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ravenlee

Joined March 2018

Homeschool mom trying desperately to read grown-up stuff (at least occasionally)
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I finished it! I remember when this was published, and the BN I worked at had the first midnight release party. I was working 3 jobs that summer and the release was Saturday, so I worked a full day at my desk job then went to my BN shift. They said we‘d be done between 1-2 AM; our store manager didn‘t release us until almost 4.

I hadn‘t read the books until that point, but in the two weeks preceding the release I read them all, then this one too.

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I have just under 100 pages to go! Thought I‘d get some reading in at the kiddo‘s dentist appointment this morning, but no go. We had a lunch date and went to the library (for just a couple books...or 27...). It‘s hot and humid and windy - feels like a hair dryer out there. All I want to do is sit in the A/C and finish my book!

But I‘ve been invited to play dolls, so Harry will have to wait.

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Pickpick

20 down for #nancydrewchallenge ! This one took longer than usual, due to life stuff getting busy recently.

Not my favorite but pretty good. The connection between mysteries strains credulity, Ned doesn‘t show up until the very end and has little to do, but there‘s some solid sleuthing. 3.5/5⭐️

ravenlee I had to laugh at the idea of a black widow “hunting” Nancy in a dark attic though. What, like a trained killer spider? 2d
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I am struggling with this book. I haven‘t read it since it first came out, and it‘s tough. Other than being huge, I find Umbridge to be too much (though of course it‘s realistic, given our current mess). I have a hard time with books that have absolutely everything going against the MC, and this one fits the bill. Just at halfway and I‘ll get through, but man, it‘s tough.

Birdsong28 It is the toughest of the series as nothing really happens, I know there is everything with Umbridge but compared with the other books it's very slow. 📚📖 3d
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Untitled | Unknown
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Very little reading time the last few days. Kiddo (bottom left) had recital this morning, preceded by two dress rehearsals. We had 60-some kids (5-7 years old) plus ten moms in this dressing room last night and today, 90 minutes each. My ears hurt and I‘m all peopled out!

They did well, and now it‘s over! Grandparent visit rest of the weekend, a week off from homeschool, and next weekend a massage.

BookNAround So cute! My daughter danced from the age of 4 until 17 when she went off to college, so I‘m very familiar with this controlled chaos. 🙂 2d
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Hands Off! | Francine Pascal, Jamie Suzanne
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InBooksILive 🤣🤣 4d
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch

I agreed to join a Jane Austen book club via email with my MIL, her sisters, my husband‘s cousin‘s wife, and two of his cousins. This may be a really bad idea.

Wish me luck. Emma‘s up first.

DivineDiana You had to say yes! 🤞🏻 6d
ravenlee And now also his sister and his other cousin‘s fiancé. This is going to be interesting. Most of the women in his family really like Ayn Rand‘s books...because they‘re funny... 6d
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I‘m still thinking about this one, so I‘ll hold off on a rating.

+ some diversity (just MC, and mostly it‘s subtle), good dragon, girls saving the world, making tough decisions for the good of the many
- little explanation for the political situation, didn‘t really understand the sorceresses and their stance, think the title doesn‘t quite match the story

Overall this was a quick, interesting read, but not sure how to rate it.

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I Am Drums | Mike Grosso
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“Serious about their craft”?!

I didn‘t know anyone in middle school who was “serious about their craft,” or who would put it that way. This just doesn‘t fit here.

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I Am Drums | Mike Grosso
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When I teach drums to kids, I tell them it‘s time to learn how to speak Drummer. Then we get into some of the crazy-named rudiments, and it‘s fun and silly. Paradiddle. Paradiddlediddle. Ratamacue. Flamadiddle. Ruff.

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So far I like Chantel, and can totally identify with her. I have a Look, too, and I sooooo badly want to say things.

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Sometimes light illuminates things that are better left in the dark.

I‘ll return to this one eventually. It‘s just not a good fit right now.

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I started this one today, but I‘m going to shelve it for now. This is the third MG book I‘ve picked up in the last few weeks that hangs heavily on the MC being a liar and the good and bad that comes from that, and it‘s too much of the trope for me.

I do plan to come back to this one, because I‘ve really been wanting to read it - and I think it‘ll be better than the other two, but now isn‘t the time.

Lot of bails so far this month.

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I Am Drums | Mike Grosso
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this more than I did. There are too many elements - Sam realizes she has a long way to go toward being a drummer, pursues lessons; but she‘s also struggling in school and having discipline problems, and her home life is pretty awful. Then the band program is getting cut, and Sam starts making poor decisions. Too many elements to do them all justice. Not bad, but not great.

Tamra Shoot, because it looks good! 1w
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I Am Drums | Mike Grosso
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Yesterday‘s library #bookhaul (the kiddo‘s 30-some are elsewhere). I swore I wasn‘t getting anything for me...

Also - you may not know this about me but I‘m a part-time professional percussionist. I just found out yesterday my sister is starting her kids in music lessons! Almost-7 niece gets guitar (like her dad) and 8-year-old nephew gets drums like his auntie!

Tamra My son just got his first instrument choice for band, percussion! 👏🏾👍🏾 2w
ravenlee @Tamra that‘s awesome! I‘ve encountered so many parents through the years (I‘ve been teaching lessons off and on since high school) who don‘t want their kids to play percussion because it‘s “too loud” or “just noise.” I‘m glad you‘re excited for him! 2w
Tamra @ravenlee my husband and I have music degrees & he is a professional musician so we‘re happy for the kids to play any instrument! 😁 2w
RainyDayReading I always wanted to learn to play the drums! But my band teacher said we already had enough drummers so I learned flute and tenor sax instead 😪 still want to learn drums all these years later haha. 2w
ravenlee @RainyDayReading I teach lessons... I actually had an adult student a few years ago, and we had a great time together. 2w
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Another solid Cainsville story, although there‘s very little of Cainsville actually featured. The characters are growing into their identities and their roles, and their interactions are very well done. I both love and hate that the books in this series take place in immediate succession, because I‘m trying to space them out and it‘s tough. Now I have to wait on Book Outlet for the next volume and it‘s gonna be forever! 4/5⭐️

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Bailedbailed

Forty-some pages in and I really dislike all the little asides. The style is grating and while I‘m intrigued by the premise I find the tone too distracting to continue.

Bummed by a second bail already this month, but on to something new.

Crazeedi Too many books to waste time on one you aren't enjoying 2w
ShyBookOwl Bummer 2w
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Rory's Promise | Michaela MacColl, Rosemary Nichols
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Between a pick and a so-so for me. Interesting story, though parts felt far-fetched (though some of those were the factual part of the story). I loved Sister Anna. Some errors were annoying (miscalculating cabs needed for the number of children, “chuck” that should be “chunk”, etc) but overall a good, quick story.

Recommend for a slightly different perspective on the Orphan Train story, upper MG level.

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Number 19 down for #nancydrewchallenge. I lost some steam reading these to the kiddo last month, but I‘m hoping to get back into it more.

This story relies on lots of coincidences, in both storylines. A thinly veiled Romanov plot doesn‘t quite work for me (think Anastasia but she‘s a boy), but I liked the characters. 3.5/5 ⭐️

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Usually my daughter gets majorly freaked out by costumed characters - but not Pete the Cat! We had fun at the literacy festival today (after migratory bird day at the wildlife refuge).

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Cute mystery featuring the mouse equivalents of Holmes and Watson. Not sure how young readers now like these, but I enjoyed it. I‘m curious to see how my daughter likes it.

TheLibrarian This is also a great movie! 3w
ravenlee @TheLibrarian reading this reminded me of my childhood! I don‘t know if I saw the movie, but I remember it coming out, and I read one of these books when they reissued them for the movie. 3w
rabbitprincess The movie is one of my favourite Disney movies! 3w
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Hard Justice | Lori Foster
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A solid story, although the villain was pretty easy to guess and there are inconsistencies in the story that really bugged me (supporting character‘s fiancee/wife, was the event two or five years ago). Still, an enjoyable romance and a good addition to the Body Armor/Ultimate storyline.

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The kiddo and I went on our weekly library trip. Rather than a quick stop at the neighborhood branch she insisted on a trip to the main branch, as she was DYING to get the next Myth-O-Mania volume (thanks @LibrarianRyan for telling me about that). We returned two bags of books, and left with three...plus the bag we renewed that‘s still at home.

A good problem to have, though. And our library receipts say we‘re saving close to $700 right now!

RadicalReader How cool a library receipt letting you know how much you saved 3w
RainyDayReading I loved the Myth-O-Mania books! 3w
charl08 Another fan of those library receipts. What a great idea. 3w
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Bailedbailed

Rats. Starting May on a DNF. I got 60-some pages in and just don‘t care at all. I flipped ahead to see if it picks up, and still don‘t care. Moving on.

MommyOfTwo This one was a bit slower than the other book I‘ve read by her but I still liked it. 3w
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A Thousand Beginnings and Endings | Elsie Chapman, Ellen Oh
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3/3 @jpmcwisemorgan You have spoiled me! Thank you so much for all the amazing things. This is my first Pop, and I adore Giles. I love the bag - Dracula is one of my favorite books ever. The books are fantastic (I‘ve been wanting to read Jackaby) and the goodies - yum! Beautiful journal and bookmarks; I love Celtic knots so much I have a tattoo! I just love everything. I‘m so grateful.
#mythsandlegendsswap

jpmcwisemorgan Yay! I‘m so glad it all worked! 3w
MeganAnn Great package! 💙🎉✨👏🏻⚡️🎉💙 3w
jpmcwisemorgan You said you liked Buffy and you have all sorts of books so you needed a librarian! I saw you read to your kiddo and while Jackaby is YA I figure they might grow into it so it‘s for you and maybe something you can someday share with them if it‘s of interest to them. Also, it has some Buffy-ish vibes to it. It‘s a 4-book and maybe 2 short stories series and is complete so if you get sucked in you‘re not stuck waiting forever for the next book. 3w
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2/3 this is the cutest wrapping paper ever!

#mythsandlegendsswap

Cinfhen Soooooo cute!!🐉🐲 3w
Avanders So cute!! 3w
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1/3 @jpmcwisemorgan oh my goodness! I am overwhelmed and haven‘t even opened anything but the boxes yet! Thank you!

#mythsandlegendsswap
@MeganAnn what a great swap!

MeganAnn @jpmcwisemorgan I see you found the same Viking themed wrapping paper I did 😉🗡💙 3w
jpmcwisemorgan @MeganAnn 😀 I thought it was perfect! 3w
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Who Was Daniel Boone? | Sydelle Kramer
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Thank you @Butterfinger and your little one for Casey‘s goodies! She‘s already reading the Greek myths book (“That‘s Medusa!” she said).

#mythsandlegendsjrswap
Thanks @MeganAnn for organizing!

Butterfinger I hope she enjoys it. 3w
MeganAnn Aww so cute! 💙🎉✨👏🏻 3w
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Cruel April | Neil Albert
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Well, my momentum really slowed down in April, but it‘s still been a better reading year than the previous five-six.

3145 pages read, 12 books
Four graphic novels, three of them in the fantastic George O‘Connor Olympians series, three Nancy Drews, and one non-fiction slog that was good but dense and really dragged me down.

May is going to be busy, so I don‘t have high hopes for reading much but I‘ll try.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Well done! 📖💖 3w
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“for when the men of Ancient Greece wrote down their stories, they did not think to ask the women for theirs.”

Not just Ancient Greece.

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“Whether or not it is true is unimportant.”

Well, yes and no. Whether it is FACT or not is unimportant, but myth/story can be TRUE without being fact.

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Pickpick

This has been on my shelf since childhood, and I finally read it. It‘s a sweet story of Ann, a girl transplanted from Gettysburg to the Western Country in the very early years of American independence (by Western, think West Virginia). She‘s having trouble adjusting. A short, sweet, historical fiction.

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Pickpick

Another great installment. Unlike so many depictions of Hera, this one shows a complex woman who is much more than a vindictive shrew. She IS vindictive - but we see more of why that is, along with other dimensions. I wish the story of Heracles had taken up a little less, but it was all great.

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Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess | George O'Connor
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Pickpick

I am loving this series of graphic novels, telling the story of the Greek gods.

Includes Arachne, Medusa, Athena‘s origin story (not in that order). Very well done.

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MythBusters: Don't Try This at Home! | Mary Packard, Discovery Channel
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It‘s a good news/bad news kind of day here. Good: the package arrived from @jpmcwisemorgan ! Bad: the USPS strikes again. I haven‘t received a single package intact since moving into this house in September. I don‘t know what they do to them!

#mythsandlegendsswap

cobwebmoth 😯 3w
jpmcwisemorgan Oh no! It should mostly be ok. There wasn‘t anything really breakable or that wouldn‘t be ok. I hope the books made it in better condition! 3w
Avanders Oh *no* 😦 3w
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ravenlee @jpmcwisemorgan the book box is much better. Most of our boxes arrive with dented corners or small gauges in the side, usually no big deal. But I‘ve had three or four smashed like this one and it‘s super frustrating. I think the distro guys here play soccer with the packages or something. 3w
LibrarianRyan You really should report it to the post master. If one thing if it‘s once maybe twice a year but other wise something is going on. 3w
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History of God | Karen Armstrong
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26 years later...I don‘t think the Cold War really ended, but had a thaw. We may not be locked in an unending nuclear standoff, but tines still aren‘t great. Still facing down ecological disaster, despite all the ostriches in positions of power. Maybe some good news on the AIDS front, not sure.

Definitely still valid concerns all around.

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History of God | Karen Armstrong
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Pickpick

Woo, boy, this took some doing! A very informative book that gave me a lot to think about, but it‘s very tough to get through.

Some negatives: I found some of the layout difficult, as the chapters follow different ideas in times and traditions that overlap, so in some sections there‘s a lot of “we‘ll discuss this in the next chapter.” Also, inconsistent in giving dates for key figures or their works.

Cont in comments

ravenlee I wish there were an updated version, as I‘m curious how events over the last 26 years would affect Armstrong‘s conclusions. There‘s a very astute, brief section on modern fundamentalism at the end that could be a whole book by this point - Muslim AND Christian. 3w
ravenlee But I‘m glad I got through it. It‘s always nice to see books/authors I‘m familiar with being referred to in a new read. Now it‘s time to dig out some of those works and go through them myself (but not until I‘ve had a hefty dose of fiction to restore myself!). 3w
Clare-Dragonfly I read this years ago and would also love to see an updated version. 3w
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Another good one for #nancydrewchallenge - 18 down!

Nancy tries to reassure a new friend about the safety of her new job, stumbling into several connected mysteries. She must track down a long-lost relative, resolve a ghost story, find both pieces of a treasure map (and find the treasure) - all while staying one step ahead of the villains!

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This is titled “Is it okay to run an illegal library from my locker at school?” and it popped up in my Facebook memories today. After I had started reading the tagged book. That‘s pretty interesting timing.

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Books are worth the risk.

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Myths and Legends | Philip Wilkinson
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Butterfinger We hope your little girl enjoys it. 4w
MeganAnn Yay!! ⚡️🎉✨ 4w
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Eleven Eleven | Paul Dowswell
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Just happened to catch this - 11111 Litfluence!

Thanks, Litsy, for being awesome.

AnneCecilie Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cool catch! 👏🎉 1mo
wanderinglynn Very cool! 👏🏻🎉 1mo
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TheSpineView What a great number! 💜📚 1mo
Redwritinghood 🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
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Just watched this movie for the #HPBuddyRead - third time watching (maybe fourth?) but haven‘t seen it in about eight years. I do feel a bit like I just zipped through a Cliffs Notes version of the story.

Watching all through the credits, two things stood out. The good one is “no dragons were harmed during the making of this film.”
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ravenlee The bad one was confirming that the Patil twins are not related. Apparently we can just dress two girls of Indian heritage in the same clothes, throw on a couple saris and bindis, and call them twins? That bugs me. 1mo
ravenlee Also, the very last song during the credits was, um, awful. I‘m sorry I even listened to it. 1mo
Birdsong28 They missed out lots of key bits especially as in the World cup scenes in the book they are in the box (in the book) and they meet loads of important characters that are important to the story. I understand how you feel about it being a cliff notes adaptation @ravenlee 1mo
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A History Of God | Karen Armstrong
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“Science demands the fundamental belief that there is a rational explanation for everything; it also requires an imagination and courage which are not dissimilar to religious creativity.”

While I like this quote, I‘m not quite sure about the first part. There are plenty of scientists who are also people of faith. This just feeds the idea that science and religion are fundamentally opposed and irreconcilable.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook I rather agree with you. Man I started this book but if was heavy going and I quickly bailed! 1mo
ravenlee @MommyWantsToReadHerBook it certainly is! I‘m finding it very interesting, though - partly because these first few chapters align with the ancient history in my daughter‘s curriculum. I really need quiet to concentrate on this one, so it‘s slow going. 1mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @ravenlee good for you, I really should pick it up again - someday! Sounds very good. 1mo
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Let‘s call this a pick minus. I enjoyed the sleuthing elements, and the secrets of the trunk. But Nancy just happening to “listen in” on a finger-spelling conversation that mentions her by name, on the dock in Rotterdam? Not so much.

Number 17 down for #nancydrewchallenge (skipping number 18 and the exploding oranges, alternate title to come later).

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Please, Mister Postman | Alan Johnson

@sprainedbrain the USPS says the package for your young reader is out for delivery today - we forgot to put the opening date on the outside!

#mythsandlegendswapjr

sprainedbrain Oh how exciting!! Jack will be thrilled. Thank you! ❤️ 1mo
ravenlee You‘re very welcome. Hope he enjoys his goodies! 1mo
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History of God | Karen Armstrong
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“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”

Boy, isn‘t that the truth.

GondorGirl That quote speaks to me on a deep level. 😍😂😭 1mo
ravenlee @GondorGirl me too. On the one hand, it explains why we all seek refuge in books! But on the other it really speaks to how people can maintain belief in a religious/political/societal structure that is vastly outdated and illogical. 1mo
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History of God | Karen Armstrong
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First - Yahweh was the original social justice warrior. I find that interesting, and wish so-called Christian conservatives understood that.

Second - and possibly explaining the quandary of the first - “the religion of compassion is followed only by a minority; most religious people are content with decorous worship in synagogue, church, temple and mosque.”

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Myths and Legends | Philip Wilkinson
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Packages sent for #mythsandlegendsswap and #mythsandlegendsswapjr - estimated arrival by the end of this week!

@MeganAnn