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Nearest Book, Fifth Full Sentence Meme

May 14, 2007

Chers Amis,

Summer is so close!  This is Iowa Test of Basic Skills week at le moulin to be followed directly by a camping trip – hooray!  I am praying for good weather.  Our Labor Day trip was a bit . . . damp.  Actually, drenched, soaking wet! As such, it is loose, chaotic and messy chez nous in preparation.  The kids are having a wiggle time before lunch so I thought I would do something ridiculous like this meme. HT to about 5 blogs 🙂 If you haven’t already, play along. Reach for your closest book and follow these instructions:


  1. Open it to page 161
  2. Find the fifth full sentence.
  3. Post the text of the sentence along with these instructions.
  4. Don’t search around looking for the coolest book you can find.  Do what’s actually next to you.

Here is mine.

In Central and South American in particular, human poverty drives all of these, and richer northern nations press maldevelopment in the form of pesticides, toxic fertilizers, further habitat destruction, and unfair trading practices as "solutions" that ultimately deny the good of humans, wild creatures, and ecological balance. — p. 161, Chapter 15 – Postcards from the Mayan Ruins, Rare Encounters with Ordinary Birds by Lyanda Lynn Haupt.

Don’t let this dry sentence fool you, this is a very witty book if you are a bit of a bird nerd. I know a few of you are!  Admit it.  Passages from the chapter on When Good Woodpeckers Go Bad was very funny, it just was on page 86 instead. Maybe I am just on odd bird myself 🙂

— Marjorie


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