COFFEE/TEA SHARE APRIL 8, 2017

SquirrelHangingThis is a post by Betty Louise from a couple of weeks ago. I couldn’t resist the squirrel or Kato.

 

 

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THINK POSITIVE!  HUGS!

Welcome, come inside out of the cold and rain. I have and varioustea. I can make got chocolate. There are baked apples just Our of the oven. Our weather continues to be unusual. But spring is definitely in sight. More trees and shrubs are blooming or leafing out.Oregon Grape has tiny flower buds ready to one on a warm day. We had a lot of wind this past week but not much rain. The cold wether and no rain has helped the Boise River’s flooding. Thunderstorms are forecast for or today. On my grocery shopping day, I see more flowering trees shrubs and one lovely flowering quince in bloom.

I am discouraged. I had this post almost complete and when I update it all I had written disappeared into cyberspace. I guess I will have visited the forums and see what I am doing wrong. Not a…

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Letters to Madame Hanska

La Comedie Humaine by Balzac

To Madame Hanska.

Paris, January, 1833.

Madame,—I entreat you to completely separate the author from the man, and to believe in the sincerity of the sentiments which I have vaguely expressed in the correspondence you have obliged me to hold with you. In spite of the perpetual caution which some friends give me against certain letters like those which I have had the honour to receive from you, I have been keenly touched by a tone that levity cannot counterfeit. If you will deign to excuse the folly of a young heart and a wholly virgin imagination, I will own that you have been to me the object of the sweetest dreams; in spite of my hard work I have found myself more than once galloping through space to hover above the unknown country where you, also unknown, live alone of your race. I have taken pleasure in…

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Orphan Black First Look at Season 5

Excited for the 5th season of Orphan Black!
Felix (Jordan Gavaris), Sarah (Tatiana Maslany), Mrs. S (Maria Doyle Kennedy)

Pop Goes The World

The final season of Orphan Black begins on Saturday June 1oth at 10pm ET on Space and BBC America. To tide us over, Space released several photos of season 5 that features all of our favourite clones plus a description of what we can expect during the final season.

The fifth and final season of ORPHAN BLACK brings Sarah and the sestras (Tatiana Maslany) to their darkest days in an effort to finally cut off the head of the snake and win their freedom. Throughout the season, the sisters individually delve into their past to confront personal struggles and emerge stronger through these self-explorations. Despite the great risk to attain freedom for themselves, their families, and the host of clone sisters they’ve yet to meet, clone club uncovers the missing pieces of the insidious conspiracy to finally learn the story behind their origin.

Check out the images:

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The Typesetters, the Proofreaders, and the Scribes

Very interesting post by WebRover, a volunteer at Distributed Proofreaders.

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scribeAt Distributed Proofreaders, we are all volunteers. We are under no time pressure to proof a certain number of pages, lines or characters. When we check out a page, we can take our careful time to complete it.

We can choose a character-dense page of mind-numbing lists of soldier’s names, ship’s crews, or index pages. We are free to select character-light pages of poetry, children’s tales or plays. Of course these come with their own challenges such as punctuation, dialogue with matching quotes or stage directions. We can pick technical manuals with footnotes, history with side notes, or  science with Latin biology names. We can switch back and forth to chip away at a tedious book interspersed with pages from a comedy or travelogue.

Every so often though, I stop and think about the original typesetters.

They didn’t get to pick their subject material, their deadline or their quota. They…

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Mary Roberts Rinehart

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I was off to the war. I might be turned back at Folkstone. There was more than a chance that I might not get beyond Calais, which was under military law. But at least I had made a start.

This is a narrative of personal experience. It makes no pretensions, except to truth. It is pure reporting, a series of pictures, many of them disconnected, but all authentic. It will take a hundred years to paint this war on one canvas. A thousand observers, ten thousand, must record what they have seen. To the reports of trained men must be added a bit here and there from these untrained observers, who without military knowledge, ignorant of the real meaning of much that they saw, have been able to grasp only a part of the human significance of the great tragedy of Europe.

I was such an observer.

Kings, Queens and Pawns: An American Woman at the Front by Mary Roberts Rinehart

 

Rinehart was one of the first woman to cover trench warfare during WWI. The story of this portion of her life is available free at Project Gutenberg and LibriVox.

Quote: Justine by Lawrence Durrell

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At night when the wind roars and the child sleeps quietly in its wooden cot by the echoing chimney-piece I light a lamp and limp about, thinking of my friends–of Justine and Nessim, of Melissa and Balthazar. I return link by link along the iron chains of memory to the city which we inhabited so briefly together: the city which used us as its flora–precipitated in us conflicts which were hers and which we mistook for our own: beloved Alexandria!

I had to come so far away from it in order to understand it all! Living on this bare promontory, snatched every night from darkness by Arcturus, far from the lime-laden dust of those summer afternoons, I see at last that none of us is properly to be judged for what happened in the past. It is the city which should be judged though we, its children, must pay the price.

Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell

Mount TBR 2017

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This is my first year participating in Bev’s Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017. For details and to sign up, see Bev’s Blog post or Goodreads group.

My goal is to tackle Mt. Kilimanjaro (Level 5) and read a miniumum of sixty books which were on my TBR as of January 1, 2017. I’ll be keeping track at Goodreads. The 164 eligible books include:
I Am Frankenstein by C. Dean Andersson
Heart of the World (Carlotta Carlyle #11) by Linda Barnes
Lie Down with the Devil (Carlotta Carlyle #12) by Linda Barnes
Vitals by Greg Bear
Pushing Up Daisies (Agatha Raisin #27) by M.C. Beaton
Lovecraft’s Providence & Adjacent Parts by Harry Beckwith
The Queen of Atlantis by Pierre Benoît
Queen of Hearts (Her Royal Spyness Mysteries #8) by Rhys Bowen
Malice at the Palace (Her Royal Spyness #9) by Rhys Bowen
Crowned and Dangerous (Her Royal Spyness #10) by Rhys Bowen
Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery #1) by Laura Bradford
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
Deception Point by Dan Brown
Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon #1) by Dan Brown
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown
Inferno (Robert Langdon #4) by Dan Brown
Claws and Effect (Mrs. Murphy #9) by Rita Mae Brown
A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan
Writers in Paris: Literary Lives in the City of Light by David Burke
Carl Sandburg: His Life and Works by North Callahan
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
Lovecraft Remembered by Peter H. Cannon
Scream for Jeeves: A Parody by Peter H. Cannon
Pulptime by Peter H. Cannon
True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey
Altered States by Paddy Chayefsky
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
Blood Memory (Catherine McLeod #1) by Margaret Coel
Scratch the Surface (A Cat Lover’s Mystery #1) by Susan Conant
Marker (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery #5) by Robin Cook
Abduction by Robin Cook
The Garment by Catherine Cookson
Hannah Massey by Catherine Cookson
The House Of Women by Catherine Cookson
Justice Is A Woman by Catherine Cookson
Katie Mulholland by Catherine Cookson
The Menagerie by Catherine Cookson
Miss Martha Mary Crawford by Catherine Cookson
The Moth by Catherine Cookson
The Obsession by Catherine Cookson
The Silent Lady by Catherine Cookson
The Spaniard’s Gift by Catherine Cookson
The Upstart by Catherine Cookson
Tracks by Robyn Davidson
Diana: Secrets & Lies by Nicholas Davies
Out of Africa/Shadows on the Grass by Isak Dinesen
A Single Eye (Darcy Lott #1) by Susan Dunlap
Justine (The Alexandria Quartet #1) by Lawrence Durrell
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad #1) by Tana French
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad #2) by Tana French
Steppin’ on a Rainbow (Kinky Friedman #14) by Kinky Friedman
Meanwhile Back at the Ranch (Kinky Friedman #15) by Kinky Friedman
The Prisoner of Vandam Street (Kinky Friedman #17) by Kinky Friedman
Ten Little New Yorkers (Kinky Friedman #18) by Kinky Friedman
Kill Two Birds and Get Stoned by Kinky Friedman
Lady L by Romain Gary
A Scots Quair (Sunset Song, Cloud Howe, Grey Granite) by Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Strait is the Gate by André Gide
A Life’s Morning by George Gissing
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg
The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The Private Diaries of Sir H. Rider Haggard, 1914-1925 by H. Rider Haggard
Dead Water (Benjamin January #8) by Barbara Hambly
The Shirt on His Back (Benjamin January #10) by Barbara Hambly
Ran Away (Benjamin January #11) by Barbara Hambly
Song of Orpheus (Beauty and the Beast #3) by Barbara Hambly
Ghost-Walker (Star Trek #53) by Barbara Hambly
Crossroad (Star Trek #71) by Barbara Hambly
The Xibalba Murders (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #1) by Lyn Hamilton
The Maltese Goddess (Lara McClintoch Archeological Mystery #2) by Lyn Hamilton
Day Shift (Midnight, Texas #2) by Charlaine Harris
Death on the River Walk (Henrie O #5) by Carolyn Hart
Resort to Murder (Henrie O #6) by Carolyn Hart
Set Sail for Murder (Henrie O #7) by Carolyn Hart
Lovecraft’s New York Circle: The Kalem Club, 1924-1927 by Mara Kirk Hart
Secrets from the Sand: My Search for Egypt’s Past by Zahi A. Hawass
Valley of the Golden Mummies by Zahi A. Hawass
The Woman and the Ape: A Novel by Peter Høeg
H.P. Lovecraft: Against the World, Against Life by Michel Houellebecq
Silence of the Grave (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries #2) by Arnaldur Indriðason
Strangled in Paris (Victor Legris Mystery #6) by Claude Izner
Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson
Firestorm by Iris Johansen
I Lived to Tell It All by George Jones
Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes
Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi
The Game of Thirty by William Kotzwinkle
Boundary Waters (Cork O’Connor #2) by William Kent Krueger
In the Forbidden Land by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson
The Priestess (Dr. Owen Orient #5) by Frank Lauria
The Seth Papers (Dr. Owen Orient #6) by Frank Lauria
Blue Limbo (Dr. Owen Orient #7) by Frank Lauria
Sideshow by Anne D. LeClaire
A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
Escape From Tomorrow: 3 Previously Unreprinted Weird Tales by Frank Belknap Long
Howard Phillips Lovecraft: Dreamer on the Nightside by Frank Belknap Long
To Quebec and the Stars by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Alfred Galpin by H.P. Lovecraft
Lord of a Visible World: An Autobiography in Letters by H.P. Lovecraft
Letters to Rheinhart Kleiner by H.P. Lovecraft
The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft & Donald Wandrei (Letters 1) by H.P. Lovecraft
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation by Aili McConnon
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? by Horace McCoy
The PMS Outlaws (Elizabeth MacPherson #9) by Sharyn McCrumb
Too Many Murders: A Carmine Delmonico Novel by Colleen McCullough
Temples, Tombs & Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
Locked In (Sharon McCone #26) by Marcia Muller
Coming Back (Sharon McCone #27) by Marcia Muller
City of Whispers (Sharon McCone #28) by Marcia Muller
Looking for Yesterday (Sharon McCone #29) by Marcia Muller
Max Havelaar: Or the Coffee Auctions of the Dutch Trading Company by Multatuli
I Am Not Spock by Leonard Nimoy
Leaf in the Storm by Ouida
The Second Opinion: A Novel by Michael Palmer
Hard Time (V.I. Warshawski #9) by Sara Paretsky
Total Recall (V.I. Warshawski #10) by Sara Paretsky
Blacklist (V.I. Warshawski #11) by Sara Paretsky
Fire Sale (V.I. Warshawski #12) by Sara Paretsky
Hardball (V.I. Warshawski #13) by Sara Paretsky
Body Work (V.I. Warshawski #14) by Sara Paretsky
Breakdown (V.I. Warshawski #15) by Sara Paretsky
Critical Mass (V.I. Warshawski #16) by Sara Paretsky
The Vanishing Thief (Victorian Bookshop Mystery #1) by Kate Parker
That Bringas Woman by Benito Pérez Galdós
Balzac by V.S. Pritchett
Still Me by Christopher Reeve
The Night Stalker (The Night Stalker #1) by Jeff Rice
Noli Me Tángere by José Rizal
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
The Delegates’ Choice (Mobile Library Mystery #3) by Ian Sansom
The Bad Book Affair (Mobile Library Mystery #4) by Ian Sansom
The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Walter Scott
Olympic Gold: A Runner’s Life And Times by Frank Shorter
Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth by Andrew Smith
The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
The Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
The Pearl/The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
The Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
The Short Reign of Pippin IV by John Steinbeck
Sweet Thursday by John Steinbeck
Curse of Al Capone’s Gold by Mike Thompson
Murder in Chinatown (Gaslight Mystery #9) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Bank Street (Gaslight Mystery #10) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Waverly Place (Gaslight Mystery #11) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Fifth Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #14) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Chelsea (Gaslight Mystery #15) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Murray Hill (Gaslight Mystery #16) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on Amsterdam Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #17) by Victoria Thompson
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue (Gaslight Mystery #18) by Victoria Thompson
Murder in Morningside Heights (Gaslight Mystery #19) by Victoria Thompson
The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
The Vicar of Wrexhill by Frances Trollope
The Lost Chronicles: The Official Companion Book by Mark Cotta Vaz
Emile Zola – Novelist and Reformer by Ernest A. Vizetelly
True Women by Janice Woods Windle
97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman
The Death of Olivier Becaille by Émile Zola
The Miller’s Daughter by Émile Zola
Truth (Les Quatre Évangiles #3) by Émile Zola

Clever Hans

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Can a horse think like a human?

To many people in the early years of the 20th Century, the answer to that question was “Yes!” After all, thousands had seen von Osten’s Russian trotting horse, Clever Hans, use hoof taps and head nods to solve multiplication and division problems, spell out words, name colours, and answer complex questions from a variety of people, even those who had never worked with him before. Sceptics were quickly convinced that what they were seeing was an animal capable of conceptual thought, limited solely by the lack of the ability to speak from taking his place in human society.

In Clever Hans (The Horse of Mr. von Osten), biologist/psychologist Oskar Pfungst disproved popular opinion regarding that clever horse — and, in so doing, created a landmark study in how to apply the experimental method to human and animal behaviour.

What made…

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