This part of everyone if fine apart from some bothersome virus in the throat - but that just means I have to drink more tea :-)
How are you? Are you enjoying the holidays?
Dec 25, 2012
Hope you feel better soon Ian.
Did everyone survive Xmas with the relatives?
Dec 26, 2012
Survived. Food was great, and only one prayer to suffer through. Though my son kept making faces at me during it, to try to get me to laugh. I'm an easy one to get to make laugh. But I made it.
Hope everyone has enjoyed the seasonal celebrations. I haven't been out much but on the other hand, I have recommendations for what to use those book-tokens auntie gave you on:
"The Etymologicon" by Mark Forsyth. An eccentric but logical whirlwind ride through the origins or English words and phrases. Will create an addiction and the overwhelming urge to tell people exactly what they're saying really means.
"Jingo" by Terry Pratchett. A fable for out times, set in (on?) the Discworld. Greedy, merchantile Ankh Morpork goes to war with the unstable desert realm of Klatch over a meaningless little island.
"Cider with Rosie" by Laurie Lee. An oldie but a goodie. I don't know why I've never read it before, just coincidence I think. Early 20th century childhood in a Cotswold valley. It lives up to the decription H.E.Bates gave it of being "one long prose poem".
There's something to be said for being a bit "under the weather" on days off. 3 books in 4 days :-) Have now started "No country for old men" by Cormac McArthy but work starts again this evening, so back to the old routine.
Love to you all.
Thanks for the cute cat pics, Steph and booklover. Three books in four days. Get well soon, Ian. You take any sublingual B-12?
Enjoy the days off, everyone. Hugs!
Survived! We did our two chores: demented aunt, who keeps on repeating the same remarks and questions every minute, and the second is Asperger brother-in-law, who keeps on giggling about nothing and never hears what I say. They don't like each other so we invite them on different days. I'm glad they enjoyed themselves - and I take the rest of the year off!
Dec 27, 2012
Well done all, for getting through the ups and downs. Onward to the new year!
Congrats Ruth! 800 Members!
Way to go!
Love the lolcats booklover!
Nate - congrats on being member 800!
We welcome you.
Tony - it sounds like you had a nice day with your family. Your son sounds really cool. : )
800! Best group around, of course. Hats off to Ruth for the initiative.
Dec 28, 2012
Will look out for that one, Chris. Thanks.
Chris, I'm definitely interested in the subject matter of that Oliver Sacks book. Thanks for mentioning it! I'm already looking forward to reading it.
WORSHIP ME, MORTALS!
Dec 29, 2012
Lol, these are good pictures to start the day with, Melinda and Ian!
Dec 30, 2012
Love the lolcats Ian and Melinda.
Hope everyone is having a wonderful day.
Thank you, Steph and a happy new year to you too. Stealing the cat.
Can anyone identify the location of this lovely scene?
Thanks to Chris Breman
Oliver Sacks: What hallucination reveals about our minds
Joan, the photo is of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia, and is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.
Pat, thanks! Oh my GOSH! These stunning photos almost seem like a fairy land. Is this the place called, "Falling Lakes?"
Joan, you're more than welcome. The Falling Lakes are in an area that borders Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. Sad to think that a place of such beauty saw so much bloodshed in the 1990's.
Actually, Melinda, I cheated. I took Joan's picture, opened it in a separate link, and then got on Google Images and posted the URL of the photo. The answer popped right up.
Thanks for the Oliver Sacks-link, Joan!
1 o'clock: I've done some shopping and now I'm going to shut ourselves in until next year. I've heard that in many countries it's not possible to buy fireworks - seems a good idea to me! Outside there are loud bangs and a smell of gunpowder, in a few hours you'll get breathing trouble. I hope the people outside are happy, and that they won't lose many fingers and eyes.
Dec 31, 2012
I WANT TO WISH ALL OF YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thanks for sharing a part of your lives with me and for providing many laughs and introspective conversations. Cheers!
Happy New Year and be safe everyone!
Here's to another year of spending time with my friends.
I enjoy your company.
Happy New Year everyone. Looking forward to another turn around the Sun in your company.
Happy New Year to everyone as we take yet another lap around our insignificant star, travelling through the space-time continuum.
Looked in old messages: it can't be three years that I've hung around here! Thanks for sharing with me!
To all my friends who like to hang out together, my deepest desire is that you each feel great joy, and have good health, and peace even in the face of some interesting times ahead. At least we can share and learn and inspire each other to a better way of living. Even as it is interesting to be part of important change, it can be stressful, and enriching as well. My fondest regards to each of you. Joan
Jan 1, 2013
I love that button you posted Patricia. I agree No God Know Peace. So true.
Happy New Year 2013.
Well, another year has rolled around, and it was interesting, to say the least. Almost one year for me on the Nexus, meeting wonderful people whom I have come to cherish as members of my extended friends and family. As a species we continue to sputter forward. We are a contentious, loving, opinionated, loud, happy, sad, content, unfulfilled, artistic, kind, mean spirited, philisophical, practical, dreaming, superstitious, skeptical bunch of primates. Mostly out for ourselves, but flashes of altruism and morality do break through, giving me hope.
To all my friends here, I wish for you a Happy New Year. May you find peace, joy, and happiness, and awe in your daily lives.
My kindest regards to all-Tony
I don't want to think how many miles that comes to after seventy two years on the planet.
So you're well travelled in time and space, John.
Here I go, promoting my own stuff again ... but I thought Zack Koppelin and his fight against the teaching of creationism in New Orleans schools is very much worth your attention ... so please have a look here.
Goodness. This cat looks like a real baby in a hoody.
Good stuf, Loren. I'm still suprised that it's necessary. Then again, Danish history books are due to be changed. It's still taught as a "fact" that Columbus discovered the world was round!
Jan 2, 2013
Love that beautiful cat Patricia.
Ian that a good one.
Hope everyone is going well. I am trying to get over a cold. : (
Hope you get well soon Steph :(