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Lydia P
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When I say I'm going to practice, this is what I'm doing - here's a piece I memorized today and recorded (It still needs to move up a notch or two in tempo, and I had some oops moments, but overall I'm pleased)

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I really enjoyed this coming of age story set in Maine. This is one of those books I read through, cover to cover, in a day. http://thelostentwife.net/2012/01/28/red-ruby-heart-in-a-cold-blue-sea-by-morgan-callan-rogers/

And thus, my love! as on the midway slope
Of yonder hill I stretch my limbs at noon,
Whilst through my half-closed eye-lids I behold
The sunbeams dance, like diamonds, on the main,
and tranquil muse upon tranquillity;
Full many a thought uncalled and undetained,
And may idle flitting phantasies,
Traverse my indolent and passive brain,
As wild and various as the random gales
That swell and flutter on this subject lute!

And what if all of animated nature
Be but organic harps diversely framed,
That tremble into thought, as o'er them sweeps
Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze,
At once the Soul of each, and God of All?"

- The Eolian Harp, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

So. much. beauty.

So our semester long assignment in Creating Writing is to write a six-word biography - based on Ernest Hemingway's short story: "For Sale: Baby shoes never worn". I'm curious - what would your short story be?

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These are some knock-out short stories that really hit me hard, as both a musician and a reader. But, considering their author, could I really expect less? Check out my review of Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro - http://thelostentwife.net/2012/01/21/nocturnes-by-kazuo-ishiguro/

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Unfortunately, this one is a book I'd recommend for ballet enthusiasts who really want to know - otherwise.. I'd recommend the Wikipedia entry. (Not all books are zingers for me, folks - sorry!) http://thelostentwife.net/2012/01/20/no-way-home-by-carlos-acosta/

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Today's review is on a young adult duo written by Sherwood Smith. This is young adult fantasy at its best - strong heroine, fantastic world-building, and a story that is "squeal-worthy" - http://thelostentwife.net/2012/01/19/double-feature-crown-duel-and-court-duel-by-sherwood-smith/
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