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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Liebster Blog Award......

seems to be a new favorite forwarded fun fad in the blogosphere. Just recently, Paula from "The Culture Enthusiast" was nominated for it, and it turn she nominated ten other bloggers - your truly included in the number! Thanks so much, Paula! I am honored. Keep up the good work on your culturally astute and classy blog! You really deserved the Award :-)

    Now, as is required to receive the award, I must answer the 11 administered questions:


1. What are your most treasured books?

The Prey of the Priest Catchers by Leo Knowles, Edmund Campion: Hero of God's Underground by Harold C. Gardiner S. J., Edmund Campion: Jesuit and Martyr by Evelyn Waugh

2. What books have you read more than once?

I honestly don't read books more then once, although I have gotten books out from the library, read half of them, and then gotten them out a second time and finished. Also, I've occasionally returned to a book to reread a certain favorite section.

3. What's your favorite bookstore?

I don't really buy books that often; I usually get them out from the library. However, I do like to go to antique shops with good book sections. I also occasionally go to bargain book stores.

4. Do you buy books online?

Yes, I have bought books online, though I don't do it often.

5. Do you stop reading books half way through?

Oh, yes! Many times I've quit in the middle, but I usually try to pick up the book again at a later date.

6.  What's the last movie you watched?

Merlin starring Sam Neill. It's a take on the Arthurian Cycle from the perspective of the wizard Merlin made in 1998.

7. What's your favorite genre?

Period dramas, usually set in Great Britain. I like films with happy and/or inspiring endings.

8. In which movie/book would you like to live in?

I don't really want to live in any of my favorite books or movie; the characters go through to many problems!

9. Which character do you think has a great style?

Sir Percy Blakeney from Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

10. Do you go to the movies by yourself?

I've never been to the movies, but I love watching TV at home, alone or with my family.

11. In the movies: popcorn or no popcorn?

POPCORN!!!


Now, it's my turn to tag a few of my favorite bloggers:


1 Effie Dean's Space

2. Linen on the Hedgerow

3. Loyal Views

4. My Turn to Talk

5. New Sherwood

6. Ricky Yates

7. Roman Light

8.  Sasch's Place

9. The Cat's Cradle

10.  The Last Churchillian

11. The Last Welsh Martyr


Here are my list of questions for the nominees to answer, either on my blog or on their blog or both (preferably both):


1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?

3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?

4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?

6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?

7. What is your favorite quote?

 8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?

9. What is your favorite flower/plant?

10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?

11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?


Have fun everybody, and keep on blogging!!!



Here's the award, gang......

19 comments:

  1. Okay, here goes...

    1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

    That feels like a very long time ago, but to pick just one, I would choose my beanie baby raccoon, Charlotte.

    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?

    Probably rabbits--it's a shame I developed an allergy to them.

    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?

    I have to pick just one? Not fair. After consideration, I am nominating Faramir of Gondor from "The Lord of the Rings" because he is intelligent, honorable, decent, and good with a sword. Also, I have often considered myself to be the most like Eowyn, whom Faramir marries, so I hope that if God wants me to marry, I get a guy like Faramir.

    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

    Probably Pharaoh Hatshepsut. She was the first female Pharaoh of Egypt, and her story is an interesting one, full of intrigue and suspense.

    5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?

    Decisions, decisions...since you only asked for one, I'm going with Judith. She cut off the head of the Assyrian general. That's pretty hardcore awesome.

    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?

    I listen to a lot of different genres as long as the singer can carry a tune in a bucket.

    7. What is your favorite quote?

    It varies from time to time, but my latest favorite quote is from Dr. Seuss: "Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Another quote worth mentioning came from a conversation with my dad once. We were listening to John Owen Jones, singer extraordinare, perform as the Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera", and my dad made a remark along the lines of "Yeah, there's this guy, and then there's everyone else, including Michael Crichton." My response: "Michael Crawford, Dad. Michael Crichton is the guy who wrote 'Jurassic Park'."

    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?

    I really don't have a favorite. Sometimes lunch is my favorite; sometimes dinner is.

    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?

    A rose. I'm not sure why--it pretty much always has been.

    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?

    Recently I was watching "The Fellowship of the Ring", and it inspired me to go work on a short story I'm writing called "Bart the Bard". It's meant to be a comic fairy tale.

    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?

    Hey, here's an idea--let's run the government according to the Constitution!

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  2. And I posted my answers on my blog, too: http://myturntotalkblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/leibster-blog-award/

    This was fun! Thanks for nominating me.

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  3. It was my pleasure, Emerald! Thanks for taking the time to participate :-)

    Ha, ha, well, you did know I had Charlotte the Racoon in mind when I posted that question, didn't you? She did have a form of dual citizenship at our house, since you left her here so often!

    Whoa, I've got to play close attention to this Farimir character when I watch "Fellowship of the Ring"! Now that I know he'll be your future husband....well, that just changes everything, LOL!

    A rose? Really? I never remember you telling me that! Huh - well, I assume you mean a red one and not a pink one? ;-)

    Dido on running the country according to the Constitution. When will they ever learn?

    Thanks so much for posting your answers on your blog! Also, feel free to tag some other bloggers and keep the game going!

    Love,
    Pearl

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  4. Thanks for the nomination! Anyway:

    1. I stared at this question, answered the others, came back to it, and can't figure out what I want to put in it, so I'll pass on this one, haha.

    2. Cats. I find their mannerisms really entertaining.

    3. I suppose I will choose Aragorn from I won't even say the title of this book because it's obvious (and that's not the real title) because he is a figure of Christ (I can't say why, because it will give the story away) and an inspiration to me, because he is a good man, which I mean to be.

    4. If we're going with people who are neither canonised nor beatified for this one, I'll pick Pope Leo XIII, because of his wealth of brilliant writings on Catholic social doctrine, among other things.

    5. Mary, because she is a model of faith and obedience for all of us and because she always chose to follow the will of God. (Is that a cop-out? Not as much as choosing God. That was just too obvious.)

    6. I like classical music especially from the Beethoven era and my favourite group would probably be the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

    7. "But, how many, how wonderful, how splendid are the proofs at hand by which human reason ought to be entirely and most clearly convinced that the religion of Christ is divine, and that 'every principle of our dogmas has received its root from above, from the Lord of the heavens,' and that, therefore, nothing is more certain than our faith, nothing more secure, that there is nothing more holy and nothing which is supported on firmer principles. For, in truth, this faith is the teacher of life, the index of salvation, the expeller of all faults, and the fecund parent and nurse of virtues, confirmed by the birth, life, death, resurrection, wisdom, miracles, prophecies of its author and consummator, Christ Jesus; everywhere resplendent with the light of a supernatural teaching and enriched with the treasures of heavenly riches, especially clear and significant by the predictions of so many prophets, by the splendor of so many miracles, by the constancy of so many martyrs, by the glory of so many saints ... (this faith) has pervaded the whole earth by land and sea, from the rising to the setting of the sun, under the one standard of the Cross, and also, having overcome the deceits of idolaters and torn away the mist of errors and triumphed over enemies of every kind, it has illuminated with the light of divine knowledge all peoples, races, nations, howsoever barbarous in culture and different in disposition, customs, laws, and institutions; and has subjected them to the most sweet yoke of Christ Himself, 'announcing peace' to all, 'announcing good' (Isa 52:7)." - Bl. Pope Pius IX. So glorious and triumphal. It builds and builds and builds.

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  5. 8. Breakfast: I like an omelette and potatoes in some form (not mashed, though).
    Lunch: I've been having pizza for lunch sometimes, and I've been liking that a lot.
    Dinner: I like pasta, especially something like cheese-filled pasta with garlic and some non-red sauce, like pesto or a GOOD cream sauce (the cream sauce has to be really good for me to like it very much).
    Dessert: Some form of cake.
    Fun fact: I don't eat meat at all. It's a good penance, and there's no way I could ever forget to abstain on a Friday if I just never eat meat.

    9. I don't know that I have ever really thought about this one. How about a lily, in reference to the fleur-de-lis?

    10. At the end of watching LotR: The Two Towers (not the actual last scene of the movie, but the incredibly uplifting things that happen right before the end. I'm sure anyone who has seen the movie, and remembers it, will know what I'm talking about). Is that ending more inspiring than the ending to the third? I don't know, but there's something about the themes of dark and light, defeat and victory, that makes it the second best movie I've ever seen, second only to Return of the King.

    Also at the end of the movie LotR: The Return of the King. Also after reading LotR, and during reading LotR, especially at critical points like the battle in the third part. Pretty much everything that has to do with that book or those movies.

    Finally, the Easter Vigil, especially the one we just had.

    11. This isn't so much violent fighting as striving with great effort, but Christ, the Church, the salvation of souls, etc. There are other things too, but those are the big ones to me.

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  6. Why, thank you Pearl, I am greatly honoured. Will post my list soon.

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  7. Yeah, Pearl, Charlotte was a natural nomination for "Favorite Childhood Toy". ;)

    Just so you know, Faramir doesn't appear until "The Two Towers", and he's not quite as awesome as he is in the book. You will, however, meet his brother Boromir. And I said IF I get married...IF, you hear me!? IF!!!! ;)

    Yep, red rose, not pink...also black...as in the Black Rose, as in Marie Reid (you remember her, don't you?).

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  8. At last, here is my list, thanks again Pearl, God bless.

    Make of this what you will....

    1. What was your favorite childhood toy? –
    a cap pistol

    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal? – Pigeon, delicious with a red wine sauce

    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?
    Don Camillo because the stories encapsulate all that is is both good and bad about mankind

    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?
    St Thomas More – because he stood up to the State at a time when all in his Faith were in full retreat

    5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?
    Blessed Miguel Pro because he had a good sense of humour and died for the Faith and the Latin Mass

    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?
    Apart from Plainchant….classical Chinese

    7. What is your favorite quote?
    “Rules were made for the observance of fools and the guidance of wise men”

    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)? Anything Japanese – for all four

    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?
    A hard one this….maybe a rambling rose

    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?
    During and after serving at a Latin Mass celebrated by a priest friend in his private chapel

    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?
    All the Catholic ones, pro life, anti euthanasia and IVF and the return of
    the Latin Mass to every parish on every Sunday

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  9. 1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

    My favourite childhood toy was a toy dog my grandmother gave me that I named "Benny". That dog went everywhere with me for a solid five years, and I'd cry when I lost the poor thing, and no doubt he cried too.

    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?

    Beagles are my favourite, though I suppose you could say dogs as a whole but in particular I like beagles. They're affectionate, immensely loyal, and good hunters. The next in line would be a German Shepherds and Irish Setters.

    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?

    Conaran from the fairy tale "The Enchanted Cave of Cesh Corran" but noone knows that, so Oliver Twist...because he's sly and the story is just heart breaking.

    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

    Definitely it would have to be Katherine, the one and only TRUE wife of Henry VII. I like her because of her steadfast faith through the difficult times she was put through, along with her loyalty to her husband....but not before her loyalty to God.

    5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?

    I can't choose a favourite saint, I have too many. The Blessed Virgin of course, but then there's St Patrick, St John, etc...but my favourite Biblical character is Jonah. Jonah, because that's the first story I remember being read as a child and I always thought that a whale swallowing a man was so "awesome", that if I ever got in trouble, I'd want that to be my punishment.

    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?

    Everyone knows that, it's Libera and the Westminster Cathedral Choir, along with the King's College Choir and the New College Choir, as well the Palestrina Choir. Along with those, the Dubliners, Ryan's Fancy, and the Corries' depending on the song.

    7. What is your favorite quote?

    My favourite quote is "Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason" by St Thomas Aquinas

    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?

    Breakfast: Porridge, or a fruit salad thing, or toast.

    Dinner: Usually biscuits, or some cake, or an apple or some fruit ALWAYS with tea. Nothing heavy.

    Supper: I love, love, love, love, love fish and chips.

    Dessert: Chocolate and peanut butter, or peanut butter and chocolate. In any shape or form.

    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?

    My favourite flower is the Forget me Not and Rose.

    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?

    YES! When I saw people were gibing out prayer cards when I was younger, I tried to make my own. But I'm not a talented artist so I gave up and was contented to settle with the beautiful artwork of others.

    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?
    The fight against death, to fight for life. Our fight against the Devil, so that truth will prevail in the world and that all will be led to Our Lord.

    Banning ballpoint pens EVERYWHERE, and making the SIGHT of those things illegal. Everyone will use fountain pens or crayons. One or the other, that's it, just short of world domination. Except for artists, they can use what they please.

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  10. Congratulations on the nomination, Pearl!

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  11. Congratulations on your nomination! I'll answer my questions in the comments here rather than on my own blog, as I've yet to build up a significant number of blogs with which I engage..!

    1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

    A small, raggedy, grubby stuffed rabbit with an exploded and oft-sewn-up nose called Bobby. Which, Yes, I still have.

    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?

    Easy: cats!

    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?

    Okay, this is a bit weird, I know... The Joker, as played by Heath Ledger in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight' (2008). 'Psychopath' doesn't begin to cover the character; as he himself says in the film, he's "an Agent of Chaos". The film handles the character brilliantly: he has no friends or family, or human connections whatsoever; no past, save the contradictory versions he occasionally makes up for himself; and no plan or goal, except to undermine the social order in as terrifying a manner as possible ("to watch the world burn").

    This particular incarnation of the Joker is my favourite fictional character because the sheer anarchy the character brings into being creates a story that makes the hero (Batman) a /true/ hero for law and justice... it's the Joker that shows not only the genuine horror of a lawless world (and the film shows that /natural/ law, being written on human hearts, can triumph over this man-made lawlessness), but also (in his breaking of another character, Harvey Dent) that the idea that morality is a matter of chance in an unjust world is a hollow one emanating from from madness and despair. The acting of the role is also, I feel, flawless... Heath Ledger is genuinely disturbing.

    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

    Marcus Tullius Cicero. A deeply flawed man, but so very eloquent. By all accounts: vain; ambitious; at times indecisive... but also a ceaseless advocate for law and Roman liberty, who eventually stuck his neck out too far in that advocacy during dangerous times and paid the price for it. He's even quoted in the Catechism!

    5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?

    St. Thomas More. It's not every man who lives a pious life and actively engages in high politics. It's certainly exceptional to be so firm in one's commitment to God and the law that one stands up to one's sovereign and lord and risks (and eventually suffers) execution.

    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?

    Hmmm, don't really have one. It'd be easier to say what types I /don't/ like... but I /am/ a great believer in the idea that video game music is a much under-appreciated body of work! I'm also a fan of Cape Breton violin music.

    7. What is your favorite quote?

    It's too long to post here, as it's a whole speech (so maybe not a quote?): it's Charlie Chaplin's "I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an Emperor" speech at the end of 'The Great Dictator'. Everyone should hear it or read it at least once, I think.

    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?

    Dessert. Can't all meals be dessert?

    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?

    Snowdrops.

    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?

    The first time (actually, /every/ time) I read this:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    I won't quote the rest of the Preamble but, as far as a statement on natural laws being the foundations for human laws, it's hard to beat for being inspirational.

    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?

    Individual liberty and the Rule of Law. That's not particularly sexy, I know, but I think they're the foundations of a civilized society... they make the peaceful pursuit of all the other causes possible.

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  12. I'm afraid my answers are too long to post in a comment right now, but I'll be posting them on my blog soon and I'll put a link here for you. ^_^;; Thanks for the nomination!

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  13. Hi Pearl - Thanks for the nomination & sorry for taking so long to answer your questions. Here goes!

    1. What was your favorite childhood toy?

    A 'Teddy Bear' that had the very original name of 'Ted'. I still have him.

    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?

    Cat - When I lived in Wales, I had my first cat as a kitten & a Welsh-speaking friend christened him 'Pussybach' - 'Little Pussy'. The name stuck despite him becoming much bigger meaning that he should really have been called 'Pussymawr'.

    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?

    Am I allowed to pass on this one?

    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

    Can I name two? Jan Hus & John Wycliffe - two early Church reformers (pre-dating Luther by at least 100 years), both of whom were not well treated by the Roman Catholic Church I'm afraid to say! Both wanted scripture and liturgy to be a language that people understood.


    5. Who is your favorite saint/Biblical character, and why?

    St. John the Baptist for being both outspoken & honest in all that he did & said, even though it cost him his life.


    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?

    I like a wide variety of music but, as a teenager in the 1960s, I remain a great fan of the protest singers of that era - Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Peter Seeger & Bob Dylan.

    7. What is your favorite quote?

    In response to militant atheists - 'It's amazing what you have to believe in order to be an unbeliever'. A reminder that atheism, the denial of the existence of God, requires faith, not an absence of faith.

    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?

    Dessert - frequently wrongly spelt on English versions of Czech menus as 'desert'. It always prompts me to ask for Sahara, Gobi or Kalahari :-)

    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?

    Daffodil

    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?

    When I felt the call of God to ordained ministry over 25 years ago.

    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?

    Ending people trafficking. Care of the environment including addressing the causes of climate change. Getting people to understand that 'more' is not always 'better' - 'a person's life does not consist in an abundance of possessions' Luke 12. 15

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  14. Sorry to be late to the party!

    1. What are your most treasured books?

    Lewis,Tolkien, Waugh

    2. What books have you read more than once?

    Lewis, Tolkien, Waugh!


    3. What's your favorite bookstore?

    Barnes & Noble in Beaumont, Texas

    4. Do you buy books online?

    Yes, and Amazon.co.uk is super!

    5. Do you stop reading books half way through?

    Rarely - I usually finish, but sometimes discard early

    6. What's the last movie you watched?

    Kenneth Branagh's HAMLET. The small part with wonderful Charlton Heston is a rare gem indeed. Sniff.

    7. What's your favorite genre?

    I'm a sucker for WWII British propaganda films.

    8. In which movie/book would you like to live in?

    Narnia!

    9. Which character do you think has a great style?

    Sheriff Chance in RIO BRAVO

    10. Do you go to the movies by yourself?

    No cinemas here in the woods.

    11. In the movies: popcorn or no popcorn?

    POPCORN!!!

    -- Mack in Texas

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  15. Thank you so much for the kind words! I loved reading your answers, I actually learned a lot through them. I can't wait to read The Scarlet Pimpernel. Have a great weekend ;)

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  16. Okay, sorry, forgot to post the link! http://katclements.blogspot.com/2012/08/bonus-blog-liebster-award.html

    Thanks again and hope you enjoy!

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  17. Hi Pearl. Here are my answers. Better late than never.

    1. What was your favorite childhood toy?
    Lego
    2. What is your favorite domesticated animal?
    Cat
    3. Who is your favorite fictional/legendary character, and why?
    Perceval for continuing his quest even when all hope of receiving grace seemed gone.
    4. Who is your favorite historical character, and why?

    5. Who is your favorite saint/Bibilical character, and why?
    St. Thérèse of Lisieux, for showing that true greatness does not require great deeds.
    6. What is your favorite type of music/musical group?
    Modern classical music, particularly Messiaien
    7. What is your favorite quote?
    "Purity of heart is to will one thing"--Søren Kierkegaard.
    8. What are your favorite meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert)?
    breakfast: biscuits, yoghurt, fruit juice, lunch rice crackers with tahini, dinner, Curry.
    9. What is your favorite flower/plant?
    Scottish heather
    10. When was a time you felt particularly inspired by something?
    Reading the Brothers Karamazov in Russian and beginning to see what it's about.
    11. What are some of the causes you feel are worth fighting for?
    Love, kindness, faith

    Effie

    http://effiedeans.posterous.com/

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  18. Wow! You guys have taken my breath away! I tapped into an underground oil well ;-) Thank you all for taking the time to take part in this.

    @Jonathan: Hmm....it sounds like you should give up cheese instead of meat; it would be more of a sacrifice for you! ;-) Seriously, though, I would recommend you be careful jumping into being a vegetarian. Check with your doctor to make sure it's okay for your digestive system.

    @Emerald: I'd have to have had a brain transplant before I'd forget Marie Reid! I just didn't know she was nicknamed "The Black Rose" until now. And don't worry....I'll convince Faramir to marry you, providing you through the bouquet to me! What are friends for??? LOL!

    @Richard Collins: I've never met someone who liked Chinese music before! What is it that appeals to you? I haven't really heard much of it myself. Do you know any good Chinese groups I can check into?

    @Mr. Cameron: Aww, poor Benny :-( How did you let him get away from you? Also, what's the story of "The Enchanged Cave of Cesh Corran"?

    @JustAnotherTeenWriter: Thanks so much for the Congrats!

    @Wyndysascha: Well, even as you strive to bring about the rule of law and individual liberty of mankind, I'm glad you hear that your loyalty to Bobby has proved tried and true ;-)Great pick for a favorite saint, by the way, my London friend!

    @Kat: Well, I would think "cats" might be one of your favorite animals, judging from the fact that you do bare their namesake! I have a very soft spot for them myself, even though I'm named after a hazel-nut! Horses are majestic, there's no doubt about that.

    @Paula: Your most welcome. Let me know what you think of "The Scarlet Pimpernel"!

    @Chaplain C.Z.: I love the names "Pussybach" and "Pussymawr"! There so deliciously Welsh! I do suppose that's why you also like daffodils!

    @Mack: Have you ever watched Laurence Olivier's portrayal of "Hamlet"? I'm just beginning to appreciate Lewis and Tolkien since I recently watched both the first Narnia film and the first Lord of the Rings film! I'm afraid I never liked reading fantasy as a youth, and am just easing myself into watching it!

    @Effie: I love that quote about purity of heart! Do you have a cat of your own, or do you just like them? And why am I not suprised you favor Scottish Heather? ;-)

    Have a blessed week, everybody!

    Your Friend,
    Pearl of Tyburn

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  19. http://thelastchurchillian.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/better-late-than-never.html#comment-form

    Late shamefully late. Still this is me trying to get back into blogging after a lack of news and topics.

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