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"I'd like to find the midpoint between Good Housekeeping and psychopath." ~~Penelope Trunk

"What we need are real choices. And I don't want to hear women saying one choice is more feminist than another." ~~Betty Friedan

"There is only one religion of book burning. Whatever the book--a text from any religion, a novel, a philsophical treatise, a poem--those who cast it into the flames stand arm-in-arm with Goebbels on a square in Berlin worshipping at the altar of hatred. . . ." ~~John Ralston Saul

"I love the public library service for what it did for me as a child and as a student and as an adult. I love it because its presence in a town or a city reminds us that there are things above profit, things that profit knows nothing about, things that have the power to baffle the greedy ghost of market fundamentalism, things that stand for civic decency and public respect for imagination and knowledge and the value of simple delight." ~~Philip Pullman

"Just because I'm a poodle with you doesn't mean I'm not a pitbull." ~~L.C. Rogers

"Keep in mind that no matter how cute and sexy a guy is, there's always some woman somewhere who's sick of him." ~~Carol Henry

"Do not judge beliefs by their plausibility, but by the harm they may do." ~~Nassim Nicholas Taleb

"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance." ~~Jane Austen

"I fell in love with her courage, her security, and her flaming self-respect. And it's these things I'd believe in, even if the whole world indulged in wild suspicions that she wasn't all she should be. I love her, and it is the beginning of everything." ~~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Johnny Depp as John Dillinger: "What if we could get out of here altogether? You wanna take that ride with me?"
Marion Cotillard as Billie Frechette: "Yeah, I wanna take that ride with you."

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Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

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Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?