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helenjoy’s last login was Tuesday, August 18, 2009.
Hanging in there-not too strong yet. My computer is a desktop and it's hard for me to sit very long as my spine is degenerating.
We just got another black cat, a male, who is soo to loose his "parts". He's about 7=8 months old and a real rascal. My vat likes to lie in the windowsill all day in the sun, the little guy wants to play. He'll jump on top of her and she'll tolerate it for a few min and then she grabs his neck to send him away and he'll come right back to play again. Fortunately we have lots of toys for him. He is also a thief-I'll see him walking down the hall with a ball of socks, koosh bookmarks, my son's watch,etc. He is a veru shiny black-almost like a glaze. My female is a duelr black w/bits of a gray undercoat. It's amazing how the two blacks can be so different.
I remember Dark Shadows-it was on after school when I was in high school. I had forgotten all about that show until you mentioned it.
I love William Blake too! Any of his biographies are a great read as are John Donnes' (both led very interesting lives!! Peter Ackroyd's biography on Blake is especially good).
The BBC recently did an hour long programme on the life and poetry of Donne. I don't know if you could access it. It's playable from their website i think.
In terms of poetry i think Christina Rossetti is an interesting poet as well as Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
I'm quite into Russian Lit at the moment. Dostoyevsky's 'The Idiot' is my particular favourite. I recommend it highly!
What're you currently reading?
Hi Helenjoy, Thanks for accepting my friend request. We share the group reading about presidents in chronological order. I'm playing catch-up, I'm only about half-way through the second book, while everyone else is on the third book. But it's fun, and there are a fair amount of people who post comments which makes it pretty interesting.
Welcome to 1001 books. You can keep track of the books you have read from the book, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die here and join in the discussions on the books we are reading for the month (from the book) or you can argue the merits of the list as some enjoy doing. We hope you will want to join in our discussions. The current books are at the top of the list for that month. If there is any way I or Mossflower can answer your questions about the group or about Shelfari, let us know.
If you don’t own the book the list can be found http://www.listology.com/content_show.cfm?content_id=22845. A downloadable list of the second edition is available at http://johnandsheena.co.uk/books/?page_id=160.
There are 3 items on the Chronological Read of American History (CROAH) Group that need your attention.
1) Nominations are now open for us to select the group read for July 2009.
The July 2009 read will cover John Adams. To nominate a book send a private note to one of the administrators with the book title, author, and a brief synopsis of the book. Another communication route is via the "Questions about this group?" box found on the Members page of the group.
We will post nominations sometime over the wekend following Friday, June 12. Voting will take place until Friday, June 19. The selection will be posted sometime that weekend.
2) We'd really like your feedback on how the group worked for the first 2 group reads.
3) There is a new Shelfari group closely related to CROAH that we hope will interest you.
Thanks for helping make CROAH a great resource for learning more about the USA's history by examining each of its Presidents.
The Chronological Read of American History Group has a proposal for you!
Please read and comment on the new posting found at
Lookin' forward to your feedback,
The ballot for choosing the May read by the Chronological Read of American History group is now available in the discussions tab.
Lookin' forward to your vote!
We really did live in the stone age, the sixties! Oh how things have changed! Nowadays if you stop to help someone, you are likely to be sued.
My mother is a retired physican who went back to Medical School, McGill in Montreal. We moved from Baltimore to Montreal. Culture Shock and the schools spoke French! I am a firm believer in "Immersion Language Education". Within four months My sibs and I were almost fluent and were translating for our parents. McGill spoke English at that time but now is French as all of Quebec does. We went to school with many students from many countries and they spoke different languages at lunch. The US had a Quota system for immigration to the US, so many families immigrated to Canada and obtained citizenship. There was no quota for Canadian immigration. So during that five year wait I learned smattering of many tongues-Chinese,Korean, Cheklosovlaka and other countries that the USSR was annexing.
My avatar is my pure black cat. I adopted her from the animal shelter. She curled up in my lap and that was home. She follows me around and will ride in my wheelchair. Right now she is behind me on the computer chair.
He must be........... oh, close to seventy odd........ Funny how it seemed he wrote MY BLUE HIGHWAYS through the collapse of his personal life. They say we all have one book in us, I guess that was his. I remember being tickled by how his name was derived!