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Book Are Mysterious

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Books are mysterious

the internet is stupid

it didn’t use to be that way

the internet before google and other entities

sold our souls (and our privacy)

for a silver coin of data

you could pull from the pocket of anyone

over the globe

their secret whispers were your own

now your click is worth a dime

and they bottle neck your meanderings

monitoring and sending your footprints to

every Jack and Harry

for cold cool cash

But books are still mysterious

books still hold truths that no one knows

until you crack that back…..



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Book Of The Day – Medieval Travellers

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Everday Life Of Medieval Travellers

By Marlorie Rowling


The section on WANDERING SCHOLARS was of interest to me as I spent my early days wandering around !I have been to San francisco Calif, Montauk, Long Island, Key Weat , Florida-New Orleans Louisana- Drove cross country to Calif – Cologne Germany -Amsterdam Holland— to name a few, and I realize now I was seeking knowledge, as the wandering scholars before me— and the stories I can tell- I should write a book! Maybe I will…..

Enjoy this fab book!!!


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Summer Lunch/Dinner

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fix a plate with
2 ears raw fresh picked corn (silks and all)
1 plate of popped corn, extra butter (3 for a dollar at dollar store!) drench in ketchup (try it you will like it) salt over top,
1 large limeade (take one lime, squeeze drop in cup, add 4 teas sugar, fill cup with ice, pour water over, stir. ( vodka optional)
1 bowl black cherry ice cream (in frig till needed)
Now take to garden or any spot of greenery with  head phones and walkman with Lillian Jackson Braun book on tape and chill out ( laughing optional)



Start at the beginning –


The Cat Who Could Read Backwards is the first novel in Lilian Jackson Braun’sThe Cat Who…” series, published in 1966.


Lilian Jackson Braun (June 20, 1913 – June 4, 2011[1]) was an American writer, well known for her light-hearted series of “The Cat Who…mystery novels. The “Cat Who” books center on the life of former newspaper reporter, James Qwilleran, and his two Siamese cats, Koko and Yum Yum, in the fictitious small town of Pickax located in Moose County “400 miles north of everywhere.

“The Cat Who…” novels

  1. The Cat Who Could Read Backwards (1966)
  2. The Cat Who Ate Danish Modern (1967)
  3. The Cat Who Turned On and Off (1968)
  4. The Cat Who Saw Red (1986) (Nominated for the 1987 Anthony Award and Edgar Award, Best Paperback Original)[6][7]
  5. The Cat Who Played Brahms (1987) (Nominated for the 1988 Anthony Award, Best Paperback Original)[6]
  6. The Cat Who Played Post Office (1987)
  7. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare (1988)
  8. The Cat Who Sniffed Glue (1988)
  9. The Cat Who Went Underground (1989)
  10. The Cat Who Talked to Ghosts (1990)
  11. The Cat Who Lived High (1990)
  12. The Cat Who Knew a Cardinal (1991)
  13. The Cat Who Moved a Mountain (1992)
  14. The Cat Who Wasn’t There (1992)
  15. The Cat Who Went into the Closet (1993)
  16. The Cat Who Came to Breakfast (1994)
  17. The Cat Who Blew the Whistle (1995)
  18. The Cat Who Said Cheese (1996)
  19. The Cat Who Tailed a Thief (1997)
  20. The Cat Who Sang for the Birds (1999)
  21. The Cat Who Saw Stars (copyright, 1998; published, 1999)
  22. The Cat Who Robbed a Bank (2000)
  23. The Cat Who Smelled a Rat (2001)
  24. The Cat Who Went up the Creek (2002)
  25. The Cat Who Brought Down the House (2003)
  26. The Cat Who Talked Turkey (2004)
  27. The Cat Who Went Bananas (2005)
  28. The Cat Who Dropped a Bombshell (2006)
  29. The Cat Who Had 60 Whiskers (2007)
  30. The Cat Who Smelled Smoke (cancelled by publisher, Putnam)[8]

Short stories

  1. The Cat Who Had 14 Tales (1988)
  2. The Private Life of the Cat Who… (2003)
  3. Short and Tall Tales (2003)

Braun was awarded detective of the year from New York Times in 1966.


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From ” Lotus Blossom Blues ” ( Working Title )

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She took the cross from my basket looking it over carefully, her eyes caught mine and searched for an answer. I felt the ruby burning a hole in my pocket.  She wrapped the cross back up in the protective rags and reached into my pockets.

I was frozen and embarrassed by the whole matter, but grateful that she merely returned the stone and never said another word about it to anyone at the camp.

Later in the excavation I had a private moment with her and began to explain how this mistake had happened. She waved her hand and said no more needed to be related about it since she had intrinsically sensed that I was not a thief at heart, merely desperate. She asked if I would like to go to the casbash with her for a cup of turkish coffee and that, was the ” beginning of a beautiful friendship ” as Rick once said many years before, in a cafe quite similar.


Have tremendously hilarious night!

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The First Sequence Of Sentences In A Novel

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There was a full moon glazing the sky with slits of Halloween orange when Kaldea tentatively drifted between ripples forming on the damp steamy banks of the  river.  Her mind was still buzzing from the images that coursed through her synapses echoing screeches emanating from the hundreds of toucans nesting nearby.  As the black water surrounded her lower lashes, Kaldea’s memories began to effortlessly steep into the edges of her conscious mind.


FROM Black Lotus Blossom Blues Takes place somewhere in South America



Image Courtesy Of Google

( That first sentence doesn’t look right to me now… … hmmm… but I still like it…)


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Analytical Thinking And Sherlock Holmes

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“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?   Sherlock Holmes to Watson. From “The Sign of Four”


In these days of false information being promulgated as fact, it is wise to take the time and think about how to come to a conclusion, how to think analytically and deduce fact from fiction.

I have always reminded myself of the quote above when I am at an impasse in my reasoning, and it has shown me a way to clarify and finalize my assumptions.

Another quote,

“It seemed to me that a careful examination of the room and the lawn might possibly reveal some traces of this mysterious individual. You know my methods, Watson. There was not one of them which I did not apply to the inquiry. And it ended by my discovering traces, but very different ones from those which I had expected.”          Sherlock Holmes from ‘The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes”

Always look carefully at what someone is saying their tone, where they choose to speak, and whom they choose to speak to.

An example of the tone can be seen when Sarah Palin recently gave her opinion on  the so called “death panels” as being “evil” , even if I did not know that the death panel slogan was never used in the health care bill, I would question the usage of the term evil and suspect that the speaker was trying to engender a strong reaction in me, rather than state their opposing case or opinion.

As Sherlock Holmes says, look carefully at what is being said to find “the traces” the subtle signals that we all give out as human beings.


And finally have no presupposed conclusions  – think with an open view and if a surprising element shows itself you will not dismiss it. 

Then you will be able to say to your friends as they wonder at your impeccable perceptions on life , “It is quite elementary my dear Watson!”




Basil Rathbone

from the trailer for the film Tovarich (1937)
Born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone
13 June 1892(1892-06-13)
Johannesburg, South African Republic
Died 21 July 1967 (aged 75)
New York City, USA
Years active 19211967
Spouse(s) Marion Foreman (1914-1926)
Ouida Bergère (1926-1967)

Basil Rathbone, MC (13 June 1892 – 21 July 1967), was a South African-born British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.       Image from Wikipedia

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Friday Night…oops Saturday Morning Gallery Chat, Bodies Painted As Meat

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Good Morning, today let’s take a look at an artist’s interpretation of the human form.  The painter that comes to mind who saw the body as a semi-menacing commodity is Chaim Soutine.

Chaim Soutine is often categorized in the tail end of Impressionism but  he was an Expressionistic painter as well.  Born in Russia he worked in a meat packing plant and used decaying carcasses as an inspiration for his painting.

Look at the paintings below, how do you think his interest in animal carcasses effected his depiction of the human form ?

Chaim Soutine, Carcass of
164 x 240 – 12k – 

Chaim Soutine.

624 x 516 – 44k 

*Chaïm Soutine, Self portrait
461 x 920 – 55k – 

 from Google Images

His paintings are fleshy and sometimes bloody but there is always a sweetness in the subjects expression. 

Check out his work at www.artcyclopedia.com  search for Soutine.


See, even meat carcasses can inspire art!  Have a fun day!



Soutine once horrified his neighbours by keeping an animal carcass in his studio so that he could paint it (Carcass of Beef). The stench drove them to send for the police, whom Soutine promptly lectured on the relative importance of art over hygiene.  (now I call that spunk!)

Soutine painted 10 works in this series, which have since became his most iconic. His carcass paintings were inspired by Rembrandt’s still life of the same subject, which he discovered while studying the Old Masters in the Louvre. In February 2006, the oil painting of this series ‘Le Boeuf Ecorche’ (1924) sold for a record £7.8 million ($13.8 million) to an anonymous buyer at a Christies auction held in London – after it was estimated to fetch £4.8 million.

Soutine produced the majority of his works from 1920 to 1929. He seldom showed his works, but he did take part in the important exhibition The Origins and Development of International Independent Art held at the Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1937 in Paris, where he was at last hailed as a great painter. Soon thereafter France was invaded by German troops. As a Jew, Soutine had to escape from the French capital and hide in order to avoid arrest by the Gestapo. He moved from one place to another and was sometimes forced to seek shelter in forests, sleeping outdoors. Suffering from a stomach ulcer and bleeding badly, he left a safe hiding place for Paris in order to undergo emergency surgery, which failed to save his life. On August 9, 1943, Chaim Soutine died of a perforated ulcer. Soutine was interred in Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris.




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