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A bird’s conception of manners

If birds have no conception of manners, how does it happen that half a dozen Cedar Wax­wings, sitting close together on a limb–which they often do–will pass a cherry along from one to another, down to the end of the line and back again, none of the birds making the slightest attempt to eat even part of the fruit? This little episode has been witnessed and re­ported by more than one thoroughly responsible observer of birds. What does it mean? If not politeness and generosity, then what?

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (02/11/23)2023 Book Count: 349 New books: Title: The eternal savageAuthor: Burroughs, Edgar Rice, 1875-1950Published: US, 1925EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/70002 Title: Flight EighteenAuthor: Torak, Paul A.Published: US,, 1953Subject: Short Story from “Thrilling Wonder Stories” magazine”EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/70003 Title: Raggety: His life and adventuresAuthor: White, Mary JosephineIllustrator: Berryman, Clifford K.Published: US, 1913EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/70004 Title: If at …

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (02/10/23)2023 Book Count: 335 WooHoo! We’ve reached ebook 70,000! New books: Title: Star book no. 234: mood fashionsAdapter: AnonymousEBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6985869987 Title: Report on the lands of the arid region of the United States, with a more detailed account of the lands of UtahAuthor: Powell, John Wesley, 1834-1902Published: US, 1879EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/6985869995 Title: …

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Great Books

Per Mark Twain, “The great books are the books that everyone wishes he had read, but no one wants to read”. People wish they had read them because they are indispensable material… They shy away from reading them because these books require thought. Mortimer J. Adler, Professor, Philosopher, Literary Critic. Out of The Best Books, …

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (02/09/23)2023 Book Count: 327 New books: Title: The highland bagpipe: its history, literature, and music, with some account of the traditions, superstitions, and anecdotes relating to the instrument and its tunesAuthor: Manson, W. L.Published: UK, 1901EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69986 Title: Storia degli Italiani, vol. 8 (di 15)Author: Cantù, Cesare, 1804-1895Published: Italy, 1874Language: ItalianEBook: …

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (02/08/23)2023 Book Count: 318 New books: Title: The English Husbandman (The Second Booke): Contayning the Ordering of the Kitchin-Garden, and the Planting of strange flowers: the breeding of all manner of Cattell.Author: Markham, Gervase, 1568?-1637Published: UK, 1614EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69970 Title: The Swiss RepublicAuthor: Winchester, BoydPublished: US, 1891EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69971 Title: The changed bridesAuthor: …

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Wash-day

Books Bygone: Wash DayMarica Bernstein My library contains a lot of old books by Great Thinkers addressing life’s most profound questions. What does it mean to flourish as a human being? How can we believe in a benevolent God in the face of brutish evil? What is the proper relationship of the state to the …

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“What does history mean to you?”

What does history mean to you? Is it alive, or is it dead and buried in the past? Is it a list of dry happenings with drier dates, or is it full of exciting or solemn moments and people doing the things you do, only in a finer, bigger way?”

These simple questions, asked of boys and girls in grades 5-8, begin Eleanore Hubbard’s Citizenship Plays: A Dramatic Reader for Upper Grades (1929). She continues, “If you had been present at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, do you suppose you would ever think of it as an uninteresting document of long words?” Of course not!…

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New/Updated Project Gutenberg Releases (02/06/23)2023 Book Count: 296 New books: Title: Abendfalter: Geschichten der SehnsuchtAuthor: Busse-Palma, GeorgPublished: Germany, 1902Language: GermanEBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69960 Title: The story of my houseAuthor: Ellwanger, George H. (George Herman), 1848-1906Published: US, 1890EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69961 Title: The virgin of the sun: A play, in five actsAuthor: Kotzebue, Augustus vonTranslator: Plumptre, AnnePublished: UK, 1799EBook: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/69962 …

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