Three Poems


I finished a couple books recently, and I'm working through a third. Sadly I have not read more on Prehistoric Textiles, but I will. It got put in a weird place and it's not easy to get to, whereas the other three are right here on my computer. 

All three I started a while ago, then set them aside for various reasons. Kind of like those knitting projects, hehe. But like the knitting projects, they weigh on your mind until you have to just finish them off. 

I finally read the sixth book of the Outlander series, A Breath of Snow and Ashes  by Diana Gabaldon. The American Revolution is underway and Claire and Jamie have a lot going on. I am glad I took a break; I really enjoyed this book and now I want to read the last book in the series. I might not have liked it so much if I hadn't taken a break, and as I recall, people told me that they had taken the same sort of break, and then picked it up again and loved reading it. I thought, silly people, I can read anything, I read Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire for Heaven's sake, this is just a love story. 

They were right. You can't take that much love without a break. And then there's the constant worry about Jamie, always in danger, and Claire, and Roger, and Bree ... everybody's in trouble so much!!! It's wonderful! Yet exhausting. I needed a break. And I can't wait to read the final book in the series, An Echo in the Bone. It is a really great series.

Last summer I started to read The Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Captive by Kathryn Lasky, a young adult novel, and the beginning of a large series, a fifteen-book epic about some very special owls. The book has 218 pages, and I stopped about page 58. I picked it up two days ago and finished it, but I am not going to read the rest of the series. It's a wonderful story, exciting as all get out, but maybe I have a thing about owls as characters or something, I don't know. It just wasn't my cup of tea. Maybe I have to be in the right mood for it.

Now I'm reading Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History by Patrick Hunt, Ph. D. It goes from the Rosetta Stone to Macchu Picchu to the 10,000 warriors of Imperial China, one chapter encompassing one famous archeological discovery. It's a bit of fluff really, the chapters don't give me much that I didn't know already, but as an introductory book of archaeological wonders, it does the job. If I was still teaching, I'd love to have this book in my classroom library. It's a really good, though basic, discussion of the events, with an emphasis on what effect they had on archaeology and on the world in general. I'm about to enter King Tut's tomb right now, pretty exciting! I think I'll make a cup of tea, pick up my knitting, and join Howard Carter as he is about to make the discovery of a lifetime. Wish me luck!


(Clip Art from Discovery Education , colored by moi.)


Kelley Splaine

I'm so glad you're recommending The Outlander series. I'd heard good things, downloaded the audible version and haven't started it yet. I have a feeling that it will be very hard to stop listening and so I've been afraid to start. Silly, I know. Maybe this weekend??? Kelley

Beth Collins

Woohoo Kelley! You'll love it. And take a break if ya need too after three or four books :)

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