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Another wonderful nature photo from Jeffery Foltice at Photo Nature Blog.
Beside the beautiful colors in the bird, I love the pattern and colors in the water and the contrast of the very still, crisp picture of the mallard to the wavy pattern in the water. Lovely shot all around!
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It was on this day in 1954 that the first mass inoculations of school children with the new polio vaccine took place; 137 children at Arsenal Elementary school in Pittsburgh, PA. The vaccine was developed by Jonas Salk, a doctor at the University of Pittsburgh. In that first trial, he gave each inoculation personally in a lab he constructed in the school gym.
I like Charles Dickens, and despite the length of this book, I picked it up anyway. To help my cause, I was listening to it on audio, which always helps with a long book.
Blurb: (from blackstone audio) The most gorgeously theatrical of all Dicken’s novels, Nicholas Nickleby follows the delightful adventure of a hearty young hero in nineteenth-century England. Nicholas, a gentleman’s son fallen up on hard times, must set out to make his way in the world. His journey is accompanied by some of the most swaggering scoundrels and unforgettable eccentrics in Dickens’s pantheon.
From the dungeon-like Yorkshire boys’ boarding school run by the cruel Wackford Squeers to the high-spirited stage of Vincent Crummles’s extraordinary acting troupe. Nicholas Nickleby is a triumph of the imagination, bursting with color, humor, and poignant social commentary.
What I liked: I really like Dickens’ satiric humor. He has a nice piece in the beginning talking about the very important bill that the parliament (or some political body) was working on – something about crumpets for the poor – an obvious slam on politicians. He makes Nicholas mother such a wishy-washy air head, it is very comical. The bad men are very bad (Wackford Squeers and Ralph Nickleby – Nicholas’s uncle – in particular) and in the end they get their just desserts and all the good people live happily every after. I have picked this particular cover of the book because it depicts two of my favorite characters – twin brothers Charles and Ned Cheeryable that are the most upstanding, generous people anyone could ever meet. The book was read by Robert Whitfield who had the right accent and did a wonderful job with all the characters.
What I didn’t like: There are so many characters, it’s hard to keep track of them at times. And as per most period pieces, there are scenes that go on longer than need be, but if you work through those, it’s worth it.
This picture has nothing to do with the weather, the season, or anything else, really – I just like it. The simplicity of color and subject, mostly. Complements of Joshi Daniel.
Today is Valentine’s Day, the day on which we celebrate love. The holiday was named in part for an early Christian priest, St. Valentine, who was martyred for his beliefs on this day in about 270 A.D. According to legend, the priest fell in love with his jailer’s daughter, and just before his execution, he wrote her a love letter signed, “from your Valentine.” (from The Writers Almanac, Feb 14th, 2014)
If you haven’t read this book, I would recommend it. And if you act fast, you can get it for free! (p.s. If you do get it for free, please be considerate and thank the author by putting a review on Amazon or goodreads or… That is the best thanks an indie author – or any author – can get!