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About meI work in a library as a library aid. The job is so wonderful, I can barely believe I actually get paid to do it.
Five cats live with me and I read to them when they come up and lay across something I'm reading. They are quite intelligent by now.
I was an adolescent in 1967, the summer of love. In 2010, the message on my voicemail tells you to have a groovy day. Need I say more?
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About my libraryI will be working on my library a long time. In it will be all the books I own that I have read and all the books I've borrowed from the library. There will be several genres. For example, I am interested in cooking. I don't do it much but like to read about it. Also cats, medicine, The Kennedy's, The Civil War and magick. And there will be tons of fiction. Everything but the formulaic:(

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Love reading your postings which prove to me and your friend in Montana you are a writer. I am always transported to the Midwest amongst you and your friends. Take some time to outline how you wish to write your memior. I keep going back and then taking a break from my story. I wish to paint a picture of a near idyllic childhood into waves of despair and then a few peaks. I have yet to find the exact treatment to present my story. Whenever I am driving, I think of a situation and how to describe it on paper...aka the Word document. Starting to outline has always aided the writing process.

Speaking of Montana...it is one state that I would love to travel through along with New Mexico. I have envisioned Montana with its mountain ranges and lovely streams as a paradise filled with down to earth people who populate friendly small towns. New Mexico conjurs up completely different images of a state where people go to find peace of mind and creativity. Maybe one day, I will have the opportunity to travel to at least one of them. After this year's vacation to Wine Country, I will most likely not have the opportunity or finances to do much travel outside of New England.

Your Fourth of July weekend did sound fun unlike mine which was spent enjoying a good number of R&R hours. I did visit on Friday evening with my friend Anne on her back deck for a lovely evening of catching up. Unfortunately she had to tell me that she lost her fabulous job and now she is nervous about her future; my sister who lives in San Diego also lost her job. This economy truly scares me and each day thank the Lord for my two jobs which I love. Saturday, I was a hostess for my Garden Club's annual Garden Tour. It was only for two hours but I forgot to wear sunscreen and did get a nasty burn. I had planned to go to the Polish Club for homemade Polish food but was too uncomfortable to go. My husband had volunteered to help cook some of the food so he did bring home supper. Sunday, I went to visit my parents and my nephew and family were also visiting.

The hot and humid weather has finally hit Massachusetts and I am a happy camper. I enjoy having after supper, an ice tea out on the front porch while reading my latest read, "State of Wonder." I ordered a book for my Dad for his birthday and received the second book at half price which is the aforementioned novel by Ann Patchett. Forgetting that on Friday, I went to the used book store and purchased two chick lit paperpapers. No book will ever go unread around me. I am going to put "What Alice Forgot" on my wish list. My birthday is next month so hopefully, Travis will purchase me a Barnes and Noble gift card.

I was interested in your method of baking beans which is very similar to the "Famous Boston Baked Beans" which for century has been a staple of a New England Saturday Supper. During the Summer throughout New England many small towns and villages have either an annual Bean Supper or some even have a weekly supper as fundraiser for churches. My Mom has a fabulous recipe that I can never seem to duplicate. My problem is with the navy beans, I have followed the recipe by soaking the beans overnight before baking the next day but without fail some of the beans are still hard or chewy. Her receipe does call for molasses, brown sugar, onions, bacon back ??? along with some ketchup but her beans are always so nice and soft.

I will give my review on "State of Wonder" since I have not read any other books by the author.
Hope the weather cools off for you soon.
Bev
The sequel to the Middle-Age Woman is Wives Behaving Badly. If you enjoyed Middle-Aged you will want to read this one.

School is out already in Omaha? Up North the majority of our school systems do not begin school until after Labor Day and have a required 180 days of school. You can imagine with all the snow days that school this year will not end until the weekend before 4th of July. Our library also has a Summer Reading program but since my children always went to day or overnight camp they never participate in library activities. Both my children were readers but had their favorite authors such as Judy Blume (Charity) and Goosebump Author (Travis)

I loved reading to them at night when they were too young to read. I added to the pleasure by creating voices for each major character and until this day they can recall my voices for "Cloudly with a Chance of Meatballs" and "Could be Worst".

It is so extremely important to explore why we develop certain patterns in our life. In my last session with my therapist, I discussed the fact that I have always attracted mean who were insecure. Both my husbands were extremely insecure and the stronger I became in the relationship the more they would rein me in to their insecurity. My therapist suggested the arrangement goes back to my parents and how they interacted with each other. My mother was beautiful, talented, outgoing and my father was handsome and shy but both had issues but not drinking; more security issues. My therapist stated that I am a stronger person now because I have come to accept who I am. Yeah, now I am but all it took was years of therapy.

Do not feel guilty about thinking about your feelings towards R because you love him and that will not soon disappear. R could be your soul mate and he will always be in your heart. I do not believe that I have ever been truly in love; at least no adult love. As I told you before, I was always looking for my Rhett Butler; the man who would sweep me off my feet and take care of me but instead I took care of both my husbands. Most likely I was a man in my last life and still have control issues.
You keep exploring the inner you and will be a happier person...I am half way there.

I have read two books this week, The Camino by Shirley MacLaine and The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. Previously I read the House at Riverton but The Forgotten Garden was such an intriquing read that I whip through the entire book over my weekend of no work at Macys. The story involves four generations of one family from Cromwell, England. There is mystery, fairy tales and of a small amount of romance mixed into the pages. The novel is not simply chick-lit but a well thought out plot and endearing characters...and one heck of a villian.

My client event went off but it did starting pouring rain but let up just before the start of the game. I am not a baseball fan so did not really watch the game and left before it was over. I was there to oversee the event and play hostess. I was able to partake in the fabulous food which included lobster rolls and pull pork sandwiches..YUM!

Yesterday went to visit my Mom to deliver both her Mother's Day and 83rd birthday present. For Mother's Day, I gave her a locket with a heart and Mom in the middle with tiny emeralds and her birthday gift was a pastel drawing of her dog who recently died. The drawing bought her to tears and she loved it! My daughter, my niece Sara, her wife Abbut and my nephew Jasper were also visiting so she had a lovely daughter. Jasper is such a cutie and my brother is so fortunate to have a grandchild. I typed these words with bittersweet remorse because Charity informed me that she is having an operation to remove all but her tubes and ovaries due to a fibrous tumor. I took the news poorly but in my heart I knew that she did not want children. My son may still surprise me and make me a grandmother.

I am about to finish another Shirley MacLaine book, titled Saig-ing while Age-ing and then need to read "Three Cups of Tea" for book club. I am not in the mood to read the book but someone chose it and hopefully it will provoke heavy discussion.

Thank you as always for the suggestions and please keep up strengthen the inner you.

Bev
Love reading your comments, I come to envision you as you are writing your description of your everyday life and how much I come to admire you more and more. I will admit that my life seems to be a blur from one day to another and forgot what day of the week it is.

I did have an enjoyable few days in Maine with no fights with hubby. I left all the planning up to him which we did do by the seat of his pants but it proved to be so relaxing. We still slept in separate beds but it was companionship with no drama. The dog also had a fabulous time discovering new places to run and catch his ball. The area was extremely quite in April but mid-coast Maine is a summer vacation spot but the beauty of the area remains the same.

Walking down a sandy beach with a quaint New England town on the right and historical fort situated to the left. I sat on a memorial bench in the sun and imagined what life would be like in this small Maine village. You would need to be a rugged individual certainly not me.

Did I tell you that my sister now lives in San Diego? Have you visited San Diego. Maybe in a couple of years I will have enough money for another California vacation. I do prefer visiting an area where I can visit with friends and/or family.

I am almost finished with Elizabeth and have a better understanding of Elizabeth Taylor the person; another beautiful woman who had a bad choice of men. If beautiful women like Halle Berry and Elizabeth Taylor choose men who are train wrecks, then I not that stupid when it came to men. I do envy women who marry their first love and stay marry and in love for over 30 years or until death do you part.

I plan to go to the library on Wednesday to return One Day and see what other reads I can find. I do have a couple of books to download on my Nook bue have no list of books waiting for me. I still have not received my March Early Review book but it can take at least 8 weeks to be received. Did you like Elizabeth Berg's new book?

Well, off to sleep and hope to write some more tomorrow.
Bev
Needless to say I am exhausted but after your lovely and thoughtful missive, I am taking time to wish you a Merry Christmas! I have finished my purses and scarf and made 5 dozen cookies for my cookie swap, thanks to my neighbor who let me use her oven. My oven is not calibrated correctly and did not wish to bring burnt cookies to the swap.

The hostess of the swap has had a difficult life up until she met he present husband. She went to work for him after her first husband left her with two children, one of which was dying. Her present husband had all the money that two businesses afforded him but his two previous wives married him for his money alone. Leeann was physical and mentally abused by her first husband while she was fighting the her youngest daughter's life.

Her daughter Sarah did pass away around 4 four years ago from cancer but after having two wishes fulfilled; swimming with the dolphins and carrying the Olympic torch on one of its legs through the Boston area. The funeral was heart wrenching especially when LeeAnn had to say goodbye to her daughter. She is doing a tad better now with a new house...a grand new house. But she would give all the money she and her husband has for her daughter back.

The cookie swap was the best that I have ever attended. We had supper and cocktails before the swap. Leeann also treated us to a Holiday trivia game contest. Fortunately, I was on the winning team ...the older ladies beat the young kids..:) The winning team squared off against each other to pick the five prizes. My prize was a cookie making kit...recipe book, new cookie sheet, oven mitt and cookie scooper.

The day before the cookie swap, I was invited to a tree decorating party. It is my friend Faye's 15th annual. It has always been a girls only daytime event with food, cocktails and a Yankee Swap. Oh, we did have a Yankee Swap at the cookie swap also. I had purchased two pairs of gloves that where on sale for $9.99 but with a 20% coupon, the gloves came out to be $7.00 a piece. My choice was a big success!!! At one party, I won a manicure set...new nail polish and the treatment to prepare your nails and at the other, a package of gift cards with stamps.

Saturday we had a party at Macy's in our department's supply room. We had a swap also and I won a Barnes and Noble gift card. The party was a nice respite with all the craziness of the holiday shoppers.

My heart goes out to you in regrads to your mother, my mother can be difficult and only once did we have major fight that kept us from talking to one another for a year. My husband did call her to give her the time for Christmas dinner. She told him that my father and her would not be attending because their 19 year old dog is too ill to travel. I have been putting off calling her but will bite the bullett tonight and see if perhaps I can change her mind.

I have two my shifts at Macys before Christmas; tomorrow and Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. I was proactive and requested a PTO day off from my day job on Wednesday. I will write again after Christmas to tell you how the day went.
Merry Christmas..your friend, Beverly
Love receiving your postings because they emit such emotions. Lately I have been into to evalutating my emotional self and have come to the conclusion that the painfully shy person of my youth is slipping back into my life. Alone time has became a cherish time; each night after dinner, I escape to my bedroom to read, watch television or comtemplate my future. Fortunately, my son does stop by my room to talk. My son is still so shy but fortunately he has finally decided what direction to further his education. He has a liberal arts Associates Degree...actually one math credit short of his liberal arts AA and realizes that reading a novel is a dream but his love of order and books as made his decision to pursue a degree to became a Librarian. The best college in this area to pursue that degree is Simmons where his cousin Sara is a graduate and her wife, Abby, this site's librarian graduated with a Master's degree. Actually Abby and Sara have Master's degrees and both brillant minds.

My exciting news of the week is that my daughter, Charity, completed the Chicago Marathon in 5 hours in 46 minutes. The heat in Chicago slowed her down and fortunately not out. When I spoke with her last night she told me that hundreds of runners did pass out from the heat. I am so happy for her since she has been so melancholy in regards to being close to 40 and have not accomplished all that her friends have done. I asked her, how many of your friends have lived in a foreign country for two years, traveled through Europe, ran two marathon, coordinated teams for breast cancer and the list goes on...not many or any. She is speaking of having a fabulous career or a great marriage with healthy beautiful children. I hope she is proud of herself.

Now my take on "Roses", read the book if you enjoy multi-generational novel and not because it is similar to "Thornbirds". I believe the author wished the novel to be a combination of "Gone with the Wind" and the "Thornbirds" but the writing of "Roses" sets the novel far below the standards of the two forementioned books. The story is very trite and the majority of the characters are just cardboard. It was not a book where I will miss the characters or even care what happens to them beyond the final pages. The author is not one where I will search down her other novels.

Your friend that you have known for 40 years may not have the chemistry that you and Richard share, is this true. Men can be friends with woman but in the back of their minds the thought of sharing your bed is always in the back of their minds. I have never been able to be friends with a man that is sexually attractive to me. Explore what it would be like to go out on a "real date" with him and see if you have chemistry. Your "Jason" interlude was the jumping off start to your newly single life; he was their for a reason not a season or a lifetime.

I am currently reading "The House at Riverton" which was a recommendation and then your recommendation....I enjoy Elizabeth Berg's writing and will especially enjoy some humor in my life.

You keep on being the deeply caring woman that you are....till next time.
Bev
Rhonda,

Thank you so much for your comments! Those were exactly the kinds of things I needed to hear. Would you mind if I shared them with my editor and publisher? They were posted as a public comment, but I still wanted to ask.

Thank you again,

Amy

ps: Your comment, "a punch in the face" is very typical for the second short story. There were many, many discussions whether to leave it there or not. I think, if I ever do return to River Street (there were three other short stories that were not included in this volume) I will have to find out whatever happened to them.
Hello!

Thank you for your interest in WELCOME TO RIVER STREET! Your copy of the book is on its way to you. I look forward to reading your review!

Thank you,

Amy
I believe you will come out of this romance challenge a happier person. One of my favorite adage is "When a door closes, another one opens." Currently you are at a low point but finding a challenge that will take you out of grieving process will make you a stronger person.

Richard's need to see you may be due to the fact that he is so guilty about breaking your heart. He may still have deep feelings for you and it is very difficult to make a clear break. You will know when it is time to say to him, "I must get on with my life and it is impossible when you continue visiting...please walk out that door for the final time."

Today, I finished one of the Used book store novel which I purchased during Senior Citizen discount day; a Fannie Flagg book. The story featured some of the characters of another Flagg novel. The story was a centered around a small Missouri town and it is quirky and eccentric characters. The book had all the elements that I enjoy in a good story...a small town setting, time frame across the 50s - 2000's. I was on the train reading the end of the novel and already missing my favorite character, when the tears start running down my cheek. Tomorrow, I choose my next read!

I will be working all weekend at Macy's and it is tax free weekend in MA so hopefully watches will be a hot buy!! Well, need my beauty sleep and will write more soon.
Bev
I believe the email you sent me was intended for Harrie Rose, who can be reached at

harrierose@verizon.net

If you like her book and if you want, you would do her a real favor by reviewing it on Amazon and Barnes & Nobel online. You just go to the page the book is listed pn and then click on Write a Review (or words to that effect.) Also, as an early reviewer on LT, you should review it when you list it as being in your library.

I accidentally read the post below. I don't know the person who wrote it, but it made me feel very good to read what she said about me, except for the fact that she said my blog made her feel inferior. I am appalled that I make anybody feel bad about themselves. I write the log with the intent of informing people about things I find fascinating.

Gingersnapp, to put things in perspective, remember I know a lot about language because I studied it both before I got my doctorate up to now. Language is always changing and there is always new research uncovering new things about language, so once you're hooked and also once it becomes your career, of course, you know a lot, but not everything about language. There are worlds of things I know nothing nothing about. I am sure Gingersnapp knows many things that I am ignorant of. We've led different lives in different places, so of course, we know different things.

I was lucky enough to live near Brown University so I could go to graduate school there. I was also lucky to win a fellowship which paid my tuition and books and still have enough left over to hire a nanny who also helped with the housework so that I could be a good mother (at least my kids say I was) and also get my doctorate in Linguistics with an English language specialty. For my undergraduate degree, I was lucky to live in a state which had a free Teacher's College. It cost me only $25 a year for a student activity fee plus whatever books I had to buy, and books weren't so expensive then, so my job gave me enough money to buy textbooks.

I haven't been posting on the blog much because of my health, and now also I'm preparing for our 50th Wedding Anniversary party. I've had to spend a lot of time scanning all the albums and cartons of pictures we have. Now I have to make captions for them and create a slide show, which I've never done before. Once that is done, tell you friend Gingersnapp, I will be posting blogs regularly again. I have a lot of new stuff to write about/

I don't know how she found my blog. You might tell her about Harrie Rose's book. Harrie would appreciate that. Harrie promised to start a blog by Wednesday or Thursday. It won't match mine.
The name of your friend's blog says it all SmartOldLady, she is highly intelligent and has a love of the English language. Just reading her blog made me feel inferior. Throughout life I have always wished to be more educated and intelligent. Unfortunately, my brother Daniel gave birth to the only genius in our family. My niece, Sara, is the brillant one. Elaine is a woman to be admired and she has won me over as a follower.

I did finish Boca Knight and decided to save the Mr. Forman's next book for a later date. Today, I have put the Green Witch on my wish list at Amazon and hope of the kids will get the hint. I will be on the look out for it at my library and used bookstore. My husband is housesitting for my brother, Dan, in up country Maine. It is a wonderful rest for me. My son, Travis, and I are going out to dine tomorrow night and then shopping at his favorite used book store. The store takes books in for trade for story credits. I plan on taking four or five books and see what I can find. Also this week, I put two current books on a wait list at my library..one of them being Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

Currently I am reading, Sue Miller's most current book, "Lakeside....something...ha, ha, slip my mind at the time. Oh, before I forget have you heard of a book, "The Host"? My friend Faye loved it but sci-fi is not usually my favorite genre.

Stay positive...I pray everyday for you and I to find happiness!
Bev
I just read the post by your new LT friend and she is in many ways similar to you, an intelligent and caring woman. She will be another sounding board that you require on your road to recovering the heartbreak that Richard has caused with his selfish act. She is wise in telling you that Richard's behavior will subside in time, you are a empathic woman who deserves a partner was loves you for your unique kindness and fortitude. Richard will see the evil eye of karma when she walks out on him in a few years when she meets a wealther and younger man than him. But enough of Richard as you need positive thoughts.

After I write this message, I plan to visit your friend's blog. I love a strong woman over 50's who has much wisdom to offer to woman similar like myself who are not as strong and assured. I am currently reading one of the books that I purchased at ThrillerFest, Boca Knights. It is not my favorite genre but with the Boston background, it is an enjoyable read...even funny at times. I may need the sequel next, Boca Mourning. I currently have two novels at the top of my list which I have not purchased or borrowed from the Library; Tinkers which is written by a local author and the other, A Vintage Affair which has been recommend to me occuring to my taste in books. I see on your list Green Witch so will check that book out. You have always inspired me towards great reads.

Keep up your spirits and may you life be blessed throught the near future.
Bev
The book you are getting, Therapy: A Novel is about a woman in her 50's.

I, personally, have felt more comfort in my sagging skin as I've gotten older. I'm 75 and people often comment on how good I look. Younger people tell me I'm their role model. I think it's because, when I was in my 50's and 60's, I began to realize that all of the self-possessed women who I thought were so sure of themselves, are not sure of themselves at all. I've learned to accept people as they are and expect them to accept me as I am. I am outspoken, but I hope not hurtful. I sympathize with people's problems and know that bad things can happen to good people.

I read non-fiction books about dogs and am in the midst of doing research into the evolution and intelligence of dogs. A lot of the non-fiction books about dogs are anecdotal, not scientific at all, but I still enjoy them.

In your last message, you sounded as if you feel as if life has given you some hard knocks so you couldn't achieve what you wanted. Well, it has given you some hard knocks. No doubt about that, but you still have a roof over your head and a job that's probably a lot more pleasant than a social worker's is. At least, I'd rather be a librarian than a social worker. You are doing good things to expand your horizons, and the pain of your husband's behavior will subside in time. The less you think of it (and I know that's hard), and the less you talk about it, the sooner the pain will go. As you lift yourself up, you'll find you are rising above him. I'm sorry you -- and so many other women I know -- have had to undergo public rejection, because that's what it is when your husband leaves you. But realize your own worth. Maybe he needed a younger woman because he can't take the challenge of dealing with a woman who's as capable and intelligent as you are. I don't know, of course, but I do know that's often the case.

I hope things get better for you, financially, socially, and personally. BTW I have a blog: http://smarthotoldlady.blogspot.com It's all about how we use language. I don't know if it's anything you'd be interested in. The posts range from "How the Pilgrims Spoke" to proper usage, or so-called proper usage. I don't put up new posts more than once or twice a month since I've been being treated for breast cancer, however. The posts I do write are quite long and often readers reread them.

If,after reading Harrie Rose's novel, you want to get in touch with her, her email address is

harrierose@verizon.net

Most of my reading about the Civil War and Lincoln are in regular history books, not fiction. I am very happy to be your friend on LibraryThing. I also belong to Goodreads.com and am much more active on that site. I go to it almost every day. You might want to check that out,too.

I hope when you read Harrie Rose's novel, you like it well enough to give it a good review both on amazon.com and on LibraryThing.

I'm sorry your husband dumped you. It's an all too common occurrence, and there's nothing I can say to console you, except that I truly sympathize with how you feel.

You can contact Harrie Rose at harrierose@verizon.net.

Elaine Chaika
We share a passion for the Civil War and for domesticated animals, but I am a dog person more than a cat person.
Just a short note; Crystal was robbed...Lee is worthy of second place but no first, the pre-teen vote won again. American Idol without Simon and Paula will not be the same but a new voting systems needs to be put into place. On Dancing with the Stars, the judges give points and then the viewing audience votes. The results are closer to the real talent of the dancer. Will write after the weekend. Bev
I felt compelled to write to you concerning Household Saints and Idol. I have bookclub a week from today so I will let you know what the group thought about the story. I was very familiar with a number of the Italian supersitions but for the life of me could not understand the correlation between it and the Roman Catholic religion. Did it mean that insanity can come to you when one can obsess as Nicky did with Madame Butterfly? Did we all have capacity to lose our minds? I can not wait to see what my Italian friend Gayle's makes of the novel.

I am so disappointed about the way the voting has gone this year on Idol. If the final three is not Crystal, Lee & Michael, I will not watch the program next year if Aaron Kelly, the young boy or Casey wins. Those 12-14 year old girls can text so much faster than I...:)
Till next time.
What glorious weather we are having here, 80's today and worked but not at Macy's but for not my day job. The Association of Legal Administrator held their yearly conference in Boston this year and Oce Business Service (my day job) and 4 other vendors hosted a cocktail reception today at a Tapas (Spanish) restaurant in the most trendy part of Boston. The section, labeled the South End, was once a scary slum area but with urban renewal the neighborhood became the newest hot spot to live, eat and shop. Today was the first time in 40 years since I have been there. I was so shocked in the difference, pleasantly surprised.

I am in the middle of reading Household Saints and will let you know my opinion. I believe that I will read Kitchen House before the book club picks a new book. I did order from BOM club the new Sue Miller because I had bonus points and it was free plus shipping. I do really want to read the Orange the new Black. I have always had this awful feeling of being sent to prison for a crime that I never committed; maybe memories from another life. I read an article on Martha Stewart about her stay in jail and it changed her perspective on relationships. I so look forward to reading "Orange..The New Black." So many books and not enough time.

I did have exciting news to tell you, during my quest for more research on my family genealogy I found my cousins once removed that I spend 2 weeks every summer of my preteen years. My cousin Joanne, my sister Carla and I would stay with our second counsins on the family farms. What wonderful childhood memories; scary ghost stories, milking cows, collecting eggs, swimming in the farm's pond.

My cousins are now spread out throughout the U.S. and my cousin Carol is a missionary in Macedonia for the Methodist Church. Being a missionary is her second career, she was a writer of children's book and an educator. To be back in touch with your childhood in your golden year is so uplifting.

Any more interesting and intriquing books, let me know.
Bev
I thought of you last night when two finalist were voted off AI. The 12-14 year old girl are the majority of the voters and so worried that what happened last year will repeat itself. Seeing Adam perform and witnessing his stage presence, I am more convinced of the average age of the voters. If Michael or Sibohan are voted off next, that is the end of Idol for me this year. I believe that the final four should be Crystal, Lee, Michael & Sibohan but the little girls will keep in the two young cuties. The voting should proceed as it does on Dancing With The Stars; the judges have half the vote.

After that rant, the book for my new Book Club, A.K.A. the Bookworms for the month of April is Household Saints by Francine Prose. The novel is a story of two generations of Italian-American and my high school friend who started the group is of course, Italian-American. I took the big plunge and order it and The Kitchen House from Amazon. Have put my name on the waiting list for Wench. Just had to put my feelings down about last night's AI.
Bev
Just finishing watching the Idol girls and happy that I had the opportunity to hear them sing. After tonight's show, I like the ladies who are a tad different, Lilly and Siobhan. Siobham reminds me of a young me not afraid to laugh at herself. Did not see the boys because I was watching Lost. Who do you think is becoming a stand-out? As a group, I think the girls are far more talented than the boys.

Finally finished the Ladies of Covington Sent Their Love and ordered the second book in the series. I was given an Amazon Gift card. I ordered Post Mistress also. Now I am reading The Girl who Plays with Fire, I loved the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and have hopes for the second installment.

It has been forecasted that we will be having a snow storm, so off to sleep and waking up earlier than usual.

Bev
I am glad that "Under The Dome" is written in the style of King's early writings. I will most likely wait until the book is a paperback and add it to my King library. I am finding that "Olive Kittedge" is definitely a novel that goes to the root of the human spirit and illustrates how even in a small Maine village people have varied personal and mental health problems. I have this romantic notion that living in a small Maine or Montana with a tight knit community would be ideal. As a child I imaged what it would be like to live in a small town and be a big fish in a small pond. While on vacation in Maine or New Hampshire, I would watch villagers interacting with their neighbors and thought how great it would be to live here. Then thoughts of the winter and all the snow, I changed my mind.

The Boston area weather is forcasting heavy rains and strong winds but at least it is not snow. I hope the rain is not like the rain that hit California this week. The Groundhog will most likely see his shadow and New England will have 8 more weeks of Winter. April and Spring can not arrive soon enough for me.

I ran into my cousin and Aunt at Wal-Mart today and still can not believe that My Aunt will be 93 on February 4th. It is very reassuring that youthful looks run in my family. This weekend was one or running into people unexpectly. While working at Macys on Saturday, ran into a woman that I worked with over 20 years ago; come to find out she now works a few blocks from me in Boston.

Timing is everthing in life, if you did not go to a particular party you may never have meet the love of your life. Everyday, I am on the look out for that next person who will change my life....it will happen one day. Will write again after I finish Olive Kittredge. Have a great week.
Bev
I forgot about Mama Makes up her Mind! That was a hilarious book. I see that you own it too.
Spend a very quite Halloween but watched the festivities on television; too many vampires for me. In addition to all the vampires; David Lettermen and Billy Mays were extremely popular. My husband was being his morose self and did not want to give candy out to the masses so we retired to our bedrooms. I must confess to you that life with him is so difficult at times, especially during the holiday season.

He does use the holiday time as an excuse to drink and it takes all my wisdom of AlAlon to keep me sane. Today I dedicated to my best friend because we have not been able to schedule a day together for almost 6 weeks. He punished me by sneaking a drink or two and he truly believes that I would not notice. I did lose it and told him that every time that he drinks especially since he promised to stay sober, he puts a nail in the coffin of our marriage. Truthfully if it was not for our financial situation, I would be out of this marriage. I realized today he realized that if he was gainfully employed, I would be out the door. I am sad for our marriage but it could be better if he was a stronger person but he is weak.

Sorry to make you a sounding board but I know that you understand. Some days I feel like I am in prison and he is the warden keeping me behind bars. I am such an actress to everybody except my son. I can not be overly honest to anyone who surround my life because I am so miserable.

Regardless, I will keeping pray and asking my higher power to please help me live through the next few years. I am challenged but other people have lived through worst times so I must let go and let God help me again. Thank you for listening.

Bev
Good Morning and my stress is running high as it is the day of my company's Client Appreciation Event, The Red Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jay. I planned the majority of the event and I believe everything is on track...Nay, I know it is.

I did purchase in paperback, The Widow from the South and it will be read after Time Travelers Wife. While on vacation, I bought some chick-lit books at the Bargain Book Store so they will be added to my list. My time is limited so hoping to get through the Zombie book by end of this week or beginning of next.

For about 3 years Boston has become the spot to film movies as our state government are giving the production company tax breaks. I have run into a couple of the last few years but have never seen an actor that I admire. Now Tom Cruise is filming right down the street from the building I work in but probably will not be seeing him. The autumn in New England is so beautiful so it will make a great back drop for any movie.

Sending the book was no problem, I create all my own problems by not thinking ahead. The box could have been purchased before going to the P.O. and taped at home where I have scissors but did not think ahead. After I read all my books at home still have one on hold but it is popular, it is the historical fiction based on the witch hysteria era in Salem and of course Danvers (where I live). I do enjoy reading books where you are familar with the surroundings. In one of Pat Conroy's novel, the main character lived on Fripp Island and my sister in law had a condo there. I was able to visualize the surrounding while reading the book. Many of Stephen King's books are written about Maine where he lives and it is up there in the woods. While reading Cujo I was on vacation in the town of Paris, ME and it was local and it was a scary feeling. I do scare easily too!!!

While off to work I go but need a stress relief and writing to you always does it for me!
Bev
I am just home from vacation and read your posting and did want you to know that I will soon return them...but I am back to work tomorrow. I did finish South of Broad and will mail it out on Saturday. It is a dark novel, darker than Prince of Tides. Pat Conroy must have a very dark past to be able to bring out such horrid moments which are written down in his novels. The weather was excellent on vacation and just relaxed and was able to do some Christmas shopping in tax-free New Hampshire. Working two jobs does not allow me much time to shop. It is easier to spread my shopping for holidays for budget purposes. The rest of my shopping will be done at Macy's or online. Well, until tomorrow.
Bev
Happy Labor Day weekend! I just came from the library with my large print version of The Help!! Half way through The Irish Country Christmas and love the descriptive prose and the cast of characters. Will finish Country Christmas this week as the book is due on next Saturday, then The Help and will read South of Beach, so I can mail it out to you...finally finish up Guernsey Literary Society.

Also discovered through my facebook page that a former high school and Sunday School classmate who also appeared in all the theater productions with me in high school now lives in Omaha, NE!!! Can you believe what a small world we live her. Wanda is recovering from brain surgery and moved from Chicago to Omaha to be near family.

I am off to take a short nap before I go into work from 6-10 pm.

Bev
Twice in one day plus my emailing the first chapter of my fictionalized memior is a bit much but only you a lover of literature would appreciate this thought. During the service of Senator Teddy Kennedy, one of his sons spoke of his love of literature and how he would take his children to visit the homes of his favorite New England authors so as to walk in the footsteps of these great writers.

I am a true lover of history and literature and often found myself on vacation seeking out the homes of authors who touched my life with their characters. I have walked through the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Ernest Hemingway, Edith Wharton or walk the street where Ann Rice lived in New Orleans, the street of the towns of which Stephen King lived and wrote, the historical streets of Atanta and Savannah imaging what the street may have looked to Scarlett and Rhett. I have always been inspired and felt the presence of the author and their characters. It was a bit selfish to think only I would find pleasure in my visits.

Just a thought that I wished to share. Thank you for reading. Bev
Thank you for the suggestion of the book, you have been spot on all your suggestions to me. I do apology for my delay in responding to your last posting. This economy needs to get better, I attempt everyday to be positive and thankful to have two jobs, my health and family but the news all around us is depressing.

Most of this week, I have been working at a client site which processes unemployment claims for large corporations and small. There are so many claims that need to be validated under a time deadline. Fortunately, I am a quick study when it comes to software so in a couple of hours I was helping process new claims. It has been so depressing perusing the claims. Back to work tomorrow into Boston and then working the entire weekend at Macy's. This week is one of my tiring weeks in my 3 week rotation at Macys.

Last night, visited a former coworker/friend who has a backyard pool, had fun catching up with her, drinking wine, swimming in the pool. New England finally received the hot and humid weather and I am basking in it for the few remaining days. Really hoping that next weekend will also offer up warm weather. My best friend Anne and I are traveling to Newport, R.I. for a girls weekend to celebrate my 61st birthday. We plan to R&R mostly but who knows we may even visit one of the historical mansion on cliff walk or at least walk around the ocean.

My husband will be spending that weekend helping my brother and family moved to their new home in Maine. My hubby and brother both love to fish so after the move is complete, fishing will be the highlight of their days. My son is excited to be able to have the house to himself for two days.

My daughter did call today all excited to invite me to a taping of Wheel of Fortune who will be visiting Boston, it is to be part of her celebration for my birthday. I am a big kid when it comes to my birthday, I do not even care that I will be 61. I do not always feel 60 but today when I had my photo taken for the renewal of my license, I saw how old I am really him.

Told my husband that I was hoping that the photo did not make me look fat but instead my age was showing. When I look in the mirror, I don't look that bad but then I may see myself differently. After my visit to the registry, went to have my passport photo taken as mine is expiring this year...that picture was worst!!

I am still slowly reading the Midwives which has become a tooth pulling read but never give up on a book. I can look foward to five books looking in the wings in addition to the Help. I will research the book that you suggested.

Thank you for being so kind to listen and understand this eccentric old lady..:)
Bev

Yeah!! I day off from both of my jobs. My day job, bread and butter, is as an office administrator for a Dutch company in a small Regional office located in Boston. Promised myself when the children were grown that I go back to work in Boston. I had attended college, work and lived in Boston for seven years.

I had forgotten that Boston was truly a city for the young where they attend college and work until they move to the surburbs where I do reside now. I left the city when my first husband's abuse got even worst after the birth of my child so I ran to Denver where a friend was living as a single Mom. So I found myself a poor single mother in a strange city. I did last a year and returned home to my parent's new suburban home.. and here I stay married to another man in the suburbs for 29 years.

Boston is certainly not that of my youth but my feelings of noslagia is often present while walking the same streets had walk over 40 years ago. At 60 years old, nostalgia may provide one with a positive view of the past and this could help to you a greater sense of continuity and meaning to your life. My returning to Boston stirred up a desire to write my memoirs.

Trying to reminisce about memories of overr 40 years has been difficult. I am using my best friends from my youth to snap more memiors. I was extremely fortunate that my friend Gayle kept the letter which I wrote to her during the summer of 1965 (the year my story begins).

I am sorry that I have digressed from my lovely day off. It was a perfect summer New England day; bright sunshine, no clouds in the sky and not humid. I was able to R & R for part of day after visiting my parents, grocery shopping and laundry. I finished Bulls Islnd which I found enjoyable for the mere fact that the story revolved around Charleston and the island surrounding the bay. The story was pure chick lit but the twist at the end made the story a little less chick light!!

I am now onto Midwives and my paperbacks have arrive so I will have 5 weeks of reading hopefully in time to get the call from the library about The Help.

Tomorrow, I will be baking blueberry buckle one of my summer must have. Monday is set to be hot and humid so after work taking hubby and my dog to Salem Willows for another summer favorite; a chopsuey sandwich from a Salem Willow Chinese takeout. Only one more must and that will be fried clams. I did have another summer favorite today, native corn from a local farm stand...so sweet!! Summer took more time than usual to arrive but nothing like a New England summmer.

I do know that you would love this area, The North Shore of Massachusetts, who know may one day you can make it here. Have a great rest of the weekend and let you know how I enjoyed Midwives.

Until the next time,
Bev
I went to the library today and check where I am #202 on the list to take out "The Help". The libarian asked me if I did not mind reading LARGE PRINT books and of course I don't. She told me that she would place me on the LP Edition of The Help and I am now #5! Yeah. The two books which I picked out today were "Bulls Island" and "The Midwives" (it was on my recommendation list here at Librarything).

I am looking at your recently added and the title Waltzing at The Piggly Wiggly and the title is enticing. Did you enjoy it? My paperback books have not arrived and I finished the Virgin Queen's Lover, another novel by Philipa Geogory.

Again you surprise me with are similiarities, I am taking Effexor for my anxiety and Wellbutrin for depression. I have always been a worrier but after my husband's drinking became out of control, I was wreck and start having panic attacks. Finally, I thought that I was becoming a crazy woman because my husband was telling that my ranting were fairy tales. I did not grow-up around alcholics and had no idea how much drink can change your personality and mood. I talked my family doctor and she suggested that I go to a therapist.

My therapist finally opened my eyes and told me that I not crazy and suggested AL Alon. After a year, I became the chapter Chair and my self-esteem started to come back. I am a woman who is comfortable in her own skin (of course would love to lose 15 pounds):)

I do enjoy working at Macy's and it helps my finances in two ways - I make money and save money on clothes and items that I could no longer afford. We had the Colin from "What Not To Wear" at the store last year and one great piece of advice to told the audience is buy traditional clothes to build upon a wardrobe that can be mixed and matched. He did suggest that you purchase one of two trendy items to match with traditional pieces. I wear a good deal of black to slim me and black is part of the uniform for Macy's.

Your tarot card reader sounds very interesting because she was picking up your surroundings. Some just interept the cards. I have been told on several occasions that I have a purple aura = Purple is the color of warmth and transmutation. It is the color for the blending of the heart and the mind, the physical with the spiritual. It reflects independence and intuition, as well as dynamic and important dream activity. It can reflect one who is searching. The purple shades often reflect an ability to handle affairs with practicality and worldliness. The paler and lighter shades of violet and purple can reflect humility and spirituality. That is me for sure!!

I have a few good friends but no one who mirrors my interest as you do. I do look forward to your correspondence because I feel like I have found a kindred spirit in you. You would understand when I hold up in my house and just read a book, write, cook/bake or crochet because I do not want to face the world but on other days want to be among people and be extremely friendly chatting away on some of my favorite subjects. I have lost friends who can not understand me standing by my man...I do not understand either.
Till next time!!
As sweet as you sound in your emails, I am not surprised that you are an animal lover. We have always had animals in our households but now only a rescue dog. He is a mix of Havenese and Tibitan Terrior who was rescued from Puerto Rico. PJ greets me every night with one of his favorite toys and we practice his tricks.

I have been researching for more books to read and with help of Library Thing reviews and you; I bought four paperbacks including The Widow of the South. I will let you know how I enjoy it. The other three are Time Traveler's Wife, The Other Queen and "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. The Other Queen is another Historic Fiction Novel the Philippa Gregory. It will be 4th novel about the Tudor Family from her.

When you wrote adding Helter Skelter by being reminded by your daughter. My daughter helped me remember some also as I lent them to her and know the old adage, out of sight, out of mind. I wish that the names of books will come back to me. I was actually reminded of a book that I read when a tee-shirt worn by the Harvard Professor (Inkwell) Inkwell is a section of Martha's Vineyard that was the black only section. I remember most of the book but the name. It is easy to remember the one you read for school because you either did a book report or analyze them... gee just thought of one now Red Badge of Courage!! Some of the books in my libary, can not even remember what the book was about...tough getting old.

I have a busy weekend ahead; working my second job at Macys 8 hours on both days so rest for the weary. Last time I had a reading the reader told me that finally I will be getting out my years of bad luck...I hoping and a praying.
Unbelievable, another aspect of your life is similar to mine. I am a practicing member of ALNON as my husband is an alcholic. My saving grace over the last 6 years is the belief of Let Go, Let God. When I am so stress, I think positively and ask my highpower to take my problem and handle it for me.

I grow-up in a family who drinking was very rare so I thought that I was going crazy instead of my husband becoming a monster from drink. It has been extremely difficult living with him but my compassion has kept me in the marriage.

I see that you recently added Helter Skelter to your catalog. Besides being a book who spurn my interest in the criminal mind and socipaths, it was the catalyst that spark the first conversation between my husband and I. I am a sucker for a man who can carry on an intelligent conversation.

With your interest in the occult, you would love the occult. The few witches that I know practice the religion of Wicca and would not do harm to anyone. My interest in the occult has been in tarot cards and astrology. I studied for two years with an astrologist, Isabelle Hickey and she said that the mechanics of the science of astrology is important but the aura of a person is more important. When she read my chart she told me that I am extremely perceptive and it has helped in my readings. I have not done a reading in many years because it takes a great deal out of yourself.

One's taste in books must really reflect their similarities as it has been for us. I am currently reading The Virgin's Lover about Queen Elizabeth I and her assumed lover, Robert Dudley. I will seek out The Widow of the South. Thank you again for allowing me to get to know you better.

Beverly
My 23-year son, Travis also wishes he lived during the 50s and 60s because life was simpler. Told him it was not simpler but families and neighbors were closer. I grew up in a seaside community which was situated east of Boston. As children, my sister and I could not wait until morning during the summer so we could run out and play with the neighborhood kids. My Mom stayed at home and we always had a feeling of security because she was there. I did rob my children of that because of financial difficulties. My mother helped raised, Charity, my 36 year old and Travis was so close to my mother-in-law because she helped raised him.

It was wasn't much different years ago within my family. For my Mom's 80th birthday, I gave her a family tree 13th generations back. I went to Maine to find out a missing piece of her family and found out my great-great family was raised by his mother's mother. I have still have not found what happened to my great-great-great father because his wife shows up in Lowell, MA census as a mill worker and her children with her mother in Maine. This is my only stumble block. My mother's ancestors on her fathers side has been here in America since the Pilgrims but her mother's side was from Ireland but was able to trace them back to their family village of Rossemore, Cork, Ireland. I have found it fascinating to now walk in towns and cities where my ancestors walked and lived over 375 years ago.

Did I mention that I live in the town where the Salem Witch Incident took place? Danvers was named Old Salem Village and the church where Richard Parrish was the minister stands in the same spot but has been destroyed 4 times and rebuilt. Across the street from the church, the foundation of the house were the girls fell under their trance. Our town library had a lecture last week from Katherine Howe who wrote the newly published novel,Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. While she was researching this book, she discovered that not one but two of the women accused being witches were her ancestors.

I live with history all around me so it is no wonder why I love Historic Fiction so much! It is Friday night so I am catching up on correspondence since I worked my second job two nights in a row. I so enjoy our correspondence as you have so much common which does not happen to often because I am a traditionalist who is a bit eccentric. In my only spare time, I read, crochet, research my families genealogy and love to travel but believe it or not I can be silly and love to laugh.

If you hear about any Historical novels Southern, New England and English or Irish, please let me know. The book that I am reading presently, Honk and Holler Opening Soon is a very folksy and tells the story of real people. I thought it might be funny like a Franny Flagg's novel but it is more realistic and a very good read. Hope to hear from you soon. Bev
Rhonda:

Back from vacation but unfortunately it was not the best as I was sick the entire week but read two books in between sleeping. You may enjoy Elizabeth Berg's Home Safe which is a story of a 59 year old writer whose husband dies suddenly changing her life. The other book which I read was Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews...mystery and humor.

You will not believe the fact but I have slowly been writing my memiors as a fiction because parts of my early years are a blur. I have had assistance from my Mom and two of my best childhood friends. One of my friends had kept letters that I wrote her when she was away at camp. The letters were extremely useful in regards to a summer love. Strange how you can remember some incidents in life more than others.

I read some of the letters to my children and they were roaring with laughter...I may inject more humor into the novel. When I can not remember exactly how an event happens, I improvise. The writing has helped to sharpen my mind and bring back manyt favorable memories...funny I do not know how a number of my relationships ended...selective recall.

I have been meaning to read Bull Island as I love her low country stories. My town's library is online with all the other libraries on the North Shore of Boston. I can request them to search for a book and then pick it up at my library.

Thank you for your reply and will let you know how I enjoy Bull Island.

Bev
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