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21st-Apr-2019 10:50 pm - Beauty and the Beast
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When I was a little girl and learning to read I had a lot of fun reading Classic Illustrated Junior comic books. The first one I read was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" because I'd first seen someone in my first grade reading it so I wanted to do that too. Another one I liked was "Beauty and the Beast". I was also young when I was given Andrew Lang's "Blue Fairy Book" and there was a version in there too. I later found out the first version was written by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740 but according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon, the story originated around 4,000 years ago!!! When I was a teenager I fell in love with Robin McKinley's novel titled "Beauty" and read it over and over. I also saw and loved the Walt Disney cartoon movie which came out in 1991. Today I watched on TV the Disney live-action adaptation starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and was astonished as to me it was a bit different from the other versions. Right now I looked it up on Wikipedia and found there are 12 "Beauty and the Beast" movies including one that came out in 2008 titled "Spike" which, because of the title, I really want to see one day (I'm sure my fellow BtVS fans would understand why I would want to see it especially as I read that "the film has been described by Robert Hope as 'Angela Carter rewriting La Belle et la Bête as an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'").
18th-Apr-2019 10:39 pm - TV
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Nowadays I don't watch as much TV as I did years ago and I really haven't loved a show since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" ended. However every once in a while there is something that intrigues me on TV. The past couple of weeks James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler, on "Jeopardy" has been absolutely fantastic. Today on his 11th day on the show he has earned a total of $771,920!! He's won an incredible amount of money every day and I can't help wondering if he will be the one to win more money than Ken Jennings, who took home $2,520,700 in 74 straight wins of regular season play back in 2004.
The other interesting show was a "Nova" episode on PBS titled "Secrets of Noah Ark" which explains several things in the Bible. What happened was that many Judeans were taken to Babylonia and kept there for over 50 years so that there were a couple of generations who learned the legends of Mesopotamia and altered them to make their own myths. According to Mesopotamian legends there was one or more incredible floods with heroes like Utnapishtim and Atra-Hasis who saved people and animals by using a coracle, a circular ship, which became an ark in the Jewish version. They also pointed out that the story of young Moses is identical to that of Sargon the Great. Little of the Old Testament was written until their return from Babylonia and I bet many more parts of the OT came from the myths of Mesopotamia.
20th-Mar-2019 11:06 pm - A Fabulous Dinner
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I just realized I haven't posted since January but nothing much has been going on in my life...until today. Today was a special day as tonight I had dinner with David Gerrold, the SF writer, and some of his fans at Sarge's Deli. We had a wonderful time eating and chatting and I'm so glad I saw him again. The first time was at Milady's way back in 2013 and I found him to be even nicer now. Then on the way back to my place I saw the Super Worm Equinox Moon and it was indeed gorgeous and we are now in springtime. Yay! 
28th-Jan-2019 09:37 pm - Wow!
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I was walking toward Bloomingdale's yesterday afternoon and once again walked past David McCallum. I also did that sometime last year in a subway station. I can't help wondering if I will do it again one day. If so I hope I might actually get enough courage to talk to him and tell him I've had a crush on him since 1964.
11th-Jan-2019 09:48 pm - Traveling
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Well I had a wonderful birthday bash. Unfortuantely the trip home was not that good. I got on the Amtrak train this morning then halfway home the train stopped and we were told that because of some electrical problem in the Bronx we would not be heading to NYC for at least an hour. Sometime later we were told that we could go onto a Metro-North train and they would accept the Amtrak tickets so off I went. We arrived in NYC about 90 minutes later than when we should have on the Amtrak train if nothing had gone wrong. The only good thing was that the train I was on headed to Grand Central station instead of Penn Station so I was much closer to where I live and therefore taking a taxi cost much less than a taxi would bringing me from Penn Staion. In all the decades I have been doing this birthday bash this is the first time something went wrong with a train I was on...and may it be the last time *fingers crossed*
6th-Jan-2019 09:59 pm - Birthday Bash
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I arrived in Needham yesterday and went to my cousin's birthday party at a Chinese restaurant where among other dishes we ordered my favorite foods: Crab Rangoon, Stir Fried Spinach with Garlic and General Gau's Chicken. I had a wonderful time and am now with my other cousin. Today we went to see "On the Basis of Sex", the movie about Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It was amazing and I'm so glad we went to see it (I'm not much into movies these days). My birthday is on Wednesday and I'll be here until Friday. I am so looking forward to the next 5 days :)
2nd-Jan-2019 09:33 pm - Happy New Year/Books Read in 2018
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I once again spent New Year's Eve at a party at one of my fellow atheist's apartment and had a wonderful time. Now I certainly hope that 2019 will be a far better year for me and most others *fingers crossed*

Here is my list of books I've read in 2018 - just 29 books. I read one less book than I read last year but I did have a lot of sad things that happened this year that caused me to not read some days and, like last year, I have spent a lot of time taking care of the dog. I hope this year I can read a larger number of books.

Fiction:
The Complete Sookie Stackhouse Stories by Charlaine Harris
Emergence by C. J. Cherryh
Semiosis by Sue Burke
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs
Duel to the Death by J. A.Jance
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
The Breakers by Marcia Muller
Field of Bones by J. A. Jones*
The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah
A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier
An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris
Dead Deceiver by Victoria Houston
Shell Game by Sara Paretsky
The Child by Fiona Barton
Pale Guardian by Barbara Hambly

Non-Fiction:
Memory Rescue by Daniel G. Amen
Seven Steps to Managing Your Memory by Andrew E. Budson, MD and Maureen K. O'Connor, Psy.D
The Future of Humanity by Michio Kaku
Who We Are and How We Got Here by David Reich
Slayers & Vampires by Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman
No Time to Spare by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Wave in the Mind by Ursula K. LeGuin
An Informal History of the Hugos by Jo Walton
Live Long And . . .: What I Learned Along the Way by William Shatner with David Fisher
The Revolutionary Genius of Plants by Stefano Mancuso
4th Rock from the Sun by Nicky Jenner
Aliens: Past Present Future by Ron Miller
On the Future: Prospects for Humanity by Martin J. Rees
Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Ehrman

*I really didn't read the entire novel. Jance wrote it in a way that made it appear like an ep of "Criminal Minds" with chapters featuring the young woman being raped and others from the POV of the rapist and I just couldn't read those chapters (I often don't watch the scenes on CM where the villain is practicing his nastiness).
28th-Dec-2018 03:18 pm - The Frick Museum
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Yesterday I went to the Frick Museum as a friend of mine works there. It's in the Henry Clay Frick House on the Upper East Side in Manhattan that was built between 1912-1914 by the industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919). It has quite a collection of old master paintings and extremely fine (and rather uncomfortable) furniture. In a way it made me glad I was not wealthy way back then as I can't imagine living there with all that kind of stuff. I wonder if a century later any wealthy people currently have a recently built mansion similar to that full of paintings and antique furniture (I'm not referring to people who have inherited such things). If so it's basically to show off.
25th-Dec-2018 11:08 pm - A Belated Merry Christmas
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I hope everyone had a wonderful day. Basically I'm writing that because I wanted to share this ad with a marvelous cat actor who truly made me enjoy an ad which I rarely do.


22nd-Dec-2018 11:07 pm - The WInter Solstice
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We atheists tend to celebrate the Winter Solstice this time of year and so we had a dinner party at a restaurant called Moonstruck last night and had a wonderful time. I know that there are a lot of different holidays this time of year so I do wish everyone Happy Holidays. We are a little over one week away from a new year and I so hope it will be a much better year as too many sad things have happened to my friends and relatives this year. May things improve here and around the world in 2019 *fingers crossed*
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