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  1. I miss you posting! I understand about online time. I also don't post and spend as much time online as I used to, but now and again, and with certain threads such as this one, these are things that I just enjoy. I've heard good things about "The Coddling of the American Mind".
  2. Kindle book on sale today - history/nonfiction/Israel
  3. I read The Twelfth Imam - 4 Stars - Much of this story takes place in Tehran, my place of birth. This book starts off when the U.S. Embassy in Tehran came under attack back in 1979. I vividly remember driving past there several months later. This was not a good time to be there at all. Even as a child, I remember feeling awful for the hostages. It was so all so depressing. There was a feeling of dread and fear – like a dark cloud that had come over the entire country. This is the third book that I have read by this author and it’s probably my favorite. I was truly impressed by how accurately he depicted Iran and the Iranian culture. I liked the protagonist, loved all the action, and am looking forward to reading the rest in the series. Some quotes that I thought to share: “His parents had spoken for years about how desperate Iranians were for a rescue from the failure of the Islamic Revolution of ’79. His father had always stressed the medical angle. Suicides in Iran, he said, were at an all-time high, not just among the young, but among people of all ages. Drug abuse was a national epidemic; as was alcoholism. Prostitution and sex-trafficking were also skyrocketing, even among the religious clerics.” “Satellite dishes were illegal in Iran, which is why everyone had one.” “Before you worry about the world, son, you should be sure your own soul is secure in God.” MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad.
  4. Negin

    Book a Week 2019 - BW7: Love is in the Air

    Oh, I can't wait to read it! I love Scarlett!
  5. Negin

    Book a Week 2019 - BW7: Love is in the Air

    Kindle book on sale today - historical fiction.
  6. Negin

    Book a Week 2019 - BW7: Love is in the Air

    Kindle books on sale today. Lilac Girls - historical fiction - WWII A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life - memoir
  7. Negin

    Alzheimer’s is exhausting

    So sorry, dear Scarlett.
  8. Negin

    Book a Week 2019 - BW7: Love is in the Air

    Robin, I love that poem. Thank you for sharing. I read Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont - 4 Stars - Although this story has an underlying touch of sadness, it was a delightful read. This is one of those books where nothing much happens, and it’s more about the prose, the depth of the characters, and the relationships. The story is about elderly people living in a London hotel during the late 1960s. The ending was a bit abrupt, but it was truly a lovely book. Some of my favorite quotes: “Everything she did was unhurried, almost authoritative. She had always known how to behave. Even as a bride, in strange, alarming conditions in Burma, she had been magnificent, calm – when (for instance) she was rowed across floods to her new home; unruffled, finding it more than damp, with a snake wound round the banisters to greet her. She had straightened her back and given herself a good talking-to, as she had this afternoon in the train.” "I must not wish my life away, she told herself; but she knew that, as she got older, she looked at her watch more often, and that it was always earlier than she had thought it would be. When she was young, it had always been later.” “She realised that she never walked now without knowing what she was doing and concentrating upon it; once, walking had been like breathing, something unheeded. The disaster of being old was in not feeling safe to venture anywhere …” “As one gets older life becomes all take and no give. One relies on other people for the treats and things. It’s like being an infant again.” “It was like being a baby, in reverse. Every day for an infant means some new little thing learned; every day for the old means some little thing lost. Names slip away, dates mean nothing, sequences become muddled, and faces blurred. Both infancy and age are tiring times.” MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad.
  9. I read Coronation on Carmel - 4 Stars - This book will only be of interest to Baha’is. It’s the second in a series of three, about the establishment of one of the shrines in Haifa, Israel. The shrine and the gardens surrounding it, which I’ve had the bounty of visiting a few times, are a UNESCO World Heritage site. I would give it 5 stars, but all the lengthy endnotes are seriously annoying. Regardless, these books are thoroughly researched and beautifully written. “On the negative side was an ally of Nazi Germany, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, someone determined to eliminate the Guardian (of the Baha’is) and his Shrine.” “The Mufti, driven by his desire to expel the British and Jews from Palestine, became a Nazi ally.” He was known as ‘The Arab Fuhrer’ and openly incited violence against Jews his whole life. Haj Amin al-Husseini recruited Bosnian Muslims for the SS who ultimately slaughtered 90% of Bosnia's Jews. “He was linked with an organizer of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann. The Mufti remained in and near Germany, lavishly supported by the Nazis, broadcasting anti-Allies and anti-Jewish propaganda until 1945. On radio, he called for the destruction of the Jewish settlements in Palestine.” “Edward Keith-Roach, the former District Commissioner in Haifa and then Governor of Jerusalem, described the Mufti as ‘alert, shrewd and crafty’, one who played on religion ‘to the nth degree’. Eventually, after the re-formation of Israel the mufti's nephew, Rahman Abdul Rauf al-Qudwa al-Husseini, took over leadership of the region's Muslims. He renamed himself Yasser Arafat. I did not know that the decision of the Allied troops to land in Normandy took place in Tehran, Iran. In November 1943, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin all met in Tehran, before the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944. MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad.
  10. I have one and have tried a few of the recipes. There are a few that I do fairly regularly. Love that cookbook! I need to try more recipes from it. As with most things, there are so many recipes that I want to try and not enough time.
  11. Kindle books on sale today. The New Anti-Semitism The Last Days of Night (historical fiction)
  12. Flufferton Abbey sounds like a delight! I may be changing my next book to read. I read Fire and Gold: Benefitting from Life's Tests - 5 Stars - This is one of my favorite books of Baha’i quotations. I have been going through it for several years and I try to read one quote most mornings during my prayer time. The quotes help to calm me and set the tone for my day. They’re perfect for not only dealing with life’s tests and difficulties, but also trying to understand the purpose and the source of tests. My favorite quote: “In every suffering one can find a meaning and a wisdom. But it is not always easy to find the secret of that wisdom. It is sometimes only when all our suffering has passed that we become aware of its usefulness.” I also read Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style - 3 Stars - Tim Gunn is one of my favorite celebrities. The man has class and unlike so many in the fashion world, he also happens to be considerate and kind. I often wish that he would help me with a brand new makeover and clothes shopping! My daughter and I enjoyed his TV Show, “Guide to Style” so much, that we plan on watching them again. I liked this book just fine, but didn’t love it nearly as much as “Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work”. There were some good tips in this, but nothing groundbreaking. I knew most of it already. For me, it was just an enjoyable reminder. The illustrations are charming. Some of my favorite quotes: “There is no reason to have something taking up space in your closet that does not make you feel good. These items must go. Perhaps you like to torture yourself by trying on some jeans from a few years ago to see if you can button them. Clothes do not exist to humiliate their owners. Please do not force garments into performing psychological tasks for which they were not designed.” “Few activities are as delightful as learning new vocabulary.” “Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.” —Epictetus” “Although there are few things easier than throwing on a dress, something about them communicates that you have made an effort.” MY RATING SYSTEM 5 Stars The book is fantastic. It’s not perfect, since no book is, but it’s definitely a favorite of mine. 4 Stars Really Good 3 Stars Enjoyable 2 Stars Just Okay – nothing to write home about 1 Star Rubbish – waste of my money and time. Few books make it to this level, since I usually give up on them if they’re that bad.
  13. Those were my thoughts also. Can you imagine the outrage if the title was naming another color or ethnic group? Why is it okay to title something about whites and westerners not understanding? If that's okay, then surely it should be okay to say it about other groups "not understanding".
  14. Thank you all so much. I was about to see my doctor yesterday, but then dh looked at my box of meds and mine are fine. I will start subscribing to at least one of the sites that you've suggested. Thank you!
  15. Are you on some sort of mailing list or something to get updated news about this? Had I not seen this post, I would not have known. I appreciate it so much.
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