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About meMiddle-aged single mom of 3 grown sons (2 gone and one, alas, not). I have been reading and collecting books my whole life. I work for a large health system in the IT department as a project manager for physician connectivity.

About my libraryLarge and eclectic. I can't be pinned down by "What kind of books do you read?" I love to read, and I love to own books, but I am a little bit of a literary snob. You won't find me reading too many "popular romance" or anything by an author who puts out more than one book per year. No time to keep up with it!

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Terri and Keith! I am free every evening this week for dinner. Jim and I have a play on Friday also, but it would be nice to eat with you before that if that's all we can do.

I am also taking Thursday and Friday OFF WORK - Jewish holidays, which I don't observe except in the rule about not working - so we can certainly play those days.

I will confer with Jim tonight (he's unreachable on jury duty at the moment), and see when he is free. He may have one or two things going on this week, but we will DEFINITELY find time to see you. Depending on the location of the shows you are seeing, we may have some new restauruants in mind too.
You picked a great day to resurface on LT — I just noticed on my homepage that today is your 8th Thingaversary! I hope you manage to acquire enough books to properly celebrate. :-)
Dear Friend

Happy, Happy New Year. I'm so sorry you have a nasty cold. What a wonderful son you have...But you already know that.

You look like you lost a lot of weight. Good for you.

Much Love

One of the highlights of 2013 was seeing you in Philadelphia
Happy 7th Thingaversary, TLo! What 8 books are you buying to celebrate?
I hope you are going to get some rest this weekend. It sounds like you have a lot of pressure.


Oh Sweetie, I'm so sorry you are going through so much right now. Sorry for not responding right away. I took a day off and went into NYC with a long-term friend and visited the Metropolitan Art Museum.

I had an injection in my back Tuesday and was surprised I could walk as long as I did today.

I understand the pressure of assuming someone whom you delegated a project to, falling apart and not coming clean and honest about it!

Know that I love you and I am thinking of you as father's day approaches.

I remember your telling me about the cemetary tour. I hope that is a fun experience for you.

And, 10-12 hour days at our age is simply too brutal.

Love You Lots
Dear One

You are very much on my mind. I know graduate school began for you and I'm wondering how it is going?

I miss you lots!


I am super excited about seeing you in a few days. I'll pick you and Brenda up at the airport and then drive to Rittenhouse Square.

Do you know if there is a thread regarding our meet up? I'm wondering what is planned in addition to the Barnes anniversary event on Friday.

Hi Terri, thank you so much for the books you picked for me for SantaThing! They finally arrived from Longfellow today. The books look so good - can't wait to get started tonight! Hope you have a Happy 2013!
Thinking of you today . . .
Thinking of you, Terri, and hope you're hanging in there.
Looking so forward to seeing you and giving you a big hug . . .
Thinking about you . . .
Terri, I'm bummed! I'm not going to be able to hang out Saturday morning. . . A family funeral in the panhandle of Oklahoma means we have to leave Lawrence very early that day. Have fun without me (boo hoo) and I will look forward to seeing you in Joplin.
Thanks for adding me as a friend! I still need to list the 2000 books I've read, I know, but you're so lucky to have 1400 books listed here! :D
*envious sigh*

I won't waste a chance!





Thank you.
Hi Terri- I just stumbled across this list of fantasy stand-alones:
I've only read 5 or 6 but this looks like a winning list.

Hi Terri,

Thank you so very much. I retrieved my mail yesterday and among my parcels was 'Round Mountain'. I can't wait to read it.

Many thanks again!

Hi Terri, I took you up on your suggestion and started a group read thread for Truman. Thanks for letting me know it is McCullough's birthday today. How fortuitous!
Great Terri! I'll keep you posted . . . the discussion is taking place on Donna's thread currently, btw.
Sandy, Donna and I have just begun to toss around a date for a KC meet-up. Would mid-June (13 - 16, to coincide with the big Johnson Cty Library used book sale) work for you?
Thank you! :) I sure am proud!
As I recall, your theater curtain is 7PM. We have a couple of favorite restaurants in the theater district, and we'll do the traveling (after all, we know the way!). Is continental/Italian a good cuisine for you? We favor a restaurant named 44 Southwest, on the southwest corner of 44th St. and 9th Ave. A 5:30 start should get you to the theater on time. Or would you prefer other cuisines? There's a restaurant called 'Marseilles' service Mediterranean/French at the same intersection, if that suits you better. You didn't mention a budget, but if you're watching your pennies, 44 isn't expensive (at least for NYC) but we could look for something else.

Jim can't get away until about 4PM that day, but that should be plenty of time to meet you.
Hi again. Are you already committed for dinner before the theater when you're in NYC? Jim and I have a presentation to attend in the early afternoon, but we might be able to get away in time to at least join you for refreshments, or an early dinner.
Hi Terri- Your son is a practical joker. I love it. Yes, all those one stars had me worried. Enjoy your day and your week.

Can't wait...simply let me know the date.

If Keith won't fit on the couch, you may and then he can have the bed. I'm serious about the offer.

Would love to see you


Please stay here with us. We have a spare bedroom. You can use the spare room and if Keith doesn't mind sleeping on the couch, then please consider my offer. The bus into New York is very accessible from here. We can drive you to the station (five minutes from here).

If you like, you can go into NY and then return back here from more time if it fits your schedule.

If you want to fly, the nearest airport is the ABE airport and it is only 20 min. away. I can come and get you and then take you back for your return flight.

I would love to see you!
Harmonic convergence! I was thinking of you no more than a few minutes ago. I miss you. I'm crazy busy with work and so out of touch with normal life. Any chance you are home tomorrow and we can chat via phone. I have no plans tomorrow other than to stay in my pjs and read.

Oh, and I most likely will eat lots of chocolate and potato chips.

I'd love to see you in New York. Can I call you this weekend?
Just seen your post from way back in 2009. Uriah Heep are my favourite band, and I still get to see them every couple of years!
Terri, I know you twice as well as I did before now that we've had our second meet-up! I sure had a good time. I hope you enjoyed the WWI Museum. Another historical place in the KC area that I want/need to visit. If I hadn't already promised Lori a babysitting session this morning, I would have gone with you.

I hope your trip home was uneventful. I ran into rain (of course) but nothing major. I haven't even unpacked yet and here I am on LT. At least I've got my priorities straight.

Yesterday I recieved another package. A small phamplet type book of an H. G. Wells story.
Was that from you also?
It is cool, I've never seen a book printed like that and I've neverread that particular story, but I did hear an old time radio broadcast of it once and it is very good.
I look forward to reading it also, I was just looking through some H. G. Wells things I had read years ago and thinking of re-reading them.
Thank you!
Hope your books come soon!!
Thank you so much for the books!!!
They arrived yesterday in the middle of the snow storm.
I love Mary Roach and have been wanting to get that one to read.
I hadn't heard of Dissolution but it looks quite interesting and just like my kind of book.
It looks like we like a lot of the same things.

I live in Independence, Mo. and I see you work in the medical profession, my wife is an IT/human resource/billing person in an ortho firm in KC.

That's funny that we are both from Mo.
The person I picked for was from New Zealand.

Again, I thank you!!
This santathing was so much fun, can't wait to do it again next year!
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I love this photo. Congratulations grammy!

I just read and thumbed your review of Ex Libris. So glad you liked it. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

Thanks for letting me know. I frequently feel like I'm talking to myself.

Please check your email for a message from me.

Hi There!

Sorry for the confusion. If you scroll down, the site will show directions from the hotel to Richard's house and back.

If mapquest is correct, it should only take 20 minutes from the hotel to Richard's house.

Thus, the car rental sounds like a wonderful option.

Thanks for the comment. I am sure you will enjoy the book. I just began reading American Terroir and the section on wine also praises the Norton grape and mentions some Missouri wineries.

Did you have a good birthday yesterday. I have a package to send. I'm sorry I didn't get it to you earlier. It will go out today.
I know I asked before, so please bear with me.

When I search your library, which category designates books you don't own but would like to read?


Hi there

I've been in a lot of pain and work is so darn busy right now. I would like to connect with you via phone this weekend. Is that possible for you?

How are you feeling? And, how is the new job?

Opps, I was so excited that you are attending Richard's party that I forgot to list my phone numbers:

Home 610-358-1452
Cell 610-703-6256

I cannot tell you how excited I am that you are going to Richard's party! Stasia and I are also panicking but trust that the invite was sincere. Oh, I am soooooooo glad you will be there!

Stasia and I staying at a hotel so that we don't have to drive back on Saturday. I haven't made the reservations yet. Richard gave me links to local hotels. Would you like to stay at the same hotel?

Oh, how wonderful!!!!

I'm going to tell Stasia you are coming! She will be so excited.

Stasia is flying from Sherman Texas to Allentown airport. I'll pick her up on Friday night and we will drive to Richard's house on Saturday.

If you get a chance, can you call me on Sunday? I am attending a funeral tomorrow and not sure what time I'll be back home.

I'm smiling, smiling, smiling! Dinner is NOT your treat! It is my treat. You are driving to see me. What a gift!
Great to hear from you. By the way, the Kansas City conference Aug. 13-15 looks like it is a go.

I'm in a lot of pain and heading to physical therapy now. The cortesone injections in my neck are scheduled for August 4th.

Congratulations on your promotion. I hope this week is a good one for you.

Thinking of you.
Hello! How was your return to work? How are you feeling? I hope you did not overdo it this week.

Take care,
Glad you had such a wonderful trip to Las Vegas. I've never been there. A few years ago, we were going to go, but went on a cruise instead.

Good luck this week with your new job.

Sorry you are a tad on the outs with your sister. But, I do know those things happen. Family dynamics, even in the best of families, are always precarious.

Love to you my friend.

Thanks for your lovely outreach!
Thanks for letting me know how you are. I'm sorry you are in such pain. I've never been to Vegas. I'll be curious to hear your comments when you return. Please try not to over do it.

How are you feeling today?
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Good lookin' bunch. eek
Thanks for letting me know how you are doing! It sounds like a long, painful, slow process to recovery.

I'm weary of various doctors. I had a 3.5 hour appointment with a wonderful neurosurgeon who sent me to a different neurologist than the one I've seen for 14 years. I really could not relate to the new person at all. He persisted in telling me I might have MS, even though I told him that was ruled out by an MS "expert" that I saw years ago.

It makes me appreciate the neurologist I know and love. I'll see her next week, then the neuorsurgeon again July 9th and then the date for surgery will be set. In the meantime I'm in physical therapy three times a week and that helps temporarily.

Enough of me, I imagine it is very hot where you are. I remember St. Louis in August when I attended a conference two years ago. The current conference is August 13-15 and it looks as though the students will be attending. I'll know more in July regarding surgery date, etc.and then will know if the conference is a go for me. I thought it would be held in St. Louis, but they switched it to Kansas City. Is that far from you?

Hugs and good luck with your pain management and recovery.

Checking in to see how you are feeling.

Sending lots of love your way.
So good to hear from you. I'm ever so glad you are doing reasonably well. Thanks for keeping in touch.

Hang in there Terri...Soon it will be over and after the pain of the surgery and your recovery, you will be feeling every so much better.

Will your son be able to stay with you during the day?

I hope the new position works out for you. This will be something to look forward to while you are recovering.

Thinking of you. How are your spirits?
Thanks for knowing I care and that I want to receive news re. your surgery.

Thanks for the reminder about the April 1 read.
W00T!! 91%!!!

Go Terri! Go Terri!

Many congratulations!

*smooch* TO THE NEW CPC!!!
Sending lots of prayers your way. Good luck with the exam.

Hi Terri,

Yes I read it recently and I enjoyed it. A little dry in some places, but it was interesting to see what was important to people back then. It was a fast read also.
The same author wrote a book about the thirties also.
I share 21 books with Brad. We all have good taste
Thanks, Terri!
Good luck with your exam. I have no doubt you will do well!
a quick note to ask how your father is doing?
And, how are you?

You're in my friend list!
Right now I need some Erma Bombeck and a cold compress. We're moving soon and I thought, oh, I'll just get out the linens and do some sorting. Socks I can understand losing behind the dryer, but top sheets of matched sets? And I have so many orphaned pillowcases. She would know where everything went. Maybe my mother was right to go all-white.
How nice of you to say such kind things.

Actually, a few years ago I took the students to a publication conference in St. Louis. The event is usually held the last week of July at the Sheraton St. Louis City Center on 400 South 14th Street.

If I attend this conference this year and if you are available, it would be wonderful to meet you!
I simply want to thank you for many things:

a) for being such a kind, sensitive soul
b) for sharing so deeply
c) for creating a welcoming, open forum on your thread where emotions and views can be expressed
d) for reaching out to others
e) for the wonderful person you are in caring for your sons, your father and your mother!

I am blessed by you!

Thanks for the reminder, Terri. I actually just finished the first section and was taking a break to go online to find the locations mentioned. I think I know just where it is taking place, at least so far. I need to read quickly as it is due back to the library on Wednesday, and can't be renewed since there is a waiting list for it.

Good so far, but I'm sensing a melancholy undercurrent...
Many thanks!

Your message brought tears to my eyes.

Terri, I just wanted to thank you again for the SantaThing books. Although I'm still not sure how I feel about The Master & Marguerita, I absolutely loved The Lacuna! Thank you very much for sending them! Judy
Don't worry, there's no danger of my forgetting to pass it on! I've got a queue of 3 wanting to read it next... though am of course now suffering the same anxiety as you re raving about a book! Cheers, Rachael
Just wanted to send you a massive THANK YOU for The Next Queen of Heaven, which I finished yesterday, and absolutely loved - made my list of favourites for the year. Thank you SO much!! What a lovely book, and great fun too.

Hi, Terri. Just noticed all the new books you listed - looks like someone had a good Christmas! No books for me, but I got a nice wool coat from my husband, and pink garden flamingos from my daughter! (She's an art major at UCM in Warrensburg - I think they'll be fun to decorate and move around the yard. My husband says they have to stay in back, though!)
Hello. I was just checking out your profile and saw that you love Left Bank Books. I thought you must be from St. Louis, and you are. My dad lives in St. Charles too. And my mother lives on Lindell near Barnes. Whenever I go to visit, I hit Left Bank Books in the CWE. It really is one of my favorite bookstores. They always have an interesting collection of books and I always find something in the used books downstairs. I grew up in STL but I live in Washington, DC now. Cheers!
Hi Terri!

Gregory Maguire safely arrived - thank you SO much for sending it to me! I'll probably start it after 17 Dec, when I officially 'break up' for Christmas.... I can't wait (and I'm pretty happy about the holiday too :-))

<happy dance>

I totally agree - I love internet shopping! Hope your granddaughter is better soon - maybe you'll still have a chance to get the whole family together this weekend before your son heads back home.

I picked up Sweet Mister at the library the other day, and read the dust jacket, but didn't browse too much inside. At least not enough to see how it is laid out. I think it would be OK to go ahead and start a thread for the whole book. We've done that a few times before, haven't we? Just have a single thread instead of breaking the book up into parts. Most of the books we've done are so good that when you start them, you don't want to do just a little at a time. At least that's how I've felt about them - I haven't wanted to put them down until I was finished.

Didn't get as far as I'd hoped on the list this evening. Was up too late last night and too early this morning and ended up taking a nap after doing only about half the S's. I think tomorrow will be a pretty quiet day, so I will try to make some more progress. Still aiming to be done by the 30th.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and the time with the family.

LOL! I should have known that you would notice that! I was working on invites yesterday, when I guess I accidently clicked on "leave this group" instead of "invite new member". Which probably means that someone that I THOUGHT I send an invite to didn't actually get one. I didn't notice it until later when I was browsing my groups and didn't see Missouri on the list. I was so confused! Have you finished your list, yet? I got through "R" yesterday, and am ready to start with "S" this evening.

Hope you're having a wonderful Thanksgiving. We spent this afternoon with my family. Saturday is with our kids, then we head to a party with my in-laws Saturday evening. My daughter and her friend are planning to do the early morning shopping tomorrow. I'm not going with them. But I think I'll surprise her next year and say "yes" when she jokingly invites me to go along. (I hate shopping and crowds and she invites me every year just to get a reaction.)
Terri, Bless you and Sandy for sending out the invites to Missouri Readers. I hope we get some new members. I'm looking forward to more "white trash" reading. There are some wonderful comments on Amazon about Sweet Mister and the wonderful writing of Daniel Woodrell.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Yikes...spinal issue causing problems in your leg? This sounds so very painful. You are such a kind, wonderful person that I really hate to know you are in pain.

I'm hoping you won't have to have surgery. But, if it brings relief, then I hope that might be an option. Constant, nagging pain wears you down.

I'm thinking of you!


Let me know how you like Widdershins.. and Lace reader :)
good ones!

I see that you have been unwell... and I hope that is getting better.
I also see that you had a loss in your family, and want to send my deepest sympathy...
take care

Hi Terri

I'm simply stopping by to inquire about you. How are you feeling today?
Hi Terri

There is no need to return the book.

I hope you are well. How are you feeling this week?

Happy Fall,


I'm sending a message to say I hope you are feeling better this evening. I hope the injections work. Your condition sounds very painful.

Hi Terri

Many thanks for your birthday wishes. I appreciate your outreach.

It is a joy to know you.

Gift certificate emailed to you, and I contacted the coffee company about the problems you are having redeeming the certificate.

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