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  • mistermuse 8:15 pm on December 6, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , phonograph, recorded sound, Thomas Edison, Wizard of Menlo Park   

    WE’RE OFF TO HEAR THE WIZARD 

    To those of you who may think the fourth word of the above title is a misprint, I hasten to tell you that we’re not off to SEE the Wizard of Oz , but to HEAR the Wizard of Menlo Park (as Thomas Alva Edison was known) speaking the first words he recorded:

    Many of us have seen photos of the famous inventor when he was old. Here he is at age 31:

    https://www.onthisday.com/photos/thomas-edisons-phonograph

    Note that in the “Photo Info” several paragraphs below the photo, the location is given as Menlo Park, California. I believe it should be Menlo Park, New Jersey. There is a Menlo Park, CA, which, surprisingly, was founded before the New Jersey town, which was named after the California town, which happens to be the headquarters of Facebook, which is located at 1 HACKER WAY, Menlo Park, CA. Just for the record….would I kid you?

    Seriously, why am I publishing this post on this day?

    http://www.findingdulcinea.com/news/on-this-day/December/Edison-Successfully-Tests-Phonograph.html

    Would you care for a demonstration?

    I leave you with this famous Edison quote: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” So stock up on deodorant and don’t give up, or you’ll be foiled again.

     
    • obbverse 12:21 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      He must’ve sweated himself into a lather. Dripping with inspiration?

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      • mistermuse 1:27 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Here’s another Edison quote which suggests that he sweated himself into what one might gather was rather a lather: “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

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    • Garfield Hug 12:31 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for a good share Mistermuse! Happy weekend to you.

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    • obbverse 1:29 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I rather like the lather wordplay,A Mused…

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    • calmkate 2:37 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      farcebook in hacker way …. now I’ve heard it all!
      Thanks for expanding my education 🙂

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      • mistermuse 10:34 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I had the same reaction to 1 HACKER WAY, but upon reflection, I think that the head of Facebook had a sense of humor and chose that address deliberately.

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    • Ashley 9:25 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      What a great picture of the young man. Love the suit!

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      • mistermuse 10:37 am on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I agree, Ashley. How different Edison looked as a young man. On the other hand, I look the same as I did 50 years ago (I wish).

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    • tubularsock 1:33 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, what an interesting bit of information. Tubularsock immediately went to the kitchen drawer and pulled the tin foil out of it’s box and screamed at it. Nothing.

      So then Tubularsock walked backwards to the drawer and repeated the experiment. Nothing.

      But from this experience Tubularsock had not failed because on the third attempt Tubularsock fabricated a great Tin Foil Hat!

      Now when Tubularsock stands on the street corner and yells it all seems to fit.

      Great post.

      Cheers.

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      • mistermuse 4:51 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Well done….and, this time of year, you probably even didn’t need any deodorant.

        BTW, if I thought he’d wear it, I’d suggest that you send that tin foil hat to Trump so we wouldn’t have to see his stupid hair.

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    • Rivergirl 2:52 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t there a new movie about the war between Edison and Tesla? Fascinating part of technology’s history…

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      • mistermuse 4:56 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve read about the “war” between Edison and Tesla, but not about the new movie. Sounds like it would be very interesting….maybe even electric (sorry, I couldn’t resist).

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    • Eliza 3:41 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I haven’t seen you around in ages!

      Love, light and glitter

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      • mistermuse 5:02 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, I published more than my usual number of posts last month, but this month, I’ll probably be back to once a week or so. In any case, always glad to have you stop by. Take care.

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        • Eliza 5:05 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink

          I wasn’t around much the past month… only checked periodically… I’ll have to go back and check them out

          Love, light and glitter

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    • Rosaliene Bacchus 6:43 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting post. What we take for granted today is built upon Edison’s pioneering ingenuity.

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    • Elizabeth 6:48 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Made me remember a great visit we made a couple of years ago to Alexander Graham Bell’s home in Nova Scotia. The museum there shows he was nearly as prolific and varied in his endeavors as Edison.

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      • mistermuse 6:57 pm on December 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I also was fortunate enough to have been to the Alexander Graham Bell Museum years ago. I’ve never been to a better museum.

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        • Elizabeth 7:32 pm on December 8, 2019 Permalink

          It was an amazing place. We just happened to drop in and then stayed for so long we even ate lunch there.

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    • masercot 1:49 pm on December 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Edison, Tesla and Bell were smart enough to take advantage of the new technology of electronics…

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    • magickmermaid 2:11 pm on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      “I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” I repeat this quote often! 🙂

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    • Ultra 5:39 pm on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Great minds will always fascinate and bewilder the average person. These 10,000 ways will always arouse admiration that so much work needs to be done to make this one invention succeed.

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      • mistermuse 6:54 pm on December 9, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        True. On the other hand, Edison didn’t like jazz, which only goes to show that genius in one field doesn’t necessarily convey an appreciation of genius (or of A genius) in another field (his Edison Records produced hundreds of recordings during the “Jazz Age” after WW I, none of which were jazz).

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    • mesabele 4:45 am on December 11, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Maravilla.

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    • Silver Screenings 6:57 pm on December 22, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I always forget what a remarkable achievement that was, recorded sound, because I take it too much for granted.

      Also, that Thomas Edison was quite a dish when he was young, no?

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Auguste Rodin, Bessie Smith, , , NO BRAINER DAY, poet, President, , Rene Descarte, , , , Thomas Edison, thought, ,   

    NO BRAINER DAY 

    I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes 
    I overthink, therefore I post.
    –mistermuse

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    Lately, I’ve been burning too much mental energy cooking up posts to roast Trump (e.g., I almost said toast rump); the heat is turning my face red and giving me the thinking blues:

    Frankly, friends, I think I need to cool it before the strain becomes a drain on my brain and gives me a pain. Fortunately, Feb. 27 is NO BRAINER DAY — a perfect day to post a post which requires little or no thinking. But before you Trump reprobates snidely ask how that would make this post any different from my previous posts, answer me this: how much thought do you think The Donald gives his tweets? Even a smart-ask Trumpite should allow that mistermuse be entitled to one day of devoting the same paucity of gray matter to his post that your Orange Oligarch devotes to his tweets every day.

    With that in mind, I’m giving the rest of this tome over to posting what others thought when they thought about thinking/not thinking. Do I think their thinking will make you think you’re thinking what I’m thinking about thinking/not thinking? Just a thought.

    So, let’s get quoting before I change my mind and start thinking again:

    I think that I think; therefore, I think I am. –Ambrose Bierce

    [I think that I think, therefore] I yam what I yam. –Popeye the Sailor Man

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. –Thomas Edison

    Ours is an age which is proud of machines that think, and suspicious of men who try to. –Howard Mumford Jones

    The best way [for a woman] to win a man is to make him think you think as much of him as he does. –Evan Esar

    In America, we say what we think, and even if we can’t think, we say it anyhow. –Charles F. Kettering

    In closing, did you know Rodin’s THE THINKER was originally called THE POET:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thinker

    I happen to know that THE POET didn’t appreciate the name change, thus this reaction:

    Mused The Poet to a passing skunk,
    “What good is being called The Thinker?
    To some day convey the aura of a President,
    It should Don the wrap, like you, of The Stinker.”

     

     

     
    • calmkate 12:20 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Kettering says it best … take deep breaths, calm down … your blood pressure is thru the roof young man ❤

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    • mistermuse 1:39 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think what Kettering said applies more to Trump and his supporters, Kate. How does one calm down so long as such a dangerously immoral man remains in power? Call me overly concerned, but Like Popeye (and Trump), “I yam what I yam.”

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      • Yeah, Another Blogger 9:06 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        I’m with you on Trump. He stinks up the joint.

        Neil Scheinin

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        • mistermuse 9:51 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink

          You got that right, Neil. The most worrying thing is that the joint he stinks up is The White House.

          Correction: he stinks up the country, if not the whole world.

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    • scifihammy 8:13 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I like Your quote. 😀

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    • rivergirl1211 9:18 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      You’ve given me a lot to think about there…

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      • mistermuse 9:43 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        You go, rivergirl!

        On second thought, stay — I need all my brilliant, witty, adorable followers (and you too)! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • mlrover 9:32 am on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think, therefore I am. –René Descartes or I overthink, therefore I post. –mistermuse
      I like yours better.

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    • mistermuse 12:40 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Manoloprofe, thank you for the like. I read your latest post about William Tell, but there appears to be no way to leave responses on your blog, so I’ll leave my response here:

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    • Eliza 2:54 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the smiles
      Happy Wednesday
      Love, light and glitter

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment. I’ll take the love and the light, but leave the glitter to pop artists and Hollywood celebs who (apparently) can never have enough!

        Take care, and remember what Abe Lincoln said: “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 🙂

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    • Richard A Cahill 10:46 pm on February 27, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think you failed to write a trump-free post, Sr. Muse. As far as wishing not to abuse Trump in prose, been there, tried to do that, failed miserably myself. I feel your pain.

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    • magickmermaid 7:41 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      A very well-thought out post! 😀

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    • mistermuse 7:50 pm on February 28, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think so too, therefore I thank you! 🙂

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    • masercot 7:38 am on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I do love me some Bessie Smith…

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      • mistermuse 12:48 pm on March 1, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Hopefully, there’s something here to please every reader (except Trump supporters, some of whom may know how to read, and happen upon this post).

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    • Resa 8:34 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Nice post! I like the Popeye “Yam am”
      Don’t hear much about Popeye, anymore. He’s too, anchored in the past. 😀
      My cat is named Jeep, after Eugene the Magical Jeep! True!

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    • mistermuse 10:57 pm on March 3, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Sorry to say, I’ve never heard of Eugene the Magical Jeep. However, I have heard of Puff the Magic Dragon, so I hope that counts for something! 🙂

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    • Paul Sunstone 2:03 am on March 4, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I’ve come to believe that for most of us, “thinking” is not much different than exploring the insides of our boxes. The boxes our parents, teachers, peers, culture, etc. give us to play around inside of. Now and then, we make an important discovery. “The walls are brown!”

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    • Susi Bocks 12:27 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      I think I need to think about all this carefully. 😉 BTW, “I overthink, therefore I post.” Spot on, Mister Writer! I thoroughly enjoyed your mini-rant. May you be able to de-stress a bit.

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    • Silver Screenings 11:08 am on March 7, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Hey, I didn’t know The Thinker was originally called The Poet. I always learn something when I come here.

      Also: I love the quote about our society being proud of machines that think, but distrustful of people who try to. Very well said.

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      • mistermuse 7:14 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the comment, SS — I thought I had replied before, but apparently I forgot. Apparently I need a machine that thinks for me, or at least remembers for me! 🙂

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    • kutukamus 2:20 am on March 15, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Now this ‘no-brainy’ is something to think over, really 🙂

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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: African-American, , , , John Kenneth Galbraith, , love affairs, , slavery, Thomas Edison   

    SOWING MY WILD QUOTES 

    ….young men must sow their wild oats, and women must not expect miracles. –from LITTLE WOMEN, by Louisa May Alcott

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    Usually, when I do a post of quotations, they’re organized around one subject….but, for this post (having amassed a wide range of seedy — correction: seed-bearing — reflections), I’ll throw caution to the winds and, as the saying blows — scatter and sow my wild quotes:

    What I have seen of the love affairs of other people has not led me to regret that deficiency in my experience. –George Bernard Shaw

    The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. –Anatole France

    The latter part of a wise person’s life is occupied with curing the follies, prejudices and false opinions they contracted earlier. –Jonathan Swift

    Most African-Americans in this country will never know the true history of our ancestors. Our forefathers were densely packed into slave ships and transported across the Atlantic to be sold like common goods. Many died and their individuals histories with them. Those who survived had their ancestral names stripped from them and replaced with ones slave masters wanted them to have. Much of our African heritage has been irretrievably lost to the ravages of such as Gen. Lee, whose monuments pay tribute to individuals who took away and erased the history of thousands upon thousands of Africans through slavery, killing and destruction of black families by way of the auction block. Now some want to romanticize, revere and commemorate them as heroes. Well, excuse me if I’m not willing to buy that brand. Forgive me if I don’t shed a tear for your loss. All I can say is, welcome to the club. –Kevin S. Aldridge

    Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups. –John Kenneth Galbraith

    There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. –Thomas Edison

    Enough is what would satisfy us — if the neighbors didn’t have more. –from “20,000 Quips & Quotes,” by Evan Esar

    And with that, I think you’ve had enough. Evan, if you want more.

     
    • Garfield Hug 2:44 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      LMAO! Great quotes I must add and what a way to ponder over the long Easter weekend here! Happy Egg hunting MisterMuse 🙂

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      • mistermuse 6:30 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Easter is also April Fools’ Day. Don’t be surprised if the Easter Bunny mixes in some rotten eggs with the good ones. 😦

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    • mistermuse 8:44 am on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm — what’s the dif between a rotten egg and a spoiled one? 🙂

      BTW (re your first comment), I’m sure you didn’t LYAO at the Kevin S. Aldridge quote. That’s serious stuff….and, I hope, it’s how anyone who’s capable of putting themselves in a black man’s place would feel.

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    • Superduque777 3:25 pm on March 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

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    • Carmen 7:08 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      The fact that Easter falls on April Fool’s Day is as it should be. . . 🙂 Great quotes, mistermuse!

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      • mistermuse 4:06 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        That was a pithy comment, Carmen, which I am deistic enough to appreciate (and which my atheistic readers doubtless appreciate even more). As for the quotes, I have seven favorites, but none I like more than Anatole France’s.

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    • Don Frankel 11:24 am on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m with George Bernard Shaw on this one. And so, a little music should suffice.

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      • mistermuse 4:21 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I know the song, but I didn’t know Sinatra sang it, because that album is not among my many Sinatra albums. BTW, sooner or later I need to start reducing the size of my record collection, so if there are any particular Sinatra albums you want, let me know and if I have them, you can have them for the cost of postage.

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        • Don Frankel 2:04 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink

          Thank you Muse but one thing I’ve got plenty of in addition to nuthin’ is Sinatra recordings, tapes, DVDs and even old LPs.

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        • mistermuse 6:58 pm on March 31, 2018 Permalink

          You’re welcome, Don. Since you’ve got plenty of nuthin’ (including probably this one, which I have too), I’ll share it with the readers:

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    • moorezart 3:58 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on From 1 Blogger 2 Another.

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      • mistermuse 9:21 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I thank you, and those I quoted thank you (if I may speak for the six guys who are dead, whom I presume don’t mind).

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    • The Coastal Crone 6:14 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Loved your wild quotes!

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    • mistermuse 9:32 pm on March 30, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks. I enjoyed corralling those quotes. I’d have included a Trump quote, but that would’ve made me a lyin’ tamer. 😦

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    • arekhill1 2:43 pm on April 1, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      “There are no stupid questions, just stupid people asking questions everybody else already knows the answer to.” Why quote somebody else when you can quote yourself?

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    • Tarissa 3:49 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I love that you shared a Little Women quote… that’s one of my favorite books!

      I’m a collector of quotes myself (I keep a notebook full of the really good ones I come across). There’s a couple others here that you mentioned that I might need to scribble down. 🙂

      So… I would like to invite you to my L. M. Alcott reading challenge this June! We’re talking about all things Alcott and everyone gets to choose a book(s) to read for the challenge — whatever you want it to be, concerning Miss Alcott (+ there’s a giveaway!) Details are on my blog…

      Tarissa
      http://inthebookcase.blogspot.com

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      • mistermuse 5:36 pm on June 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the comment and invitation, Tarissa, but except for responding to comments from my readers, I’m ‘taking a vacation’ from blogging for several weeks (see my last post of June 1st)….and, to be honest, I haven’t read Alcott’s books for decades and don’t have time to re-acquaint myself with her work. I have way too many unread books on my shelves that I want to get to and won’t be able to read them all even if I took a few months off (not just a few weeks).

        Thanks again, and happy quote collecting. 🙂

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