Samuel Pepys’ Diary by Himself

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Samuel Pepys was a scoundrel! The way he went about seducing every woman he saw makes me think he had some sort of undiagnosed sex addiction. One woman had to threaten to poke him with her pin in church if he touched her again! 😆 .

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But it is a very good thing we have this diary, because this man, as arrogant as he was, had the mind to record ten years of really important British history. It is a wonderful little window into the English Restoration period by a middle to upper class parliament member. He records detailed accounts of the Black Plague, the London Fire, the trials of Oliver Cromwell, as well as the Dutch War. He describes heads on spikes and mundane things like his diet, the weather, the untidiness of his house, mites in his wigs, etc. Truly we are lucky to have such an honest account of a real life never to be lived again. .

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Pictured is the modern library edition from 1961? Among an old account book from 1880’s, a vintage print of a man seducing two women, and a cat’s skull my kids dug up in our backyard. .

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Reviewing the book of John

I will share with you my first journal entry I wrote after reading this book which is one of the four Gospels. Starts with a quote then my thoughts:

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“Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” – John 3:3

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I have been working on an essay concerning the term ‘born again’. The term was akin to a curse word in our family growing up, as we had bad experiences with born again Christians which completely turned some of us off religion. Though I would say reading scripture solidified my journey in faith, so that I have indeed been born again. But no one laid hands on me to do it. No one said, ‘you are now saved’. These kind of theatrics reek of BS. 

I believe the transformation happens internally in many private “conversations” you have with your own spirit, your own soul. So to say I’m born again sounds strange to some people, and I wouldn’t just say it because they wouldn’t understand (yet I just said it). 

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What I mean to say is that I killed a part of myself off (the cynical & proud) and dove deeper into my own spirituality, made it richer and fuller and was therefore born anew in my own faith. But rather, instead of calling myself born again, do I dare say I was resurrected?

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I think I would.

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What about you?   

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.

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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