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Maty's Marvelous, Magical, Magnificent, Mysterious Musings

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Are you going to scarborough fair

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Remember me to one who lives there

She must be a true love of mine


Tell her she'll sleep in a goose-feather bed

 Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Tell her I swear she'll have nothing to dread

She must be a true love of mine


Tell her tomorrow her answer make known

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

What e'er she may say I'll not leave her alone

She must be a true love of mine


Her answer it came in a week and a day

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

I'm sorry, good sir, I must answer thee nay

I'll not be a true love of thine


From the sting of my curse

     she can never be free

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Unless she unravels my riddlings three

She will be a true love of mine


Tell her to make me a magical shirt 

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Without any seam or needlework 

Else she'll be a true love of mine


Tell her to find me an acre of land 

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

Between the salt water

And the sea strand

Else she'll be a true love of mine


Tell her to plow it

With just a goat's horn 

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

And sow it all over with one grain of corn 

Else she'll be a true love of mine

And her daughters forever possessions of mine


This book, Impossible by Nancy Werlin, is an intriguing blend of reality and fantasy. It tells the story of Lucy Scarborough and her quest to break the curse that runs in her family. The women of her family are cursed to get pregnant with daughters at eighteen and lose their minds upon the girl's birth unless they can complete the impossible tasks in the family's version of the ballad Scarborough Fair, which they call "The Elfin Knight".

This book is full of great characters and fun dialog as well as a captivating plot.


Okay, so I know that slavery was supposed to have ended with the Civil War and the signing of the Emancipation Proclaimation, but it did not. Human trafficing is still widely practiced today, in many parts of the world. This book is an autobiographical adventure about a college-student-turned-rockstar-turned-human-rights-activist. For over two decades, Aaron Cohen has dedicated his life to freeing enslaved people all around the globe. This book tells his story in parts. Six parts to be exact, each for a different place. Part I: Cambodia, Part II: California, Part III: Sudan, Part IV: Latin America, Part V: Myanmar, Part VI: Middle East. Mostly this book deals with sex slavery. Honestly, it is really disturbing. But the hope and faith in some of these stories is enough to keep me reading. Aaron spends a lot of time in brothels. He interviews girls, gets their stories on tape. He then gives his evidence to the police. Sometimes, he can save the girls, other times he can't, but he doesn't give up. This is a really good book. I would recomend it, but with the disclaimer that parts of it are very intense, and emotional. It is definitely not a book that everyone would enjoy.



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The Temptations - Lean On Me

Sometime in our lives we all have pain

We all have sorrow

But if we are wise we know that there's

Always tomorrow

Lean on me when you're not strong and

I'll be your friend

I'll help you carry on

For it won't be long till I'm gonna need

Somebody to lean on

Please swallow your pride if I have things

You need to borrow

For no one can fill those of your needs

that you won't let show

Just call on me brother when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you'd understand

We all need somebody to lean on

Lean on me when you're not strong

And I'll be your friend

I'll help you carry on

For it won't be long till 'm gonna need

Somebody to lean on

Just call on me brother when you need a hand

We all need somebody to lean on

I just might have a problem that you'd understand

We all need somebody to lean on

If there is a load you have to bear

That you can't carry

I'm right up the road, I'll share your load

if you just call me

Just call me when you need a friend

Just call me when you need a friend...


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Oh, this is a pretty color! Hehe, can you tell it's monday? Well, back to business, I will tell you about a book I read. I read The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray. This book is the final installment of a fabulous trilogy. The first two are called A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, respectively. DO NOT read them out of order!!! Well, I mean, do if you want, but it ruins all the fun. So, about these books, they are great. An intriguing blend of fantasy and reality, they tell the captivating coming of age story of a girl, Gemma, who's life is inextractibly intwined with magic. The magic exists in a place called the realms, a sort of parallel universe filled with odd, and often terrifying, creatures. Gemma has grand adventures, faces certain peril, and must make some very hard decisions. I don't want to tell anymore and risk giving anything away, so, if I've intriguied you, you'll just have to read the book.


Okay, so, I don't really understand this whole linking thingy. But just because Alicia is incredible, and her wiki is fantastic, I will link her page to mine.

Phonomena Pending; Alicia

Don't worry everybody out there who is not Alicia, this does not mean I love you any less.  


I'm working on reading From A Distance by Tamera Alexander. It is historical fiction, set fairly soon after ther Civil War (1875). The story is about Elizabeth Westbrook, a would-be photo-journalist from New York who goes to the little town of Timber ridger in the Colorado Territory to take photographs and write stories that would lure people west. Her task is both a way to prove her worth as a photographer and journalist, and to scout out the perfect location for a resort spa for the largest shareholder of the newspaper she works for. Fearing that the people of the town would not want to help her if she tells them who she is, she says that photography is just a hobby and sends the pictures and articles back in secret. I think that this whole thing will end badly for her. It seems to me that she's going to end up really liking both the people and the town, and everyone will be very sad when Elizabeth's true identity is discovered. 


I really like the way this book is written. The discription is such that I can see what is described. For example...

    The man behind the counter didn't look up, so she took the opportunitity to watch him, already knowing he would make an excellent subject for a portrait. She laid aside her pack and surveyed the room. Morning sun slanting through the front window would provide ample light, and the surroundings were perfect. Rustic, unrefined. Without a word, this setting, this man, would capture a slice of what it was like to exist on this frontier. Perhaps far better than the pictures of landscapes she'd been taking. 


See full size image In case you were wondering, life does seem to go on in the aftermath of disaster. Hang in there! 


White roses for a fresh start.

Comments (10)

AmyE said

at 2:40 pm on Oct 5, 2009

Your Commas Are Very Nice.

AmyE said

at 2:49 pm on Oct 5, 2009

I could honestly say, that i know exactly how that feels. The aftermath of disaster thing. Crazy.

Jessica said

at 2:42 pm on Oct 6, 2009

I love your page titile Science Buddy...There's alot of M and its very creative! :)

Hannah said

at 2:00 pm on Oct 10, 2009

The main character must be a really good artist to be able to just look around and find something that would look good to paint.

paul bonnell said

at 9:00 pm on Oct 14, 2009

Perhaps the Art of Artistry begins with the Art of Seeing? Conveniently, we forget how to really observe and see what's around us, yes? I'd like to see some of the themes of this book in discussion with Patricia Nelson Limerick's history of the West, _Legacy of Conquest_. Sometimes conquest occurs with paint and megapixels.

Maty said

at 12:12 pm on Oct 19, 2009

Actually,Hannah, she's a photographer, not a painter. Photograpy is art too though, so I think your statement still applies.

Hannah said

at 4:45 pm on Oct 19, 2009

haha Shows how much I pay attention when I read...anyway do you like it? Would you recommend it?

Maty said

at 3:16 pm on Nov 23, 2009

It was so good!!! Well, maybe only two !!s worth of so good, but I would still recommend it.

AmyE said

at 3:21 pm on Nov 24, 2009

And read the book i shall.

paul bonnell said

at 12:34 am on Mar 27, 2010

Tell me more about the book _Impossible_.

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