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12/16/14 5:36 P

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I got "The Invisible History of the Human Race" out of the library. How DNA and History Shape our Identities and our Futures. It's new, so I'm scrambling to finish it by the deadline cause I don't think I can renew it :).

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12/15/14 12:23 A

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I'm about halfway through HP and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Until the final book came out, this was my favorite one in the series. I just adore the Harry Potter books. They are truly magical!
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12/1/14 5:12 P

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Am reading "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.

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12/1/14 1:21 A

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That series sounds like fun, Amy! I think I will check it out.

Almost done with Debbie Macomber's new holiday book, Mr. Miracle--about a male angel who comes to earth to help humans, but gets in trouble his own self! Silly but cute.

Re-watched The Man in the Iron Mask--good story, lovely music, moving performances.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/9/14 12:42 P

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I recently re-read Patricia Wrede's Dealing With Dragons series. I wish all young girls could read this! The heroine of the fairy tale, is a young princess who is practical, intelligent, and unwilling to settle...basically, not at all fairy tale princess-like. To avoid an arranged marriage, she runs away and becomes a dragons princess, then goes on adventures. Essentially, it's about being empowered, but it is so entertaining!

It's sort of like a tween-age version of the Paper-Bag Princess. (Also a great read for young girls.) emoticon

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10/18/14 10:57 P

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I will probably finish my new book this evening: Grounded by Neta and Dave Jackson. She wrote he Yada Yada Prayer Group books which I greatly enjoyed. This is in a new series which features some familiar characters from the YYPG books, the House of Hope series & others. Funny how a pagan like me can so enjoy these Christian fiction books. But I've always enjoyed stories with a spiritual theme.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
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And I love myself just the way I am."

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8/23/14 11:19 P

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Just finished the third Rose Harbor Inn novel by Debbie Macomber, about the widow of a serviceman killed in Afghanistan who opens a B&B in Cedar Cove, Washington (a fictional town where her Cedar Cove series, now on Hallmark, was set). We follow her evolving life, and the issues of her guests. This one was titled Love Letters.

Finished the Saving Mr. Banks DVD. It was quite sweet and moving--though the "extras" were very disappointing: a single deleted scene! I was hoping to hear more about the author, her books, the casting--a number of actors I recognized in small roles. Oh, the early 60s fashions and hair were amusing. Makes me want to see the Mary Poppins movie & maybe check out the book(s). I enjoy good children's books.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/6/14 7:38 A

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I'm alternating watching True Blood through Netflix DVD delivery, and through not knowing what to do next, I seem to be re-reading Jean Auel's Clan of the Cave Bear. Don't know if I'm into re-reading the whole series again or not.

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8/5/14 12:32 A

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I stumbled on a new to me) mystery series set in Mississippi, the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries about a PI who has a "haint" (or ghost) in her ancestral home. The author is Carolyn Haines, who writes very well. I've enjoyed it so much, I plan to read them all in order from the library (13 or 14 now); I've reserved the first two. emoticon

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/29/14 9:05 P

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I just finished Shadow Spell, the 2nd in the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy. This one came out on Tuesday, the first--Dark Witch--in late October or early November, so the third--Blood Magick--will probably come out in June or July.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/11/14 11:37 P

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I had finally gotten a book from the library (took a number of weeks for my reservation to get to me) that my therapist recommended--Calling In "The One," about breaking down barriers and attracting a loving relationship. I got into it just a little bit when another book I had requested (another recommendation from therapist Katie) came in--Overcoming Underearning: Overcome Your Money Fears and Earn What You Deserve.

When I read the jacket blurb on the second book, I realized *this* will be my valentine to myself: spending time and energy looking at my attitudes around money and finances, and increasing my knowledge, strength, and confidence in this neglected area of my life.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/20/14 11:44 P

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About to start my 3rd Nikki Heat novel by "Richard Castle" I don't know who the ghost writer is. They are fun. I'm into the 4th season of Castle on DVD, and I love the characters and relationships. Kate's dealing with the trauma of being shot & her sessions with a therapist (Michael Dorn, aka Commander Worf from Deep Space Nine; also the new captain is Penny Johnson, who as Kasidy Yates married Captain Sisko on DS9) are pretty profound. Yes, the show is funny a lot of the time, but still touches my heart.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/5/14 10:21 P

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While signing up for another season of Castle DVDs through the library, I discovered novels by "Richard Castle"--both his Derek (sp?) Storm and Nikki Heat series. I'm half through the first of the latter series, Heat Wave, which includes the dedication mentioned in the show, and sports a photo of Nathan Fillion as Castle on the back. I don't know who the ghost writer is, but it's quite fun. I have another couple on order with the library. This one is a short, quick read, too--just what I need with the work drama going on.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/16/13 12:26 A

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I've started The Tapping Solution, (by Nick Ortner) which is my second tapping book. It's written very well and delves into a lot of great stuff, while remaining very practical. The style is easy to read. I'll probably get my own copy at some point.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/14/13 11:47 P

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I stayed up later than planned and finished 2 episodes last night, then watched the 3rd one on the disc tonight. Awesome series!

I just finished a sometimes frothy novel, Island Girls, by Hot Flash Club author Nancy Thayer, which also examines family & romantic relationships with some poignancy.

Finally moved up the line and checked out The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner, a book on EFT which is proving to be entertaining and informative. I may end up getting my own, but I always like to check out a library copy before plunking down money for something that may not be that helpful.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/13/13 11:59 P

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Disc 2 arrived today, and I just started Part 3 during dinner. After a little more Sparking, I'll get my next dose of Downton Abbey while I have one of my little ice cream cups.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/10/13 12:35 A

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After seeing Parts 1 and 2, I am *loving* Downtown Abbey! I can't wait for the next disc to arrive by mail!

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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8/9/13 12:59 A

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This is a what I'm watching: After watching the 3 seasons of Leverage available on Blockbuster online (love the show!), I've just begun Downtown Abbey from PBS. No wonder it was so popular! Fascinating soap opera upstairs and downstairs, with the sinking of the Titanic and the politics of gender and inheritance thrown in.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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7/4/13 7:59 P

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I finished a disturbing book late last night by Nancy Thayer, who wrote The Hot Flash Club series which I enjoyed, and The Beachcombers which I just read and liked. This was An Act of Love about a blended family that begins with the teenage daughter trying to commit suicide. She finally admits she was raped by her stepbrother, who denies the accusation. Relationships between husband and wife, parent and child, are explored, as well as the path to healing and the issues faced by a victim of sexual assault.

On a far less serious note, I watched a DVD from the library, a Hallmark channel movie, Come Dance at My Wedding. Sweet, without being phony, the dance class scenes with both children and couples was especially fun. Such a delight to see Bo Duke (John Schneider) in a rather sensitive & unglamorous role.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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6/20/13 5:10 P

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I forgot we have this thread! I may copy some of the entries from another team where I've posted more often what I'm reading.

I just finished a very moving historical novel that I stumbled on at the library, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. It opens in 1986 when in the basement of an abandoned hotel a discovery is made of the possessions of Japanese families who were restricted in what they could take with them when they were forced into prison camps during WWII. It flashes back to the war years, especially 1942, in the life of a Chinese boy who becomes friends with a Japanese girl. His ostracism at an otherwise all-white school, his difficult relationship with a nationalist Chinese father who hates the Japanese, his friendship with a black jazz street musician, the details of life of Chinese and Japanese in Seattle before and during the relocation of thousands of American citizens, is told simply and compassionately. I highly recommend it!

I had to laugh at the first sentence in the About the Author section at the back of the book: "Jamie Ford is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China, to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the Western name 'Ford,' thus confusing countless generations."

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/12/12 10:19 A

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Crucial Conversations: tools for talking when stakes are high, by Kerry Patterson, eBook, borrowed from my library. A New York Times Best Seller.
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If we are to go on living together on this Earth, we must all be responsible for it.
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To cherish what remains of the Earth and to foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of survival.
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11/11/12 6:01 A

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My current non-fiction book is Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom by Dr Christiana Northrup. On the fiction front I am busy reading a book called Generosity by Richard Powers...it's different and I'm not crazy about the writing style, but I think I will stick with it.

"Life is about process, not stasis. We are processes, not things. We constantly change, even when we resist, even when we think we are stuck...Stuckness is an illusion" ~ Jessica Macbeth


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11/9/12 10:10 P

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All November and December Food Network does a lot of special programming for the holidays. Not only a ton of great ideas, but just a lot of fun with all of my favorite chefs.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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11/9/12 9:46 P

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I started and finished A Perfect Hope today (the third book in the new Nora Roberts trilogy). Even though it features my least favorite brother of the 3, it was a very satisfying story, with a nice resolution for the resident ghost. Reading was a great way to break up cleaning & straightening stints. emoticon

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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11/9/12 1:28 A

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I just finished Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief--lots of fun! emoticon And the brand new Nora Roberts came tonight from Amazon emoticon (doesn't she look like an Amazon to y'all?). It's the final book in her BoonsBoro Inn trilogy, just released on Tuesday.

I'm off tomorrow, and want to do a bunch of cleaning--and some clutter clearing--for a jewelry party on Saturday, but I imagine I'll be squeezing in some book reading here and there! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/3/12 11:24 P

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Right now I'm watching a marathon of last year's Next Iron Chef, leading up to the premiere of this year's installment tomorrow night.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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11/3/12 10:54 P

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I've started The Lightning Thief, the first in a series of juvenile novels by Rick Riordan--I think it might have been made into a movie.

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"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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10/29/12 12:15 P

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Cartoon network! One show is only about 10 minutes long. It is one weird show!

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

"I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.'" --Kurt Vonnegut



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Squidbillies? Never heard of it!


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10/29/12 11:43 A

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Yay for the Family Guy!

My thing at the moment is King of the Hill, and Squidbillies

Try harder--in everything that you do!

If the mind mends, the body will follow.

Gluten free is working for me!

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I watch most of the detective shows on TV and read a lot of mysteries. I'm currently reading the "Body Farm" series by Jefferson Bass. He is the real life professor who started the "body farm" where they study body decomposition. I actually saw him testify on one of those documentary reality series in a trial of a serial killer. He does have a tendency to ovewhelm with facts like he's lecturing but they're interesting.

I've been doing a lot of reading lately. I have been getting book downloads from the library and usually have to waitlist them. Then they all come in at once and I have 1 - 2 weeks to read them. Right now I have the 3rd body farm mystery, Deepak Chopra's The Shadow Effect and Nora Roberts 3rd book in the Three sisters trilogy (thank you Amanda for that recommendation) and another book called Divergent.






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Just started a new book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Only on page 17, so don't know if it will be good or not, but I am hopeful.
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I highly recommend LOST (it is old) you can Netflix it- other than that not much of a TV person- Shows for me are Project Runway or True Blood (TB is violent and very sexualized I warn you!)

Reading The Art of Extreme Self Care by Cheryl Richardson- it's great and HARD!
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The Next Best Thing- by Jennifer Weiner
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Courage by Debbie Ford

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oh gosh, there are so many shows i enjoy watching but some great ones are "breaking bad" and "the walking dead" on amc. we've always just had netflix and watched cable tv series on there but we now have cable and i'm enjoying watching the new season as they come on. breaking bad is a science teacher who ends up cooking meth...it's crazy. and the walking dead of course is a zombie type deal. it really does depend on the person obviously but these are two shows i would have never considered and now i can't miss, lol.
i started to watch drop dead diva but for some reason lost interested in season two..lol. i do love the idea behind it though. more "thin" people need an eye opener for sure. ;)
good luck on your entertainment search :)

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I can't say I recommend for, or against, something in particular. I guess it more depends on where you're at. That being said, I am a netflixer...1 DVD at a time plus streaming. The DVD's I'm watching as they become available are all the ones I never saw cause even when I had cable I never had premium. Nurse Jackie and True Blood (waiting for more to become available on both of those) and currently, 6 Feet Under. The death theme was almost too much at first but it branched out...some death, some life :) And I always am drawn to that subject anyway. I loved loved loved the Dead Like Me series.

Streaming I'm watching Bramwell (Redgrave sibling as awesome pioneering Dr in 19th century England) and Serenity/Firefly series for the 2nd time. Occasionally I dip into the Dragon Tattoo trilogy in the original...Swedish? with subtitles. I loved the books. I LOVE the Lisbeth Salander character. But I pick it up and put it down due to its intensity.

But, I also work a full and a part time job, and read fiction, and read 12-step literature (just started making my way through ACA book, and then I'll tackle the workbook), so my viewing is definitely a little at a time. Oh, and I fall asleep to Family Guy. Every nite!

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About 90% of my viewing is the Food Network. Right now I'm watching Restaurant Impossible.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

"We're children of a fighting race that never yet has known disgrace." (The Soldiers' Song, Irish national anthem)

"Every day above ground is a good day." (Chef Justin Kennedy of New Orleans, on Chopped)

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Fiction, non-fiction, movies, television--what do you recommend or warn against?

I don't pay for even basic cable channels, so miss some fun series. I saw the first season of Drop Dead Diva that my sister recorded, and bought that season on DVD on sale. Saw season 2 on Blockbuster online, but they don't have season 3, so I bought it from Amazon. I started it today (great comfort watching for a recuperative day off work), and I just adore this series. I love that the plus size actress who plays Jane, the brilliant attorney in whose body Deb, the shallow, skinny aspiring model ends up after she dies, is so glamorous. The show can be sweet and funny and poignant, and I recommend it highly!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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