Consider this...

"America is a simplified ideological abstraction, an emotive symbol represented by other abstract symbols like the flag. It is the object of a faithlike devotion, unencumbered by honest history." - Michael Parenti

Favorite reads of 2014

Very and varied good books this year.

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Favorite reads of 2013

John read some really good ones this year, at least two of which were a real joy to read -- for the language.

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Before the dreadful summer of pet deaths, we had a dog and a cat. Now we have two cats, but it seemed right somehow to get a dog too.

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At least, in our house, with the arrival of Benny and Babette, aged 3 1/2 months.

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