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About mePlus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

I am a retired school teacher who hangs out with kids most days (my niece's); and then hangs out with my miniature schnauzer and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel; and then, reads! Oh, yes, and then I hang out in Library Thing talking with you all.

There is a great thread which helps me look like I know something cool:

About my libraryBooks read in 2013:

1. The Last Unicorn finished on 1/21/13
2. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight: Cassius Clay vs. The United States of America finished on 1/29/13
3. Prisoner 88 by Leah Pileggi, published 2013 Charlesbridge Publishing, Inc.
Here's the book's page:
4. The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan, published 2013, Harper Collins Publisher, Katherine Tegen Books
Here's the book's page:
I have no idea where The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry came from. How can The Truth of Me lead there?
5. Don't Let's Go To The Dogs Tonight by Alexandra Fuller, and,
6. Anna Karènina by Leo Tolstoy
7. Dead Money by Steve O'Brien *wrong touchstone! ER book!
8. Cairns: Messengers in Stone by David B. Williams. Finished reading on 3/21/13
9. Buying the Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune by Tom Fels, finished on 3/25/13
10. My Beloved World by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, finished on 3/29/13.
11. The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel by Rhonda Riley, finished early in May
12. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving: A Novel by Jonathan Evison, finished on 5/12.
13. On Sal Mal Lane by Ru Freeman, finished on 6/1.
14. Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox, finished on 5/1/13.
15. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
16. Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
17. Ella Minnow Pea by Mark Dunn
18. Bend, Not Break by Ping Fu
19. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
20. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune
21. Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer
22. The Goodreads Killer by Dave Franklin
23. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
24. A Rule Against Murder: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel by Louise Penny
25. Night Soldiers by Alan Furst
26. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
27. Buddy: How Far Will a Boy Go for the Dog He Loves? by M. H. Herlong
28. The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe
29. The Hawaiian Archipelao by Isabella L. Bird
30. Tilt-A-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein
31. The Bloodletter's Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia) by Linda Lafferty
32. Nicky's Tale - The Adventure of a Lost Mini Schnauzer
33. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
34. Mossy by Jan Brett
35. {Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow, Kenny Lipton and paintings by Eric Puybaret
36. The Dark Crystal Creation Myths by Brian Holguin and Brian Froud and others.

Books read in 2012, reverse order:

52. The Dovekeepers - historical fiction
51. Team of Rivals - biography
50. Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave - biography
49. Kaua'i (HI) (Images of America) - photography/history
48. Persepolis 2 - fiction, series
47. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis - biography
46. Persepolis - fiction, series
45. 1492: The Year the World Began - history
44. The Night Circus - fiction
43.The Cruelest Month: A Chief Inspector Gamache novel - fiction, mystery, series
42. A Fatal Grace - fiction, mystery, series
41. The Light Between Oceans - fiction
40. Still Life: A Chief Inspector Gamache novel - fiction, mystery, series
39. The Drowned Cities - fiction, dystopia, series, young adult
38. Ship Breaker- fiction, dystopia, series, young adult
37. Wait Until Next Year: A Memoir - memoir
36. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - memoir
35. Black Diamond: A Mystery of the French Countryside - fiction, mystery
34. These Foolish Things - fiction {Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie based on this}
33. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore - book based on Academy Award winning short animated film, childen's
32. The Woman in Black - fiction, ghost story
31. Something Wicked This Way Comes - fiction,
30. Zeitoun - I do not know how to classify this - history
29. Among Others - fiction, fantasy, young adult
28. The Neverending Story - fiction, children's
27. Faithful Place - fiction, mystery, series
26. The Case of the Missing Books - fiction, mystery, series
25. The Rescue: The True Story of Courage and Survival in World War II - biography
24. Tea with the Black Dragon - fiction, mystery, series
23. Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hells Canyon - history
22. The Sisters Brothers - historical fiction, Western
21. At Home in Mitford - fiction, mystery, series
20. Are All the Giants Dead? - picture book, children's
19. The Night the Mountain Fell - history
18. The Horse Boy - memoir
17. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things - psychology
16. The Warden - classic fiction
15. Steve Jobs - biography
14. City of Dragons - fantasy, series
13. Birdsong - historica
12. Polaris - science fiction
11. Heaven's Net is Wide: Tales of the Otori - fantasy, series
10. The Harsh Cry of the Heron: Tales of the Otori - fantasy, series
9. Brilliance of the Moon: Tales of the Otori - fantasy, series
8. Grass for His Pillow: Tales of the Otori - fantasy, series
7. Across the Nightingale Floor: Tales of the Otori - fantasy, series
6. Life - memoir
5. Wonderstruck - young adult
4. The Invention of Hugo Cabret - young adult
3. The World at Night - historical fiction
2. The Paris Wife - historical fiction
1. Let's Take the Long Way Home - memoir
And, for 2012, my best fiction reads were: 1. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman; 2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern; 3. Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks; 4. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce; and, 5. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt.

For 2012, my best nonfiction reads were 1. The Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis by Timothy Egan; 2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson; 3. Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost; 4. Zeitoun by Dave Eggers; and 5. 1492 - The Year the World Began by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 1010 Category Challenge, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2011, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014, All Things Discworldian - The Guild of Pratchett Fans, Amazon's Kindleshow all groups


Favorite bookstoresBarnes & Noble Booksellers - Northgate, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - University Village, Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Woodinville, Books By The Way, Cinema Books, Couth Buzard, Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle), Magus Books (Seattle), Santoro's Books, The Twelve Step Shop, Third Place Books, University Bookstore, Vashon Bookshop

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Currently readingThe Tree: A Natural History of What Trees Are, How They Live, and Why They Matter by Colin Tudge
Baby Sign Language Basics (Hay House Lifestyles) by Monta Briant
Gardening Month by Month in Washington and Oregon by Alison Beck
Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass (Illustrated Junior Library) by Lewis Carroll
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
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Hi Karen! The book is in the post, my friend! See if you can find a copy of "A Land More Kind Than Home". It was excellent. Can't wait to meet Mr. Cash.

No problem, I remember from Facebook. It's winging your way.

- Joe
Just checking in, Karen. I finished Midnight in Europe - good one! - would you still like it?

- Joe
My calls are less frequent, but my data usage is excessive, I access close to 200 mails a day on 3G and my phone battery, if not charged at frequent intervals, dies within 8 hour. The battery bank has been a life saver for me for last one year, specially on occasions when I have to spend the entire day outdoors.
Battery Banks are external devices you can plug your iPhone into, for charging. You can leave both the battery bank and the phone in your purse for example, and the phone would get charged. After you reach home / car, all you would have to do is recharge the battery bank.
iPhone 4 Battery size - 1420 mAh (milli Ampere Hour)
iPhone 4S Battery size - 1432 mAh (milli Ampere Hour)
iPhone 5 Battery size - 1440 mAh (milli Ampere Hour)
iPhone 5c Battery size - 1507 mAh (milli Ampere Hour)
iPhone 5s Battery size - 1570 mAh (milli Ampere Hour)

The lowest battery banks (available for less than $10 are over 2000 mAh, meaning good for 1 full recharge and more.

The bigger battery banks are slightly more expensive and can be used to charge iPad, etc. too

Hope this helps.

We have totally lost control of our time the last few weeks. Both houses have closed now so it is all moving. Our official move is July 25 but we are trying to get a lot of the "unpackable" stuff over there by ourselves. Monday the previous owners of our new house decided that they would pick that evening to come back and give us some stuff they forgot to leave and get some stuff they forgot to take. We camped out there that night. The new house is really cool. It is a townhouse in a development called Talus at the base of Couger Mtn. just west of Issaquah. Very different lifestyle for us but it looks like it is going to fit well. Should be getting back on track by next book club.
Thanks, Karen. Got it. I'll mail you the Furst upon completion.

Hope all is well. We've been having quite the swell time here.

- Joe
Another topnotch graphic novel you might like, Karen, is The Complete Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi, a memoir of her life in Teheran during the revolution. It's fascinating and hard to put down.
Ah, okay, good, Karen. I did get that goofed up. I thought you wanted some from that genre. Lot easier without it!

Glad you're enjoying Daytrippers. As you read more of the GNs, I'll be happy to recommend more. :-) Another standout that came to mind is Blankets by Craig Thompson.

No prize? Now you tell me.
Ha! Yes, Debbi reminded me it's an audio book, not a dvd. I must have had the movie on my mind. You're right - she can't concentrate on anything right now. But soon that'll change, I'm sure.

Have fun celebrating your Thingaversary! Your library probably carries some of those GNs, too, if you want to go in that direction.

You and Mark and I all have our Thingaversaries in June. He and I (and Becca) are going to go to the Printer's Row Lit Fest and blow some money there.
Hi, Karen. Monuments Men arrived just fine. Thanks! Debbi will get back to you. We're a bit mixuppled these days, as you can tell.

- Joe
Hi Karen,
I think we will be able to use some of them. Thanks a lot.

I am so glad the book case worked out for you!
It is hard to give up bookcases, so I am glad it went to a friend and fellow bibliophile!
Good luck with the move Karen. You've had a lot of changes these last months. I sincerely hope that your new space will feel like home.

All good wishes for a wonderful holiday. Ours will be low key.

All good wishes

I can do it now!
Hi Karen,
Sorry for the delay in responding. My husband I have been enjoying your lovely city the past few days!

I am also excited about Boulder - seems like we will have a good little group there. I haven't made any hotel arrangements. I've driven through Boulder twice but never stayed over. If I remember correctly, the downtown is pretty compact so I would imagine there are other hotel options within easy distance of the event locations. I will probably look on or to see what I can dig up as options. I like especially because you can have the properties plotted on a map, so if you know what you want to be near, it's easy to see what fits the bill.

Hope this helps! I look forward to meeting you on May!

Have you seen your birthday thread in Green Dragon?
Dear Friend

I so appreciate your frequent visits to my thread. You are a dear, wonderful soul.

Thanks ever so much. I think of you each day and know that you have been through a lot. Arthritis is debilitating. And, even though your eye surgeries were successful, I imagine it took emotional reserves to get through them.

All the best,

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What a lovely photo!

How coincidental that I finished The Truth of Me by Patricia MacLachlan and read your review!

I very much loved the emotional content of this book.

Thanks for your insightful review!
When we first moved to the house we have now, we planted a garden area with 1/2 strawberries and 1/2 raspberries. No one told me that they were invasive mortal enemies. After trying to keep them apart for 3 or 4 years and losing battles with hungry squirrels, chipmunks, skunks and who knows what other varmints (we live near a large forest preserve), we gave up.

Our neighbor to the rear of the house was an avid gardener and always had a good looking variety of sunflowers. He gave us some of his seeds and now about 25 years later the sun flowers take up 1/3 of the garden and do very well in full sun. This year we had a bumper crop & I took a picture with my wife standing next to them. Wife = 5'2", Sunflowers = 10 or 11 feet! Impressive! And, the birds leave them alone until the flowers dry out and the birds are attracted and start eating the seeds.

Now we buy our berries from the farmer's markets near us and they're great. No fuss, no muss, no invaders. We buy most from Hmong farmers at the Madison WI market. They are small, juicy and very tasty (I'm talking about the berries, of course, we are not cannibals! :) ), really exceptional. Fairly large numbers of Hmongs came to farming and small town areas in Wisconsin & Minnesota after the Vietnam mess. I'll bet the climate was a surprise.

Just to justify this note to LT, I just added this book which you also have. I'm looking forward to reading it. It was an interesting story in the papers and magazines a few years back.
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Ah, my green dragon is the guard, not the eater. My two dogs raid the strawberry patch and they eat the berries I do not pick. Fun.
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He is a beauty. But, the real question is, "Does he guard the strawberries or eat them?"

Every thing in the plant world always looks so green and healthy in NW Washington. Here (Illinois) it has been floods or droughts for about 5 years, no happy medium.

I'm glad you have help to watch over you while you mend. I can relate to young people and their inability to comprehend details. I supervise college-age students. I quite frankly and concerned about this generation. Some lack basic social skills and cannot comprehend what it is like in the "real" world.

My concern is that their "real" world will be forced on us.

Happy Mending!
How are you? I write from my daughter's house, a 12 hour drive from where I live.

I arrived today at noon. I have been thinking of you and wondering about your eye surgery.

Please know I care and want the best for you!

Hi Karen,

Thanks for the message about Hood. Sorry I didn't reply here last night, didn't notice the pm indicator, but I did post something in your thread. Glad you enjoyed it and it's always a good sign if you want to carry on with the sequels. Not sure when I'll get around to it but don't think it will be anytime too soon as it doesn't really fit with my reading plan right now.

Hope you've had a good weekend.

Hi Karen:

Whoops--didn't realize anyone was there. I hadn't been able to get into chat for the last few months, so when I saw your post about no one showing up on Friday, I thought I'd just pop in and see if I could post. Yay! It worked! But boo! I didn't realize anyone was there.
about the cataract procedure, i don't know how your doc will proceed. in the first operation at least 10 years ago, they used numbing drops. in the second, they knocked me out for about a minute with propophol, which was lovely, and gave me an injection into the eye socket. that was much better.

thing is, the first doc gave me versed (love that stuff) so the body was quite comfortable during the procedure. the second doc said versed wasn't necessary b/c the surgery "chair" was so comfortable. it wasn't and i told him so and the nurse concurred. a severely arthritic body doth not do well in immobility on a hard and surface for the duration of two cataract surgeries. people who do not have arthritis/fibro and etc. don't understand. if you can get your doc to work with you on this, versed or something mild to help your muscles relax would be nice and ultimately make it easier on both of you. if not, it's nothing to be afraid of at all. it's just uncomfortable and a nuisance. the surgery itself i find fascinating, especially the first one where the rest of the body was relaxed. since it's in the eye, you can actually kind of watch it. kewl!

also, prepare for the world to go from yellowish to bright. you don't know it's yellow till it's not. of course, i had one mildly cataracted eye so could compare. quite something.

really, though, it's easy peasy.

on another topic, i somehow missed the whole thing with Morphy and the medical bills. is there a way i can still help?


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Kath liked the book as well. Her review, like yours, was stellar.

Morning to you.

Thumbs up for your excellent review of The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope. I'm checking to see if my local library has a copy.

Hi Karen,

Actually I haven't read 'The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris' yet. Like a lot of people, I bought it because I was expecting a series of suggested walks together with historical details and anecdotes about those places. I will be visiting Paris later this year and wanted something a bit different to your usual travel guide fare. Also, the book is a lovely pocket size and beautifully presented, with a great title that really spoke to me, so I thought I was on to a good thing!

Well I've been looking at a few reviews and the book seems to get a mixed response. While the author does exhort people to pack study walking shoes and experience the city of light on foot, and he does wax lyrical about taking the time to ambulate Paris when you need to get to a specific destination over taking taxis, buses or metro trips, it seems the book itself is more memoir than walking guide. Apparently the title was imposed by someone at the publisher, which while not an inaccurate reflection of the author's views, is a little misleading to the potential book purchaser. I guess that isn't really the author's fault. Some readers have also complained that the book was in need of good editing; I find it strange that the publisher would put so much effort into design and packaging to create what really is a handsome little edition without the corresponding effort into ensuring the copy is also at a finished standard. That said, some people loved it.

Either way, I will probably still read it before my visit and will bring it with me, but I guess I will avoid disappointment by reducing my expectations appropriately! I will just have to create my own walking itineraries by chance and dumb luck. I guess that's how being a flâneur is meant to be be anyway, right? Just drifting along where the crowd and weeks take you. : )

If you bought it just to get a little 'Paris fix', I'm sure it will still deliver that for you! In fact, it may be more enjoyable by focusing on the author's experiences and eschewing a boring list of walking itineraries ('Next, turn left, and you should be now facing Le Deux Magots...').
; )

Ha! I have no idea why all that was necessary. Still, it remains pretty magical that pictures on a phone turn out that well, and can be posted here on LT.

Hope you're enjoying this wonderful weather - I'm sure you are! We go back tomorrow, but at least it's supposed to be pretty nice in Chicago now, too.
Hi, Karen! I had to do a sort of quadruple transfer, emailing Jesse's pic to myself, then copying them to my photos folder, then copyinging them to my LT Profile, then copying them to my thread, but now they're posted in the new cafe!

Best - Joe
Great to see you, Karen! Thanks for joining us!

- Joe
Thanx for your message! If only my mum felt the same, lol... I'm not too bad with the dishes, I have a few things I need to use every day & don't like to leave the cat bowls dirty so dishes aren't really an issue even tho I don't like doing them - its the floors, dusting & most of all the dreaded bathroom that I hate! So I bit the bullet & hired a cleaner to try! Someone I work with has used this person before & said they're very good & they have good rates, I'll get her in for a couple of hours when I'm on leave in a couple of weeks - I can spend the day before she comes tidying & sorting & then she can do the yucky stuff for me! After that I can decide if its worth getting her in once a month or not...

But I do like your ideas - so thankyou!
Focus on what you want to see, do, and say. When it gets a bit much, ask for help. It amazes me how well the formula keeps me calm.

No, that was Dan. It's called The First Law trilogy.


I am a strong supporter of community college. Is this where you are taking the photography class?

FYI, I just added a thread for MrMorphy's donation site...
I just did a copy and paste from the email confirmation.

Busy can be good or bad--hope you are enjoying yourself!

Oops I meant Karen. I do know your name...
Maggie - Sammy, the dog pictured on my profile page, just turned one yesterday! The photo you see is from the day we brought him home from the humane society - May 20 last year.
hey Karen--in my list of cool landscape photographers at Joe's, i forgot to mention Mark Adamus.

have a wonderful time with your course. :)

I have deleted the photo. I am very sorry, please forgive me.

I am so sorry, I did not mean to upset you. I was just trying to show you how easy it was.

I haven't had time to deal with it. I will try to get back to it this weekend. I need to check with my friend and find out what she has decided to do. Apparently the folks from Oxford Booktopia had a reunion is last weekend and since I don't do Goodreads, or at least don't keep up with it since I have all I condo to keep up with LT, I didn't know about it. I doubt could have gone, but it would have been nice to know about it.
I have a friend who iSight go with me so I have not registered yet. I will see her to talk to her tomorrow and hope to get this finalized. I haven't looked this week to see if there are still slots open. I am so behind at work and now have a cold. I just want to sleep and read this weekend.
wherever is your 75 book challenge thread? i've searched maggie1944 to no avail. please help me find you. one feels such a fool, but i've finally given up. i can't visit anyone very often--RA and other inconveniences are a bit of a hindrance--but i do like to know where folks are just in case i have a good day.

Shoot, been so busy. I will try to do that today. I hope there is still a spot open.....
Made it to Seattle. Am at conference Center now. see u tomorrow.
Be sure and look at the Meetup group and get the free pass to the Exhibit Hall. That will save you $25.00.

Once at that thread you have to follow the LT link.
Posted the notice of the meetup in two different places on LT. The Meetup Group page and the Seattlites page. Will add details later.
I am going to set up a thread on the meetup group lists. I will notify you here and in other places.

Regarding restaurant. We don't have to have a restaurant. Would a coffee shop do? I find that restaurants are usually crowded and noisy and not as conducive to getting to meet people. Since we will be doing this at the ALA conference there will be conference hotels and I am sure that there will be coffee shops close to them. The nice thing about conference hotels is that we can take the conference buses directly to them if we are walking, and if you guys have cars there is usually parking there as well. I will be firming up my plans today and will get more details out to you guys today.
Hi Karen,

It sounds fun, but do I need to be registered?

Hi Karen--I'd really like to go, but I'm down in Houston now visiting my grandson and family. I won't be back til the 29th. I'm really sorry to miss this--Maybe next time.

I have not done any advertising yet because I was waiting for the name of the place where we were going to meet after leaving the exhibits hall. Can you find a place close, walkable or has parking close by as we should have bags with us? I thought a coffee shop or one of those northwest breweries. We will be in need of some food and something to drink. As soon as I get the name of a place I will post several places here on LT.

I must have done something wrong in the e-mail address, as I sent an e-mail earlier regarding this. I have been off work for several days due to a medical procedure and so have not bee checking e-mail as often. If it is just you and me that is Ok too as it will be fun to explore the exhibit hall with somebody.
Thanks for the report, Karen. I would have been in the "finished it by pushing through, had some complaints, but overall glad I completed it" camp.
I'm home sick from work today. I feel lousy and I'm going to pay, big time, when I go back to work, but my consolation is that I will try to spend some time with Anna Karenina today. And Abby-cat, of course. :-)
Hi Karen,
No way I'm making it tonight. I'm completely bummed, since I was really looking forward to discussing The Dovekeepers!
But, I'm propped up in bed, having come home early from work.
I'll work on getting next month's book into my hands....
Hooray! your instructions worked perfectly and I managed to post a picture. thanks so much for your help Maggie!
Hi Karen--I'm pretty sure I'll be able to make it Saturday--what time is it planned for? I think I remember lunch.

Yep, a cairn! But I love all terriers, actually all dogs!
hahaha! I'd love it if you RV'd with us! I adore FictFact. Although, it is deadly to the TBR mountain.
is it this Saturday or next? I can make either or both
Let me know

I am excited about meeting the dogs! The group I'm talking to is a national rescue group that specializes in coonhounds, especially the black and tan. They have beautiful dogs all over the United States. I'll send pictures as soon as I pick one!
Karen, you nailed it! Thank you so much for The Garden of Evening Mists and Genesis. I had planned on buying these exact two books in January to read the coming year. I had a huge smile on my face when I opened my present. Thank you again.
That would be better. :-)
Women's basketball (Huskies) that night so I won't be able to do that. :-(
Hi Karen--Got your message about December 27. That's fine with me, although after the first is ok too, since I have no plans to go anywhere until late January/early February. I think Lisa said something about going to the East Coast soon, so it may be better to see when she's available. Let me know.

I think I have been to Elliot Bay Books, but not sure. I am having trouble getting my registration in to ALA something to do with my membership number. I will send a message to Tim and see what is on their agenda. I was thinking that we could meet at the convention center and have coffee there, then everybody could split up to do the exhibits. Then meet again and go for supper. I was thinking that Sunday afternoon and evening would be good. There won't be much traffic in downtown Seattle on a Sunday afternoon. The exhibits will close at 5 and that would be a good time to think about a meal someplace in the area.
I tried to add you to my friends list, but am not sure that I accomplished said endeavor. Let me know if I am added so we can keep in touch.
I have done a meet-up before at ALA and we had to do it early in the morning. (Like 7:00 a.m.) Of course we were trying to meet with Tim, the LT founder. I am not at all familiar with Seattle. At this point i am not sure where I will be staying, but know it will be somewhere around the convention center. I will keep in touch and we can do some real planning.
*blush* Awwww thanks! It helps me to keep books clear in my mind to review them. Even then, with 250-300 a year going by, there are some that don't stick even a wee bit.
Karen I received my Christmas Swap package in the mail yesterday. The postal elves are working overtime this year. Thank you so much. I can't wait to see what you have picked out for me. I will wait though. Don't want to get on Mark's bad side. Does he have a bad side? I don't think so. :)

Thanks again.

Hi Karen--Yes we do need another TPB meetup soon. I'm leaving tomorrow to visit my grandson, and won't be back until 12/10. I'd be up for a meeting after then, and before Christmas, as long as huge crowds of Christmas shoppers aren't expected. :) I tend to avoid all stores at this time of year.

I'm pretty open about dates and times, so let me know what would work for you (and Ellen and Lisa if they are so inclined.

Hi Karen,

About putting yourself on the wiki: the thread is here : and the link to the Location Wiki is in the first thread.

Once you're there, since your state hasn't been entered yet (I'm assuming you want to put your location as Washington State?), you need to put it in; you do that by editing the section for USA (let your pointer hover over the 'edit' buttons, and it'll tell you which section that button edits).
Once you've clicked on edit, the box opens, and just enter your information. Please put in states alphabetically (so it'll be at the bottom!), and you can be as specific as you want i.e. which part of Washington.
I usually just cheat, and copy the formatting from previous entries - I can't recall what I did now, off the top of my head :-)
Once you've done that, it's sometimes better to Preview it, and then Save.

Hope that's enough information; if not, drop me a line. Have a go, anyway, and then I can have a look at it, if you want.

Good luck!

Hi Karen,

I'm glad that you enjoyed the photos of the LT meet ups that I've participated in. And, thanks for reminding me to post photos of the most recent meet ups on my thread.

The best thing about these meet ups is that, for me and others, online friends have become personal friends for me and several others on LT. I see Fliss regularly whenever I go to London, and I almost always see Rachael (FlossieT, although she is no longer an active member of the group). Caroline, Richard and Suzanne have become good friends, and I'll definitely see more of
Jane & Nelson, Judy & Jim, Zoë and Rebecca on my frequent trips to NYC (I usually go there at least once every time I visit my parents, who I see 4-6 times per year).

I do want to visit Seattle and Vancouver sometime in the future, and I hope that I'm able to see you and Ellen at an LT meet up there!

I'm glad that you had such a lovely vacation in Hawai'i, and that you returned to Washington safely. I flew back to Atlanta earlier this afternoon, so I'm back "home" as well.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I'll talk to you soon.

Best wishes,
Yes, I love all my terriers. This is the fourth one we've had. The first was a Westie, then 2 cairns who were cousins, and now Rocky. Actually his best friend is a female minature schnauzer who lives next door named Mitzi. They've kinda gotten blaze with each other as they've gotten older (they're both 4 now) but as puppies they couldn't get enough of each other. We're off to the dog park soon. I love dogs.

Hope you have a great Sunday.
Ah, now I see. It's confusing; we're told to be careful about giving out personal details, but LT does seem a safe place. I've become more outgoing here, too. Mind you, voracious book-reading to the exclusion of all else, as I used to do, is considered such a no-no in my family, I doubt anyone I know in RL will come looking for me here. :-)

Thanks for clarifying. Of course, 1944 was a great year!

Thanks, Karen. I'll join the group read.

All the best,
I read on mamie's thread that your dog is experiencing kidney failure. In February we awoke to a very sick Sheltie. Our Simon was with us for 12 wonderful years and the day we lost her to kidney cancer was one of the hardest days ever.

Dogs have such a very special role in our life.

I write to say I'm thinking of you and praying for the best.

Maggie, I was being facetious with my comment about paying closer attention to your money if you had to manage it for retirement. Social Security privatization is a scam designed to put more money in the hands of those who already have more than they know what to do with. There's no managing money for most of the middle class. It's where is the next dollar going to come from. That's why everyone was so highly leveraged with credit card and household debt. We're just trying to keep up from year to year while the benefit of our effort is stolen from us by the bankers. We're being farmed.
Morning Karen- I got your address. I'm so glad you will be joining us. The photo is from last October. A weekend in Michigan.

Maggie, personally I would love to, but we are only going to be there for 2 days and my husband is looking forward to having me all to himself, with no computer hogging my time! Since this is our first visit, I have a feeling we are going to be very busy. So I'm afraid not this time. But if you make it down to San Diego, be sure and let me know. And if we get back there, and have more time, I would love to see the LTers!
Thank you!
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