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Keeneston Family Tree

Posted by TacieJ on February 1, 2018 in literature, Random Thoughts |

One of my favorite authors is Kathleen Brooks (http://www.kathleen-brooks.com/). Her books are funny, exciting and generally just a good adventure.  A little sex, but not so much that it becomes the central theme.  The stories are always very good and 22 books in (Forever Devoted just came out) and the magic of the Keeneston Family is still very much alive.

Below are links to a spreadsheet and pdf file listing the characters, their spouses and their books.

Keeneston Family pdf

Keeneston Family xlsx

Keeneston Family all on 1 Page pdf

I really recommend reading her books.

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Daily Reading Happy Planner Stickers

Posted by TacieJ on January 19, 2018 in free printables, literature, planner stickers |

I have several dated daily readings that I do and I am forever loosing track of what I’ve read. Am I up to date? So I created stickers so I write the name of the thing I’m reading on the sticker and just check off the day of the week! These are really for dated readings, not just general reading (I’ll get to those stickers soon). I hope you like them.  Feel free to share them with friend, but please don’t sell them.  They are for personal use only.

Click here to download.

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Reading List

Posted by TacieJ on July 23, 2012 in literature |

Slow Twitch – Elizabeth Hansen

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Good Plan!

Posted by TacieJ on March 29, 2012 in literature, Top Gear |

From Richard Hammond’s lastest article on … hands-on engineering

“My mate Hadrian, an engineer, came over with all the required kit for the operation, including the new lump of chassis. His stated intention was to pull up a chair and work his way through a giant sack of popcorn while I provided the entertainment by burning the workshop to the ground and blinding myself as I learned how to weld. Good plan.”

Read the whole thing at: http://www.topgear.com/uk/richard-hammond/richard-hammond-top-gear-magazine-column-2012-03-27

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On the Edge… the audio version.

Posted by TacieJ on March 9, 2012 in literature, reviews |

About 2 months ago, my girlfriend started reading Richard Hammond’s On the Edge.  She kept reading bits to me until I could take it no more – about 10 minutes – and went off an bought my own copy. Needless to say it took me awhile to crack the spine (figuratively… I like to keep my books as pristine as possible) even though she kept quoting bits to me. And then I read a bit, and then a little bit more not getting very far. So a couple of days ago I bought the audio version, only after checking to make sure the voice on the other end of the earphones was Richard.  Unfortunately it is an abridged version.  I have 2 problems with abridged version.  1) Bits are missing. and 2) if the author had wanted those bits missing he (or she) wouldn’t have written them in the first place.  How do they know what I will think is important? So basically I get annoyed.  And having read the 1st couple of chapters, I could see out what was missing right off the bat. Oh well.

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The Hidden City (Tamuli Part 3) Quote

Posted by TacieJ on January 4, 2011 in literature, quotes |

“It’s been said that the quest for truth is the noblest occupation of man, but there be dragons lurking in the dark forests of ignorance. And the names of these dragons are ‘Incompetence’ and ‘Political Bias’ and ‘Deliberate Distortion’ and ‘Sheer, Wrongheaded Stupidity.’ Our gallant friends here in Contemporary History bravely sallied forth to do battle with these dragons in their recently published ‘Cyrga Affair.’ It is with the deepest regret that I must inform you that the dragons won.”
Professor Itagne, Foreign Affairs Department, University of Matherion

The Hidden City, Tamuli Part 3
David Eddings

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Marriage Quote

Posted by TacieJ on January 29, 2010 in literature, quotes |
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” Mignon McLaughlin

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Yo, Dude! The Origins of Common Slang Words

Posted by TacieJ on January 29, 2010 in literature |

Yo, Dude! The Origins of Common Slang Words

By: Danielle Samaniego

Slang is defined as an informal nonstandard vocabulary composed typically of coinages, arbitrarily changed words, and extravagant, forced, or facetious figures of speech, according to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary.

In other words, slang can be “a dope spin on a sick word that deserves props for being mad fly, yo.”

And yet, in the age of And yet, in the age of

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Douglas Adams Quote

Posted by TacieJ on October 26, 2008 in humor, literature, quotes |

It is known that there is an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the product of a deranged imagination.
Douglas Adams
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Douglas Adams Quote

Posted by TacieJ on October 26, 2008 in humor, literature, quotes |

There is an art, or, rather, a knack to flying. The knack lies in learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.
Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in Life, the Universe, and Everything

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