Monthly Archives: January 2012

New Arrivals, January 23-29, 2012

A mix of books and music this time. Here we go. Music of Downton Abbey by John Lunn [Decca Records December 13, 2011 audio CD, new] – soundtrack – original music from the TV series, Season One – I still … Continue reading

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FFB: Toujours Provence

this is the 76th in my series of forgotten books Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle,¬†published by Alfred Knopf 1991 hardcover (second of two volumes in two book boxed set) National bestseller taking up where his beloved A Year In Provence¬†left … Continue reading

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Last Word on Anne McCaffrey

I was greatly saddened by the passing of Anne McCaffrey, a very favorite author of mine. George Kelly alerted me to the January 2012 issue of Locus magazine, which is the McCaffrey issue. I was too late to find it … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, January 16-22, 2012

Just a few things, a little of this, a little of that. Here we go. Digital Nature Photography by John and Barbara Gerlach [Focal Press 2007 trade paper, new] – digital photography, specifically nature photography, including birds, animals, trees, landscapes, … Continue reading

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FFB: A Year in Provence

this is the 75th in my series of forgotten books A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle, published by Alfred Knopf 1990 hardcover This is an absolutely delightful book. I’ve had it and it’s sequel, Toujours Provence, in a double … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, the 3 weeks late edition

Hope everyone had a wonderful holidays season and the new year is starting off great for you! I’m certainly feeling better, though the rib is still a long way from healed. I thought I’d give you a look at the … Continue reading

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Happy Martin Luther King Day!

A good day for reflection on Democracy, Hope and Service to our fellows. I hope everyone has a peaceful day.

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The Road to the Rim

This is the first John Grimes novel, and is also the first in the current Baen collection of the John Grimes Saga. It’s the story of Grimes first posting as an Ensign in the Federation Survey Service, and it’s quite … Continue reading

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Witch Hazel

If you thought “fantasy” or “fairy tale” I don’t blame you, but in this instance it’s about our garden. We have two young Witch Hazel trees, planted about a year ago, pulled up and stored during all the landscaping work, … Continue reading

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Newton Had It Right

…which is no surprise to anyone. Specifically I’m referring to the First Law of Motion which tells us “A body in rest tends to stay at rest, and a body in motion tends to stay in motion, unless the body … Continue reading

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2011. If it were a … Continue reading

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