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Review: Ma Bible des Huiles Essentielles, by Danièle Festy

Ma Bible Des Huiles EssentiellesMa Bible Des Huiles Essentielles by Danièle Festy

My rating and review was initially on WorldCat: 5 of 5 stars, because this book shows the important knowledge gathered by women, often ignored by the male establishment, yet essential for human development, like what Project Do Better works to help us all learn, in various stages, both for public health, and for that public store of knowledge held in libraries of all kinds, in various languages.

Huiles Essentielles, huiles végétales qui viennent avec et même les voies d’administration pour chaque maladie ! On ne peut pas terminer de lire ce livre, cars c’est trop bon, trop plein et trop utile !  (p. 448: sinusit, mais pas de EU. radie…)

(Sorry, not sure if this book has been translated in to English, but I certainly hope that it has, by now!)

Essential oils, vegetable oils that go with them, and even the best ways to take each oil for every illness! One can never finish reading this book because it is too good, packed full, and useful! (good for sinus infections…)

Read, Write, Run, Teach !

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originally posted 12 February, 12016 HE

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#LanguageLearning for Empathetic International Community?

Here are four sets of grammar points, from a few different sources, to be filled in, still…  🙂

   Esperanto is a very simple language to learn, by design.  Many of the words, you will notice if you speak French, are quite similar to or even simply borrowed from French, and many also from Spanish as well.  Those familiar with Turkish or even Hebrew will notice that the suffixes and prefixes give roots (the concept of a shoresh, in Hebrew, as I made a few shoresh/word trees for my students when I taught Hebrew school… ) a great deal of flexibility.  Given the interest readers have expressed over the years, I thought I might share some of my newest language learning journey here on my blog.

Any thoughts on how your previously learned languages help hook the new material?
More soon,
and
        Hopefully, the empathy that studying languages builds, and a little more good example via story, will help all of us learn to be more open to the needs, feelings, and happiness of others.
Hoşça kalın!  Saluton!  !Nos Vemos! 

Shira

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Shira Destinie A.  Jones, MPhil

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Review: Les Mille et Un Fantômes, By Alexandre Dumas

    (English is right below …)

     « Ah ça ! me dit Legros (le bourreau) en me regardant fixement, vous croyez donc qu’ils sont morts, parce qu’on les a guillotinés, vous? … vous ne leur voyez pas tordre les yeux et grincer des dents pendant cinq minutes encore après l’exécution. … voyez-vous, qui ne veulent pas se décider à mourir, et je ne serais pas étonné qu’un jour quelqu’une d’elles se mit à crier : Vive le roi ! […] »

Il m’a fallait lire ce livre, apres avoir vu cet exerpt, et je n’etait pas decu ! / I had to read this book, after seeing this excerpt, and I was not disappointed!

C’était très intéressant, ce livre des histoires en forme d’un “frame”. Je l’ai écoutée sur le lit. / The stories in this book were very interesting, in the form of a “Frame” Story.

Listened to via:

https://www.litteratureaudio.com/livr…

    alexandre_dumas_pere  This was actually a far better book than I had expected.  The story told by the narrator ends up being a series of stories, but this is not a mere anthology, as some reviewers describe it.  The stories are all part of the larger overall story, even if they are separate shorts.  Le Bracelet de cheveux/ The Hair Bracelet, for instance, runs straight into the story of La Dame Blanche/The Pale Lady, and they flow together very well, with each story leading into one more macabre than the last  he stories have more in common than, say, those within the frame of the 1001 Nights, for example, though they are also less complex, they remain engaging.  The tragedy of many of the stories, especially that of The Pale Lady, starts in the very beginning of the set up of the frame, with the author again, as in The Corsican Brothers, armoiries-corses  inserting himself into the story, amusingly enough.  In fact, the timing of the French rendition of the 1001 Nuits makes me wonder if that frame story inspired this one.

    dumas_by_nadar2c_1855

Shira

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Dear Readers, what are your thoughts on this book, and Mr. Dumas’ works in general?

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Thoughtful Readers, please consider reading about #ProjectDoBetter.  This review is my personal way (as opposed to founding the Project, overall) of contributing to building tools that can help increase empathy and compassion in our world.  Story, as part of how we see our world, helps us make sense of and define our actions in this world.  And remember how important story is also as part of this project. Let’s Do Better.

Shira Destinie A. Jones, MPhil, MAT, BSCS

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French Fridays Review: The Corsican Brothers (Les Frères Corses), by Alexandre Dumas, Pere

    Wow, this is a book worth listening to and then reading, several times!  I love this comment from the summary on a site called Fabula, an org that appears to promote public domain books in French:
“Ce roman est destiné à deux catégories de lecteurs : les Corses, et les autres. / This novel is for two types of readers: Corsicans, and everyone else.”

    Still waiting on pins and needles, argh!

 as I schedule this post, for Lupin Part 3 Lupin10  to start up again, with Omar Sy (whose revenge takes a slightly more dapper and modern turn than that of the Spartan style brother from Napoleon’s home island…)!!! 

I listened to this one via litteratureaudio, a free Public Domain ebook service not unlike Librivox.org, but I still do not know why it is a dot com rather than a dot org.  It seems to have many more of Dumas’ books, and the readers seem to be far better, but it is more difficult to listen to the books, at least so far, even logged in as a Follower of several readers.  

(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…):
J’ai écoutée, gratuitement, bien sur, la version de littératureaudio lu par Juliette. C’est très intrigant ce livre, avec les jeaumeaux identiques, les visites des morts qui ne mens pas, et surtout la vendetta. Très intéressant comment histoire et aussi pour connaitre les habitudes des Corses. Et la dernierre ligne ! Incroyable !!

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I listened to the litaudio version read by Juliette. It was a very intriguing book, with identical twins, visits from the dead who do not lie, and above all, The Vendetta. Very interesting as a story and also to see the customs of the Coriscans. And the last line of the story! Incredible!!

and La guerre entre deux familles durant 4 siecles !  /  and a 4 century long family feud!

End of chapter 12 -excellent suspense, as always, with Mr. Dumas, pere.

   Once again, Mr. Dumas does not disappoint.  Interesting how he manages to insert himself, the author, as a character in this frame story.
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French Fridays Litt. Library Review: Black, by Alexandre Dumas, père

    This book was a pretty pleasant surprise, though it required a bit of patience at the outset.  For dealing with such serious subjects, Dumas managed to inject a great deal of humor into the story.   I listened to it with a bit of difficulty as I was unable, for lack of storage space, to download the entire book and listen to it conveniently, so I used the website, which was not always perfect about keeping my place (I prefer Librivox for the ease of listening, although par contre, sorry, on the other hand, this site, Lit.Audio, has far more books, with better reading, and no commercials, while LibriVox is now interrupted by ads after every chapter unless you stop it just at the end of a chapter and then start the next chapter manually).

Waiting on pins and needles, argh!

 as I schedule this post, for Lupin Part 3  afisha_lupin  to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!

This book is well worth the read (or the listen), and has an excellent ending, which I highly recommend: I know that I promised I’d be adding more to the review, originally posted on GR, when I post it on my blog, but time has passed since I read it, and my only new perceptions are that it is hard to find a good friend, and even harder to find a man of sufficient honor to live his values, even at the price of his own death.  Please read my comments below, and then read or listen to this book, freely available in the Public Domain via several sources, in audio or text (links to the Electronic Library of Quebeq).

Mes commentaires pendant que j’ai lu ce livre:

“…et comme tous les esprits
paresseux, au lieu de dominer la scène et de rêver
à sa volonté … il fut bientôt
absorbé par elle et tomba dans cet affaiblissement
intellectuel pendant lequel la pensée semble
quitter le cerveau…d’accrocher un de ses rêves au passage et
de s’y arrêter, finit par produire une ivresse qui
rappelle de loin celle des fumeurs d’opium et des
mangeurs de hachich !”

Wow!!”
December 26, 2022 –
10.0% “chap. 4: “et, Dieu merci ! les monstres sont rares.”

mais, ton bon dieu vous a menti, cars les monstres, ils sont pas rares du tout. Ils sont numbreux, et trés.

chap. 6 (end of ch. 5 ) :

again with jealousy around inheritance and older vs. younger brothers!!”
December 26, 2022 –
24.0% “pauvre cadet…”
December 26, 2022 –
25.0% “On vas avoir des problèmes…”
December 27, 2022 –
35.0% “Où il est démontré que les voyages forment la jeunesse
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where it is show that traveling trains the young”
December 27, 2022 –
38.0% “Toutes les gens, filles inclus, doivent apprendre nager !
Everyone should learn to swim, girls included!”
December 27, 2022 –
39.0% “#Suspense “Murmura-l-il le nom de Mathilde ?
Nous n’étions pas là pour l’entendre, et nous n’en répondrions pas.”

Ahh ! Je doives savoir !!

Aha, voila la conection: “me confier
la peau du premier chien venu, dans laquelle,
n’importe où je serai, je briserai ma chaîne pour
t’aller rejoindre.””
December 28, 2022 –
49.0% “”Comme tous les esprits faibles, il aimait mieux rester dans le doute que d’avoir à prendre un parti.”  /Aha, ok, thank you, Mr. Dumas.  Seriously, this explains the irritating habit of idiots to prefer to ‘stay in doubt rather than take a side’ of a question -it is stupidity.

(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…)

And, it has been made into a film!
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French Fridays Libri Library Review: L’ Épouvante, by Maurice Level

While it was an interesting read, and he rendered hommage to Mr. Lecoq, which I did like, I didn’t enjoy this book because the protag seemed either insane or foolishly daring, and I do not like either. Listened to on librivox read by Ezwa.

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C’était intéressant, et il a rendu hommage à Mr. Lecoq, ce que j’ai vraiment aimee, mais je n’avais pas aimee ce livre parce qu’il me semble que le protagoniste était soit fou soit stupidement hardi, et je n’aime pas ni l’une ni l’autre. Je l’ai Écoutée par librivox, lu par Ezwa.

     Once again, thank you to Librivox.org, and thank you to Ezwa for reading this book !   In fact, the way I found this book, like the one last week, Mr. Lecoqmonsieurlecoq_1007 was by searching for books read by Ezwa, and this one was on that reader’s list.

     And I am STILL Waiting on pins and needles, triple argh!!!, as I schedule this for Lupin Part 3 to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!  afisha_lupin   

Merci, encore, Ezwa !

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who read these books in the public domain.
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any more copies of books by Mr. Dumas  dumas_by_nadar2c_1855  read by native French speakers on Librivox, at the moment.
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French Fridays Libri Library Review: Monsieur Lecoq, by Émile Gaboriau

     This book was a very pleasant surprise!  Summarizing for Anglophones, as Francophones already know this author, this work preceded Sherlock Holmes, and is very good.  While Holmes has adventure and intrigue, this book has inter-generational cooperation, and history (books)!  Yes, history is important in solving criminal cases, kids!  It also has language learning (ok, it has two trilingual and one at least bilingual characters, all of the languages, of course, figuring importantly in solving the case)!  Apart from the mystery, obviously, there is also a case or two of impossible love, sacrifice, courage, and all of this against the backdrop of the Restoration, Napoleon, and memories of The Terrors during the French Revolution. I cannot imagine for the life of me why this work has not gained the level of appreciation that Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo has gained, as it is quite nearly as good. There is a lot of Latin cited, and this makes it worth reading again in print, which I will do via Project Gutenberg or one of the other Public Domain book sources (sorry, I have no idea whether this book is available other than in the original French, but I imagine that it must be available in at least English).

 

This book is very much worth learning French to read or listen to, imho. 

 

     Once again, thank you to Librivox.org, and thank you to Ezwa for reading this book !   In fact, the way I found this book was by searching for books read by Ezwa, and this one was on that reader’s list.

     And I am STILL Waiting on pins and needles, triple argh!!!, as I schedule this for Lupin Part 3 to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!  afisha_lupin   

Je l’ecoutes par librivox, lu par Ezwa:

 

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Listened to on librivox, thanks to Ezwa’s excellent reading!

 
(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…)
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🙂 Merci Ezwa !!

Une excellente lectrice !”

Je l’ecoutes gratuitment par Librivox ici

!!

🙂

“Voila a quoi sert l’histoire, dit-il. Mais je n’ai pas fini, garcon; notre duc de Sairmeuse a nous a aussi son article… Ecoute donc encore: …”

 

merci, encore, Ezwa !

 

 
“Partie 2: et voila l’histoire…”

🙂

 
 
 
 

 

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who read these books in the public domain.
 
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any more copies of books by Mr. Dumas  dumas_by_nadar2c_1855  read by native French speakers on Librivox, at the moment.
 
 
 
 
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French Fridays Libri Library Review: Kéraban le Têtu, by Jules Verne

Once again, thank you to Librivox.org, and thank you to Ezwa for reading this book !   And I am STILL Waiting on pins and needles, triple argh!!!, as I schedule this for Lupin Part 3 to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!  afisha_lupin   

    I have to say that I found this book rather insulting.  I’ve lived, as a worker and resident, in both Istanbul and Izmir, and found Verne’s Turkish (at least as read by an excellent reader) to be unintelligible, and so I doubt that he actually spoke Turkish.  And as for the attitude Verne expresses in the book, it is very much as if the Ottomans were backward and stubborn to the point of stupidity, which was very much not the case, historically.  Of course, given the time period and political situation in which he is writing, this story essentially forms part of the colonial background of Europe working to break up and incorporate the Ottoman empire as the Palestinian Mandate was incorporated.  Nevertheless, there is interesting history to be learned from this book, and even an interesting and exciting story to be lulled to sleep and catch up on.

Je l’ecoutes par librivox, lu par Ezwa:

Je n’oses pas dire tout, mais ce livre m’a vraiment donn’e enui de trouver d’autres ‘ecrivains a ‘ecouter. Au moins je peux remercier Ezwa pour l’excelent lecture pour dormir.

Pauvre Bruno ! Il va maigrir ! Mais, fair le tour du Mer Noir au lieu de croiser le Bosphore ?!”
Et, mince! Quelle excelente tactique psychologique, M. le judge !”

Samsung etait une colonie d’Atina antique: ca explique Laz/O Pondos…
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Listened to on librivox to fall asleep by, thanks to Ezwa’s excellent reading!
Poor Bruno! He’ll lose weight!! But, following the coast of the Black Sea instead of crossing the Bosphorus??!!

Interesting! What an excellent psychological tactic, Judge!

Samsung was a colonie of Ancient Athens: that explains O Pondos/Laz/The Pontians..

(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…)
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🙂 Merci Ezwa !!

Une excellente lectrice !”

Je l’ecoutes gratuitment par Librivox ici

!!

🙂

🙂

Many thanks to all of the volunteers who read these books in the public domain.
Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any more copies of books by Mr. Dumas  dumas_by_nadar2c_1855  read by native French speakers on Librivox, at the moment.
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French Fridays Libri Library Review: Voyage au centre de la terre, by Jules Verne

Once again, thank you to Librivox.org, and thank you to Birgit for recommending this book (which I find much better than the film, personally, as I recall it).  And I am STILL Waiting on pins and needles, triple argh!!!, as I schedule this for Lupin Part 3 to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!

This was a hard book to rate, since there were lots of readers, some not so good.  I can definitely say that I loved the nephew!
(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…)
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Bon, c’est pas facile de dire comment j’ai aimais, ou pas, ce livre, cars il y avait plein de lecteurs, pas tous bien.

Ce que c’est sur c’est que j’adore ce brave jeune garçon !

“…et c’est un défaut regrettable chez un orateur.”

🙂 Merci Emy !!

Une excellente lectrice !”

Je l’ecoutes par https://librivox.org/voyage-au-centre

“Cependant les interjections admiratives du professeur ne discontinuaient pas. ”

!!

🙂

(et merci pour la note, Mdmll Emy )

J’adore ce neveu !
“…souviens-tu d’une visite que me fit le célèbre chimiste anglais Humphry Davy en 1825 ?

– Aucunement, car je ne suis venu au monde que dix-neuf ans après.”

🙂 J’adore ce garçon !
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French Fridays Libri Library Review: 813, by Maurice Leblanc

Once again, thank you to Librivox.org, for this book, and to roommates who let you watch the TV in the living room on their Netflix account while they are out, kindly.  As I rewatched Lupin, I noticed that this number comes up several times as door numbers and as phone passcodes, mentioned ostentatiously when Assane ‘borrows‘ a phone from a known Lupin fan (and btw, never use your birth year as a phone code  Lupin9 …)  And I am STILL

Waiting on pins and needles, argh!

 as I schedule this post, for Lupin Part 3  Lupin10 to start up again, with Omar Sy!!!

Excellent story to listen to while getting ready to go to sleep, the last hour or so before bedtime.  Not too boring, but not too exciting, either, after the first half or so.  I still find the character of Lupin to be rather annoyingly arrogant, as written by M. L.  It really needed Omar Sy’s touch to give the character a sense of justification, if that makes sense?
(Just ask if I forget any translations from my reading updates…)
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J’écoute la version de ce livre en français lu par Bidou sur #LibriVox, ici: https://librivox.org/813-by-maurice-l…
November 15, 2022 – “la #torture est moins efficace que regardant le langage corporel…

Arsenne Lupin proved 100 years ago that torture is not needed for information gathering: by watching his victim’s body language (and this, well before it happened in an episode of Criminal Minds…).”

November 15, 2022 – “s’arreter le premier personne pour calmer les peurs de la publique…

😦

…et c’est honteux comment les femmes etaitent form’ees (et vetues en corsette) pour etre faibles…

(Mdm Dolores B. qui s’evanoui de peur…)”

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Shira

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