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Though you forget the way

Reading Desk
Though you forget the way to the Temple,
There is one who remembers the way to your door:
Life you may evade, but Death you shall not.
You shall not deny the Stranger.

T.S. Eliot

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All by T. S. Eliot

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secrets of sagacity

A Birthday
When introducing your sage and presenting him as really wise. . .

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jobs and work

A Birthday
Was reading a generally good book about historical fiction bloopers, but then the author got on how most poor women worked before marriage, and then looking after the household was enough. . . .
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A Wrinkle in Time

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

It was a dark and stormy night. . . .
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telling a tale

A Birthday
So off goes our heroine and her companion to breakfast, and over the breakfast table, another character starts to tell them a story. . . .
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The Tale of Despereaux

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The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

Being a tale of a mouse who falls in love with a princess, a rat who craves the light, and a half-deaf servant girl who wants to be a princess.

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Writing Down the Dragon

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Writing Down the Dragon: and Other Essays on the Tolkien Method and the Craft of Fantasy by Tom Simon

A collection of essays on how Tolkien wrote.  From his blog, on which yours truly is a reader and commenter, revising.
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tidbits cross time

Architect's Dream
During the World War II victory parade in Moscow, a marshal rode a white horse. There were persistent rumors that it was supposed to be Stalin, but the horse had thrown him.

Lightning and thunder are good signs in India, where they presage the monsoon.
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The Princess And the Goblin

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The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

A tale of a little princess growing up in a country house/castle -- kept carefully inside for the danger of the goblins who live in the mountains.

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