Joined Friday, August 15, 2003
Recent Book Activity
Murder, She Wrote: Close-Up On Murder
A Passionate Man
The Penguin Who Knew Too Much (Meg Langslow Mysteries)
Look Around Rain Forests
The Art Teacher from the Black Lagoon
What Is A Rainbow? (A Just Ask Book)
Why Is the Grass Green?
Why is the Sky Blue?
Why Does it Thunder and Lightning?
Buttermilk (A Serendipity Book)
Catundra (Serendipity Books)
Poppyseed (Serendipity Series)
Tickle's Tale (Serendipity Series)(different cover)
Body in the Cornflakes
Dover and the Claret Tappers (Chief Inspector Dover Mysteries)
Eye of the Storm
Murder at the Cat Show (Perkins & Tate Mysteries)
Murder on the Menu: A Cooking Class Mystery
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BOOKISH-ANGEL'S "AROUND A BIG WORLD WITH A SMALL BLADDER" QUEST TO
PERSONALLY RELEASE A BOOK ON EVERY CONTINENT (OR A CONTINENT'S ISLAND) BY FALL, 2010,
MY 50TH BIRTHDAY, WAS COMPLETED ON MARCH 13, 2009. THANK YOU, BOOKCROSSERS, FOR THE
BOOKS AND GOOD WISHES THAT HELPED ME COMPLETE THIS GOAL!!!! bookcrossing.com/
NORTH AMERICA: USA. I have released many books in my mother country.
EUROPE: Amsterdam, Netherlands. September 23, 2006. Released "Rainy Lake" by Mary Francois Rockcastle at Mulligan's Irish Music Bar, Amstel 100.
ANTARCTICA: Mainland. Paradise Harbor Chilean Base. January 21, 2007. Released "Scott of the Antarctic" by Elspeth Huxley and "Mary, Mary" by James Patterson to a Chilean base employee who was very excited about the Bookcrossing idea.
SOUTH AMERICA: Ushuaia, Tierro del Fuego, Argentina. January 24, 2007. Released Lonely Planet's "Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay" on the snack food rack at the "Telecom" internet/telephone store center at the end of the pier.
AFRICA: Johannesburg, South Africa. June 10, 2008. Released Mark Bixler's "The Lost Boys of Sudan" to the woman sitting behind me on my arriving flight to South Africa. Also on 6/10/08, I left Lauren Haney's "A Curse of Silence" at Safari Club Bed and Breakfast in Johannesburg. 6/14/08: Released "Icebound: A Doctor's Incredible Battle for Survival at the South Pole" by Jerri Nielsen in Dakar, Senegal to a young woman in the row ahead of me on South African Airways flight #207 from Johannesburg.
AUSTRALIA: Sydney, Australia: February 21, 2009. Released "A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Soul - 2nd Helping" by Jack Canfield, et.al, "Welcome to My Planet, Where English is Sometimes Spoken" by Shannon Olson and "Tale of the Unknown Island" by Jose Saramago at The Sheraton Four Points Hotel at Darling Harbor.
Melbourne, Australia: February 24, 2009. Released "Katwalk" by Karen Kijewski in the Diamond Princess cruise ship's library while docked.
Exmouth, Australia: March 4, 2009. Relased "The Perfect Storm" by Sebastian Junger in the Diamond Princess cruise ship's library while docked in Exmouth.
ASIA: March 13, 2009: Released "La Maravilla" by Alfredo Vea and "The Appeal" by John Grisham at the Diamond Princess tender boat waiting area at Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
I am a voracious reader with the exceptions of most Chick Lit, Romance, Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. I am a bloodlust Scrabble player.
I am a citizen of the USA interested in all other cultures, pro-gay and equal rights, anti-vivisection/pro animal-rights, middle-age and loving it. I falteringly follow a mostly Buddhist path. The older I get, the less I know for sure and the happier I am. My mottos are "Work a little, travel a lot" and "You can't have everything - where would you put it?"
I am a serious student of classic, international and documentary film with my fave directors being Billy Wilder, Yasujiro Ozu, Hayao Miazaki, and Chris Columbus. I like small films about universal ideas and issues; "Slingblade," "The Tokyo Story," "Strictly Ballroom," "Rabbit-Proof Fence," etc. I love intellectual (and not so intellectual) discussion of film and welcome your recommendations!
My favorite book is Larry McMurtry's "Lonesome Dove." Very close seconds, in no order, are Forrest Carter's "The Education of Little Tree" (despite the controversy), Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," Ayn Rand's "Anthem," George Orwell's "1984" and "Animal Farm," Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," and Caroline Alexander's "The Endurance. Current reading passions involve information about China's Cultural Revolution, brain science, green living, nooetic science, Buddhism. Travel writing is another passion with particular interest in Asia, Africa, The Caribbean, Australia and Antarctica. I also like first-person cozy mysteries than can't be figured out in the first 20 pages.