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Friday, January 23, 2009

A Nice Surprise Today!

It's always nice to find a package in the mail! Today I got one of my favorite gifts - a book. My friend Madonna sent me a second editon copy of "The Fellowship of the Ring" by J.R.R. Tolkien. It's a wonderful book, and one I haven't read in many a year. I'm delighted to have it, and will enjoy it all over again.

It's the second book she's sent me recently. "The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging" by Arianna Huffington and friends arrived in time for my birthday although she mailed it from St. Louis on December 12th. Given our record snows in December I'm surprised it's not still in a drift somewhere. It's a good book, and I have been using some of her hints in this blog. Madonna says I'm going to get rich off it someday. I could live with that. It's a great book if you are thinking about starting your own blog. You might want to check it out.

I've recieved other books as gifts this year, too...One of them I'll feature in another "episode" of my blog because it's a cool naturalist/travel book from my friend Laurie.

1 comment:

  1. This is Madonna. I know how much Linda loves to read but, more importantly, I know how much Linda loves to own books. So, when I saw this second edition copy at my local library’s sale I first thought, "what pinhead would sell their second edition Tolkien" (I know I'd never give up my own copy) and then I thought, "this is just the kind of book Linda would love to own". Since Linda lives in an environment that looks like its right out of Middle Earth I figured she’d like this book. And, who doesn’t like to open their mail and see more than bills and junk mail.


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