Friday, May 16, 2008

diving in

It's May, it is a still, chilly and cloudy gray day. I am anxiously waiting for my Amazon order to arrive, "War and Peace." I have heard about this book my whole life and I have decided it's time. It is time to read it, tackle it, get through it, and hopefully love it. Some pals on a blog have recommended, a note pad and pen to help in keeping all the various people straight, I'll do that.(thank you) The book is 3.8 pounds and 1296 pages. I can't wait to just hold it! I love the feel of a good book.

Here are some reviews on this translation:
“A major new translation . . . [which] brings us the palpability [of Tolstoy’s characters] as perhaps never before. . . . Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky’s new translation gives us new access to the spirit and order of the book.” —James Wood, The New Yorker

“Shimmering....[it] offers an opportunity to see this great classic afresh, to approach it not as a monument but rather as a deeply touching story about our contradictory human hearts.” —Michael Dirda, Washington Post

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

keeping my free speech quiet

On very good advice, I am taking a break from expressing my thoughts on this blog. Hopefully, I will be back soon. Keep me in your good thoughts.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

holy crap the po po

Thursday May 8th. I was visited by two plain clothe detectives who said that they were following the orders of Mr.[Doe] the City Law Director stating that he is considering filing criminal harassment charges against me, in reference to my neighbor with the huge addition. The officers repeatedly stated that the issues I presented to city officials were unfounded, but when asked what "unfounded" meant they replied, "any complaint that is found not to be valid is unfounded." They kept asking me if I was going to continue with unfounded complaints. They used the word "criminal" often and were threatening and intimidating to both myself and my 18 year old daughter. Many of my neighbors have agreed with my complaints, additionally, I have always maintain a respectful and professional tone. When I pressed for more information they changed the subject and said they didn't know anything about this or that, that they were just here to relay a message. "We just follow orders." I believe I am within my rights to contact my elected representatives. I said to the two goons," Well, I am not a lawyer I didn't interpret the code as they did, and that is why I bought it up to the building department attention."

I am appalled and confused as to what they were trying to do. I am going to speak with my attorney next week, and decide what, if anything, I can do.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

pick up from pratt 08

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