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About meI live in Georgia, and in addition to reading, I enjoy gardening, cooking, and music. My dog Milo would prefer I play with him all day, so we sometimes have to negotiate what we're going to do - "Chew on your toys, Milo, not on my shoe!"

You can find my current 75 books challenge thread here

2013 challenge

2012 challenge

About my libraryI use library thing to keep track of interesting things I read more than as a list of what I own. That way when I remember a book I read a few years ago that was about about intelligent microbes but I can't remember the author or title I might be able to figure it out!

Groups75 Books Challenge for 2014, African/African American Literature, LibraryThing Gatherings and Meetups, Reading Globally


Favorite bookstoresCharis Books and More, Emory University Bookstore

Favorite librariesDeKalb County Public Library - Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, Robert W. Woodruff Library (Emory University)

Other favoritesGeorgia Perimeter College - Clarkston Campus, AJC Decatur Book Festival, Atlanta History Center, Agnes Scott College, Eddie's Attic

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Real nameArdene

LocationAtlanta, GA

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Member sinceSep 25, 2005

Currently readingEast Winds, West Winds: A Modern Arabic Novel (Modern Arabic Literature) by Mahdi Issa Al-Saqr
The Thirteenth Turn: A History of the Noose by Jack Shuler
The Story of the Qur'an: Its History and Place in Muslim Life by Ingrid Mattson
Some Deaths Before Dying by Peter Dickinson

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Comments wonderful that you've started a support group for people with parental issues. It's becoming a growth industry as all of us who approach our 60s and 70s are finding that our parents are living much longer lives. I've been very lucky in that my parents planned very well, and although Mom's not rich, she is financially secure, and her four daughters are each in a position to contribute to help if she ever gets to a point where she is financially needing.

The biggest issue for us is that only one of us lives close by to Mom, and we are trying to help that sister not be the only one who is responsible - although we are all comfortable with her having POA and being the one with the medical POA etc etc. Mom does NOT want to move in with any of us (we all have room and comfortable accomodations). She has invested $$ to make her home as accessible as possible.

I find that most of the people in my book discussion group and my mah jongg group are also going through many of the same issues, so I have a built-in support group there.

Good luck with your group. I look forward to seeing how things go for you.

Tina (AKA Tutu)
Hello Ardene,

On my 2013 75 Books thread, you asked about creating your personal Wiki. I replied there, but thought perhaps it would make more sense to leave a message just for you.

Here's what you do:
- Scroll down to the bottom of any LT screen and click on the "WikiThing" link.
- On the left side you'll see a link to "Your WikiThing Page" -- every member has one whether they use it or not! The direct link to yours would probably be:
- You can edit this page (there's a link at the top), and do anything you like with it. Here's a link to a help page about editing your wiki:

Feel free to PM me with any questions!
Hi! I noticed that we are both currently reading Leguin's version of the Tao Te Ching. How are you liking it?
Ardene, thank you for the link!

No problem Ardene! I hope you had a good time as well. I really enjoyed it and will go again next year if I can convince my friends to go again :)
Hey Ardene,

This is my first DBF so I'm not sure what's around. I would like to get together for coffee around 2:30 or 3:00. My person that I really want to see is also at / around 4ish. I will have my partner and another friend in tow if that's okay!

Look forward to meeting you :)

Hey this is Bradon. I live in NC. I just got an LT 2 weeks ago and Ive been trying to make friends. I would like to be your friend. If you want to know more about me then go to my profile. Thanks.
I liked your review of Sky Burial. I'm sure China wants the world to think that the Chinese army was just in Tibet to help the people, but it amazes me that anyone outside of China could believe such a thing. I imagine the character in the book could since she had grown up with Chinese propaganda, but how much of the rest of the world could be so naive?
Thanks Ardene. Joseph Boyden is an amazing writer. Tad mentioned he has a book of short stories entitled "Born With a Tooth" that I'll be looking for. Happy reading!


BTW I thumbed your excellent review of "Three Day Road"; you brought out many interesting aspects of the narrative.
Sorry to hear about your friend. Perhaps we'll both have the opportunity to see him in future. I would recommend the book though.

I just finished [I Shall Not Hate] yesterday, and I remember you wanted to know what I thought. It was amazing. The story of his life and that of his family highlights all that is wrong with Israel's current policy toward Palestinians (IMO). Yet despite some pretty horrific incidents, Dr. Abuelaish writes about his friendships with Jewish Israelis (he worked in a Jewish hospital), and how he believes that personal relationships are the way to break down the walls and achieve peace. I missed his lecture at our local synagogue, but I will definitely look for any appearances in the future and will recommend the book to everyone. I haven't written my review yet, but hope to today.

Hi Ardene, No, I haven't started it yet. I got it yesterday, and I was so upset about the Lara Logan incident, that I decided to skip reading about the Middle East again right away. Especially given the personal tragedy in I Shall Not Hate. The author spoke at a local synagogue, but I wasn't able to make it that night. I was disappointed to miss hearing him. I'll probably read his book next. I'll let you know how it goes.
Hi Ardene,

Oh Gosh, you have nothing to be sorry about. I know you didn't mean to stir up anything, and I didn't really *want* to, but I became upset with what hit me as an outrageous statement. Normally I just let things like that go by, but that one got to me, I think mainly because it was obvious the person involved had never read anything by D'Souza and really didn't know what she was talking about--and then she slammed "conservatives" in general, and it was just too much.

By the way, I have no problem with Wikipedia--I use it all the time. What bothered me was that this person seemed to think that simply by quoting something from Wiki she had therefore somehow debunked any sort of conversation or argument that could be made for the other side. I guess it just hit me as a particularly bad example of arrogance and ignorance--although I think I could have handled it better.

Anyway, I appreciate hearing from you and I hope to follow your conversations here at LT. Probably for now I will stick to my own thread when I post something about a book, particularly anything that could possibly be controversial. I don't want to give that person or anyone else on the "What We're Reading--Religion" thread an excuse to fan the flames.

Take care,

Thanks for posting on my thread. May I ask that you please send the link to your 75 challenge thread to my home page.

I'd like to follow your readings.

Hello, I've appreciated your comments on my 75 books challenge thread. Thank you for dropping in. At one point you said you were going to put Does My Head Look Big in This on hold at the library. I was wondering if you have had a chance to read it, and if so what you thought. I hope you like it, as I recommended it.

Btw, are you Mark? or is that just a pseudonym? And do you have a 75 Books thread? I still haven't figured out how to find particular people's threads...

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