Today I know that I cannot control the ocean tides. I can only go with the flow.... When I struggle and try to organize the Atlantic to my specifications, I sink. If I flail and thrash and growl and grumble, I go under. But, if I let go and float, I am borne aloft.
All those who love Nature she loves in return, and will richly reward, not perhaps with the good things, as they are commonly called, but with the best things of this world-not with money and titles, horses and carriages, but with bright and happy thoughts, contentment and peace of mind.
I wonder why it is we are not all kinder than we are! How much the world needs it. How easily it is done. How instantaneously it acts. How infallibly it is remembered. How superabundantly it pays itself back --for there is no debtor in the world so honourable, so superbly honourable as Love.
From Cornell's All About Birds Website:A tiny, continuously active bird, the Golden-crowned Kinglet is most frequently found in coniferous woods. Despite being barely larger than a hummingbird, the kinglet winters northward to Canada and Alaska.
Continuously active = hard to get a good shot! This was the best I could do.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and deformity, and by these I shall not regulate my proportions; and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the Eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
been meaning to do a blog post about all of the GREAT FREE mysteries
I've found lately - so today I thought I would get down to it. I read most of my books on my Kindle or my iPad with the Kindle app. I am a
HUGE mystery lover - Agatha Christie being my all time favorite author.
I tend to lean toward British mysteries - not sure why that is. So
without further delay ....
The Red House Mystery AA Milne Who
knew that the author of Winnie the Pooh had written such a wonderful
mystery? I certainly didn't! I found this as I was looking for freebies
to read - and I would have paid money to read this one! AA Milne had me
from the start with an AWESOME dedication to his father. From the first
page I was smitten!
Goodreads.com Review: This droll
whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty
dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In between taking tea and
playing billiards, an amateur detective and his chum investigate their
genial host's disappearance. A series of lighthearted capers ensues,
replete with secret passageways, underwater evidence, and other
atmospheric devices.' Link to the FREE Amazon e-book - The Red House Mystery
Dr Thorndyke Mysteries R. Austin Freeman It
amazes me how much like a "CSI" type read this is….. and this was
written WAY before CSI (the TV show) was even thought about. A bit
"Sherlock" like …. and that's another reason why I love these.
So far I've read: The Red Thumb Mark Synopsis from Amazon.com Before
"Bones", before "CSI", before "Quincy,M.E." there was Dr. John
Thorndyke. In The Red Thumb Mark valuable diamonds are missing and the
thumb print of Reuben Hornby is discovered in a drop of blood on a paper
at the bottom of the safe. The experts of Scotland Yard are all in
agreement. It would seem an open and shut case. Or is it? For reasons
known only to himself, Dr. John Thorndyke has doubts about the
authenticity and origins of the evidence. Now he must make his case in
open court using the latest techniques of Edwardian science to prove the
innocence of a young man. Will he succeed, or will the case of "The Red
Thumb Mark" prove to be not only his first, but his last case. - Link to FREE Amazon e-book - The Red Thumb Mark
The Eye of Osiris Synopsis from Amazon.com In
The Eye of Osiris, John Bellingham, noted Egyptologist vanished not
once but twice in the same day. Two years later Dr, John Thorndyke must
unravel the tangled claims on his estate and solve the riddle of the
missing man. Is the dismembered body who's various remains start
appearing at sites across the landscape that of John Bellingham? If so,
how did he die, who killed him, and as important to Dr. Thorndyke's
clients, when was he killed? Using the latest techniques of Edwardian
forensic science, Dr. John Thorndyke must answer these questions and
bring the case of "The Eye of Osiris" to a successful conclusion. Link to FREE Amazon e-book -The Eye of Osiris
I admit I had the Red Thumb Mark figured out quite early and The Eye of Osiris I had the "who" figured out but not the why.
I'm currently reading Ngaio Marsh. Are you familiar with her? Amazon had a 4 book bundle on sale for $9.99 - so I picked it up…. and can't put it down!
EDITED: SAD TO SAY THAT AMAZON HAS REMOVED THIS FROM THEIR STORE. SO GLAD I BOUGHT IT WHEN I DID. IF YOU CAN FIND THESE FROM THE LIBRARY - I HIGHLY RECOMMEND - I'VE READ THE FIRST THREE AND THEY ARE FABULOUS!
The first one is: Enter a Murderer Synopsis from Goodreads.com The
script of the Unicorn Theatre's new play uncannily echoes a quarrel in
the star's dressing room. And the stage drama gets all too real when
charming Felix Gardener shoots his blustering rival, Arthur
Surbonardier, dead-with a gun Arthur himself loaded with blanks. Or did
he? How the live bullets got there, and why, make for a convoluted case
that pits Inspector Roderick Alleyn against someone who rates an Oscar
for a murderously clever performance.
I've finished this one and it was SUPERB! I must admit - I've fallen in LOVE with Inspector Alleyn and with Nigel!
I've started the Second one Death in Ecstasy From the beginning it's got me HOOKED! I'll update this post when I've finished it. Synopsis from Amazon.com When
lovely Cara Quayne dropped dead to the floor after drinking the ritual
wine at the House of the Sacred Flame, she was having a religious
experience of a sort unsuspected by the other initiates. Discovering how
the fatal prussic acid got into the bizarre group’s wine is but one of
the perplexing riddles that confronts Scotland Yard’s Inspector Roderick
Alleyn when he’s called to discover who sent this wealthy cult member
to her death.
The other two (which I have not started) in the set are VINTAGE MURDER Synopsis from Amazon.com The
plot centers on a traveling theatrical troupe in New Zealand. One of
the cast members was a minor character in Enter a Murderer, and refers
to that case early in the story.
OVERTURE TO DEATH Synopsis from Amazon.com The
plot concerns a murder during a village theatrical performance; Sergei
Rachmaninoff’s Prelude in C-sharp minor plays a prominent part in the
story. So does a “Venetian Suite” by Ethelbert Nevin. The murder weapon
is a pistol hidden in a piano.