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January favorite (#18) ~ February favorite (#28) ~ March favorite (#42) ~ April favorite (#59) ~ May favorite (#65) ~ June favorite (#77) ~ July favorite (#80) ~ August favorite (?) ~ October favorite (#102) ~ November favorite (#114) ~ December favorite (#116)In 2011, I added a photo of my first great-granddaughter reading (that photo at the top). From then on, I have added a picture of a reader at the top of my lists every year. Looking at my favorites became easier, since I started adding a captioned photos each month, rather than at the end of the year. That was awkward, trying to find a dozen favorites scattered throughout the year's list (well, I seem not to have HAD a favorite in August). I also sorted out how many books I'd read were fiction, YA fiction, children's, essays, graphic novels, history, memoir, philosophy, religion, women's studies, or writing. That didn't last. Too detailed. Who cares? But it's also the year I started adding a photo of each month's favorite book, and that feature has stuck.
10 - Loved it!! Couldn't put it down!!2013 book list. That's photographic proof that she read those books she reviewed over the years. That book was My Cat: The Silliest Cat in the World by Gilles Bachelet, which she reviewed here. Kiki gave it a 10 out of 10 because she loved the book. It was actually her very favorite, ever. Both of my great-grandchildren were at the top of the 2014 book list. Jaxon was reading a book I'd given him, and I was reading Hop on Pop to Raegan. Atop the 2015 book list is Raegan, reading in the car.
9 - Excellent!
8 - Very Good
7 - Good
6 - Above Average
5 - Average
Anything lower - Nah
* DNF - Did Not Finish
TC did just appear one day when he seemed to be about 3 months old. Somehow he knew that he would be taken in without question. What a love he was - and the only kitten I ever knew whose tail touched his head when he walked.
annotation: March 24, 2012Ah, yes! I really do miss Jane's wonderful sense of humor.
I just discovered what my problem is. I have a mental termite.!!!
Nell Mohney proclaimed in her column today that procrastination is a mental termite! If I had bats in my belfry would they take care of that?
Prologue: In the End
"The end came quickly, and there wasn't any pain."
Epilogue: At the Beginning
Is it possible to grow up while getting younger? Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It's quiet and peaceful. You can't get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere's museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe's psychiatric practice.Am I intrigued? Oh, yeah. I got this book from the library yesterday and started reading immediately. It isn't like anything I've ever read before, and I'm loving it ... imagining life lived in reverse.
Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver's license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she's dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn't want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?
The DASH diet has been a staple of the dieting world, recommended by doctors and nutritionists, and #1 on the US News and World Report's best diet list for 8 years in a row. But popular tastes and medical guidelines have evolved, and The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution presents a new approach to the time-tested diet program that highlights the benefits of whole foods. Marla Heller, who has an MS degree and is a Registered Dietician, has overhauled the DASH plan to reflect the latest, cutting-edge research on hypertension, diabetes, depression, and other health issues that impact millions of Americans. Meal planning gets a new focus on unprocessed foods (less sugar-free jello and more fresh fruits), with new seafood options and even a whole section examining vegan and vegetarian choices. She has included four weeks of menus along with lots of strategies and research for a new approach to health the DASH diet way.This book was published on Monday, so I don't yet have a copy. But I have already joined the new Mediterranean DASH Diet group on Facebook. The Med-DASH check-off form was added today on the official page of DASH Diet forms. Does anybody want to join me so we can work on this healthy way of life together?
Mitch Albom, author of the bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, returns with a haunting novel about the family we love and the chances we miss. It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one? As a child, Charley Benetto is told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or or you can be a daddy's boy, but you can't be both." So he chooses his father and worships him ― right up to the day he disappears. Eleven-year-old Charley must then turn to his mother, who bravely raises him on her own.Harvest: Collected Poems and Prayers, 2nd edition ~ by Ruth F. Brin, 1986, 1999, poetry
Decades later, Charley is a broken man. His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret. He loses his job, leaves his family, hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding, and decides to take his own life. He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do himself in. On failing even to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to discover that his mother ― who died eight years earlier ― is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing had ever happened.
What follows is the one "ordinary" day so many of us yearn for, a chance to make good with a lost parent, to explain the family secrets, and to seek forgiveness. Somewhere between this life and the next, Charley learns the things he never knew about his mother and her sacrifices. And he tries, with her tender guidance, to put the crumbled pieces of his life back together.
Brin is one of the liturgical pioneers of the post-World War Two era. In the 1950s, when most Jewish women still seemed content with their traditional subordinate role in public worship, she was already at work modernizing traditional Jewish prayers and texts and offering new interpretive readings and original poetry reflecting her own religious experience.This second new book I've added to my shelves (not counting the e-books added to my Kindle) is one I've already told you about, so click the title for more about it. The first new book was a Christmas gift from my daughter. Thanks, Sandra. It looks intriguing. Have you read it?
fridge \'frij\ = a refrigeratorWhat about refrigerator?
Merriam-Webster says, "The first known use of fridge was in 1926."
refrigerator \ri-'fri-jə-ˌrā-tər\ = something that refrigeratesWhat about "frigid"? It has a D in it.
Merriam-Webster says, "The first known use of refrigerator was in 1611."
frigid \'fri-jəd\ = intensely coldEnglish is so weird. We know these common words, but put them together in one sentence and it CAN be a bit funny. Here's my single sentence using all three of these words:
Merriam-Webster says, "The first known use of frigid was in 1619."
It's the frigid air inside a refrigerator that makes a fridge useful, right?Do you ever wonder about common words we use every day? This time, it isn't so much the words that are odd, but the spelling of one of them. And nowhere have I found why that extra D is in the spelling of "fridge." Let's try again, googling "etymology of fridge":
Fridge is a shortened and altered form of refrigerator, 1926, an unusual way of word-formation in English; perhaps influenced by Frigidaire (1919), name of a popular early brand of self-contained automatically operated iceless refrigerator (Frigidaire Corporation, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.), a name suggesting Latin frigidarium "a cooling room in a bath." Frigerator as a colloquial shortening is attested by 1886.I found that paragraph here. Interestingly, just above this was an ad for a "22 cubit foot 36-inch width counter depth French door refrigerator" for $1,749.50. Apparently the advertising world thinks anyone looking up "fridge" must be in the market to buy one.
"He'd never seen his father so angry, and that was saying a lot, because he'd seen him plenty mad the last few years. Tia really was to blame, not that it mattered. He should have known not to listen to her."
At nine years of age, Logan Weber knows the routine. Keep quiet, make the food last, and don’t ever cause trouble. He’ll do what it takes to evade the rages of his troubled, violent father. Even though he’s only a child, Logan already knows too much, has seen too much. When the opportunity presents itself, Logan runs. He has no idea where his journey will lead, or that the grandmother he’s been told is dead is desperately searching for him. Alone with no home of his own, Logan looks for a safe place to hide. Relying on his instincts and the kindness of strangers, the boy manages to touch the lives of everyone he meets. But his innocent heart cannot survive in the adult world without the most basic human need of all: love.
"Jim, I was going through pictures the other night and found these pictures of Ann and your mom.My guess is that they are from the early 1960s, about the time my sister Ann would have been in high school. Mother died in 2004 and Ann died in 2016, so these are very special to me.
Simply put, “in this day and age” means “now, at the present time.” An age is a period of time, such as the Middle Ages, the Axial Age, or the Dark Ages. While those times are all in the past, “this day and age” refers to the current time — “this day.” Remember, a day is not necessarily a 24-hour period of time.Obviously, the person on Facebook heard "in" rather than "and" in the phrase. And remember, we aren't talking about my age (78) or your age. We're talking about NOW. Right now. This period of time.
During Hannukah, on each of the eight nights, a candle is lit in a special menorah (candelabra) called a "hanukkiyah." There is a special ninth candle called the "shammash" or servant candle, which is used to light the other candles.Wikipedia, which shows this Hanuka Memorah by Gil Dekel, 2014.
I pray to You for myself, for well I knowIn the third (p. 5) of the five poems Amazon allowed me read of this book, I found these lines to ponder:
That when a person dies a world is destroyed.
Help us through study and thought and meditationI first read the original poem (at the top) today, a week after Wilda Gafney shared it in her blog post Majesty, Mercy, and Mystery. I found it again here, shared with the permission of the estate of Ruth F. Brin, z"l. What does that z"l mean? Why is it there? A search gave me an answer:
To find the direction we are to travel,
With the same sure sense You have given the flying birds.
It's the abbreviation of the common honorific "of blessed memory." The Hebrew transliteration is "zikhrono livrakha" (m.) / "zikhronah livrakha" (f.). In Hebrew that would be (f.) זיכרונה לברכה \ (m.) זיכרונו לברכה. It is often abbreviated in English as either OBM or z"l. The Hebrew abbreviation is ז״ל.Ah, yes, I've heard my Jewish friends say "of blessed memory" when mentioning someone who had died. Back to Ruth Brin's poetry. I am intrigued and have been meditating on these words, these concepts, these thoughts of a poet. From the back of the book:
"Today it is difficult to find a Reform, Conservative, or Reconstructionist prayer book or anthology that does not include her writings."Looking through the copy of the Jewish prayer book I got at the JCC book fair in 2015, I don't know how I'd ever determine which prayers had been written by any specific person. The focus is on God, not which person composed each prayer.
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