As a bibliophile, I am often asked to continue with the project I have promised to complete.  More than once in my life, I have started, for example, to fix a lamp, close a gate or get the mail–only to find distraction along the way by an innocent book.  The life of bibliophile is filled with unexpected pleasures and predictable admonishments.


As much as I enjoy live sporting events, some experiences I can do without.  I remember a particularly odious professional football game because people started throwing peanuts and beer on the people below them in the stands.  Who needs that?  I certainly did not expect such odium, when I bought the tickets.


Some people think that not establishing a Palestinian state in the late 1940s, when the opportunity first presented itself, was a decision inimical to both Israeli and Palestinian people.  Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority, recently expressed this opinion.  Daily examples of inimical relations abound.


Mary Shelley and her contemporaries were enamored of the elements in nature.  For example, her husband wrote a poem called “Ode to the West Wind.”  William Wordsworth wrote about daffodils.  Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein describes precipitous cliffs. While she was enamored of such forces in nature, Shelley was also frightened by them, which made the forces even more beautiful.  People of the time had a word for this kind of terrible beauty; they called it sublime.


Robert Walton, the first character to appear in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, writes letters to his sister, Margaret.  In those letters, he describes how deeply he desires amity.  When he rescues a man from the frozen waters, he sees that he may finally gain the friend he has so long wished for.


Judging from Antony’s and Brutus’s funeral orations, neither man would treat the other amicably,if they met outside the Roman Forum.  Does their relationship in the beginning of Shakespeare’s play show any signs of genuine amicability?

The Plan for this blog

We in the tenth grade classes will us this blog to increase our working vocabulary.