~~~As Above So Below ~~ Be True to Oneself ~~~

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

This is a great link of a wonderful tour of Westminister Abbey. I have been there and I still need a refresher, so take a peek if you haven't been there, or if you want a glimpse of where the Royals will be marrying soon. It's a 360 tour that really shows the spectacularness of the historic place.

An English friend of mine who lives in NZ told me that they are all very excited about the wedding to be, and that she is getting together with some NZ friends to have cucumber on crustless bread, tea, and wear hats and maybe dresses to sit and view the wedding on the telly. That sounds fun . . . from NZ, but from the states that means getting up at 4:00 am or so I hear. There will be days and nights of re-runs at a respectable time for us North Americans.  

Speaking of the states, the weather hasn't been very good for anyone to Become A Watcher of the SkiesI'm talking the wonderful world of Astronomy: An Old Science and Popular Outdoor Activity.  The Lyrid meteor showers were going on while the overcast skies made it un-viewable from where I live, and most places in the states. Rain or snow everyday is definitely putting a damper on the chance to observe the night sky and those roughly 5000 stars seeable with the naked eye.  One thing for sure, when it is warm the critters we call Spiders: Eency Weency Predators, are having a show, a Spring coming out so to speak.

Stay warm, and give the English a toast for their traditions.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Interview With a Nook Owner

I have had the pleasure of quizzing a friend who recently purchased a NOOK from my banner ad here on my blog. She was very enthusiastic about it, and had spent some time exploring it before she left the country on a trip. Travel was her main reason for getting an e-reader. She knew it would be much easier carrying around a lightweight Nook, than a paperback.

The first thing she made clear is that the Nook is made for people who read books. That is quite a compliment because book readers are very picky! She likes that the page of the Nook book she is reading doesn't look different from a printed book page in the sunlight. It is not glossy, or backlit like a computer screen. 

A choice of screen savers are offered in the Nook, and she really thinks highly of the black and white etchings of famous authors (it is her favorite screen saver). Another plus is the hysterical introduction to the Nook by Dave Berry. She says that alone is reason to buy it. Some of the useful features that come with it are:
  • highlight passages or words
  • take notes
  • bookmark
  • check the meaning of a word in the handy dictionary (genius)
  • listen to music while you read!
I definitely want one after seeing hers. She also checked out and compared the Nook with other e-readers, and found it to be the best value. She chose the mid-range priced Nook that has wi-fi, not just 3G, and not the color Nook. Also, the Nook plays nice with libraries. If you have a library card and they offer e-reading, you can download a book online, just like if you were to physically take a book out at a library. Not all e-readers allow for that feature.

She was able to download quite a few free offers that aren't too shabby either - they came with her purchase. Feel free to click on the link and explore the NOOK world.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Was John Newton Amazed?

The slave turned slave trader, John Newton was (I believe) amazed at his prayer for mercy during the event that changed his life. He was a passenger on the ship, the Greyhound, when a fierce storm gave him real cause to believe the ship would go under. This is when the author of the Amazing Grace hymn embraced his God and asked for mercy, yet wondered why he would be allowed any. You see, he was enslaved and made to work on a lime plantation when he was a teenager so he wasn't a stranger to the hardships and lack of freedom the Africans he worked with had to put up with. Please read more at Amazing Grace Origin: John Newton.

I've been into researching some phrases lately and have found them to have interesting origins and meanings. They are: The Bluebird of Happiness Phrase, and On the Verge Phrase. The articles may surprise you!
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