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 )
maudlin 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>
incipient 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.
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.
131 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...
183 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 have any favorite mob movies?
Looking forward to:
The Miracle at Speedy Motors coming March 2008
The World According to Bertie coming May 2008
Isabel Dalhousie Book 5 coming Oct 2008 alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/Pages/ComingSoon.aspx
Currently reading :
several crochet books
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-|