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Catskill-eagle

From Orange, California USA
Joined Saturday, January 06, 2007
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Updated 11-17- 2011
Love to read(duh!) especially mysteries,adventures,crime,theology, general fiction and like to collect cookbooks not only to read, but also to use to cook .( I also collect pastiches concerning Sherlock Holmes that stay true to Watson's voice as written by the "Master" Conan Doyle.) Have delved into some literature and will continue to do so.

I live in the glorious O.C.( Orange County,CA. for the great unwashed :),specifically, Orange ) and firmly believe that "reading is fundamental". Hope to hear from others in the future, in between books, of course. Check out "all books" on my bookshelf."Reserved", "To be Read" (TBR) and even possibly books in my "permanent collection" may be sent out as a "Bookerang" (Sent out to one person with the understanding than when finished reading it will be sent back")."Available" books are, of course, available. Friends and other interested parties have "right of first refusal" before books are "set free into the wild". Welcome trades, mutual RABCKs and other gifts of grace.

"And there is a Catskill Eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces. And even if he forever flies within the gorge, that gorge is in the mountains; so that even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than the other birds upon the plain even though they soar."
Herman Melville, "Moby Dick"

Some bookcrossers have wondered about my choice of screen name and have I ever been to the Catskills. No, I haven't; the above quote is really a partial reflection of how I see myself. It was quoted by my favorite author, Robert B. Parker (he of "Spenser for Hire" fame")in his book " A Catskill Eagle" (his best I think) and it motivated me to also read Moby Dick. While I don't believe in reincarnation, a question I occasionally like to ask people is: "If you could be or become any animal you wanted, what would it be?". Sometimes a person's answer will give you a clue as to their personality(as will scanning their bookshelf!). Eagles are high fliers, enjoy freedom , mate for life, and are proud, noble and a symbol for our country and the patriotism some of us hold dear. They also can be scavengers and have no known predators (except for man). I could do worse then embody those characteristics.

As for not putting my age, if you get to know me I would tell you, but I don't like to be pigeon-holed( Ha, another bird reference! : )
Another saying I like is "If you didn't know how old you were, how old would you be?" Age can be a state of mind since we all know older people who are still immature and younger people who are wise beyond their years... So don't judge a book by it's cover (Ha, I'm on a roll!)

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