The Dewey Decimal Files

No book review today, but I wanted to share with you an old relic… remnants of the Dewey decimal filing system!! 💕 An archaic method of finding book call numbers before computers. A system which almost turned me off books forever! I remember I was in second or third grade when the librarians showed us how to use it, and I thought, if this is what I’ll have to do when I become a grown-up then find me Peter Pan pronto, because I never want to grow up. 😘 .

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Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

I set a backdrop of all my previous versions of my first novel, which I could not get published, so I went the kdp route (though I have been traditionally published since). I think I’ve edited it 100 times now (including formatting) and being my first book I’m a little embarrassed by it (hence the pseudonym), but at the same time it is precious to me, because it was my first. Even though my writing style has advanced, changed, and has grown more concise, I love the story and could sit through it 100 more times! I think many authors feel this way about their first book.

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Lynne Truss’ book didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, though I found it cheeky and entertaining. I was hoping more for advice on when to use an em-dash instead of a comma—stuff like that. I think this book is more for people who might not understand possessives, commas, and the like. Though when to use a comma is still a grey area for me, as I’m sure I use them more than needed. 🤷‍♀️ Anyone get anything good out if it?

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Bible Talk: Brief intro to Genesis

Enjoy these pictures of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit!

Part of Genesis is a lesson about diversity & inclusion.

It is 50 chapters. I have 20 pages of notes on it, but I will try to explain what I got out of it to the best of my ability. I hope I can do it some justice. I hope my words make sense. 😬☕️

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FIRST SENTENCE of the BIBLE:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” -Genesis 1:1-2

And at the end of each day, God saw that what he had accomplished was good. …………………..

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If you’re going to love others, love them with all your heart. If you’re going to work with others, work with all your heart. If you are going to help others, help with all your heart. Feed others with all your heart. Share with all your heart, etc.. You get it. .

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I put the words “(with)others” in there, because it is one way we can incorporate God into the conversation without mentioning His name.

But also, anyone can be a saint when they don’t have to interact with people. It is how we treat each other that really tests our patience, our courage, our strength, & our generosity, we change and grow this way. First line again: “Now the earth was formless and empty.” We too are formless and empty until we interact with other creatures/people and allow ourselves to be tried and tested (change and grow) by the interaction. Only then can we truly find love, find ourselves, and find God. 💕

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There are so many lessons in Genesis. We’d really need a whole week (or more) to discuss them all, and I know most people don’t read everyone’s posts. Consider this a basic summing up. VERY BASIC! If anything the creation story is about diversity and inclusion. .

Pictured is a portion of a Gwen Frostic poem.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Gearing up for our Bible talk on Genesis tomorrow? Here’s something…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Not a favorite of mine, because it did not bring me joy but rather left me with the darkness of humanity. It is Steinbeck’s allegorical retelling of the book of Genesis. Featuring twins Cal and Aron. One good, one bad.

Question: What is east of Eden?

Answer: The land of Nod, where no purity exists.

More tomorrow on Genesis!

Absalom, Absalom! By William Faulkner

⭐️⭐️ Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner. Did anyone like it? Anyone? I felt as if I were in that dark shuttered-up parlor the whole time with that old woman character—like for real. That’s how the story was, very dark, not in feeling but rather in what I could see of the story and what I couldn’t. I had to excuse myself more than once from my usual reading spot to hide in a closet or my bedroom only to come away with the slightest gist of Faulkner’s meaning from one paragraph! One paragraph!! The lucidity if the story was as muddy as the window in this picture. (I’ll wash it later). I hated the whole experience. I’ll be honest. But Faulkner accomplished what he set out to do. I admire him for this, as his goal was to make the reader feel lost as they try to navigate the truth of a family’s history based on three 😬different stories told after the fact. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that is how I remember it. Please comment below if you have any thoughts on this terrible, yet, brilliant piece. 😄

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I bought this 1951 copy in Brooklyn from a street vendor at which point my brother says, “oooh Absalom, Absalom!, I’ve heard that’s a hard one. He doesn’t use a lot of punctuation.” He was right. I couldn’t resist the vintage Modern Library cover art though.

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The Lives of the Great Composers! By Harold C. Schonberg

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love learning about the composers, most of which were out of their minds! Out of the most popular, Rachmaninoff was the most sane, but his music was considered too mainstream and safe, aka boring, to his fellow composers. .

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This book is very thick but very good and informative. However you’ll find it more enjoyable if you are familiar with classical music and have a small understanding of music theory. .

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I’ve had this book for about twenty years. Inside are many flower pickings from my children and mysterious notes to myself such as “look up poems by Goeth” and “Schubert c major (no.6) compares to Beethoven no.9….?polyphony?” Also a critical essay I wrote probably for a class on A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. I guess thick books are great to keep papers and dried flowers! 🤷‍♀️😂 Pictured is the 1997 edition next to a violin I restored last year. .

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Who is your favorite composer/singer, songwriter ?? 😄

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Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Josie Underwood’s Civil War Diary will be the most romantic, beautifully written diary you’ll ever read!! This book is referenced throughout Winston Groom’s Shiloh where he highlights the love story between Josie, a Kentuckian, and a confederate soldier, Tom Grafton. I fell in love with this and often think of writing a musical play for it! 😀

…. If you ever go to the Mammoth caves in Kentucky you can see her signature inside one of the caves. I just happen to ask our tour guide this when we went through one year and he said, yes, she was there in 1860ish and indeed signed one of the famous cave ceilings with candle soot, like many visitors did back then. She also is the only person I know of who has documented seeing Lincoln ride without an entourage to the soldier’s home. I wrote the author of Lincoln’s Sanctuary about this after he stated that Lincoln never rode alone to the soldiers home. He wrote back a little perturbed and said he had realized this after publication and would include it in the second edition. 🙃

…. This is a recent hardcover, pictured against a genuine civil war soldier mug and a collage I made for my civil war tintypes.

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