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Streamsong Long Days of Light

This is a continuation of the topic Streamsong Winter Light and Book Lists Grow Longer (Pt 2).

This topic was continued by Streamsong #4 Long Cozy Evenings.

75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Jul 23, 2017, 12:47pm Top


This is the Ninepipes Bird Refuge about ten miles south of Flathead Lake. This is where I took the owl workshop last month that was sponsored through The Glacier Institute.

Hi and welcome!

I'm Janet. I've retired in October 2016 from my job as a research technician in an NIH lab here in western Montana.

Western Montana is a beautiful part of the country, close to both Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks. I plan to do a lot more outside exploring as well as traveling now that I have more time. I have an elderly golden retriever, two cats and more horses than I need :-)

I read about 100 books a year.

You'll find I'm easily suggestible so I sign up for way too many challenges, bring home far too many stray books in need of good homes, and have a wishlist stretching to the stars.

I'm currently in a Real Life Book Club (RLBC - list of books below) and also going to start participating in a literature seminar in January. Besides these two, my main challenges will to be read 50 books that I owned prior to 1/1/2017, fondly known as ROOTS (Read Our Own Tomes challenge). Of course I stacked the deck a bit by buying a few extra in December).

I'm continuing to read my way around the world using the list of 192 permanent members of the UN plus 3 additional. (post at >5 )

I hope to read about 25 books from 1001 Books to Read Before You Die. (Currently 156 read)

I'll take part in some of the challenges, both on the 75 and in the Category Challenge:

American Authors Challenge
British Authors Challenge
Chatterbox's Non-Fiction Challenge
Rachel's Political Challenge
CultureCat Challenge
WomenCat Challenge

Another goal is to decrease the number of books on my physically-owned Planet TBR:
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 04/01/2017: 484 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 05/01/2017: 486 books on physical Mt TBR

And of course, I'll be reading some downright fluff in the way of mysteries and comfort reads!

2016 : https://www.librarything.com/topic/235503

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 10:44am Top


- How to Be Human - Paula Cocozza - LTER - 2017
- The Jane Austen Project - Kathleen Flynn - 2017 - audiobook - library
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - 2010 - RLBC -(reread) - ROOT 2013

Next Up:

Audio book:

- Thud! - Terry Pratchett - BAC, ROOT (not previously entered in LT), audio from library
- The Poet's Dog - Patricia MacLachlan - children's book, library
- City of Secrets - Stewart O'Nan - Feb AAC - audio in the car - library
- Texaco - Patrick Chamoiseau - 1992 - Global Reading: Martinique; lit seminar; acquired 2017
- The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King -2012 - CultureCat: Cultural Awareness and Diversity; library
- The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John Le Carre - 1963 - March BAC; 1001; TIOLI #12: Read a book with a title word or author name that rhymes with "pi" (shared read); library; audiobook
- The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit- 2017- Michael Finkel
- My Life in France - Julia Child - 2004 - NF Challenge: Hobbies/WomenCat - Memoirs; ROOT 2013 = 4 ROOT points - audio from library
- Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi - 2016 - RLBC - ROOT 2016 = 1 ROOT point
- Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich - 1984; WomenCat- Debut Book by Woman author; 1001; ROOT - acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point
- Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley - 2013 - graphic non-fiction - library
- The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollen - 2006 - ROOT 2007 = 10 ROOT points - listening to audiobook
- At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver - Mary Oliver - 2006 - April AAC poetry; audiobook from library
- Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston - 1937 - May AAC- 1001 (reread); listening to audio
- Flight - Sherman Alexie - 2007 - June AAC; audiobook from library
- Bleak House - Charles Dickens - 1853 - group read, 1001, acq'd 2017
- The Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle - 2007; graphic memoir - library
- Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - 2013 - Library Brown Bag Book Club; library
- Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 1997 = ROOT acquired 2011 = 6 ROOT points
- The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich - library
- Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild 2016; RLBC; acq'd 2017
- Hate That Cat - Sharon Creech - 2008 -TIOLI #10. Read a book with at least two words in the title where all the title words are of one syllable (shared read) - library
- American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and… - David Baron - 2017 - LTER; TIOLI #18 - Read a book with an eclipse or wedding word in the title; audiobook
- Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami - 2002; Group Read; 1001; Global Reading: Japan; library
-The Arrival - Shaun Tan - 2006 -Australian author
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI- David Grann - 2017; library
- Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson - acq'd 2015 = 2 ROOT points; listening to audio
- Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman - audiobook, library
- - The Sympathizer - 2015; RLBC; Global Reading: Vietnam; acquired 2017

Edited: Sep 8, 2017, 4:24pm Top



1. Evicted - Matthew Desmond - 2016 - group read - library
2. The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obrecht - 2011; acquired 2012 = 5 ROOT points
3. Parable of the Sower -Octavia Butler - 1993 - AAC; Library
4. March: Book Two - John Lewis - 2015 - library
5. Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond- 1997 - NF Award Winner Challenge; ROOT # 2/50; acq'd 2008 = 9 ROOT points - 14/225 (print copy on MT TBR/listened to audio)
6. My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante - 2011 - Real Life Book Club - Global Reading - Italy; ROOT #3/50 - Acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point 15/225
7. The House in Paris - Elizabeth Bowen -1935 - BAC, 1001, ROOT # 4/50; acquired 2016 =1 ROOT point = 16/225

8. Transit - Anna Seghers - 1944 - Lit seminar; Feb TIOLI #6. Read a book where the author’s first name begins with an A, B, or C ; acq'd 2017
9. Witch of Lime Street - David Jaher - 2016 - LTER; ROOT #5/50; Acq'd 2016 =17/225; TIOLI #3: Read a book that's relevant to one of your new year's resolutions (Get caught up with my LTER reviews)
10. Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell - 1851 - 1001 group read; WomenCat - Classic by a woman - Feb TIOLI #5: Read a book where both “humor” and “romance” are words listed in the tags for that book; audiobook from library
11. March: Book Three - John Lewis - TIOLI #19: Read a memoir by a living author of a different gender from yours - library
12. The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America - George Packer - 2013; TIOLI # #3: Read a book that's relevant to one of your new year's resolutions (becoming more politically aware); library
13. Yuge!: 30 Years of Doonesbury on Trump - G. B. Trudeau - 2016 - Feb TIOLI #9. Read a book that is a satire; purchased 2017

14. Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill - Sonia Purnell - 2015 - RLBC; acq'd 2017
15. Thud! - Terry Pratchett - 205 - Feb BAC; March TIOLI #7 - Read a book where the author's first or last name has exactly five letters; ROOT #6/50 (not previously entered in LT = 1 ROOT point - 18/225), own print version - audio from library
16. The Poet's Dog - Patricia MacLachlan - children's book, library
17. City of Secrets - Stewart O'Nan - 2016 - Feb AAC; Global Reading: Israel; library; audiobook
18. Texaco - Patrick Chamoiseau - 1992 - Global Reading: Martinique; lit seminar; acquired 2017
19. The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King -2012 - CultureCat: Cultural Awareness and Diversity; library
20.The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John Le Carre - 1963 - March BAC; 1001; TIOLI #12: Read a book with a title word or author name that rhymes with "pi" (shared read); library; audiobook
21. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit- 2017- Michael Finkel; TIOLI 14. Read a book with a title which has as its exact middle letter the last letter of the preceding book; library
22. A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman - 2012 (first translated) - RLBC; RLBC; TIOLI #8 Read a book whose title begins with the letters of MARCH in rolling fashion; - ROOT # 7/50- acq'd 2016 - 1 ROOT point - 19/225
23. Human Acts - Kang Han - 2016 - Global Reading: South Korea; LTER; TIOLI #2: Read a book set in a real country other than the US, Great Britain, France or Germany; ROOT #8/50; 2016 = 1 ROOT point = 20/225

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 10:42am Top



24. Canoeing With the Cree - Eric Sevareid - 1935 - TIOLI #6. Read a book with a title that makes you think of spring; library
25. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah - 2016 - Global Reading: South Africa - library
26. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero - Timothy Egan ROOT #9/50; acq'd 2016; 1 ROOT point = 21/225; listening to audiobook from library
27. The Blood of Emmett Till - Timothy B. Tyson - 2017 - TIOLI#1. Read a book whose title has two words sharing one adjacent letter across those two words - 2017 - library
28. My Life in France - Julia Child - 2004 - NF Challenge: Hobbies; WomenCat - Memoirs; ROOT # 10/50; Acq'd 2013 = 4 ROOT points (25/225) listened to audio from library
29. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi - 2016 - RLBC; Global Reading: Ghana; TIOLI# 21. Read a book by a woman which has been listed for a book award since 2015; ROOT #11/50; 2016 = 1 ROOT point (26/225)
30. Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich - 1984; WomenCat- Debut Book by Woman author; 1001; 13. Read a book with the word egg or eggs in the title or text ROOT #12/50 - acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point - 27/225
31. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley - 2013 - 75'er's NF challenge - hobbies & Pasttimes; TIOLI #Read a Graphic "Novel" that is autobiography or biography; graphic non-fiction; library

32. The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollen - 2006 - ROOT#13/50; acq'd 2007 = 10 ROOT points - listening to audiobook - 27/225
33. Among the Creationists - Jason Rosenhouse - 2012- CultureCat: Religious Diversity; ROOT #14/50; Acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point = 28/225
- Audiobook was abridged. 34. Team of Rivals - Doris Kearns Goodwin - 2005 - 75'ers NF Challenge-History
34. At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver - Mary Oliver - 2006 - April AAC poetry; audiobook from library
35. The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R King - 1994 - May Mystery & Mayhem; ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point (29/225)
36. Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston - 1937 - May AAC- 1001 (reread); ROOT #16/50 acquired 2014 = 2 ROOT points (31/225); listened to audio

37. Flight - Sherman Alexie - 2007 - AAC; audiobook from library
38. Bleak House - Charles Dickens - 1853; group read; 1001; acq'd 2017
39. The Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle - 2007; graphic memoir; Global Reading - Myanmar; library
40. Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - 2013 - Library Brown Bag Book Club; tioli #2: Read a book in which an important character has red hair; library
41. Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson - 2011 - library



42. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; Global Reading: Japan; TIOLI #8 - Book Published between 1955 and 2017; ROOT#17/50; acquired 2011 = 6 ROOT points (37/225)
43. The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich - 1999 - Shared Erdrich read; TIOLI #12 Read a book that doesn't end on the last page (Note on Ojibwa language and Ojibwa glossary) - library
44. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie TIOLI #8 - Book Published between 1955 and 2017; - library, audiobook - 2017
45. Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild 2016; RLBC; acq'd 2017
46. Radium Girls - Kate Moore - 2017 - LTER - TIOLI #14: Read a book with a word in the title or series title indicating hot or cold) - 2017
47. Love That Dog - Sharon Creech - 2001 - children's novel in verse. TIOLI # 16. Read a book that has an animal as the main focus or character; library

48. Dance of the Jakaranda -Peter Kimani - 2017- LTER - Global Reading: Kenya; acq'd 2017
49. Hate That Cat - Sharon Creech - 2008 -TIOLI #10. Read a book with at least two words in the title where all the title words are of one syllable (shared read) - library
50. American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and… - David Baron - 2017 - LTER; TIOLI #18 - Read a book with an eclipse or wedding word in the title; audiobook
51. Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami - 2002; Group Read; 1001; Global Reading: Japan; TIOLI #9: Read a book of at least 450 pages and 4 LT stars; library
52. The Arrival - Shaun Tan - 2006 -Australian author; TIOLI #15: Read a "wordless" book; library book
53. Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann - 2017 - TIOLI #18 - Read a book with an eclipse or wedding word in the title; library
54. Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson - 2014; acq'd 2015 = ROOT#18/50; 2 ROOT points = 39/225; listened to audio
55. Norse Mythology- Neil Gaiman - 2017 - audiobook, library



56. - The Sympathizer - 2015; RLBC; Global Reading: Vietnam; acquired 2017

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 10:48am Top

STATISTICS FOR BOOKS READ IN 2017 - **********************************

***** 56 - TOTAL BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2017 ****

Of the books I've read this year:

- cataloged into LT 2006 or before
2 - cataloged into LT 2007
1 - cataloged into LT 2008
- cataloged into LT 2009
- cataloged into LT 2010
2 - cataloged into LT 2011
- cataloged into LT 2012
- cataloged into LT 2013
1 - cataloged into LT 2014
1 - cataloged into LT 2015
10 - acquired 2016
1 - acquired previously but not cataloged until 2017 (have lots of these!)
10 - acquired 2017
28 - borrowed from library & elsewhere

12 - Audiobook
38 - Print
- online
6 - Combo audio & print


21 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

9 - 1001 Books
3 - children's fiction
6 - general fiction
1 - graphic novel
6 - literary fiction
2 - novel in verse
2 - sff
2 - thriller/mystery
1 - YA

23 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - Anthropology
- 12 - Autobiography/Biography/Memoir
- 3- Cooking, Food
- 2 - History
- 2 - Medical/Science
- 2 - Nature/ Outdoors
- 3 - Politics/Government
- 2 - Sociology
- 3 - Spirituality
- 1 - Travel
-1 - True Crime

4 - poetry
- plays
- Other
-1- cartoon satire


34 - Male Authors
23 - Female Authors
- Combination or Mix of male and female

37 - Authors that are new to me
17 - Authors read before
1 - Rereads

Multiple books read in 2017 by same author:
Sherman Alexie - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Flight
Sharon Creech - Love That Dog & Hate That Cat
Louise Erdrich - The Birchbark House & Love Medicine
John Lewis - March: Book Two and March: Book Three

Nationality of Author:

1 - Australia
2 - Canada
1 - France /Caribbean/ Martinique
1 - Ghana/US
1 - German
1 - Irish /UK
1 - Italy
1 - Japan
1 - Kenya
1 - Serbian/ American
1 - South African
1 - South Korean
1 - South Vietnam
1 - Sweden
7 - UK
34 - US

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
- 1 - Serbia

Language Book Originally Published in:

- 49 - English
- 1 - French
- 1 - Italian
- 1 - Japanese
- 1 - Korean
- 1 - Spanish and English
- 1 - Swedish


- 1 - 1851
- 1 - 1853
- 2 - 1935
- 1 - 1937
- 1 - 1944
- 1 - 1962
- 1 - 1984
- 1 - 1992
- 1 - 1993
- 1 - 1994
- 2 - 1997
- 1 - 1999
- 1 - 2001
- 1 - 2002
- 1 - 2004
- 1 - 2005
- 2 - 2006
- 2 - 2007
- 1 - 2008
- 2 - 2011
- 3 - 2012
- 3 - 2013
- 1 - 2014
- 3 - 2015
- 11 - 2016
- 7 - 2017

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 11:02am Top

Global Reading Challenge Group: 5 books each set in or authored by the 192 member countries of the UN plus 3 additional regions
List and thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/188308

80 countries visited/ 16 countries completed with five books each

Cumulative : 80 countries visited

visited 80 states (35.5%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Countries Visited in Bookish Travels in 2017

visited 19 states (8.44%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Israel: City of Secrets - Stewart O'Nan - 2016 (US author, location)
Kenya: Dance of the Jakaranda - Peter Kimani - 2017 - (location, author)
Myanmar: Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle - 2007 - (location, Canadian author), Graphic novel - 6/25/2017
South Africa Born A Crime - Trevor Noah - 2016 - (location, author) NF 4/9/2017
South Korea Human Acts - Han Kang - 2016 - F (author, location)

* Country Completed With 5 Books in 2017:
*Australia: The Immortal Irishman - Timothy Egan - 2016 - (partial location- Tasmania/ US author) NG - 4/2017
*Italy: My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante - 2011 - (location, author) F, 2017
*Viet Nam The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - 2015 - (location, author) fic, 2017

** Countries New for Me In 2017:
**Ghana - Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi - 2016 - (partial location/US Ghana author) - F - 4/2017
**Martinique (Insular Region of France) Texaco - Patrick Chamoiseau - 1992 - F (author,m location)
**Serbia: The Tiger's Wife - Tea Obrecht - 2010 - F, (unnamed Balkan location, Serbian/American author)

*** Additional book for country already completed
***Canada - Manitoba: Canoeing With the Cree - Eric Sevareid - 1935 - (location, US author) NF 4/6/2017
France: My Life in France - Julia Child - 2004 - NF (location, US expat author) 4/19/2017
***Germany: Transit - Anna Seghers - 1944 - (France, German author) F, 1001 2017
***Ireland The House In Paris - Elizabeth Bowen - 1935 - (location =France & UK/ Irish /UK author)
------ The Immortal Irishman - Egan, Timothy - 2016 NF (location, US author) 4/2017
***Japan Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 1997 F (US author, location) - 1001; 7/2017
--------Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami - 2002 - 1001; (author, location) 8/2017
***Sweden A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman F (author, location) 03/2017
***United Kingdom Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell - 1951 - (author, location)
*** United States: Evicted - Matthew Desmond - 2016, NF (US, US author)

I'll also try to read at least one book for each of the quarterly challenges in the Reading Globally group:
Quarter 1: Works by writers from the Benelux countries
Quarter 2: Travel writing by non-European and non-North American authors
Quarter 3: Works by writers who write in what are considered minority languages within their own country
Quarter 4: Writers from the Scandinavian countries and associated territories

Edited: Aug 26, 2017, 10:42am Top

1001 Books to Read Before You Die - Thread here: http://www.librarything.com/topic/163173
1001 Books read in 2017: 8 + 1 reread; Total: 159 Goal: 25 for year

Library Brown Bag Book Club/ RLBC
✔ January: My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante
✔ February: Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill - Sonia Purnell
✔ March: A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman
✔ April: Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi
May: The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen
✔ June: Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
✔ July: Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild
August: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot - Reread - ROOT
September: The Elephant's Story - Jose Saramago
October: March - Geraldine Brooks
November: Brooklyn: A Novel - Colm Toibin

Literature Seminar
✔ February: Transit - Anna Seghers
✔ March: Texaco - Patrick Chamoiseau
April: Satantango - László Krasznahorkai

Edited: Aug 26, 2017, 10:37am Top

I will read one at least one from these three challenges each month:


- ✔ AAC
: Octavia Butler - Parable of the Sower
- ✔ BAC: Elizabeth Bowen - The House in Paris
- ✔AAC
- Stewart O'Nan: City of Secrets - (library)
- ✔ BAC - Terry Pratchett: - Thud! - ROOT
- ✔ BAC
: 60's authors: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John Le Carre - 1001
- ✔ AAC
: Poetry Month : At Blackwater Pond - Mary Oliver
- ✔ AAC
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston - Reread - audio
- ✔ AAC
: Flight - Sherman Alexie

75er's Nonfiction Challenge:

- January: Prizewinners ✔ - Guns Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
-----------------------------✔ - Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
- February: Journeys - Island of the Color Blind - Oliver Sacks - ROOT
- March: ✔ (finished in April) - Heroes and Villains : The Immortal Irishman - Patrick Egan - ROOT - listened to audiobook
- April: ✔ Hobbies and Passions: My Life in France - Julia Child- (ROOT)
---------------------------------- ✔ Canoeing With the Cree - Eric Sevareid
---------------------------------- ✔ Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
- May: History: - With the Nez Perces: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-1892
- June: Natural World:

Rachel's The New York Times' list of "6 books to help understand Trump's win"

✔ - January - February: THE UNWINDING: An Inner History of the New America, by George Packer
✔ - March - April: STRANGERS IN THEIR OWN LAND: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
May - June: HILLBILLY ELEGY: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
July - August: LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank
September - October: THE POPULIST EXPLOSION: How the Great Recession Transformed American and European Politics by John B. Judis
November - December: WHITE TRASH: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

Other Group Reads:
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City - Matthew Desmond
Bleak House - Charles Dickens
Kafka on the Shore with Kim, Ellen, Mark etc

Edited: May 11, 2017, 6:37pm Top



January: Ethics in Science & Technology- Playing God in Yellowstone - Alston Chase
February: Medicine & Public Health - The Island of the Color Blind - Oliver Sacks
✔ March: Cultural Awareness and Diversity - The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King
✔ April: Religious Diversity & Freedom: Among the Creationists - Jason Rosenhouse
May: Gender Equality - With the Nez Perces: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-1892
June: Environmentalism/Conservation (including global warming concerns) -
July: Violence, Crime & Justice -
August: Impact of Natural disasters -
September: Journalism & the Arts -
October: Poverty -
November: Conflict & War (including terrorism) -
December: Cultural Flow & Immigration -

✔ January: Classics by women - Cranford - Elizabeth Gaskell
✔ February: Debut books - Love Medicine - Louise Ehdrich - (finished in April)
March: Genres - The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie King
✔ April: Biography/autobiography/memoir - My Life in France - Julia Child - ROOT
--------✔ Relish: My Life in the Kitchen -
May: Women in the arts -
June: Professional women -
July: Women of color -
August: Nonfiction or historical fiction -
September: Children's/YA/Graphic novels -
October: Regional reading -
November: LGBT/Feminist writing - The Bell- Iris Murdoch - 1001
December: Modern (post-1960) novels by women

Edited: May 1, 2017, 11:36am Top

My biggest challenge is that I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them.

I have been a member of the ROOTS challenge (Reading Our Own Tomes) for the past several years. I define a ROOT as anything I owned before January 1st of the current year. I hope to read 50 ROOTS in 2017. I want to read fifty from my shelves and piles again this year.

To keep myself in the oldest part of the Planet of Neglected Books, I'm giving myself points for each book I read, with older books getting more points.

Here's how it works:

1. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2006 -- 11 points
2. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2007-- 10 points
3. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2008-- 9 points
4. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2009-- 8 points
5. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2010-- 7 points
6 .ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2011 -- 6 points
7. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2012 -- 5 points
8. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2013 -- 4 points
9. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2014 -- 3 points
10. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2015 -- 2 point
11. ROOTS cataloged into LT in 2016 - 1 point
12. ROOTS not previously entered into LT but which have been around the house pre-2015 (many of these are pre-2006 when I joined LT)--1 point

Goal: Read 225 ROOT points this year.

As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 04/01/2017: 484 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 05/01/2017: 486 books on physical Mt TBR

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 11:06am Top

Acquired: 34
Read: 10
Reading: 2

✔ 1. Transit - Hella S. Haasse - lit seminar 1/09/2017
✔ 2. Dance of the Jakaranda - Peter Kimani - 2016 - Kenya - LTER - 1/14/17
3. **Reading** Battleborn - Claire Vaye Watkins - gift - 1/26/2017
4. As Good As Gone - Larry Watson - gift - 1/26/2017
✔ 5. Yuge! : 30 years of Doonesbury on Trump - B. B. Trudeau - 2016- 02/01/2017
✔ 6. Clementine: The Life of Mrs Winston Churchill - Sonia Purnell - RLBC
✔7. Texaco - Patrick Chamoiseau - lit sem 2/10/2017
✔8. Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild
9. ***Reading*** How to Be Human: A Novel by Paula Cocozza LTER 2017
10. Satantango - László Krasznahorkai - April lit seminar
11. The Good Husband of Zebra Drive because sometimes you need a bit of heartwarming corn.
12. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens - hardbound copy in like new condition FOL freebie
13. Get Shorty - Elmore Leonard FOL freebie
14. Still Life - Lousie Penny - (I haven't started this series!) FOL freebie
15. All Around the Town - Mary Higgins Clark -FOL freebie
16. My Gal Sunday - Mary Higgins Clark - FOL freebie
✔17. The Sympathizer - May RLBC; Thank you Mark!
✔18. Homegoing - April RLBC choice; I had started it last fall, but had to return to library; Amazon
19. How To Be a Muslim - Haroon Moghul - 2017- LTER
20. The Topology of Tears - 2017 - LTER
21. A Life on Gorge River - Robert Long - Amazon Marketplace
22. The Chibok Girls: The Boko Haram Kidnappings and Islamist Militancy in Nigeria - Helon Habila - 2016 - book bullet for Global Reading
23. Warrior Woman - Dark Rain Thom - 2003 - 05/2017 (rec by Penny)
24. Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - Marc Nussbaum - 2017 - 5/2017 - gift from Dee
25. A Hiss Before Dying - Rita Mae Brown - 2017 - LTER - 6/2017
✔26. The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore 2017 - audiobook - LTER 6/21/2017
✔27. American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and… - David Baron - 2017 LTER- audiobook - 7/19/2017
28. English Creek (Montana Trilogy) - Ivan Doig FOL rack 7/27/2017
29. Death Comes for the Archbishop - Willa Cather - FOL fack 7/27/2017
30. Rosie - Anne Lamott - FOL rack 7/27/2017
31. A Good Man is Hard to Find - Flannery O'Connor - FOL rack 7/27/2017
32. Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warrior’s Life & Legacyby The Edward Clown Family, William Matson - book signing - 8/4
33. Selected Poems & Letters of Emily Dickinson - Emily Dickinson - FOL rack 8/18
34. The Color of Lightning: A Novel - Paulette Jiles - gift msf 8/24/2017

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****************************States Visited in Books Started starting 2014*********************************:

visited 32 states (64%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Maine: The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit - Michael Finkel -

last post of awesomeness

May 1, 2017, 1:42pm Top

Happy new thread! That bird sanctuary looks fabulous!

Edited: May 1, 2017, 3:04pm Top

Happy new thread Janet. Wonderful reading outlined above!
I tried French Milk by Lucy Knisley as it was the last of her GNs to read and I'm afraid that I "pearled" it. Maybe just not the right timing as I did like her other ones.

May 1, 2017, 3:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet. It is great to see you so active around the threads this year. xx

May 1, 2017, 3:13pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet. What a breathtaking picture.

May 1, 2017, 3:15pm Top

Happy new thread, Janet!
What a wonderful view in the thread topper!

May 2, 2017, 12:12am Top

Wow, happy new thread, Janet. That is a gorgeous photo at the top!

May 2, 2017, 6:51am Top

Happy new thread, Janet!

May 2, 2017, 11:28am Top

Thank you for the congragulations, Jim, Mary, Paul, Beth, Anita, Roni and Amber!

Ninepipes is really a gorgeous area with the spectacular Mission Mountains in the background. The photo is from the refuge website. I have pics on my camera, but haven't had the time to sort out downloading them.

You all need to come visit: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, and all the amazing areas in between!

>14 mdoris: Thanks for the comment, Mary. Lucy Knisley mentioned in Relish that French Milk was her first book. Perhaps later ones are better?

>15 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul! Retirement has its perks!

May 2, 2017, 11:39am Top

Happy New Thread, Janet!

We've been to Glacier and Yellowstone, and loved both. My sister still lives in Helena, on the eye-openingly named Grizzly Gulch Road.

May 2, 2017, 11:45am Top

This is another super long book review- my apologies. This book hit me squarely between the eyes. I do my reviews because I want to remember and there was *A LOT* I want to remember about this book and this story.

27. The Blood of Emmett Till - Timothy B. Tyson - 2017
- TIOLI#1. Read a book whose title has two words sharing one adjacent letter across those two words
- library

Author Timothy Tyson wrote his PhD thesis on a case very similar to Emmett Till's on the 1970 beating and murder of a black teenager named Henry Marrow. Although this occurred fifteen years after the Emmett Till lynching, it bore striking similarities. Perhaps that is why when 80 year old Carolyn Bryant Donham, the woman who made the allegations against Emmett Till that led to his brutal death, decided to set the record straight, she chose to talk with Mr. Tyson.

In August 1955, fourteen year old Emmett Till, on summer vacation in Alabama from the more liberal Chicago, may have accidently touched Mrs. Donham's hand when he paid for his purchases. He may have given what was described as a wolf whistle as he left the store. His friends said he had a stammer and often relied on whistling instead. But in her interview with the author, Carolyn Bryant Donham admitted that there was no obscene language, no grabbing her or attempted rape as she had reported to her husband and also testified as she sat as a witness in the murder trial.

It was a horrific incident which would have gone unknown as just one more killing of a black person, except for the extreme bravery of Emmett's mother, Mamie, who insisted her son be brought home to Chicago for burial. She then had an open casket funeral so all could see the torture her baby had endured before he died. Emmett Till's name became a rallying point in the Civil Rights movement.

Although the murderers were brought to trial, they were judged not guilty by an all white male jury. Subsequently, one of them was paid by Life magazine for his story – and he was brutally honest about what he had done, knowing he could not be re-tried.

This book does a wonderful job of putting the horrific incident in the historical context, including the May 17, 1954 Brown Vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision to integrate schools. It was a time when blacks were beginning to assert their right to register to vote and were being violently prevented from doing so. It was a time of brutal, almost casual racism when white men thought they were justified to kill blacks for any or no reason.

When told of the abduction “ Sheriff Smith knew Roy and J. W. and immediately assumed that they had killed the boy and thrown his body in the river. ....(Sheriff Crosby Smith said) 'It was custom, what was being done around here in those days. We went by custom when something like that happened, and that's usually what they done to 'em ' .” p 58

And this quote:
”According to William Bradford Huie, Milam later justified Till's lynching using the terms of violent racial and sexual politics: 'Just as long as I live and can do anything about it, niggers are going to stay in their place. Niggers ain't gonna vote where I live. If they did, they'd control the government. They ain't gonna go to school with my kids. And when a nigger even gets close to mentioning sex with a white, he's tired of livin'. I'm likely to kill him. Me and my folks fought for this country, and we've got some rights .. .'Chicago boy,' I said, 'I'm tired of em sending your kind down here to stir up trouble. God damn you, I'm going to make an example of you just so everybody can see how my folks stand.' “ p. 77

And finally:
“When we blame those who brought about the brutal murder of Emmett Till, we have to count President Eisenhower, who did not consider the national honor at stake when white Southerners prevented African Americans from voting: who would not enforce the edicts of the highest court in the land, telling Chief Justice Earl Warren, 'All opponents of desegregation are concerned about is to see that their sweet little girls are not required to sit in schools alongside some big, overgrown Negroes.' We must count Attorney General Herbert Brownell Jr., who demurred that the federal government had no jurisdiction in the political assassinations of George Lee and Lamar Smith that summer, thus not only preventing African Americans from voting, but also enabling Milam and Bryant to feel confident that they could murder a fourteen-year-old boy with impunity. Brownell, a creature of politics, likewise refused to intervene in the Till case. . . Above all, we have to count the millions of citizens of all colors and in all regions who knew about the rampant racial injustice in America and did nothing to end it. The black novelist Chester Himes wrote a letter to the editor of the New York Post the day he heard the news of Milam's and Bryan's acquittals: ' The real horror comes when your dead brain must face the fact that we as a nation don't want to stop. If we wanted to, we would.' ” p. 209

Excellent book, well written and researched. Highly recommended.

May 2, 2017, 11:50am Top

>21 jnwelch: Hi Joe! I really hope you decide to visit your sister again soon! I'd love to treat you to a brew.

May 2, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Hi Janet and happy new thread!

One of these days I'll read The Blood of Emmett Till. Excellent review, excellent quotes. It's already on my wishlist.

Edited: May 2, 2017, 8:22pm Top

Happy New Thread, Janet. Love the bird refuge topper.

Great review of the Emmett Till book. Thumb.

Edited: May 2, 2017, 9:39pm Top

>21 jnwelch: We had a great Mexican dinner in Helena, up on the hlll as I recall. Then we headed to a hotsprings hotel about 30 miles away that was fabulous and it was like visiting a Stephen King's film set. Great memories of swimming in the morning with the steam rising on all the gorgeous hillsides, steam vents everywhere.

Got March book two and The Immortal Irishman from the library today along with 11 others that came swooping in.

Edited: May 3, 2017, 12:31pm Top

>24 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen and thanks for stopping by. You definitely have to be in the right mood for reading that sort of non-fiction.

>25 msf59: Hey Mark - It's always good to see you! Thank you for the thumb!

>26 mdoris: Hi Mary! Hot springs are great! Creepy fog in the right conditions - as you say, just like out of Stephen King - that's a great description. 13 library books!! Oh my! Do you think you'll manage them all before having to turn them back in?

My kids enjoyed doing the winter rolling in the snow and jumping in the hot pools when they were growing up. Hmmm, not sure if they actually enjoyed it as much as being able to brag to their friends about doing it.

I restarted Bleak House yesterday. I was about a third of the way in, and decided I needed to at least skim the initial chapters again.

I've started The Beekeeper's Apprentice for the May Murder & Mayhem read. Woot! I've been reading so much heavy stuff lately that it's a joy to read something lighter! I hope to read several M&M and perhaps something for Roni's Martians & Magic (what a great thread title)!

Stuff today:
- Meeting with accountant for estate taxes.
- Working on figuring out shipping regulations to get horse from Canada. (Bit of trivia: I bet no one else knew that UPS brokered horses across the border!) All this is still tentative since my next eye doctor appointment is Friday. Sigh.

Funny and embarrassing story for the day. I ordered a copy of Bleak House and UPS delivered it. The driver, a nice guy who delivers things regularly to me, asked me if I had gotten the last box OK. He told me he had had his supervisor with him to evaluate his performance. But ... he could see me sleeping in the chair (TV after dinner often does that to me!) and so he and his supervisor together decided they would skip the regulation to ring the doorbell or knock when they delivered a package. Good decision! I'm sure being startled awake like that, I would have hit the ceiling. He couldn't quit laughing about it while he was telling me the story. Ah, the joy of small towns and small town UPS drivers!

May 3, 2017, 12:24pm Top

Lovely UPS story! Good luck with the eye doctor tomorrow, wishing you VERY good news.

I just ordered The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter from the U.S. as it was 10 times more $$ here in Canada. I have it from the library as one of my 13 as there are still some stories and nursery rhymes that I have not yet read. It is a gem of a book and I must have it! I also have the new Elizabeth Strout as one of my 13. Yahoo! Grey day here so perfect for reading apart from having purchased a huge armload of rhubarb yesterday. So I think it will be a stewing day too.

Your reads sound wonderful! I will have to check on the M&M.

Love the hotsprings and when we drove from Vancovuer to Denver we visited as many as we could but sure remember that one near Helena.

May 3, 2017, 5:09pm Top

We're small town, too, Janet, and have known our Fed Ex driver for 18 years. We chatted with him for about 10 minutes when he delivered husband's replacement cell phone the other day.

May 3, 2017, 7:50pm Top

Wonderful comments on the Emmett Till book, Janet. I am a big fan of The Beekeeper's Apprentice as well.

May 4, 2017, 3:54pm Top

24. Canoeing With the Cree - Eric Sevareid
25. Born a Crime - Trevor Noah
26. The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero - Timothy Egan
27. The Blood of Emmett Till - Timothy B. Tyson
28. My Life in France - Julia Child
29. Homegoing - Yaa Gyasi - 2016 - RLBC;
30. Love Medicine - Louise Erdrich - 1984;
31. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen - Lucy Knisley - 2013

M - 4
F - 4

Publication Date
1 - 1935
1 - 1984
1 - 2004
1 - 2013
3 - 2016
1 - 2017

4- library

2 - Fiction
6 - Non-fiction; 1 of these was a graphic NF

May 4, 2017, 7:13pm Top

Would love to hear how your appointment with the eye doctor went.

Oh wait. It's Friday. Thought you said tomorrow (which would have been today for some reason.

Well, the thought still applies. Good luck!

May 5, 2017, 10:06pm Top

Hi Janet. Thank you for the excellent review of The Blood of Emmett Till. I've been kind of eyeing that one and your review is persuasive.

Have a great weekend!

May 6, 2017, 11:15am Top

Great review of The Blood of Emmett Till, Janet. I think I'll add it to my list.

May 6, 2017, 2:26pm Top

>22 streamsong: Thanks for that splendid review, Janet. I must seek that one out.

Have a wonderful weekend.

May 11, 2017, 4:05pm Top

Woot! Computer down for almost a week! I'm baaaaaack.

>32 Morphidae: Hi Morphy! It's so good to see you!

The eye appointment went well-ish. The nerve problem caused by the diabetes is resolved. But my vision is actually worse. The new diagnosis is that I have a small cataract on the inside on my lens which is distorting the shape of the lens. (I am told that usually cataracts are on the outside of the lens and you can't see through them. I'm told that this sort I have is not usual, but not that unusual either. They overlooked it until the nerve became functional again. I go back in a month at which time they'll evaluate for cataract surgery. It's not any different than the regular cataract surgery. So if this is really the case, I will get my vision back!

>33 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! Thanks for the complement re Emmett Till. It's not a book I can say you'll enjoy, but I learned a lot.

>34 tymfos: Thank you, Terri and >35 PaulCranswick: Paul. It's not an easy read, but it felt like an important one. Havinng read the March trilogy earlier this year, it was nice that this book put things into the time frame.

I finished listening to The Omnivore's Dilemma while I was in the never-never-no-computer land as well as Among the Creationists.

May 11, 2017, 5:30pm Top

I'm glad to here the goodish news. Hopefully, when it comes around, the cataract surgery will be a success, and hurrah for the nerve problem being resolved.

Bizarrely, (don't ask me how), I did know about UPS and the horses. Why I end up with these pieces of information, god knows.

Edited: May 12, 2017, 9:49pm Top

I am thrilled for you about the good news about your eyes. Another hurdle with the surgery but then it sounds like things will be good!

How did you like Omnivore's Dilemma? After I read it Pollan became my hero.

May 11, 2017, 11:34pm Top

Welcome back, Janet. That is good news, that the eye problem appears to be eminently fixable!

Edited: May 12, 2017, 9:28am Top

>37 lunacat: >38 mdoris: >39 ronincats: Thanks for the good wishes Jenn, Mary and Roni! I have high hopes that the eye surgery will work out and this will be behind me leaving me with many more years to enjoy my eyesight with books,birds, horses, and beautiful mountain scenery. The doc said he would recommend doing the second eye, too, two weeks later since it may well also develop this type of cataract - then I wouldn't need the glasses that I have used since third grade. Although he did say I would probably need them for reading ... and since I'm always reading ..... I'm sure everyone can connect the dots on that one.

>37 lunacat: Ah Jenn, what a useful bit of trivia! Actually the UPS transaction didn't work out and I am now working with a private broker from Washington state. I am still unclear on what the broker does, although I think they post a bond that the transaction is a legitimate one. (I suppose one could stuff a lot of drugs or other illegal stuff inside a horse if one really wanted to). Actually, I'm still wobbling about whether this is the right time to acquire another horse.

The Omnivore's Dilemma, Mary. I'll be reading more Pollan. I do have The Botany of Desire on MT TBR so that will be my next one sometime in the future. I've been aware that I 'should' read his books for years. Now I'm looking forward to it!

May 12, 2017, 11:15am Top

I'm making my way through Cooked by Pollan and watching it also on Netflix.

May 12, 2017, 2:15pm Top

Glad to hear the nerve problem is resolved, Janet. The new diagnosis gives hope, sorry you have to wait a while before surgery can be done.

>40 streamsong: Good luck deciding on the new horse (or not).

May 12, 2017, 2:19pm Top

>36 streamsong: Hi, Janet.

For what it's worth, my wife and both parents had cataract surgery, and all of them loved the results. I remember my mother saying she had forgotten how vivid colors can be.

They gave my wife a choice before the surgery: she could have it done so that she needed glasses for distance, or she could have it done so that she needed glasses for reading. She chose the latter, which I suspect is common. She'd worn glasses since she was a little girl, and now doesn't need to - except for reading, which she does a lot of. One of the nice parts is sunglasses - now she can get the cheap ones in the pharmacy, and when she loses a pair, no big deal.

May 12, 2017, 9:26pm Top

That's great news about your eyes, Janet. So glad the nerve problem is settled. It will be good to see well again after your cataract surgery. Life is good!

Edited: May 13, 2017, 7:45am Top

>41 mdoris: I'll be interested to see what you think of Cooked, Mary.

>42 FAMeulstee: Thanks for stopping by, Anita. Yes, if the cataract diagnosis is correct, it will be wonderful. That statement may sound all sorts of mixed up, but it's been a tense time with my eye.

>43 jnwelch: That's wonderful, Joe, that it worked so well for your wife and parents and thanks for sharing your Mom's inspiring words. My Mom also had good results.

>44 Donna828: I agree, Donna! Life is good!

Today was my day to volunteer at the therapeutic riding center, and I continue to love it. Next Thursday are the Equestrian Special Olympics.

Today I wowed a highschool aged deaf rider when I caught her eye and spelled out 'hi' to her. After the class, I talked a minute with the girl and her interpreter Mom with my very rusty hand spelling. I told her I would love to learn sign from the girl. When I was in high school and showing horses, there were four incredibly talented sisters that I showed against, that all had some degree of deafness from very profound to very slight. I believe they had all had rubella (or rubeola?) at the same time, and all four were afflicted with deafness due to it. When I was growing up, I remember both varieties of measles as just one of those things you got as a kid. Anyway, Mom and daughter were enthusiastic about teaching me. :)

May 13, 2017, 7:26am Top

My friend here has just had cataract surgery on both eyes (different days). Apparently he had the lenses removed and replaced with a synthetic one. He is fine and over the moon.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Janet.

May 13, 2017, 7:47am Top

Happy Saturday, Janet. It looks like you have been doing some fine reading. I also really enjoyed Botany of Desire, although I have read anything else by him.

Hope you have a great weekend.

May 14, 2017, 10:05am Top

Hi Janet - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that your vision will soon be great!

May 15, 2017, 10:04am Top

>46 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul. Always good to see you and to hear encouraging stories.

Isn't it wonderful how cataract surgery is so quick and easy! One of my father's vivid childhood memories was when his grandfather had cataract surgery (probably early 1930's ?) His grandfather had to stay in bed for two weeks and had his head absolutely immobilized with sand bags. I think this traumatizing memory may have been one of the reasons Dad put off his own cataract surgery for far too long.

>47 msf59: Hi Mark and thanks for stopping by. I have had some great reading, thanks mainly to all my friends' great suggestions here on LT. I'll be starting the copy of The Sympathizer for the RLBC in the next few days. Thanks again for sending it!

I finally received my copy of Mary Oliver reading some of her poetry: At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver . I had hoped to listen to it last month for the April AAC, but the library sharing group can be very slow. I love hearing authors and poets read their own works!

I've also requested the audio of Their Eyes Were Watching God for this month's AAC. This will be a reread - my first for Ellen's reread challenge. I liked someone's suggestion of listening to audios of books previously read in print.

There is an Audubon meeting and potluck tonight, but I'm not sure I'll make it. The contractor doing my windows may or may not be here today. The programs are always wonderful. The one tonight is on pikas instead of birds. We only see pikas here in the very high rocky country. I always love seeing them - or more likely hearing their shrill whistle and not seeing them.

>48 BLBera: Thanks, Beth, and thanks for stopping by!

Edited: May 17, 2017, 11:23am Top

The contractor was here yesterday and roughed in three of the windows. He'll be here in a bit to start the inside trim. He's offered to help with any other 'man chores' while he's here. I've asked him to inject some air into the old style pressure tank on my well while he has his air compressor up and running. I'll also have him open the well housing (I can never get the bolts loose) so I can bleach my well. There's a good bit of iron in my water, but the rusty orange color actually comes from an iron-loving bacteria. Periodically bleaching the well cuts down on the iron stains.

And then, oh yes, there's the chainsaw that I managed to kill but haven't gotten to a shop, yet.

I mention the country-type chores since many of my visitors don't have to deal with them. :)

I didn't make it to the Audubon meeting last night. A friend and I plan on going to their beginner bird walk on Saturday, though.

The forecast is for possible snow tonight. For sure in the high country with a trace down here in the valley - not expected to stick.

I'm glad I restarted Bleak House - too many characters for my brain to keep straight without a refresh! This time I'm reading the Penguin edition with notes - and the notes are spectacular, pointing out classical references and allusions (a bit of light falling 'bar sinister' on a chimney, hinting at illegitimate birth for example). Very little reading done yesterday - perhaps half a chapter total.

Edited: May 22, 2017, 9:50am Top

Last horsey post for a very long time, I promise! (Well maybe a pic from the Special Olympics later today)

Crazy day yesterday! I woke up to 3 inches of snow and while it melted during the morning, it rained over a half inch yesterday and the temps never got into the 40's. I'm doing my usual spring angst about the rising creek and the possibility of flooding.

And of course, yesterday was the day the horse came from Canada.

Driving Rein: Non-characteristic Appaloosa

And to be fair (wouldn't want her feelings hurt) here is the Quarter Horse mare that arrived a few weeks ago.

Sunday Mortgage - pictured a few years back with her last foal.

Hoping to have babies from both these ladies next year from my Appaloosa stallion.

May 19, 2017, 12:57am Top

Janet, what fantastic pictures. Thank you for sharing!

May 20, 2017, 8:36pm Top

Look at you, nearly finished reading through the states! Just curious, what have been some of the more memorable book places? :)

Crazy to hear you had snow recently. We had 90 degree days reaching record highs this past week, but the coming days should be a little more comfortably seasonal.

Love the horses!

Edited: May 21, 2017, 8:58am Top

>52 mdoris: Hi Mary and thanks for stopping by!

>53 bell7: Hi Mary! I've been 'reading through the states' for quite a while now and don't have them all in one place, so I may have to get back to you on this. The one I've read this year, The Stranger in the Woods (Maine) was pretty extraordinary. A local history standout for Idaho was Massacred for Gold: The Chinese in Hell's Canyon.

Hm. I really need to get these titles together in one place (or tag them!) so I can find them easier.

Happily the snow is gone!

May 21, 2017, 9:17am Top

Morning, Janet! Happy Sunday. I love the horses too. How did the Audubon meeting go?

May 21, 2017, 9:30am Top

I finally made it to a beginner's bird walk at the Lee Metcalf Wildlife Refuge yesterday.

Before leaving the parking lot, we saw several 'special' birds which our guide, said made it one of the most successful of the monthly bird walks he had ever done.

Black Chinned Hummingbird
Red Necked Grebe
Evening Grossbeak (which he said looked like a goldfinch on steroids)
Lark Sparrow

We saw several 'firsts of the year' sightings for this location:
Blue Winged Teal - the last of the summer ducks to arrive
Mallard Ducklings
Eastern Kingbird

Kestrel (Sparrow hawk)
Red Tailed Hawks

Great Blue Herons - including a heron rookery
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow
More Canadian Geese and goslings than you could shake a stick at
Blackbirds, Red Winged blackbirds, yellow Headed blackbirds

Red head Duck
Ring Neck Duck
Mallards a plenty
Ruddy Duck
Buffalo Head Duck

Heard but did not see:
Wilson's (sp?) Warbler
Sand Hill Cranes

Walked a couple miles. Beautiful way to spend a day!

May 21, 2017, 9:36am Top

How about a book review? Skipping around here - this is the last book I completed:

33. Among the Creationists - Jason Rosenhouse - 2012
- April CultureCat: Religious Diversity;
- ROOT #14/50; Acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point = 28/225

Author Jason Rosenhouse is a mathematician and an staunch atheist, who was raised in a culturally Jewish (non-religious) family.

He became interested in the concept of creationism and looking at its evidence alongside the evidence for evolution. To further his goal, he attended several conferences sponsored by various sorts of Creationists, visisted the National Creationism Musueum and read scientific papers regarding evolution and books extolling Creationism.

Unfortunately for the Creationists, he found nothing in their doctrines that convinced him of a supernatural deity, a young earth or even Intelligent Design. Many of the Creationist arguments have been well refuted over the years by dozens if not hundreds of scientific papers on intermediate forms, convergent evolution, the accuracy of the fossil record and carbon dating and the addition of new genes through a variety of mechanisms. Yet, these papers are not recognized or refuted by the Creationists. Instead they seem to create over-simplified, almost cartoonish versions of science and then laugh at them in terms that the non-scientists can see are without common sense, much less scientific sense.

I found this to be an interesting read. As someone whose career has been in science, I wholeheartedly accept the theory of evolution. I also respect the Christian version, which as a liberal Christian, I have never felt that it should be read literally.

And as a (very liberal) Christian, I don't agree with some of his thoughts about religion.

Nevertheless, the book has clarified my thinking as to the strength of the scientific argument and has given me definitions of many of the Creationist terms.

I see now why the version of the young Earth Creationism can be seen to be the foundation of fundamentalist thought. If the seven day creation is not true, then where does that leave the story of Adam and Eve? And without Adam and Eve, we lose the notion of the fall of man requiring a Savior.

Well worth the time. 4/5 stars

May 21, 2017, 9:44am Top

>56 streamsong: WOW! That is a great bird walk. A terrific variety. I saw my first Eastern Kingbird recently. Nice looking bird. I have not seen a Harrier yet.

May 21, 2017, 11:20am Top

>57 streamsong: Great comments, Janet. I'll have to look for this one.

Your contractor sounds like someone to have on speed dial!

Edited: May 24, 2017, 9:29am Top

>58 msf59: Hi Mark! It *was* a great bird walk. The trail is about a mile and a quarter long, but we didn't get more than 100 feet down it since the four birds that really excited our guide were next to the parking lot at the visitors' center. He also told us places to look for a rare butterfly species and rare orchids! My friend and I walked the rest of the trail after the bird walk portion was done.

Our guide said the harrier hawk looks like the missing link between owls and hawks.

An owlish hawk: (Harrier Hawk)

On my last thread when I reported on the owl workshop, I commented that the owl expert said the hawk owl looked like the missing link between hawks and owls:

A hawkish owl: (Hawk Owl)

>59 BLBera: Hi Beth - I really enjoyed Among the Creationists. I learned a lot, and feel that I could hold a much more informed discussion about the subject. If it were to come up. If it's a setting where the old 'avoid politics and religion' doesn't apply.

Edited: May 22, 2017, 10:36am Top

I finished listening to Team of Rivals yesterday. Hooray! I started reading the print copy several years ago and the audio got me through. I can see why it's on Obama's list of favorites.

I also listened to At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver. Hmmmmm. This one worked less well on audio than I had hoped. When I read poetry I want to savor and roll phrases around in my mind. Listening to forty poems in a row while driving certainly didn't allow for that, even though I listened to it twice. I'll read the booklet of poems that came with the audio and then I'll listen to the audio for a third time. I'll probably listen to one or two poems at a time, which is the way I need to do it to have her lovely images steep in my soul.

The intro said these were 40 of Mary Oliver's favorites, and as always they are much too good to rush through.

Next up on audio for the AAC challenge. This is also a reread for Ellen's challenge - my first reread of the year!

And for the real life book club on Thursday:

May 24, 2017, 8:19am Top

This thread has been busy while I was away :-)

>51 streamsong: Please don't stop posting horses, Janet, I love them!
So you have 3 horses now, the two above and the Appaloosa stallion (picture please)?

>56 streamsong: Your bird walk sounds fantastic, swallows are returning here too.

>60 streamsong: Thanks for explaning!

May 24, 2017, 9:55am Top

>62 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Thanks for stopping by!

It's funny how I tend to keep my enthusiasms separate. Horse people and book people seem to be two different groups - although it's nice when they come together. And then, of course, there is the outdoor adventure side of me .... and the side of me that would **love** to be able to travel more and loves hearing about everyone's home towns and amazing trips. And I love the bird stories - birding is new to me!

No, actually, the two new mares bring my total to seven. I also have three more-or-less middle aged horses sired (fathered) by my stallion and the horse my daughter loved while growing up. My daughter's horse, Shad (Shadows Rein) is a half brother to the Canadian mare, Driving Rein. Shad has a condition that requires daily medicine and may not have many more summers left. I am much more sentimental about Shad than my daughter is, who has left horses behind - partly due to her allergies.

May 24, 2017, 10:04am Top

Book Related: the audio of Their Eyes Were Watching God which is read/performed by Ruby Dee is absolutely a treat! Highly recommended!

May 26, 2017, 11:57am Top

Real life book club meeting regarding The Sympathizer yesterday. To my surprise, most people didn't like it. They tended to dislike the drawn out descriptions of torture and felt the book as a whole, was 'too wordy' and had a lot of the flaws of a first novel. It overall, just didn't seem to be a viewpoint that the bookclubbers could relate to.

I'm only about a hundred pages in. So far, I'm enjoying it and relishing the alternative viewpoint.

My eyes seem much worse this week, and as a result, I haven't read very much at all. - I think I'm having a bit of a sensitivity to the varnish and paint fumes from the window replacement. I'm hoping, that as the fumes diminish, my eyes will kick back in.

May 27, 2017, 2:48am Top

Oh, I am sorrry your eyes are troubling you more, Janet, I hope they get better soon!

>63 streamsong: I think it is nice to see more then only books on the threads like gardens, birding, travels, dogs and horses :-)

May 28, 2017, 9:43am Top

Please keep sharing all your interests...especially the birds! Our hummingbirds are back in full force, buzzing down the porch as I sit and read.

Hope your eyes are feeling better soon.

Edited: May 29, 2017, 9:02am Top

>66 FAMeulstee: Thanks for the good wishes, Anita. It's always good to see you here.

>67 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! I've seen a few hummingbirds here, too. I can't identify them yet - greyish brown non-spectacular. I need to get my feeder up!

My good eye is better as the varnish fumes fade away. Hooray!

I'm thinking of a trip to my favorite greenhouse today. I'll get some hummingbird attracting red flower baskets and flowers for around my mailbox.

I joined the current century this week by finally buying a smart phone.

I tried to download the LT app - but the site says that they are currently not available. Wonder what's up with that? I was looking forward to having my library at my fingertips when I go book shopping.

And so, the first app I downloaded was ebird, which our local Audubon uses to track local birds. I'm sure they will be thrilled that I am listing common birds such as chickadees, robins, magpies and crows, but a lifelist has to include them, right?

I've signed up for two bird workshops through the local Audubon group, too. One is Sparrow Identification. That one happens this week with an evening lecture on Friday and an early morning field trip on Saturday.

The second is a Birding By Ear workshop later in June.

May 29, 2017, 9:48am Top

I am so so so far behind... Catching up with your previous thread and this and what stands out is birds! I'm sorry that your retirement is marred by continuing trouble with your eyes.

May 30, 2017, 6:48pm Top

>68 streamsong: I have a few birds I can recognize by ear but it is definitely a skill. We had a CD with bird songs and it was great for the first four or five and then they all started to sound the same! Enjoy your workshop...would love to hear any tips they might have!

Edited: May 31, 2017, 11:56am Top

>69 qebo: Hi Katherine! It's good to see you. I need to bap over to Club Read and see what's up with you. I always loved your thread here on the 75 (gardening! butterflies! great nonfiction reads!) I hope to keep up better, soon!

The birds are fun; I've become interested partly due to the enthusiasm by several of the 75'ers. It's a great way to get out and enjoy the outdoors in a non-strenuous way. I have the feeling that I am missing so much in nature.

Next week I'll see the eye doc again and find out if he thinks cataract surgery is the way to go.

>70 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! I have a similar CD of bird songs and had much the same frustrations.

On the guided bird walk, our leader gave this advice: Sit out in your yard and pick out one bird chirp. Find that bird, identify it and get really solid with that one bird. Whenever you hear that bird, look for it until you are absolutely certain that you know its call. Only then start on a second bird. In his opinion, it helps to know the common birds first, because then, when you hear a more unusual bird, you will recognize it as something different and special.

I was so impressed that our leader in the Glacier Institute/Owl Research Center class, could call in specific owls with his imitations!

Edited: May 31, 2017, 10:41pm Top

May Roundup

A record low number of books read this month:

- The Omnivore's Dilemma - Michael Pollen - 2006 - ROOT#13/50; acq'd 2007 = 10 ROOT points - listening to audiobook - 27/225
- Among the Creationists - Jason Rosenhouse - 2012- CultureCat: Religious Diversity; ROOT #14/50; Acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point = 28/225
- At Blackwater Pond: Mary Oliver reads Mary Oliver - Mary Oliver - 2006 - April AAC poetry; audiobook from library
- The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R King - 1994 - May Mystery & Mayhem; ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point (29/225)
- Woot! finished the audio 'reread' of Their Eyes Were Watching God on the way back from Missoula today.

-I also listened to the audiobook of Team of Rivals. I didn't realize it was abridged until I was partly through. I won't count it. It was abridged down to 8 hours from 40. Ugh. Basically, Lincoln won the civil war. Someday I will finish reading the print copy I have!

Edited: Jun 3, 2017, 9:51am Top


Currently Reading

- Flight - Sherman Alexie AAC; audio from library
- Bleak House - Charles Dickens - group read, 1001, library
- The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen - 2015; RLBC; Global Reading: Vietnam; acquired 2017
-With the Nez Perces: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-1892 - 1987; 75'ers NF Challenge-History; CultureCat - gender equality; ROOT acquired 2006

TBR from Library:
The Burma Chronicles
Why Be Happy When You could be Normal?
The Pho Cookbook
The Birchbark House

Dance of the Jakaranda
How to be Human (Believe in the Fox)
How to be Muslim

***Reading*** AAC Sherman Alexie audio of Flight req from lib
Poli Challenge: Hillbilly Elegy Req from lib)
CatWoman Professional Women:
CultlureCat Envionment
NF Challenge The Natural World
RLBC Orphan Train
Erdrich The Birchbark House Req from lib

Jun 3, 2017, 10:23pm Top

>64 streamsong: I'm glad to see that you really like the audio of Their Eyes Were Watching God. I have that very same audio downloaded to start this week!

Edited: Jun 4, 2017, 9:19am Top

Hi Terri - If it's the one with Ruby Dee as the narrator, it's spectacular.

I hope to listen to more audios read by Ruby Dee. LT lists quite a few classic books by black authors that she narrates - although it may be more accurate to say 'performed' than narrates.. I think I'll see if my library can get her rendition of Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

I'm currently enjoying my audiobook of Sherman Alexie's YA novel, Flight. It's read by Adam Beach, another perfect voice for the story. Here is what the audio box says about him:

"Adam Beach is a Golden Globe nominated actor of Salteaux descent. he is best-known for his roles in the moves 'Flags of Our Fathers', Smoke Signals, and Windtalkers, among many others. His work is strongly rooted in his Native heritage and he spends much of his spare time donating his voice and enthusiasm in support of Native youth."

Another voice to look for when choosing audios.

Jun 4, 2017, 9:19pm Top

Looks like our feelings were much the same about Among the Creationists. I found it enlightening to see what a liberal atheist understand when he tries to, but as a liberal Catholic I did not agree with a lot of his views and wondered how skewed his views on the creationists were, even if he was trying to be objective and even willing to try to think like they think.

Edited: Jun 5, 2017, 4:34pm Top

Hi Janet. Just reading The Nordic Way: Discover The World's Most Perfect Carb-to-Protein Ratio for Preventing Weight Gain or Regain, and Lowering Your Risk of Disease by Arne Astrup based on lots of research in Denmark and Australia (low GI). It is a food approach book including recipes but more about food philosophy and life time decision making. I think it is wonderful and there are some tips that I am picking up! You might like it. I'm always "up" for a good food book.

Sorry touchstones not working but it is in the system.......

Jun 6, 2017, 4:02pm Top

Ah, another birder in the group. It may be contagious as I am thinking about adding birdwatching to my life. I like your instructor's suggestion to know the common birds by their songs. I do a good job with that. I've kept feeders up for years and have been interested but never even thought of going on an organized bird watching walk or keeping a life list. It's never too late…

>72 streamsong: I hate it when I get duped by an abridged book. When I was listening to The Count of Monte Cristo last year, I wondered why I was having so much trouble finding my place in my print book when I realized I had bought an abridged edition. Onto the giveaway pile!

Jun 7, 2017, 8:55am Top

>76 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel - thanks for stopping by! You make a really good point about the possibility of Jason Rosenhouse skewing the views of the Creationists. I know there have been several Creationists seminars in the Missoula area. It would be interesting to attend one. I feel I have a better background in the science now.

>77 mdoris: Thanks, Mary. That book sounds quite interesting. It's not in my library system, but I may have to look into it further since I'm definitely interested and low carb seems to be the trick for me.

More foodie stuff: I really enjoyed re-watching Julie and Julia over Memorial Day. I had seen it several years ago, but it was great to rewatch it after reading Julia Child's My Life in France. I think that was Karen that gave me the idea to do that on my last thread.

I'm currently reading through The Pho Cookbook which someone here on LT recommended. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. It's just a fun book to read! And I don't say that often about cookbooks!

>78 Donna828: Hi Donna. Long time no see! I do agree that my birding has been fueled by others 75'ers. Some of my favorite warblers' enthusiasm has leaked over to me. I am the newest of the newbies at it.

I did not make it to the sparrow workshop last week. I was on my way when I had a bout of double vision (when passing another car no less) and turned the car around and went home. :-(

My eye doc appointment was yesterday. The optic nerve is still stable. The cataract in the right eye is much larger, even in a month's time. So I'm now scheduled for cataract surgery on June 22nd with the second eye to be done on July 6th.

The doc says that the double vision is occurring because my right eye has become bad enough that my brain is no longer compensating for the two levels of vision. I can patch the bad eye if it gets worse and I will limit my driving until after the surgeries (no more trips to Missoula for a while although I do feel comfortable driving around my small town. If double vision occurs, I can merely shut the bad eye).

Woot! In a month this should all be much better.

Jun 7, 2017, 12:04pm Top

35. The Beekeeper's Apprentice - Laurie R King - 1994
- May Mystery & Mayhem;
- ROOT #15/50; acq'd 2016 = 1 ROOT point (29/225) (May 2017)

Fifteen year Mary Russell, orphaned and haunted by a horrendous car crash that took the lives of her parents and brothers, walks the hills around her parents' farm, avoiding her unsympathetic guardian aunt. There she stumbles across semi-retired Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is amused by her quick mind and begins taking her under his wing, and carefully sets puzzles and teaches her. Eventually, she becomes more an equal than an apprentice and begins partnering with Sherlock and proving her mettle.

This is a fun pastiche. I know the series is a favorite of several people here on LT. I'll most probably go on with it, although I really need to get caught up on more of my ROOTS as well as my LTER wins. It's always fun to have some light and quick between heavier reads.

3.75 stars

Now here's the funny part. Back in the 70's when I first read Lord of the Rings, I was completely enthralled by the world. Way before internet, way before fan fic, as I fell asleep at night I 'wrote a novel in my head'. In it I was an orphan, a daughter of a wizard who, landed on Gandalf's doorstep so to speak. He was amazed by my brilliant mind and began to teach me. And of course I was amazing. :-) And we undertook all sorts of quests and adventures.
I hadn't thought of any of this for years, but the similarities between my own private Gandalf as mentor and the Mary Russell/Sherlock are so striking, I couldn't help bringing it to mind.

Jun 7, 2017, 12:20pm Top

I posted this on the Sherman Alexie thread:

Here's a BookPage interview with Alexie about his new book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. It's quite interesting. He talks about his mother's Bipolar Disorder, which apparently he also inherited. I had not heard him speak of this before.


This subject is near and dear to me as the disorder also crops up in my own family.

And one line of his interview:
"I always tell white folks if you’re around Indians and they’re not making fun of you, then they don’t like you."

I will tell a story on me! In his book Blasphemy he makes several disparaging remarks about his white women fanclub who are mega fans and want to adopt poor Indians. The comments made me so uncomfortable, that when I met him at the booksigning, I couldn't say "Mr Alexie, I'm a huge fan". Now I can laugh. :-) I hope.

Jun 7, 2017, 1:05pm Top

>79 streamsong: Janet, that is so great to have an explanation of your eye challenges and better yet to have a solution in the offing to be done soon. Very pleased for you. Afterwards your birding observations will get better and better. no doubt. My hearing/vision acuity are both bad and have had long time assistance so the observation of bird life has to be up close and personal for me to engage. We do have the hummingbird feeder still going strong and we seem to be popular with always about 2 to 6 "pals" zooming about and drinking our sugar water. I guess they have not read the sugar-is-bad books! Just got the How Not to Die (which seems like a good idea!) book from the library by Michael Greger another book on nutrition. So will see what he has to say on the matter!

p.s. fun to hear about your in-the-mind books (Lord of the Rings). I have a few kids books in the mind that I have had fun with!

Jun 8, 2017, 9:41am Top

>79 streamsong: Hi Janet, I am glad the cataract surgeries are planned!

Jun 8, 2017, 10:50pm Top

Good news on the cataract surgery scheduling! Bad news on waiting...

Jun 9, 2017, 10:37am Top

>82 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yup, I understand about the up-close-and-personal bird watching. On the beginner bird walk I went to in May, the leader had a super wonderful telescope - and then I could enjoy the birds through it. Yay for guided beginner walks!

>83 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! Me too! I'm glad the surgeries are now officially on the calendar. They are a little scary to think about, but I know how easy and effective they are. The eye doctor said some (well a very few) of his patients go back to work that same day!

>84 ronincats: Thanks for stopping by, Roni! I appreciate the good wishes.

I'll continue to eat low carb to keep the optic nerve diabetic problem under control and hope to lose more weight.

And hope to read more! And walk more! Right now the hiking is down to almost nothing I'll still have a really good chunk of the summer left after my vision is returned.

Books: Finished listening to Flight by Sherman Alexie. It's not my favorite of his books, but I can see the appeal to kids, especially those in the foster system.

I see there is a request for classroom copies of this book on DonorsChoose.com so I indulged my passion for connecting kids with books with a small donation.


Edited: Jun 11, 2017, 10:33am Top

Cold here this morning! I have 40 degrees F and turned the heater up for a bit. It looks like it will be a gorgeous day. Tomorrow the heavens are supposed to open with a Biblical deluge - almost three quarters of an inch of rain predicted. So today will be outside stuff.

I'm down to barely more than a hundred pages left in Bleak House. Getting into it was a bit of a slog, but I'm now interested and glad to be reading it.

I've started Memoirs of a Geisha on audio. At twenty hours of audio, this will take me a while, but I do have a print copy of the book that has been living on Planet TBR for several years if I need to hurry it along.

And one more on the currently reading pile:

I've been meaning to read some of Guy Delisle's graphic non-fiction for a while, now. This is the first.

Jun 11, 2017, 8:31pm Top

I have read Memoirs of a Geisha and enjoyed it, Janet.

Jun 13, 2017, 10:26am Top

>87 PaulCranswick: Thanks for stopping by, Paul! So far, so good with MOAG, although I've just barely scratched its (rather long) surface.

Jun 13, 2017, 11:47am Top

Hi Janet!

I'm back after a month in California. Mom's mail is forwarded, her safe deposit box permanently closed, and the house on the market. Back to retirement!

I'm happy to hear that your cataract surgeries are scheduled. I had cataract surgery on both eyes, one week apart, in December 2014. After getting through the many different eye drops, on different schedules, and some with reduced frequencies, things went well. I did have one period of dry eye about 3 months after that, but smooth sailing ever since. Being a spreadsheet nerd, I created a spreadsheet for the eye drops schedule.....

Jun 14, 2017, 9:52am Top

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. You got a lot accomplished during a tough time. Kudos!

First surgery next Thursday. Looking forward to it, but also nervous, since, you know, my eye and all that.

Jun 14, 2017, 9:55am Top

Thanks, Janet, and boy am I glad to be back.

Yay! Sending positive thoughts and energy for an uncomplicated surgery and rapid, successful recovery.

Jun 14, 2017, 1:44pm Top

>86 streamsong: I really like Guy Deslisle's books, Janet, and Burma Chronicles is a good one. My favorite so far is Pyongyang. I just picked up his new one, Hostage, at a book fair.

Jun 18, 2017, 2:38pm Top

>Thanks, Karen! I appreciate the good wishes for Thursday's surgery.

I'm still working on estate stuff. Things are winding down which is good. One very busy day last week which entailed talking to lawyer, stopping by lawyer's office to pick up a form that only one officer in the bank could sign, going to bank to get form signed, back to lawyer's to drop off form. Monday I need to go back to the bank as we are doing a partial distribution this week. I did not have the go power to do one more bank trip that day.

>92 jnwelch: Hi Joe! ('m enjoying Burma Chronicles. I wouldn't be at all surprised if I hadn't gotten the rec from you (maybe talking with Mark). I'll definitely check out Pyongyang when I get a bit more caught up.

Jun 18, 2017, 2:52pm Top

I went to the 'Birding By Ear' workshop Friday night. It was fascinating! We looked a sonograms of bird calls from Cornell University, learned how to draw the calls and use and make up our own mnemonics


"This is a spectrogram of the Wood Thrush song. A spectrogram, or sonogram, is a visual representation of sound measured by frequency on the vertical axis and time on the horizontal axis. The loudest part of the sound, also known as the amplitude, is represented by the intensity of color in the image. What is unique about this particular spectrogram is that there are sounds being made at two different frequencies at the same time. The Wood Thrush truly is a gifted singer."

Lots of wonderful info on the Cornell site, including lots more spectrograms.


I didn't go to the field workshop the next morning because my eyes were playing up. :-)

Jun 20, 2017, 3:12am Top

>94 streamsong: That sounds like an interesting workshop, Janet. I only recognise a few common birds by sound.

While I was a week on vacation, a rare Eurasian eagle owl was spotted in our neighborhood!
He hasn't been seen the last few days, but I still hope to see it, as I have never seen one in the wild.

Jun 20, 2017, 9:24am Top

"Birding by Ear" sounds fascinating, Janet.

I must check out Guy Delisle's work. It seems like something I would enjoy.

Jun 20, 2017, 9:29am Top

Hi Janet!

Fascinating about the bird call spectrograms.

>95 FAMeulstee: Anita - that would be a marvelous bird to see!

Jun 20, 2017, 10:43am Top

>95 FAMeulstee: Wow! That would be such a cool bird to see, Anita! I hope it returns to your neighborhood. Thanks for the link - I had no idea what it looked like.

>96 BLBera: Hi Beth! I hope you enjoy Guy Delisle. I love armchair traveling. More entries for my global challenge in >6 streamsong:

>97 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Always good to see you.

I only recognize a few calls, too. But now at least I have a way of thinking about them. :-) It's going to take a lot of practice.

Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 8:27am Top

Forgive all the typos. Every darn post has a few. Eye surgery Thursday.

I have an incredibly busy Wednesday lined up which should keep my mind off Thursday. :-)

First is my three hour volunteer session with the Theraputic Riding group. This is quickly becoming a high point in my week.

There is a 'Protecting Your Home from Wildfire' seminar in the evening which I should really attend. Living so close to the creek in my wonderfully wet creek bottom gives me a false sense of security. I know I should get the trees around my house trimmed back.

After that, there is a luminaria-lit walk at the Red Sun Labyrinth in honor of the solstice. One of the owners of the labyrinth recently passed away. Her husband is anxious to return to Germany. This may be the last ever time this event is held, so I don't want to miss it.

And hooray! My audio copy of Sherman Alexie's newest You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir has arrived at the library. I'll pick it up today and listen to it Thursday post surgery.

Skipped all the stuff I struck out.

Edited: Jun 23, 2017, 8:41am Top

Woot! One day post cataract surgery and it's pretty darn amazing. The computer is causing some discomfort, so I may not be on much for a while. I see the eye doc at 7:30 this morning. A vet is coming out this afternoon to look at a horse - other than that I'll take it pretty easy again today.

The second surgery is scheduled for two weeks away.

I finished A Tale of Two Cities which wound up Victorian sweet with righteous morality endings and happiness for the good guys. I'm glad I read it, but not sure I'd ever reread.

I started reading Orphan Train for the RLBC next week. It's a quick, easy read. I would put it in the 'young adult' category rather than the 'literary fiction' genre.

Jun 23, 2017, 8:46am Top

It is amazing, isn't it? Take it easy. Do you have all the different eye drops that I had?

Jun 23, 2017, 9:06am Top

Hi Karen! Yup, absolutely amazing to have near normal sight in that eye after having worn glasses for over 50 years (I first got glasses when I was in 3rd grade). Not to mention the last few years of double vision and diabetic eye problems.

I have two different drops (steroid and antibiotic) to be used four times a day.

My son is coming into town on Monday for a week long visit. I hope to get the last wall of the living room painted this weekend and the furniture pushed back more or less into position by then. He'll probably have to help me move the big stuff, since I am not supposed to strain or lift more than fifty pounds.

There is a fund-raising barbeque for the Therapeutic Riding on Saturday. I need to protect my eye from wind and dust, so we'll see what the weather's like before I decide to do that one.

Jun 23, 2017, 9:16am Top

>100 streamsong: I am glad the surgery went well, Janet!
I hope the horse is alright after the vet visit.

Jun 24, 2017, 9:29am Top

Thank you, Anita. My eye is doing fine and it's very exciting to see again! but I think I will back off a bit and plan on doing less for the next few days.

The horse is fine, but may not have a foal next year. I am OK with that, although we are trying a bit of hormonal manipulation before we give up altogether. Sometimes I think that doing this 'one last year' with the horses, I may have bitten off more than I can chew.

Jun 24, 2017, 11:47am Top

Janet, stopping by to wish you a wonderful weekend. xx

Jun 24, 2017, 2:07pm Top

I'm so happy your eye surgery went well. Do take it easy.

Jun 24, 2017, 3:08pm Top

Glad to hear about the improvement in your eye after surgery--it's a wonderful thing. Definitely take it easy!

Jun 25, 2017, 1:29am Top

Improved vision, that is wonderful and very pleased for you! Good luck with the second surgery.

Jun 25, 2017, 7:12am Top

Hi Janet! Just a quick hello with best wishes for a great Sunday.

Jun 25, 2017, 11:07am Top

Thanks for the good wishes Paul, Beth, Roni, Mary and Karen!

Yesterday I decided I had been too ambitious on Friday so I curled up and READ A BOOK. Woot! Wow! The Orphan Train was a quick read for the RLBC club on Thursday.

This morning I'm working on a few book reviews, played an online word game and plan to settle in and read a bit more. I think the eyeball needs a few days of avoiding the pollen and dust outside and paint fumes inside.

While it's really tempting to also call a moratorium on indoor cleaning (dust, dust, dust!) I will tackle a bit of that in preparation for DS's visit.

Jun 25, 2017, 11:11am Top

>102 streamsong: absolutely amazing to have near normal sight

Jun 26, 2017, 10:00am Top

>111 qebo: Hey Katherine!

Yup. The day after the surgery, the eyesight in the eye they operated on was 20/20. It's going to change around a bit as the swelling goes down. Right now, I can't read at all with that eye, which is rather disconcerting. They had told me I would probably need reading glasses.

Jun 26, 2017, 11:20am Top

I recently got A Tale of Two Cities from Audible with the intent of rereading it. I hated it in high school, but I decided I really liked Dickens when I was adult, so thought I'd check it out.

Edited: Jun 30, 2017, 10:22am Top

>113 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! I've read ATOTC and enjoyed it. Hope you do, too! You are brave to re-try one that you previously hated, but it is interesting how tastes change.

Edited: Jun 29, 2017, 4:26pm Top

My little brown hummingbird has decided to build a nest on an empty plant hanger just outside of my living room window.

I was so amazed when Roni posted photos of a hummingbird nest last year, and now I have one, too!!!!!!!

Jun 29, 2017, 5:49pm Top

>115 streamsong: Wow, how special!

Jun 29, 2017, 5:56pm Top

>115 streamsong: Oh, exciting!

Jun 30, 2017, 8:47am Top

Very cool!

Jun 30, 2017, 9:58am Top

Jun 30, 2017, 10:50am Top

My hummingbirds have moved up into the larger trees so I can't see them, only hear them now. :-( But I'm glad you've got a nest to enjoy this year.

Jul 1, 2017, 7:11am Top

How special, Janet!

I've never discovered where our female's nest is, but she's been coming to the feeder more frequently and neighbor Louise, my local bird expert, tells me that her babies have hatched and she's carrying nectar back to them.

Jul 1, 2017, 11:41am Top

>116 FAMeulstee: Very true, Anita! I have a great view of the nest from my reading chair.

>117 qebo: It is, Katherine! You wouldn't believe how tickled I am by this nest.

>118 drneutron: Thanks, Jim! Good to see you here.

>119 kidzdoc: Good to see you too, Darryl. It's a privilege to watch.

>120 ronincats: Hi Roni - I never realized how vocal hummingbirds are, until Ms Bird chirped along while building her nest. So now I can recognize another bird call. :) She has definitely gone silent while hatching her babies.

>121 karenmarie: I think Roni had several nests last year - perhaps even the same bird? I need to see if they raise multiple broods. I don't have a feeder up. I know I have one - I may have to dig it out!

Jul 1, 2017, 2:56pm Top

June Roundup
37.Flight - Sherman Alexie - 2007 - AAC; audiobook from library
38. Bleak House - Charles Dickens - 1853; group read; 1001; acq'd 2017
39. The Burma Chronicles - Guy Delisle - 2007; graphic memoir; Global Reading - Myanmar; library
40. Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline - 2013 - Library Brown Bag Book Club; tioli #2: Read a book in which an important character has red hair; library
41. Why Be Happy When You Could be Normal? - Jeanette Winterson - 2011 - library

3 Fiction/2 Nonfiction
1 audio book; 1 graphic novel;
1 Global Reading Challenge: Myanmar (Burma)
1 1001
4 library/1 acq'd 2017/ 0 ROOTS (sigh)
3 male authors/ 2 female authors
2 authors previously read/ 3 new authors

1 - 1853
2 - 2007
1 - 2011
1 - 2013

Jul 1, 2017, 7:09pm Top

Happy Saturday, Janet! I am so glad your eye surgery went well. Good for you. I like your June reading list. A good, eclectic bunch.

And hooray for the hummingbird nest. We haven't seen our hummingbirds lately. Maybe they are on vacation?

Jul 1, 2017, 7:46pm Top

A hummingbird nest! How wonderful! I know mine seem to disappear in the late spring/early summer and I suspect they are nesting but I haven't gone looking.

Happy Saturday! Also happy to hear the eye surgery went well!

Jul 1, 2017, 10:16pm Top

Congratulations on the successful eye surgery, Janet.

Looks like you had a great reading month in June. How did you like Orphan Train? My wife and I both thought that was a good one.

Jul 2, 2017, 12:59pm Top

>124 msf59: Hi Mark! Yup, good reads all. I like 'eclectic' to describe them. I do try to vary my reading. My reading habits are so different than my pre-LT reading of eleven years ago, when I was finding an author I liked and then reading through their oeuvre before casting about for another author I could do that with. I also spent lots more time rereading.

I did plan to do more rereading this year, but it's another goal that I will probably have to revisit later this year.

>125 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. The hummingbird nest is absolutely fun.

>126 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. I liked Orphan Train. I'll probably give it four stars. It was really engaging - the only book of the month that I picked up at every chance. I had a few nitpicky moments about the details, as did other members of my RLBC, but for the most part I think we all enjoyed it.

I fully intend to (probably) get reviews done on the June books.

But the next surgery is Thursday, so we shall see.

Edited: Jul 2, 2017, 1:25pm Top

Lists for July:


- Memoirs of a Geisha (audio) 1001; ROOT
- The Sympathizer -
- With the Nez Perces: Alice Fletcher in the Field, 1889-1892 - ROOT (Woot!! Misplaced this one while painting the LR, but now found!)

Library Titles Currently Checked Out:
Erdrich The Birchbark House
Alexie - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - (audio)

RLBC: Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild

Dance of the Jakaranda
How to be Human (Believe in the Fox)
How to be Muslim
A Hiss Before Dying
Radium Girls

TIOLI Want to's:
The Nightingale and the Djinn - ROOT

Holds Requested From Library: (not yet rec'd)
Hillbilly Elegy
Norse Mythology - Gaiman
Killers of the Flower Moon

Various Challenges
AAC- James McBride
Catwoman: July: Women of color: Birchbark House
CultureCat - for Violence, Crime & Justice: Killers of the Flower Moon
-- Fic - LTER A Hiss Before Dying
75'ers NF Challenge: July: Creators and Creativity - Bird By Bird (ROOT)

Political Challenge: July - August: LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

Jul 4, 2017, 7:05am Top

Hi Janet and Happy 4th of July to you!

Jul 8, 2017, 10:17am Top

>129 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! I hope you had a nice 4th!

Brutally hot here with late afternoon temps close to 100.

I'm working outside in the mornings, trying to work inside in the afternoons, and melted by dinner time.

We had a nifty earthquake Thursday night. The epicenter, about 150 miles from here, read 5.8 on the Richter scale. It lasted about thirty seconds. I was woken from a sound sleep and couldn't figure out what was going on. About 15 minutes later there was a 4.8 aftershock.

At that point, I decided I should go out and check things. I could hear a low whooshing rumbling sound coming my direction. I thought it was a low flying jet. As it came closer, the ground trembled a bit.

It was only the next morning on Facebook as people commented how scary it was to hear the aftershocks approaching that I realized that is what I heard.

There have been a total of twenty or so aftershocks, but I haven't felt them since those first two.

News reports say they are not linked to the Yellowstone earthquakes. (Yellowstone is currently having dozens of small quakes every day.)

I'm not convinced. :-)

Edited: Jul 8, 2017, 10:27am Top

I did not have the second cataract surgery this week.

I don't feel I can see well enough with my newly fixed eye to give up sight in the other eye. I knew I would need reading glasses, but I'm having trouble with what I call midrange distances. I can't read road signs, cars next to me when I'm in reverse are an indistinct blur as are items on supermarket shelves, and forget reading the subtitles on the Netflix foreign films that I enjoy.

The mountains, however, are beautiful as are the trees on the other side of the creek. :-)

I finally convinced the doc that no matter that that 'almost all' of his patients want the two eyes done as soon as possible, I need to be able to see in the meantime.

So in two weeks, he'll prescribe the lens for my first eye, I'll get that prescription filled, and then we'll proceed with the other eye.

End rant. I hate drama.

Jul 8, 2017, 1:45pm Top

>131 streamsong: It's good that you are taking control of your medical care. You know your needs best and shouldn't be judged on what "most people" want.

Raising your eyes to the mountains must certainly help!

I lived through earthquakes in Los Angeles: there, they set off all the car alarms. Must be a different experience in Montana.

Jul 9, 2017, 8:44am Top

>130 streamsong: I have never felt an earthquake, Karen, only in the north of my counrty they occur. Mild ones, due to gass winning. The sound of the aftershock sounds frightning.

>131 streamsong: Sounds like a good desicion, I understand you don't want two unreliable eyes.
In the meantime enjoy the mountains and all other beautiful things around you!

Edited: Jul 9, 2017, 11:07am Top

>132 witchyrichy: Thanks, Karen. I've learned the hard way to take control of my medical care. Several things occurred when I had breast cancer that still affect me today - I wish I had made different decisions. I tend to believe doctors and do what they say without doing research.

>133 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita and thanks for stopping by.

I have not experienced many earthquakes. Before this I have felt mild shaking a time or two, but nothing like Thursday's quake. I have so little earthquake experience that I had no idea what was happening at the time.

DS now lives in San Francisco. He says he has experienced several small quakes, but of course, I think it would be much harder to hear one coming towards you when you live in a city. Very surreal experience.

Edited: Jul 9, 2017, 11:16am Top

Woot! I finished a book! I finished listening to Memoirs of a Geisha. I really enjoyed it much more than I expected considering it is a fictional memoir of a Japanese woman by a male American author. The print copy been sitting on MT TBR for several years, so it counts as a ROOT and is also on the 1001 list. Not to mention qualifying for the WomanCat July Challenge for Women of Color.ETA: I promise I am working on a review!

I've started listening to Sherman Alexie's bio You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. This thing is brutally honest so far. I can see why he said in various interviews it would piss off other Indians. But unfortunately, it does reflect some of what I saw when I was living on the Flathead Reservation in the 80's.

I'm also starting Strangers in Their Own Land for the real life book club later this month. I have too many books going right now, but I want to read this one slowly and digest it.

Jul 9, 2017, 5:23pm Top

The only time I've felt an earthquake, I didn't realize what it was until it was over, either, Janet. I'm glad it was relatively mild. Did it upset the animals?

It's good that your doctor respects your wishes re: your cataract surgery. I hope the vision clears up.

Edited: Jul 10, 2017, 12:08pm Top

Hi Beth: Nice to see you!

Ummm - the animals during the earthquake. I didn't see either the cats or the dog when I got up. The cats hide when Scary Things Happen. The dog is elderly, timid and doesn't like to go outside at night as she has cataracts and low night vision. So it didn't surprise me when she didn't emerge from her crate in the dining room and want to go with me.

Most of the horses were standing quietly. The stallion was upset and pacing. He also has very limited night vision and is still on constant alert from breeding season.

Maybe a bit of a word about Appaloosa genetics:

Appaloosa coat patterns involve several genes. Horses with two copies of one of the main Appaloosa genes are night blind as the pigment is not only involved in coat color but in night vision. My stallion is homozygous. For this reason, he produces beautifully colored babies when crossed with solid colored mares. (Yes, there are solid Appaloosas.) Crossing with an Appaloosa colored mare would result in 50% homozygous babies with night blindness. He is only crossed with solid mares.

Jul 10, 2017, 12:12pm Top

I've had Memoirs of a Geisha sitting on my shelves for years. I loved the movie.

Jul 10, 2017, 12:21pm Top

>138 The_Hibernator: Hi Rachel! For me, Memories of a Geisha was the perfect audiobook. Interesting, but not either so complex or deep that I had to worry about missing subtle points. I've put the movie into my Netflix queue. I don't think I've ever seen it.

On the other hand, Sherman Alexie's memoir You Don't Have to Say You Love Me is continuing to be absolutely brutal. Oh, the cat when his mother was a child! And the white boy who tied up Alexie and his friends and shot them all with a pellet gun and his mother didn't care. Don't know if I can continue to listen to this one, although I feel I 'should'.

Alexie was hiding a trainload of pain behind black humor in his previous books.

Jul 10, 2017, 5:30pm Top

>137 streamsong: Thanks for sharing the Appaloosa coat genetics, Janet, Good you only use him on solid mares.

In dogs the merle color is similair, although double merle pups mostly die. If they survive they are white, blind and deaf. That is why responsible breeders never breed merle to merle.

Jul 11, 2017, 6:55pm Top

Hi Janet!

I read about the earthquake in Montana but didn't grok that it was near you. I'm from LA and lived through the Sylmar Quake (1971), other significant quakes in 1983 and 1987, and various small ones here and there. They are scary, especially when you're living alone like I was in 1987. It happened early in the morning and I woke my mom up just because .... Mom.... and she and Dad didn't even feel it. But she was happy that I called.

That is an amazing story of actually hearing the aftershocks coming.

You definitely know what's best for you and delaying the 2nd cataract surgery is good to hear. Doctors are not infallible and some times don't do well at listening to their patients express their needs, which, of course, questions the doctor's authority.

Edited: Jul 13, 2017, 8:17am Top

>140 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I think the genetics is fascinating. It's really interesting how something like a gene that appears to control coat color also turns out to be a necessary pigment for what humans see as a totally unrelated function. Nothing is as simple as it seems.

I tend not to worry about GMO food, but honestly, when we fiddle with one gene, there may be effects that we don't anticipate.

>141 karenmarie: Karen, I totally get your story about calling Mom. Several years ago, when I saw my first mountain lion on my place right outside my front window, the first thing I did after shooing it off and making sure that the outside critters were safe, was to call Mom. Later, she made a bit of fun of me when with her friends when she told them "I don't know what **I** was supposed to do about it." Do about it? Nothing. But Mom seemed like the right person to call ....

Jul 13, 2017, 8:44am Top

Morning, Janet! Glad you survived the Montana earthquake. I am looking for the audio version of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. I think that is the format to go with on this one.

I hope your week has gone well.

Jul 15, 2017, 11:42am Top

Thanks, Mark. It's been a good week, although temps are soaring into the high 90's and low 100s here. It's very unusual for us. I'm trying to work out how to get things done inside and out while not melting.

Yesterday I did a bit of cooking before I started my outside work since by the time dinner comes around, I am hot, worn out and I eat whatever's handy.

I made a double batch of a favorite of mine -Tuscan Vegetable Soup: http://www.idealweightlossnow.com/healthy-weight-loss-recipes/item/tuscan-vegeta...

and also roasted cauliflower and purple onions to try a new Budget Bytes recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Tahini dressing. https://www.budgetbytes.com/2017/02/roasted-cauliflower-salad-lemon-tahini-dressing/

I didn't get the salad done as I was out of chickpeas. I'll finish it and report back later.

Jul 15, 2017, 11:44am Top

Hmm it dawned on me that my message two was out of date as to what I'm currently reading and what I've put aside. So here's the updated version:


- Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild 2016; RLBC; acq'd 2017
- Radium Girls - Kate Moore - LTER - 2017 (Listening to audio)
- Dance of the Jakaranda -Peter Kimani - 2017- LTER - Global Reading: Kenya; acq'd 2017
- You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie - library, audiobook - 2017
- The Sympathizer - 2015; RLBC; Global Reading: Vietnam; acquired 2017

Jul 15, 2017, 7:27pm Top

That roasted cauliflower salad looks fabulous, Janet! I've saved it to my Interesting Recipes board on Pinterest, and I'll almost certainly give it a try this coming week. Please let us know how you like it.

Edited: Jul 16, 2017, 10:45am Top

>146 kidzdoc: Hi Darryl! I agree that the salad sounded absolutely yummy! I ended up being a bit disappointed.

The roasted cauliflower and purple onions mixed with fresh parsley and the spicy chickpeas is yummy. The tahini dressing was bitter.

Googling it, some people say that tahini always has a bitter aftertaste. Other people say that bitter tahini means it has become rancid, even if it hasn't been opened. The fixes for people who don't like the bitter taste seem to be adding lemon juice (already in recipe) or a bit of sweetener.

So I don't know. I was tickled to find tahini in one store here in small town Montana. It's not expired but .....

Maybe someone with more Tahini experience will comment.

Jul 16, 2017, 12:56pm Top

Just stopping by to say hello! Hope you are doing well.

Jul 17, 2017, 6:09pm Top

>147 streamsong: Hmm. I do like tahini, and I don't find it bitter. I'll still give that recipe a try.

Jul 17, 2017, 7:01pm Top

>145 streamsong: WOW! You have some mighty fine reading going, Janet. Looking forward to your thoughts on all of them.

Jul 23, 2017, 6:58am Top

Hi Janet!

I hope you've been doing well. Happy Sunday to you.

Jul 24, 2017, 9:26am Top

>148 witchyrichy: Hi Karen- Thanks for stopping by!

>149 kidzdoc: I'll be interested to see what you think, Darrul!

>150 msf59: Hey Mark! It is an interesting group of books and I am sad that I cannot read them faster than I am.

>151 karenmarie: Thanks, Karen! The same to you!

Several time-consuming and stressful things going on now. I was going to post a pic of w(h)ine and cheese, but decided I like this one of wine and chocolate better. And the fruit makes it healthy!

Jul 24, 2017, 9:29am Top

Ah, Janet, sorry about the stressful and time-consuming things. Wine, chocolate, and fruit are always a good coping mechanism, IMO.

Hang in there!

Jul 24, 2017, 9:30am Top

I finished listening to You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. I'm working on a review. :-) It was brilliant, but heart-wrenching.

For the first time ever, I have two audiobooks going. I'm still listening to Radium Girls in the car. My in-the house audio book is now

And I'm trying to get this one finished for book club on Thursday:

What an interesting book! It should make some lively discussion!

Jul 24, 2017, 9:49am Top

>153 karenmarie: Hi Karen- yeah, I think it's just called 'life'. :-)

Jul 24, 2017, 3:42pm Top

I made the roast cauliflower salad on Saturday, Janet, and I loved it! I posted two photos of it on my latest thread a bit earlier today. I'm sorry that you didn't like it, but I appreciate you mentioning it.

Jul 25, 2017, 10:35am Top

>156 kidzdoc: I'm glad you liked the roasted cauliflower salad, Darryl. Thanks to your feedback, I'll purchase another jar of tahini when I next get to Missoula and see if it has better, less bitter, flavor. I loved the components of the dish - the roasted cauliflower and purple onions and the spicy chickpeas were wonderful.

On Saturday, I bought a bag of stir fry ingredients at the farmers' market. It contained shallots, bok choy, a small zucchini, a small yellow squash, a single carrot, small green and purple peppers. I added chicken and used a peanut sauce recipe from the New Moosewood Cookbook. It was absolutely amazing. I can't believe the flavor in the yellow summer squash, which I tend to think of as pretty tasteless.

Usually I go to the farmers' market and overbuy. This little $5 bag of veggies was so perfect for a single person. Good leftovers for a few days!

I also bought a few vine ripened tomatos and more zucchini as I will make some chicken zoodle packets later this week.

Jul 25, 2017, 11:04am Top

Oh I love the food talk Janet! I could picture all those lovely veg stirred up on a plate with the yummy peanut sauce, sounds dreamy. I will put the Moosewood book on reserve at the library.

Jul 27, 2017, 8:40am Top

Hi Janet - Lots of good reading here. I'll be interested in your report of your book group discussion.

Edited: Jul 27, 2017, 9:38am Top

>158 mdoris: Hi Mary! I love all the foodie talk, too. I've gone off the Ideal Protein diet for a few months so I'm back to trying new recipes. I'm still trying to eat low carbohydrate, however. I've gained a few pounds back, so I know I have to be stricter with myself.

>159 BLBera: Hi Beth! I'm looking forward to the discussion of Strangers in Their Own Land today. We're a pretty liberal group in the midst of a conservative town in a conservative very red state, but since it's sponsored by the library, we often have new people and visitors.

And Yay! I finished the book last night.

One of my current audiobooks, Radium Girls fits so well into the discussions of whether industry can be trusted to police their practices and protect their workers when large amounts of money are involved.

A bit of book warbling here: my other audiobook, Neil Gaiman 's Norse Mythology is as wonderful as everyone says it is. And Gaiman reading Gaiman is always such a treat!

Jul 27, 2017, 9:37am Top

Hummingbird unlove. I've enjoyed (loved!) watching mama hummingbird in the nest outside my window. But two days ago, the male started being affronted at his image reflected in one of the three big windows. Every time he glares at himself he poops and it lands on the window (is he actually aiming it at the other bird????) In two days my window has been dosed with dozens of hummingbird gifts. I don't want to disturb Mama and the little ones, so I may just grit my teeth and bear it for now. I believe the chicks have hatched, so hopefully, they'll be moving on soon.

Edited: Jul 28, 2017, 6:06pm Top

Never have heard of hummingbird "unlove" but I do understand. I guess if there was testing done under our feeder I would be shocked. They are still drinking but there is not the frenzy that there was and I'm sure they are doing.... ahem...not polite things while drinking.

I am reading 100% Real 100 Insanely Good Recipes for Clean Food Made Fresh by Sam Talbot. I understand much of what he is saying but don't get the "no dairy". I guess that's because I love cheese. Maybe milk just has so much added, that's my guess and cows are treated with so much medicine. He is a big fan of NO sugar, NO white flour (get that!). Reading Chickpea Flour Does it All too and must make the crepes (socca).

Jul 28, 2017, 3:02pm Top

>157 streamsong: What a successful farmers market outing! The recipe sounds terrific; that is a cookbook that I use with success most of the time.

Wow, that story about the hummingbirds is fascinating. I suspect he is indeed taking out his aggressive and protective tendencies on "that other male hummingbird." We love the hummingbirds that hang out in our back garden but they are (as you know) very territorial. I hope you can grit your teeth and bear it long enough for mama and the babies to finish their growing up. Although it does sound pretty gross. :-(

Jul 29, 2017, 10:08am Top

>162 mdoris: Hi Mary! I've never heard of this problem with hummingbirds either. But there it is.....

For several years, I had a robin that would repeatedly dash itself against my bedroom window and fall to the ground. He did it over and over. I couldn't believe it when the same thing occurred over the next few years. You'd think it would have been obvious to find a different nesting place the next year if the bird was that upset. But, contrary me, I missed him the year he didn't show up.

I'd love to see some of the recipes you're trying - either on your thread or the kitchen thread! Love love love recipes.

>163 EBT1002: Hi Ellen! It's good to see you. Thanks for stopping by.

Yes, the hummer presents are getting gross. If it wasn't a hummingbird, my choice would be harder. As it is, I'll grin and bear it. Sounds like a life lesson, doesn't it? Enjoy the wonder of the nest outside my window and overlook the poopy window.

Jul 29, 2017, 10:12am Top

Hi Janet!

>161 streamsong: Bird poop is always an issue, although hummingbird poop on windows is a new one to me. Teensy weensy poops, eh? When I was putting wild bird seed in the feeder on the front porch, the birds that like that food were perching on the porch swing and leaving lots of big poops on it and underneath it. Now that I'm only providing sunflower seed (having changed out feeders), there isn't any poop on the swing or underneath it. Yay.

Jul 29, 2017, 10:23am Top

The book club discussion of Strangers in Their Own Land was very enjoyable. Such a great group! Several members had lived in the South or Louisiana, and their insights were wonderful.

Our moderator grew up in Louisiana, although she said that when she suggested the book, she didn't know it was a discussion of that area. She called her brother, with whom she is very close and who still lives in Louisiana. She thought it would be interesting and fun to get his opinions on the book and the subject.

She was met with a tirade against the book, although neither he nor anyone he knew had read it. His main objection was that the book is by a journalist, a tribe of people you can't trust and full of lies. He wouldn't read the book, or even have it in his house.

She was stunned that her thoughtful, intelligent, loving brother could be so close-minded.

We all agreed that we came away from the book with a better understanding of the complexities of the conservative position and how they got there. Since we're a liberal bunch, none of us agreed with the conservative conclusion even with our better understanding. :)

One interesting criticism of the book was that the race questions were not addressed. The people familiar with the area, thought this was the proverbial elephant in the room and racial tension to be one of the predominant driving forces.

Jul 29, 2017, 10:32am Top

>166 streamsong: Hi Karen! Happy Saturday!

I just googled it, and hummingbird nestlings fledge in about three weeks. So I'll grin and bear it. It seems like most of the activity happens about dawn ... I get up to about a dozen more tiny streaks each day. The living room windows have wide ledges and are favorite cat-sitting spots. So it could be reflection, or it could be sweet Callie cat causing the problem. I think I'll try hanging a sheet on the inside of the window to see if it helps. (No drapes on these windows). At least I won't have to look at it!

Jul 29, 2017, 10:40am Top

I picked up Love That Dog from the library and read it in one sitting. Beautiful little book! It deserves all the warbling it can get.

My plan for the weekend is to finish reading Dance of the Jakaranda, an LTER book from *winces* January. I'll also finish listening to Radium Girls, another LTER book as well as get a review written for Tears, a very strange book indeed.

If I can get those three reviews done, I hope I have a chance of winning Montana Noir from this month's LTER batch, even though I will still be behind on reviews. Honestly, I wouldn't let me win any more LTER books without getting caught up on reviews. :) But I really want that book.

Jul 29, 2017, 10:48am Top

Happy Saturday, Janet. Glad you are enjoying both of those audios. I loved both of them too.

I am picking up Love That Dog from the library.

My current audio, is The Color of Lightning, which has been excellent. Jules writes very well about the Old West. If you have not read this, add it to the list.

Warble, Warble...

Jul 30, 2017, 10:54am Top

>169 msf59: Ah Mark, here you on leaving little warble tracks all over my thread! How dare you! Heehee. I'll definitely look for that one on audio.

You won't be disappointed with Love That Dog. Although, even more than the dog and the boy, I love. that. teacher.

I just found this page for the Yellowstone Forever Institute. https://www.yellowstone.org/experience/yellowstone-forever-institute/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIveLcz5ux1QIVCa1pCh1Z4gPlEAAYASAAEgKFffD_BwE

Like the Glacier Institute, they offer a variety of workshops and retreats. I may seriously consider spending Thanksgiving in the Lamar Valley.

Jul 30, 2017, 4:48pm Top

>168 streamsong: I just finished my re-read of Love that dog it deserves all the praise it gets here :-)

Jul 31, 2017, 9:59am Top

>166 streamsong: It sounds like your discussion was a great one, Janet. Book groups are great when that happens. Interesting reaction of your moderator's brother.

Aug 1, 2017, 7:12am Top

Hi Janet!

>166 streamsong: Interesting book and discussion. One interesting criticism of the book was that the race questions were not addressed. The people familiar with the area, thought this was the proverbial elephant in the room and racial tension to be one of the predominant driving forces.

My husband, born and raised in NC, says racism has never gone away, it's just gone underground. A lot of people here don't act racist, but are, deep down in their hearts. It's sad, but I have to agree with him. It is more predominant in the rural areas here. I live in a part of one county that always votes liberal, yet worked in another county where even the thoughtful, intelligent, and loving people are very close-minded (read: conservative). Our country just keeps getting more and more polarized.

Aug 3, 2017, 11:17am Top

>171 FAMeulstee: Hi, Anita! I'm glad to be joining you in Hate That Cat, too. I'll pick it up at the library, today.

>172 BLBera: Hi Beth! It was a really good discussion! and a great group of people with an interesting selection of books. I've been a member for 10-12 years now. We pick up a few new members every year and of course of few drop out.

Someone had mentioned 'book socials' at their library - people coming together and talking about the books they are currently reading. I floated the idea at a gathering after the book club and people loved the idea.

>173 karenmarie: Great comments, Karen. To a lot of people not being racist means not saying the n word.

I live in an amazingly white region of the country and am pretty ignorant of racism (other than against American Indians). Stories of racism and bigotry totally shock me because I think of it as 'out of the past' when in reality it's as prevalent if not more so today. And with the recent administration, it's becoming less and less underground.

Aug 3, 2017, 11:44am Top

A little light on the reading again in July:

42. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 1997; 1001 Books to Read Before You Die; Global Reading: Japan; TIOLI #8 - Book Published between 1955 and 2017; ROOT#17/50; acquired 2011 = 6 ROOT points (37/225)
43. The Birchbark House - Louise Erdrich - 1999 - Shared Erdrich read; TIOLI #12 Read a book that doesn't end on the last page (Note on Ojibwa language and Ojibwa glossary) - library
44. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie TIOLI #8 - Book Published between 1955 and 2017; - library, audiobook - 2017
45. Strangers in Their Own Land - Arlie Russell Hochschild 2016; RLBC; acq'd 2017
46. Radium Girls - Kate Moore - 2017 - LTER - TIOLI #14: Read a book with a word in the title or series title indicating hot or cold) - 2017
47. Love That Dog - Sharon Creech - 2001 - children's novel in verse. TIOLI # 16. Read a book that has an animal as the main focus or character; library

Library - 3
LTER - 1 (Review not done)
Purchased 2017 - 1

6 US authors/ 1 set in Japan

4 Women authors; 2 Male authors

2 authors I have previously read; 4 new authors; 0 rereads

1 - 1001
3 - fiction; 3 non- fiction
2 - children's or YA; one of them a novel in verse

Edited: Aug 5, 2017, 11:58am Top

August Intendeds


***Listening*** - Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
***Listening*** - American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World - David Baron - LTER
Dance of the Jakaranda - Peter Kimani - LTER
- The Sympathizer - Viet Thanh Nguyen

Library Titles:
Hate That Cat
Kafka on the Shore - Haruki Murakami
The Arrival - Shaun Tan

How to be Human (Believe in the Fox)
How to be Muslim
A Hiss Before Dying

Holds Requested From Library: (not yet red'd)
Hillbilly Elegy
Killers of the Flower Moon


AAC- Patricia Highsmith - Reread The Talented Mr Ripley ? ROOT
Catwoman: Nonfiction or historical fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
CultureCat - Impact of Natural disasters - forest fires - probably Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire
75'ers NF Challenge: I’ve Always Been Curious About…. Norse Mythology ***Listening***
RLBC: HELA The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - Rebecca Skloot reread/ ROOT

Political Challenge: July - August: LISTEN, LIBERAL: Or, What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? by Thomas Frank

Aug 4, 2017, 9:18am Top

>175 streamsong: It's quality, not quantity that's important, right Janet? And you read some great books in July.

Good luck with your August plans.

Aug 4, 2017, 11:24am Top

Thanks, Beth! I really enjoyed last month's books.

Second cataract surgery is set for next Thursday, the 10th. I should get my glasses with the new lens for the other eye before that. And then I'll be back in business for reading! (Fingers and toes crossed of course)

Hummingbabies peaking over edge of nest. If I try to get a better picture I get buzzed by parents, so ..... I'm thinking they will be leaving the nest soon and dad can give up decorating my window.

Edited: Aug 4, 2017, 11:40am Top

I went to an interesting author reading last night for this book:

Crazy Horse The Lakota Warrior's Life & Legacy is a compilation of the family stories of Crazy Horse, as told by his descendants, the Edward Clown family. Floyd Clown and author William Matson spoke last night at the Shakespeare & Co book store in Missoula. According to Floyd Clown, this is the true story of Crazy Horse; all other accounts are pure fiction. It should be an interesting read.

Aug 4, 2017, 7:14pm Top

Hi Janet!

I'm on the board of our local Friends of the Library and will be presenting the idea of book socials at our September meeting. I just love the idea!

I have a dear friend who lives in Belgrade MT, so I have been exposed a little bit to the prejudices against Native Americans. I hasten to add not by my friend, but by people she knows and things she writes about (she's a journalist). I wonder if it's just a human trait to define 'us' versus 'them' and denigrate 'them' to make 'us' feel more powerful and superior. I can't think of a single region of the world, offhand, that has not had cultural/racial/economic/intellectual/religious differences that cause problems all the way from slight tension to outright war.

I'm happy that you're getting your second cataract surgery - I hope it goes well.

Hummingbird babies - so precious.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Aug 4, 2017, 8:52pm Top

>179 streamsong: I would have loved to have joined you for that, Janet.

Have a great weekend.

Aug 5, 2017, 10:02am Top

>178 streamsong: Fingers and toes crossed, Janet, for a successful surgery on your other eye!

Edited: Aug 5, 2017, 12:43pm Top

44. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Sherman Alexie - 2017
- TIOLI #8 - Book Published between 1955 and 2017;
- library, audiobook

This is Sherman Alexie's story of his mother and his oftentimes painful relationship with her. It's a book which begins and ends with her death.

Lillian Alexie was a complicated woman. She lied easily; she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she was an alcoholic who gave up alcohol when she saw the effect it had on her kids. She was also the last true native speaker of the Spokane language, a beloved social worker, and a gifted quilter. She grew up abused and in turn, abused her kids. As Alexie said 'She and I were not always kind to each other.'

While she was alive, Alexie didn't appreciate his mother's good and unique qualities. Now, he is haunted by remembrances of her.

It's also the story of growing up different (Sherman was born with hydrocephaly); and of growing up amidst the physical and emotional poverty of an Indian reservation among people so beaten down by life that they don't have much to give to others.

I listened to the audiobook, and at times, Alexie was obviously fighting back tears as he read. It's an incredibly emotional journey, as Alexie comes to terms with his mother's death, her life and his own childhood. As he relates in one of the final chapters, he has scars that he has never let anyone, even his wife, touch. He bares them now for his readers.

It's brutal honesty doesn't romance the rez; you may have read one of his interviews where he predicts that he will take much grief from the Native Americans who read this book. And yet, it's his story. And probably the story of many more such kids – those growing up in poverty on and off a reservation.

You'll learn much about a reservation life; but you'll learn even more about being human.

Aug 5, 2017, 12:21pm Top

>180 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by and all the comments!

Yes, the book socials sound like fun, don't they! I hope my library will also give them a try. Kudos to you for being on the board. I think I'll see about volunteering at my library, too. I know they have severe state and federal funding cutbacks this next year.

Have you read any by Sherman Alexie? His newest which I reviewed above will give a lot of insight into life on a res and growing up Indian.

>181 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul and thanks for stopping by! Yes, the book about Crazy Horse should be interesting. It's well known that Crazy Horse was assassinated, but according to Floyd Clown (who has been designated official spokesman of those directly related to Crazy Horse by a federal court) his family was also targeted by the US government.

I probably won't get it read this month. I so need to get caught up on my LTER books and reviews. I am shamefully behind, and didn't win a book this month which I'm sure is a direct result.

>183 streamsong: Thank you, Anita. It's always nice to have you stop by!

The surgery may not happen on Thursday. My eyes are so irritated by the forest fire smoke - we are surrounded by fires although nothing so close as to be threatening to my home - that I've had a small bleed in that eye. We'll have to see how it all develops.

Aug 5, 2017, 5:16pm Top

>183 streamsong: I'm in the first half of Alexie's book right now, and it is a searing read. I find myself thinking about my own relationship with my late mother (and father) (not that the situations were at all alike other than that they were parent/child relationships.) Alexie is one of my favorite authors--his words are so clear and emotion-laden.

I really like the format of the book, too--short vignettes, poems interspersed. Very easy to read a bit and then pause to think about it.

Can't say enough good about this one. I hope you liked it as much--I think you did!

Karen O.

Edited: Aug 6, 2017, 7:39am Top

>185 klobrien2: Hi Karen! Searing is a great description of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me. I liked it a lot, but having just lost my Mom in October, it was a tough listen. In several places, I cried along with Sherman as he was obviously fighting back tears as he read.

It also reminded me of my relationships with my parents and also with my own kids. Different yet the same at a very human level.

Today I'm doing something very silly. Kevin Costner is starting to film a new series called "Yellowstone" with part of the filming to be done here in the valley. They are calling for a very large number of walk on extras, so I'm going to the casting call just for the fun of it.

Honestly, though, the forest fire smoke is so bad here in the valley, that it's hard to imagine them filming anything.

Still, it's one of those 'why not' things. Chosen or not, it could be a lot of fun. And being retired, I have the time to do something silly for a few days.

And here's my even sillier thought for the day: I've thought it would be a lot of fun to be a walk on in The Walking Dead. I wanna be a zombie! And they are short of retirement age senior citizen zombies on that show. Wrong demographic, I suspect.

Aug 6, 2017, 9:01am Top

>179 streamsong: The Crazy Horse book sounds interesting. Let us know how it goes.

>183 streamsong: I just snagged a audio copy of the Alexie memoir. Finally! Yah! I hope to get to it, in the next month or so.

Happy Sunday, Janet. Hope you are enjoying the weekend. I have a hardback copy of The Color of Lightning, if you are interested? Drop me a PM.

Aug 6, 2017, 10:29am Top

Hi Janet!

I haven't read anything by Alexie, sad to say. Perhaps one of these days. Now that he's on my radar, if I see anything by him at the thrift store or Friends Book Sale (next one in October), I'll be sure to pick it up.

I'm sorry about the potential delay in your surgery. I hope the bleed gets under control quickly. So frustrating to want something that's so important to your vision and have to wait.

Aug 7, 2017, 9:39am Top

>187 msf59: Hi Mark! I'm sure you'll love You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (maybe not the right word considering the subject matter and the emotional intensity of the subject. Alexie is a marvelous reader.

>188 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I think a lot of people start with Alexie with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian which is a YA fictionalized account of his life. If you ever have a chance to hear him speak, GO! The man is a ten star speaker.

The bleed in my eye is very minor, but as one of the complications of cataract surgery is a bleed within the eye, they just need to make sure nothing else is going on.

The smoke is horrendous. No moisture in sight and most of the fires won't be out until snow falls.

The cattle call audition for the Kevin Costner series was sort of fun, but very long. About 800 people showed up, so I stood in line about four hours to have my picture taken. I told them I was an excellent horsewoman and if they needed a old fat horse rider, I was their girl. :)

Aug 8, 2017, 9:41am Top

Hi Janet, I hope your eye is ready for surgery soon.
I hope the audition works for you, it would be great to see you in a Kevin Costner production!

Edited: Aug 9, 2017, 1:07pm Top

>191 streamsong: Thanks for stopping by, Anita!

I have no expectations for the Costner thing. My face is neither beautiful nor interesting. :-)

The cattle call audition was fun, though. I met several interesting people in line (four hours after all!).

The woman ahead of me was a third cousin to Kevin Costner. I told her she should put that on her resume. (She didn't).

The man ahead of me had been a fisherman on the Bering Sea and had been in the first season of the TV show "The Deadliest Catch". He was no longer used by the show after he threw a camera overboard (sounds like they were lucky he didn't throw the cameraman, whom he felt had endangered several members of the crew, into the ocean after it. He didn't list that on his resume either. :-)

Looks like surgery will probably happen tomorrow. The new glasses are working well for my previously done eye. Hooray! I will be able to see for the next three weeks which I have to wait before getting the left eye prescription.

Aug 9, 2017, 1:55pm Top

48. - Dance of the Jakaranda -Peter Kimani - 2017- LTER
- Global Reading: Kenya
- acq'd 2017

“The gigantic snake was a train and the year was 1901, an age when white men were still discovering the world for their kings and queens in faraway lands. So when the railway superintendant, or simply Master as he was known to many, peered out the window of his first class cabin that misty morning, his mind did not register the dazzled villagers who dropped their hoes and took off, or led their herds away from the grazing fields in sheer terror of the strange creature cutting through their land Neither did Master share in the 'tamasha' boom from across the coaches where British, Indian and African workers - all in their respective compartments – were celebrating the train's maiden voyage. Master was absorbed by the landscape that looked remarkably different from how he remembered it from his previous trip.” p 2

This historical novel written by Kenyan author Peter Kimani, depicts several key points in Kenyan history. Time periods alternate between the telling of the building of the railroad under the sometimes brutal colonial white rule, to the early 60's when Kenya became a self-ruling nation under the “Big Man”.

We see the stories of African workers , the white master in charge of building the railroad named Ian McDonald , a white missionary John Turnbull, , and the Indians who came to Kenya to work on the railway, and who stayed on, often because their country Punjabi disappeared into India and Pakistan and they had no country to return if they wanted to leave.

Ian McDonald, denied a title from the queen for his accomplishment of punching through the railway, is instead given his choice of a thousand acres of land. He chooses a prime location, between two natural wonders. His estate is known as Jakaranda ; and it evolves through many incarnations – from baronial estate and ambitious farmland, to wildlife preserve, hunting preserve for rich whites, and a night club where we see a musician grandson or one of the original railway workers .

As the estate changes, so also do the people in the story until their stories are not separate but intertwine in often secret ways.

Overall, I enjoyed this story although I did find the shifting time frames a bit confusing. Author Kimani paints an interesting story of the history of the country and the people. I definitely walk away with more knowledge of the region and respect for its multi-cultural past.

3.5 stars

Global Reading:
Fourth book set in Kenya or by a Kenyan author:

Countries visited this year:

visited 18 states (8%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Aug 10, 2017, 5:26am Top

You're in my thoughts, Janet, as you have your surgery today. I hope everything goes well.

Aug 10, 2017, 2:34pm Top

I hope all went well today, Janet.

Aug 11, 2017, 12:44am Top

Me too, I am thinking of you and hoping you have a good and easy recovery.

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Thanks, Karen, Anita and Mary! The eye done yesterday is absolutely amazing! I can see the computer, and words on the TV screen (I envisioned never watching a foreign film again!)

Happy Dance, happy dance, happy dance

The right eye done five weeks ago still sucks. When I tried to explain thing to the eye doctor a few weeks ago, he was pretty defensive and wasn't listening. It's way past time to see a specialist even if I have to go to Spokane or Seattle.

But I'll take one good eye for sure. I feel I'm back in the game.

Bad news - I can also see how dirty the house is - every surface covered with what must be ash from the forest fires.

Aug 11, 2017, 8:21am Top

Yay, Janet! I'm so happy for you.

Dusty surfaces are a very small price to pay for a good eye.

Aug 11, 2017, 11:18am Top

>196 streamsong: That is great, Janet!

Aug 11, 2017, 3:39pm Top

Great to hear about the results of the second surgery, Janet.

Aug 11, 2017, 3:39pm Top

Congratulations, Janet. That must make a huge difference. Sending positive thoughts for your getting the other one straightened out.

Aug 11, 2017, 3:56pm Top

One move forward (very nice)(good eye), and then a move back (not so nice) (not good other eye). Challenging! Hope you get things sorted soon. I rely heavily on the cc's on TV and like you LOVE the foreign films and European TV. (dreaded hearing loss!).
Very glad that you have a good result. Yippee!

Aug 11, 2017, 8:13pm Top

Great to hear that the most recent surgery had the hoped-for results, Janet!!

Edited: Oct 31, 2017, 1:10pm Top

Thanks, Paul! And here we are at another weekend....

I'll be heading off tomorrow to watch the total eclipse. I'm driving about six hours south and hope to meet up with my brother and sister-in-law in Grand Teton National Park. With the horrendously huge number of people predicted to be in the Yellowstone/Teton area and the limited cell phone coverage, I hope we'll be able to find each other! He's a bit of an umbraphile (my new word for the day thanks to my most recent LTER book). He has travelled to several areas to eclipse watch and is staying in Jackson Hole. I have accommodations a few hours away from there. If we don't find each other, well, hey, a total eclipse. :)

There is a major forest fire in the area which is threatening homes and the highway between my town Hamilton and Missoula. Several of the small towns between here and there are definitely at risk. So far about 1500 households are evacuated. The highway between Hamilton and Missoula remains open, but the secondary highway going from just south of Missoula to Idaho is closed.

Here's a photo from KPAX news taken last night (major blowup yesterday; the fire increased by almost 10,000 acres in 24 hours)

The firefighters are doing an amazing job with only two houses lost so far. Unfortunately, it won't be out until snow falls.

I am totally safe. It's on the other side of the river and twenty miles away, but with thirty mile an hour winds forecast this afternoon, it's of huge concern. My biggest worry is whether I can get back home if I leave. This seems so trivial considering what so many people in the valley are experiencing. And yet with cats, dogs and horses, it makes considering a trip to Missoula (or Jackson Hole!) not to be taken lightly.

Aug 19, 2017, 12:25pm Top

46. Radium Girls - Kate Moore - 2017
- TIOLI #14: Read a book with a word in the title or series title indicating hot or cold)
- Acq'd 2017

In the early part of the 20th century, a group of women were hired to paint numbers on the faces of dials with radium paint in order that they glow in the dark for easy reading. This became vital work in the war effort of WWI and continued onward.

Painting the numbers on dials required precision work. Women and girls as young as 14, with deft fingers and good eyesight were especially needed. It was considered a glamorous, good paying job. You could tell the painters walking through the town's streets by their nice clothes – and the fact that they literally glowed in the dark from the radium dust that covered their bodies.

To make the painting even more precise, workers were instructed to point their brushes by inserting them into their mouths and giving a very fine point to the brush with their lips. It was a practice that was banned among European and British dial painters as radium's deadly effects had been known since the early 1900's.

By 1922 the first death occurred among these women. It was a horrible illness in which the woman's jaw slowly and tortuously eaten away. Officially the cause of death was falsely attributed to syphilis due to a false positive blood test result and the fact that any girl working outside the home was considered to be a bit 'fast' and a candidate for this unmentionable disease. It squashed further medical investigation into the death as no girl given this diagnosis could hold her head up in public.

But more horrendous illnesses and deaths occurred. The two companies involved began testing their workers, hid test results and continued to maintain there was no danger from radium. Later, in court, these companies would use a variety of legal maneuvers to deny responsibility.

From the publisher's description: ”Drawing on previously unpublished sources – including diaries, letters and court transcripts as well as original interviews with the women's relatives - “The Radium Girls” is an intimate narrative account of an unforgettable true story. It is the powerful tale of a group of ordinary women from the Roaring Twenties, who themselves learned how to roar”.

This is not only an interesting historical story but a relevant cautionary tale of letting industries regulate themselves and trust them to 'make things right'.

I received a copy of the audiobook from High Bridge Audio through LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. The story was fascinating, but sadly, I felt the audiobook was a bit lacking. The reader had an unfortunate habit of overemphasizing several words in each sentence. Also the print edition contained hundreds of footnotes and lists of relevant people. Both of these elements would have been very useful.

I therefore give the story itself a 4 out of 5 star rating. The audiobook rates only a 3 out of 5 rating.

Aug 19, 2017, 9:44pm Top

Nice review!

Aug 20, 2017, 8:56am Top

Thanks, Jim! And thanks for stopping by!

Aug 20, 2017, 11:53am Top

Hi Janet!

I've deliberately skipped your review because I just got The Radium Girls on my Kindle. I'm really looking forward to reading it.

The Lolo Peak fire looks dangerous. I do hope it gets contained quickly.

I hope you have a wonderful time with your brother and sister-in-law and have a great eclipse experience.

My husband had made noises early in the year about going to 100% totality in Charleston, but he can't get the time off work and it just fizzled out for that and other reasons. I didn't realize that where I'll be in NC is about 93%, and when I said, out of the blue yesterday, "But we're in 93%, so that's good, right?" he cracked up and said that's one of the reasons he loves me, because I say such off-the-wall things and at the most unexpected times. This one was about 4 hours after our last discussion of the eclipse.

Aug 20, 2017, 1:50pm Top

>206 streamsong: I'm currently about halfway through Radium Girls -- what a book! Just horrific what those corporations put their staff (mostly women) through in trying to get compensation.

I can't imagine listening to an audio version of the book, BTW. It is kind of slow moving in the print, and I'm a fast reader!

Karen O.

Aug 24, 2017, 11:41am Top

>209 streamsong: Hi Karen - Thanks for stopping by. I'll be interested to see what you think of Radium Girls.

The fire is definitely an oh no. It will be going until snow falls. About all they can do is keep it away from houses on the valley floor. And that is taking a heroic effort! In the month this fire has been going, one firefighter was killed and last week, there was one injured by falling rock.

The Northern edge of the fire is along Highway 12 - that's the only area where homes have burned so far.

The small town of Lolo is on the Northeast corner of the fire. The small town of Florence is on the southeast corner of the fire.

It's currently about 30,000 acres. There's a dry storm moving through today with more lightning and 30 mph winds.

Aug 24, 2017, 11:43am Top

>210 streamsong: You're absolutely right, Karen. It's a bit repetitive and can be a bit slow - but it's fascinating all the same. I do not recommend the audio.

Edited: Aug 24, 2017, 12:05pm Top

I had a lovely trip.

The total eclipse was amazing. I saw the diamond ring! And it was spectacular with the Tetons in the background. I actually watched the eclipse from the west side of the Tetons rather than in the park itself where you see the spectacular views and glaciers of the Tetons' eastern side.

I then drove down to Jackson Hole and enjoyed the day with my brother and his wife.

When I headed home, I decided to swing through the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.

The warnings were right.

It was gridlock.

....but .....

an incredibly slow trip through the park (Yellowstone was much worse than Tetons) gave lots of time to admire the scenery. It was spectacular. There were miles long traffic jams every time there was a bison near the road. If you've been to Yellowstone, you know there are lots of bison. :)

The estimated 8 hour trip from Jackson Hole to Hamilton turned into 16.5 hours .... but since I didn't have to be anywhere the next day it was relaxing rather than irritating.

And I also listened to almost an entire audiobook, Fourth of July Creek, during the journey.

Aug 24, 2017, 2:37pm Top

So good you saw the full eclipse, Janet! I am a bit envious, next eclipse is again on your side of the pond. I saw the partial one in 1999 (I think).
An fun to read how you enjoyed your traffic jam in Yellostone park ;-)

Edited: Aug 25, 2017, 12:36pm Top

Hi Anita - Thanks for stopping by.

I saw an almost-full eclipse in the 70's when I was in college. This was special and I'm glad I went. We threw out ideas for the next full eclipse in the Dallas area - perhaps a family reunion of some sort.

My brother said there is another one in the Pacific in just a couple years. It sounds like he may look for an eclipse cruise to view that one, too.

Aug 25, 2017, 1:32pm Top

I saw my first Sandhill Cranes standing in a marshy area on top of Chief Joseph Pass on my way to Wyoming. That red patch on their heads is really distinctive.

Aug 25, 2017, 2:59pm Top

>216 They are very neat birds. I saw two a couple of weeks ago and did a double take. Congrats on the sighting.

Aug 26, 2017, 2:44am Top

>213 streamsong: Hi Janet, wonderful to hear about your trip. Several years ago we drove from Vancouver B.C. to Denver to visit our daughters (yes, it was a loooooong drive!) and did that beautiful trip through the Tetons and Yellowstone and viists to Jackson Hole too. So your trip descriptions brought back memories for me. We stayed in Yellowstone at the lodge there and in the morning a bison was "parked "in one of the marked parking stalls of the parking lot. It was a frosty morning in Oct. the last day before the southern roads were closed for the season. He was huge and it just seemed so strange to see him there.

Aug 26, 2017, 10:10am Top

>217 streamsong: Hi Erik! Nice to see you here. The cranes are very striking, aren't they! They really stood out in the landscape.

>218 Hi Mary! Thanks for sharing your memories. Yellowstone has a way of creating special moments, doesn't it. I usually prefer my mountains with far fewer people, but it was a spectacular drive anyway.

Part of my route was through the Lamar Valley since I am thinking about doing Thanksgiving there with the Yellowstone Forever foundation. I've been pretty inactive this summer, so although snowshoeing and cross country skiing are optional, I'd really want to get into shape to get the most of the experience. Also, I have a couple more trips in mind this fall and winter so budgeting is always a thing. (Large sigh.)

Aug 26, 2017, 10:15am Top

Finished Kafka on the Shore. Lots to think about with that one. I just read an interview with Murakami who said that the key to understanding the riddles (although some are never really solved) is to read the book several times. Some of that was helped along by different people seeing different aspects during the group read. Perfect book for a group to ponder!

Aug 27, 2017, 3:47pm Top

Great review of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Janet. I have been on the fence about obtaining and reading that one but I think you nudged me over the edge.

>216 mdoris: Beautiful crane! I've only seen them once or twice and from quite a distance. I'm glad you got to see them.

>206 streamsong: Another read that sounds fascinating. So many truths to be told....

Aug 28, 2017, 8:06am Top

Hi Janet!

Congratulations on many fronts are in order - for a wonderful eclipse experience, for Sandhill Crane sightings, and for finishing Kafka on the Shore.

I hope you have a wonderful week.

Aug 28, 2017, 10:29am Top

>221 streamsong: Hi Ellen! Thanks for stopping by. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me will be one of my top books of the year, although it was a very difficult read for me.

I think the more birds that I get to know, the more I see interesting birds. Not to mention of course, being able to see again! I'm looking forward to the local Audubon chapter walks and meetings when they begin again this fall.

This week, I'll see the eye doc one more time to get the newest prescription and then I'll be reading with both eyes again.

>222 Hi Karen! yes, it's definitely been a good week with hopefully many more to come. I was tickled to be able to drive the trip with minimal problems with my eyesight. It makes me much braver about going on with my fall adventures. Such a blessing to see!

Aug 28, 2017, 10:39am Top

50. American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the WorldDavid Baron – 2017
- TIOLI #18. Read a book with either a wedding or eclipse word or phrase in the title
- acq'd 2017 - audiobook

Author David Baron is a self-proclaimed umbrophile – one who is mesmerized by total eclipses and has traveled to distant places to view them.

This is narrative non-fiction about the US response to the total eclipse in 1878. Baron tells the story of the three minutes of the total eclipse in 1878 through the eyes of three historical figures: Thomas Edison, who was more a persistent gadget maker than scientist; James Craig Watson, a dedicated astronomer and discoverer of planets; and Maria Mitchell, the first woman astronomer and a professor at Vassar, who led an all-women team to investigate the eclipse.

Through their eyes and efforts we see the United States in this time period through their varied goals of making pure science in the US more respected both at home and abroad; to further women's place in science and the world, and to dazzle the American public with inventions.

It's also the story of the American West in the 1870's when trains where held up by outlaws, and vigilantes strung outlaws up to lamp posts.

Fun and well-written with a good amount of eclipse science and vivid descriptions of totality.

4 stars

Aug 28, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Nice review! I'm about 3 chapters in and am loving it!

Aug 29, 2017, 12:58pm Top

Glad you're enjoying it, Jim! I need to bap over to your thread and see how you celebrated the eclipse.

Aug 29, 2017, 1:42pm Top

Love the poster for this year's Montana Book Festival September 27 - October 1

Aug 29, 2017, 9:09pm Top

So much going on in your world, Janet. My friend with a cottage in Missoula told me how bad the fires were this summer. if she didn't have grandchildren there, they would rather have stayed in Missouri. We've had a very pleasant summer here for a change.

Good for you seeing the total eclipse. The glimpse we had here was amazing.

I was considering the audio version of Radium Girls. Thanks for the heads up. I will get in the queue for the print copy at the library now. I have a longish list of books ahead of it so it may be winter before I get to it.

I hope the eyes continue to improve. I have a friend who had one eye that didn't work out as planned and the Dr. Is going to do it over at no charge. She had to wait for a year to make sure it wouldn't cooperate on its own.

Aug 30, 2017, 8:35am Top

Hi Janet! Just a quick hello. Lovely poster of the Montana Book Festival.

Aug 30, 2017, 9:58am Top

>228 streamsong: Hi Donna! Yes, the fires are extremely bad this year. The firefighters are doing an excellent job, but my small county has three huge fires that have people evacuated. The fires won't be extinguished until snow falls. Although that sometimes happens in the high country at the end of August, this year there is no precipitation in sight.

My house is still safe, and due to my location, should continue (knock on wood!) to be fine. The smoke is horrendous and is in the 'unhealthy' range. We are expecting a 'dry front' to move in today with wind and lightning but no rain. The wind of course may do really scary things to the fires - but it will also blow a bit of smoke away.

That's interesting about your friend's eye. Thanks for sharing. My doctor is not being very forthcoming about what may be going on with my right eye; he's pretty defensive. In the meantime I can see OK with glasses with that eye and the second eye is very good. I'll see the eye doc for the last time on Friday and then with the new prescription, I'll be able to read with both eyes.

Aug 30, 2017, 10:06am Top

>229 streamsong: Hi Karen! I'm glad you like the poster. I like it so much I bought myself a copy through the fundraising site.

I just finished Killers of the Flower Moon a very sobering book at a shameful chapter in the Native American/white relations in which whites were murdering Osage Indians in order to get their oil money. Officially there were 24 murders. In reality the number of uninvestigated deaths that were probable murders was many times that.

Edited: Sep 3, 2017, 11:58am Top

A national treasure was lost yesterday when the Sperry Lodge in Glacier Park was burned by a wildfire.

Video of the fire blowup as seen from Mcdonald Lake: https://www.facebook.com/GlacierNPS/videos/vb.74553624911/10155088895919912/?type=2&theater

Sep 1, 2017, 5:14pm Top

>232 That is sad, Janet.

Sep 1, 2017, 7:38pm Top

We still talk about the link from your thread that we watched of the time lapse fire at Roaring Lion. It is a very difficult situation and in B.C. we have some major fires out of control challenges too.

Sep 2, 2017, 10:27am Top

Hi Janet - I hope you continue to stay out of the fires' paths. How frightening.

How lucky to see the eclipse, and it sounds like your trip there and back was wonderful as well.

>227 karenmarie: I LOVE the poster.

Great comments on Radium Girls. I want to get to this soon. We'll see.

Sep 3, 2017, 11:58am Top

>233 BLBera: Yes, Anita, it is a big loss. I have not heard anything on the US national news about it - but then they seem to be ignoring the Montana fires altogether. The chalet was only accessible through a fairly strenuous hike so I never made it. I always thought I would, though.

Edited: Sep 3, 2017, 12:10pm Top

>234 streamsong: Hi Mary - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, it's a particularly bad fire season this year in the western US and Canada, too.

I'm safe from everything but the smoke. I hope you're not getting nasty levels of it.

>235 streamsong: Thanks for stopping by, Beth! Yay! Another thumbs up for the poster. I hope you like (definitely the wrong word) Radium Girls. It's very sobering.

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 12:39pm Top

Here is how I'm starting my September reading:

- The Jane Austen Project - fun audio - a pair of travelers go back in time to meet Jane Austen and try to recover an unpublished book which she destroyed. Thanks for the suggestion, Roni!

- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks - reread for the RLBC

✔ (Completed) - The Sympathizer - taking me forever to finish this; don't especially want to pick it up, but don't want to give up, either.

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 12:38pm Top


I am really behind on these!
***Reading*** - How to be Human
How to be Muslim - read for 75'ers NF challenge
A Hiss Before Dying - read for 75'ers Series & Sequels
Stripped to the Bone: Portraits of Syrian Women by Ghada Alatrash (not yet received)

Requests From Library
Little Women - RLBC reading March in October
Longbourn - audio
Hillbilly Elegy
Oedipus Rex - because of the group read of Kafka on the Shore last month


RLBC: The Elephant's Story - Jose Saramago
AAC: Short Story Challenge - Battleborn - finish Snows of Kilamanjaro? (if I can find it)
BAC: THE NEW MILLENNIUM (Great Books Since 2000) A novel chosen from each year of the new century - Longbourn audio; Girl on the Train ?
75 er's NF: Gods, Demons and Spirits; How to be a Muslim (LTER)
Catwoman: Children's/YA/Graphic novels; Little Women (library)
CultureCat: Journalism & the Arts?
75'ers Series and Sequels: A Hiss Before Dying (LTER); Pigs in Heaven (ROOT); Merry Misogynist (ROOT)

Sep 5, 2017, 11:22am Top

I watched the movie version of Memoirs of a Geisha last night since I had enjoyed the novel earlier this year. Really beautifully done. I'm glad people commented on it and encouraged me to view it.

Sep 5, 2017, 11:53am Top

>206 streamsong: Good review of The Radium Girls, Janet. Glad to see this getting well-deserved attention.

Sorry, to hear about the fires, my friend. Hope they haven't affected you personally. Bummer, about the chalet. I saw that on FB.

Good luck finishing up The Sympathizer and I look forward to your thoughts on Battleborn.

Sep 5, 2017, 1:41pm Top

Hi Janet! I hope you're doing well.

So sad to hear about the Sperry Lodge.

I never heard about hurricanes when I was living in California, and now I rarely hear about weather events outside of the catastrophic ones if they aren't here in NC.

The Jane Austen Project was already on my wishlist, but now that I'm reminded of it, I really want it!

Sep 6, 2017, 6:23am Top

Hi Janet, Lurker passing through.

>243 That is a very impressive video, on YouTube. Seeing those beautiful forests in the first half of it, it's very sad to see them go up in smoke like that.

Sep 6, 2017, 7:07pm Top

Woo, those forest fire images are really something, Janet. What a rough time.

I followed Roni's The Jane Austen Project nudge, too, and had a thoroughly good time with it.

Edited: Sep 7, 2017, 10:26am Top

>241 streamsong: Hi Mark! Thanks for stopping by!

Yay! I finished The Sympathizer. I'm glad to have read it, although, for squeamish me, there was a bit too much torture. Another problem was that I started it for my RLBC at a time when my eyes were at their worst. I learned a lot about the Vietnam war from the Vietnamese perspective.

Thanks so much for sending it to me. I'll be happy to send it on if anyone wants it. It won the Pulitzer in 2016.

>242 EllaTim: Hi Karen. It's good to see you here!

You're right about not hearing about events outside of one's own region, but Montana has over a million acres burned and burning with over 40 active fires. An Amish community just lost 40 buildings (10 homes).

More structures are threatened in Glacier Park including the historic Lake McDonald Lodge.

I'm enjoying the Jane Austen Project. Somehow I've read several bleak books in a row and it's so good to have some light relief! Since I'm listening to that one in my car, I'm sure you'll finish it before I do!

Sep 7, 2017, 10:33am Top

>244 streamsong: Thanks so much for unlurking! I hope you visit again soon.

I'm glad you watched the video. It's very effective. We're definitely in a bad place with fires right now.

>245 streamsong: Hi Joe - it's good to see you! The images are rough. My town Hamilton is surrounded by fires, but not threatened. However the smoke is horrendous. Day after day after day of very unhealthy to hazardous smoke levels and now, they are forecasting no significant moisture for the next month.

Yay for The Jane Austen Project! I'm glad you enjoyed it, too!

Sep 7, 2017, 10:37am Top

And now I've started reading one of my long overdue for a review LTER books:

How to be Human

Yay for some fluffy reads! The weeks of smoke and low light are taking a toll on my mood.

I will get a new thread started hopefully later today.

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