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Thursday, December 14, 2017

#76 - Life of a Poet - Patricia Beaudry

Title:  Life of a Poet

Author:  Patricia Beaudry

Genre:  Auto-biography

Publisher/Date:  Self/2017

Dates read:  12/2/17 - 12/13/17

IBSN:  9-781978-423701

Written our dear friend who sub-titled this, her first book, "My Faith Journey", Pat tells us a bit about her life, the 

first half about growing up and living in eastern Washington.  The rest of the story in western Washington where 

she thrives, with all sorts of interests.  These hobbies include -- poetry in which she has been published a couple

of times; sewing of beautifully made clothing including men's and women's tailored suits and more recently 

quilting.  She devours Bible-based classes in her quest to know our Lord Jesus more intimately and thus witness

to others about what He has done in her life as she describes in her book.  I met Pat in 1994 and am part of the

circle of hands as shown above when a group of women met for the first time in a Bible class called Disciple.  

I always feel more a part of my friends' lives when they take that giant step in their quest to step outside their 

comfort zone and become published.  You, Pat, my generous friend, are an inspiration to me.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

#75 - The Long Secret - Louise Fitzhugh

The Long Secret

Title:   The Long Secret
Authors:  Louise Fitzhugh
Genre:  Fiction
Read by:  Anne Bobby
Originally published:  1971
Publisher/Date:  Listening Library/2013
Dates listened to:   12/2/17 – 12/10/17
Downloadable Audio Book:  5 hours, 51 minutes
ISBN:  978-0-8041-6851-9

This story is a companion to Harriett the Spy.  It’s not just about Harriett but about her best friend, Beth Ellen.  This is a multi-layered tale.  It takes place during the summer when the two girls, about 12 years old, hang out and play detective with a series of notes left about for random people to find based upon what looks like quotes from the Bible.  They try to discover who the culprit is who is doing this weird thing.  

The other thread weaves curly-headed Beth Ellen’s retiring nature with living at her grandmother’s and being reunited with her mother and her new husband.  Her mother insists Beth Ellen be called Beth and proceeds to straighten her hair.  Beth Ellen rebels.  Well of course, it’s a book about growing up, physically, mentally and emotionally.  And Beth Ellen comes through with flying colors in more ways than you can imagine.  A great sequel to Harriett the Spy and one I enjoyed even better than the first in the duet.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

#74 - The Federalist Papers - Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay

Title:   The Federalist Papers
Authors:  Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay
Genre:  Non-Fiction 342.73029
Read by:  Arthur Morey
Originally published:  1787
Publisher/Date:  Tantor Media, Inc./2010
Dates listened to:   11/10/17 – 12/6/17
CDs/Hours:  16/20
ISBN:  978-1-4526-0020-9

Our founding fathers put a lot of time and effort into writing material to be digested by the original thirteen states, among which include the possible attack of foreign countries, taxation, election of a president and state representatives, distinguishing between the terms federal and national, what the grounds for impeachment are.  Each subject is written by one of the three men between October 1787 and May, 1788, for a total of eighty-five essays.  Hamilton was a leading figure at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 and the first secretary of the treasury of the United States.  James Madison served as secretary of state under Thomas Jefferson and was the fourth president of the US.  John Jay served as minister to Spain and became the first Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court.  Much of what our country aspires to was derived from other countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.  When you consider we took into account what worked for them and what did not, we have done pretty well in how our country is run.

The Federalist Papers serves as the primary source for interpreting the Constitution and outlines the philosophy and motivation behind this newly proposed government system.  Originally published anonymously, The Federalist Papers first appeared in 1787 as a series of letters to New York newspapers exhorting voters to ratify the proposed Constitution of the US.  Still hotly debated, the arguments first presented here were created during a critical moment in our nation’s history.