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[tweetmeme]About 2 weeks ago I put up a poll about your local library use.
Here are the results.

Do you use your local library?
67% Yes
33% No

If they answered yes, they were asked to complete the following questions.

How many books do you have checked out usually?
80% 1-3    20% 5-10

What types of books do you usually check out?
50% Fiction  50% Non-Fiction

What genre of books do you read?
Romance 22.22%
Thriller 22.22%
Humor 22.22%
Sci-Fi 11.11%
Self Help 11.11%
Other 11.11%

Do you find your own books, or request them online and have them waiting for you?
80% find their books on their own
20% request them and have them waiting

I’m surprised at the large percentage that don’t use the library.  Honestly, how many people go back and re-read books?  I understand buying reference books, but book that are read for pleasure – I can probably think of less than 5 books I’ve re-read in my life.

Do you re-read books?
If so, what are some that you’re gone back to read again?

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It’s getting late in the day and I’ve been working on a blog, but it’s become more involved than I thought it would be so let’s save that one for another day.  For now though I’ve been thinking about art. (you’ll see why when I post that other blog)  I like different kinds of art.  I’ve already told you about the Piccadilly Circus painting by Thomas Kinkade that I like here in my blog.
A few of my other favorites are these:

"The Kiss" ~ Auguste Rodin 1889

I saw “The Kiss” when I went to visit my Aunt Teresa in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum about 5 years ago.  Right away I loved it!

"Primavera" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1482

I saw the Primavera when I was in Florence, Italy at the Uffizi Gallery about 8 years ago.

"The Birth of Venus" ~ Sandro Botticelli c-1486

I’ve always thought The Birth of Venus was beautiful.  I found a nice print of it last summer at a tag sale and hopefully I can hang it in my office eventually.  I also saw this painting at the Uffizi Gallery when I was in Florence, Italy about 8 years ago.

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

"The Rape of the Sabine Women" ~ Giambologna

This sculpture is found outside the Uffizi Gallery in the Loggia dei Lanzi on the corner of the Piazza della Signoria.  “The Rape of the Sabine Women” implies abduction vs. the modern word rape.

"The Sistine Chapel" ~ Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Botticelli

Perhaps one of the most impressive works of art on the planet in my opinion has got to be the Sistine Chapel.  I’ve been known to tell people “I don’t care if you’re Catholic, Lutheran, Methodist, Protestant, Baptist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Islamic, Mormon, Jehovah’s Witness, Buddhist,  Atheist, etc. – go see the Sistine Chapel before you die.  It’s breathtaking!”  The chapel is located in Vatican City.
When I visited there I was able to rent a MP3 player that came with a “map” of the chapel.  Each fresco has a corresponding number that I could punch into the player and it would tell me about the fresco.  Who was in it, who they believe painted it and approximately when.  One of the most popular paintings is in the very center of the ceiling.

"The Creation of Man" ~ Michelangelo

It has also been called “The Creation of Adam”  I think I spent about 3 hours in there just trying to take it all in.  It wasn’t nearly long enough.  I did have quite a cramp in my neck by the time I left though!

"The Last Judgment" ~ Michelangelo

They say “The Last Judgment” was painted by Michelangelo between the years 1537 and 1541 and was painted nearly 3 decades after he painted the ceiling.

These are all works of art which I’ve seen.  I have yet to see:

"The Starry Night" ~ Vincent Van Gogh c-1889

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starry_night

"Mona Lisa" ~ Leonardo da Vinci c-1503-1506

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mona_lisa

"The Persistence of Memory" ~ Salvador Dalí

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melting_Clocks

What are some of your favorite works of art?  Send me links if you can.

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I want to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone who commented on yesterday’s blog.
My friend is really struggling with the whole situation.  A few developments have happened throughout the day….
I think at this point deep in his soul he knows that this isn’t going to work out well.
I think he’s just hoping that she’ll come out and say “I can’t do this” but we’re wondering will that day be coming?
I think he’s going to see her tomorrow so it will be interesting to see if she answers any questions or gives him anything to make this situation better.  Or will she act like nothing is amiss?

My friend hasn’t been able to get online to see all of the comments, but I’ve read him some of them.
He very much appreciates that every one of you who commented took the time to do so.
Thank you again.

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What’s everyone doing this weekend?

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