Thursday, September 29, 2011

My favorite movie when I was a teenager was The Robe.  I saw it with my friends multiple times.  I loved how Caligula was portrayed.  I had read the book by Douglas more than once and the movie was quite different.  Movies and books seldom resemble each other, but then, books are long and movies have a time restraint. 
261.  Michelangelo
262.  Heidi-Spyrie
263.  By Spaceship to the Moon-(This book says that it would be impossible to ever travel to the moon)
264.  Jungle Animals-Buck
265.  Elsie's Holiday-Finley
266.  You Can Learn to Speak-Garff (He was my professor at the university)
267.  The First 2000 Years-Skousen (very informative)
268.  Understood Betsy
269.  The Spanish Goldfish-Glass
270.  Bartholomew and the Oobleck-Seuss

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

My grandparents had a huge back yard with many trees.  They had two hammocks.  The one from Mexico was called a matrimonial hammock and was big enough to sleep three people or more.  I loved to lie in that hammock and read in the warm summer months.
161.  Escape by Night
162.  Wildlife in Color-Peterson
163.  Les Miserable-Hugo
164.  Golden Tales from Faraway
165.  There was a Horse
166.  The Count of Monte Cristo-Dumas (such adventure!)
167.  The Cheyenne Way
168.  Wild Animals of the World-Bridges and Baker (stunning art work)
169.  Dark Star of Itza-Malkuk
170.  The Princess and the Goblin-McDonald
I'll write more on Monday. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

When I lived in Mexico I had a little brown and white terrier named Cafe Con Leche.  I was about 7 or 8.  I named her Cafe Con Leche (coffee with milk)  because of her color and because it was the name of my favorite candy.  I used to dress her up in doll clothes and parade her around the neighborhood.
251.  Pocahontas-Parin d' Aulain
252.  Sea Star-Henry
253.  Books of Knowledge (I read all of the parts on the ancient worlds of Rome, Egypt and Greece)
254.  Born to Trot-Henry
255.  Patty and Jo Detectives-Wright
256.  Don Quixote-Cervantes
257.  Album of Horses-Henry (I practically memmorized this book)
258.  Dog Stories for Boys and Girls-Cavanals and Wier (I read these stories over and over, my favorite-Dog of Pompeii)
259.  Misty of Chincoteague-Henry
260.  Grimm's Fairy Tales-Brothers Grimm

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I went to see my old home in Tremonton Friday.  I was born in that house and it was a lovely home.  I was sad to see how run down it is now.
241.  The Galilean
242.  Ghosts, Ghosts, Ghosts-(What's better than a good ghost story)
243.  What's What in the Bullfight-Campillo
244.  Arabian Nights
245.  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
246.  Rain Drop Splash-Tresselt
247.  Sonnets from the Portuguese-Browning (much loved poetry)  
248.  Works of Robert Burns-Burns (of course)
249.  Brighty of the Grand Canyon-Henry 
250.  Audubon's Animals and Birds

Monday, September 12, 2011

My grandfather had a lot trees on his property.  There were many apple trees of various varieties.  There were also peach, cherry, plum, pear and apricot trees, besides these there were weeping willows, maple trees and other ornamental trees.  The apricot tree had a perfect set of branches to sit on comfortably; a great place to relax and read.
231.  Disputed Passage-Douglas
232.  The Door in the Wall-de Angeli
233.  Amos Fortune, Free Man-Yates
234.  Imagina-Ford
235.  Wag-by-Wall-Potter
236.  Ginger Pye-Estes
237.  King of the Wind-Henry (beloved horse story)
238.  Home for Christmas-Douglas
239.  Wuthering Heights-Bronte (I lived this book as I read It)
240.  Davey and the Goblin-Canyl  

Friday, September 9, 2011

We had a parrot when I lived at my grandmother's.  His/her-we weren't sure-name was Peter (we guessed it was a male).  He lived in a cage in the basement kitchen.  He whistled and called our dog and he would call me too.  He sounded exactly like my grandmother.
221.  The White Stag-Seredy
222.  Thimble Summer-Enright
223.  Secret Sea-White
224.  Call it Courage-Sperry
225.  The Matchlock Gun-Edmunds
226.  Johnny Tremain-Forbes
227.  Rabbit Hill-Lawson
228.  Strawberry Girl-Lenski
229.  Miss Hickory-Baily
230.  Mr. Wind and Madam Rain-DeMusset

Thursday, September 8, 2011

We had a dog named Blondie.  She was a beautiful golden cocker spaniel.  She really loved my grandmother.  I wanted her to be my dog, but her adoration was focused on my grandmother.  It reminded me of a story I read in a book of dog stories about a little boy who cried himself to sleep each night because he wanted their dog to love him best and the dog was devoted to the boys mother. 
211.  The Cat Who Went to Heaven-Coatsworth
212.  Waterless Mountain-Armer 
213.  Blue Fairy Book-Lang
214.  Yung Fu of the Upper Yangtzy-Lewis
215.  Invincible Louisa-Meigs
216.  Precious Jeopardy-Douglas (I was a fan of Douglas)
217.  Dobry-Shannon
218.  Caddie Woodlawn-Brink
219.  Roller Skates-Sawyer
220.  Bambino the Clown-Schreiber

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

No time for much writing today-grandkids here.
201.  Legend of Sleepy Hollow-Irving
202.  Tales from Silver Lands-Finger
203.  Shen of the Sea-Chrisman
204.  Mary Poppins-Travers
205.  Gay Neck-Mukerji
206.  Smokey the Cow Horse-James
207.  Song of Ruth
208.  Hitty, Her First 100 Years-Field
209.  Oliver Twist-Dickens
210.  Paji-Kaviat

Friday, September 2, 2011

Besides reading, I loved to paint, draw and sculpt.  I was not a very good artist, but I wanted to be more than anything.  That summer I was 17 I dabbled in oil painting, drawing and sculpting and none of it was any good.
191.  Mexicana-Harnoncourt
192.  White Snow, Bright Snow-Duvoisin
193.  Song of the Swallows-Politi
194.  The Egg Tree-Milhous
195.  Caliastro-Dumas
196.  Paco Goes to the Fair-Gile and Hoke
197.  Desiree-Selinke
198.  The Voyage of Dr. Dolittle-Lofting
199.  Invitation to Live-Douglas
200.  The Dark Frigate-Hawes

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My friend owned horses.  I went horseback riding with her into the foothills of Bountiful, Utah.  I loved it and I felt like one of the characters in the many novels I had read.
181.  Maria Rosa-Jelsey
182.  The Little House-Burton
183.  Marigold Garden-Greenway
184.  I was Hitler's Doctor-Krugger 
185.  The Rest of the Road-Blanding
186.  Many Moons-Slobodkin
187.  Prayer for a Child-Jones
188.  Blue Eyed Lady-Molnar
189.  Forgive Us Our Trespasses-Douglas
190.  The Little Island-Wiesgard 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Yesterday I was looking at old family pictures.  Many were taken in my grandparent's back yard.  Seeing those pictures brought back many memories of the family get togethers in that beautiful yard.
171.  The Case of the Twisted Candles-Keene (a Nancy Drew mystery)
172.  The Greatest Story Ever Told
173.  Beautiful Jo
174.  Stuart Little-White (I found this very sad)
175.  An Angel in the Woods-Lathrop
 176.  The Three Musketeers-Dumas
177.  Animals of the Bible-Lathrop
178.  Green Light-Douglas
179.  Mei Li-Handford
180.  They Were Strong and Good-Lawson

Monday, August 29, 2011

Day dreaming was a treasured past time.  I would read and often imagine myself in the books I would read.  My teachers always said that I would be a better student if my head were not always in the clouds.  It was my way of escaping.
151.  Dr. Doolitle-Lofting
152.  Many Moons-Thurber
153.  The Forest of Adventures-Ditmars
154.  The Egyptian-Waltari (This book was made into a movie)
155.  The Aztec Treasure House-Janvier
156.  Dark Circle of Branches-Arnier
157.  Falcon Fly Back-Blaisdell
158.  Gregorio and the White Llama-Bannon
159.  Rosebud-Bemelmans
160.  Hari, the Jungle Lad-Mukerji  

Friday, August 26, 2011

I have always loved children's literature.  I especially was drawn to the illustrations.  I usually knew who illustrated a book better than who wrote it.
141.  Perez and Martina-Belpre'
142.  A Child's Garden of Verse-Stevenson
143.  The Boats on the River-Flack
144.  Pinnochio-Collodi
145.  Lentil-McClosky
146.  Mr. Pink and the House on the Roof-Heal
147.  The Lost Queen of Egypt-Morrison
148.  In the Fog-Davis
149.  East of Antelope Island-Carr
150.  The Trumpeter of Krakew-Kelley

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

My grandmother had a set of encyclopedias that were truely ancient.  They were full of all kinds of interesting facts about ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.  I loved those musty smelling old books.
131.  Marie Antonett
132.  The Odysey-Homer
133.  Russia
134.  Andersen's Fairy Tales
135.  Ivanho-Scott
136.  Mary Poppins Opens the Door-Travers
137.  Charlott's Web-White (I read it twice)
138.  Blue Barns-Sewell
139.  Roger and the Fox-Davis
140.  The Secret of the Ancient Oak-Wolo

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My lists were written in the summer of 1955 when I was 17.  I didn't have a job and I didn't get to go on a vacation, so I busied myself with wish lists.
121.  The Red Horse-Moeschlin
122.  The Last Days of Pompeii-Lytton
123.  The White Stag-Seredy
124.  Greek Legends and Mythology
125.  Angelo, the Naughty One-Garrett
126.  Commercial Art
127.  Flying Saucers have Landed-Leslie and Adamski
128.  Mary
129.  McElligot's Pool-Seuss
130.  The Snow Queen-Anderson

Monday, August 22, 2011

When I read this list I wonder when I had time to read when I seem to have spent so much time making lists.
111.  Dr Hudson's Secret Journal-Douglas
112.  How Green is my Valley
113.  The Little White Horse-Gaudge
114.  Tamar
115.  Ancient Apostles
116.  Presidents of the Church
117.  Man and the Dragon-Widtsoe
118.  The Magic Rug-Parin d' Aulain
119.  The Hidden Treasure of Gaston-Jewett 
120.  Anna and the King of Siam

Friday, August 19, 2011

The list is very long.  I haven't even started.
101.  The Emerald City of Oz-Baum
102.  Lost King of Oz
103.  Thunder Cave-(a deffinite favorite)
104.  Our Wonder World
105.  Stephen Foster-Taylor
106.  Celebrated Crimes-Dumas
107.  History of Utah
108.  Bing
109.  Prince of Peace-Bryant
110.  The Angry Planet-Cross (I LOVED this little sci fi story)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Grandmother had a huge finished basement where we would escape to and live all through the hot summer months.  There was a large kitchen where she would can all of the vegetables and fruit grown in her garden.  There was a rumpus room, bathroom and several bedrooms.
When I wanted to read, I would escape to the big couch in the upstairs livingroom.  It was before air conditioning, so the room would be stiflingly hot.  I hardly noticed when immersed in a good read.
91.  Stories of Ancient Mythology
92.  Fun Fare
93.  The Twenty One Balloons-Du Bois
94.  Ancient Greek Religion-Rose
95.  Purple Prince of Oz-Baum
96.  Works of Shakespear
97.  Works of Tolstoy
98.  Vanity Fare
99.  Science Fiction Omnibus-Blieler & Rickty
100.  The Ancient Maya-Morley

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The list continues.  When there is no author it is because no author was listed after the name of the book.
81.  Book of Famous Poets
82.  The Magic of Oz-Baum
83.  The Scala-Wagons of Oz-Thompson (He must have taken over for Baum)
84.  Red Knight of Germany-Gibbons
85.  Keys of the Kingdom-Cronn
86.  Speedy in Oz-Thompson
87.  the Gnome King of Oz-Thompson
88.  The Romance of an Old Playhouse-Pyper
89.  Ozoplanning with the Wizard of Oz-Thompson
90.  Stories of Ancient Greeks

Monday, August 15, 2011

What would summer be without a stack of good books to read?  I was often enthralled with a good intriguing mystery.
71.  Doctrine and Covenants
72.  Heart Throbs of the West-Carter
73.  Jesus the Christ-Talmage
74.  Works of Edgar Allen Poe
75.  Junior Miss-Benson
76.  Book About a Thousand Things-Stimpson
77.  The Gospel Through the Ages-Hunter
78.  The Junior Classics-Collier
79.  Joseph Smith-Witdsoe
80.  The Wonder City of Oz-Baum

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I lived with my grandmother when I was a teenager.  She was wonderful, but she thought that reading was a waste of time.  She felt that the only thing that I should be doing was chores.  I became quite creative in finding time to read.
61.  Cyrano de Bergerac-a favorite
62.  Tales of Hoffman
63.  Man Eating Leopards
64.  Midnight Visitor-Sutton
65.  Arrows into the Sun-Lauritzen
66.  The Quest of the Missing Map-Kune
67.  Currier and Ives-Peters
68.  Foxes of Harrow-Yerby
69.  Captain from Castille-Shellaberger
70.  Pearl of Great Price-Abraham and Moses

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

As I transcribe the books list I remember those lazy, warm, summer days when, after the chores were done, I would find a corner and settle down to loose myself in a completely different world by escaping into the pages of a good book. 
51.  Quo Vadis
52.  Eight Cousins-Alcott
53.  The Cain Mutiny
54.  Little Men-Alcott
55.  Man Eaters of Kumaon-Corbett
56.  White Fang-London (I think)
57.  Wizard of Oz-Baum (My grandmother had all of the original Oz books)
58.  The Sea Around Us-Carson
59.  Sweet Love Remebered-Stafford
60.  Call of the Wild-London

Friday, August 5, 2011

More books

This is fun!
41.  The City in the Dawn-Allen
42.  Little Boy Lost-Hudson (I own this book and it is a treasure)
43.  Ben Hur-Wallace (Loved it)
44.  Canterbury Tales-Chaucer
45.  Magnificent Obsession
46.  Son of the Black Stallion-Farley
47.  While the Patient Slept
48.  Little Women-Alcott
49.  The Roman Empire
50.  Under the Lilacs-Alcott
I found these lists while going through old notebooks.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Here we go again.  I did love to read and I read very slowly, savoring each word and image that the words conjured in my mind.  Mind you, I didn't read all of these books.  They were just the ones that I wanted to read some day.
31.  The Book of Mormon (I've since read it many times)
32.  Silver Chalice-Costain
33.  Miracle of the Bells-Janney
34.  Brave Bulls-Lea
35.  The Quest-Ursenbach
36.  King Arthur-Pyle
37.  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea-Vern
38.  Three Mulla Mulgars-De La Mare
39.  Gone with the Wind-Mitchell
40.  Winter 1951 Selections Short Stories-Readers Digest

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Continuation of the never-ending list of books I wanted to read
21.  At the back of the North Wind-McDonald
22.  Cutlass Empire-Mason
23.  King's General
24.  Adam of the Road-Gray
25.  The Great Promise-Huston
26.  The Iliad-Homer
27.  Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come-Fox
28.  The Nazarene
29.  The Dictionary-Webster
30.  Faust-Goethe
I was definitely a weird kid.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Books I own (continued)
11.  Ready of Not-Stoltz
12.  The Big Fisherman-Douglas
13.  Under the Sea Wind-Carson
14.  Tales of Terror and the Supernatural-Varios authors
15.  The Patchwork Girl of Oz-Baum
16.  The Road to Oz-Baum
17.  Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz-Baum
18.  The Golden Exile-Schoonover
19.  The Black Stallion-Farley
20.  White Banners-Douglas
That's it for now.  It is obvious that I liked fantasy and scary tales as well as animal stories and books with religious themes.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I have ended my list of music that I owned.  I have added many songs and albums through the years.  I need to note that the music that I loved had to be passionate as most Latin and opera music is.  My love for classical music is forever in my heart.
Now for the books I wanted to read.  This is a very long list and many I never did read.  In a sense, my eyes were bigger than my ability to consume.
There are 361 titles, many are children's or books written for young people, and many others would be way above the head of a 17 year old, but I did aim high.
1.  Daddy Long Legs-Webster
2.  In Our Image-Harte (I loved this Biblical book with stunning illustrations)
3.  Homes and Habits of Wild Animals-Schmidt
4.  Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm-Wiggens
5.  My Name is Aram-Sarroyan
6.  The Bible
7.  Dickens Stories about Children
8.  Flute of the Smoking Mirror-Gillmore
9.  Diary of a Young Girl-Frank
10.  The Robe-Douglas

Thursday, July 28, 2011

45 RPM singles
Love is a Many Splendored Thing
Love Turns Winter to Spring
Memories are Made of This
Muneca Triste
Que Seas Feliz
Te Quiero Asi

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

In 1955 at the age of 17

These were my 78 RPM records-the big vinyl ones.
Emperor Concerto-Beethoven
Rhapsody in Blue-Gershwin
Pier Gynt Suite No. 1-Grieg
Hans Christian Andersen-music from the movie
These next are singles
If I Love
Isle of Capri
Los Marcianos
Maldito Corazon
Song from Desiree

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

In 1955 I was 17 and faced with a long summer when I stayed at my grandmother's with no prospects of a trip anywhere, so I decided to fill my life with as many activities as I could cram into those summer days.  I made lists and lists of things to occupy myself and enjoyed a most interesting and active summer.
To begin with I made a list of all the 33 1/2 records that I owned:
Brute force Steel band
Cara Mia
Compagnon de la Chanson
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
My Fair Lady
Night on Bare Mountain
Paris After Midnight
Swan Lake
The King and I
Warsaw Concerto