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Dispute Over a Very Italian Piglet by Amara Lakhous
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In The Moon Of Red Ponies by James Lee Burke
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I really liked the character of Wyatt Dixon as a hero/villain. Billy Bob Holland is more of a PI than a lawyer, but that's okay with me. Burke's descriptions of Montana are wonderful.
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Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke
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Last Car To Elysian Fields by James Lee Burke
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Max Coll is one of Burke's best characters so far. I hope he brings/brought him back.
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Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
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Crusader's Cross by James Lee Burke
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This is another good Burke book. I liked his characterizations of the Chalons family. The idealization of Ida Durbin by the teenaged Dave and Jimmie Robicheaux was excellently written, I thought.
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Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
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Burke hit a home run with this book. The writing and plot are both excellent. He is getting better as he ages.
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Theodore Roethke
The Waking

I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I feel my fate in what I cannot fear.
I learn by going where I have to go.

We think by feeling. What is there to know?
I hear my being dance from ear to ear.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Of those so close beside me, which are you?
God bless the Ground! I shall walk softly there,
And learn by going where I have to go.

Light takes the Tree; but who can tell us how?
The lowly worm climbs up a winding stair;
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.

Great Nature has another thing to do
To you and me, so take the lively air,
And, lovely, learn by going where to go.

This shaking keeps me steady. I should know.
What falls away is always. And is near.
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.”
Theodore Roethke, The Collected Poems

Harper Lee
“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

Brock Clarke
“You can never tell how you sound over the phone, that evil piece of machinery, and I would stop using one, we all would, if only there weren't these great distances we need to put between us and the people we need to talk to.”
Brock Clarke

George Eliot
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Naomi Shihab Nye
“When they say Don't I know you? say no.
When they invite you to the party
remember what parties are like
before answering.
Someone telling you in a loud voice
they once wrote a poem.
Greasy sausage balls on a paper plate.
Then reply.
If they say we should get together.
say why? It's not that you don't love them any more.
You're trying to remember something
too important to forget.
Trees.
The monastery bell at twilight.
Tell them you have a new project.
It will never be finished. When someone recognizes you in a grocery store
nod briefly and become a cabbage.
When someone you haven't seen in ten years
appears at the door,
don't start singing him all your new songs.
You will never catch up.
Walk around feeling like a leaf. Know you could tumble any second.
Then decide what to do with your time.”
Naomi Shihab Nye

The Voice of One Crying (Select)
1 chapters   —   updated Jan 16, 2013 04:48PM
Description: About people at low points who could turn it around.
Brought Back (Poetry)
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Description: Poem
Dorothy's Statue (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Dec 19, 2012 12:09PM
Description: A poem.
Fat Cat (Poetry)
1 chapters   —   updated Aug 12, 2011 02:14PM
Description: Renting an apartment in New Jersey
Jewelry Candy (Poetry)
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Description: Self explanatory.
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