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    09-14-2022, 03:46 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Ack! Itís Susan Orlean not Susan Orleans. Swine spell checker! Been reading her stuff in The New Yorker for years.
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    09-14-2022, 01:35 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    I liked the descriptions of St Petersburg. Iíve never been there either. When I read a particularly artful description, I find myself slowing down...
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    09-11-2022, 05:34 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Ha. Montreal has a whole city underground. You donít even need a sweater there in the winter. So I got hooked on Tana Frenchís detective novels a...
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    09-03-2022, 02:15 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    She italicized “just trees” in the quote above, but since the program italicizes the whole quote anyway, it didn’t show up. Anyhow, it seems...
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    09-03-2022, 02:11 PM
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    I must say, thatís a lyrical and whimsical depiction of the aurora borealis. I lived near Fairbanks, Alaska in the 80s and on certain winter nights...
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    09-03-2022, 01:36 PM
    I haven’t done customs in Miami in a while, but they used to have a reputation for being the biggest pain in the arse of any of the major airline...
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    08-31-2022, 01:21 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Iíve heard the arctic is somewhat of a desert. This I think is based on the low level of annual precipitation. It doesnít seem like a desert because...
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    08-31-2022, 12:13 PM
    …Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge I cremated Sam McGee… Canadians have always treated me warmly. Also it’s been always my policy to...
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    08-28-2022, 05:40 PM
    Great stuff, Mani I’m enjoying it immensely Looking forward to chapter 4. In my own experience, I’ve found that day drinking leads to...
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    08-28-2022, 12:59 PM
    Sancho replied to a thread Nature Writing in General Literature
    Thanks, Danik That quote reminded me of the Mojave desert, where I used to live. The Mojave is referred to as the ďhigh desertĒ by the locals...
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The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:30 PM
It's been a long time since I last read Stoic philosophy. I think the last work of this type that I read was the brief Handbook of Epictetus as an undergraduate. I didn't like it much. Mostly because my girlfriend at the time (who was a major repair-job) loved it. She was using the emotional detachment ideas to get over this jerk she dated before me. Nice. As a result, I thought that stoicism was just a mask that emotionally weak people wore to hide the honest and hard-earned scars on their souls.

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I Think of the Small Things. . . .

by The Comedian on 01-03-2016 at 10:28 PM
We just finished final presentations in my classes. I teach -- community college, English & Philosophy (picked up Masters Degree #2 in Philosophy a couple years ago; this enables me to teach the love of wisdom to American CC students). I think of Sara's presentation of whether American Literature matters: it was expertly organized and focused on emotional intelligence. Sure, she picked up on a thread that I was communicatin' to them: that one of literature's practical uses is to train us emotionally.

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What I Read in 2012

by The Comedian on 12-31-2012 at 10:48 AM
Here's a list of what I read last year with a brief rating of each book. At the bottom of the list are some reflections the reading year.

The Diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain. 4/5

Metamorphoses by Ovid (Charles Martin translation) 4.5/5

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 4/5

Letters from the Earth by Mark Twain. 4.5/5

How To Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas Forester. 4/5

Candide by Voltaire (Translated by Robert

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R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

by The Comedian on 10-08-2012 at 12:50 PM
R.I.P Vanilla, a beloved pet rat

Vanilla was an albino rat, a "fancy rat" her tag in the pet store called her. We purchased her and her fellow female friend, later named Smokey, almost one year ago.

Vanilla, being an albino, couldn't see that well. And I could recognize this trait in her. As she crawled on my lap or on the arm of the Lazy-boy recliner that I was on, she'd extend her nose along the edges to test by feel and by smell whether there was anymore

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HARD TIMES and the Kitchen Counter

by The Comedian on 06-21-2012 at 11:53 AM
I'm nearly finished with Charles' Dickens' Hard Times -- quite an accomplishment for me. I hate Dickens. But I try to read him every year because, somehow, I feel that by not liking him (at least a little), then he wins. And I like to win. A very much lot, I do.

And here's the thing: I love Hard Times. If only I had tried to read this before Little Dorritt or A Tale of Two Cities then maybe I could have defeated my anti-Dickensian-ness much earlier. And I would have spared me from

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