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Re: what are you reading?

Just read "The Divine Nature of Plants: Wisdom of the Earth Keepers".
Excellent for all you natural green folks out there. Really a good read
and will be a good reference for natural remedies as well.

(Zem and Jesse - don't run out and get one - you're covered)

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: kmrsy@comcast.net
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Mon, 01 Dec 2003 17:31:07 +0000

>I'm currently plowing through a 16 hour Pulitzer winner by Philip Roth,
>American Pastoral. Ron Silver reading. Interesting. A very good book
>but, even though I prefer unabridged books, I think I could have lived
>with the abridged version on this one.
>so CHAT, what are you reading?
>> I find I do all...plus, have a small tape recorder (will have to add a cd
>> player soon) in a fanny pack that I use to listen to audio books while
>> gardening, doing housework, and driving.   Using it has enabled me to
>> "read" a much larger number of books during the year.  Currently, I am
>> enjoying "Much Depends on Dinner" by Margaret Visser.  She has taken an
>> ordinary dinner and given the history behind each of the ingredients.  
>> Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN
>> > [Original Message]
>> > From: Theresa <tchessie@comcast.net>
>> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
>> > Date: 11/26/2003 3:28:14 PM
>> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] Armitage CD and other electronic wonders
>> >
>> > Well Jim- for an "ole timer" (and I mean that with all affection) you
>> > certainly have kept up with the times.  I enjoy a good novel, and I don't
>> > want to take my laptop to read in bed.... But- the majority of my garden
>> > book needs can now be met online or via electronic versions.  I quit
>> buying
>> > gardening books a couple years ago, with the rare exception now and then.
>> I
>> > realized that I wasn't using the paper version of the books (except for
>> > maybe 6 or so of them).  Thank God for the internet and electronic
>> > everything- I'd never manage to keep in touch with my family, do any
>> > banking, buy gifts, or manage to do an eighth of my job without it.  I'll
>> > take anything that makes life easier and more fulfilling- and for me
>> > computers and the like to just that.
>> >
>> > Besides, that back corner of the library just sent my allergies bonkers- I
>> > guess I did get teary-eyed, but for a different reason : )
>> >
>> > Theresa
>> >
>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
>> > Behalf Of james singer
>> > Sent: Wednesday, November 26, 2003 12:58 PM
>> > To: gardenchat@hort.net
>> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] Armitage CD and other electronic wonders
>> >
>> >
>> > Guess I'm the only contrarian who thinks most gardening books are
>> > how-to manuals, not something to get teary-eyed over--rather something
>> > to get into, find what you're looking for, and get out of as quickly as
>> > you can. A long time ago, I thought reading the dictionary was fun but
>> > I gave it up once someone invented the spellchecker. Can't say that I
>> > miss it.
>> >
>> > And, of course, there are many, many books that I enjoy that will
>> > likely never become electronic--in spite of the herculean effort of the
>> > Gutenburg Project. But when I want to remember a passage from
>> > Huckleberry Finn, I go to Gutenburg and do a site search. I don't try
>> > to thumb through the yellowed pages of an old, inexpensive [probably
>> > book club issue], dog-eared copy.
>> >
>> > And, yes, I wandered though the back stacks, not only at university,
>> > but also at the National Agricultural Research Center, Beltsville, MD,
>> > before the National Agricultural Library was built. In those innocent
>> > days, I could check out 17th and 18th century books--even take them
>> > home to share with my children. That stuff [John Gerard's herbal and
>> > Philip Miller's Gardeners' Dictionary] will probably never make the
>> > electronic library. And it's a pity. Because they haven't made the
>> > reprint paper library either. And probably won't.
>> >
>> > Qualifier--Gerard's herbal was reprinted in facsimile several years ago
>> > at something like $100 per copy; as far as I know, Miller [the most
>> > popular gardening book of its time, and perhaps for a 100 years
>> > thereafter] has never been re-printed on cheap or expensive paper. My
>> > first wife [divorce settlement story] has a third edition. Seventeen
>> > hundred something; bound in leather.
>> >
>> > I'd settle for it on a web site.
>> >
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