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Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Fun writing paper for the birthday letter from my sister.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Sea nettle postcard from the Oregon Coast Aquarium.

Recent Reads

Waking Up Dead by Emma Shortt (2013).  Quick-moving, relatable take on the post-apocalypse aftermath.  I already have the next book in the series downloaded to read.

Doubled by Charlotte Stein (2012).  Once buried in my TBR digital pile, I'm glad I finally read this one.  Stein actually makes a love triangle involving twin brothers and the woman who is their best friend work.  Explicit sexual content.

Charlotte in Love by Brian Wilks (1999).  The story of Charlotte Bronte and her brief marriage to Arthur Bell Nicholls.  The only one of the Bronte children to marry, Charlotte, the last of the Bronte children, died while six months pregnant.  At least her husband was there to care for Charlotte's father after her death.  Interesting read on the fascinating author of Jane Eyre.

The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan (2010).  Maya's learning a lot about Egyptian mythology from this series, and she devoured this first book quickly.  Highly recommended by her for middle school readers.

Sha…

February Photos

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Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Pastel card.

Happy Birthday to ME!

Today is my 46th birthday.  As part of my celebration, please leave a comment with (a) your birthday (month and day) and (b) an e-mail address for requesting your postal address on this post.  Everyone who comments within the next two weeks/before March 9 gets a little surprise in the mail. . . .

Umberto Eco (1/5/1932-2/19/2016) Quotes

"I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it as though it had an underlying truth." "When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything." "Absence is to love as wind is to fire: it extinguishes the little flame, it fans the big." "Thus I rediscovered what writers have always known (and have told us again and again): books always speak of other books, and every story tells a story that has already been told." "I lacked the courage to investigate the weaknesses of the wicked, because I discovered they are the same as the weaknesses of the saintly." “He thought he would become accustomed to the idea, not yet understanding that it is useless to become accustomed to the loss of a father, for it will never happen a second time: might as well leave the wound open.” "...the first qualit…

Incoming Mail--Barbara in South Carolina

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Adorable guinea pig St. Patrick's Day sticker on my letter's envelope.

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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Cute card and letter.

Valentine's Day 2016

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Biaggi's in Omaha for a Valentine's Day late lunch/early dinner.  Maya and I especially enjoyed our desserts--Chocolate Cake and Walnut Torte, respectively. y

Incoming Mail--Amanda in the UK

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Pretty stamps and bunny paper.

Incoming Mail--Amy in California

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Cool insert card with a letter.

Outgoing Mail--February 1-15, 2016

Cards and Letters to Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, my sister in New Mexico, Steph in Minnesota, and Barbara in South Carolina.

Letters to Amy in California, Wanda in Canada, and my sister in New Mexico.

Cards to Leslie in Maine, Sue in North Carolina, and my sister in Iowa (2).

Postcards to Joel in Arizona, Limner in Texas, Becky in Oregon, and Jenn in Texas.

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Blank card and matching paper from my sister.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Incoming Mail--Claudia in California

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Claudia used one of my favorite American stamps on her Valentine's Day card.

Incoming Mail--Tami in Oregon

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Pretty letter paper with the perfect sticker quote addition.

Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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Beautiful stamps on a Valentine's Day card.  Penny knows how much Maya likes Queen Elizabeth II.

Incoming Mail--Jenn in Texas

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Old South Austin, artist Todd Sanders, postcard.

Love Letter

In honor of Valentine's Day, coming on Sunday, here is a famous, beautiful love letter from John Keats (1795-1821) to Fanny Brawne.

My dearest Girl,
This moment I have set myself to copy some verses out fair. I cannot proceed with any degree of content. I must write you a line or two and see if that will assist in dismissing you from my Mind for ever so short a time. Upon my Soul I can think of nothing else. The time is passed when I had power to advise and warn you against the unpromising morning of my Life. My love has made me selfish. I cannot exist without you. I am forgetful of everything but seeing you again — my Life seems to stop there — I see no further. You have absorb’d me. I have a sensation at the present moment as though I was dissolving. I should be exquisitely miserable without the hope of soon seeing you. I should be afraid to separate myself far from you. My sweet Fanny, will your heart never change? My love, will it? I have no limit now to my love. You…

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Emperor penguin chick card from my sister.

Sweet William

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No, I can't post too many photos of my great-nephew!!

Recent Reads

The Lost City of Z:  A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann (2010).  Narrative nonfiction (counts as not something I regularly read for my reading self-challenge) about Percy Harrison Fawcett's disappearance, along with his son and the son's best friend, in the Amazon in 1925 and David Grann's attempt to discover what happened to them through research and his own visit to the Amazon.  Part mystery, part adventure story, and very well-told by journalist Grann.

The Call of the Ice:  Climbing 8000-Meter Peaks in Winter by Simone Moro (2014).  Italian climber Simone Moro shares vignettes about his alpine-style (quick, with as little supplies as possible) winter climbs.  Without taking anything away from Moro's accomplishments or his flair for writing, I decided I prefer reading climbing books about the longer, siege-style assaults on mountains.

Women Loving Prisoners by Sylvia Redmond (2015).  Three unrelated women, three related prisoners.  Fairly graphic s…

Sweet William

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Also important to note is that Maya chose William's t-shirt when we visited Wildlife Safari Park.  She rarely asks to buy something for someone else, so that's a big honor--if he only knew.

Outgoing Mail--January 16-31, 2016

Cards and letters to Kelly in Minnesota, Fish in Taiwan, Barbara in South Carolina, and Sue in North Carolina.

Letters to my sister in New Mexico, Barbara in South Carolina, Wanda in Canada, and Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Cards to Becky in Oregon and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Jenn in Texas and Joel in Arizona.

Puppy Love--1/27/2016

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