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Read in August

I read fewer books in August than I have previous months of this year for a couple reasons. I tried to read more nonfiction, and nonfiction slows me down. I started volunteering at the high school every day. I work in the library and supervise the study halls, which are mostly in the library. To […]

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Books Read in July

Murder on the Blackboard, a Hildegard Withers story,  I like these, but I think mainly it’s because they are set in another time, a time I do not altogether miss (the cops sometimes rough up a suspect, and Hildegard encourages that).  Hildegard Withers is a strict spinster schoolmarm.   The historical touches amuse me. Sharpe’s […]

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The Beauties of Nature and the World We Live In, Part III of X

CHAPTER III – ON ANIMAL LIFE (CONTINUED) We constantly speak of animals as free. A fish, says Ruskin, “is much freer than a Man; and as to a fly, it is a black incarnation of freedom.” It is pleasant to think of anything as free, but in this case the idea is, I fear, to […]

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The Beauties of Nature and the World We Live In, Part II of X

Chapter 2 There is no species of animal or plant which would not well repay, I will not say merely the study of a day, but even the devotion of a lifetime. Their form and structure, development and habits, geographical distribution, relation to other living beings, and past history, constitute an inexhaustible study. When we […]

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The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, Part I of X

CHAPTER I – INTRODUCTION of The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, by Sir John Lubbock Published in 1892 The world we live in is a fairyland of exquisite beauty, our very existence is a miracle in itself, and yet few of us enjoy as we might, and none […]

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