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Looking Ahead to 2021

Since I posted my 2020 Year in Review post yesterday, I figured I might as well go ahead and follow up with the preview post for next year — again, taking the relevant “Festive Tasks” items as my cues.  So, without further ado:   24 Festive Tasks: Door 19 – Hanukkah, Task 1: Time to […]

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Quotes and Poppies for Veterans’ / Armistice Day

24 Festive Tasks: Door 17 – Veterans’ / Armistice Day, Task 1: Post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war. Here are three quotes from E.M. Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front: “Comrade, I did not want to kill you. . . . But you were only an idea […]

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Terry Pratchett: Hogfather — The Boot Menu

24 Festive Tasks: Door 23 – Hogswatch, Book One unmissable yearly Christmas tradition: the annual Hogfather reread.  Or relisten (thank Heaven for Nigel Planer’s narration). Much has already been shared this year (and the whole book is one huge piece of quotable writing, of course), but anyway, this is one of my favorite bits not […]

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Elephants

  Lynn and MbD had an exchange about elephants on the BL blog post introducing Lynn’s reviewer account: This reminded me of Beryl Markham’s comments on the subject in West With the Night, which FWIW I’ll just render here verbatim: “I suppose, if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived, […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Final Tally

The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed Joker cards used:   The Squares, Books and Other Tasks: Square 1: November 1st: All Saints Day / Día de los Muertos & Calan Gaeaf Book themes for Día de Muertos and All Saint’s Day: A book that […]

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The Women I Respect the Most

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 14 – Quaid-e-Azam Tasks for Quaid-e-Azam: Pakistan’s first leader – Muhammad Ali Jinnah – was a man, but both Pakistan and neighboring India were governed by women (Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi respectively) before many of the major Western countries. Tell us: Who are the present-day or historic […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Updates / Blackout

I’ve yet to read at least one book for some of the squares, but I’ve completed a minimum of either one book or one task for all of the squares, and in several cases, more.     The Markers: Stack of Books: Books read       Red Bows and Ribbons: Other Tasks completed   […]

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Terry Pratchett: Hogfather — FTB Enabled

16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 13 – Hogswatch Night Ponder and his fellow students watched Hex carefully. “It can’t just, you know, stop,” said Adrian ‘Mad Drongo’ Turnipseed. “The ants are just standing still,” said Ponder.  He sighed.  “All right, put the wretched thing back.” Adrian carefully replaced the small fluffy teddy bear […]

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16 Tasks of the Festive Season: Square 3 – Armistice Day / Veterans’ Day

Tasks for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Make, or draw a red poppy and show us a pic of your red poppy or other symbol of remembrance –OR– post a quote or a piece of poetry about the ravages of war.     “The world is full enough of hurts and mischances without wars to multiply them.” […]

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10 Shakespeare Quotes For New Year’s Eve

For when you skip the New Year’s Eve party to read and drink wine and then fall asleep at 10 p.m. because you don’t actually want to talk to anyone: Good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used. – Othello For when your roommate’s lonely brother (or sister) comes to the […]

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