James Michener’s “Miracle In Seville” — A Marian Miracle, A Treatise On Bullfighting & Probably Autobiographical.
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An intriguing book. Unlike anything else I have read from the great and incomparable James A. Michener. For a start it is absurdly short for a Michener book. My version, with lots of full-page illustrations, and somewhat large print, only runs to 122-pages. But, one heck of a yarn — though those that are extremely averse to Marian worship and/or bullfighting probably will not get very far with it.
I pick up any and all Michener books I see being given away — the incredible, free ‘Swap Shop‘ at our local dump (a.k.a. recycling center) a favorite and lucrative source. If it is a duplicate, and most of them are, as I now have nearly all of his important works, I give them away. I must have picked this up at the ‘Swap Shop’. It has been in my ‘Michener Corner’ for a fairly long time. (See Below) Earlier this week I wanted a quick read while awaiting a paperback copy of Michener’s “The Covenant“. I have multiple copies of it in hardback, but those are too heavy and unwieldy to read, especially in bed.
I have never attended a bullfight and don’t know much about it other than the obvious basic. This book was encyclopedic in it treatment of that subject — which is the backdrop for the story.
It is about an improbable Marian miracle, As such it does get tedious in parts …
I think it is autobiographical. I know he spent much time in Spain researching for his blockbuster “Iberia“. The level of detail re. bullfighting is quite amazing — and with all the Spanish lingo.
The illustrations, by John Fulton, an American bullfighter, who was living in Spain, are quite impressive — though a tad short on great.
If you get a chance you should have a look at this book.
The ‘Michener Corner’ in my study.
Separate from all the other books.
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This was a second-hand, paperback book (yes, a James Michener) that I ordered from Amazon that I ordered on May 14, 2018. It was NOT Prime and I knew that. And Amazon did tell me that it would take 10+ days to get to me.
Look at the routing: 7 intermediary stops! SEVEN. That costs money. This is STUPID.
Why bother with this inane, circuitous routing for media mail. It can’t save them any money.
They really should look into this. This makes no sense, even for the USPS.
I happened to see a snippet on this in the June 2018 issue of “The Reader’s Digest” in their compulsory section on “Health News”.
I was shocked and disappointed.
I am a great believer and practitioner of mouth washing though I probably could get away with not doing so because I have good teeth & gums. Until I read this in the RD, I would wash my mouth at least 4 times a day! Yes, at least 4 times. Twice in the morning, and twice at night — at a minimum; first with hydrogen peroxide and then with a commercial, alcohol-based mouthwash. I haven’t used mouthwash in the last week. It bothers me — mainly because I am so used to it.
Not sure whether this is true? Do YOU know? I need to find out.
This might have been why I am constantly told I am pre-diabetic.
Well, now you know. You can decide if you want to continue using mouthwash.
Check Category ‘Health Care’.
Search on ‘dental’.
YouTube video claiming to confirm that the S4 will have
“Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM).
It lacked all of the activity, sleep, performance and stress tracking features to make it into a genuine alternative to a medium- to high-end Garmin. But, it was a decent Smartwatch for those that wanted just the basic activity tracking functionality.
In the last few days there has been a lot of talk in the media about the forthcoming Samsung Gear S4 — which might possibly be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.
It is supposed to have a lot more activity and sleep features. But, it is also said to go all out on health monitoring, and might include “Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM). That would be big.
Some are talking some real fancy features like displays on the rim of the case and on the strap. That might be overkill. But, BPM will be a game changer.
I will keep you post.
Search ‘Samsung’ & ‘Garmin’.
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Attribution WILL be enforced.
The annual Summer choral concert at ‘Prospect Mountain High School‘ (PMHS), Alton, New Hampshire. Now in her Junior year Devanee has sung in the chorus for 3-years. This, however, might have been her last concert with the school.