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"For my totem, the alley cat. We share the situation of small predators who easily become prey. I have my equivalent of claws and teeth, and indeed my arched back and loud hiss are my best defenses. When I need to hide my size and weakness, I can look fiercer than I am, but when I cannot talk or threaten or argue my way out of trouble, then I am in a lot of trouble. We are scavengers in the alleys and streets of a society we do not control and scarcely influence. We survive and perish both by taking lovers. Freedom is a daily necessity like water, and we love most loyally and longest those who allow us at least occasionally to vanish and wander the curious night. To them we always return from the eight deaths before the last."


from Braided Lives by Marge Piercy

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Music Lessons Remembered

The Leila Fletcher piano course. Book one.

Title: The Leila Fletcher piano course. Book one.
By: Leila Fletcher

I saw this book on a cart and the memories of my first piano lessons over 50 years ago came flooding back. Sitting up straight, feet dangling down, my mom or piano teacher sitting beside me. It is the same book with the same red cover that I used to learn to pick out tunes on the piano. I bet I can still play most of those pieces. One of my first recital pieces was in that book. My copy remained in the bench of our piano for years. My kids even played from Leila Fletcher before they all took up different instruments.
I recommend this book for piano beginners or for a musical stroll down memory lane.

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Posted by ogradyj on Oct. 5, 2011 at 8:58 a.m.
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