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Books I Read in 2019

1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
2. The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
3. The Knowing by Sharon Cameron
4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
5. Painless Geometry by Lynette Long, PhD
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
7. Geometry for Dummies by Mark Ryan
8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
9. Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman
10. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
11. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
12. Circe by Madeleine Miller
13. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
15. Matilda by Roald Dahl
16. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
17. The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero
18. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

cross-posted from my blog
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January Goals

1. Cake
2. L.A. Burdick
3. Tea Party
4. Escape the Room

Those are my “goals” for January. If I manage at least two of them, I’ll be very happy. Mostly, I’m aiming to accomplish #1. Cake. Yep. (hee!)
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101 in 1001

I've decided to make an attempt at posting on LJ more often (and on my regular blog), even if it's just a quick post.

Along those lines I'm sharing my new 101 in 1001 Challenge List posted on my blog. My previous lists were failures (mostly because I'd forgotten about them and never updated but also because I didn't complete many of the items!), and I'm hoping to make some progress with this one. Baby steps toward achievable goals maybe?
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Been Awhile

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here so I thought I’d stop by to see if any of the LJers are still around.

Also, random thought that popped into my head: I wonder what happened to my mom’s fish tray? and the rooster tray? I brought one to a VP years ago, left it there for whatever reason, and never saw it again. Wonder if it’s still around. Vintage pieces. (I think the fish tray was left at the party, but what happened to the rooster one?) Idk.

Off to read old posts ...
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On the Topic of Being a Gentleman

I saw a post on Facebook about how a "true" gentleman would never "take seriously" a woman (or "girl" as this poster said) who complained about hangovers all the time. And I completely get what he was "trying" to say: If you don't want to wake up with a hangover, then don't drink to excess. Although I was never a drinker, I know that many college aged adults are. That got me thinking, and I think a true gentleman would hand a young woman some aspirin for her hangover and not make judgement calls on her as a person.

So how would I define a gentleman? I'm not sure but maybe something like this ... A gentleman (or a lady) exhibits chivalrous behavior, not simply as a show or to impress others, but because that is a part of who they are. This means being kind and courteous to anyone, including strangers. They respect people (including themselves). It doesn't mean you are any better than anyone around you although you might hold yourself to a higher standard. It doesn't mean you treat others with disdain if they don't meet the same standard you hold for yourself, and although you are polite and display "good manners," it doesn't mean you are a pushover and should always hold your tongue. A gentleman is judged partly on how he carries himself/behaves but mostly on how he treats others (and not only how he treats his current love interest).

So, what do you think defines a gentleman (or a lady) in everyday life? (not in the sense of nobility or someone who is a person of leisure) and how do you think a "real gentleman" would behave toward a "girl" who complained about yet another hangover?