Kindle Books for Fun and (Intellectual) Profit

These are all affiliate links. Free books were free at time of listing. All of these are books I’d read if I had time. Several of them I downloaded even though I do not have time.  I would have time if I’d quit the crazy crochet addiction which has come on me suddenly, but there it is. Addictive personalities addict.
Right now, affiliate link income is largely going to either groceries or to our planned 2 year move to the Philippines, where my husband is establishing a special needs program at a Christian school in Davao City. Money is fungible, after all, so what we do not spend on the Cherub’s Good Night diapers or our coffee addiction (a five pound bag of beans, delivered monthly) is money we can set aside for the Philippines.

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FREE!! Sun Tzu & Machiavelli Leadership Secrets: How To Become A Superior Leader Utilizing The Principles Of The Art Of War And The Prince
Reader Review: This is NOT just a Cliff’s Notes version of these two works. This book takes on the role of teacher or professor as it not only goes through the key ideas and thoughts in both works, but actually breaks them down into methods that are more easily understood and digestible. As with a good teacher, this book seems to know where the reader may need additional guidance or help within the text. What this offers the reader is the ability to put into action the ideas of these two great works.

2.99: Build Social Confidence: Maximize Your Social Likability, Handle Tough Conversations Easily, Get Along with Everybody – Proven Hacks to Boost Your Charisma Reader Review: This book was AWESOME!! Not your run of the mill self help books that focus on the same topics: repeat a person’s name to remember it, keep eye-contact, cheesy suggestions for “making” people like you. This one is unique and actually USEFUL!! I read it all the way through, placing MANY bookmarks to refer back to on key points I found interesting. Build Social Charisma can help ANYONE with their social settings, approaching new people in ANY situation, and conversation starters that don’t make you look like an idiot.

FREE! Free4Kindle: Emotional Intelligence Mastery: A Practical Guide To Improving Your EQ (Social Skills, Business Skills, Success, Confidence, Relationships)

FREE!!! Afghan Crochet: 25 Step-by-Step Crochet Projects

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FREE! The Gray and Guilty Sea: An Oregon Coast Mystery (Garrison Gage Series Book 1)

Nearly 2,000 reader reviews with a 4.5 star average.

Reader Review: The inhospitable Oregon coast is the perfect backdrop for Garrison Gage who goes through the motions of living but whose soul is as dry and battered as a hunk of driftwood. Gage carries the emotional and physical scars of his former private detective’s life. His last case took a bad turn. The brutal murder of his wife was the result. Maimed both physically and emotionally, he retreats to the Oregon coast to lick his wounds and wallow in self-loathing and regret. Perhaps that’s why discovering the body of a young girl washed up on the shore strikes deep within the heart of his hermit’s existence and why he’s drawn into solving her murder. The ensuing investigation stirs up the entrenched old guard community and pits him against dangerous enemies. Finding the girl’s killers becomes his obsession – bringing them to justice resuscitates his damaged soul.

The Gray and Guilty Sea is hard-hitting crime novel – no namby-pamby dancing around the issues. Jack Nolte’s prose is clean and uncluttered. He paints the elements of wind, sea, and the endless gray that permeates men’s souls. The story builds and crashes like angry waves on a shore that can’t escape … and doesn’t want to. A very good read. Hoping for more of the same!

FREE! Secret Adversary, by Agatha Christie

.99 The Mysterious Affair at Styles (Hercule Poirot Book 1)

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FREE! Dan and Frankie Save the World:
Reader Review: I read this novel in draft form prior to final edits and publication. I loved it as a draft – enough to buy a copy upon publication.
“Dan and Frankie” exudes zany screw-ball humor. (an example of how humorous: I am terrified of the dentist. While in the waiting room of my dentist, I started reading this novel – and I FORGOT to be terrified. It is THAT good). The plot is reminiscent of alien body-snatcher movies I loved as a kid, but it does not, at any point, take itself seriously. Dan and his sidekick Frankie tumble through life, going from bad to worse to really, really icky – then they save the world (it isn’t a spoiler if it’s in the title).

Buy this book. Read it. You will laugh.

FREE! The Dog That Laid Eggs: Every Monster Comes From Somewhere
Reader review: This book is awesome. There is no simpler way to put it.
Maas masterfully weaves a modern folk-tale, with an abundance of charm and a story that draws the reader in right from the get-go. This is a unique book, highly imaginative, original, and filled with great characters and setting. It is a fantastical comedy, or comedic fantasy, with many layers to the story.

An intelligent story about good vs evil, littered liberally with many puns. I’d heartily suggest this book to anyone with a sense of humour, who enjoys a good read.

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FREE! The Marchers: historical fiction about the Iranian Revolutionby an Iranian author.
Reader Review (there are many four and five star reviews for this one): Despite Robert Flynn’s simplistic and politically biased remarks in the Forward regarding Jimmy Carter’s supposedly “saintly” response to the Iran hostage affair and President Reagan’s “evil” actions after, the novel itself is first-rate. This historical thriller should be read by every politician who has to make a decision based on knowledge of how the Iranian religious fundamentalist leadership actually operates. It is a cautionary tale, but one told in strong narrative style that is rendered for the reader to grasp and understand. Although I did know the background of Ayatollah Khomeini’s rise to power, I did not know about the different factions that helped the overthrow of the Shah only to be crushed by the Islamic religious fanatics.
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FREE! Biochemistry, Free and Easy: surprisingly entertaining (limericks? Songs?), with extra links to videos and more, this download probably won’t be very readable on a basic kindle. Use an iPad or a Fire, or consider reading from the Amazon Cloud.

FREE! CK-12 Chemistry

Blurb; CK-12 Chemistry covers Matter, Atomic Structure; The Elements and Their Properties; Stoichiometry; Chemical Kinetics; Physical States of Matter; Thermodynamics; Nuclear Chemistry; and Organic Chemistry.

FREE! CK-12 Biology– CK-12 Biology I is a textbook for high school students covering cell biology, genetics, evolution, ecology, and physiology.

Free! Algebra: The Very Basics
Blurb; If you’re looking for a gentle introduction to basic mathematics, look no further. This book picks you up at the very beginning and guides you through the foundations of algebra using lots of examples and no-nonsense explanations. Each chapter contains well-chosen exercises as well as all the solutions. No prior knowledge is required.

Topics include: Exponents, Brackets, Linear Equations and Quadratic Equations. For a more detailed table of contents, use the “Look Inside” feature. From the author of “Great Formulas Explained” and “Physics! In Quantities and Examples”.

Those interested in delving into the exciting field of calculus and mathematical physics after attaining the very basics of algebra are invited to continue their journey with the “Math Shorts” series, starting with “Math Shorts – Exponential and Trigonometric Functions” and the free e-book “Math Shorts – Derivatives”. Readers who prefer learning the basics of probability calculations can move on to the introductory text “Statistical Snacks”.

Free! Meal Prep: The Essential Guide To Quick And Easy Meal Prepping For Weight Loss: With 50 Delicious Recipes (Meal Planning, Batch Cooking)

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FREE! Under the Apple Boughs, by Peter Maughan.

Reader Review: It went originally under the title ‘A Moon on its Back’, but changing the title hasn’t affected it one bit. It’s still one of the most outstanding pieces of literature I’ve ever read. A wonderful collection of non-fiction short stories taking place throughout a West Country year, bringing you marvelous eccentrics, old pubs, gorgeous descriptions of the countryside, etc., as it leads you through the seasons. You’ll cry along with the author over the loss of his wonderful dog, Sikes, and fall in love with everyone and everything else in it. Each story is a stand-alone masterpiece. I absolutely love this collection, and reread it frequently. It restores my faith in the art of fine writing. It’s lyrical, descriptive, haunting at times, always beautiful.

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FREE! Alexander the Great, A History from Beginning to End (one hour history, military generals)- only 42 pages. More like a really fast, shallow overview or review, useful for a busy parent who is trying to keep up with several students.

FREE! You may also enjoy Alexander the Great, part of the Makers of History series by Jacob Abbott- not a quick read, but far more depth.  I really like Abbott’s biographies.

Free: Julius Caesar: A Life From Beginning to End (Gallic Wars, Ancient Rome, Civil War, Roman Empire, Augustus Caesar, Cleopatra, Plutarch, Pompey, Suetonius) (One Hour History Military Generals Book 4) – another 40 some odd page overview.

FREE: Julius Caesar, by Jacob Abbott.

FREE! The Martyr of the Catacombs A Tale of Ancient Rome
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FREE!  Confidence in God in Times of Danger by Alexander Carson. Blurb: Another quality eBook from Chapel Library. Confidence in God in Times of Danger is a passionate explanation of God’s workings in the Book of Esther. The author moves from Biblical insight to practical application in the lives of God’s people today. When the times are turbulent and filled with all manner of possible dangers, the great God of the Bible is in control and can be trusted completely.
“We learn that the most casual events which take place in the affairs of the world are connected with God’s plans respecting His people; and that the most trifling things are appointed and directed by Him to effect His purposes. It decides a question that philosophy has conversed for ages, and will never fathom; recording a number of events, the result of man’s free will, yet evidently appointed of God and directed by His providence. From this book the believer may learn to place unbounded confidence in the care of his God in the utmost danger; and to look to the Lord of omnipotence for deliverance when there is no apparent means of escape.”

85 pages


FREE!  Calvary Road, by Roy Hessian, 69 pages of life changing teaching on relationships and repentance.

FREE! R.C. Sproul’s What Is the Relationship between Church and State? (Crucial Questions Series Book 19)

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5.19, Escape from Reason, by Francis Schaeffer

4.95, Beyond Perception: The Evidence of Things Not Seen by Chuck Missler
Blurb:There seems to be evidence to suggest that our world and everything in it are only ghostly images: projections from a level of reality so beyond our own that the real reality is literally beyond both space and time. The main architect of this astonishing idea is one of the world’s most eminent thinkers- physicist David Bohm, a protege of Einstein’s. Earlier, he noticed that, in plasmas, particles stopped behaving like individuals and started behaving as if they were part of a larger and inter connected whole. He continued his work in the behavior of oceans of these particles, noting their behaving as if they know what each on the untold trillions of individual particles were doing.

3.99 Does God Exist, William Lane Craig

.99 Beginning at Moses: A Guide to Finding Christ in the Old Testament
by Michael P. V. Barrett

Happy reading!!!

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“Dainty Breakfasts”

The following is from a delightful British cookbook published in 1899. I promise you it is worth your time to read through it.  It may be the most entertaining cookbook I have ever read.  The title alone makes me laugh.  The full title is:

A Dictionary of Dainty Breakfasts, by Phyllis Brown, With a Tabular Introduction by A Mere Man.

Here is the mere man’s tabular introduction (some of which loses formatting in this blog post)

A breakfast should consist :—

  • A. Of a fundamental dish.
  • B. Of one or more trifling accessories for the benefit of
  1.      (i) those who are so hungry that the fundamental dish does not suffice, and
  2.      (2) those who feel so sick that they cannot touch it.
  • C. Of fresh fruit, stewed or tinned fruit, jam or marmalade.
  • D. Of drinks.
  • E. Of bread, toast or scones.

(DHM’s note- I gather you would select something from each of categories A-E for your basic dainty breakfast)

A. FUNDAMENTAL DISHES. These may be considered under the heads of : —

  1. 1. Ham or bacon, alone, or in combination with other articles.
  2. 2. Eggs cooked in various ways.
  3. 3. Fish and allied products.
  4. 4. Certain internal portions of the animal economy. (DHM: that is what it says)
  5. 5. Meats of different kinds, hot or cold.


1. Ham or bacon. (DHM: here he resorts to some greek and other odd characters as part of his numbering system)

  • (a) A cold ham or gammon of bacon may serve as the fundamental dish or as an accessory dish.
  • {V) Fried or broiled ham, or bacon, alone. This cannot be recommended as a primary dish, except for those who are feeling chippy as the result of the evening previous,
  • (f) Combinations of fried ham or bacon with other substances. These are much to be commended : the more important substances with which bacon may be combined are as follows : —
  • (a) Poached or fried eggs. Sheep’s kidneys, stewed, with a thick, nourishing gravy,
  • (y) Liver : the pieces should be small and very well cooked.
  • (8) Mushrooms.
  • (e) Tomatoes, or even bananas (not much to be commended).
  • (£) Oysters or scallops.

Eggs cooked in various ways,

  • (a) Simply boiled : these are more properly to be regarded as accessory trifles.
  • (b) Poached, on toast.
  • (e) Fried : these are impossible, apart from bacon.
  • (d) Scrambled or buttered. They should never taste of vaseline.
  • {e) Tomatoed eggs : much to be commended.
  • (f) Omelettes. A perfectly plain omelette is not sufficiently nourishing as a piece de resistanee. It is better to add fragments of bacon, chicken, kidney, or tongue.  Or it may appear as : — Savoury omelette. Omelette aux fines herbes.   Cheese or sweet omelette (not very suitable at breakfast)Tomato omelette.
  • g) Eggs may also be cooked in recondite and fancy ways, such as ” peafs a L’Aurore” “sunshiny eggs,” “hashed eggs with gravy,” and last, but not least, ” curried eggs “.

3. Fish and allied products.

  • (a) Real fish. The following kinds are suitable : —
    • Salmon cutlets (when salmon is down to 1s.).
    • Trout (when you can get it).
    • Fried soles (if expense is no object).
    • Lemon soles, filleted.
    • Fried plaice or brill.
    • Cod cutlets.
    • Fresh herrings (in season).
    • Bloaters : these should be gently smoked and not salted. It is best not to split them, or remove the backbone, as by these processes the natural anatomy of the fish is disarranged, and you get your mouth full of bones. It takes ten minutes longer to eat a bloater the backbone of which has been removed; and there is an added risk to life.
    • Kippers : the same remarks apply to these ; there is risk in eating them, and they are usually too dry and too salt.
    • Whiting : these should be quite fresh.
    • Mackerel : split and fried, or better stuffed and baked. Smelts : these should be quite fresh.
    • Sardines and Anchovies: these are accessory trifles.
    • Dried haddock : not too often.
    • Skate : an unpleasant dish, rather to be deprecated.
    • Sprats : excellent, if you don’t mind the smell all over the house.
  • {b) Crustacea.
    • Lobster, if you can afford it in London.
    • Dressed crab.
    • Curried prawns : perhaps the best breakfast known to man.
  • (c) Molluscs.
    • Oysters, even tinned ones, stewed in cream : many will avoid fresh oysters on account of the dangers of typhoid. Good scalloped.
    • Scallops.
  • (d) Products of fish, etc.
    • Cod’s roe : excellent.
    • Herring’s roe, on toast : an admirable accessory.
    • Kedgeree, from the remains of yesterday’s fish (not very good).

4. Certain internal portions of the animal economy.

  • (a) Sweetbreads : too dear in London as a rule. The proper sweetbread is the thymus gland ; the pancreas is frequently foisted upon the unwary, but it is tough ; it may be known by its elongated shape.
  • (b) Kidneys (sheep’s or even pigs) : these may be fried, but are better stewed with gravy. They may be eaten with bacon. Kidneys stewed with mushrooms are a dream.
  • (c) Liver : with bacon, vide supra.
  • {d) Brains : lamb’s brains fried in bread crumbs are not bad, but rather cloying.
  • (e) The heart is scarcely suitable for breakfast.
  • No other viscera are suitable.

5. Meats of different kinds, The very robust are willing to eat chops and steaks at breakfast. Men in training commonly do so. A joint of cold meat may often be seen on the sideboard in country houses ; your hunting man eats this. The ordinary person eschews butchers’ meat at breakfast. The following meats are suitable : —

[a) Cold tongue — tinned or otherwise. Ox or sheep.

(b) Cold pheasant or grouse, when a present of game has arrived,

(c) Grilled or devilled fowl : principally the bird’s legs.

(d) Cold fowl or duck, left over from the night before.

(e) Fricasseed fowl with bacon round the edge.

(f) Any sort of fowl or game (or rabbit) may be served as a curry.

(g) Sausages (pork or beef). (1) Fried or grilled. (2) Sliced and curried. (3) As sausage rolls.

(h) Meat pies, of sorts.

(1) Pork pie — cold. Those imported from Yorkshire and Northampton shire are the best. They should be large : the smaller varieties contain an undue proportion of crust.

(2) Cold pigeon pie — containing also steak and egg.

(3) Cold veal and ham pie — containing egg-

(4) Cold beefsteak and kidney pie — containing egg.

(5) Game pie.

(6) Lamb pie.

(i. ) Hot cutlets : veal or mutton — with or without tomatoes. Fried or chip potatoes may be served with any hot meaty breakfast dish, and, indeed, also with certain varieties of hot fish.


1. Boiled eggs.

2. Cold ham or gammon.

3. Sardines, in the tin or on toast.

4. Anchovies : the best are filleted ones in oil.

5. Potted meats of all kinds, tinned, or home made when the tongue gets too low to be cut any longer. The works of a tongue, such as the lymphatic glands embedded in the fat at its root, pass unnoticed in the potted article.

6. Shrimp, bloater, or anchovy paste.

7. Mushrooms on toast.

8. Herring’s roe on toast.

9. Porridge and its allies, Quaker Oats and other farinaceous foods. These may be eaten at the beginning of breakfast, as a foundation, or at the end, to fill up the cracks.

10. Cold sausages of sorts.


Fresh fruit — especially oranges- — apples, pears and other fruit in season. These are best eaten at the beginning of breakfast, in large quantities. They are better at breakfast than at any other meal of the day.


Stewed rhubarb.

Tinned pears, peaches, apricots, etc.

Jam and marmalade.

Honey or honeycomb.

Cream is good with them all, especially Devonshire cream. The best way of eating Devonshire cream is, however, unquestionably with cheap, black, highly-flavoured treacle.


Tea or coffee. Cocoa.

When fresh fruit is taken at the beginning of breakfast, a glass of hock, is a suitable accompaniment.

A glass of good light beer is excellent after breakfast, as they know very well at Westminster school.


Stacks of hot buttered toast at each corner of the table.

Racks of dry toast.

Tea cakes and scones — hot and buttered.

Cut bread and butter.

White and brown bread.

Vienna and other fancy breads.

Hot rolls (for the reckless).

Hot cross buns on Good Friday.


Recipes for the preparation of these foods will be found in the following pages. For convenience of reference they are arranged in alphabetical order, and an exhaustive index will be found at the end of the work. In this, the attention of housewives is directed to the lists of dishes found under the headings : Made-up Breakfasts (that is breakfasts made from cooked fragments), Night- before Breakfasts (or breakfasts wholly or partially prepared overnight) and Ten-minute Breakfasts for breakfasts which can be quickly prepared).

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Faraday as a Discoverer
by John Tyndall
John Tyndall FRS (2 August 1820 – 4 December 1893) was a prominent 19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he studied thermal radiation, and produced a number of discoveries about processes in the atmosphere. Tyndall published seventeen books, which brought state-of-the-art 19th century experimental physics to a wider audience. From 1853 to 1887 he was professor of physics at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in London.


Free4Kindle: The Memoirs of Colonel John S. Mosby (U. S. Civil War leader)

Six Years With the Texas Rangers: 1875-1881, published in 1921

The Life and Prayers of Saint Benedict

The Traveler’s Education: How to Leverage Travel to Create Your Personal Philosophy, Develop the Needed Skills for the 21st Century and Achieve Your Dreams. Reader Review: A beautiful collage of personal travel stories, rich dialogue with acquaintances, poetry, scientific theories, facts & philosphy

How to Escape the Rat Race and Move to Beautiful Countries (Cyrus Kirkpatrick Lifestyle Design Book 7). Reader Review: Don’t we ALL dream of escaping the “rat race” and long to move to some exotic, new locale?

I really enjoyed this book, in spite of the fact that I have not traveled extensively, out of my home country of Canada. But it’s nice to read about the do’s and don’ts of moving to other countries, what to expect, what to enjoy and what to watch out for.

This is a short guide but it covered a lot of ground including tips for: planning prior to your move, how to meet people quickly, how to find safe and affordable accommodations, getting employment in foreign countries…and so on.

Definitely worth the price and your time, if you plan to move overseas to work, retire…or just if you like to dream about it, right now!

Human Biology – Lives of Cells Kindle Edition
by CK-12 Foundation: The Lives of Cells Student Edition book is one of ten volumes making up the Human Biology curriculum, an interdisciplinary and inquiry-based approach to the study of life science. All are free, readable, and basic.

Human Biology – Genetics

CK-12 Earth Science for Middle School

2.99; God: A Philosophical Argument from Being
by Norman L. Geisler
blurb; This book outlines and explains a seventeen point argument for the existence of the theistic God. With begin as its starting point, it is not a restatement of the ontological or cosmological arguments. This argument is rooted in the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, this articulation of the argument is original to Dr. Norman L. Geisler.

.99 4 kindle. Paleo Bread: Healthy Delicious Gluten Free Bread, Biscuits, Muffins, Waffles & Pancakes Cookbook!

2.99 The Best 1000 Paleo Epigenetic Recipes in the World: Tasty Dishes for Permanent Weight Loss (Ultimate Fitness – Diet and Nutrition – Paleo Epigenetic)

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1.99 Folklore of Europe Anthology (12 books), Joseph Jacobs

4.99 There Will Be War Volume V
by Jerry Pournelle
This is a collection of science fiction genre stories and essays about warfare. It was first published in 1985 and released as an ebook with new introductory material this year. The new and the original introduction to this collection hit me hard. the editor, Jerry Pournelle, articulated some observations about war and the nature of human community that seems ‘obvious’ after Pournelle explains it so clearly. Human societies need leaders and need fighters. But each has a different roles. The civilian side needs both a war leader and a fountain of justice. The fighters must be warriors and killers.

Much of humankind, particularly the USofA has confused these roles, even forgotten that them must be distinguished. I remember when I first saw the t-shirt message, during the Vietnam War, “Kill them all and let God sort them out.” That is an abandonment of the role of the warrior to serve justice and protect the weak.During the first political tv debate of the 2016 USA presidential campaign, all 13 GOP candidates individually spoke in support of military action in the middle east to totally destroy all under control of ISIS. Direct application of that old t-shirt message, completely ignoring the international rules of warfare and traditional morality of the Just War.

A virtue of the Science Fiction genre, is that it is a literature of ideas, a way to explore what might happen if some concept or trend continued; what might be the unanticipated consequences, how can we think about the unthinkable? This collection, assembled late in the Cold War, invites the reader to see from a different perspective, what might be the human results of confusing the necessities of survival with the constraints of justice.

A very timely topic today.

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Conversation and Mother Culture

“Conversation calls out into light what has been lodged in all the recesses and secret chambers of the soul: by occasional hints and incidents it brings old useful notions into remembrance; it unfolds and displays the hidden treasures of knowledge with which reading, observation, and study, had before furnished the mind. By mutual discourse the soul is awakened and allured to bring forth its hoards of knowledge, and it learns how to render them most useful to mankind. A man of vast reading without conversation is like a miser, who lives only to himself.”  – Isaac Watts, Improving the Mind, blogged about what he says about conversation here.


In the comments there, somebody asked me if I found I had many such conversations.  I do, but I had to think about why that is, and where I have them.  Largely, I have them via online conversations with some few special friends who like to talk about ideas and eschew small talk.  I also really cannot do small talk, it is the stuff of nightmares to me.  I don’t mean I am above it, I mean I am baffled by it and never know what to say and then end up saying the wrong thing.  Or things, more likely.  I get nervous and anxious and blurt out dumb things that come out all wrong and sound insulting.  I hate small talk. So I tend not to hang out in places and with people where small talk will abound.  And I prefer written exchanges anyway, so this works for me.

But I started wondering how one goes about finding more real life friends who engage in conversation about ideas.

While pondering, I remembered the old term Mother Culture, because regular conversations, deep, meaningful conversations, are one of the best form of M.C. I know of.   So I looked it up at Google Books and found:

Mother Culture 1

Indulge me.  I know this is about cheese-making, but really, some of this applies.  Keep chill until ripe.  Examine yourself, skimming off what needs to be skimmed, stir well by thinking about ideas, mixing with others, reading widely, ruminating- and also, keep something in reserve. Don’t spill all your thoughts at once.

It’s advisable to propagate mother culture from day to day.  Just as a dab of this mother culture will grow into more culture for more cheese of tasty goodness, so you, too, can bring the conversation somebody else needs. Be the kind of friend you are looking for yourself.

Here’s another quote from a different vintage book:

“It is important that all vessels with which the mother culture and the buttermilk come in contact should be scalded with boiling water If this is not done just sour milk of a poor flavor will be the result ”

“One sees that the big problem is to secure a good mother culture. If the mother culture is good, the buttermilk will be good and the rest is easy if the directions given here are followed.”

this book also advises regular checking for purity and cleanliness, making sure the culture hasn’t gone bad due to contaminants.

I’m sure you see parallels.

Finally, ” Before I sit down I want to say that I find all along the line a large number who are having a great deal of trouble with their starter and I believe that in every instance I have found that it was all due not to a man’s lack of knowledge but to downright carelessness. Carelessness will create more trouble in a creamery than any other one thing, and as for that,anywhere else.

As an instance I will relate that only a short time ago a man called me into his creamery and said ‘My butter is off flavor…’   I took his tub of butter and got his flavor and then I said to him ‘Let me see your culture,’ and he took me over to his starter can. The moment I saw that I knew exactly where the trouble was. It was not the culture but the mother culture that I next looked after and when I took the lid off it had as bad a smell as any swill barrel I ever put my nose into. I said to him “Your culture is absolutely off!”

Then we went about to start a mother line which we did with whole milk And right here I would like to speak again of the point that perhaps not all buttermakers take into consideration. Indeed I did not appreciate it until it was brought to my mind demonstrated to me in my dairy school course and that is the fact that men are careless. They are not as particular as they should be and in no other place is it more important that scrupulous care be taken than in the dairy business. There must be very great care taken in sterilizing and if this is not done, and done all the way through from start to finish, there will be unsatisfactory results in spite of your best efforts ”



Friendship for Grown-Ups: What I Missed and Learned Along the Way by Lisa Whelchel has some very straightforward suggestions on conversational prompts and discussion starters. This is so helpful for people like me, paralyzed by small talk.

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