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Under The Tuscan Sun
"It's not rocket science". Overused phrase. Just offer a simple explanation.
Maria Elena, You're the answer to a prayer
Maria Elena, Can't you see how much I care?
To me, your voice is like the echo of a sigh
And when you're near, my heart can't speak above a sigh
Maria Elena,Say that we will never part
Maria Elena,Take me to your heart
A love like mine is great enough for two
To share this love is really all I ask of you
Based on your recommendation, Dreamdust, I read Ghostly Men by Franz Lidz. What a great read!
The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss
Pinocchio, Carlo Collodi
The Giving Tree, Shel Sliverstein
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Anderson's stories
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift
The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow & Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
Curious George, H.A. Rey
I would like to read it, too!
Hurricane Sandy brought us closer to our neighbors. Nobody in my area had electricity for seven days. Our family showered next door because our neighbors had hot water. They prepared food at our house because we cook with gas. This was the first time we were ever in each other's homes! I love New York!
Water you waiting for? Open the door!
I could not put down Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn.
When I was a child...my mother would read Aesop's Fables aloud, and together we'd try to figure out the moral of the story.
When I was a child...I clapped for Tinkerbell.
I'd like to learn how to throw a great party!
At 60 years old and in ill health, she mentally revised her bucket list.
I knew she was old woman when the contents of her handbag spilled onto the floor: Poligrip, Dr. Scholl's corn pads, bobby pins, an address book, a change purse and a wallet...no, she was not as young as she claimed to be!
Gwyn could not shake her deep sense of foreboding as she plodded on bravely through the fog towards the the grim, dark place she used to call home.
Butch Cassidy: What's the matter with you? Sundance Kid: I can't swim. Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you. Sundance Kid: Oh, shit.
Ice Cream Soda
Ice Cream Soda who?
I scream so da you can hear me!
Frank McCourt wrote an interesting book about his mother, Angela: Angela's Ashes.
I recall Vivi from the “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”.
Isabella broken? I've been ringing ten times!
If I could have any writer or poet write about me, I would choose Gay Talese.
If I could chose any artist to paint my portrait, it would be Andy Warhol.
One of my favorite uses for spring pears is in salads.
If I could take a bite out of Spring, it would taste like asparagus.
Today my favorite word is "vent"...as in, I don't want you to solve my dilemma, I just want to vent.
("Dilemma" is another favorite word!)
School Crossing Guards are out in all kinds of weather, keeping people aware that vehicles are not the only precious things on the road.
One way I intend to stay intellectually fit this year is by paying close attention to local and world news. Another way is by reading The Intellectual Devotional by David S. Kidder and Noah Oppenheim on Daily Lit. And, I intend to get out more!
How to have more fun!
The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach, is #1 on my list of books to read in 2012. Then John Milton's Paradise Lost.
I have been naughty this year, when appropriate. I have been nice this year, when appropriate. Santa should think good of me -- or bad!
Remy, (the adorable rat from Ratatouille). I would enjoy cooking and dining with him!
My Thanksgiving dish would be a variation of "Stone Soup". I'd enjoy roasting the turkey and each dinner guest would add an ingredient to improve our meal.
When I imagine a stranger, I picture either "tall, dark and handsome" or some creep behaving strangely who is up to no good. I avoid both.
I will never throw away my favorite well-made, great-fitting little black dress.
Counterrevolutionary...because, just like Uncharacteristically, it has 20 letters.
Of Mice and Men. The Outsiders. The Good Earth.
Eat, Pray, Love
I was upset because my haircut, new shoes, and freshly-sharpened #2 pencils were a mess before the end of the first week of school!
It bugs me when folks write "should of" instead of "should have"... as in, "I should of known better."
No big deal. Life is surreal.
He's behind bars, not in them.
Got the raw deal. Can't seem to self-heal.
Must leave, or remain his victim.
Pa does wrong & goes 2 jail. Leaves Ma 2 care for home & kids. Pa expects a party upon his release. No party 4 Pa. Just a home-cooked meal.
Unbroken... by Laura Hillenbrand
"Fugheddaboudit" (Forget about it. Ain't gonna happen).
"Ain't" and "Gonna", too!
snit. (A person is in a snit when when they are very agitated).
I have not read any of the Harry Potter books nor any books in the Twilight series.
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews and Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
I tried a s'more and I knew it was the best thing I would ever taste! The soft, warm, squishy marshmallow melting the Hershey squares between two graham crackers...still reminds me of being a kid...and still the best thing I ever ate!
I make a reservation!
A fisherman and I shared a meal he made: fresh oysters, fresh clams, lobster, corn-on-the-cob, and boiled potatoes...I married him!
Marie looked away from her five children and studied her palm, fingers outstretched. Each child was as different as the fingers on her hand. From oldest to youngest, each child was needy in their own special way.
Sweet in the morning; salty in the evening!
Xanadu Kubla Khan
A few lines from a poem
by Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
New York City
The Good Earth ~ a novel by Pearl S. Buck
Spring would be like a confused adolescent with wild mood swings.
Sprezzatura. (sprezzatura is the art of doing a difficult thing with grace, thereby making it look easy).
thwart (stop or hinder)
bookkeeping (2 o's, 2 k's, and 2 e's...all in a row)
bufoon, bufoonery (a clown, clowning around)
(because it's a long word - 20 letters!)
(Completely dumbfounded, shocked. From the Irish word "gob" meaning "mouth").
I don't know what you could wish for. But I always wish I could eat whatever I want (birthday cake!), as much as I want (more than half of the cake), and never gain a pound. I wish you all good things on your birthday!
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
"Snap out of it!" -- Cher, in Moonstruck
I read Dubliners on Daily Lit a while ago. A worthwhile read! Short chapters.
Sleeping late...having breakfast at lunchtime...enjoying a daytime tv show... making a snowman and having a snowball fight, helping to shovel the snow, and finally finishing the book I've been reading.
She did it HER way.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson is a great book! A stiff-upper-lipped British Major finds out it's never too late to fall in love.
I just finished ROOM by Emma Donoghue. The story is told by a five-year-old boy. The story was so good I couldn't put the book down. I just had to finish it! I highly recommend it.
I had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet her and listen to her lecture at the NY Museum Of Natural History. The lecturer was Margaret Mead. I wish I had gotten to know her!
It was a dark and stormy night. The child heard a frightening sound outside the bedroom window. Quietly, the child tiptoed to peek out the window. A fiery pair of eyes darted left then right, above a crooked smile. The child breathed out slowly. It was a Jack-O-Lantern! Happy Halloween!
The giant was near. She hid under a table. Quiet as a mouse so the giant wouldn't hurt her, she crouched until her little body hurt from tension and immobility. Suddenly she smelled the giant creeping closer. The odor was a pungent combination of cigarettes and booze. "Hello", Mom slurred.
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford: The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners. The book is memorable because it was the first assigned reading that I actually enjoyed. Also, Old Yeller by Fred Gipson.
I've been to 19th century Italy and on a ship traveling to America. I learned much about the Italian-American experience thanks to Laurie Fabiao, Elizabeth Street.
I traveled from Hong Kong to America: Jean Kwok, Girl in Translation.
I learned about infant abandonment in Italy in the 1800's: Sacrificed for Honor and Amalia's Tale, David I. Kertzer.
I laughed and learned a lot about the gay community with David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and I read every one of his books!
I've toured the world thanks to Daily Lit's Wikapedia Tour and learned a little bit about a lot of subjects.
I've been all around Sweden, and sat at Harry's Bar off Main Street in Gibralter drinking Tullamore Dew with Lisbeth Salander: Thanks to Stieg Larsson, I learned so much about child abuse and women's rights.
I've cooked many meals in kitchens around the world with famous authors! How great is that! Thanks to Megan Halpern and Daily Lit.
My Moby Dick is reading Stieg Larsson's trilogy. I had to force myself to read the first two chapters of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I'm glad I did, because the rest of the book was so fascinating! I couldn't wait to get to The Girl Who Played With Fire. Now I'm almost finished with The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest, and I'm a little disappointed there won't be a 4th book in the series.
...something I do for me.
Grandmother taught me that too much water is better than too little when cooking pasta.
Yes, @mamabird296! You said it perfectly! That's exactly the mini-course I would take.
I would be interested in an Armchair Traveler course. I don't go anywhere, but I am interested in learning about people and places. I could teach others how to write an effective complaint letter.
Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love....the author eats her way through Italy, prays her way through India, and finds love in Indonisia.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: It's about a boy who travels to find a treasure, and finds himself.
Doris Lessing said, "There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, ever reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vice versa. Don't read a book out of its right time for you."
Have you ever read the right book at the right time?
How about we each grab a book, put our lines in the water, and pray the fish don't bite!
Don Corleone, from The Godfather, by Mario Puzo
SATURDAY...in the Park...I think it was the 4th-of-July...
Eating hot dogs and drinking Cokes at a family picnic.
Catch lightning bugs...nail holes in jar lid...bring home!
Balmy Breezes, Brand new Books, Beer, Burgers, Bare feet...Beautiful!
It sounds like you are having a true unexpected literary summer fling! Enjoy the show.
I always enjoy a play/movie/show/discussion/review after I've read a great book. It adds a new dimension and returns you to that "zone" you were in while reading the story. And you don't have to feel so sad about coming to the end of the book.
To dreamdust: Wow! You just described the type of book I think I'd enjoy reading. I've put it on my "To Read" list. Thanks, you just sold a book!
I love biographies, so I've had summer flings with such diverse people as Barbara Walters (Audition), Ozzy Osbourne (I Am Ozzy), Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes and 'Tis), Gay Talese (Unto the Sons), and right now, Jean Kwok (Girl in Translation), and Lisa See (On Gold Mountain, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and Shanghi Girls). All great reads, by the way!
Eat, Pray, Love: I'd love to eat my way through Italy the way Elizabeth Gilbert did in her book. Then find peace in India and love in Indonesia. And, then, write a best seller about it...have it made into a movie, get married and write another best seller!
For Per Petterson's Out Stealing Horses: In a nautical setting, I would sell Norwegian salmon and fresh caught trout. I would lure people over with the scent of fresh brewed cofffee.
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson and Shanghi Girls by Lisa See
Also, Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. A book that tells us you can fall in love even if you're in your Eighties. The right person could still be out there. Life is unfair, but not hopeless.
I will never wear uncomfortable shoes again, after reading "Snowflower and the Secret Fan" by Lisa See. This book has influenced my footwear choices forever.
There are books that are better for discussion with a group, such as, The Help, The Postmistress, or Pillars of the Earth. However, I wouldn't discuss the book, I Am Ozzy, with anyone. (Nor would I admit to really enjoying Ozzy's memoir).
There was a song by Boy George: "I'll Tumble For You"...makes me think of " I TumblrLit For You! " P.S. I need a life!
...or Daily Lit Tumblr
DailyTumblrLit sounds good too!
TumblrLit or Tumblit
I would love to hear Edgar Allen Poe read The Raven.
To hellohello: I like your suggestion about children's classic books. I'd like to read the classic Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, translated from Italian. A beautifully written story needs no illustrations.
DailyLit has become like daily bread to me. I look forward each day to reading a little bit of a story. I am too busy most days open a good book, but when the story appears each day on my computer in short installments, I am surprised at how many great books I've read at the end of a year! And I don't ever feel like I had to take time out of my busy day. Each short installment is a treat I look forward to, and just like my diet, I sometimes cheat and request the next installment or two! I would like to see some current best sellers on the list.
My mother read Grimm's Fairy Tales to me. I had nightmares about witches, apples, wolves, getting lost, candy, billy goats, giants, and trolls. When I learned to read, I chose books by Dr. Suess.
OK, so who did the thing who wobbled back and forth on its tentacles eat? Did he eat the autistic son, Danny, or perhaps the underpaid, overworked, loyal secretary?
18.9 was the best story so far.
I enjoy spending 5 minutes reading these stories. Especially story 4. I didn't recieve the first story. My subscription started with story 2. Why?
Beowulf. A great read. I liked it so much. I am now reading a new book titled, Beowulf on the Beach.
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Unto The Sons by Gay Talese...and any book written by Frank McCourt
sleep, picnic, parties, graduation, long drives!
I would memorize The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. His words are good to remember.
I would be a history book. My book would include all my ancestors. It would show how all the skills, sacrifices, joys, sorrows, recipes, heirlooms, advice, decisions, etc., handed down from them, helped me to become the me that I am.
I could feel the mother's pain. I understand exactly how the daughter felt and how Deborah was hurt. I highly recommend this book! One of the best short stories I've read in a long time.
When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. It's a collection of essays. Funny! Funny! Funny! A great read!. An easy read. A fun read.
I read. I don't waste time.
"I do want to get rich...but I never want to do what there is to do to get rich." --Gertrude Stein, Everybody's Autobiography
Lisa See. Have you read Snow Flower and the Secret Fan? Best book ever.
I would suggest anything by Anna Quindlen. Perhaps, A Short Guide to a Happy Life.