The Tyranny of Fire and Fury

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I do not usually deal with politics in my blog, but the time is too dangerous, and democracy cannot survive without people speaking up. I am proud to reblog this post.

K. D. Dowdall

Looking back in human history, one can see that war is the quickest way a Tyrant can assert power to destroy democracy and rule as dictator.  However, how does a nation recognize a Tyrant?  Here are some famous quotes to consider.

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.” Alexis de Tocqueville

“In every age, it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.” Eugene V. Debs

The world is made up for the most part of morons and natural tyrants, sure of themselves, strong in their own opinions, never doubting anything. Clarence Darrow

Ignorance has always been the weapon of tyrants; enlightenment the salvation of the free. Bill Richardson

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14 Stunning Independent Bookshops in London

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This is a wonderful post on bookstores in London.

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1.Daunt Books

Daunt Books is renowned as one of London’s leading travel and literary bookshops, with branches across London.

2.Lutyens & Rubinstein

Founded in 2009 by established literary agents, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop sells fiction and general non-fiction with an emphasis on excellence in writing and narrative across a broad range of genres.

Founded in 2009 by established literary agents, the Lutyens & Rubinstein Bookshop sells fiction and general non-fiction with an emphasis on excellence in writing and narrative across a broad range of genres.

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3.London Review Bookshop

Opened in 2003 by the London Review of Books, the shop hosts a selection of more than 20,000 titles. They also have great cake.

Opened in 2003 by the London Review of Books, the shop hosts a selection of more than 20,000 titles. They also have great cake.

4.Foyles

"London's most famous bookstore" has just opened its brand new building at 107 Charing Cross Road – just next door to the old one.

“London’s most famous bookstore” has just opened its brand new building at 107 Charing Cross Road – just next door to the old one.

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5.Goldsboro Books.

Situated in the heart of the west end, Goldsboro specialises in signed first editions.

Situated in the heart of the west end, Goldsboro specializes in signed first editions.

6.Koenig Books

A German-owned independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography.

A German-owned independent bookshop specializing in art, architecture and photography.

7.Forbidden Planet

The world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer also offers a huge range of books on science fiction, cult and pulp titles that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari~

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Cindy Knoke’s photography is stunning.


Is one of the greatest “minor” basilicas in Venice, which of course, is saying quite a lot. Building began in 1250. This is the entry way.


This photo, and the next, show the woodwork in the choir stalls, with the organ pipes above.


Think for a minute what it would sound like to hear the organ and the choir sing in these stalls, as you sat in the church, in say 1400.


In the cathedral are two works by the 16th century master Titian, as well as Donatello’s first painting. They were magnificent, but what struck me most was this piece from Paola Veneziano, depicting the Madonna with saints. I knew little of Veneziano and had to google him. All that is known about him is the artwork he created between 1333-1358. His work represents, “an amazing balance between his Byzantine training and the romantic influences of northern Europe.” (Wiki)

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Thank You to all Writers and Readers

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The relationship of writers and readers is symbiotic and wonderful. Without one, the other does not exist. Imagination and interpretation coexist to create the wonder of the experience of books.

I want to extend my thanks to all writers and readers!

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Peace, The Real Peace

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Another wonderful post on teaching and learning from children by Jennie.

A Teacher's Reflections

I talk about peace often in my classroom.  Well, that’s partially true.  When children talk about peace, I jump right in. They have a lot to say. We adults should listen more.

Years ago, when I first had the the good sense to listen to children, it struck me to paint a peace dove in our parking lot, right in front of the entrance to school.  Janine, an artist and parent of Juliet (Starry Night post) and Audrey, was happy to do the job.  Since then, she has returned many times to repaint this simple, beautiful bird.  It has become a symbol to welcome all the families and visitors who come into our school.  Crossing the threshold of peace.

Peace is really very simple.  Children know.  When asked, “What is peace?”, they pause, and pull an answer from their soul.  I think the soul is a heart that has lived.  “My…

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THE GIRL IN BLACK

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This review is excellently written and offers a strong argument to buy and read this book!

K. D. Dowdall

The Girl in Black

The Girl in Black” by Kathy Lauren Miller, is a hauntingly taut murder mystery as well as an awesome page-turner! The mystery begins with high school senior, Kate Mckenna who happens to live in an old Victorian manor that is also the Mckenna Memorial Funeral Home. Her father, Dr. Brendan Mckenna, happens to be the county’s Chief Medical Examiner.  Shy Kate, whose social life as always been nearly non-existent until she is thrust into the limelight when the promiscuous prom queen, Ashley, is found tortured and murdered.

Accusations run rampant in Kate’s High School concerning several male students that were involved with Ashley.  To make matters worse, Ashley’s remains now reside at the funeral home where Kate lives. Kate and her best friend Cooper, a computer nerd, and Kate’s unattainable heartthrob, handsome Shane, all become involved in Ashley’s murder.  Suddenly, Kate finds herself in the cross hairs of…

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