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Miss Dora Baggins' Book of Manners  by Dreamflower 188 Review(s)
Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 4 on 8/20/2016
My dear Miss Dora,

I have reacquainted myself on this chapter about Tweenagers with much interest. It seems to me, due to my Condition, that I am frozen in a near-Tweenaged state, at least to the Mind, though my Body does indeed continue to grow older. (I am Thirty-One now, quite of age by Man-years, though I feel more as a Hobbit of that age might!)

I attend regular sessions with a Healer, of Sorts. She is not there to tend to any Physical Hurt. Rather we merely speak of my Feelings, of Personal Matters and other things that Weigh on my Mind. I am not sure if the Shire has any equivalent. She does not Belittle or Criticize me for my Childlike Ways, but has helped me to Understand them. As she says, there is nothing Wrong with me, I am just Different. I am Frequently, I admit with a fair amount of Shame, Guilty of Failure to Fulfill the Tasks my Mother has set me. I Also (you will Shudder to Hear, and I Beg your Pardon) Still Fail to Eat Properly. The Reason for This is that my Mind so Focuses on the Task at Hand, I Shut Out nearly Everything Else.

Punishment fails to make an Impression, as this is not Wilful Disobedience, but a Real Difficulty. I am making Slow Progress, with my Healer's Advice, but I wonder if you Might have Any Suggestions.

Your Reader and Friend,

Kaylee

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 3 on 8/20/2016
My dear Miss Dora,

I am very Grateful for your explanation of the Childhood and Teen Years. It will help me immensely, I am sure, as I am currently hoping to Continue Chronicling the tale of your young Cousin, Angelica Baggins. I Note that Teens are usually sent to the Family Tutor at sixteen. My Chronicle has Angelica under Bilbo's tutelage at Fifteen - I am not sure whether the Tale I have been Told is in error, or perhaps Ponto simply could not be Bothered with her.

(Begging your pardon, Miss Dora, of course, but it would Seem Ponto is having Difficulties and has not, as he Ought To Have Done, sought Help from the Family, rather Seeking Comfort in copious amounts of Old Winyards. Bilbo only found out by Happenstance, due to Angelica's Woolgathering and Rambling in her Essay, and I do not think he is Certain what to Do. His Scribe certainly has No Idea...Perhaps reading Further On will clear Matters somewhat.)

A very distressed

Kaylee

(Dreamflower,

I'm attempting to continue "About Balbo Baggins...and Others", with a letter written by Bilbo to one of Angelica's family. I'm not sure whether he ought to write to a Baggins, or a Took, since in my-verse Lily is Isembold's great-granddaughter. It seems to me that he'd have lost a lot of credibility as Family Head, what with the "Old Mad Baggins" thing, so I don't know if Ponto would even listen to him. I asked a psychologist friend of mine what she would do if presented with a neglected child whose widowed father had taken to drink, and she said she'd contact the police and/or CPS before involving the family. Well...of course that's not going to work. *sighs* She tried to be helpful, lol. What do you think?

Kaylee)


Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 2 on 8/20/2016
My dear Miss Dora,

Renewing my Acquaintance with your Words of Wisdom has made me smile. The pleasant Picture you (and of course, your Estimable Scribe, Dreamflower) have painted on the Proper Rearing of young Children makes me Long for what Should have Been. I will say No More on that Subject just yet, lest it seem Improper.

I have been Especially Grateful for your Descriptions of Faunthood. With some Work, I was able to Chronicle the Faunthoods of the Old Took's twelve Children. I wonder if I might do the same with the young Bagginses - with proper Consultation, of Course. It would Please me if you and dear Dreamflower are amenable - but of course, I will not expect an Affirmative Response.

Your devoted Reader and Friend,

Kaylee

Kaylee ArafinwielReviewed Chapter: 1 on 8/20/2016
My dear Miss Dora,

It seems an Age since I have taken up my Pen to correspond with you! I beg that you will forgive my fault - and it is, most assuredly, entirely my fault!

There is much that I wish to share with you and your Estimable Scribe, Dreamflower, but the first thing is that I have, once again, begun to reread your Book. (That, of course, may be Obvious.) I do hope I will do far better at keeping in touch with you both!

Your devoted Reader and Friend,

Kaylee

BlJ7Utxxso2Reviewed Chapter: 6 on 11/26/2015
Frank What americans know of US martiily proposed and current martiily actions has changed considerably over the history of our country. In era of television (especially 24/7 news networks) and the internet, combat is seen in real time. Vietnam was really the first war where teelvision brought it into our living rooms ..on a delayed basis. That changed with Iraq with its media imbedded reporters who brought us real time reprorting of martiily action. It is certainly more true today with the alleged Syrian gas attack and the impact of smart video phones. But it wasn't always that way. WWII saw heavy censorship and the public knew very little about what was taking place most times only months later. FDR and other policy makers could make decisions in the absence of pubic limelight. Defeats or missteps didn't become instant fodder for debate. I would like to see a show devoted to how technology has impacted our martiily options.and foreign policy. It has made for a different dynamic.

8SgGi9iFfwReviewed Chapter: 9 on 11/26/2015
OK, I am truely fnlailg in love with him! However, we are cross fencing our property and would not be able to take him until after January. I kind of hope that will work out for when you want to adopt him out. Do you have any idea what you might want for his adoption fee? I live in Florida, so unfortunately can not just run up there on a weekend, especially during the busy season. I work in the medical field. I have 2 intermediate horses and 1 intermediate pony now. Personality wise, do you think he would finish out with a real laid back personality. I just can't take on another intermediate personality!!! I realize he probably won't chill out until he becomes mature. Thanks!SherryPS: I understand I would still have to pass inspection! lol

J9YG3EVZReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/23/2013
You don't need to abandon the biablcil approach if the person you are talking to doesn't believe that the Bible is the word of God. You could explain to that person why you think that the Bible is the word of God. If someone doesn't believe that there is absolute truth, you could ask him this question: Is it an absolute truth that there is no absolute truth?

e4MgcKs8p6WTReviewed Chapter: 11 on 10/21/2013
OK, I am truely falnilg in love with him! However, we are cross fencing our property and would not be able to take him until after January. I kind of hope that will work out for when you want to adopt him out. Do you have any idea what you might want for his adoption fee? I live in Florida, so unfortunately can not just run up there on a weekend, especially during the busy season. I work in the medical field. I have 2 intermediate horses and 1 intermediate pony now. Personality wise, do you think he would finish out with a real laid back personality. I just can't take on another intermediate personality!!! I realize he probably won't chill out until he becomes mature. Thanks!SherryPS: I understand I would still have to pass inspection! lol

AntaneReviewed Chapter: 14 on 4/9/2010
Just beginning to Catch Up on my post-Lent Reading here and this is Just Adorable! I can so Hear Dora's Voice here. :)

Namarie, God bless, Antane :)

Grey WondererReviewed Chapter: 14 on 3/3/2010
Doing a bit of early morning reading and I agree with Miss Dora on this point:

(A wise Parent may Use the Opportunity to Explain to a faunt, so that he or she might Learn from the Experience. Babes who have yet to Master Language will not Benefit, and should never be Scolded or Punished, as they have no Idea what they have Done.)

I have seen so many parents yell at children too small to realize what they have done. It always makes me angry. Go, Miss Dora!

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