Lock, Stock, and Over a Barrel by Melody Carlson

By Melody Carlson

With excessive hopes, Daphne Ballinger lands her dream activity on the manhattan occasions. yet it's now not lengthy until eventually writing approximately weddings turns into a painful reminder of her personal failed romance, and her love of the town slowly sours in addition. Is it time to renounce new york for her small homeland of Appleton?

When her eccentric Aunt Dee passes away and leaves a monstrous property to Daphne, going again house is a simple selection. What isn’t effortless is coming to phrases with the downright unusual clauses written into the will.

Daphne merely stands to inherit the property if she consents to her aunt's very particular posthumous phrases -- own undefined. And if she fails to conform, the sprawling previous Victorian residence might be bequeathed to . . . Aunt Dee’s cats.

And if Daphne thinks that’s ordinary, wait till she unearths out an array of secrets and techniques approximately Aunt Dee's existence, and the way imperfect situations can occasionally bring about God's ideal timing.

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30 The Problems is a collection of ruminations on perplexing questions of “science,” such as why some women are bald or some men hairy. ” The assumption and point of departure—that men of eminence across various fields share what we would describe as a common physiological makeup—reflects not only a belief in a natural or inherent disposition to excellence, but also the influence of a broader tradition of medical speculation that was evolving at the same time that Aristotle and his students were active.

But those who coveted the very highest glory were drawn directly to the source, traveling to Alexander’s tomb in the city he had founded in Egypt, Alexandria, as if one might glean his secrets simply by being in the place. Pompey went there, and Julius Caesar, and, most famously of all, Caesar’s grand-nephew and adopted son, Octavian, the future emperor Augustus, who made the journey after defeating his rival, Marc Antony, at the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE and deposing Antony’s consort, the queen Cleopatra.

What was the difference between a poet driven mad by the Muse and a philosopher like Socrates, whose daimonion whispered in his ear? Weren’t they likewise possessed, and so equally dangerous? The question takes on added drama when we bear in mind that one of Socrates’s principal accusers, the Athenian citizen Miletus, was a poet himself. Was Plato simply avenging his master in banishing the bards from the Republic? Or worse, was he committing the very same crime that the rulers of Athens had committed against his beloved teacher, condemning the appeal to a god he could not control?

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