Stolen box

Every month, our dogs get a bark box. The box is small and usually fairly light. We allow Molly to retrieve it and open it herself.

I ordered a new swimsuit. I was headed out for a short time, so I just kicked it inside our entry way and went on my way.

When I came home, Molly was in the entry way, waiting for me. My daughters let her out and she said hi to me as I came up the walkway. We went inside and shut the gate.

Suddenly, Molly saw the box. She grabbed it and ran upstairs with it. The kids caught her and sent her back downstairs. I managed to get the box from her, but she was still interested in the box. I opened it and got the innards out. She tried to take the swimsuit. I managed to keep the suit and I gave her the empty box. She was still excited and ran back up stairs with it. She had her fun with the box and then it got recycled.

About an hour later, her bark box was delivered. I guess she knew it was about time for her package to come. I guess we need to teach her to read the labels before she assumes it’s for her.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

We Have Always Lived in the Castle
 by Shirley Jackson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I spent a lot of time overthinking the book.

It was a quick read, and I did enjoy the book. Because it was labeled horror, I was expecting it to be scarier. I did not find it scary at all. Maybe a little creepy, but not necessarily scary.

It was an ok book. I don’t think I’d really recommend it to anyone, but I had it recommended to me many times.

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A Short Account of the History of Mathematics by W. Rouse Ball

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics
 by W. Rouse Ball

A Short Account of the History of Mathematics

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this gem as a freebie on Audible. It was part of the set to help you relax and sleep. It certainly helped me sleep. I lasted maybe 5 minutes. I was out cold. It worked for its intended purpose. I could tell by the title that it would be a snoozer.

I feel strange giving this 5 stars when it was boring and sleep worthy. It was worth listening to for sleep purposes, which is how it is marketed on Audible. It worked great!

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79 of 100 completed

Because of the stress of the shelter in place and the lack of the library, I fell a little behind on my reading. I haven’t actually fallen behind, but my schedule has been thrown out of whack.

In January and February, I was way ahead. I thought I’d meet my annual goal by April. The universe had other plans.

I am still 23 books ahead of my planned goal. I am still not stressing over it. The world won’t end if I don’t meet my goal. I am just not reading as voraciously as I was.

I still have many books planned out for the rest of the year. I hope to actually finish them and get reviews posted. I also hope that the library opens soon, but as time goes by, it looks less and less likely. I will be patient. It will happen.

Irish Dancing

Irish dancing

The above linked video tells about a woman who enjoys taking Irish dancing, even though she isn’t Irish. She has been accused of appropriating the Irish culture. She touches upon in this interview, telling about how she isn’t misappropriating the culture, and that she had to learn about the culture in order to fully understand the dances. I think it is full of very good information about not jumping to conclusions.

Communication Between Cultures by Larry A. Samovar

Communication Between Cultures
 by Larry A. Samovar

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I read this for my class on intercultural communications. I found that I was reading too hard into it. There were so many things that I knew were incorrect, history-wise, geography-wise, etc. Can’t someone fact check a book? I do understand that the points that irritated me were parts that didn’t have anything to do with communication, but I do think that the editor could have done a better job with updating information.

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You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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20 Best Books

20 Best books of all time

According to the above article, these are the twenty best books of all time. I have read many of them, and I pretty much agree on the ones that I have read. It’s a pretty good list.

To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen

One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez

Don Quixote Miguel de Cervantes

Nineteen Eighty-Four George Orwell

Great Expectations Charles Dickens

Catch-22 Joseph Heller

Frankenstein Mary Shelley

The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

The Color Purple Alice Walker

Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy

Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro

Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe

Beloved Toni Morrison

Lolita Vladimir Nabokov

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd Agatha Christie

The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien

My Brilliant Friend Elena Ferrante

Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7) J.K. Rowling

Tulsa Race Massacre

Tulsa Race Massacre


Baily Sarian on Tulsa Race Massacre

The three above linked articles talk about the Tulsa Race Massacre. This is something that we are not taught about in school. I hadn’t even heard about it until last month.

I took the time to look up what it was all about. What an awful event in history! Please take the time to look it up. I have made the hard work easier.

It makes me wonder what other important events have been glossed over or totally ignored. I hope to learn more with time. Point me in the right direction, if you can help. Missed in History podcast is helpful, too, but I don’t have a link to that.