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About meI am a microbiologist (technician) in a research lab. I also raise Appaloosa horses, and, in the past, have had a small web based business of out-of-print and hard to find Appaloosa books. I worked as an out-of-print book searcher in college and still enjoy book scouting, unusual bindings and first editions. No web site at the current time.

About my libraryReading and horses! The two constant obsessions of my life. OK--my family (young adult daugher and son, both still in college) and cats figure in there somewhere too.

In the last few years, I've been on a quest to understand myself spiritually and emotionally--to find out who I've become and get a glimmer of where I might be heading. Consequently, I've been reading a wide variety of spirtually based books from a wide variety of traditions along with a deeper study of my own beliefs of Christianity. I've also become interested in psychology (including the dreaded self-help books--although these I tend to buy and not read :) ).

I also enjoy great mysteries, women's biographies and memoirs along with history, especially local history. And I'm trying to 'beef up' my knowledge of classical and world literature.

I love the tag clouds--both my own and looking at others' and considering how they reflect the interests of their owners.

I always have at least half a dozen books that I'm reading and my to-be-read mountain requires bottled Oxygen to get to the top. I've decided to add my TBR mountain to my LT catalog to eliminate buying doubles of interesting books and to give a better idea of my current interests.

75 Book Challenge for 2014
75 Book Challenge for 2013 ; Second Thread ; Thread Three
2012 75 Book Challenge Thread 2
2012 75 Book Challenge Thread 1
My 75 book challenge for 2009
http://www.librarything.com/topic/53777
My 75 book challenge for 2008: http://www.librarything.com/talktopic.php?topic=37256

Groups(BOMBS) Books Off My Book Shelves 2012 Challenge, 1001 Books to read before you die, 2014 Category Challenge, 50-Something Library Thingers, 75 Books Challenge for 2008, 75 Books Challenge for 2009, 75 Books Challenge for 2010, 75 Books Challenge for 2012, 75 Books Challenge for 2013, 75 Books Challenge for 2014show all groups

Favorite authorsSherman Alexie, Karen Armstrong, Karen Armstrong, Margaret Atwood, Pearl S. Buck, Pema Chödrön, Colin Cotterill, Ivan Doig, Timothy Egan, Jasper Fforde, Ru Freeman, Thich Nhat Hanh, Dorothy M. Johnson, Barbara Kingsolver, C. S. Lewis, Terry Pratchett, Mary Doria Russell, Lisa See, Mary Stewart, Amy Tan, J. R. R. Tolkien, Stephen White (Shared favorites)

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You are so welcome. Enjoy!
Thanks for the information. She is looking for a home in a over 55 community which is different from what I'm looking for. I'm looking for a place where as I age I will be able to access help. The place I like the best has staff on call 24/7, a swimming pool, and support for getting medical care.

It is quite an interesting search. Not easy.
I am disappointed! It could have been great fun. Maybe next time.

Looking forward to Portland in June.

Take care of yourself

You put (vote) (/vote) around the question, but with triangular brackets. It's not that hard. I'm trying not to get TOO involved in group reads this year, and so I'm attempting to be passive on the group read thread(which is hard for me). So you're welcome to the job. :) It's not too hard.
Ah! Not only are we neighbors (more or less), but we also seem to have a lot of books in common. Although nothing too esoteric! :)

Looks like it might be a long winter here, I am glad I have plenty of books.
I would like an invitation. So sorry it took so long to respond; I oftern forget to check private comments. Thank you.
S
Ah, you came and went so quickly we were confused. No worries.
Oh, if you would be willing to do it, I would be very grateful. I am feeling quite overwhelmed with my class and I will not be finished with it until the Friday when I drive to Bellingham. I am so glad I will be leaving it in the dust on that day! And I will not be taking another class any time soon, I think

ha!

See you soon!
Try again. I fixed it!
OK, that was easy. Here's what I've signed up for -

F1. Book Talk with Katie Mehan - Village Books
3:00-4:00 PM - Yankee swap Yankee Swap - Chrysalis Inn
6:00-7:00pm Welcome Reception, Book Fare Cafe at Village Books I will attend
9:00-10:00am, Small Group Author Sessions A1. Rhonda Riley, The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope - Village Books
10:30am - 11:30, Small Group Author Sessions B3. Ru Freeman, On Sal Mal Lane - Chrysalis Inn, Baker Conference Room
1:00-2:00pm, Small Group Author Sessions C1. Jonathan Evison, Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving - Village Books
2:30-3:30pm, Small Group Author Sessions D1. This Gift Card is Burning a Hole in my Pocket - Village Books
4:00-5:00pm, Small Group Author Sessions E1. Caroline Leavitt, Is This Tomorrow - Village Books
6:30-9:00pm, A CELEBRATION OF AUTHORS; The main event! Each author will speak for 5-10 minutes. This is a highlight of Booktopia, and it is open to the public, so be sure to arrive early to get a good seat. Book signing to follow. Books will be available to purchase at Village Books. Registration for this event is not mandatory, but will help us get a good idea of numbers. Yes, I will attend
10am-11:30: Panel Discussion: What it's Like to Own a Bookstore, with Chuck and Dee Robinson, followed by official Booktopia closing and farewells. Village Books Event Space. Registration for this session is not mandatory, but will help us get an idea of numbers. Yes, I will attend
Hi Janet

It is nice to communicate with you. I know Montana is a big state -- and a beautiful one. Three years ago we vacationed near Yellowstone and one night went to a rodeo in Montana. I'll never forget the image of people riding horses with the back drop of the mountain at dusk.

Friends recently moved to Kalispel. Is that anywhere near you?

We have all of the People's Bible Commentaries. I have used many of them for explanations of Bible parts. We also have more in depth commentaries that I can recommend if you run into questions not answered in the Peoples's Bibles.
I am the 'librarian' for our church. I noticed that you have some similar books and a possible interest in finding your relationship with God. Perhaps our library can lead you to books of interest.
Hi streamsong - I put the thread up:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/151063

I have some books I need to get read on women and the Bible, so this may be the right month. :)
Feel free to call Thursday evening and we can chat.

Bellingham is a small town and we will be in an area called Fairhaven. I don't think either Bellingham or Fairhaven will be difficult for driving.

Whatever you decide, I think we will have a great time.

Blackie is better, thanks! I've updated his thread in the cats & books area.
How is your mare doing?
Thanks for your help! My 'wiki' is up, and it looks like I did it right. :)
Thanks for the information re. the locale where you live. What a lovely area!

Janet
I note you live in Montana. We visited there when we vacationed in Yellowstone a few years ago. I fell in love with the area of Montana near Wyoming where we stayed.

Please tell me about when you live and if you enjoy living in Montana. What a beautiful state!

Hi Janet

Many thanks for letting me know you received Born To Write. I'm glad it felt like Christmas when you opened the package. Books have a way of making us feel happy!

All the best,

Linda
Thank you for inviting me to the Berean Fellowship, Streamsong! I look forward to being the resident Catholic teenager at the group. :)

-Eris
thank you streamsong- i appreciate it- carmela
If you are interested, I have Across the Nightingale Floor in Challenge 4 and you could match it for a shared read.
Who knows, you may like it (Sarah's Key) more than I did. I certainly know many people who did like it. For me it was definitely the wrong book at the wrong time.

Happy reading!
Hi Streamsong,
You left a comment on my 75 books challenge thread regarding Sarah's Key. I finished the book yesterday and just posted my review. It was not one of my favorite books.

Valerie..aka Tangledthread
haha..shiny and new is true, Janet ... I wonder how long it will take this time for me to fall behind on the threads. The 75ers are a garrulous lot, which makes hanging out there a great deal of fun, but also takes a lot of time.

cheers
caro
Hi Janet,

Spreadsheet's on its way. :-)

hugs
caro
Happy new year to you! Let's hope 2012 is better than 2011. :)
Happy new year and great reading for 2012! - Karen
We share an appreciation of Ivan Doig. I have had several conversations with him (before and after his appearances at bookstore readings. Your review of "Heart Earth" caught my eye today. I wish more people could read it.
Hi - I am blissfully retired! I came to teaching late and taught ten years, so didn't burn out. I loved it - loved the classroom, loved studying, loved students and loved reading their papers.. It was such a pleasure. But when I was ready to retire I was totally ready and very much enjoy it.
Your life sounds wonderful! I managed to get all the way through school including grad school withou taking one biology class - didn't want to dissect - and now I SO regret it! Wish I knew more. Also wish I knew more about book scouting.
Just read your review on This Is Us - nice job! I have to agree also. Whenever I've recommended it I do note the generally negative attitude toward system as something to be addressed. Not surprised though, seeing the counties he was dealing with. They are typically way understaffed which not only effects the quality of the work, but the hiring choices. In my experience with child protective services it can very mch depend on the county. E.g. Yolo County in California votes to spend tax dollars on social services and provide excellent services and staff. In Sacramento County not so much - it's a more conservative area and budgets proportionally less tax support so service is not as good. Im not up on the current situation, but a few years ago Sac had openings for 70 social workers, to give an idea of just how nderstaffed! He was dealing with VERY underfunded counties, Alameda County and others.
Oh for petes sake - I see we've talked before. Did you ever read any Abigail Padgett?
Hi Streamsong! What a beautiful name! Thanks for your message. I see your name on my homepage a lot because we have so many interests in common - more than you know! I spend a few weeks every summer in Montana. We discovered Red Lodge this summer, stayed a week, and intend to go back next summer. So of course I had to look up Hamilton and you know how that goes? I started clicking and one site led to another and before I knew it I'd bought my first book of the day: Walking without Footprints! Hamilton looks wonderful.

I did not win This Is Us but got it from the library and thoroughly enjoyed it. What an amazing man. If I was still teaching (family studies courses at Cal State) I would assign it to students. Did you like it? Never mind- I'll go read your review!
How have you been enjoying the Great Courses books you bought last month? I saw your post in the Christianity group, but I'm too poor at the moment to buy the courses :(
You're very welcome. Please let me know what you think if you read any of her books.
I work for state health department in Texas, so our funding can rise or fall depending on how well Texas performs in these national beauty contests. In 2011, according to CDC, Texas has a (questionable in my opinion) perfect score on the readiness criteria while doing less well on the laboratory measures (which were also somewhat misleading, again in my opinion.) CDC's lab focus in this particular report is with the LRN sentinel labs for bioterrorism or chemical emergencies.

Your profile mentions a research lab. What kinds of things do you work with?

I've really enjoyed your profile. Reading and horses -- two of the best things in the world!
I am glad I'm seeing your posts again. I hope this finds you well, happy, and safe from all weather related disasters! Oh, safe from other disasters, too, of course.

I know how you feel about taking down some trees. Very sad. But one thing which might assuage the grief is to plant some additional trees in a better location on your property.

Thanks ever so much for your kind words left on my home page. Our 75 challenge group is growing by leaps and bounds. I lost your thread. Would you mind sending the link to me.

How are you feeling these days?
How are you feeling today?
Just checking in to see how you are feeling.
Hi.

I'm simply checking in to see how you are feeling today.

Linda
Janet

Thanks for responding to my message! I send lots of hearing energy your way.

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hey streamsong:

it does sound like we've got many things in common. I have a friend who lives in Montana and I spent some time with her ... many years go now... in Bozeman where he family lives and in Helena. It's gorgeous gorgeous country.

you mention that your daughter stopped playing when she went to college, but my daughter hopes to double major in science and music. 'course she's only 15 so things may change, but she had a real good experience last Saturday when her marching band got a super rating and Grand Champion at the Old Dominion Dixie Classic in Danville VA.

see you around.
karenmarie
Thank you for joining Pro and Con (Religion). I hope this is a place where the comfortable are afflicted and the afflicted are comforted. Let’s go it with all seriousness, but I hope we can have great fun at the same time. If I were God, I would part the waters of distance, and instantly transport us all to this great pub I used to frequent in Germany with a group of other Auslanders, but alas, I am but a lowly mortal, and so we have to do this via the internet.

All I ask is that every one remain respectful, even if there are times when you are spewing your coffee over the screen.
One either implodes or explodes whereever you are, certainly not "going" anywhere.
Try My Stroke of Insight by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor. Also perhaps you'll find: The Messengers by Julia Ingram & G.W. Hardin and The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton Interesting.
"where I might be heading."? Is "life" linear?
hi friend ;-)
one more week of Gladdich photos to go, so enjoy!
I love horses too, used to ride a lot in my youth.
Anita
Just a note of appreciation for your comments on the Christianity thread, which seems to be getting more and more bizarre.
Hi Streamsong, I am sorry you were not able to make it over to Seattle for the Meet-Up. We all thought it would be fun to do it next year in Victoria. Maybe you can make that one.
Hi Streamsong, Were you able to get a copy of Aberrations? Please feel free to contact me. My email is pennyprz@aol.com. Best - Penelope Przekop, author of Aberrations.
Hi: I will send off the book to you on Friday. Enjoy!
Hi: I am not sure if you are still looking for Aberrations. Let me know if you are. I have finished with my copy and can send it along to you. Thanks. TINA
Have you gotten a copy of aberrations yet? If not, I got an offer to review it but turned it down. I'd be happy to forward you the email, or alternately send your email to the person who was requesting I review it.
Unfortunately theology has been dominated by men for a long, long time. Women are getting into the game, and doing quite well. Katherine Lacugna, for instance, wrote a phemonomal book on the Trinity. (She died of cancer about four years ago) and Ellen Charry writes better than good theology.

Most of my theology books are boxed up, and not on here, but in fact I would have to say that more than 95 percent were written by men. That is changing though.
Thanks for visiting. I knew nothing about narcolepsy before reading it so I found it quite enlightening :) Hope you like it/agree!
Hi, thanks for visiting my library. At your recommendation I did join Girlybooks and have ordered a used copy of Maddock's Hildegarde, because for a long time I've wanted to learn more about her. Maybe I'll even find time to pop in on the discussions! This summer already seems to be exceptionally full.
Hi, I see you already have an offer for the book. However, I'm giving away a copy of "Aberrations" by Penelope Przekop on my blog if you would like to enter? See here.
Hi. If you can wait a few weeks, I will be getting a copy of this book (I was asked to review it for an online book site) but I have not gotten it yet. Once I have read it and reviewed it, I will be happy to pass it along to you - so let me know if you can't get your hands on a copy.

Thanks. TINA
Hi, just wanted to say hello, noticing you read Barn at the end of the world and Cimmaron, two of my favorites that I don't see mentionned much. Kathy
Hi - thanks for the invite! I will certainly take a look see - though I admit to being more of a doer than a talker, with regard to my passion for horses.

I have made my living as an author since 1980, and getting away from the computer after a day, writing, is the best! I've worked with horses for more years than that...

Sometimes the two interests mix - if you are a Green Dragon person, check out the group read they did of To Ride Hell's Chasm.

I appreciate your taking the time to message me - and I think an LT group of horse loving people is a wonderful thing.
Better late than never! I just started Marcel Proust's a la Recherche du temps perdu, wondering how I let this go unnoticed for so long.
I Love George Steiner, and have read Real Presence. I highly recommend it. Steiner can be rough going at times, not because his writing is hard, but because he struggles with Big Ideas, and does it well. His are books I really need to read a couple of times to really digest his thinking.

He has an excellent book on the differences Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky as well.
No worries, that means I'd forgotten I was supposed to get it, which made it quite a pleasant surprise when the mail came!
I got Firefly Lane today, thanks!
My sympathies on the unexpected loss of your kitty. Hope you are doing ok.
You are welcome. I really enjoy the picture on your profile page, too. Don't you just love LT. I spend entirely too much time here every day.

I am looking forward to the Pac NW get together in August. Hope you can make it.
Yes, these last few months have been very difficult for me, but I kept extensive notes during that time, and on looking back, I realise that I really learned a lot about myself from the experience. I don't regret what happened in that time, since I gained so much more than I lost. But it has made my life substantially more difficult than it was.

I've checked out the Early Reviewers, but it doesn't really seem to be my cup of tea.

Otherwise, I've been reading Chekhov and I'm going to read War and Peace for my vacation. I'll be spending April with relatives. I'm looking forward to the challenge of it.
Hello Streamsong. It's been a long time since I was last active on LibraryThing, and I just decided to let you know I'm back.

My abscence was due to some trouble within the family, which still hasn't been sorted out, but I've decided to start socializing here again.

And as soon as I have something to say on the subject of horse books, I'll show up in the horse discussions.
Hi Streamsong, thanks for the welcome. Horse books were "it" ! for me when a young reader. It is nice now, in retirement, to feel ready to revisit the genre. I enjoy the Horses group.
Elsewhere you mentioned looking at what we share. . . Doig for you and me: AND since you are interested in horses look for his "Dancing at the Rascal Fair." I took the liberty of teasing him because it begins and ends with horse-mishaps. (It is one of his best. . . led to several others with same characters.) Esta
I just read the after-life thread at the group. Thanks. :)

Yes, I've added almost all my books, now; once I got going I couldn't stop. Now I am disappointed that the job is complete. Only solution is to buy more books in order to add them. Aha. :)
Interested to see that you have the Botkin "Induced After Death Communication" book on your list. We are the only two, so far. Quite fascinating, wasn't it? Particularly the "shared" experiences, when two people "saw" the same thing. Hard to explain that one ...

Anyway, just thought I'd touch base.

- Glenn
Hi there -- looking at your profile page, a book you might find interesting is Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd (nonfiction). It's a really interesting memoir about her own spiritual quest via Christianity.
Hello back! I'm here in Bozeman and it's currently -6, but that's up 3 degrees! I'm running around in fleece, socks with my slippers, quite the fashion statement. Perfect day to chat on LT and read. I will be venturing out later in the day for Thanksgiving dinner at friends.

How long have you lived in Hamilton? I've only been in Bozeman for a year and half, but I love it here so much.

Hope you are staying warm as well and Happy Thanksgiving.
Sorry not to have gotten back to you earlier. Herb and I just got our apps (a mare, her '06 and '07 stud colts, and a boarder that's out of our first stallion and a pony) moved out next to our house and we're still hustling to get the new facility set for winter. We've been focused on breeding foundation appaloosas for the last five years or so, but now our goal is to drop back to two good riding horses. It looks like you have some neat books; I look forward to digging into your tags which is an aspect of LT that I also find really nifty. Thanks for the note, Chris
In terms of contemplative spirituality, I would initially recommend Seeking God by Esther de Waal. It's about living in the real world with balance, using Benedictine spirituality as a guideline. Margaret Guenther and Joan Chittister are also fairly well-grounded. Thomas Kelly's book is also very good, but less focused on practical suggestions. The things I have kept in my library are books that I have read more than once so I can heartily vouch for everything there.

I was interested in the Zen and Buddhist thinking some years ago, but have gravitated increasingly to the Benedictine mode of thinking and praying.

Does that help? If not, ask me about a specific title and I can perhaps be a little more concrete in my recommendations.
I'm curious, streamsong. What have you been reading recently in the field of spirituality that you have found interesting or useful? There isn't as much overlap in our libraries as I might have thought there would be and I'd like to know what titles you have found to be most beneficial.

Jill
Well, feel free to look through my books, but you HAVE to tell me what you really liked. I can make recommendations if you are interested.
Thanks for posting a comment. I fear I strayed pretty far from the original subject, though there was plenty of stray subject matter to address :>) It always is an amazing thing to me when I see how riled up people become about religion and religious matters. I think perhaps this is why I like the Tao so much, it is really very simple.
I, like anyone, am always happy to hear when someone agrees with me. I also struggle with the thought that there are many who don't but I have learned that when it comes to politics and religion..........most often those of us who disagree must agree to do so !

It is good none the less to hear from someone who shares the same feelings :>)
Thanks for your comment! I also liked Kingsolver's point that something is better than nothing, and you don't have to change your entire lifestyle in order to have an impact. I am missing my blog, actually, so I need to make some time soon and get back to it, but I am still settling into the routine. My little one went to Kindergarten this year, and having two in school is a big adjustment. One of these days I will get back to it, though. Thanks for the encouragement.

I like the idea of doing at least one vegan meal per week, too. That doesn't sound nearly as difficult as making a full-time switch, but it is still healthy and gives you a chance to find some great recipes.
I've always loved anything to do with cats and fairies so I fell in love with kitty-fairey too :-) The artist is Elaina Wagner and she is really quite fantastic. She has other kitty fairies too if you're interested. Her website is www.thumperfantasy.com. I had to laugh when I saw the cat/bunny thread come up in talk, it brought back a lot of funny memories and that was the first one.
It was a great experience. I loved it and it is the worst preparation for professional theater because in a city Like Chicago you don't necessarily get audiences but MSIP audiences turn out in droves because it is free and a tradition. One of my professors used to say she could always rely on her students being familiar with Shakespeare because of MSIP You still probably saw my fiance or actors I know- I think I've known some every season since I toured. My fiance did Winter's Tale, Midsummer, MacBeth, Julius Caesar, You Can't Take it With You, Taming of the Shrew, Two Gentlemen of Verona and others that I am forgetting. Actually a theater here remounted last summer's production of She Stoops to Conquer with most of the same cast- it was funny it felt like and MSIP show to me so it was odd to see it in Chicago. Boy I miss the mountains.
We did play Hamilton the season I toured which was the Love's Labours Lost and Learned Ladies Season so if you saw either of those you probably saw me. You almost certainly saw my fiance at some point - he did seven seasons with Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. It is funny how often I have bumped into people who have seen those shows. I'm glad you are a fan and supporter it is a pretty unique program and I have fond memories of it. I have another librarything friend on here who is the current stage manager for MSIP.
Thank you for the compliment about my writing skills. I plan to earn my living as a writer and perhaps someday I will write my auto-biography.

I am indeed keeping a journal, which provides a good reference when I need one.
In response to your question: it takes about an hour to drive to our nearest large town (where we do our shopping). But the nearest actual town is only two miles away. Its population is eighteen!

Our way of life is very challenging, but more than worthwhile. We use quite a bit of what is already on our land. We chop down a tree or two, put it on saw-horses, and de-bark it with hatchets. We mix clay with sand and straw, and use that to make our walls. We take windows from the abandoned house on our property and use them for ourselves.

And we have started to learn what plants are edible. For instance dandelion and milkweed. Just a few days ago we planted wild ginger in the forest, and everything in the garden seems to be doing well. Strawberries are flouishing, and we're getting plenty of rain. So far this year everything is going very well.
Yes it would be great to get the horse group off the ground. I am new to all of this so would welcome you starting something.

My business is indeed quite full this time of year so might be a couple of months before I could do much of anything.

Jim
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