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Spotlight On: What's On The List?

Updated on May 3, 2015

by Rachael O'Halloran

Published July 26, 2014

My List

Just the sound of the words "Bucket List" seem so final. So i thought I'd break them up into seasons. Here's the one for Summer!
Just the sound of the words "Bucket List" seem so final. So i thought I'd break them up into seasons. Here's the one for Summer! | Source

Creating Lists

In this day and age, we make lists mostly so we won't forget something. Many of us use lists as a way to keep organized. The movie "The Bucket List" has made them popular, if only in jest.

Famous people left behind some rather noteworthy lists that I thought I would share with you. I enjoyed the story behind each list very interesting and I hope you do too.

Albert Einstein

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Einstein's List

Albert Einstein was a prolific letter writer and a note jotter. Barbara Wolff, who oversees Albert Einstein's Archives at The Hebrew University in London told the BBC that they have on hand about 3,500 pages of private correspondence which Einstein wrote between 1912 and 1955.

Albert Einstein was married twice. His first wife's name was Mileva Marić - she was his student, who literally gave up her scientific career when she met him. They were married in 1903, had three children and were divorced in 1919. Mileva never remarried and died in 1948.

Of particular interest to me is a list which was a condition of staying married to his first wife, long after they had given up any hope for the marriage.

Around 1914, after living in such a difficult household, Einstein suggested they stay married for the sake of the children but only if she followed a list of conditions (requests). Even though since 1912, he was already involved with future wife, first cousin Elsa Lowenthal, the Einsteins lived apart for five years and divorced in 1919. Soon after divorce from Mileva was final, Albert married Elsa, adopted her two children, and remained married to her death in 1936. Einstein died in 1955.

According to the book, "Einstein: His Life And Universe" by Walter Isaacson, Albert's list of conditions were as follows:

"You will make sure:

  1. that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;
  2. that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;
  3. that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, You will forego:

  1. my sitting at home with you;
  2. my going out or travelling with you.

You will obey the following points in your relations with me:

  1. you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;
  2. you will stop talking to me if I request it;
  3. you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.
  4. you will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior."

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How's that for a list of demands? --- er, conditions, I mean.

He, his wife and both their lawyers met to put the legal separation in writing. It may come as no surprise to you after reading the "conditions list," that his wife and children soon left for Zurich. She could afford it. Einstein promised her more than half of his annual salary which she would receive for the length of the separation agreement - five years.

Except for his annual month long trips to Switzerland to see his children, he did not recover a good relationship with them until they were adult age.

Ernest Hemingway

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Ernest Hemingway, Author & Journalist

Ernest Hemingway was a famous and favorite author born on July 21, 1899 and died on July 2, 1961. His writing mostly mirrored his life experiences and his books are classics.

In February 1936, he gave Esquire Magazine a list of 17 books he would enjoy re-reading.

  1. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Far Away and Long Ago, by W. H. Hudson
  3. Buddenbrooks, by Thomas Mann
  4. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
  5. Madame Bovary, by Gustave Flaubert
  6. War and Peace, by Leo Tolstoy
  7. A Sportsman's Sketches, by Ivan Turgenev
  8. The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  9. Hail and Farewell, by George Moore
  10. Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  11. Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson
  12. La Reine Margot, by Alexandre Dumas
  13. La Maison Tellier, by Guy de Maupassant
  14. Le Rouge et le Noir, by Stendhal
  15. La Chartreuse de Parme, by Stendhal
  16. Dubliners, by James Joyce
  17. Autobiographies, by W. B. Yeats

Nora Ephron

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Nora Ephron, Author

If you don't recognize her name, you'll recognize her work. She was the screenwriter author of “Sleepless in Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally.” She died June 26, 2012 at age 71, after a six year battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, an aggressive leukemia which she pretty much kept to herself and her circle of friends.

In her book "I Remember Nothing," she dropped subtle hints of her impending death to her readers with these two lists beginning on page 132:

What I Will Miss

My kids · Nick · Spring · Fall · Waffles · The concept of waffles · Bacon · A walk in the park · The idea of a walk in the park · The park · Shakespeare in the Park · The bed · Reading in bed · Fireworks · Laughs · The view out the window · Twinkle lights · Butter · Dinner at home just the two of us · Dinner with friends · Dinner with friends in cities where none of us lives · Paris · Next year in Istanbul · Pride and Prejudice · The Christmas tree · Thanksgiving dinner · One for the table · The dogwood · Taking a bath · Coming over the bridge to Manhattan · Pie

What I Won’t Miss

Dry skin · Bad dinners like the one we went to last night · E-mail · Technology in general · My closet · Washing my hair · Bras · Funerals · Illness everywhere · Polls that show that 32 percent of the American people believe in creationism · Polls · Fox · The collapse of the dollar · Joe Lieberman · Clarence Thomas · Bar mitzvahs · Mammograms · Dead flowers · The sound of the vacuum cleaner · Bills · E-mail. I know I already said it, but I want to emphasize it. · Small print · Panels on Women in Film · Taking off makeup every night

Rudyard Kipling

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Rudyard Kipling, Author

Born Joseph Rudyard Kipling on December 30, 1865, he was an English author of The Jungle Book, Gunga Din and many other short stories, novels and poems.

He died January 18, 1936.

One of his children, a 12 year old daughter, was preparing in 1908 to leave for a season in London. He had this list for her:

Dear Bird,

I send you a few simple rules for Life in London.

  1. Wash early and often with soap and hot water.
  2. Do not roll on the grass of the parks. It will come off black on your dress.
  3. Never eat penny buns, oysters, periwinkles or peppermints on the top of a bus. It annoys the passengers.
  4. Be kind to policemen. You never know when you may be taken up.
  5. Never stop a motor bus with your foot. It is not a croquet ball.
  6. Do not attempt to take pictures off the wall of the National Gallery or to remove cases of butterflies from the National History Museum. You will be noticed if you do.
  7. Avoid late hours, pickled salmon, public meetings, crowded crossings, gutters, water-carts and over-eating.


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Ben Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin's 13 Virtues

In 1726, at the age of 20, Benjamin Franklin devised a list of 13 virtues to live by "without committing any fault at any time."

He worked on one virtue per week and kept progress notes. Here is his list of 13 virtues from The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (free at Gutenberg Press):

  • TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.
  • SILENCE. Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.
  • ORDER. Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.
  • RESOLUTION. Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.
  • FRUGALITY. Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i.e., waste nothing.
  • INDUSTRY. Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.
  • SINCERITY. Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.
  • JUSTICE. Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
  • MODERATION. Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.
  • CLEANLINESS. Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.
  • TRANQUILLITY. Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.
  • CHASTITY. Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.
  • HUMILITY. Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Hubpages keeps saying the link to BFranklin's 13 virtues is bad, so I have included a screenshot of the 13 virtues.

Ben Franklin's 13 virtues

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Johnny Cash's List That Started It All

We get ideas from everywhere. Johnny Cash's list is where Shaun Usher got his idea for his website, and later his book.
We get ideas from everywhere. Johnny Cash's list is where Shaun Usher got his idea for his website, and later his book.

Final Thoughts

These lists are only a few of over 50 you can read on Shaun Usher's website "Lists of Note." He enjoyed his project so much, he wrote a book "LIsts of Note" which features new lists which are not on his website.

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    William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

    Oh, my! What fun! Thanks for sharing!! ;-)

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    John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

    Loved this hub Rachael. Something unique and different and an enjoyable read. Thanks. Voted up.

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    Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

    Interesting, Rachael. Sounds like Einstein was a real ass. And he married his first cousin? That's just not right. I like Johnny Cash's list. He had quite a sense of humor!

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #Homeplace Series - thanks for stopping by to read my whimsy :)

    #Jodah, I thought something lighthearted was in order after such heavy hubs lately. This subject caught my eye and I thought it might make be a nice attempt at levity. Thanks for reading and voting.

    #bravewarrior - Up until the mid 1980s outside of the US, it was quite acceptable to marry first or second cousins. Examples: Thomas Jefferson, Rudy Guliani, Sebastian Bach, Edgar Allan Poe, Jerry LEE Lewis, Charles Darwin, H G Wells, and Jesse James. FDR married Eleanor who was a 5th or 6th cousin (I forget which).

    Arranged marriages were often 1st or 2nd cousins in early years. USA looks upon this as illegal (except in Connecticut and New York) contending that it promotes birth defects.

    To me, when I look at mine, there is something ickky about marrying a first cousin. lol

    Johnny Cash's list was the catalyst for Shaun's idea for website and later the book. I thought it was very clever, especially when so many readers are interested in trivia.

    Thanks for reading and commenting

    R

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    breakfastpop 2 years ago

    What a fun hub, although Einstein struck mea as a whacko!!! Your ideas for hubs are always so original. Bravo! Voted up, interesting, funny and awesome.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #breakfastpop,

    Aren't all geniuses a little bit whacko anyway? lol

    Thanks for your compliments and votes :)

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    breakfastpop 2 years ago

    I agree, after all, we are all a bit crazy on hubpages!

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    I have been known to have my moments, so I won't argue that one! lol

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    Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

    What a unique hub. Thank you for writing something different...how very interesting to see all those notes. Very well done my friend.

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great writing here and always a good one from you. I look forward to reading more of your work just so busy at the moment so doing the best I can for most of my commenters.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #billybuc - I hope to change it up every so often so I don't bore myself or my readers. Thank you for your support. :)

    #DDE, I know how it is to be busy, so no need to apologize. I'm always glad to see you stop by whenever you have time. Thank you for your comment. :)

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    FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

    What Einstein showed in brilliance he lacked in any human warmth. How did that woman come to like him, much less love him? Sheesh. What a great hub.

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    travmaj 2 years ago from australia

    This hub made me laugh, a fun start to my Sunday morning. Hmmm, who do you think you are Einstein! He wouldn't be making that list today that's for certain. I do like Johnny Cash, simple and to the point. Actually I liked them all. Thank you Rachael.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #FlourishAnyway - I agree about Einstein's brilliance. And who knows what lurks beneath for another to find lovable! lol Thanks for reading :)

    #travmaj - Glad to add to your merriment. Einstein's list made me want to write this hub. The sheer audacity of it. Johnny Cash's list shows that it didn't take much to please him and he knew where his responsibilities were. Thanks for reading :)

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and interesting. Enjoyed this hub very much. It was fun to read all of these lists and gave something to think about. Passing this on.

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    Victor W. Kwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

    Voted up, Rachael. You always give us such engaging hubs.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #Gypsy Rose Lee

    I thank you for reading and commenting. It was fun to write too. lol

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #vkwok,

    Thanks for your praise and for reading :)

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    Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    You chose a great idea for a hub, Rachel! I enjoyed your article very much. It's both interesting and eye-opening.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #AliciaC

    Thank you very much. I'm trying to diversify my topics more. lol

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    R

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    Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

    I loved Johnny Cash's list. So simple and yet very realistic. Thanks for sharing this fun look at personal lists.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #teaches12345

    I thought it would be a refreshing change from the heavy hubs I usually write. Thanks for reading and commenting :)

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    Linda Jo Martin 2 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

    1. Very interesting.

    2. Einstein was cruel.

    3. Benjamin Franklin is one of my heroes.

    4. Lists are fun.

    5. Cool hub.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #Linda BookLady

    Thank you for taking time to read it. I like Ben Franklin too. His names were a hoot!

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    ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

    You have so many interesting articles, including this one. I love your articles about Internet security. It's hard to believe that some people can expend so much energy hacking into accounts. Or, maybe it's easy for them.

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    Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

    #ologsinquito,

    Any hacker worth his salt, tends to put all his/her energies into that task and employment be damned. As in the case of Guccifer, my two part article on the hacker who eluded authorities for over a year, he had no steady job, literally spent 18 hours a day online and had a long prison record. He was good, but he also got caught, so he wasn't great yet! lol By the time he gets out of jail in 7 years, he will have to learn all new tricks of the trade. In the meantime, I'll be writing about them to warn everyone. I'm glad you like the internet security articles. I think they are probably some of the most important pieces I have on HubPages. Thanks for reading, and commenting.

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