I really think this is one of the best uses of the Internet. It provides encouragement to share your books, your ideas about books, and other ideas with people who feel that books are important parts of their lives.
I would not ever want to run out of Cetaphil, even though I don't use it very very frequently. It removes makeup without ever drying skin, and really does not have to be rinsed off! It's also great for babies, especially when their cute little bottoms have some redness going on. Never hurts, and provides a light moisturizing. I don't think it's odd to nominate this at all. I have recommended it for years now, and it's nice to know I am not alone in liking it.
I first visited Chicago on a business trip back in the 80s. I played "hookey" one morning and went to the Art Institute to see a Gauguin exhibit. The exhibit was great, the museum was lovely. I was delighted to see Edward Hopper and some wonderful Marc Chagal windows. This year I made a short visit to see the Seurat "Sunday at La Grande Jatte" exhibit there. Very worth while. As a bonus, I visited the new Millenium Park on Michigan Avenue several times. It is fun, stunning, and a place I know I want to return to. Chicago is pretty affordable, the people are friendly and helpful, the city has a clever and cheap transportation system (don't rent a car, it would be silly) and the food is a treat. Especially nice is the Chicago Firehouse on South Michigan.
The news from the BBC on public radio in the United States is basically the only thing that is keeping the news even vaguely honest in this country. How a government-run outfit like the BBC can even be critical of the British prime minister, etc is a real testament to their objectivity. BRAVO!
Some of the best ensemble acting ever; clever and detailed stories done in (less than) an hour. Thank God for the re-runs. This way there is at least one good thing to watch on TV almost every day, for those days when you need to just watch something that can keep your attention.
I love this country for the simple reason that it is my country. Now, it has been tarnished by the current administration almost beyond repair. We have lost almost all our allies, have no moral standing, and I think one of the world's great hopes has been dashed. I wish I could wake most Americans up so that they could really see what greed, avarice, short-sightedness, phony patriotism, and deception has done to this place. I am almost - but not quite -- ashamed to be an American.
I really wonder about the people who are scandalized that not everyone thinks Jesus Christ is perfect, is God, created everything. You are entitled to your beliefs, and others to theirs.
I have read much about Jesus, and have studied the Gospels. It is not even clear that Jesus thought of himself as anything but Messiah. I don't think that he would feel exactly wonderful about the crimes that have been committed in his name. For starters, try the Inquisition. Want something more recent? Look at the relatively recent troubles in Northern Ireland, where "Christian" was against "Christian." All that being said, I have to say that I am truly a fan of Jesus, and, in many respects, a follower, too.
We all would have been better off had we been able to be without this man. The past three and a half years have brought this country to its lowest in world esteem, and its worst financially. It's inconceivable to me that anyone able to read a ballot would ever consider wasting his or her vote on someone who has only his cronies in mind, has disdain for the average American, and exhibits such arrogance to the rest of the world. Our grandchildren, fifty years from now, will be trying to dig us out of the hole this man and his short-sighted deceitful advisors have gotten us, AND the rest of the world into. Democracy in Iraq? When? Democracy in the US? Still some hope.
What else could we ask for? Cheap, effective, (mostly safe - no medicine is without some risks, of course), used for one's head AND one's heart, and a few minor aches and pains. Never without some around the house.
I can't believe that there are any, much less so many, people in this country that have a favorable opinion of Dubya. The fact that there have been no terrorist attacks in this country since 9/11 can logically PROVE NOTHING. There weren't any for 8 years prior to 9/11, either. To whose wise policies should we attribute this? Bush's administration has been secretive and duplicitous. We need the truth, and that is not to be found in inane sound bites.
Bookcrossing is a way to get the books to readers, which is what counts. Libraries serve the same purpose, of course!
I love them both, and drop off my donations at my local library. I know the library "sells" them to make money. Guess what happens with that money? It augments the library budget, which, in these days, is less well funded than it ought to be. So, the money goes to ... more books! More available to more people! I get a special kick out of supporting two of my favorite institutions at the same time. What could be better? Win-win.
Sherry makes a comment below and to me it is a perfect illustration of the results of fear-mongering. President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." The truth is that George W. Bush and his administration and campaign are depending on keeping enough voters frightened as a tactic to remain in power. Sherry here below has fallen for it! Change leaders indeed! Why not, when the one you are following has led you far astray?
George W. Bush does not have the moral stamina to admit that he has ever made a mistake. He rushed us into the war against Iraq, and stubbornly insists that we are there to bring "democracy" to that country. Even though it patently isn't working, he lives in his own dream world and tells us it is. How can anyone trust this man?
He had NO answer during the last debate for the hypothetical man without a job. No child left behind? Education? How will my out-of-work, out-of-unemployment-benefits neighbor pay his mortgage? Were any of his supporters actually LISTENING? HE HAS NO ANSWER, and he has no imagination except for what Rove and Cheney tell him.
Let's pray that Mr. Bush does not perceive or be allowed to believe that his plurality, 1.1% of the popular vote, is a mandate to continue with his administration's disastrous policies. I can't pretend I am not deeply disappointed in the result of this election.
I was touched by Senator Kerry's remarks today when he conceded the election to George W. Bush. I think we should all keep Sen. Kerry's messages in mind over the next four years and remind our legislators that they are there to represent us, and provide checks and balances to the executive and judicial branches of our government.
I just read the previous post about John Kerry. Earlier today I passed a car that still had a Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker on it, and thought how ever did this country elect the cheating low-class clowns in this administration over those two excellent men?
I am probably one of Amazon's earliest customers. I just found an old receipt, inside a book, dated October 1995. It felt like such a neat idea to read about a book and get nearly instant gratification by being able to buy it, even in pajamas! I often wanted books that had to be specially ordered anyway. I will continue as a customer, since Amazon really does know what they are doing, and overall, the prices can't be beat.
I wish more people knew these wonderful planners! They have ones for the academic year (doesn't the year REALLY start in September), so I am delighted to have one like that. The covers are sturdy, and they can be refilled. The best part, however, are the pages themselves: easy to read, laid out intelligently, intuitive to use, major holidays marked, and strong, thin, opaque paper that takes to pen, pencil or marker easily. I could sell these things, given a chance.