Monday, October 03, 2016


Photo by Annisa Lam (former member of Stock.exchng)
Licensed photo DO NOT COPY

Currently I am keeping the following in my thoughts &  prayers:
-----A friend who is having problems in her neighborhood.
-----I need to be in better physical shape and beat the symptoms of several thyroid problems. I have an appointment with what I hope is a better endocrinologist. I also need to find a place that does a digital mammogram (my Mother died of breast cancer).
-----A family member whose spouse passed away and a fractured relationship between family members that is starting to heal.
-----All who battle mental illness. Those who deal with the side effects of the strong medicines that are given for mental "health." For advancements in this area of medicine!


This post is in no particular order. Prayer/thought requests just go to the top as I hear more about what is going on. If you can think of a way to help these people, PLEASE do so. This post will be second-from-the-top during the midst of an emergency (such as an Amber Alert).

Note: I would not advise linking to this will wind up with a broken link each time I have to change the post-dating to keep this a Vigil at the Top.

At JPUSA. Summer 2011.


Sunday, October 02, 2016

Saturday, October 01, 2016

Banned Books Week is Over...
Of course, we are continuing to read.

This year's Banned Book's Week ran from September 25th-October 1st. We participated well but I don't feel like we are we will go on for a while.

We went to the library and found we have read many of the books in the children's Banned Books display. Among the books was Shel Silverstein's "The Giving Tree." We did not get around to reading that for the week but have read it before. We probably watched the reading/animation below this week...but I don't remember for sure...that is how busy a week it has been.
SO: Yes, we did start to watch it...but Kindergartner informs me he feel asleep. We can't have him miss hearing Shel Silverstein's voice. :-)

During the week, we watched the movie of "How to Eat Fried Worms" but have not gotten to reading the book yet. The book was award-winning. This title was banned for being gross. There was a joke made by a three-year-old about an anatomy part...but it seems that natural joke-telling that kids do was not enough to get it a ban. People were afraid kids would do things like eating fried worms. Our Kindergartener has no intention of eating fried worms...though he did observe that the recipes would make doing it easier. Some great lessons about bullying.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Our Homeschool's Banned Books Weeks Choices

This years Banned Book's Week runs from September 25th-October 1st. We have picked our reading.

"The Giving Tree"

-----"How to Eat Fried Worms" movie and book are on our library hold list.

-----I will get "Little House on the Prairie" out of my hope chest. The kids love what they have read of these stories but Grandma's book has not made its debut yet. I can remember going with her to buy it...the cover is in good condition for being that old.

-----"The Lorax." This was our Kindergartener's first movie in a theater.

-----"Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin jr. Eric Carle. The reason it is on the banned list is somewhat humorous...well, sort was something like the people determining were confused with another author

-----Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig. The kids have been read this several times.

What are you planning to read?


-----The Washington D.C. library system will have a scavenger hunt this month in which hundreds of once-banned books will be hidden.
-----List of Books Banned by Governments. It includes "Alice in Wonderland."

Thursday, September 08, 2016

"7 Trader Joe's Snacks That Are School Lunch Sugar Bombs." Say it ain't so...the ever popular Joe Joe's are on the list. Someone did point out that the snacks are healthier than their brand name counterparts...but it does not seem by much.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Saturday Nine Meme

1) When the song was written, "Surf City" was a fictitious town.* Tell us a song that is set in a real place.
"Little Old Lady From Pasadena"...also Rob Zombie's "Go to California." Husband and I used to really want to move to California and "Go to California" is our song. Who knows maybe we will have that ranch in California one day still.

2) In the song, Jan and Dean sing about riding around in a 1934 station wagon, which means the car was 29 years old when the song was recorded. How old is your vehicle?
Both are somewhere around a decade.

3) Are you good on a surf board?
I wish. I have not been to the ocean. I love photos of barrel and tube waves and I am fascinated with wave pools.

4) When you spend time out in the sun, are you careful about applying sunscreen?
Yes, me and my children burn easily. We have many different forms of sunscreen. I have lotion and makeup with sunscreen, too. Yet, I still get slightly sunburned often...sigh.
The original tune and video. :-)

5) Dean's original partner was Arnie Ginsburg. When Dean was drafted into the Army, Arnie didn't feel like waiting so he abandoned show business and went back to college. Today he holds several patents. What is something you wish someone would invent?
A holodeck where can I persuade my (holograph of my)husband to dance.

6) Jan was a perpetual student who juggled college with recording. He not only graduated from UCLA, he completed two years of medical school at the UC Irvine School of Medicine. Have you ever considered going back to school?
Yes, often...I had always seen myself getting a Phd. but have not been able to due to circumstances beyond my control. When the kids get older, I may go for a scholarship that I am pretty certain to get if it is still available. Right now, I do take courses on philosophy and Biblical topics (like the rise and fall of Jerusalem) via Coursera.

7) In 1966, Jan was sidelined by a serious car accident. During the years that he was unable to perform, partner Dean became a graphic artist. He designed logos and album covers for Steve Martin, Diana Ross and others. Do you feel you respond most to words, pictures, or music?
Words...especially if there are new terms for me to learn within those words. There's never enough time to look up all references or vocab though. I hate reading without total comprehension.

8) In 1978, CBS made a TV movie about Jan and Dean. If they approached you about a made-for-TV movie of your life, who would you like to play you?
Well, I am pretty gentle (just an honest assesment) I guess an actress of the kind you don't see much anymore. A younger Melissa Gilbert with bolder hair or Ali McGraw in the "Love Story" years. Maybe a woman who has played Peter Pan since I am appalled by unfairness in the same way that Peter was. Perhaps Sophia Loren...but more conservative...because I try to ENJOY life like some of her characters do.

Maybe Ann Margret could be my double at times...because I used to have that kind of energy, and sometimes that color hair, before my thyroid automimmune problems got much worse. I can still sometimes muster this much activity for dancing but not much else...chronic fatigue, etc. Some day I feel confident I will be the woman my Husband first met many years ago...who had more energy than any women he had ever met. #LoftyButNotImpossibleGoals

9) Random question: Growing up, how did you learn about the birds and the bees? (From books/the web, from parents, from your friends...)
My parents did not talk about this at all. I learned entirely from school, movies and oddly enough, the "historical romances" that my mother liked to read (apparently for the actual history). Now I have inherited a large amount of these books that are sometimes rather detailed and I am skimming them for the history tidbits I want to pick up...then putting them in the "Take and Leave" library or finding someone in a nursing home who likes that sort of thing. Our children are homeschooled and we have a friend who has taught Christian "Sex Ed" at a teacher-staffed homeschool co-op...we will consult her when the time comes for such learning.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Scenic Weekends Meme

Cypress knees peaking up out of the water in Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum. 
Cincinnati, August 2011.

This is one of 15 ponds there.

I was visited by and enjoyed visiting the author of "Photo by Manka." Their post made me long for sun, waves and salmon. As soon as it cools off here, I will be getting the salmon part(out of the freezer).

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Husband's artwork :-)
Cool view while it lasted. Sculptures over Grandpa's armchair are getting moved today.

-----We have a tiny deep fryer and I want to use it to make Chimichanga Dogs. It will take a while...maybe one or two at time. I have a bit of start on hot dog-related board on Pinterest.
-----Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay will supposedly have some sort of throwdown at the end of the year. Honestly, I have no clue HOW Bobby Flay thinks he can cook better than Ramsay. I am interested in seeing this!

-----Sesame Seed Cookies. The recipe makes 48 cookies.
-----I have a board on Pinterest called "The Great Cookie Hunt."

Friday, July 08, 2016

In My Life.....

Preschool Girl wanted my help so I colored the tail (and then she colored over it a bit). She slowed down and tried to color the parts. #Progress

A recent drawing Preschool Girl did. It's an owl.

Mail Call. I bet water in that suit is not pleasant, armchair traveling and Lego fun for Preschool Boy.

Seriously, the FBI recommends no indictment for Hillary though she was an absolute careless IDIOT with national security? Oh yeah....and there WERE secret and TOP SECRET e-mails at the time they were sent. So, will she now go all over media and shrug it all off as not serious? "No precedent" for charging accidental complete idiocy...oh I bet there are plenty of military personal, also given security guidelines that they were required to follow and (grossly)accidentally didn't, sitting in detainment or punished right now. She should be ashamed of herself....I hope she realizes this as she sips cocktails on Air Force One with Mr. Obama. ‪#‎NoIntegrity‬

On ice-pops.....
Preschool Girl: It doesn't have any smell.
Preschool Boy: That's because it's old school. The old school doesn't have any smell. The new school popsicles do.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

I am wondering if our movie rental place will have the Robin William's movie "Man of the Year." I don't remember it but know that we thought it was funny. This would be a great choice for us to try as a family movie for the 4th of July.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Thursday Thirteen.....

I still don't like the fact that it was put in...but I would go out on it.
(No matter what you tell him about the construction, Preschool Boy insists that he would not go on it because it might break.)

Trivia: "Satisfaction" originally included a harmonica (I wonder what that sounded like). Mick Jagger is(was?) good at ballet.
‪#‎SoundTrackOfMyDay‬ ‪#‎LoudStereoMemories‬

-----Overnight Fruit Salad. With marshmallows, pecans and whipped cream.
-----"Dirty Coke
-----Boston Cream Cupcakes

Gingerbread Coffee will be the inaugural use of my French Press.
I got this 12 oz. press for a dollar on (they have flat the shipping was $4 for this, expedited and the box included the supplement I had ordered plus a small gift). It is a dollar if it is one of the two trial-priced items your are allowed per order.
I just found out that THIS is my referral code for iHerb...I used them every month for various things. Recommended by my former doctor. The Vitamin D that would cost me at lest $20 a month only costs me a $1-something by using a 30-day sample on MUCH savings in such a short time! Sign up for the site using my referral if you want. :-)

If I could travel, I would love to see the turquoise waters of the Isle of New Caledonia which is a territory of France. I don't know where I would stay but I would relish each day's views. I wonder what the sunrises and sunsets are like. #ArmchairTravelingTheWorld

I made Cinnamon Stick Tea to reuse a stick. When the bits of stick dry out, if they are still potent, I will grind the cinnamon.

After a recent downpour.

Sopaipillas Posadas...traditional Chilean rainy day treat. Pumpkin rounds covered with Chancaca Sauce (grapefruit zest,organic sugar, cloves and a cinnamon stick cooked down and strained).
---Husband said it was weird...not excellent but very good.
---We used the leftover syrup for pancakes.
---They were a hit with Preschool Boy who said the name is a tongue twister. :-)

"The whale opened his mouth up and Jonah was pretending the whale tongue was stairs."
-Preschool Boy

-----The last hands to touch the Declaration of Independence for a long time.
One pound of black raspberries. First of this year.
Hopefully, my mother's red raspberry bush will have berries next has quiet a belonged to my grandparents-in-law, then I think to in-laws, then was ours and we gave it to my mother who was so happy to have a red raspberry (they are expensive at the stores). When my mother passed away, the traveling raspberry bush came back to us and it has been growing strong in our garden. I know there are more important things to pray about in the world, but I do hope and pray that the red raspberry bush grows and does well. #LifesBlessings

-----On the annoying side, our Aldi's seems to have stopped carrying frozen raspberries. I will be writing a comment/inquiry.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I like a good portion of this cover...when turned up loud. :-)

Saturday, June 11, 2016

FREE Book Found.....

When Mazie Reynolds was a young girl, she believed monsters lived under her bed. Now a grown, married woman, she discovers one sleeps in her bed.
Mazie schemes to save herself and her daughter. Her plan will work, if she can out-maneuver the monster who is a master of manipulation and control. She's got one thing going for her, the one thing she truly owns. Mazie has moxie to the bone. But will it be enough?

Winner of the 2015 Kindle Book Award for Horror/Suspense.
Winner of the 2015 Indie Reader Discovery Award for Literary Fiction.
Readers Favorite Bronze Medal Winner
Named Best of Indie 2014 by Suspense Magazine

This Summer we are learning about Ancient Civilizations in our older preschooler's homeschool.
We are starting with the lands of the Fertile Crescent. So far we are covering the Mediterranean Sea, the Persian Gulf, Mesopotamia, Sumer, the Tigris and the Euphrates. Little Guy is interested in the other waters he hasn't learned about on the map, too.

Mesopotamia from the viewpoint of a little girl whose father was a trader.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

On the Considering-to-Read List

Dark Moon is a Sci-fi suspense thriller about a time in the near future when creatures from ancient legends emerge from hiding to help the surviving humans fight sinister alien invaders who have begun a ground invasion of New York City and cut down all in their path with lethal energy weapons. The story centers heavily on Raziel, the last remaining Werewolf as he is forced to begin turning the human soldiers that fall in battle in order to save their lives and rekindles his kind after centuries of near extinction.

The storyline follows his ancient mind back, to bittersweet memories of his distant youth more than a thousand years before, where he had met his counterpart and soulmate Lupea, a Pure Born Werewolf like himself that he had lost to the savagery of the Wars of the Moon. As he turns an elite squad of soldiers, one by one into newborn Werewolves, his memories of her are rekindled and he is forced to feel the loss of her all over again.

C.W. Holcomb's writing style and major influences include a wide variety of well known novelists that came before him including, J.R.R Tolkien, Mary Stewart, Raymond E. Feist, C.S. Lewis, Robert Jordan, Elizabeth Hayden and Frank Herbert. The biggest influences on his style were Terry Brooks and Terry Goodkind. He has drawn inspiration for his novels from other areas as well including, animated shows and video games.

His debut novel, Dark Moon Book one of the Brotherhood of the Moon, is inspired by ancient Celtic legends about Werebeasts that stalked the forests of the Scottish Highlands on the full moon. His newly released novel, Chaos:Worlds Beyond Book one of the Reflections of Infinity Saga is deeply inspired by Ancient Greek Mythology and Lore. His works contain endearing characters that always have something special and unique that helps them survive in the brutal and unrelenting Worlds that he creates.


I got to learn about this book because I am a host. :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Pluff Mud Murders

At first, I did not find any of the characters likable and was going to have to force myself to continue reading...then the main characters switched. A story where things are not as they seem but the clues are all there. I could picture all of the outdoor settings and the mansion easily. We follow the amnesia-stricken Riley, and others, as they are pitted up against pure greed, pure evil and potentially becoming the next victim.
---A tale that is easy to picture as a movie or mini-series.

BUY IT ON AMAZON...Currently in Kindle and Paperback

Ann Carpenter is the author of three novels, Pluff Mud Murders, Circle of Player and The Mystical Doll House. She is the founder of Kidz by Dezign and lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and granddaughter.   Facebook

-----An accurate description of Pluff Mud...interesting.


Eats named after Pluff Mud :-)
---Pluff Mud Brownies
---Pluff Mud Porter Pop(Holy City Pluff Mud Porter is a beer brewed in Charleston.)
---Pluff Mud Cold Salad. You can also have it warm. I am not a fan of feta but will try this salad.
-----Salty Pluff Mud Pie. This one gets mixed reviews.
--------Of course, you can also buy a Pluff Mud Pie mix. A chocolate meringue pie...that sounds intriguing.

Coasters partially made from Pluff Mud.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Travel the World in Books

Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge
So, this is one of those challenges where one is free to set there own goals. Doing the challenge for 5 years is even mentioned in the description! We homeschool and are on a very tight budget. Traveling long distances has been financially impossible for us the last three years. My mother traveled through her books....all 16,000-plus that she had read most of during her lifetime. She pared down the books to her favorite 5,000 or so and I inherited most of them which I am constantly reading and cataloging for my children's mother could not travel like she would have liked either and I look at them as her "somewhere over the rainbow." I pass down the amazing(appropriate) parts of the world that I see painted in, tours of faraway places, etc. So anyway, even if the challenge is not here then...I am looking at this as a 15 year homeschooling and reading project. :-)

My first stop is Israel (and, to a lesser extent, Egypt). Imagining the great open spaces. Oh the difficult choices that Solomon made during his lifetime.
"Words are easy; only actions tell who really loves."
This book was number 11, 807 in my mother's collection. :-)

Lila inherits her grandfather's home in the small town of Auburn, Nebraska. I didn't approve of who the villian was at first until why started being revealed. I would have liked to see more development of The Obituary Society meetings themselves...but maybe that will come in further books in the series.
-----I have always lived in towns where most fireworks are forbidden for ordinary citizens to purchase. I learned that Nebraska has a mix of fireworks-prohibited and fireworks-friendly cities. Mayhaps it would be fun to visit one of these towns on the 4th someday. :-)
I read a Kindle Edition.

I had never seen how some of the at-home stuff is done.

The next book I am reading takes place mainly in Memphis (but also in what is definitely a fictional county and Jefferson, Mississippi which is, from what I can tell, fictional). Faulkner is a bit challenging to me because I never know what is coming...whether he is going to tell the story from many different point of views that are hard to decipher or what. This seems to be a simple and humorous tale of some young people who take a car.
Published in 1962. It was a bestseller and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1963.
I have a first printing but it does not have a cover.
This was number 11, 270 in my mother's book collection.
New vocab I have learned thus far:
---A footlog is a simple footbridge consisting often of a single log hewn flat on one side
---Reiver...reive means to rob or plunder.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge
MAY 2016

Clean Sweep ARC Challenhe

A memoir of a woman who is defiantly Christian in Romania during Nicole Ceausecu's Communist regime. The author, Virginia Prodan, is an international human rights attorney who was exiled from Romania.

The youngest daughter of a prominent radical politician, Sarah Curran comes of age in an era of rebellion and revolution, buffeted by tragedy and scandal. She has long known Robert Emmet, but not until she is caught up in the fevered calls for Irish independence does she fall in love with the budding revolutionary leader.
Her father forbids their union, but a child raised in a climate of insurrection veers towards her own small rebellion. Determined to win her father's acclaim, she strives to raise his fortunes through marriage to Ireland's future ruler, certain that the uprising cannot fail---even as Emmet's plans fall apart with deadly consequences.

.....Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus.....

When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Musing Mondays

Preschool Girl wants swimsuits for her baby dolls, her Dora the Explorer doll and "my (shopping) cart, even, too."
She wants our doggie to have a swimsuit but I explained to her that the dog might not like that.
Preschool Girl talked about chasing the dog and said, "When my doggie chases me, I read a book at her." If only there were such peace.

-----Our friend drove a long way to bring Husband a motorcycle this week. It will be a fix-it-up project and a long time before I can ride around on the back of it...but I am so looking forward to it.

Well, then.
When we were at the park Preschool Girl was climbing up a little twisty slide and saying she was "being ingenious." I wasn't sure I heard right so I had her repeat it a few times. Later, she mentioned something with the same word. I said that I wasn't sure she knew what the word meant and asked Preschool Girl what it means...."Um, ingenious means you're smart."
We often say an idea/person is ingenious....Preschool Girl obviously paid attention.

I read 142 pages. I was looking forward to reading much more but I had two impromptu in the early morning and one stayed until evening. So, I am pleased with this progress.

I am on page 79. I am currently reading the story of what became of a Jewish abandoned infant. This telling is a vivid depiction of the hardships of the Polish during World War II.

I am 77 pages into a reread of "The Salmon of Doubt" by Douglas Adams. A collection of items found on his hard drives after he died. Douglas Adams is my favorite author. I enjoy his interest in science and he constantly manages to make me laugh.

FINISHED. "I Am the Dog" by Daniel Pinkwater. A read with the kids.

I didn't get much farther with this...just another 4 pages. Right now, is a family history of all the moving that the Hardings did after coming to this country.
---I am reading this for a "Banned Books Challenge." President Harding's strong suit was not marital fidelity and a restraining order was put on author Francis Russell...there are blank spots in the book where Harding's love letters to his married mistress originally where. This is not alleged activity...the National Archives eventually published the letters. Anyway, this is not a scandalous book but a well-rounded look at Warren G. Harding.

FINISHED THIS WEEK: "Bon Bons to Yoga Pants" by Katie Cross
I mainly enjoyed this for the telling of a possible (sweet) romance. I did have a hard time reading it at times because my thyroid care is not going well. I have a doctor who thinks just about everything to try fixing my multiple thyroid problems is futile or knows nothing about it, another doctor who doesn't/can't  read computerized records, loses tests and is treating me like I have just let myself go when I have been battling chronic illness for over 20 years, no endocrinologists in my community and the prospect of explaining my whole medical history to a doctor who might be just as I am kind of sensitive on what people think of weight issues right now.

FINISHED THIS WEEK. Another read where I had imperfect enjoyment. The lady being accused of the crime was not someone I felt for. The main character, a private investigator named Tiffany, ended up being TOO much of a romantic cliff-hanger and I really wished that I felt her enjoyment right along with her (things such as her frustrating relationship with her family) were well-done to the point that they were easily imaginable). I am interested to read other stories in this series to see if the author does better in immersing me as a reader.

Completed this read-a-thon with having read 610 pages. That is about average for me to find time to do during a readathon. Amongst my reading, I finished one "scary" book and started a "TV show thriller."

FINISHED THIS WEEK: "The Deep End" by Joy Fielding
The story did keep my attention all the way to the end but I found it lacking in places. The main character was largely passive as her life was falling apart. It was a lot like the story was being told instead of shown in places and there was not enough of the pool metaphor to really be into that TITLE part of the story. Like the tennis coach said there needed to be follow through and just did not see that with this thriller.


Sunday, April 24, 2016


Reading so far:
77 pages "The Salmon of Doubt" by the late Douglas Adams
41 pages  "Innocent in Las Vegas"   FINISHED
32 pages "I am the Dog" by Daniel Pinkwater FINISHED
4 pages "The Shadow of Blooming Grove." A biography of Warren G. Harding
255 pages "From bon Bons to Yoga Pants" FINISHED

I have read 79 pages. I am on the first story which tells what became of two infants whose parents abandoned them (likely in hopes they would be protected).

103 pages of "The Deep End" by Joy Fielding. A condensation. This counted as one my horror reads. I am kind of getting emotionally invested in this story because I just don't understand the heroine thus far. All the relationships in her life are falling apart, her best friend is striking me as a bit creepy and she has a phone caller threatening to kill her....yet she doesn't really do much about any of these situations. Routing for Joanne to change before I start yelling at a book!

I also read 19 pages of a "TV thriller series" called "Hold On!"

Total Read: 610 pages :-)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

You can sign up for the readathon HERE. :-)

So, starting my reading at about noon. Two impromptu house visitors of which is still on the way. I am hoping to still get in a good block of reading!

I have read 62 pages today. This is a young lady's weight loss journey.

I have read 80 pages so far today. Joanne's friend is getting creepier (well really I am detecting hints of a word that starts with b that I try not to use). Her husband might be turning out to be an absolute jerk (I was hoping he was just selfish). Is Joanne going insane or some other plot twist to explain the phone stalker? Stay tuned.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Musing Mondays

We read this today in homeschooling.

Here is an online reading. :-)

This rather lengthy book...almost 700 pages. Though it is enjoyable, nothing terribly exciting. So I am reading three pages a day and reviewing one (I hate just skimming over the things talked about in books,especially history books, I want to know what is being talked about). This book is being read for a Banned Books Challenge. There are blank places in the book because the author was under a restraining order as the Harding family did not want love letters Harding wrote to his married mistress published.

The heroine is one of those people who has more than the average share of loss and death. The story is a telling of entwined events and lives. I cried in several places and there was one passage that was really profound about how to deal with the losses that life glad I continued reading for having found this advice.

Rereading this as part of a readathon and because I find Douglas Adam's humor to be so enjoyable.
I have always been absurdly ridiculously tall. To give you an idea-when we went on school expeditions to Interesting and Improving Places, the form-master wouldn't say "Meet under the clock tower," or "Meet Under the War Memorial," but "Meet under Adams." I was at least as visible as anything else on the horizon, and could be repositioned at will. When in Physics, we were asked to repeat Galileo's demonstration that two bodies of different weight fall to the ground at the same speed, I was the one who was given the task of dropping the cricket ball and the pea, because it was quicker than going to an upstairs window. I always towered over everybody. Right back at the very beginning of my school career, aged seven, I introduced myself to another new boy (Robert Neary) by coming up behind him and, in the spirit of experiment, dropping a cricket ball on his head and saying, "Hello, my name's Adams, whats yours?" This, for Robert Neary, I'm sure was his one terrible mind-scaring memory.


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