparking an interest in reading at a time when children were thought to be abandoning books. She parlayed the series into a global brand, including the popular movie adaptations, worth an estimated $15 billion. All seven volumes of the series have broken sales records, and the last four have been the fastest-selling books in history. Where was Rowling when she first conceived the story? More… Discuss

quotation: It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. Oscar Wilde


It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Discuss

Audiobook : A Course in Miracles – Part 1 (“…a universal theology is imposible but a universal experience is posible!…”)


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Audiobook : A Course in Miracles – Part 1 (follow the other audiobooks in the playlist)

Published on Dec 8, 2013

The introduction to the book contains the following summary:

  1. Nothing real can be threatened.
  1. Nothing unreal exists.
  1. Herein lies the peace of God.

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY


International Children’s Book Day

This day, which is observed by countries all over the world, is held on Hans Christian Andersen‘s birthday, April 2, because the Danish author’s stories have been favorites among children of all nationalities. Celebrations include contests in which children illustrate their favorite books. Every two years the International Board on Books for Young People sponsors the Hans Christian Andersen medals, which are awarded to a children’s book author and a children’s book illustrator for their contributions tochildren’s literatureMore… Discuss

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‘Henry and June’ – Soundtrack and PLaylist (Lucienne Boyer – Parlez-Moi D’Amour [1930] and other 17 wonderful songs!)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 
This article is about the book by Anaïs Nin. For other uses, see Henry and June (disambiguation).
Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin
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Front Cover
Author Anaïs Nin
Language English
Genre MemoirDiary
Publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Publication date
1986
Media type Print (Hardcover andPaperback)
ISBN 978-0-15-140003-4
OCLC 13333571
Dewey Decimal 818/.5203 B 19
LC Class PS3527.I865 Z4642 1986

Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (full title Henry and June: From A Journal of Love: the Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin (1931–1932)) is a 1986 book that is based upon material excerpted from the unpublished diaries of Anaïs Nin. It corresponds temporally to the first volume of Nin’s published diaries, written between October 1931 and October 1932, yet is radically different, in that that book begins with a description of the landscape of and around her home and never mentions her husband, whereas “Henry and June” begins with discussion of Nin’s sex life and is full of her struggles and passionate relationship with husband Hugo, and then, as the novel/memoir progresses, other lovers.

This, the first of currently four volumes of unexpurgated diaries, concentrates on her passionate involvement with the writer Henry Miller and his wife June Miller.

It is noteworthy that Nin’s source material —her diaries —was able to spawn two dramatically different narratives about the same time period, both widely read and praised. The expurgated diary reveals Nin the philosopher and amateur but astute psychologist. The unexpurgated diary reveals a woman breaking out into wild sexual discovery. It is introduced by her second—coterminous—husband.

A film based on the book was released in 1990.

 

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WORD: CATERWAUL


caterwaul 

Definition: (verb) To cry or screech like a cat in heat.
Synonyms: yowl
Usage: Ever since the neighborhood strays chose my garden as the place to congregate and caterwaul, I have not had a sound night’s sleep. Discuss.

 

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: HUGH LOFTING (1886)


Hugh Lofting (1886)

Lofting was a British-born author and illustrator best known for his classic children’s books about Doctor Dolittle—a gentle, eccentric physician who shuns human patients in favor of animals, whereupon he learns to speak the language of animals. A civil engineer-turned-writer, Lofting created the Dolittle character to entertain his children in letters he sent home from the front during WWI. He published his stories after the war and won the prestigious Newbery Medal. What else did he write? More… Discuss

 

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