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Ok, so when I first saw this book I thought “Seriously? They have gone too far!” But then I picked it up and began to read it… and I was hooked! It seems like a bad combination but somehow it works. The original text is simply infused with zombie action. So if you liked the original, and don’t mind a dose of ridiculousness, then you will probably love this book. There is not as much “ultraviolent zombie mayhem” as I was led to believe, well at least not as much as most zombie movies, but there is a decent amount of “bone-crunching” zombie action.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

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Roses and poppies!

So the rose bush outside of our apartment is finally blooming, and it is gorgeous! It is so big it must be very old. So I snapped some pictures. Enjoy!
Rose 1
Rose 2
Yellow Rose
This one was all yellow.

I also found these beautiful purple poppies outside of my cousin’s house.
Purple Poppy1
Purple Poppy2
Purple Poppy3

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“Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,

the world offers itself to your imagination,

calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-

over and over announcing your place in the family of things.”

-Mary Oliver, from Dream Works

Spring Flower

Spring Flower

Mary Oliver is one of my favorite poets. She writes with a beauty and simplicity that never fails to touch my heart.

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Resurrection Fern

These beautiful photographs are from one of my favorite blogs called Resurrection Fern, URL: http://resurrectionfern.typepad.com/.
The author also has a wonderful shop on Etsy.com that is worth checking out. It is called “knitalatte”.
She makes artwork out of rocks by crocheting over them. You can find some for sale at her Etsy shop.

I just love the idea of natural objects as art, and I think these rocks are absolutely beautiful!

Beautiful Crocheted Stones

Beautiful Crocheted Stones

Rock with Flowers

Rock with Flowers

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Seattle by air

Here are some photos of the Seattle area I took while on an airplane. Keep in mind it was pretty cloudy that day (cloudy in Seattle? Surely you jest!).

Seattle

Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Downtown Seattle

Getting closer to the airport

Getting closer to the airport

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I do not know which to prefer,

The beauty of inflections

Or the beauty of innuendoes,

The blackbird whistling

Or just after.

-Wallace Stevens from “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms

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They were talking about John Cheever on the radio today (I think it was PRI). As I listened I was reminded of some of my favorite Cheever stories. He was mainly a short story writer with sort of a surrealist style. His most famous story is probably “The Enormous Radio”, a story about a couple whose radio lets them hear their neighbors conversations. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1979.

By far my favorite Cheever story is “The Swimmer”. The story begins on a light note as the main character, a man named Neddy, decides to get home by swimming through all of his neighbors pools. However, the story becomes progressively more dark as he journeys home. His neighbors begin to make cryptic remarks to him and the nice summer weather begins to get colder and colder. By the time he reaches his home he finds it abandoned as if a lifetime has passed. It really is a wonderful and moving story and I will highly recommend it.

You can read the full story of “The Swimmwe” online here: http://shortstoryclassics.50megs.com/cheeverswimmer.html.

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