Travel by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Edna St. Vincent Millay
February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950

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TRAVEL

The railroad track is miles away,
And the day is loud with voices speaking,
Yet there isn’t a train goes by all day
But I hear its whistle shrieking.

All night there isn’t a train goes by,
Though the night is still for sleep and dreaming
But I see its cinders red on the sky,
And hear its engine steaming.

My heart is warm with the friends I make,
And better friends I’ll not be knowing,
Yet there isn’t a train I wouldn’t take,
No matter where it’s going.

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Travel is included in Second April.

Teaser Tuesdays – February 17, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

I am back to a series mystery for this week and Stephanie Plum is back up to her usual (and unusual) misfortunes.

Fearless Fourteen
(Stephanie Plum #14)
by Janet Evanovich

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Ordinarily, if you look like you belong somewhere, no one pays attention. Unfortunately, I was blue, and I looked like I belonged in some distant galaxy.

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Do you have any series which you faithfully follow? Or have you discovered any new possibilities recently?

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us? Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Sylvestre Bonnard, Bibliophile

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I like to look out of my window at the Seine and its quays on those soft grey mornings which give such an infinite tenderness of tint to everything. I have seen that azure sky which flings so luminous a calm over the Bay of Naples. But our Parisian sky is more animated, more kindly, more spiritual. It smiles, threatens, caresses–takes an aspect of melancholy or a look of merriment like a human gaze. At this moment it is pouring down a very gentle light on the men and beasts of the city as they accomplish their daily tasks. . . . .

The dealers in second-hand books put their boxes on the parapet. These good retailers of Mind, who are always in the open air, with blouses loose to the breeze, have become so weatherbeaten by the wind, the rain, the frost, the snow, the fog, and the great sun, that they end by looking very much like the old statues of cathedrals. They are all friends of mine, and I scarcely ever pass by their boxes without picking out of one of them some old book which I had always been in need of up to that very moment, without any suspicion of the fact on my part.

Then on my return home I have to endure the outcries of my housekeeper, who accuses me of bursting all my pockets and filling the house with waste paper to attract the rats. Therese is wise about that, and it is because she is wise that I do not listen to her; for in spite of my tranquil mien, I have always preferred the folly of the passions to the wisdom of indifference. But just because my own passions are not of that sort which burst out with violence to devastate and kill, the common mind is not aware of their existence. Nevertheless, I am greatly moved by them at times, and it has more than once been my fate to lose my sleep for the sake of a few pages written by some forgotten monk or printed by some humble apprentice of Peter Schaeffer. And if these fierce enthusiasms are slowly being quenched in me, it is only because I am being slowly quenched myself. Our passions are ourselves. My old books are Me. I am just as old and thumb-worn as they are.

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard by Anatole France

Realizing the reality of TV cameras — Surviving Alaska is easy, compared to surviving the filming process

Dagny:

One of my very favorite programs! I enjoy the journeys vicariously.

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Originally posted on The Mouth of The Kenai:

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part story about a Soldotna mountaineer’s adventures in TV land. Part One can be found in the Jan. 28 Redoubt Reporter.

Photos courtesy of National Geographic Channel. Skyview High School grad Tyler Johnson is back in Season Three of “Ultimate Survival Alaska” on the National Geographic Channel. Photos courtesy of National Geographic Channel. Skyview High School grad Tyler Johnson is back in Season Three of “Ultimate Survival Alaska” on the National Geographic Channel.

By Jenny Neyman

Redoubt Reporter

Of the “Ultimate Survival Alaska” TV show, Soldotna’s Tyler Johnson had the first two words licked. Ultimate survival is supposedly the hardest part of the National Geographic Channel show, in which teams of outdoorsmen navigate through the wilds of the Alaska backcountry, crossing glaciers, fording rivers, climbing mountains and conquering whatever other obstacles lie in their path with just the gear on their backs.

The 38-year-old has been “surviving” the backcountry of Alaska since he was a kid, starting out hiking in the Chugach Mountains of the Kenai Peninsula; graduating…

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Teaser Tuesdays – February 10, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

The hunt is on for scholar Sylvestre Bonnard in this classic French novel from 1881. A member of the Académie Française, France (Jacques Anatole François Thibault) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1921.

The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
by Anatole France

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“And why,” I asked myself, “why should I have learned that this precious book exists, if I am never to possess it–never even to see it? I would go to seek it in the burning heart of Africa, or in the icy regions of the Pole if I knew it were there.

I’m reading the English translation from Project Gutenberg (free here), but was fascinated by the Romanian cover shown above.

Also see Sylvestre Bonnard, Bibliophile.

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Five Fascinating Facts about Joseph Conrad

Dagny:

Very interesting! Thank you for finding and sharing these.conrad1

Originally posted on Interesting Literature:

Five fun facts about Joseph Conrad, author of the classic novella Heart of Darkness

1. In his twenties, Conrad resolved to kill himself with a gun – but miraculously he survived. Joseph Conrad – born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski in Russian-occupied Poland in 1857 – was a bit of a gambler in his youth. In 1878, up to his ears in gambling debts, the young Conrad attempted suicide by shooting himself in the chest. The bullet missed his heart, and he lived for the next 46 years, long enough to become one of the most important writers of his generation, with novels such as Heart of DarknessLord JimNostromoVictory, and The Secret Agent earning him the respect of critics and fellow writers (of which more below).

2. While serving in the British navy, Conrad befriended a pet monkey in India. Between 1878 and 1894, Conrad…

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Teaser Tuesdays – February 3, 2015

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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can participate.

If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at MizB’s Should Be Reading or on my Teaser Tuesdays Page.

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This week features a return to my favorite genre of series mysteries. You can tell this is one of my favorites since it is the thirtieth installment.

Death of a Policeman
by M.C. Beaton
(Hamish Macbeth #30)

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The fact that Daviot’s secretary, Helen, greeted him with a welcome smile made Hamish uneasy. The only times that Helen had ever smiled on him were when he was in trouble.

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Have you read any of the Hamish Macbeth books or her Agatha Raisin series?

What are you reading now? Do you have a TT to share with us? Please leave a comment with your link on MizB’s Teaser Tuesday post or below. If you don’t have a blog, you can share your Teaser here in the comment section instead.

Thaao Pictures; January 2015

Dagny:

Thank you for sharing these marvelous photos through the days of your life.

Originally posted on JOURNEYS and PLACES:

Who’d ever thought this innocent kid would grow up to play charming little monsters? Even then I was exploring ‘how to stir.’

— This picture says STEVEN at the bottom because Sheri Anderson and Thaao were using it for a script in picture form; and the character name was Steven.

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My beginnings in the USA, shot in NY State by Edgar De Evia. Those were insecure times wondering where I belonged. So much for the past.

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In NYC in my 20s

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with Eva Penghlis, Thaao’s mother

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EMMA QUEEN OF THE SOUTH SEAS (Australian miniseries, 1987) was on the Island of Fiji for 6 weeks with Hal Holbrook and Barbara Carrera.

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Went to see Dame Edna’s opening (Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye: The Farewell Tour). Amazing how many people and stars went backstage. We had our hugs and I left. He was great as usual. But at the end there was a…

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Reading Challenges – Riedel Fascination

Carolyn at Riedel Fascination is hosting three Reading Challenges. You can quickly find the scoop for all three on the Riedel Challenges 2015 Page. More details and sign up information can be found by clicking on the individual Challenge. Theses Challenges run from February, 2015 through January, 2016. All three of Carolyn’s Challenges have activities for prizes and year-end drawings.

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Mysteries! I love mysteries, so want to participate in the first one.

My Kind Of Mystery 2015

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For this Challenge, anything goes! Novels, short stories, fiction, true crime, even author biographies. With this in mind, I plan to be very ambitious and sign up for Invisible Floor level (41 – 82).

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The other two Challenges Carolyn is hosting are:

Ethereal 2015

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Gentle Spectrums 2015

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2015 Reading Challenges – RMFAO

Heena of The Reading Bud is hosting a number of Reading Challenges in her RMFAO group at Goodreads. The details are at both her blog and the group. Sign up is easy here at the Goodreads group. I’m in for three of them.

RMFAO 2015 Series Challenge

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This one was a no-brainer for me since I’m already doing Yvonne’s Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. I have added one more series to the count for a total of five series to finish.

RMFAO 2015 Genre Challenge

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A great idea by Heena! Each month focuses on a particular genre and you may choose a different level each month; just try to read at least one book in the featured genre for the month. This will force enable me to read a couple of genres I haven’t read in ages and finally read a few books about which I have heard so much.

RMFAO 2015 Classics Challenge

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When Heena asked for ideas and I suggested Classics, she kindly agreed. Only two books are needed for Level 1: Casual Reader. I chose Level 5: Professor which is twelve or more Classics. The guideline is prior to 1940.