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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
3. Weekly Topic: Mark Twain
4. Link to Mark Twain
5. Note from a Subscriber
6. Related Games
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management

#1. November 16, 2005

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

Did I mention that a few weeks ago I played hooky for a day, and went to Disneyland with my daughter, sister-in-law, niece, and nephew? We had a great time, and I did ALL the roller coasters. Whip. Whir. Snap. Whip again.

When I got home, my husband said I looked two inches shorter. I was just really, really tired. In fact, I was tired the next day too.

And then, three or four days later, stepping out of my car, I felt a little uncomfortable twinge in my back. I continued to feel it for a few days: a little here, a little there. Then one day, I was in agony.

And I’ve been in agony now for nearly two weeks. The doctor says I’m making progress, but it’s just a little bit of progress each day.

I swear (you’re my witness, right?) when I get better I am going to do more strengthening and stretching exercises. I’ve heard that yoga keeps you feeling young for years. I sure could use a little “feeling young” now.

Your comments welcome at:

Old and grumpy in Solana Beach,

Barbara J. Feldman
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#3. Mark Twain

by Barbara J. Feldman

Mark Twain Printable (** for premium members only)

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens 1835 – 1910) is one of America’s greatest authors and humorists. He was celebrated in his time, and despite being frequently banned, is still read on campuses today. Of “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Ernest Hemingway said, “. …all American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

BoonDocksNet: Mark Twain
“Jim Zwick is an American Studies scholar whose specialties include Mark Twain, U.S. social and political history, and educational uses of the Internet.” His Mark Twain site is chock full of original commentary and links to a wide variety of external sites. The site’s twenty-one sections include Biography, Criticism, Banned Books, Quotes, Study Guides and Teaching. My favorite clicks are found in Pop Culture. Don’t miss “The Tom Sawyer Approach,” a look at how Tom got paid to let other kids do his work for him.

The Complete Works of Mark Twain
There are quite a few websites where you can read Mark Twain’s books, but I chose this one because of its clean navigation and lack of ads that pop, jump, wiggle or shout. Visit when you’ve left your copy of “Huckleberry Finn” in your locker, or want to explore Twain’s other works without a trip to the library. The site also has a Twain biography, a small picture gallery, and a selection of Twain quotations. The publisher has created similar sites for a handful of other authors. Look in the bottom right-hand corner for links.

Mark Twain in His Times
>From the English department of University of Virginia, Stephen Railton publishes an “interpretative archive” of Mark Twain’s works, focusing on what we can learn about the times he lived in, and his relevance today. The site is built around the full text of six of Twain’s books, listed on the front page. For a quick start, visit “Sample this Site” where you’ll be introduced to the illustrations, interactive exhibits, and other features of the site.

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#4. Link to Mark Twain

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#5. Note from a Subscriber

I have canceled because I no longer home school my daughter, and she has become so grown up and independent that she’s not into doing this with me any more! Luckily we share other interests, but her school work is suddenly her own. I have enjoyed your site for a very long time, keep it up.
Dena Jackson

Dear Dena,
Thanks for writing, and good luck with your new phase of parenting.

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#6. Related Games

Mark Twain Word Search

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#7. Quote of the Week

“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~~ Mark Twain ( 1835 – 1910) American humorist and novelist

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    At last! Someone who undsrteands! Thanks for posting!