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Member: varielle

CollectionsYour library (3,160), Currently reading (6), To read (3), Kindle (4), All collections (3,178)

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TagsFiction (752), Biography (237), Cooking (171), Travel (156), History (137), Poetry (120), Short Stories (104), Autobiography (103), Memoir (99), Humor (87) — see all tags

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About meBook hoarder, lapsed historian, frustrated bureaucrat, assistant beekeeper. Hopefully cured of a tendency to make ridiculously bad life choices, the kind that create execrable, tortured poetry.

I'm in the process of developing a blog devoted to books, bees, gardens and other things that strike my fancy. Please visit the Bee's Book Garden with helpful comments. I'm somewhat technologically impaired, so help is always appreciated.
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The book of the month for August is The City of Falling Angels. This month's music is the Red Violin Concerto. This month's movie is The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Books Read 2014:

According to I'm really only 34. We'll just leave it at that.

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About my libraryIt's a foundling home for books. We are trying to be more selective, but they keep following me home. Now that the cabin in the sky is finally completed, my book collection is split between there and the house I have to live in in order to hold down a job. Hopefully, they will one day all be happily reunited.

I actually do own all of these. There are a few that have been loaned out and the borrowers seem reluctant to let them return home. Another reason I should keep reminding myself not to lend books, but I keep doing it. Why??

My best beloved beekeeper, aka samthepaintman, gave me a Kindle Fire for my birthday. Sneaky scheme to diminish the load on the bookcases he just built. I've concluded it doesn't hold real books, but have nonetheless decided to include them on LT. Since his Nook now fails to hold a charge, he's taken over my Kindle! For some reason he thought I wasn't using it. The nerve!

Groups10,000 Page Club, 19th Century Decadent Literature, Alba gu bràth, American Civil War, Ancient History, Antiquarian Books, Antiquarian Travel Memoirs, Appalachian State, Armchair Travellers, Banned Booksshow all groups

Favorite authorsAmbrose Bierce, John Biggins, James M. Cain, Laurie Colwin, Bernard Cornwell, Harry Crews, Lindsey Davis, Margaret Drabble, M.F.K. Fisher, George MacDonald Fraser, Charles Frazier, Carlos Fuentes, Robert Graves, Barry Hannah, A. J. Liebling, Rose Macaulay, Patrick O'Brian, Leo Perutz, Mary Renault, Sir Walter Scott, Barbara W. Tuchman, Marianne Wiggins, P. G. Wodehouse, Marguerite Yourcenar (Shared favorites)

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Favorite bookstoresAppalachian State University Book Store, Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar, Beach Video & Used Bookstore, Black Mountain Books, Blackberry Books Ltd., boekhandel Raaklijn, Book Buyers, Book Exchange, Books and Beans, De Reyghere Boekhandel, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Key West Island Bookstore, Malaprop's Bookstore & Cafe, Manteo Booksellers, Muses, Standaard Boekhandel Brugge-Steenstraat, Strand Bookstore, The Captain's Bookshelf

Favorite librariesGaston County Public Library, Hickory Public Library - Patrick Beaver Memorial Library


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Real namePhyllis, aka the delightful Ms. P.

LocationNorth Carolina

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Currently readingThe City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Wilkie Collins: The Complete Shorter Fiction by Wilkie Collins
The Gods Are A-thirst by Anatole France
From Dawn to Decadence: 1500 to the Present: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life by Jacques Barzun
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Reports that Daniel Keyes Author of Flowers for Algernon has died.
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Working to rotate this pic. Hopefully soon.
To receive lists, pictures, prices of books for sale, please email me donald.floyd

Don Floyd
Hii I'm new and write poetry too
Greetings! A fan of both Lindsey Davis and Patrick O'Brian is always good in my book. You had posted in the O'brian thread about hitting the end of the series, and in case you weren't aware due to the lack of a Folio edition, there is still 21: The Final Unfinished Voyage of Jack Aubrey . The hard cover edition includes photo copies of the manuscript pages, I believe.
Thanks for making the search for

"Word Association". Today I did come

upon the thread, pretty much by accident.

And thanks for the suggestion that it''s

a sub-thread of "Hogwarts."
Once again, I'm failing to find the thread I'm

looking for; and once again it would help if I

could remember the name of it!

It's something like "Another Silly Game"

--Book TItle -- thread, where

one's post repeats a word of the

previous. Except that in this

one, you can respond with whatever comes

to mind == a book, person, place, thing,

proverb, or abstraction. It hasn't been played on

in the past few days, and maybe not the

past few weeks, but I remember it as

recent enough that it should be appearing

deep down in some of these menus.

Any ideas?
My pleasure! I like that weather thingamajig you've got. Was it easy to install?

Hello Varielle,

Thought I should say hello, since I have been busy perusing your travel books – great collection by the way. Noticed that you also have The Devil’s Picnic, and if you haven’t already done so, have a look at his book The End of Elsewhere – Travels Among the Tourists. Very entertaining – at least I thought so.
Thanks - I bought them in two batches of ten, years apart, and am currently on The Letter of Marque, which is great fun.
I was looking at the two pictures just under the start of the "About Me" section above. Both have the words "history" and "war" in the pics. Disregarding sweeping history such as "Andorra From Prehistoric Times Until Today" (Okay, I made that one up) in which war would fit at some time, I wonder what percentage of history books are about war as opposed to other topics. I am not, however, so curious that I will start counting.

Happy Spring!
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From Key West to Sitka. Yup, that about covers the US in your photos!
I find books he illustrated by going to ebay and searching newly listed categories for Fenno, Starkweather and dates like 1902, 1905, etc. Then you have to visually look at each entry to see if it has his monogram, or initials. Have you seen the copy of As A Man Thinketh by James Allen, published by R.F. Fenno and Co. It is selling for over $18,000 and the copy I have, which is in the Hickory Exhibition, is in better condition.
Are you familiar with Via Libri? That is my main search engine. Books pop up from everywhere in the World.
Last month What Cheer was listed from Germany and I managed to use Google Translate to purchase the book.
The easiest book to find and the best, in my opinion, is The March of the White Guard. The version with the dandelion on the cover is Starkweather's best.
do you follow

Sorry I left such a brief marker for Andrew J. Offut, I suddenly realised I was running late, I filled it out this morning.
Wow!! And they wanna ban assault rifles??!! That sounds terrifying! It is sorta me tho haha!
If he can get past the moat. Have a good one yourself dear :)
Hi varielle! Thanks for the note! It's been a busy time for me professionally and personally.. spending a few weeks visiting at another lab and putting together some large technical reports and journal articles... plus now that fall is here the academic cycle is swinging into action and the job postings are coming through so I haven't had as much time for pleasure reading or LT these days... and my wife is in the same boat! hopefully it will all come together though... fortunately, some of those articles have been accepted, which will help. hope all's well with you!
Hi, varielle! I just noticed your comment on my profile page -- sorry to take so long to answer, but I've been traveling this summer and haven't been doing a very good job of keeping up.

About the flower border on my profile page -- I don't really remember where I found it (maybe Dover royalty free images? that's just a guess), but I've got the image in my Flickr files. I just added it to my profile, using the usual "img src" code and then linking that to the Flickr image. It must have been simple to do because I'm not very tech-savvy!
I think you can find a better deal than that. My copy is exactly like the one you're describing--slipcase falling apart but book unread, and I think I paid $25 a little over a year ago. It's not a highly in demand book so I would hold off if I were you.
How are you enjoying Barzun? I am slowly making my way through it and I like it. There's quite a bit I don't know; what I do know I don't mind being reminded of; and he has a long perspective that is refreshing in the cablenewsinternet age. I just finished reading about the French expedition to Egypt.
Alas, no, not that one. I've sculpted a few gryphons myself, but that one is by David Lawrence (a British sculptor).
Ha! :-)
The first one looks like it would be from the long lost final verse of "Froggie Went A-Courtin'", if there was one.

My fault. I didn't put the '2' in your address. everything should be ok now.

don floyd
It'll only ever be small when you post it in. I don't think there are too many words: it's just that 'Literature' swamps everything else. Just delete that, and things should look a lot better.
Thank you for the fantastic SantaThing selections!! Happy New Year --Drew
You're very welcome!
Happy New Year.
Thank you! Unfortunately he just ships my presents to my house ever since the... um.....incident.
I did it many years ago, and the instructions aren't obvious on the site any more. I'm going to guess how you do it nowadays ...

You will need to save your wordle to the gallery, remembering the title that you give it. Go to the gallery and hover over your wordle to see its number (up in the four million, four hundred thousand range now!!) in the url display. Record that number and your title.

Anyway, below is the text in my profile page, so I suspect that if you plug in the wordle number and title for your own wordle, it should work.

Tag cloud from <a href=></a>:
<a href="" title="Wordle: LT Tag Cloud"><img src="" style="padding:4px;border:1px solid #ddd"></a>

D'oh. I've written all that, and then I go back to the gallery and click on a wordle and it gives you the HTML below the image. So - find your wordle; click on it; copy and paste! If you've still got problems, message me again.
Thank you for your kind words on the owl. It expresses how I feel... :)
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I just saw something similar on Antiques Roadshow.
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Those are soooooo pretty! haha
Hi, Just scanning through your comments and noticed the one about the book binding? Do you do your own? Case binding or open spine? I tinker with it a bit when I have a moment (which isn't often) but I enjoy it. Nice to see I'm not the only one.
I honestly don't remember!
Varielle, frogs :)
You are doing an amazing job cataloguing the author death dates. Thank you, much appreciated!

Regarding the daily author's birth/death feature ON THIS DAY , I have requested (quite unsuccessfully) to have the option to increase the display number to ALL from a maximum of 40.

With the steady input of author birth & death dates, I sense that there have been some calendar dates where 40 places was not enough to display all the authors who made their first appearance or wrote their final chapter.

The LT pooh-bahs have been busy with some complex features -perhaps one day soon. ;-) casaloma

I regret to say that I don't know anyone with a book press lying around. Lots of used and new ones for sale, but you're right about the shipping. Did you see this neat page by a talented person who built his own? Book binding sounds like a good retirement hobby.
Wow! That took a bit of time didn't it? I see from the Secret Santa thread that mail to the US was delayed in part by the new regulations put on parcels? Happy slightly belated Robbie Burns Day nonetheless. And enjoy!
I got all three books you chose for me via BookMooch today and wanted to pop by to say a big thanks to my no longer SecretSanta! Am delighted with your selections and hope you get books you're happy with as well.
Verily and forsooth! What's the story of your frog(?) statue?
Very FUNNY ONE!!!!---"For you Myers-Briggs folks I'm an ESFP. If you are an 'I' you can come to my pirate party and hide behind the palm tree. I will bring you beer and nachos and not tell anybody you are there."

I got INTJ when I took the Myers-Briggs....hahahaha!!!!
Hi, Varielle--Thanks for the message about my missing disasters collage. I've been through one or two computers since I created it, but I will try to find it and repost it.

Thanks for the inquiry, Ms. P. We do indeed have a physical location where we sell books--lots of offices and a warehouse. There is no official bookshop, but we do have periodic walk-in customers. You're welcome to stop by for the nickel tour sometime (email or call ahead). Most of our direct book sales are via the website or phone order line. Our "venue" page is located at
Thank you! I try to update it every few days.
Does anyone ever say "Thanks!" for the Literary Cemetery group? It's not really very interactive (what can I say? "It's about time"?). But I am just fascinated by it, and I just wanted to say Thank You for keeping it up!

Thanks for the quick reply Ms. P. It always nice when someone takes the time answer a post. Most I've encountered in here rarely reply. Have a good day.
Hello Ms P. I am also a History person who wound up in the aviation career field. I see we have a few books in common. You may have already read this book but if not Boone by Robert Morgan is a good read.
Sounds good. Let me know either way yes or no.
I was hoping for 300 and lets say 310 with shipping.
It is still available if you are interested. Let me know

Not long ago you noted the passing of Barry Hannah, adding that he was a favorite of yours. I'd never heard of him, but followed your recommendation and bought Bats out of Hell.
After reading the first story in that collection I ordered all his others.
I'm afraid I've nothing of equal value to offer as thanks, but you might enjoy a short story that very likely was inspired by the story, "Bats out of Hell," which appeared in the 2009 edition of The Best American Short Stories: The Peripatetic Coffin by Ethan Rutherford.
(And it won't surprise me a bit if you've already read it.)


I hope you don't mind if I leave a message to show my appreciation of the time and effort you put into reminding us of the debt we owe by highlighting the Servicemen who have passed away in the 'Farewell to Old Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen...' thread.

My own father, his brothers and his father and grandfather all served with the Argylls and, in common with most of the 'Old Soldiers' I have known, spoke very little about his contribution.

This makes it even more important that people like you do it for them.

All the best,

> I would be interested in hearing how your attic project progresses as I have similar space issues.

The project won't start until next spring; right now we're tackling the roof and the last of the exterior work. I did bring in an engineer to discuss load levels, and it looks safe. I'll post an architectural drawing as the time approaches, but the general idea is to have 12 short bookcases, 36" high and 46" wide, each holding approx 210 books and weighing about 250 lbs. Between the bookcases will be 40" of access space, with shelving for heavy and oversize books on the pony wall between them. Watch the "What's New" section of for details.
Nope, you don't mess with the monkeys. If you're squad drives them off, they come back with a platoon. If you're a platoon, they come back with a company etc. etc. Best to just take your peeing on and move on.
What if a monkey pees on you?
Oh dear, that is probably Panama, but could be any number of different places. I want to say Panama though. A pelican puked on me there :).
Thank you! I like your hugging frogs, very Brancusi's the kiss.
Hello. Thank you for dropping by my profile. In answer to your question - no, I do not have a physical bookstore. I buy and sell only online through my website at - and by appointment.

By the way, I just updated my profile to show that I have moved. I am no longer in Asheville. I am now located in Madison, MS.
Thanks - I'm just getting started. Still haven't put up any links but hopefully I'll get to that before too long. Seems like most of the medieval blogs are by professionals for professionals. There are a few exceptions - Karen Larsdattar's Material Culture blog, for example. I'm hoping to be somewhere in the middle - not exactly grade school but not a lot of theory either.
I wanted to leave a message on Django's profile, and I saw you spoke of Salambo. Glad you bought this not well-known book, because I found it gave a new dimension to the Carthaginian civilization which seems to have been completely obscured by Rome and the other western civilizations—at least, it seems to me. And it contains so much flavours and perfumes...
Well, I was really interested in it, but since you spoke up first, didn't buy it, so now you HAVE to tell me what it's like once you get over your aphephobia!
Ms. P, have a good Christmas. Hope its nice and peaceful with lots of presents and other good stuff. LEGAL good stuff.
Ms.P., I just wanted to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving before I blink and forget too. I'm clinging, clinging, to those few brain cells. I hope you have a good one.
What? And possibly damage a perfectly good war hammer? Believe me when I say, those bowling pins and empty propane tanks will never threaten the Kingdom again.
ahh! love it. that goes into my collection.

thanks for thinking of me


I want to thank for doing such a good job keeping us informed on the Written in Stone list. I started typing my obit on Paul Hemphill tonight about an hour before your post, but when I was two thirds of the way through my entry a local lightning strike turn our power off for a couple of seconds and that was enough to shut my computer down and I had to start over. This time I typed my entry into Word where I could save it and then I copied it to the list. Since I had already put that much effort into it, I went ahead and posted my entry even though it was basically a repeat of yours. I was a big fan of Paul Hemphill and have been following him since he started a newspaper column in the Atanta Journal in 1964. When I looked up your profile, I discovered that you have a copy of [War Bird: The Life and Times of Elliott White Springs] by [[Burke Davis]]. Do you have a story about your copy? I grew up in Fort Mill, SC when it was a small cotton mill town and [[Elliott White Springs]] owned the mill where my mom and dad both worked. It was after I went off to college before I bought my copy but there were many tales of Colonel Springs exploits in World War I.
check this out. wait for it. it'll make sense about a minute into it.
good for him! they'll help keep the mosquito population down. but, it's a bit late to mention this, but won't the chlorine, um, discomfort them?

i know how it feels. i like crickets. the noise outside my window lulls me to sleep, because as long as they're singing, i can rest knowing there aren't any zombies outside.
don't the fish eat the frogs, or vice versa? how's the singing? Bud-Weis-Er.
i've just realized . . . i'm sorry if i made it sound as if anyone, and specifically, your husband/boyfriend, was weird because they liked frogs. it's not what i was implying at all, and i'm sorry if i've offended. or, better yet, let me have shakespeare do the apologizing:

"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended:
That you have but slumb’red here
While these visions did appear. . . .
No more yielding but a dream,
. . .
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends."
One of the few WW II movies dealing with the war with Japan that doesn't make you cringe when you see it today. If you like WW II lit and movies, another very satisfying pairing is the book and movie of Harry Brown's [A Walk in the Sun].
[Thirty Seconds over Tokyo]?!? That' s been one of my favorites for 50 years. I'd be interested to hear what you think about it. (It was a great movie, by the way.)
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