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I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world. If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.

In the meantime, here's something I found for you to read that proves all good things do come to an end.

See you on Monday.

J. Peterman

From: The New York Times



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March 18, 2012 12:03 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

What’s Encyclopaedia Britannica, some young in years might ask?

Google it. Bing it. You’ll see.

March 18, 2012 12:08 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

But what will some folks use to press and dry flowers?

March 18, 2012 12:26 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

O lotlot~ you have missed out on big fat faux leather bound books about everything. Back in the days before computers, the Encylopedia Britaninca was the Google. I spent hours browsing our family set of those books, so precious that a special bookcase was built to accommodate them. Go to a library and have a look and feel at the real thing.

March 18, 2012 12:37 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

lotlot~ I plead guilty to using those books as a flower press.

March 18, 2012 12:56 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


March 18, 2012 1:24 AM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Britannica is one reason I never dreaded homework reports. I lay on the floor for hours with a stack of random lettered volumes in addition to the needed ones. I loved the smell of the ink, the smoothness of the pages and most especially, the clear acetate physiology (?) overlay diagrams. Pages with large pictures of spiders and creepy things caused me to flip past lightning fast as though they'd bite me. I loved them. They were my window to every and anywhere.

March 18, 2012 2:06 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

The day the Britannica was delivered was snowy and the delivery man left the giant carton on the front stoop without even bothering to ring the bell. I was horrified and did not want the longed for and madly anticipated volumes to get wet so I brought the carton in.

I was the talk of the neighborhood. For years my father would shake his and say "how a 9 year old girl could wrangle the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in is beyond me." I had to.

March 18, 2012 7:26 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

We have had our Britannicas since the 1950s.

Made plenty of use of them.

Looks like we have another collectible, one of many, many.

Think I will look through them anew for old time's sake. And for knowledge, of course.

March 18, 2012 7:58 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Hazel---I believe it's Mum's Day on your side of the world...........Happy Mother's Day--hope your kids honor you well.

March 18, 2012 8:29 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

It is sad.  What I love about an encyclopedia - and what I love about real book stores - as opposed to computer research is noticing something adjacent.  It's looking up Brazil and finding another article on Beef and its economics, or some such.  It's looking for a science fiction book and finding a fascinating cookbook.  It is the sort of thing that does not happen on a computer.

March 18, 2012 9:21 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

Does anyone here own any of the Great Books or the Great Ideas of Today series published by Britannica? Inspired and established by philosopher Mortimer J Adler, chairman of the Board of Editors at Britannica, it was originally published in 54 volumes covering the Great Books of the Western World, over categories including fiction, history, poetry, natural science, mathematics, philosophy, drama, politics, religion, economics, and ethics. It’s pretty prestigious to author any contributory articles and our fellow blogger KSS might have mentioned that he co-authored the essay, “Rethinking the Art of Medicine” which appeared in the 1996 edition of “The Great Ideas Today”.

oh yes Hazel, Happy Mothering Sunday! Did they give you a flower in church too?

I don't know Lynn, that happens with me on the reading an article and associated hyperlinks just take me all over the place, depth wise on the same topic and breadth wise like capillaries stretching into unrelated spheres

March 18, 2012 9:56 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Hazel-me too. The encyclopedia held my first corsage. It held so much more than information alone, it held memories. And each year when we got the updated volume, it was cause for family.....a little excitement to see what it held and, something missing now, discussion about it.

March 18, 2012 10:03 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Mothers Day - My very hung over son called - he was at the Wales v France Rwgbi yesterday. Wales won! Some cards from assorted waifs & strays who call me their 'extra' mum and a bunch of flowers - no card, left by my front door very early this morning. Whoever was too shy to ring the doorbell, but they were not shop bought flowers, these were picked from a garden. Knowing some of 'my' kids, they may well have been stolen. It's the thought that counts.

March 18, 2012 10:10 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Manners! Thanks, dear people for your Mums Day wishes - and yes, Spring Fragrance, I did get flowers in church today. A bunch of daffodills. I so do not need a bunch of daffodils.

March 18, 2012 10:32 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

A friend, who taught eighth grade social studies, could tell, after a while, from which set of encyclopedias the words he was reading had been copied.
Words that did not require house power or battery life and could be smuggled into the room of a banished boy… millions of them.
I agree, Spring, the potential for being lead deeper into a subject and further from it, seems exponentially greater on the inter web than any source of enquiry ever devised.
The surprise is that heavy, dated and expensive encyclopedia sets have lasted as long as they have.
I know that, as a group, we are all about mourning the loss of treasured and sometimes significant relics from the past but an iPad in the hands of a seeker of knowledge can go far to offset the disadvantages of large class size, indifferent instruction and shrinking subject offerings and then, there are bizarrely violent games, solitaire and porn.
No contest.

Hazel ~
Happy Mother's Day.
Yesterday, we watched an online episode of Midsomer Murders, "Death and Dust," from 2006. A fairly tortured plot, filmed mostly in Wales, it was worth watching just for the spectacular scenery.

March 18, 2012 10:52 AM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Happy Mothers Day HAZEL...I love the anonymous bunch of flowers! On our Mother's Day (first Sunday in May) my family is fairly low key since my birthday is the following week (poor kids) but over the years I have had some truly touching gestures from other "kids" of mine. When they don't have to express themselves (per parent/child contract) it is ever so sweet. I am so glad your strays are on their toes!

March 18, 2012 12:07 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

Am I the lone soul who grew up with with a set of said encyclopaedias?  As I recall, men sold them door-to-door when I was a toddler, playing on parents' desire to offer children more than the library (which also had them).  Like so much else when one is that young, they were just always THERE, so I can't truly name a time we acquired them.
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, all, if a day late.

March 18, 2012 12:09 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-5 Georgia said...

oh -- of "encyclopaedia," a tale revealing how children feel injustice: in a spelling bee in elementary school, my word was "encyclopaedia," and I spelled it the historical way, with a and e. It was counted wrong, with no explanation, and I still feel the sting of that moment; I'd been pleased I remembered the ae, and here they tell me it's WRONG? 

March 18, 2012 12:15 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I used to handle the recycling equipment at Rand McNally's Printing Facility in Versailles, KY not far from Keeneland, arguably the most beautiful horsetrack in America. And not far at all from Mr. P's place. Even stopped by there once and picked up the JP catalog personally. Anyway, the plant printed and bound EB in Versailles and there would be skids of those classics ready for shipment and I would pick them up and quite frankly it was like a scene from Pagemaster, the marriage of business and magic. I loved sitting on a skid of books and looking at thousands of square feet of finished product and the trim waste and misprints allowed me many travels as we shipped out railcars of baled waste every week. I even installed a filter system for the gold dust used in the gilding operation.  But at the speed technology is growing it is a rather poor way of keeping up and I rather think they became collector's items in lieu of the most useful tools. I am thankful for my times but must step aside for what is to come. Devices come and go. Companies grow or die. But dreams, now that's quite a different subject in the biggest factory of all, the human mind and those ideas coupled with an individual sense of adventure is a rare commodity in today's world as most choose to march in locked step with the throngs, wallets open tossing out their valuable past as they march with their molded plastic and circuit boards right into the sea of the future called sameness where risk and daring are replaced with comfort and if you want to find something you have to seek it, John Galt.    

March 18, 2012 12:15 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

In a way, we probably owe our existence in this Village to those encyclopaedias in our lives.  They lit the spark that fired us on to learn what there was to learn.  They made us burn with curiosity that could be satisfied if we just looked....and looked.....and looked.........for we all realized how addictive those black lines on white paper and black and white illustrations were.  We found answers.  But more importantly we found that we could never have all the answers--which incited us on even further.  I could never make my piggy bank full as there were few spare pennies, but I could always fill my mind with new and fascinating information.  Like Jaxz I, too, looked forward to writing reports because of those wonderful books.  My only problem was though, as the date for handing in the report drew nearer I hadn't really written much because I'd been too busy reading all the "see also"s.   And don't EVEN get me started on the fascination of dictionaries!

March 18, 2012 12:18 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

.....and here we are in the "community of curious travelers"  to borrow Mr. Peterman's words above........still letting our curious minds travel...........with the encyclopedic knowlege of our fellow travelers and Village citizens

March 18, 2012 12:19 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

While I collect lots of books encyclopedias are among the most interesting as well as the most informative. However  I don't miss them as much as I should due to the fact that there are several friends that know everything---and are more than willing to share their information and knowledge. Happy mums day Hazel !!!

March 18, 2012 1:04 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

It doesn't seem like Sunday… or March, or 2012 come to that.
Education, we are sometimes told, is not so much about the accumulation and retention of information as it is about learning where it is to be found when you need it.
Arguably, persons like KSS, SF and most of you lot, have at your mental fingertips, vast stores of data and references to be tapped at a nano-second's notice.
If, on the other hand, you have a more proletarian mind like mine with synapses firing at the speed of say… smell, getting by without the handy tools of computers and smart phones is hard to imagine.

I submitted the same English composition twice: two different courses, two different instructors - neither a full professor.
The first guy had written in red in the margin, next to a paragraph in which I had expressed an opinion of my own: "Who cares!"
The second, held up the paper as one of very few he had ever graded that had the courage to express and opinion (one with which he agreed), and not simply quote the opinions of "experts on the subject."
I liked one of them more than the other.

March 18, 2012 1:21 PM
Walker_gym 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoFirst-review Luddite said...

Britannica ceases publication in the Information Age. "I've got a house on a hill, I've got color TVs, I've got a mobile phone, I've got virtual reality, virtual reality." I have close friends who read books on a kindle, and other friends who can't sit still long enough to read a book. I have Facebook virtual friends, and other social network "friends" who I'll never set eyes on. Yeah, I realize the meaning of words shift like the sands at the beach on a windy summer day. I get that "gay" isn't the same word anymore, and I get that reality TV has altered what the word "reality"means. I get that I am so "yesterday", so "30 seconds ago." None of that is a big deal. It's just the way the world works    ..........   still   ...................... "There were people on the sidewalks ... Strolling down the avenues ... They were sitting outside in cafes ... We were looking for the muse ... It once was my life, when my message was just the street ... Then it became something else, and now it's incomplete ... It used to be so simple ... It once was my life ... they can't take that away Here I am again ... Back on the street again ... Back where I belong ... Where I've always been ... Everything the same ... It don't ever change ... I'm back on the corner again ... In the Healing Game ... and it's September 25, 2009, and it's Summertime In England, and it's montreux, and Call Me Up In Dreamland ... and Candy Dulfur, Pee Wee Ellis, and the horns jiving on Give Me A Kiss,  and there's the Vanlose Stairway, and the train leaves in a few minutes, and you've got to carry your own weight on the road, and there's no "virtual" on a trans-Euro train. Kilroy was here, right Georgie Fame? Keep It Simple. Keep Yourself.

March 18, 2012 1:53 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

I said "Yeah yeah"

March 18, 2012 2:16 PM
Walker_gym 10photoviewsCom-100First-comFirst-photoFirst-review Luddite said...

Who IN THE WORLD would recall that song!??!   AMAZING, Chef! Cookin'!

March 18, 2012 2:23 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Happy Mum's Day to all Mums.

And many, many more.

While reading up on Mum's Day, noticed that Feb. 21 was Pancake Day in the UK.

I will belatedly celebrate Pancake Day one day next week. Never met a pancake I didn't like.

I will try to remember Pancake Day when it rolls around again in 2013 and remind all of the good folks in the Village.


March 18, 2012 2:29 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

The quality of the pancakes at our local IHOP is open to question but there is no question that it is the most entertaining place in town.
Everybody who has some, brings the kids and they are happy to be there. It is just the best place I know to sit and look around… and I think Lisbeth Salander is working the register.

March 18, 2012 3:07 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

My "takeaway" of the day: 'a more proletarian mind like mine with synapses firing at the speed of say… smell'

March 18, 2012 3:12 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Back at ya LUDDITE!

March 18, 2012 3:16 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Happy Mum's Day Haze! Are the birds serenading you in the garden?

March 18, 2012 3:38 PM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

I've heard it opined that when children turn about the year sixteen, they no longer need an encyclopedia (thanks Jiminy Crickett for teaching me to spell that,and to this day I can't without singing it),as they already know everything. . . . .

March 18, 2012 4:49 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

JaxZ ~
The speed reference probably owes a nod to...

If you're not familiar with the work of Steven Wright , he's the
erudite scientist who once said: "I woke up one morning, and all of my
stuff had been stolen and replaced by exact duplicates."  His mind
sees things differently than most of us do. . ..

Here are some of his gems:

1 - I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

2 - Borrow money from pessimists -- they don't expect it back.

3 - Half the people you know are below average.

4 - 99% of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5 - 82.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.

6 - A conscience is what hurts when all your other parts feel so good.

7 - A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

8 - If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain.

9 - All those who believe in psycho kinesis, raise my hand.

10 - The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

11 - I almost had a psychic girlfriend, ...... But she left me before we met.

12 - OK, so what's the speed of dark?

13 - How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

14 - If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously
overlooked something.

15 - Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

16 - When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

17 - Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy.

18 - Hard work pays off in the future; laziness pays off now.

19 - I intend to live forever... So far, so good.

20 - If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?

21 - Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

22 - What happens if you get scared half to death twice?

23 - My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made
your horn louder."

24 - Why do psychics have to ask you for your name.

25 - If at first you don't succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.

26 - A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

27 - Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

28 - The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread.

29 - To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many
is research.

30 - The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard.

31 - The sooner you fall behind, the more time you'll have to catch up.

32 - The colder the x-ray table, the more of your body is required to be on it.

33 - Everyone has a photographic memory; some just don't have film.

34 - If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

And the all-time favorite -

35 - If your car could travel at the speed of light, would your headlights work?

I doubt any of that appeared in Britannica.

March 18, 2012 5:55 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Stoney----it must be time for your dinner...........I hope it's better than a soggy smuggled burger

March 18, 2012 5:57 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

......and Steven Wright 'erudite scientist'?    Great stand-up comedian yes.

March 18, 2012 6:06 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Jax⇐big Steven Wright fan.

You know that one light switch in your house that doesn't do anything? Every so often you flip it up and down a few times just to make sure. Last week when I did I got a call from a man in Germany who said: "Stop it."

My kids were in Cali last week and my son taunted me by tweeting pics every time they went to In-N-Out. I would have asked him to bring me a Double-Double with cheese if I'd have thought he could get it back.

I guess I should have known, we ship lobsters all the time. ;)

March 18, 2012 6:25 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Hazel, hope you had a Wales of a Mum's Day!

March 18, 2012 6:42 PM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

Stoney, nice collection of Steven Wright to start my morning. It's amazing how his mind works, churning out these "flip side" truths. Actually, I think Roadyacht has that talent too!
Stoney 1032, glad you brought that up. My family actually never owned a set of encyclopaedia. With a wife and 4 kids, there were too many demands competiting with the monthly instalment. Singapore was still struggling with a fledgling independence and only the rich kids had these hallowed books. BTW, i would dodge that really nice compliment of being a repository of such knowledge. Seriously, I just know where to look. KSS is different though, he just has it in his head. And Stoney, you are too modest. There is no way you have a proletariat mind.
I do like what Carol said at 1218:
 .....and here we are in the "community of curious travelers"  to borrow Mr. Peterman's words above........still letting our curious minds travel...........with the encyclopedic knowlege of our fellow travelers and Village citizens


March 18, 2012 6:50 PM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Stoney - I've heard many of them but never knew they were attributable to just one person. They're great.

March 18, 2012 8:04 PM
4244 Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 ChefDeb said...

Stoney..thank for the delicious Steven Wright feast which needs to be digested over the course of the evening. As for the In-and-Out Burger (I have a pic sent to me by my son), well the fact that it looks sooooo good is just because it is a SANDWICH---the ulltimate in gastronomic treats!!

March 18, 2012 8:50 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Doing a report without "copy and paste" would leave one little time for Animal House antics and other proper uses of valuable time like flag pole sitting, panty raids stuffing into a VW bug and buying those wonderful pieces of artwork known as fake IDs. Wait a minute before you eat goldfish, that was before GOOGLE mania. Personally a visit to the Oracle at Delphi would not be all that bad when the presses stop rolling or a trip to Sam Drucker's store to pick up the latest Farmer's Almanac.

March 18, 2012 9:20 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

It's a sad day when print information goes out of print!!! We had Encyclopedia Americana when my kids were small and my son read it all, cover to cover...and he is still a formidable trivia expert!!

No Brittannica?? Might as well say "No Bible!" This source was the go-to expert on everything!! Surely there are still libraries that need it. I can't believe everyone on the planet is on the internet and has no access to the printed editions!!

March 18, 2012 9:21 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

You look up one thing and that goes into another,a nd the next thing you know you are into 20 pages over, and have learned bunches of info!! We need our print edition!! Please don't take that away, Brittannica!!

March 18, 2012 9:44 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

HAZEL.................happy mother's day to you! It sounds as if you had a nice one..................
JAX...................hey JAXXY JAX....................I too loved the clear pages that showed all the body parts inside & seems so long ago. For many of the black history month reports most of the boards had the pages printed straight from the computer & then glued onto the cardboard presentation board. Funny or tragic...........your call..................( the absolute BEST book report competition board in January was the little kindergarten girl who just tore the pages out of her "Dora the Explorer" library book & glued them onto her board. I haven't laughed that hard for a long time.............)
STONEY....................your 10:32...............SF is correct..................great!
Spring break is officially OVER.............................and out...................

March 18, 2012 9:46 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

MOOSE...................I'm still traumatized by the tubes, I had better have a refill on my wine...............................

March 18, 2012 10:04 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

bebe❤!!! It has been waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long Sweetheart! Entirely my fault. I'm crashing early after too many weeks of late-lates but consider yourself ferociously hugged. {{mwah}}!

March 18, 2012 10:52 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Bebe - Sorry about the tubes in the liver, but that is the way it is made....If we eat it, it helps to have a sharp knife and cut out the chewy parts!! Be brave and dig in! Hazel can offer advice on this food.

I still have my 1970's Encyclopedia Americana, and my son (43) wants it....He says he has so many happy memories of reading a letter (R) cover to cover!! Lots of historic info in those pages!....Also had the Great Books of the Western World and have given those to the same son....a thirst for knowledge in that guy! He was getting in touch with the ancient philosophers recently.

I saw the end of Britannica coming when I taught research-composition in high school and the kids went first to the computers, not using print material at all, even 8 years ago!!

March 18, 2012 11:02 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

In terms of the age of the computer in research, the temptation for lazy kids is enormous....I had a senior who needed to pass English to graduate...completely download her research paper on Ann Rice (I let them pick their own topic - American author) from the internet....Little did she know (or care) that we teachers have a Cheaters' Search program that will scan the paper and tell if it is plagiarized!! Hers came back at 99.9% copied!! Well, looking at the "probable source, " I found a graduate level paper by a student at the Univ. of Fla. who had actually done the paper she had copied and put her name on it!!!

I kinda had a clue when she said," The psychological and empirical manifestations of this egregious act by the heroine indicate...." and was certain that she did not know how to use those words!! I gave her an F and told her she could do it over, but had only one week. I called her mother and told her the truth, too, but the mom said to give her the choice of the F or the do-over....This 17 yr. old lazy child took the F and lowered her overall grade to a C minus, instead of the A she could have made!

The ethical practices of many of today's youth are depressing. The only rule is to get away with whatever you can get away with. Those who are scofflaws are deemed the real smart ones....Serious, honest, hard working students are considered square (to use an ancient phrase).

March 18, 2012 11:06 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Northern MuseThat's LifeFair PlayThe MysteryForeign WindowIn The GardenQueen of the Slip StreamMoondanceHelp MeHave I told You LatelyAnd the Healing has BegunIt's all in the GameCommon OneG  l  o  r  i  a Last concert. 

March 18, 2012 11:08 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Unpacking is an art form and while I contemplate going back to the work game in the morn I remind myself of what an old mentor advised me once again on a sandy beach. "We are all comical, touching, slapstick animals, walking on hind legs, trying to make it a noble journey from womb to tomb."

March 18, 2012 11:38 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

I don't know if your headlights will work traveling at the speed of light Stoney, but I do know IF I travel at the speed of light my years slow down. If only Estee Lauder could put that in a jar. Einstein, I may never forgive you.

March 19, 2012 1:55 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Yes, headlights still work at the speed of least they did last night.....

March 19, 2012 2:43 PM
Bisa-avatar 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 JaxZ said...

Penn, that's brilliant. If you sold just that advertising concept to Estee Lauder.....

March 19, 2012 9:05 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Jax, thank you. I'm looking up EL's address :)

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