Dan Brown's new novel, Inferno, features renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and is set in the heart of Europe, where Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centred around one of history's most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces.
As Dan Brown comments: "Although I studied Dante's Inferno as a student, it wasn't until recently, while researching in Florence, that I came to appreciate the enduring influence of Dante's work on the modern world. With this new novel, I am excited to take readers on a journey deep into this mysterious realm. A landscape of codes, symbols, and more than a few secret passageways."
About the Author
Dan Brown is the bestselling author of Digital Fortress, Deception Point, Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code and The Lost Symbol. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he has taught English and Creative Writing. He lives in New England.
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Inferno By Dan Brown
I have a secluded courtyard.
It even has an outdoors bathtub in it. However, I've not used it all summer, referring to it as 'the snake pit.' Rather a shame, but we have had a bit of a snake plague this year and even the dog isn't allowed to use her doggie door to the courtyard.
Still, the roses look lovely though the window.
Courtyard gardens can be created in small areas. Ours is a small yet practical space between the back door of the studio and the shed and the rear wall and bedroom window of the house and the back fence. It was bare ground when we arrived with a clothesline attached to the wall.
The first thing I did was to plant shade trees along the back fence, and climbing roses on the back wall to cool the house in summer. Then I paved the ground and erected arches all around to support a vertical garden of climbing roses to maximize the small space and further insulate the garden for our hot summers. Here is the Gardening Australia Fact Sheet on designing a courtyard garden.
I have been reading an online discussion about freedom of speech in my online university unit.
Is everyone aware that freedom of speech is the argument and laws used to permit the worldwide distribution of pedophilia supporting literature?
Do you want freedom of speech or political correctness?
Think hard about it. It isn’t a simple choice with a clear answer. Both are good in moderation. As with most beliefs, they are harmful when taken to a radical extreme.
Humanity demands we be tolerant and accept a swinging balance scale that allows attitudes aside from our own as long as they do not tip the scale to an extreme. To manage those extremes, society creates laws. Those laws vary with what is acceptable within that society.
The United Nations created an excellent human rights declaration that respects freedom of speech and tempers it with the varying political correctness within differing societies. It suggests that we observe human rights while respecting other’s long standing culture.
This unit has made me look deeper into these issues. I have learned to see freedom of speech and political correctness as two opposing conditions that need to be balanced over the rock of humanity that has understanding for why we do not all think alike.
Rule of thumb:
"Which" refers to things.
"That" refers to people and things.
"Who" refers to people.
Now this one is a tough call. Who has the right to say who a boss can employ?
If the boss is employing someone, it is their right to choose. Maybe they can be asked to interview all applicants and consider them on their merit but the candidate needs to be right for the job. I would be happy to employ a shoplifter as a gardener, but not as a jewellery assistant.
Would I want to hire a convicted shop lifter if I sols small items?
I definitely would refuse to hire a child sex offender if I had young children who would be near my employees, and to heck with nondiscrimination laws, I would fight them.
Bosses who refuse to hire or promote workers with criminal records may risk discrimination suits under recommended changes.
Would you hire a worker with a criminal record? Does everyone deserve a second chance?
One day a father is on his way home from work and suddenly remembers that it's his daughter's birthday. He pulls over to the toy store and asks the sales person, "How much for one of those Barbie's in de display window?".
The sales person answers, "Which on do you mean, Sir? We have: Work Out Barbie for $19.95, Shopping Barbie for $19.95, Beach Barbie for $19.95, Disco Barbie for $19.95, Ballerina Barbie for $19.95, Skater Barbie for $19.95, and Divorced Barbie for $265.95."
The amazed father asks: "It's what?! Why is Divorced Barbie $265.95 and the other only $19.95?"
The slightly annoyed sales person rolls her eyes, sighs and answers: "Sir... Divorced Barbie comes complete with Ken's Car, Ken's House, Ken's Boat, Ken's Furniture, Ken's Computer and one of Ken's best Friends."