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Wednesday, December 19th 2007

9:01 PM

catching up

I have missed reading journals and posting here.

It took a lot of time and work but I have completed the Wed Development Certificate in 2007.  Anyone in the world can take these online courses from our local technical college.  Discussions are via a bulletin board.  There are 8 - 1 credit courses, plus I completed Advanced Photoshop.  4.0 so far at this school.  matcmadison.edu/matc/ASP/showcurriculum.asp?ID=4187

Next semester I have just 1 - 3 credit course which will be 2 hours on 2 evenings and I hope to use their fitness center before the class starts.  Looking forward to attending on campus this time.  


Finished 'Donnie Brasco'  by Joe Pistone and could not put it down.  Also watched the movie -  the acting was good.  

Finished 'Love Over Scotland'.  Angus and his dog Cyril remain favorites.  The reviews in the link are right on. 

 Newtown of Edinburgh
 2 lambent intelligence     Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight.   Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit.  Having a gentle glow; luminous. See Synonyms at bright.
 4 Quattrocento  
The 15th-century period of Italian art and literature.
 9 brae 
Scotland hillside: a hill or slope ( often used in place names )
 13 poem
overly or tearfully sentimental, especially because affected by alcohol
  siccar   adj 
Scotland sure: free from doubt or uncertainty
 16 the look
 20 Other smells were like a palimpsest.  
A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.   something having usually diverse layers or aspects apparent beneath the surface <Canada…is a palimpsest, an overlay of classes and generations — Margaret Atwood>
Beginning to exist or appear
prosaically - in a matter-of-fact manner; "I applied my attention prosaically to my routine"- back cover  Consisting or characteristic of prose.  Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
 28 copious   
Yielding or containing plenty; affording ample supply: a copious harvest
 55 Ian Rankin  I should try reading one of the
Detective Inspector John Rebus, books someday.
 65 Vermeer
 78 Arnica cream
93 anagram   A word or phrase formed by reordering the letters of another word or phrase, such as satin to stain.   anagrams (used with a sing. verb) A game in which players form words from a group of randomly picked letters.
 104 He was beautiful.  He could step into a  Caravaggio and go unnoticed.
 110 discernment   
The act or process of exhibiting keen insight and good judgment
 120 euphonium 
A brass wind instrument similar to the tuba but having a somewhat higher pitch and a mellower sound
 121 bourgeois  
Of, relating to, or typical of the middle class.
disconcerting   To frustrate (plans, for example) by throwing into disorder; disarrange.
 140   Tagliatelle  
(from the Italian tagliare, meaning "to cut") is the classic pasta of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy. Individually, they are long, flat ribbons, similar in shape to fettuccine, but typically about 0.65cm to 1cm (0.25 to 0.375 inches) wide. They can be served with a variety of sauces, though the classic is a meat sauce or Bolognese sauce.
 Moscatelli's grated truffles
 152 Royal Stewart tartan rugs
 153 Grey Friars Bobby
 175  top paragraph  good paragraph partially typed here
 There are so many things that are just not being taught any more.  Poetry for example.  Children were no longer made to learn poetry by heart.  And so the deep rhythms of the language, its inner music, was lost to them, because they had never had it embedded in their minds.  And geography had been abandoned too - the basic knowledge of how the world looked, simply never instilled; all in the name of educational theory and of the goal of teaching children how to think.  ..  long division  ..  history...
Samuel Taylor Coleridge  Coleridge - KublaChan's Zanadu  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.
 196 narcissism -
Excessive love or admiration of oneself. See Synonyms at conceit.
 197 Patrick O'Brian wrote about the sea
 198 Jack Aubrey  Mr. Maturin   
series is a sequence of 20 completed and one unfinished historical novels by Patrick O'Brian
  Grey Owl - Ojibwe  Archie Belaney
 204 In a far corner of the bar, a young man sitting quietly at a table with a friend, turned and said:  "You se that?  You see that?  That shows you - doesn't it? - how if you're looking for love in this life, you'd better buy yourself  a dog."  the other said: "That's rather mystical, isn't it?"  "Realistic, you mean," said the first.
 219 Kuala Lumpur
 272 insouciance -
Blithe lack of concern; nonchalance
 290 Hornel 
Edward Atkinson Hornel - 3 girls in flowers
 307 artists:  McCosh Hockney Bacon
 348 James Howie

Finished 'A Man of Honor Joseph Bonanno'.   This was an interesting read and the reviews in this link are right on.
'I have learned that true power comes from self control.  I have learned that true strength comes from a clear conscience.  I have learned that true wealth comes from a good family and good friends'.  I think he should include good health in that.  As indicated in the reviews - his book has a different slant than this
: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Bonanno  

199.  Teatro Massimo - opera house in Palermo guarded by 2 lions.  This looks very much like the Oshkosh library in architecture and with the 2 lions.   comune.palermo.it/cestino/English/massimo.htm    webshots.com/search?query=Teatro+Massimo

277  black astrakhan cap of curled camp wool    rusclothing.com/headwear/fur-hats/n--astrakhan_fur_cap
299  And as for Jean Harlow, she seemed a slatternly sort.  As movie stars, I enjoyed both Flynn and Harlow, but as human beings I disliked them.  They were just living it up, nothing else.     Slovenly; untidy. not neat and tidy;
331  David Hill - friend of his son whom the FBI asked to spy on Joe.  Later took up religion.
348  I have to assume that whomever I call from my house phone, law-enforcement agents will link that person, rightly or wrongly, with some sort of clandestine and nefarious activity.   clandestine: 
Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
nefarious: Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.  extremely wicked; "nefarious schemes"; "a villainous plot"; "a villainous band of thieves"
383  Out of these men's cooperation with the police came forth books:  The Valachi Papers, My Life in the Mafia, The Last Mafioso, to name a few.

WISEGUY Life in a Mafia Family by Nicholas Pileggi about Henry Hill.  Since the time this book was published in 1985, the FBI has expelled Henry and his wife from the witness protection program in the early 1990s.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Hill_(mobster)  Another book I could not put down.  The 1990 movie Goodfellas was based on this book and is on my list to view.    chasingthefrog.com/reelfaces/goodfellas.php  interesting interview here from a radio station.   Do you hav
e any favorite mob movies? 

Looking forward to:
Miracle at Speedy Motors      coming March 2008
      The World According to Bertie      coming May 2008
       Isabel Dalhousie Book 5              coming Oct 2008

Currently reading :
several crochet books
Mob Girl
Organized Crime   - Joe Pistone really got my interest going on this stuff.

Have several more on reserve to pick up next weekend...

Honor thy father  Talese, Gay.  (a Bill Bonanno book)
Bound by honor : a mafioso's story  Bonanno, Bill. 
Mafia marriage : my story  Bonanno, Rosalie. 
The Valachi papers  Maas, Peter, 1929-2001 
Gangsters and goodfellas : the mob, witness protection, and life on the run  Hill, Henry, 1943-
1 Comment(s).

Posted by Claire Andrews:

Congratulations on finishing your course!

It's interesting that it turns out to be better to go for a home loan than to rent. It hasn't got that way in Sydney yet (otherwise I'd be in trouble) but this is exactly what friends of mine in London have done. They are only paying off interest and not principal but they're still better off than renting.
Sunday, December 23rd 2007 @ 11:00 PM

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