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  1. I liked it, Negin, and I've read it a few times along with the sequels ('Tis and Teacher Man). Ouch! Hope you are on the mend, Robin!
  2. What zone is everybody in? You guys all sound like your gardens are WAY ahead of mine. πŸ™‚ I'm Zone 3a. I know - it makes for a challenging gardening season. πŸ˜‰ Frost tonight so I went out and covered all the frost-sensitive veggies and annuals with sheets. Tomorrow night, too, by the looks of it. The nice thing is that I can get away with growing things like lettuce and spinach pretty much all summer long. My leaf lettuce and spinach are only just sprouting. French breakfast radishes are only about 2 inches high. A few sugar snap pea plants sprouting. A few multiplier onions coming up. But I do have asparagus growing wild along my pasture fence line and I found a few morels out on my property. And I love pansies because it never really gets hot enough here for any length of time in the summer to finish them. I found these pre-planted at the local nursery - I think they're adorable. πŸ™‚
  3. He was definitely an abusive, narcissistic character. And yes - I think lots of liberties were taken with the storyline and overall "feeling" of the production since there was so little source materials. And I had to detox at the end by watching the 2008 Sense and Sensibility! πŸ˜„ My favourite Mansfield Park is the Frances O'Connor/Jonny Lee Miller one. πŸ™‚ But there is something delightfully dated and quirky about the 1983 TV series. I just really, really like Matthew Macfadyen so I'm in camp P&P2005. πŸ˜‰
  4. I totally forgot about this website: It lists period films by era. πŸ™‚ It even has a section for family-friendly films: I knew there was a website that had everything organized by era but I couldn't remember the name until just now. πŸ˜„
  5. That's true... They were step-siblings not related by blood, though, weren't they? In Mansfield Park, Fanny marries her 1st cousin (as did Queen Victoria). I think the mores surrounding consanguinity were quite different back then. But true - something to keep in mind. And I really thought someone would call me out on linking the Matthew Macfadyen version of P&P instead of the Colin Firth one! πŸ˜„
  6. I really like costume dramas. πŸ™‚ I have others, too, but they aren't necessarily for general viewing. Quills has an amazing cast but it's about the Marquis de Sade so... yeah.
  7. Ok... You asked. πŸ˜‰ I've linked each to the IMDB page so you can check them out to see if you find them suitable in terms of ratings. πŸ™‚ The Age of Innocence Alias Grace (series) Amazing Grace Anna and the King Anna Karenina Arthur and George (series) Becoming Jane Berkeley Square (series) Bleak House (series) Cranford and Return to Cranford (series) Daniel Deronda (series) Doctor Thorne (series) Emma (I’ve linked my favourite – the 2009 BBC TV series – but there are many more versions) Finding Neverland The Girl with a Pearl Earring The Grand (series) Howards End (series) The Illusionist Jane Eyre (series – again, I’ve linked my favourite version) The King’s Speech (this is R-rated) Lark Rise to Candleford (series) Lilies (series) Little Dorrit (series) Little Women (I’ve just linked the IMDB search page – you can choose your favourite :)) Mansfield Park (again – my favourite version) The Mill On the Floss (series) The Miniaturist (series) Miss Austen Regrets Mr. Selfridge (series) North and South (series) Northanger Abbey The Paradise (series) Persuasion (linked my favourite version) Poldark (series) Pride and Prejudice (I know – linking a favourite here could be enough to start an online war ;)) Sanditon (series but it was meant to have a second season and then it fell through so the ending will make you want to write an angry letter to Masterpiece ;)) Sense and Sensibility (series – I prefer this to the 1995 movie (don’t hate me)) South Riding (series) The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (series) Tess of the D’Urbervilles (series) Under the Greenwood Tree Upstairs, Downstairs (there’s the original and the new one) Vanity Fair (1998 series – I preferred this to the Reece Witherspoon movie and I haven’t seen the newest series) Victoria (series) Wives and Daughters (series) Wolf Hall (series) The Young Victoria
  8. I agree with RootAnn - "easy" and "AP Chem" don't usually end up in the same sentence. πŸ™‚ It is, arguably, one of the most difficult of the AP exams. If your daughter has a VERY strong chemistry background (say, has done an extremely rigorous honors chem course recently) and is very mathematically adept, she may be able to just self-study for the AP Chem exam. Without labs and without passing the audit through the College Board, you couldn't called it AP Chemistry on her transcript but you could call it "Chemistry with AP exam" or something like that. The self-study route may not necessarily be less time-consuming than taking a course but she would have more flexibility as to when she could do the work and that might help with scheduling. If you're looking for self-study that's completely asynchronous, you could look at Thinkwell Honors Chemistry that's aligned to the AP Chemistry syllabus: It's not an audited AP Chemistry course so you can't claim that on a transcript. It's not going to be "easy" in the sense of the work will be easy (that just isn't compatible with prepping for AP Chemistry) but it might be a better fit workload-wise. If she would rather just self-study using prep books, there are a number of them out there. I like the "5 Steps to a 5" book for AP Chem. There is also Adrian Dingle's "AP Chemistry Crash Course" book and he usually holds online workshops in the spring for students (not this year). This is a link to his blog post about his 2019 session: Hope that helps!
  9. If I would have posted a pic of my yard a few weeks ago, there still would have been snow! πŸ˜„
  10. You're welcome! This is the one I suggest my organic chem/biochem course students get: It's relatively inexpensive, it has enough carbon atoms to build most simpler organic molecules, and it also has a few phosphorus and sulfur atoms so students can see the trigonal bipyramidal and octahedral VSEPR shapes of molecules that have central atoms with an expanded octet. Ack! Don't take apart your nucleotides - they'll take forever to rebuild! πŸ˜„ The space-filling models would be fine for chemistry, too. Because chemists tend to draw Lewis diagrams with sticks for covalent bonds, there is some benefit in having the ball and stick model kit as the molecules they build more closely "match" what they see when they draw. It's not a big deal, though, and students should be able to recognize a ball-and-stick model and a space-filling model of the same molecule as just two different representation of the same thing. πŸ™‚ In fact, you can use the tiny short white connectors in the above linked kit to produce space-filling models as opposed to ball-and-stick. You can't use those short connectors for multiple bonds, though, so you'd have to use the longer grey multiple bond connectors for multiple bonds no matter which type of model you're building. Those look cool, daijobu! πŸ™‚
  11. I'm quoting myself as I just now realized what this is referring to - ugh. Goes to show how dense and obtuse I am when it comes to poetry. It definitely makes me think less of the whole poem. Although I'm still glad I had a mother who read to me. Congratulations on the new house, @Lady Florida.!! Ooooo... Thanks for the link, @Robin M!! I don't know what it is about creepy books but I love 'em. Beautiful, @Junie!! So green! We're still regularly getting temps at night here WELL below zero. Teeny, tiny buds on trees and our grass has greened-up but that's it. Love seeing pics of everyone's yards/green space!
  12. Hi Dana, Is he doing AP Chemistry at home with you next year? Have you looked at the microchem kit from QSL for AP Chemistry? I know that microscale labs aren't everyone's "cup of tea" πŸ™‚ but for home use (safety and easy of disposal), I really like them. QSL has based the kit and the lab manuals on the new (2013) guidelines for labs in AP Chemistry. This shows how the labs are aligned with the curriculum: The kit comes with a student lab manual but you have to purchase the teacher's manual separately: I use the high school level chem kits from QSL in my online courses and I like them. πŸ™‚
  13. The Graveyard Apartment! πŸ™‚ Interested to hear what you think, @Robin M. If you end up not liking it, that's completely ok. I don't want to be one of those folks who suggest a book and then everyone feels all uncomfortable to tell that person that they really didn't care for the book. Beware the creepy butterfly! Happy belated Mother's Day to you, too, Robin and to everyone else! I've always liked the last verse of this poem. The Reading Mother by Strickland Gillilan I had a mother who read to me Sagas of pirates who scoured the sea, Cutlasses clenched in their yellow teeth, "Blackbirds" stowed in the hold beneath. I had a Mother who read me lays Of ancient and gallant and golden days; Stories of Marmion and Ivanhoe, Which every boy has a right to know. I had a Mother who read me tales Of Gelert the hound of the hills of Wales, True to his trust till his tragic death, Faithfulness blent with his final breath. I had a Mother who read me the things That wholesome life to the boy heart brings-- Stories that stir with an upward touch, Oh, that each mother of boys were such! You may have tangible wealth untold; Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold. Richer than I you can never be-- I had a Mother who read to me. As to my favourite literary mother... The final scene in The Grapes of Wrath with Rose of Sharon and the starving man has stuck with me ever since I first read it. She is a mother in the most tragic sense and I suppose I don't know if I can say she's my favourite literary mother because I don't know what she would have been like as a mother. Her act at the end, though, seems to me to sum up the selflessness of motherhood.
  14. @SusanC - this is in response to your comment in last week's thread. I didn't get logged in to comment and then was locked out along with most everyone else. πŸ™‚ "Could you satisfy my curiosity on what this means? My grandma used to occasionally day her teeth were floating when she really need to use the restroom, but from content I don't think this is the same thing? The boxed set looks so cool. Are the books inside hardbound? What do you envision the future to be for that set?" Domestic horses need to have their teeth filed down every now and again. Because of uneven wear on the back molars, sharp hooks or points can develop that can cut the inside of the horse's mouth and make them difficult and cranky and obstinate (I would be, too, if my teeth were cutting up the inside of my mouth!). The file used in the procedure is called a float so... floating a horse's teeth. πŸ™‚ The beat up "Chronicles of Narnia" box set that is my oldest purchased book(s) is, sadly, not hardbound. It's fairly cheaply bound paperbacks from Puffin. I'm not sure what I intend for it but just looking at it makes me happy. πŸ™‚ If it really starts to fall apart maybe I'll turn the box artwork and covers of the books into some kind of display in a frame for my wall. πŸ™‚
  15. I don't think I've updated my "Finished Reading" list in quite a while. I haven't managed to read that much and what I have read has been light and fluffy. Final exam time is here for students so after I get those graded, returned, and final reports issued, I can settle into the reading porch and get some serious readin' done! πŸ˜‰ Since I last updated (heaven knows when that was), I've finished 5 books: Books read in 2020 14. The House at Sea’s End (Ruth Galloway, #3) by Elly Griffiths *Mystery – 4 stars 13. Storm in the Village (Fairacre, #3) by Miss Read *Historical fiction – 4 stars 12. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon *Horror – 4 stars 11. The Janus Stone (Ruth Galloway, #2) by Elly Griffiths *Mystery – 4 stars 10. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway, #1) by Elly Griffiths *Mystery – 4 stars 9. Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick *Historical fiction – 3 stars 8. Village Diary (Fairacre, #2) by Miss Read *Historical fiction – 3 stars 7. The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann *Nonfiction – 5 stars 6. Crooked River (Pendergast #19) by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child *Mystery/Thriller – 4 stars 5. Village School (Fairacre, #1) by Miss Read *Historical fiction - 4 stars 4. The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike *Horror - 5 stars 3. Daughters of the Grail by Elizabeth Chadwick *Historical fiction/romance - 4 stars 2 1/2. Extraction (Pendergast #12.5) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child *Fiction (short story) - 4 stars (I didn't think that a short story would count but I did finish it πŸ™‚ ) 2. The Case of the Chocolate Cream Killer: The Poisonous Passion of Christiana Edmunds by Kaye Jones *Nonfiction (history) - 4 stars 1. The Love Knot by Elizabeth Chadwick *Historical fiction/romance - 3 stars Since this is week 19 of 2020, I'm not keeping up with a book a week but I hope to remedy that come summertime. As usual, I've got a number of books on the go so we'll see which ones I feel inclined to work on/finish in the next bit. πŸ™‚ Oh! I never did share the oldest book in my house (by purchase date) so I hope it's ok that I share it here. Everyone probably can guess the series without my having to name it... My family didn't have much money when I was growing up so I remember saving and saving to buy this box set. The set isn't terribly well bound (it's not an expensive set) so I don't dare open the volumes up now as I'm afraid the binding would just give way. But it makes me happy just to look at the box. πŸ™‚ I read these books over and over when I was young. I'm guessing the purchase date was around 1979-1980? The oldest book I have in my house by publication date is a charming little botanical book - in Swedish. Which I can't read. πŸ˜„ My mother's family is from Sweden and I found the book at a flea market and bought it for $2, I think. It has sketches of plants along with (what I assume are) descriptions and other information. I can recognize some of the plants from the drawings like the one below. The publication date is 1874. I'm glad to hear the everyone is weathering the current state of affairs as best they can and that access to libraries is starting to open up. Yay! The vet was out yesterday to give the annual vaccinations for the horses and she's a reader, too. We had a lovely bookish conversation (from 6 feet apart) after she was done vaccinating and checking the horses. They didn't need to have their teeth floated this time - if they had, we could have had even longer to talk books. πŸ™‚
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