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From Houzz: 10 ways to organize your books

14 Feb

 

Elfcroft survey:  What I found….

  1. Classics/Contemporary           NO
  2. Read/Unread                             Only digital books
  3. Genre or Niche

    Miscellaneous

  4. Series or Edition

    My first series

  5. A to Z or Z to A                         NO
  6. By Size

    Coffee Table books:  bottom shelf

  7. By Topic

    One of many:  I Ching research

  8. Hard Cover/Paperback           NO
  9. Outward Facing                         NO
  10. Mood or Setting

    Hour for hour, most of my reading of digital books is in-flight

    Wow!  Choosing just one of the 10 suggestions made by Laura Gaskill would be TOO limiting.  Thank you Laura!

    Check out using library style carts (post dated Dec 3, 2018 “Coincidence? Mini Libraries”)

Book Review: Aerial Geology

23 Jan

 

I believe this would qualify as a textbook, however it is so beautiful it would also make a great coffee table book.  The content is North America specific.  (Aerial Geology pairs nicely with Tim Marshall’s Prisoners of Geography.)

The photos and narrative reveal what we take for granted in the world.  The earth is best revealed to us in the “birds eye view” from a plane or on foot in our National Parks. (My favorite hiking story is A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson on the Appalachian Trail)

100 significant geological sites are expertly described going counterclockwise from Alaska to Maine.  The header on this webpage would pair up with Site 85 for the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The images below are either crinoids or brachiopods dating back 500 million years (The header photo was taken from an overlook made from this rock.)

365 Days

31 Dec

Woo!Hoo!  I completed my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.  I find Doreen’s knowledge of New Age teaching helpful, clarifying subjects which are confounded with study of the Bible.  She is a joyful researcher.

With hindsight:

I preferred the Original One Year Bible in the first half of the year.  It helped me get thru the Old Testament with the variety of additional readings.

I preferred the Chronological One Year Bible in the second half of the year.  I found the Gospels compelling having multiple narratives on the same time line.

With this experience…now what do I do?  My inspiration comes from How to Master the English Bible by James M. Gray promoted by S Boutwell.  The last five pages are gems of advice.  Read the books of the Bible as books!  Multiple times…as many as fifty times.  (That sounds like more than a year long endeavor.)  For the longer Old Testament books, it suggests to consider as multiple books.  For the shorter books, it suggests combining them.  Look for a follow up post in the New Year!

James M. Gray, President of the Moody Bible Institute trained thousands of young people from 1904 to 1935.

 

Book Review: Prisoners of Geography

27 Nov

Tim Marshall provides excellent service to the public who like myself get confused by international news.  The material is comprehensive of the globe, including the Arctic, excluding Australia.  Each chapter also has concise historical information and background of regional conflicts.  One of many subjects I was not aware…neither South America nor Africa (as continents) have significant deep water harbors, which have hindered their economic development.  It is not enough to have 1000s of miles of coastline!

300 Days

27 Oct

Woo!Hoo!  I am on track with my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.  I find Doreen’s knowledge of New Age teaching helpful, clarifying subjects which are confounded with study of the Bible.  She is a joyful researcher!

Speaking of research…I follow the Museum of the Bible, Washington D.C. on Twitter.  Very impressive.  It opened Nov 17, 2017.  @museumofBible  I plan to tour it in person. Check it out:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_the_Bible

This came to my attention thru Artistsnetwork.com :

https://biblejournalingmadesimple.com

I plan to try this next year!

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.

65 days to go…

200 Days

19 Jul

Woo!Hoo!  I am on track with my 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”

The Apostle Paul is one very well known disciple of Christ.  Reading the Book of Acts describes his remarkable journey.  New release in 2018 http://www.paulmovie.com/site/

The Psalms are filled with praise for the Lord and lamentations about the life and times.  Psalm 119 has the distinction of being the longest book in the Bible.  You may be familiar with one of the many ways it is referenced  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psalm_119

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.

165 days to go…

Book Review: The Music of the Deep

11 Jul

I chose The Music of the Deep because the author ‘Elizabeth Hall’ grabbed my attention (and I read her work Miramont’s Ghost last year).  Elizabeth is my middle name and Hall is my maiden name…I answered to ‘Elizabeth Hall” for over 30 years….no I am not the author….I like seeing my name on the cover.

The narratives on domestic violence as well as marine biology research of orca whales are both VERY well done!  This small Pacific Northwest community has a circle of friends whose love of spinning and knitting created a safe place for Alexandra.

Toward the end of the book the narrative on the character “Robin” seemed misplaced.  My opinion:  It would have been better as a sequel.

I recommend this book.

 

100 Days

10 Apr

Cheers!  I am on track with a 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible. Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”

The Old Testament is best known for laws…over 600 in Deuteronomy.  Many of the rules relate to matters of justice, public health, accuracy in weights and measures, land grants and subjects that we take for granted today.  Detailed building instructions were given for Noah’s Ark.  I was surprised with the detailed instructions for constructing the Ark of the Covenant, which according to Samuel 1 was eventually captured by the Philistines.

I found the Book of Job compelling…40 chapters long and in a manner of speaking, asks “Why does bad things happen to good people?”  Spoiler alert!  Sometimes it is a test.

I describe the One Year Bible with Old, New Testament, Psalms and Proverbs each day as a “matrix format” which the  helps with recognition of prophecy and foreshadowing.  I am surprised with the frequency that verses from Deuteronomy are quoted in the New Testament.

265 days to go…

Book Review (plus) The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie

13 Mar

 

Love this!  “One sewing machine, two families, three secrets, four generations and millions of stitches”.

This book was funded by readers through a new website:  Unbound.com…a modern version of Samuel Johnson’s idea funding publishing of his dictionary in 1755 in today’s jargon…crowd sourcing. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Dictionary_of_the_English_Language

  1. Elfcroft loves sewing and posts about charity projects about a dozen times a year.
  2. The owners of this very special sewing machine kept notebooks/journals/log of every task.  This created a marvelous record (including thread and fabric samples) of the needs and wants of life during the 20th century Scotland.
  3. I loved the inside story of Singer’s major manufacturing operation circa 1911.  Sewing machines empowered their owners to unleash talent and progress.
  4. Natalie brings the family legacy to the present with two paths…one using the machine as is, the second-recycling machine parts into art projects.
  5. The personal stories are as poignant as sewing is important.

Recommended!

40 Days

13 Feb

Shocking!  I am on track with a 2018 New Year’s Resolution (that I never considered until last year)…to read the entire Bible.  What brought that on?  Completing Cosmic Numbers and 17 Equations that Changed the World developed diligence with difficult material.  Reading Flash and A Year of Biblical Womanhood engaged my curiosity.  Then…

Late last year Doreen Virtue introduced on Instagram two One Year Bibles formatted Chronologically as well as one with Old and New Testament, plus Psalm and Proverb selection for each day of the year.  Doreen posts a 30 minute video on Instagram daily for the respective readings.  Video archives are loaded on VIMEO.

Believe it or not, I find reading both versions of the One Year Bible helps retention.  Also, pairing the New Testament with the Old Testament readings illuminates

St Augustine’s quote “The New Testament lies concealed in the Old, the Old lies revealed in the New.”