August 10th, 2005

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As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel

I stayed up late last night and finally finished As Above, So Below: A Novel of Peter Bruegel by Rudy Rucker.

I highly recommend this book. It is the fictional imagining of the life of Peter Bruegel. The author combined the few known facts about Bruegel's life with the history and the culture of the Netherlands in the 1500s to craft a realistic and intriguing novel. Each chapter has a Bruegel painting featured at the beginning and vividly describes the events in the artist's life and times that shaped the painting. My only criticism of the book is that I wish the reproductions of Bruegel's paintings were in color to match the vibrancy of the characters, events and culture depicted by Rudy Rucker.
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Happiness

Happiness is...

being in love with Juannie.
being his wife.
walking Bess & Rocky everyday.
laughing a lot.
a family that cares about me.
friends to have fun with.
lazy days at home with Juannie.
our little house.
being able to pay our bills.
time to write.
good books.
gardening.
singing.
living my life.
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Reminiscing

Here are some of my favorite songs from the decades I've lived through so far.

60s
Hey Jude - The Beatles
Honky Tonk Woman - The Rolling Stones
Spinning Wheels - Blood Sweat & Tears
Leaving On A Jet Plane - Peter Paul & Mary
Up Up & Away - The Fifth Dimension
Do You Know The Way To San Jose - Dionne Warwick

70s
American Pie - Don McLean
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Joy To The World - Three Dog Night
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
D'Yer Mak'er - Led Zeppelin
Only The Good Die Young - Billy Joel
Heart of Glass - Blondie

80s
Hit Me With Your Best Shot - Pat Benatar
Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police
True - Spandau Ballet
Pride (In The Name of Love) - U2
Abracadabra - Steve Miller Band
Lips Like Sugar - Echo & The Bunnymen
Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

90s
Love Shack - The B52s
Give It Away - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
Losing My Religion - REM
Come As You Are - Nirvana
If Ever I Lose My Faith In You - Sting
Possession - Sarah McLachlan
Special - Garbage

00s
Elevation - U2
Drops of Jupiter - Train
100 Years - Five For Fighting
Fallen - Sarah McLachlan
Days Go By - Dirty Vegas
Everybody's Changing - Keane