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What We're Reading

With the heat "inside days" are part of the current routine. Getting through many library videos while currently reading

The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind - Fuyumi Ono

Westways Magazine (May 2008)

Weekly Shonen Magazine 36-37

Quote for the Day

The good we secure for ourselves is precarious and uncertain until it is secured for all of us... Jane Addams

NY Times Bestsellers

Quote for the day

Truth is such a rare thing, it is delightful to tell it. ~ Emily Dickinson

Happy Earth Day

Our noses are buried in these books

What one (or more) of us is currently reading

Nodame Cantabile #3 - Tomoko Ninomiya

Monarchs Rulers Dynasties and Kingdoms of the World - Compiled by RF Tapsell

More radio drama show listening

I'm really loving these tapes. It is going slowly with everything else that is happening in the house. But it is a great way to spend part of the day.

Presently we're still on the Old-Tim Raido's Greatest Shows collection (20 tapes total). I figure it will take a couple of weeks to get through the entire set.

Current progress:

Tape 4
Suspense: Fleshpeddler 8/4/1957
Inner Sanctum Mysteries: The Man Who Couldn't Die 2/12/1946
The Whistler: A Matter of Odds 5/11/52

More Radio

Tape 2 was acting up, hope we can get it cleared so we moved on to tape 3

Tape 3
Dragnet: The Big Try 9/29/53
Pat Novak For Hire: The Agnes Bolton Case 6/4/49
Nightbeat: The Football Player and the Syndicate 6/12/50

Still a lot of tapes to get through. Luckily there really isn't much to watch on the television so I hope we'll get to do more tape listening and even through some game playing in while we do it.

Back to Radio Shows

We were fortunate to get more radio shows from the library. It's been a bit slow going since we like to listen to them together. The current set we're listening to is "Old-Time Radio's Greatest Shows". There are 20 Cassettes and each of them are 1 1/2 hours with 3 shows on each. I am glad things worked out where we have started listening to them today.

Tape 1
Burns & Allens 3/13/47
The Jack Benny Program 1/17/43
The Jimmy Durante Show 4/21/50

 Mother's Day Tote Bag 120x60

A New Earth has been found

In looking through it (sometimes I make notes in the book). I see the last time it was read or looked at was 3/22/2008 and then the furthest progress was to page 38. So there you go. I doubt it will go down as a favorite book by any of the readers I know. It did make me wonder - who is Eckhart Tolle? Where did he come from. I'm not sure how motivated I am into finding the answer. I did read some more today and like the story about "The Lost Ring". Having a family member that has a clutter problem (in my eyes) it did seem to give me another way to look at it.

With taxes and the Japan Film Festival going on now (which if you can catch it - I recommend it) we aren't doing many books but we are still making sure that books are a part of our life. Also found another great library - The Nihongo Library located in downtown, Los Angeles. Some of us are also looking forward to seeing what came in today on our library holds. So what is happening with us

Last night we finished up Armageddon's Children by Terry Brooks. It was an AudioBook. I can't wait to find out what happens next and will place #2 of the series (The Elves of Cintra) on hold today. Hopefully it will be here by next weekend.

We also have to say goodbye to Kodansha's Communicative English-Japanese Dictionary. My child had this book around him constantly but since it is a library book it must be returned.

Tip of the Day


We're Still Reading

Loving books but not loving all books. The beauty about not having required reading is that once you find a book isn't for you you can return it to library, pass it on to someone who is interested, bookcross it. Even with a busy week and a busy weekend ahead here are some of the books that we are presently/recently feasting our eyes on

1. Night Rising (Vampire Babylon) - Chris Marie Green

2. Opportunities in Writing Careers - Elizabeth Foote-Smith

3. War of the Twins (Legends - Volume II) - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

4. Masterworks of Asian Literature in Comparative Perspective (A Guide for Teaching) - edited by Barbara Stoler Miller

Quote for the Day

Don't be yourself - be someone a little nicer. ~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic's Notebook, 1966

What We're Reading

Mostly focusing on taxes this week (why must I wait until the last minute) so reading is at a minimum for myself but luckily this blog has more than 1 contributor. Here are some of the books currently in our lives (and I'm not listing A New Earth)

1. Rising Stars: Born in Fire (Graphic Novel)

2. The Teenage Liberation Handbook (2 readers currently doing this)

3. The Power of a Praying Parent: Book of Prayers (just started today)

4. Woodsong (2 readers will probably be bookcrossed soon)

A New Earth

So far I can't get into this book. It is sad because we even lost it in the house and no one is in a hurry to find it. We are still doing lots of reading. I just think this was not the book for us. I still plan on reviewing the Oprah class. I don't have to agree with something to watch it. In fact, I find that I like to see where I differ with others rather than talking out of an ignorant perception of something. For those who are getting something out of this book - great. For me, it just isn't doing anything. Who knows, maybe if I find it and rad other chapters I will gain something or at least know what to avoid


We finished this today and I am glad we did. It was 15 CDs and well worth it. I enjoyed the way the author, Richard Wright, wrote and his honesty in presenting his viewpoint yet also shedding a light on the others. I am glad that his entire autobiography was finally released. I would definitely listen to it again. I'm going to put Native Son on hold now.

Hope everyone is fitting a book into their week.


What We're Reading

We're finishing books and starting new ones all of the time. Here are some of our Current Reads
Hardboiled & Hard Luck - Banana Yoshimoto
The Teenage Liberation Handbook (how to quit school and get a real life and education) - Grace Llewellyn

The Upside of Down, Finding HOPE when it HURTS - Joseph M. Stowell

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