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Wednesday, January 6, 2016

IWSG and a Few Other Things

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 L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace! 




Sherlock Holmes statue at Meiringen2
Man spreading. :)
In an effort to keep these posts short I will be sharing a quote. Today's quote is from:

Sherlock Homles whose birthday is today, born in 1854

“It may be that you are not yourself luminous, but that you are a conductor of light. Some people without possessing genius have a remarkable power of stimulating it.”











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Today is also Pepe Le Pew's birthday, born in 1945. Happy Birthday to you both, who have made our world a more interesting place.


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This is also Three Kings Day, The Epiphany, The Twelfth Day of Christmas, The Adoration of Magi. In Puerto Rico Three Kings Day is still celebrated. As a child my mother and her brothers put straw and water under their beds for the camels and when they woke in the morning found... presents! I still think this is the day we should be opening our gifts as it is the day Christ received his. 
Museo. Tabla de la Adoración de los Reyes Magos, de Pedro de Campaña

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Lastly...
I thought this would also be a good day to review the rather eclectic list of books I read last year

1.               A Chain of Evidence by Carolyn Wells
2.               The Railway Children by E. Nesbit
3.               Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
4.               The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
5.               The Magic City by E. Nebit
6.               Mysterious Traveler by Mall Peet
7.               Letters from Rifka by Karen Hesse
8.               Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson
9.               Woven by Michael Jensen
10.            The Great Time Lock Disaster by C. Lee McKenzie
11.            The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
12.            Death Comes for the Archbiship by Willa Cather
13.            The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
14.            Connecting the Dots by Sharon Jennings
15.            The White Woman on the Green Bicycle by Monique Roffey
16.            Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Garner
17.            Once Upon a More Enlightened Time by James Garner
18.            In Darkness by Nick Lake
19.            Esperanza Rising by Pan Munoz Ryan
20.            Coraline by Neil Gaiman
21.            Replay by Sharon Creech
22.            The Wonder Clock or, Four and Twenty Marvelous Tales by Howard Pyle
23.            Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron
24.            Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
25.            Native Tongue by Carl Hiaasen
26.            Healing Anger: The Power of Patience from a Buddhist Perspective by The XIV Dalai Lama
27.            Inner Revolution by Robert A. F. Thurman
28.            Natural Radiance by Lama Surya Das
29.            The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
30.            Shambhala by Chogyam Trungpa
31.            Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das
32.            The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight
33.            Hot Pink in the City by Medeia Sharif
34.            After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield
35.            Questions from the City, Answers from the Forest by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu
36.            The Dhammapada by Eknath Easwaran
37.            A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet
38.            The Wisdom of Imperfection by Rob Preece
39.            The Heart Attack Sutra by Karl Brunnholzl
40.            The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett (currently reading.)
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What's your favorite Sherlock story? What do you think of the quote? Are you a Pepe Le Pew Fan? What do you think about opening presents on the 6th of January instead of December 25th (extra shopping days!) Did you read any good books in 2015? Do share!

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  1. I love that Sherlock quote! Thanks for sharing it!

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  2. The Sherlock quote is great. And now the Twelve Days of Christmas come to an end...

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    1. Yes, the Twelve Days of Christmas comes to an end... we can all breathe a sigh of relief I think. :)

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  3. What a fabulous quote from Sherlock. I'm going to steal it.

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  4. A definite Sherlock fan! And WOW - what a wonderful list of books, good on you!
    Happy Reading in 2016!

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    1. Thanks, Yolanda. Someday I hope to read 52 books in one year. But I'm such a slow reader I wonder if it's possible.

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  5. I do love that skunk, especially when goes after the cat. So funny. I should write down a list of books I've read, but I probably won't. I am rereading A Handmaid's Tale. Such a remarkable voice.

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    1. If it weren't for Goodreads I probably wouldn't have a list. The Handmaid's Tale was quite a read. Very good. At least I thought so.

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  6. I do love that skunk, especially when goes after the cat. So funny. I should write down a list of books I've read, but I probably won't. I am rereading A Handmaid's Tale. Such a remarkable voice.

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  7. I don't know which I'm happier for - Pepe or Sherlock. Both have given me lots of entertainment over the years! Very interesting about the Magi tradition of putting straw and water under the bed and getting presents! Sounds so sweet. <3

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    1. It's like putting milk and cookies out for Santa. I just wonder about camel deposits... like reindeer deposits on the roof... hehehe.

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  8. Love the Holmes quote. Oh that I could be illuminating. I'm impressed with your reading list from 2015. Seems we have some similar tastes, not really surprised.

    Also, waned to comment on your last post which a read a few days ago. I love your stories from your childhood on 'de island'. And yes, you mother is beautiful. Reminds me of my own mother, but they were from the same generation.

    Happy New Year!

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    1. Yes... the Greatest Generation. They are getting to be fewer and fewer. We could yet learn so much from them about being hard working, selfless.

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  9. Hi Bish - I love Sherlock .. though the recent ones have left me somewhat bewildered - too moderne ! I suspect. Pepe le Pew I don't think I've ever seen before .. that's great - I enjoyed it.

    Well done on your books ... I don't read that often - but it must change in 2016 ... Have a good new year ahead ... and the 6th Epiphany can so easily get forgotten ... cheers Hilary

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    1. I can't go to sleep at night if I don't read.

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  10. That's quite an impressive book list! I was a big Pepe fan as a kid. I still giggle watching it. :) Have a wonderful 2016.

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  11. Awesome list. I had to pass on recommendations for a book club, and that was my excuse to look up all the fantastic reads of the last year. I'm posting my top ten next week.

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    1. I must remember to stop buy and view your list!

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  12. Great quote from Sherlock. Loved seeing all the books you read and the variety of genres.

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    1. I'll read just about anything, except horror...

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  13. I loved the quote, and it's so wonderful to pass that on this first Wednesday of the month. Thanks for it. I think we should have an Eclectic Reading List Contest, Bish. We'd probably tie.

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    1. Eclecticity... (I think I've just come up with a new word) is the spice of life.

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  14. Beautiful quote.

    I wonder if Pepe ever had a woman accept him for who he was.

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  15. If today is the 12th day of Christmas, where are my drummers? :)

    As the others have said, great quote!

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    1. They must be off doing drumming business. :)

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  16. Aw, I haven't thought of Pepe Le Pew in years. So nice to see him again. I love the quote--perfect for today.

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  17. I like the idea of being a conductor of light. Sending you a little of that light for 2016!

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  18. We just took down our Christmas tree. I try to wait until "Little Christmas." Happy New Year, Bish!

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    1. That's when we always took our tree down too.

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  19. You read so many books. I've read a number of items on your list.

    Today also happens to be my birthday. I didn't know I shared a birthday with Sherlock Holmes!

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    1. I'm actually a slow reader, I'm just consistent, reading every night in bed before I go to sleep. Happy Birthday!

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  20. A) excellent sherlock quote. B) that is an amazing list of books to have read. Sounds like it was a good year for reading!

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    1. It's always a good year for reading, Rena!

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  21. "A conductor of light" I love it.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. May we all be conductors of light throughout 2016 and beyond!

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  22. Love the Sherlock quote. He was a genius, wasn't he? Best wishes for 2016.

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    1. Well, not to get picky or anything, :) it was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who was the real genius.

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  23. That's a lovely quote!

    Happy new year Bish. I hope 2016 is a great year for you!

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  24. Hi and Happy New Year!
    I love the quote from Sherlock. I am a fan of Sherlock Holmes and have all of the stories and the DVD's also.
    I wish you great success in 2016 and lots of reasons to be joyful.
    Shalom,
    Patricia

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    1. Waking up every morning next to my sweet hubby is always a reason to be joyful!

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  25. Love the Sherlock quote Bish. Nice list of books. I managed 120 for the 2015 Goodreads challenge. Latterly I've discovered Robert Galbraith (aka JK Rowling) and the Cormorant Strike series. Oh wow! Excellent!

    A very happy 2016 Bish!

    Denise :-)

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  26. Awesome quote! I just made a note to myself to read some Sherlock Holmes stories this year because I don't think I have ever read any!

    Looks like you did a lot of reading this year. :)
    ~Jess

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  27. Great quote, Bish!
    I've read one book on your list, and there are 2 others waiting on my Kindle.
    Sherlock Holmes? Can't even remember when last I read anything by the man...
    Happy New Year!

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