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Mary Ronan Drew
Spokane, WA, USA
I can read and knit simultaneously
Interests: knitting, gardening, wagner, reading, walking
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At the end of King Uzziah’s reign in 740 b.c., the prophet Isaiah was tasked with warning the Jews of God’s wrath. But, in Nock’s rephrasing of the Biblical text, God gave this disclaimer: “I suppose perhaps I ought to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2018 at MarysLibrary
‘There’s nothing great Nor small’, has said a poet of our day, Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve And not be thrown out by the matin’s bell: And truly, I reiterate, nothing’s small! No lily-muffled hum of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Sometimes as I read I come across quotes I want to remember so I write them down somewhere. I should be putting them in one place, into a Reading Notebook. I've been reading Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at MarysLibrary
“Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at MarysLibrary
When Lula Carson Smith graduated from high school in Columbus, Georgia, she went off to study at the Julliard in New York City, an immensely different sort of place from her hometown. Back in the late '60s I lived for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Ok, ordered them from Amazon. Looking forward.
When I got my first library card, this is the first book I borrowed. It was in Acushnet, Massachusetts. That library card changed my life. The book was The Bartletts of Box-B Ranch by Camilla Campbell. I was nine years... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at MarysLibrary
plato told plato told him:he couldn’t believe it(jesus told him;he wouldn’t believe it)lao tsze certainly told him,and general (yes mam) sherman; and even (believe it or not)you told him:i told him;we told him (he didn’t believe it,no sir)it took a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Stefan Zweig, The World of Yesterday - the best Mitteleuropa book of them all.
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This book is known in our house as Our Man in the Willows. In his Christmas sermon years ago our priest referred to "The Wind in the Willows by Graham Greene." At the end of the pew, a bookish friend,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Newfoundland dogs are good to save children from drowning, but you must have a pond of water handy and a child, or else there will be no profit in boarding a Newfoundland. - Josh Billings Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Thoreau’s education, heavily emphasizing the Greeks and Romans, “… shaped Thoreau profoundly, teaching him to measure the moderns by the standards of the ancients, and it enabled him to lean hard into every word he wrote, hearing echoes of meaning... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Talk about virtue-signalling! Henry David Thoreau (he changed it for no apparent reason from David Henry when he graduated from Harvard) was against the Mexican War (1846--1848.) Lots of people were. It gained the US much of the southwest, which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at MarysLibrary
It is the anniversary of my first blog post back in 2006, so Mary's Library is 12 years old. So many years . . . so many books . . . so many new friends. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at MarysLibrary
About this time each year I try to predict the winners of the Newbery and Caldecott medals. I've had a pretty good track record in the past. I hope I'm right this year about the Newbery because The War I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at MarysLibrary
The Journey of the Magi 'A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.' And... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Judith Flanders has written some excellent books about the Victorian house and the Victorian city and so I looked forward eagerly to Christmas: A Biography. Unfortunately, although there is a lot of information about the origins and development of various... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2018 at MarysLibrary
Blogger Elaine of Random Jottings is going on a cruise. Check the link on the left to get there. This will be an exciting adventure. Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2018 at MarysLibrary
My favorite New Year's Eve was the one I spent in Paris. In that city cars are not allowed to use their headlights or horns except to warn pedestrians they are in the way (note, they don't slow down.) But... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2017 at MarysLibrary
As you can see, I've been a very good girl this year. The book with nothing on the spine is Emma Lathen's Murder Makes the Wheels Go Round. I already have the first two volumes in Simon Callow's four-volume biography... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2017 at MarysLibrary
A Child of the Snows THERE is heard a hymn when the panes dim And never before or again, When the nights are strong with a darkness long, And the dark is alive with rain. Never we know but in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at MarysLibrary
For more than a decade we have been going to the annual Old English dinner at the Spokane Club. There are six courses, starting with fish and soup and ending with beef Wellington and bread pudding with creme Anglais. Five... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2017 at MarysLibrary
The most gorgeously illustrated: The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney The most charming stories: I Am Bat by Morag Hood Bob Not Bob by Liz Garton Scanlon And the book everybody thinks... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2017 at MarysLibrary