I used to be a Class A Monster Under Your Bed, but I quit in protest of unsanitary conditions and horrible work hours. I'm writing a book- backwards.
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Courtney A’s last login was Thursday, September 20, 2012.
Pairing Ideas for October 2009...
Outside of Egypt themed items and Knights Templar books, does anyone have any ideas for JARS Adventures in Bookclubbing Fall 2009? ;-)
Anyone interested in Origins of Species by Darwin and Irving Stone's Origins?
Is there an author anyone is interested in reading a piece of fiction and a biography on? (I'm personally game for Henry James... I'd like to read one of his novels and I have a biography on his father and family called The Father. Or maybe Ayn Rand's Fountainhead along with a philosophy piece of her's?)
I'm just trying to get us brainstorming... please, this is everyone's group, share your thoughts!
P.S. Knight's Templar Official Picks are Foucault's Pendulum by Eco and The Templars by Piers Paul Read.
Hi, Courtney! Just read your note there... Yes, I'm a Christian, too here in Manila. I also love to read anything I can get my hands on. Lately, I haven't had the time to actually delve into active reading. Been so busy with work and all. I've been writing since, don't know, years back. I write for television and even tried writing for the big screen. Oh yes... I love coffee too... That blonde joke is really funny. See you around here! :)
Thank You so much for your nice comment. Yes, i'm very passionate about writing. I love it, though with work i don't get to do it as often as i'd like. As for my husband being in the Army, i do feel like i'm goin crazy sometimes, but then i think about how wonderful it will be the next time he gets to come home and how happy we'll be to get to be with each other again. And i'm so glad that what i had to say about writing was inspiring to another writer. that makes me happy. thanks for your vote of confidence. i hope you're right and i do get published in the nearby future. If you don't mind me asking, as i haven't been on here in a few weeks because my husband got to come home for a 2 week leave, where was it that you read about my feelings on writing? Was it on my home page or in one of my groups? i'm just wondering cause i'm a little out of the loop with my husband being home, though i did have to take him to the airport to go back on Thrusday. It was a bitter/sweet reunion because it was so short. i'm sending you a friends request too. I like having friends who have a passion for writing too. thanks so much.
We were thinking an Egypt theme next for the upcoming warm weather. We have a lot of books listed for anyone who wants to go all out with me and Jake, but JARS is probably only going to actually do two of them... Nefertiti by Michelle Moran (historical fiction) and The Search for Nefertiti (an anthropology book) by Dr. Joann Fletcher. We have a recommendations page that we choose from. We still have to clear this particular choice with other members, make sure people are interested.
Awww...thanks Courtney..you make me blush. ^-^
4 or 5?? Thats great! Thats a year after I started...I am glad someone started early as well...I was starting to feel a freak over here. haha
at least he will read...some of my friends won't read for anything..well..they might have if you gave them 100 bucks.
AWW!! That sounds like something thats going down here! haha...any advice Courtney? The guy thinks I am fourteen..when I am really eighteen. haha.
But thats SO cute!! My parents have known each other since they were three...they met each other at a kissing contest..and guess what? They won. Now they are happily, well most of the time, married with three other children besides myself. I am the oldest, and then it goes, Red, Buddy and Wormy. Those are their silly nick names..my mother has forbid me to say any of my families real names online. Which I commend her on...the internet is very dangerous..whether you have experianced it or not. Someone tried to hack into my PC before...hahaha! I showed them! ^-^
Indigo? OOhh...that sounds awfully purty! Whats it like? do you have coffee and doughnuts inside them? Borders sells this AMAZING apple crumb cake...omg...it. is. so. good.
I was going to ask you about that...why are prices so high in Canada? You will be my no.1 recource for Canadian lingo, prices and culture my dear...I wouldn't trust anyone else but a native!
My hobbies? Well...lets see now..I write for a living basically...which is to say I am very poor..and still living at home. I am a full time student right now and attend a local junior college for now. I plan to transfer overseas to East Anglia University. Ever heard of it? Tracy Chevalier graduated from there. Other than that?
Those sorts of things.
What about you?
What is Tim Hortons?
Well on the whole...whoever told you that about the US was right. We have a very bad habit of giving our "humble opinions." And most of the time its not an opinion...its called Censorship. Like take last week at a homeschool meeting for example (I was homeschooled my entire life and graduated when I was fifteen). I said "fart" right? And one of the mums, whose name I will leave out for prosperitys sake, told me not to say that, after she gave me an evil look over a piece of organic cranberry pie. I asked why and she said, "Because its rude honey, we say toot." Me and my big mouth. "Like it makes it smell any better!" It was rather funny...but I still got in a load of touble.
I went to Dallas Baptist. Don't read Journal of a Novel without reading East of Eden first or I don't think it would make much sense. Its literally his journals of when he was writing the novel and he talks a lot about what's going on in his head with the storyline and character development. Or, you're more than welcome to just hop in on the next group of books... up to you.
haha....you can quote me if you like! I don't think anyone has ever considered me important enough to before you. ^-^
Thanks...I have worked hard on it for it to be enjoyable to others...and its not so strange for people to hate reading. My family has me read to them because they hate it so much. haha...well...they just dont like to read that much. I don't think I would say they hate it. At least they are not illiterate though! That would really make me weep. :(
And I am sure you are deeply in love right? That marriage/dating arena is so strange to me...no one has even liked me before..so that is most likely why I am so darn selfish and such a book hoard. Although almost all these books that I have read I have gotten from the library. What are people thinking, letting libraries go into disuse because of Barnes and Noble and Borders? Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Borders, its my third home, and new job. But the books there are SO expensive. Its hard to pass a really good one up like The Blue Manuscript, or Company of Liars when I see them. They are usually twenty dollars or so. Outrageous isn't it??
You live in Canada? I have always wanted to visit there...but my parents are something of homophobics and told me that the country is teeming with them. haha
O.K., here's MY spiel. I want to emphasize to you that it is MY spiel and ONLY MY spiel, since what Judaism is about is something that Jews have argued about for about 3,000 years now.
Let me start out by explaining what is NOT about [something on which there is greater agreement among Jews].
(1) Judaism is a behavior system not a creedal system. In Christianity, for instance, you have the Apostles' Creed, If you recite that creed and believe in it you are a Christian. The nearest thing in Judaism is the Shema ["Hear oh Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One."] However, it is generally acknowledged that there are many people [Muslims and Christians for instance] who wholeheartedly believe that "creed" and are not Jews. Maimonides - one of the great Jewish theorists of the Middle Ages and probably of all time - offered 12 Points that defined Jewish belief. Few Jews agreed with him at the time or since that any of these are either necessary or sufficient to be a Jew.
(2) So what is a Jew and what is Judaism? Judaism is a system of behavior, a mode of life, a part of which, but only a part, is a commitment to taking certain questions ["Torah issues"] seriously. A good Jew is constantly concerned that what is he is doing is right, and that he is not refraining from what his duty his [what he should be doing]. What IS right and what is his duty is the sort of thing one argues about interminably with other Jews [and others besides Jews]. In an essay I wrote a couple years ago I described Judaism as a "rule utilitarian system". I still think that is correct, but, if so, it is a system that is continually being revised - by each Jew individually as he/she gains in knowledge and insight and by the Jewish community as it faces new challenges.
(3) So what is "constant" in Judaism? Well, the actual physical texts are constant. The Torah [the "Five Books of Moses"], the Tanach [what you would call the "Old Testament"], the Mishnah [the first rabbinical code] and the Babylonian Talmud [largely but not entirely, a commentary on and debate about the Mishnah] are constant. "The Service" [the contents of the Prayer Book] is also reasonably constant. The interpretation of those texts, however. varies widely at a particular point in time and over time. They are jumping off points in "doing Judaism," they do not limit or define Judaism.
I hope that is some help to you and that you will ask questions so I can clarify what is not clear to you.
Thank you for your interest. And, please, my shelf is open for perusal - I've read so many good books and try to keep up with little blurbs about them, hoping to entice more people to read them. There is SO MUCH to do in this world than waste time and energy on TV. My days are never long enough to do it all! And, yes, I am very lucky to live the life I do. I hope you too have many spectaular days.