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Here's a Petley postcard that's been in my "Idea" file since
my last trip to New Mexico!
out the Idea File!
Don't you think it's about time to sort through those files? I do. So starting with this issue, we're going to go through those files together and decide what is worth keeping and what we should throw out once and for all.
First up: A page from a book. The book is Stuff You should have learned at school. The page I tore out is titled, "One Hundred Must-Read Novels". Are you interested? Of course what I did was go thru the list and count how many I had read (or started to read and then thru against the wall). (I've read more than half the list, if you really must know.) The list is alphabetical, which is nifty and rather scholarly -- don't you think? -- because alpha listings are less competitive, we have no idea which book is actually the most important book you should read.
below are the first ten books on that list.
I realized in looking thru this file that I have lots of papers referring to books. We'll paper-clip them all together and put them aside for awhile. You might not like reading quite as much as I do.
Second: a pamphlet entitled You, Starbucks and Nutrition. Look for this the next time you're in Starbucks. It gives you more information than you ever wanted to know about what you're drinking. They have built a huge chart of: calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbos, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins A & C, calcium and iron -- for every drink! Hint: for the extreme dieters, get a cup of plain decaf coffee, it's very good. Add non-fat milk and sugar substitute. You've got a delicious drink, low in price, and low in everything else that's bad for you too!
Third: a photocopied article entitled "National Geographic picks 50 favorite places". It's a list. I went to the internet and tried to find this list but of course, there's no list, just a bunch of advertising. They don't want you to just look at the list, they want to sell you a vacation. Fear not. We'll look at the list together, but not the whole thing at one time. That might be too overwhelming for you.
start with Urban spaces:
(My copy belonged to somebody else first. She checked off the places she had already seen. Get this: she has been to nearly every place already. She must be old. You've heard of that book called 1,000 Places to see before you die. Once you've checked off all those places, you can check out.)
an article from USA Today (Friday, May 26, 2006) entitled: "Best
drives on the big roads". They divided the USA into 5 geographical
locations and then chose one 50-mile drive within each location that they
thought was really nifty! Here are their choices:
Fifth: some quick rules for opening bids on Bridge hands. Did you know that over the past 30 years the rules have been changing while we weren't paying attention? Here are the rules according to my friend Carol, who knows a thing or two about bridge:
opening is always a five-card major.
a list of pure junk that I'm going to throw out:
(Toss, toss, toss -- shred, shred shred...)
Last but not least, I found one of those refrigerator magnets from the animalsasia.org in my idea file. They sent it to me after I made a small donation to their organization. The magnet features a rescued Moon bear rehabilitating peacefully in the rescue center that has been set up by Jill Robinson. She deserves so much praise for her courageous endeavor to save these bears. She is also beginning work on changing Chinese culture with regard to killing dogs and cats. Chinese people continue to slaughter dogs and cats for food every day. They do it because of the perpetual myth that dog meat has medicinal properties. This is difficult work but she is beginning to make strides. If you want more info about Jill's work, go to the animalsasia.org website.
That's it for this issue.
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