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March 28, 2013


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Oh dear.

I just noticed that there are two books about Auschwitz in my book pile.


Good morning. My reading pile this month has included a lot of children's literature, as I am working to put together anti-bullying/no name-calling lessons for every classroom in our building. So I've read Judy Blume's "Blubber", James Howe's "The Misfits", Eleanor Estes' "The Hundred Dresses", Patricia Polacco's "Mr. Lincoln's Way" and "Thank You, Mr. Falker", along with a dozen or so picture books for the primary grades. In addition, I'm reading several travel books about New England and Maine while my sister and I are planning our summer vacation trip. Plus, I have Stephen E. Ambrose's "Nothing Like It In The World" and Arthur and Carly Fleischman's "Carly's Voice: Breaking Through Autism" in my to-be-read-pile. Currently, I'm reading Natalie Goldberg's "The True Secret of Writing" (a gift from Flann), a locally published book "Wye Island", and Mary Oliver's most recent poetry book, "A Thousand Mornings". And I've been spending a lot of time with bird books, as I've been spending more time out exploring in the woods.


Damn, girlfriend. I thought I read a lot.


Just finished "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" by David Wroblewski last night.

Slowly reading Bill Bryson's "A short history of nearly everything" at bedtime.

Almost done with a commentary on Esther by Iain Duguid, and "The Call" by Os Guinness.

This is after not reading anything for a long time. It's not typical for me to read more than 1 book at a time, but it's working right now.

Sista C

I haven't read anything but magazines in a long time. Hard to concentrate for some reason.


babysis -- I've got that Bill Bryson book. I might stick it on my nightstand now. Haven't read it yet.

Lotta folks I know like "The Call" by Os Guinness. Why are you reading it?


treesta -- saw one of these in my large bird feeder yesterday and gasped:



No that anyone asked, but thought I would provide links to those two Auschwitz books. This first one was a gift from PEACEsista:


It is one of the best books I have ever read about the Holocaust, written by a survivor.

I read a review of the following book. I've always had an interest in what makes ordinary people do evil and/or worse, ignore, evil:



Sista C: any magazine articles worth reading?


What's a book? I haven't read any books in a long time. Most of my reading these days is research on the web. Not very enjoyable, but necessary. My eyes are starting to feel the effects too.

And Flann, thanks for sharing the links to the Holocaust books. I'm going to run out and buy them. (SarcMark)


That's okay, Matissta. You can borrow my copies. (Exclamation point)


Flann: I'm reading "The Call" because my kids' youth group is loosely studying it. It is WaAAAyy over the head of my 6th grader, who is anti-books in youth group anyway, as I can relate. My 9th grader seems to be getting something out of the study but isn't actually reading the book. From what I've read, it's a good book, but I wouldn't think many in high school would give a rip about it.


Flann wants me to admit that the only magazine I read these days is "Entertainment Weekly". You can read that thing in one sitting. Perfect!

To semi-redeem myself, I do read the Washington Post and/or NY Times Sunday magazines after Flann's done with them...unless she's already tossed them into the recycling pile.


Thanks for the inside report on "The Call", babysis. I know that TRM gives away that book to important people who may not give a rip about it, too.

Matissta -- don't be so hard on yourself. I, too, read "Entertainment Weekly" and actually, look forward to every weekly issue. Great toidy reading.


Good afternoon, everyone. Flann, I love your sighting of the red-bellied woodpecker. I love watching woodpeckers. I also want to know who named the red-bellied woodpecker, the bird with a red HEAD, not a red belly. Must have been somebody from the Maker's Mark School of Ornithology.

I just returned from a daytrip to the Eastern Shore. I took along my bird book, and had quite the day exploring a wildlife refuge along the Bay. I saw 4 Bald Eagles, half a dozen Great Blue Herons, a white Egret, a dozen or more ospreys, a flock of wild turkeys and some birds that I had to just sit with the binoculars and the bird book to figure out what they were:

A whole bunch of American Coots feeding on the seagrasses in the marshes:

Lots of Northern Shovelers, always paired off, male & female:

A solitary wood duck, protecting his nest:

and lots and lots of dowitchers feeding in the mud flats during low tide:http://identify.whatbird.com/img/4/55272/image.aspx?x=322

It was a fun day.


Treesta, I just saw a thrush in the backyard! The red bellied woodpecker has a slightly red belly and I think it is called that so as to distinguish it from the red headed woodpecker. I hope that John and I are going to Bombay Hook next week to see shore birds and the beginning of migration. Also, there are rare sparrows over there...
Have you read Kaufman's book about his big year of birding? If not, I will leave it with Flann.
And I am reading a lot of poetry and Camille Paglia's book about poetry and murder mysteries and Riordan's children's book about Athena.


I love watching thrushes rummage around the forest floor. And I've wanted to go to Bombay Hook ever since Flann took Matiss and I over to a refuge south of there earlier this winter. I've never read Kaufman's book about birding.

I'm not a 'good' birder myself. Although I'm having more and more fun with it, and I guess that's all that matters. I just bought a good pair of binoculars a few weeks ago. I'm hoping to take several day trips during spring break (this next week) so I can put them to good use!


treesta, let's meet at Lake Artemesia some time! Compared to my sisters, I am a lousy birder but I love it, too. So good luck to us both, birding!


treesta -- thanks so much for posting those images.


Hey, Flann. Matiss would've loved it today. With her camera, she could've gotten so many good wildlife shots.


Hi Friends - After 40 hours of travel, we're HOME! Our bags were re-checked after clearing customs in Seattle, but they did not make it to Denver with us. Hopefully they will show-up tomorrow.

I read three books and four magazines on our trip. The books were:

The Life of Pi by Martel
The Dollmaker by Harriette Arnow
The Legend of Colton H. Bryant by Alexandra Fuller

Two are fiction and one a biography, all very different from each other, but I enjoyed them all. I watched The Life of Pi movie on the way back on the plane. I liked the book better than the movie, but doubt that the little screen on the back of the airplane seat did the movie justice!

It's good to be HOME! Natalie Goldberg's new book was waiting for me in the mail and WILD by Cheryl Strayed is the next book on my stack to read.


Well, welcome home PEACE!! When you get settled in and rested a bit, please tell us some stories from your trip. I so enjoy your trip stories!

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