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romance is not dead at my house

Halloween is our anniversary.

Last night in his sleep, Jim informed me that he had had a chip installed in me, one that worked like a magic 8 ball, so he could talk to my butt when I am on Mars.....

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we got slightly more than the usual number of trick or treaters. I was pleased that several of them said, "Wow! Look at all your books!" when we opened the door

although my favorite ever was a few years back when a little girl asked me if my house was dressed as a library for Halloween. (I told her it was always dressed as a library, and I was dressed as the librarian.)

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Jim got caught by a political survey on the phone. Since I had escaped, I wasn't paying too much attention until I heard him say:

How would I rate Chris Christie? What's the lowest rating you have? ... Don't you have anything lower than that?

I don't think they'll call again since they got an answer at our number, which is too bad, because I would like to have a chance to tell them I call him Governor Bloviating Crouton

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"...destined to be a book club favorite."

This phrase at the beginning of your review had an immediate effect on me -
but not the one you were hoping for....

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Three school shootings and one lockdown this week...... obviously, we don't need to address this issue

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to: politicians

I find that I am offended more and more by a word that should not offend me at all, and that word is "prayers."

The way you use it offends me deeply. It is not meant to be used as an excuse.

We do not want your prayers (nor do I believe more than a handful of you actually pray). We want you to do your damn job. If you cant / won't do that, shut up about prayers.

Did you see when the pope said the way to end hunger is - you pray for the hungry and then you feed them? That's how it works.

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We are watching Midsommer Murders on Brit-crimes tonight. This episode is about a feud between digital and film photographers. The film photographer holds up his print, and shouts "that's a *real* photo - with no damn pixels!"

Well, Jim and I start laughing. Even in your brain, all pictures are pixels.

His dad was a printer, and mine was a photo-engraver.

I said to Jim, in the long-suffering voice -
"Our dads had to put their pixels in by hand....."

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over on one of the Tolkien groups I follow, someone asked
"What is your favourite passage from The Lord of the Rings?"

There aren't a lot of answers (yet) but they lean toward long passages. I love the build up of Tolkien's prose in a paragraph, but what utterly shatters me is usually a single line that goes through the brain right to the heart. I picked this:

"He knew the dark under the stars when it was fearless."

Not because of the "he" [bombadil], but because of the when....

When I first read LotR back in 63, I believe that line was my first clue about the depth of the world I had just fallen into. It stopped my in my tracks. This book was going to be much more than it seemed at first read.

To this day, the hairs on my neck stand up when I get to that line.

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I'm probably late to the party with this thought but often I miss things because they seem so obvious, and I'm busy looking elsewhere ---

I've always been obsessed with words, and the choice of words in stories. I'm currently reading Splintered Light, and this has ramped me up even more than usual.

So, I am currently wondering - in the book, when Frodo says, "I will take the ring to Mordor, though I do not know the way.." if he is really talking about geography, or at least not just about geography. I think when he says he does not know the way, he doesn't mean the way to Mordor... he means he doesn't know the way to accomplish this task; he does not know how.

Learning the directions would be fairly simple, and he should be able to find out before they ever leave Rivendell.

Frodo doesn't know the way to Mordor at the council of Elrond, October 26. He has 2 months to look at maps, get council, etc. before they leave Rivendell, December 26. (There is no "which way, Gandalf?" nonsense in the book). They spend an entire month in Lothlorien. He does not split from the fellowship until February 26.

It's easier to believe he learned about the route than that he didn't.....

(I'm using the dates as they are in the tale of years, not trying to shift them...)

Learning "the way" to carry the ring to Mordor is a very different task, and Frodo is trying to learn it every single step of his journey.

In Splintered Light, Verlyn Flieger says:

We do not truly understand a text until we understand the words not only as they are currently used but as they were used in the time in which they were composed. Only with this understanding is it possible to touch the mind of the author and of his first audience, to bridge the temporal distance (whether short or long) between that time and the present.

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From the archive, 3 September 1973: Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien dies

I usually post to remember the professor's birthday, but I seem to be feeling very nostalgic this year.

I was in the airport in Toronto, waiting to fly home from my first science fiction world con when someone came in with the news. It was a shock, but a comfort me to be with other Tolkien fans when I heard. It is still a comfort to me to be with other fans, especially here.

article here

edit: You know, at the time I felt we had lost not only the professor, but all the writing we would never see. I thought we would never see the Silmarillion, never know about the first age or Numenor. So, in spite of the magnitude of the loss, I am awed to look back and see all the stories we did still receive.

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