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    Hi there. How are you? yeah I know it's been a long time, been busy with school and stuff. Still reading literature though How have you been doing?
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    I visited your blog. I really do enjoy it and I will try to make more of an effort to visit more regularly. It's not a chore, truly-I just had a minor operation and I'm still a little tired.
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    Hi Virgil,
    Nice to see you around and thanks for stopping by the blog. Things are actually going well, although I realize in my blog they don't sound great. Your blog descriptions of your trips to Pennsylvania show how much fun families can have when time is taken to plan meaningful trips. The picture of you going down the rainbow slide with Matthew is precious. I particularly enjoy your informative blogs about history or general background information. It is good to learn about the wolf sanctuary- just in case I am over that way with my family. The wolves are beautiful. I cannot believe the place is run by volunteers. So glad to watch Matthew become a young little man. Time does pass!
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    How's your summer going? So your son is starting first grade this year? It really does seem like just yesterday that I was reading your blogs about his adoption.
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    Hi there! I hope you and the family are well, and it’s not as infernally hot in your area as it’s here.
    I’m about to go on a trip to the Lake District (UK) where it appears to be around 20 degrees (Celsius) colder than at home. I’m sure it’s going to be fun. - No, really, it’s going to be fun. I’m going hiking on a group trip; don’t know the group but I assume they’re going to be harmless. And probably nice.
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    I will very soon, Virgil.I look forward to getting an update on your sweet family.
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    Thanks for updating me about your blog. Both were lovely posts. It really is amazing how fast these boys grow. I just left a message under anonymous. Good to hear from you!
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    Thank you so much ! Nice to see you around the forums still. Hope all is well!
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    Hi Virgil! It's so good to hear from you. Busy, as usual. I need to pop by your other blog and see what's been going on there. How are you and your family?
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    Hi Virgil--Long time no see. Tried to PM you but your inbox is full. (So popular...or lazy about clearing messages ) Moving to Philadelphia next month for an exciting new job. We'll have to see about meeting in NYC when I get settled.
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December 15, 1961 (53)
About Virgil
Favorite Author:
Homer to Faulkner, and quite a few in between
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I don't know about favorite, but the most perfect work of art is Dante's Divine Comedy.
B.A. in Mechanical Engineering; M.A in English Lit; Married; One Child; Always trying to learn.
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Reading, writing, music, art in general, photography, gardening, dogs, jogging, eating, red wine.
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A New Addition to the Family

by Virgil on 10-07-2014 at 09:57 PM
Well, we've enlarged our family with a new four legged member, a black Labrador Retriever pup. She's special, and just as cute as can be. I can't remember how to upload pictures here on Lit Net, so if you're interested, come by my Ashes blog to see:

And actually you can see the breeder's litter of pups at an earlier post, posted before we were able to select one.


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Updated 10-08-2014 at 11:52 PM by Virgil


Memorial for Brandi

by Virgil on 01-17-2014 at 02:01 AM
I wrote up a little memorial for Brandi, my Yellow Lab, at my blog Ashes, and since I talked about her often and had posted pictures of her here on Lit Net, I'll provide the link, here. There were too many pictures to try to reproduce the blog here. Here's the first paragraph:

As many of you now know, our beloved Yellow Labrador Retriever, Brandi, passed away a number of weeks ago. She had cirrhosis of the liver due to canine hepatitis and lymphoma, a double whammy from which it

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Ashes From Burnt Roses

by Virgil on 01-11-2014 at 11:49 PM
I was going to post my 2013 reads but instead I’ll just let all of Lit Net in on my personal literature blog and you can get to my reads from there. I started this blog just over a year ago. I had been reading a number of literature blogs around the internet and realized that thoughts on my reads as I go throughout the year might be interesting to some. At a minimum it lets me document what I thought of a work during or soon after I read it, and sharing it with the general public is a way to

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Updated 01-14-2014 at 11:31 PM by Virgil


Merry Christmas

by Virgil on 12-24-2013 at 01:24 AM
This is probably my favorite Christmas Carol, and this is a wonderful rendition by Josh Groban.

The third stanza is not always heard. Groban in this rendition skips the second stanza and goes to the third and then returns to repeat the first. I like it. I think the second stanza is the weaker of the three, with the first, of course, being brilliant. You can read all the lyrics here.

Do read the history

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Veni Veni Emmanuel

by Virgil on 12-14-2013 at 11:55 PM
I haven't been here on Lit Net in a while. I've been busy with a lot of things. I guess the one newsworthy item with me is that we had to put our beloved Yellow Lab, Brandi, to sleep a couple of weeks ago. If you look in the pictures section on Lit Net you'll see I posted pictures of her. I may even have them in my photo album, I can't remember. Poor Brandi had canine hepatitis (which had destroyed her liver) and lymphoma, a double whammy. It was impossible to treat both and we waited until

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