Monday, November 12, 2018

Books of October

Alas, in October I only read one book, but it was long.
Plantagenets.  I love English history and this one started with the heirs of William the Conqueror and finished with Richard II.  If you love the history of medieval England, this is a great book for you.  If not, never mind.  Wait for the books of November!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Shabbat Service, Friday November 2, 2018

Friday night at my synagogue eleven empty chairs stood in front of the ark where the Torahs are kept.  Each chair had a prayer shawl spread across it and a candle in front of it.  We stood to say the mourners' prayer in memory of those who were killed in the awful masacre in Pittsburgh. And then we sang We Remember Them, which the cantor had set to music.  Usually part of the service on the Day of Atonement, it seemed fitting for this night.  

We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and at its going down,
We remember them, we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter
We will remember them, we will remember them.
In the opening buds, and in the rebirth of spring,
We remember them.
In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer
We remember them.
In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn
We remember them, we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends
We will remember them, we will remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, 
We remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
We will remember them.
When we have joy we yearn to share,
We remember them, we remember them.
As long as we live, they too shall live
For they are now a part of us
As we remember them.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Quote for the Week

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Winner of America's Favorite Novel Announced

After all the votes were counted, the 100 favorite books in order from 100 to #1 were announced Tuesday night and Yay! My favorite came in #1.  Here, in order are the top 10:

1. To Kill a Mockingbird

2. Outlander (Wasn't sure how this was one of the top 5, but apparently there are Outlander fan clubs who are devoted to this book and probably voted every day.  Now I'll have to read it.

3. Harry Potter (I expected this to be #1 but it came close.)

4. Pride and Prejudice 

5. Lord of the Rings

6. Gone with the Wind

7. Charlotte's Web

8. Little Women (Hasn't every girl in America read it?)

9. Chronicles of Narnia

10. Jane Eyre

My predictions last week were pretty close!

Check out the entire list at the PBS website.  Happy reading!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Best American Read: My Guess for Favorite American Novel

I have been following the Best American Read all summer.  The finale is Tuesday night at 7:00 on PBS.  Here are my comments on some of the novels, my guess for the top choices and my prediction for #1.

The OMG, NO! book
Fifty Shades of Gray--my choice for the #1 worst book

Some that I Guess Won't be in the Top 10
Crime and Punishment--too Russian
War and Peace--too long
Moby Dick--too dense
Pilgrim's Progress--too old
Twilight--who wants to fall in love with a vampire?

Some that Should Make the Top 10 but Probably Won't
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hunger Games
The Martian

My Guesses for the Top 10
Catcher in the Rye
Game of Thrones
Gone with the Wind
The Great Gatsby
The Handmaid's Tale
Little Women
Lord of the Rings
Pride and Prejudice
To Kill a Mockingbird (my favorite)
Don Quixote

My Guess for #1
Harry Potter

I'd love to hear your comments.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

13 Years

Ralph, my husband, died on October 16, 2005--13 years ago.
Sometimes it seems like forever since we were together, laughing and loving and arguing and forgiving.  We made a home for our children, supported each other in our individual endeavors, traveled to far away places or spent time at home.
Sometimes it seems like only yesterday when leukemia invaded his bloodstream and conquered it in just one year.  Either way, we had a good marriage, and I still miss him every day.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Books of September

Speaking American.  What do you call a meal you order and bring home from a restaurant?  In some parts of the country it's "take out" and in other parts "carry out."  This book covers all kinds of words and phrases that differ in various parts of the U.S.  It's a book for a language aficinado like me.

Nightingale.  The story of two French sisters during World War II and how they coped with their situations in very different way.  It was on the best seller list for quite some time.

Educated.  My favorite non-fiction book of the year, it's the memoir of a young woman who grew up in Idaho in a survivalist family--no birth certificate, no vaccinations, no doctor visits ever, no schooling except at home.  Unbelievably, she takes the ACT and gets accepted to Brigham Young University, where she is totally out of her depth.  But she persists and eventually earns a PhD. from Cambridge.  Fascinating story and, despite what some Amazon reviewers say, it's true, and isn't truth stranger than fiction?

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