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2018: LizzieD Ignores All Challenges Three Times

This is a continuation of the topic 2018: LizzieD Ignores All Challenges Twice.

75 Books Challenge for 2018

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Edited: Sep 19, 10:44am Top

There is a river in this picture, and here it is in the next one after some rain! And here it is, pretty much from the same spot, before the crest after Florence. The bank is pretty steep, but you see it lapping at the pavement.

Edited: Oct 13, 5:15pm Top


37. *Day of the Dead
38. Sense and Sensibility (reread)
39. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (reread)
40. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
41. *The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson

Into the house in August

69. Johnny One-Eye - AMP
70. The Overstory - AMP
71. News of the World - PBS
72. The Isaac Quartet - AMP
73. Shine Shine Shine - PBS
74. Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir - PBS
75. Julian Fellowes's Belgravia - Kindle Daily Deal
76. Living with the Laird - AMP
77. Low Town - Kindle Deal through BookBub


42. The Disorderly Knights (many times reread)
43. Europe in Autumn
44. The Hired Man
45. Agent of Change (reread)
46.* Shell Game
47. The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs
48. Intruder

Into the House in September

78. Shell Game ✔ - ER
79. Fear: Trump in the White House
80. Rebellion: The History of England from James I to the Glorious Revolution - Kindle Daily Deal
81. Revolution: The History of England from the Battle of the Boyne to the Battle of Waterloo - Kindle Daily Deal
82. Master of Verona - Kindle Freebie
83. Lying Awake - PBS

49. Crosstalk

Into the House in October
83. John the Pupil - Kindle deal through Bookbub
84. Queen of Bebop
85. The Ballad of Tom Black - Tor Freebie for Kindle
86. Looking for a Ship - AMP
87. Neither Here Nor There - Library Sale
88. How to Win a Roman Chariot Race - Library Sale

Out of the House
Mine ~ 5 Wards' ~ 19 L's ~ 3

Edited: Oct 13, 5:17pm Top

Bookmarked for Reading in October

Aug 2, 6:16pm Top

DAY OF THE DEAD by Nicci French

I have waited and waited and waited for this final installment of Frieda Klein's story. With great thanks to ER, I have now read it! My review is on the book page. It's a must-read for those who have gotten wrapped up in the series.

Aug 3, 9:08am Top

Happy new thread!

Aug 3, 12:47pm Top

Thank you, Jim!

Aug 3, 5:14pm Top

Happy new thread, Peggy!
>4 LizzieD: With the final book available now, I can start reading the Frida Klein books soon :-)

Aug 3, 6:18pm Top

>1 LizzieD: I spy the river!

>4 LizzieD: I have Wednesday-Friday out from the library. I am reading as hard as I can, I just can't keep up. I had ALL the holds come in at once. Only 17 books. *shrug*

Aug 3, 11:32pm Top

Yay! Anita and Jenn, you are both good to visit!!!!! Do start Frieda Klein when you aren't doing anything else much..... They're that good; you'll want to spend your time with her.
Oh, Jenn... 17 books is a dreadful burden if you have to get them back in a limited time.
I read Sense and Sensibility today and a bit of The Mad Patagonian, so I'm feeling fine!

Aug 3, 11:53pm Top

>3 LizzieD: I can't just read one Dorothy Dunnett book - I pick up one and it's a week or so later that I come up for air. Except The King Herafter - that one I have to put down after the great storm. Or the fire. But then I pick it up and finish it. Usually.

Aug 4, 11:08pm Top

I know whereof you speak, Susan. That's why I haven't picked up the one I say I'm rereading. If I start, I won't read anything else, and I really need to press on with *MP* and the S. Weil. I haven't read all the Nicollo books although I've started the series and read 4 or 5 many times. At that point I'm missing Frances so much that I start to reread them. Maybe going through Lymond first will allow me to pursue Nicollo to the end. I haven't reread the Johnson Johnson mysteries although I enjoyed them, and I've never read her stand-alones like King Hereafter. I have to read a long, long time. Really!

Aug 4, 11:16pm Top

>11 LizzieD: As much as I love the Lymond books I don't quite like Lymond himself, whereas I love Nicollo - I've met him a couple of times and he is charming and scary.

Aug 5, 10:36pm Top

Now that's interesting, Susan. I'm in love with Lymond - I don't know how much I actually like him, perfection that he is. I'll give Nicollo another chance, but I have to get back to Mr. Crawford first.

As always, sense wins - not least by JA's wit and trenchant observations. She had sensibility too though, or we wouldn't love her love stories. Now I confess that I'll hook up the VCR and see whether it will still play my *S&S* tape - when I find it.

Aug 6, 2:23am Top

Happy New Thread, Peggy.

I loved The Hired Man!

Aug 6, 6:59am Top

>13 LizzieD: do you have cable, Peggy? We come across S&S on cable networks pretty often. I'm just trying to spare you the hunt for your tape and subsequent VCR hookup challenges. We just connected a new receiver to our TV this weekend so the traumatic memories are pretty fresh LOL.

Aug 6, 9:29am Top

Happy new thread, Peggy. You have some good-looking reads planned for August. I loved my first Forna, Happiness, and have The Hired Man on my shelf. Maybe I should join you...

Edited: Aug 6, 9:32am Top

Hi Peggy, me again! Another LT friend recently shared this article about Anthony Powell with me. I thought you'd enjoy it as well:

My husband promptly ordered the first of Powell's Journals. Have you read them by any chance?

Edited: Aug 7, 12:21pm Top

Ellen, I think you are the reason that I pulled The Hired Man now. I loved Memory of Love, so I was definitely up for it. Beth, you maybe should join me, and then I might spend more time with it. My problem is that I want to spend the same time with 14 or 15 things. I'm looking at The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson as a serious add-on, and it's spot on as well as I can tell.
Laura, my mom does have cable, and I'm over there during the day, but for whatever reason, I don't see *S&S* on offer very often. Thanks for the hint though!
And thank you for the A. Powell article, which I'll have to read later - but now I can, thanks to you. I haven't read his journals - didn't realize they were available. I did read To Keep the Ball Rolling, which is the first (I think )of his memoirs. At the time, in my first flush or AP love, I didn't know that he had written more. Of course he had! I also have the Spurling bio, but I haven't read it either.
No wonder I want to read 14 or 15 at the same time!

Aug 7, 7:39am Top

I understand completely, Peggy, I always have a few books queued up to *definitely* read next, and at the same time am tempted by LTer recommendations.

Aug 7, 8:02am Top

Hi Peggy!

Congrats on finishing The Day of the Dead and your re-read of Sense and Sensibility. With Jenna home I'm not getting much reading done, but school starts back up for the fall semester soon and she'll be returning to Wilmington. She got an A in her first true Business Administration class - Principles of Management - and will be taking 4 classes this fall.

I do not see the river in the picture, but with all the rain we've had here, too, I can't see our creek. The grass has not stunted yet and Bill's grumbling about the mowing.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Edited: Aug 7, 12:26pm Top

Ah, Laura. I know that LT is the one place in the world that people are sure to understand me!
Karen, you can't see the river in that pic because it's so low. Finally, it is at least back to normal, and I'll get a pic and post it in the next day or so - maybe today. We didn't get as much rain as a lot of the surrounding communities, but we're in much better shape than we were before. (The farmers' take is,"A dry summer will scare you to death, but a wet summer will truly kill you.")
GOOD for Jenna! I'll bet she's energized to get on with it!!!!! I know you're proud...........me too.
(My other J. Charyn novel, Johnny One-Eye came today. It's a sort of John Barth-ish (I think) look at the American Revolution. I'll be hard-pressed to decide between it and Emily. AND I have a collection of his 1st 3 mysteries on the way. Love AMP!

Edited: Aug 7, 5:01pm Top

As I write to you the rain is pouring down and we are happy! I hope it will rain for several hours! Probably it won't.

OK PEOPLE. Listen up! One Word: PUPPY!!. We have a puppy waiting for us in northern New Jersey. Pick up is next Monday.

I am seriously considering naming him Thady Boy Ballagh. Oh yes. That was in many ways my favorite of the Lymond books.

Will post pix when I have some I like enough to post them. Most are too formal!

Aug 8, 10:56pm Top

>22 sibyx: Hooray for PUPPY! And my vote for Thady Boy! My second choice name would be Kuzum from Pawn in Frankincense, my favorite of the Lymond novels maybe.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Where shall I begin my unremarkable life?
The Divil himself would have to kill me before I'd ever leave Clara again.
~ Johnny One-Eye

***Quote of the Day*** ---- or *Week* --- or *Month*
The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident.
~ Charles Lamb (*Epigrams*)

Aug 9, 3:03pm Top

Happy new thread Peggy!

>13 LizzieD: Hurrah for S&S. I'm reading Frances Burney's The Wanderer which was contemporaneous with Austen and features a character called Elinor who is much more sensibility (as opposed to sense) than the Elinor in S&S. That thought keeps amusing me (and I wonder if Burney had read S&S).

Aug 10, 11:00pm Top

Well, hi, Heather! Interesting question - did Burney read Austen? I've passed up the chance to read Burney with help, doggone it. Oh well.....so little time.
More of *HP6* and *MP*. I'd quote some of *MP* except that I think I'm going to write a review of the first half, and I'll save my quotations for that. Stay tuned! ( I know you're all waiting with bated breath.)

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Captain Kidd laid out the Boston Morning Journal on the lectern and began to read from the article on the Fifteenth Amendment.
He said he had a message to deliver, contents unknown.
~ News of the World

***Quote of the Day***
Don't be humble. You're not that great.
~ Golda Meir (*1,911*)

Aug 10, 11:13pm Top

I am so far behind on LT. Happy new thread!!! You really do have to post another pic of the river, because it's not obvious in either of the two you posted. ; )

Love the last Quote of the Day: "Don't be humble. You're not that great." LOL!

Aug 11, 7:29am Top

>25 LizzieD: great quote. As it happens, I'm currently reading the biography Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel for a RL book group. It's super-chunkster, but our discussion is not until October 1 so I'm taking it slowly. I just reached the point where Golda leaves the US to live in Palestine. Even in her youth she showed signs of someone who would utter that quote.

Aug 11, 9:43am Top

Hi Peggy! Wishing you a wonderful Saturday.

We've had enough rain up here. We got another 1.75" Thursday evening and had power flickers.

Edited: Aug 11, 11:04pm Top

Hi, Kim! Look through the horizontal fronds of goldenrod in the foreground in the second pic --- that's river through to the opposite bank (see the reflection of trees?). That's about as good as I can get right now because of all the growth...... We used to use the overlook, but it was submerged after Matthew, is now unsafe, and covered with head-high plants anyway.
Laura, I'm devoted to huge biographies and haven't managed to read even one this year. Glad for the serendipity of a Meir quote for you.
We got more rain this afternoon too, Karen, but we're on the natural river levee and it runs off quickly - we don't even have toadstools/mushrooms in the yard yet. We have also had power flickers, and I'm afraid they are a sign of worse to come.

I had read this one over a period of several months, so this quicker reading was almost like the first time. I'm moving right on to #7 for the first time, so that says all I need for a person who wasn't so enchanted the first time through.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
Deep in the darkness, there was a tiny light.
And she looks just like you.
~ Shine Shine Shine

***Quote of the Day***
We boil at different degrees.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson (*Epigrams*)

Edited: Aug 12, 11:56pm Top

I saw a thing on PBS about Pride & Prejudice as a Great Read (duh). In any case, the "review" made me want to read that one again.

Aug 14, 9:00pm Top

Interesting to consider what authors influenced Austen. I've only read bio of her, but I can't remember that being discussed. I suppose it would have to be speculative in any case.

Aug 16, 11:16pm Top

Hi, Ellen and Lucy. All Janeites welcome!
Well, we know who influenced her negatively - those gothic novelists - but I certainly don't know. A quick google shows Richardson, Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth. O.K.

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I hadn't known the name of my maternal great-grandmother, but once I did I thought that might be all I ever would manage to find out.
To forget or deny that is an insult to the women who have gone before, women like my grandmother and mother.
~ Hidden Lives: A Family Memoir

***Quote of the Day***
Never wrote a Mass in A.
It'd have been just too bad
If he had.
~ Anthony Butts (*1,911*)

Aug 20, 7:23pm Top

Hey, Peggy, I'm back home and just starting to catch up with everyone. ((((Peggy))))

Aug 23, 8:41am Top

Hi Peggy!

I'm a Janeite, too. I have lecture on audio by a man named Elliot Engel called The Brilliance of Jane Austen. I also have another one by him called How William Became Shakespeare. Both are fun and informative. Engel personally is a Dickensian. He paints people as one or the other, but you're both and although I'm not officially a Dickensian, I've at least got a few of his novels under my belt now and like him much, much better than I thought I would, having only read David Copperfield previously to the three recent challenges here on LT.

I hope you're getting some of the milder weather we're supposed to get for the next several days - highs in the low 70s to early 80s and nights in the 50s or 60s.

Aug 23, 8:31pm Top

Hi, Karen! E. Engel taught a few classes on Dickens in the county back in the 80s, and my mom and I attended them. He is a lot of fun, and we recognized each other as true Dickens Disciples.
We did love today's weather. It was still warm - warmer than you were - but so delightfully dry! Didn't bother the mosquitoes though.
I had a basal cell removed from the bridge of my nose, and since I can't swim this week, I remain lethargic. Not doing a lot of reading, I'm afraid. Oh well.

Aug 24, 8:05am Top

How lucky you are to have seen Engel.

I'm sorry about the basal cell removal and consequent ban on swimming. I hope your lethargy and lack of reading are temporary.

Yay for lack of humidity for sure. I washed my Ford Escape yesterday. It took a total of 3 hours with breaks, 4 stages (vacuum, interior, wash/dry exterior, windex exterior windows and windshield), and 3 ibuprophen. I'm getting too old for this.....

Aug 24, 11:53pm Top

>20 karenmarie: Karen, there's one more shot of the river above. It's pretty small, and I see that I neglected to mention that it's a black water river. Now that you know, maybe you can spot it in the first two pix.
I would never ever spend 3 hours on my car - even if I thought I felt like it --- even with breaks and ibuprophen! You are the woman!

Aug 25, 9:30am Top

Yup, I see the water now. I'm fascinated by black water rivers, BTW. Rivers in NC seem to be mostly any color except blue - green, brown, black.

I'm the cheap woman - I didn't want to spend $20 but wanted a clean car.

Aug 25, 1:14pm Top

Happy weekend, (((((Peggy)))))
We have rain, real rain, not thunderstorm rain, and the temps are down, finally! This summer has been too long and way too hot. :)

Aug 25, 3:59pm Top

Just for you, Peggy!

Aug 25, 11:02pm Top

Hi, Karen, Nathalie, and Roni! Glad to see you!!! Oh - those synonym rolls! If you ate several, maybe it wouldn't count because they all mean the same thing? Oh well. I tried.
I'm the messy woman. I just don't care. I like clean, but it's not a huge priority. We try to keep the health inspectors away, but otherwise, otherwise, cleaning is a bad use of time.

I'm happy to have read the whole thing now. I really have nothing else to say about it
On to the next!

Aug 26, 9:17am Top

>41 LizzieD: I am about to start Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Peggy. Re-reading them all after 8 years.

Aug 26, 8:44pm Top

>40 ronincats: I love it!

>41 LizzieD: I'm with you re: the cleaning, Peggy. So many better things to do...

Aug 26, 10:21pm Top

Enjoy, Anita! I still like the early ones best.
Ah, Beth! I'd like to say "great minds," but that's not the case with me. I just flat don't have a clean gene in my body. (My aunt {Clean Jean} got my share - the one who damp-mopped her rugs after their daily vacuum and covered the shoe boxes in her closet with leftover wallpaper from her bedroom.) My DH can straighten and make a room look great. I can clean and fix, and it still looks not quite right. Oh well.

Aug 27, 12:11am Top

>40 ronincats: Love that T-shirt!

And now I see the waters in the topper. Thanks for the tip. ; )

I am happy to report we just got our first (little bit of) rain in weeks. Our temperature is nice and cool and our air is back to breathable. Finally!

Enjoy Harry...!

Aug 27, 7:37am Top

Hi, Kim! Quite a treat to have both twins on my thread! I rejoice with you on your breathable air. We're back to high summer this week - high temps and humidity. Oh well.

Edited: Aug 28, 11:07pm Top


Often a true reader emerges from a beloved book and writes her review in the rhythms and diction of the author. If she has a good ear, her review may echo her beloved accurately. Jerome Charyn has read Emily Dickinson, loved her, and now echoes her with uncanny accuracy, for his ear is impeccable.
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson is a book-long echo.
Charyn’s Emily is a carnal woman trapped in the body of the spinster or old maid that she names herself. Charyn does not engage with the poetry but instead shapes his book around three characters of his own invention who allow Emily to reveal her true self.
This Emily meets Tom, the handy-man, at Mt. Holyoke. He is the only male on campus, so Emily is always aware of him. At the same time she has a relationship with Zilpah Marsh, a scholarship girl, beloved of the vice-principal, who is also attracted to Tom. (“Scholarship” and “vice-principal” are my words, not Emily’s of Charyn’s.) Emily scribbles and longs for a man who will allow her to escape the domination of her father, whom she also loves devotedly. This is actually not quite right. Charyn’s Emily is not a person who can be caught in a few words, but these are my best. She does emerge as a flesh-and-blood person, totally believable and, I suspect, totally true to the writer of her verses.

Sep 2, 11:54am Top

Hi Peggy! I hope this finds you well. I've (finally) started the second Frieda Klein and so hope to get through the series and my ER 8th book before they send the ER police after me.

I hope you're staying cool in this oppressive nastiness.

Sep 2, 12:41pm Top

>47 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy. I always wish we knew her better, and maybe this is how to do it!

Sep 2, 11:01pm Top

Thanks for the visit, Karen and Rex!
K, I think the 2nd book will firmly hook you.
R, I hope you'll be as intrigued with Charyn's Emily as I am. She's not who I imagined, but I haven't read the poems extensively - really only the 20 or so that are always anthologized. Another thing to keep me attached to this good earth!

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
I knew when I married the man that I married the mansion.
There is another home, another place in his imagination where he can always go.
~ Living with the Laird

***Quote of the Day***
I don't deserve this award, but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either.
~ Jack Benny (*1,911*)

Sep 3, 9:40am Top

Oh, Jack Benny.

So happy to see the Laird quote above.

Sep 3, 10:06am Top

Hi Peggy. I hope the heat is letting up a bit.

Lovely comments on the Charyn book. Onto the list it goes.

Sep 3, 11:40am Top

Hi Peggy--Twin posted (>52 BLBera:), so I have to as well!! LOL. Intriguing review of The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson. I have read a fair amount of her poetry because she was from Amherst, MA, where I went to college, and she was very popular there. I might have to give this a try. Hope the heat and humidity behave today. : )

Sep 3, 11:31pm Top

I'm happy to see you twins and hope that you enjoy the Charyn when you get to it.
Hmmmm. An old boyfriend went to Amherst when he got back from Vietnam. Quite a place!
Thanks for the recce of the *Laird*, Lucy. I'll get to it.
I'm reading The Disorderly Knights almost to the exclusion of everything else. Susan is right: once you get started on Dunnett, it's hard to stop.
I guess I should fess up to sneak-reading Europe in Autumn. I can't recall who recommended it, but I'm enjoying it too. I was at a bad place in The Hired Man, so being a coward, I stopped it for a bit.

Edited: Sep 5, 7:17am Top

I've been meaning to pass this on to you since my DH told me these two funnies recently. Crusoe Island is one of the most isolated communities in SE NC. He kept bees there for several years, 20 or so years ago. The natives are said to be French Huguenots or French escapees from early 19th century Haiti, or even Portuguese(!). It's a place that keeps itself to itself. (I had one friend from the environs, Ms. Formy-Duval, just so you'll know.)
Anyway, DH was a friend of one BoBo Clewis, who told him that his third wife said she'd marry him if he'd get her a pink massage for the wedding.
BoBo's father, in divorce court with his third wife or so, listened while the judge awarded custody of her children from a previous marriage to his wife. He was given their children. Mr. Clewis is said to have stood up in court and said, "I object! She's getting the best ones!'
Hope that made your day, or at least your minute.

Sep 5, 12:20am Top

Sep 5, 6:16pm Top

>55 LizzieD: parents, like teachers, do have favourites then?? Surely not ;) ;) ;)

Sep 5, 10:41pm Top

Hi, Susan and Megan. I can only assume (judging from my feelings for my cats) that parents love equally but differently. The less said about M. Clewis, the better, I guess.

Sep 5, 11:37pm Top

>58 LizzieD: I certainly love one of my dogs more than the others. And it's not because she's better behaved. They are all bad.

Sep 6, 12:25pm Top

>55 LizzieD: I laughed at the story about Crusoe Island. It brightened my day. And you are right, parents and grandparents do love equally but differently.

Sep 6, 9:29pm Top

Sep 6, 11:36pm Top

Oh dear, Susan. I guess that I speak only for myself and maybe Jan or that I'm just fooling myself. They are all bad. *grin*
Hi, Beth! Glad that you enjoyed the Crusoe Island story - Jan too.
I wish I could say that I'm a reading machine, but it goes very slowly. At least I'm back with Lymond if not with *MP*. I'll get there eventually.

Sep 7, 8:32am Top

Hi Peggy!

I don't think I love Kitty William more than Inara Starbuck, but I do admit that when I had 5, I had a least favorite cat (Coco Chanel) and a favorite (Magic).

Have you read the ER Frieda Klein yet? If I had the 3rd one at the house I'd have immediately started it, but I'll have to acquire it somehow.

Edited: Sep 7, 12:56pm Top

Oh yes, Karen! My review, such as it is, is on the book page. I loved it a little less than some of the others, but that may be because I knew it was the last, or at least the last with the Dean Reeve business. (That last is mere speculation. I suspect that the team is tiring of Frieda a bit, and I certainly haven't heard anything that would indicate that they will write more with her.)
I think some of my dog love is helped by the fact that we seem to get the same dog every time. She looks different and has some different personality quirks, but basically, she's the same sweet dog. As to the cats, I might like some less than others, but the thought of losing any one fills me with the same dread.
ETA: I got used copies of the Friedas and then passed them on, or I'd send you #3.

Sep 9, 4:29am Top

Happy Sunday Peggy! :)

Totally agree on the cleaning philosophy!

Our dogs were all totally different, but they were also different races: dachshunds, beagle, cocker spaniel and jack russell. Even the dachshunds were different, one was an arrogant and proud hunter, the other one a laid-back lazy hippie. *nostalgic sigh*

Sep 9, 10:20am Top

Hi Peggy!

Thanks for thinking of me, even if you don't have book 3. I'm hoping against hope that it turns up at the Friends of the Library sale. I help set up the mystery section with friend Rhoda, so will see any Frieda Kleins and snag them as my volunteer book(s).

I cried for every cat we've lost, even pee-down-the-heating-vents Coco.

Sep 9, 2:30pm Top

Fingers crossed for you all that this hurricane heads out to sea and away from you. If it doesn't, we will come dig you out.

Love the pet talk. I had two dogs, at different times, growing up. Our first was a feisty Beagle named Zipper. She was allowed in the house if she sat in her chair. She had her own chair near the sliding glass door. She used to escape by jiggling the gate until the latch lifted and then she would run across the street out into the fields and all we could see was the tip of her tail chasing rabbits. I was 12 when she died and I cried for days. Our other dog was a Basset named Flash. She was a dog we got from a family who split up and couldn't take the dog for some reason. She was a funny old thing. She would trip over her ears and if we laughed she would turn her back to us and refuse to look at us for a while.

Sep 9, 5:15pm Top

Hi, Karen and Jenn!
Oh no for Coco! Poor Pinky just peed on the furniture........... And I hope your FoL perks pay off for you with several Friedas, Karen.
Thanks for the hurricane wishes, Jenn. It looks as though it's going to head right for us. Fran and Floyd certainly did. Wonder what it is about F storms and NC? We've stocked up on water and batteries and checked our meds and animal food. I guess maybe I'll be thankful that the walnut tree is gone if we do get a hard hit. Poor RobCo can't really deal with another one.
Love your dog stories too, Jenn.

Sep 10, 6:22pm Top

Peggy, as soon as I heard about Hurricane Florence, I thought of you. I think I remember you saying you are on higher ground and I hope that helps. I hope it lessens or turns!

Sep 10, 10:57pm Top

Oh, Jan. I do so hope it turns out to sea so that nobody has to deal with it.
Unless a tree falls on us or something is blown into us, we should be O.K. We are on high ground, and the worst/most likely danger is flooding again even though they're saying that we're in for only 7" this time rather than the 15 we got with Matthew. Another good thing is that we've been very dry, so the ground isn't already saturated. That said, the county has no resources to deal with another catastrophe. It's a sad, troubling thing for sure! Thank you for good thoughts!

Sep 10, 11:54pm Top

Hopefully all those factors will work in your community's favor, Peggy!

Sep 11, 9:09pm Top

Fingers crossed that Florence isn't as bad as they expect, Peggy. Stay safe. It sounds like you know the drill.

Sep 11, 9:52pm Top

Thanks for good wishes, Roni and Beth.
Store shelves are bare, so at least some of the population is prepared as far as possible. Shelters open tomorrow. School is out indefinitely. We hope we can start to rebuild Monday. We'll just have to see!

Sep 12, 11:09pm Top


There's nobody like D. Dunnett, and there's certainly nobody like Francis Crawford of Lymond! Once I got back into this one, I couldn't put it down - again. Francis and friends and enemies go from Malta to Scotland as Francis hones a small private army. He is joined by the perfect Graham Malett, Grand Knight of Malta, who seeks to convert Francis and join him in his quest. Add Gabriel's (GM's nickname) gorgeous sister Joleta of the apricot hair and aquamarine eyes and the more prosaic Philippa Somerville, and you have Dunnett's formula for solid history, action, adventure, and whatever else you want in 100% entertainment.
Since Pawn in Frankincense, my favorite of the Lymond novels, is next, I'm off to read it too.

Sep 13, 12:12am Top

Good luck over the next few days, Peggy!

Sep 13, 11:03pm Top

Thank you, Friend.
We expect to lose electricity, so this is likely my last visit to this friendly place for a few days. I just devoutly hope that we can keep our water.

Sep 13, 11:47pm Top

Keeping you in our thoughts and hearts, Peggy!

Sep 14, 2:23am Top

Thinking of you, Peggy. Hope things go okay for you and yours.

Sep 14, 9:58am Top

Adding my voice, Peggy.

Sep 14, 10:10am Top

My thanks for all good wishes, Roni, Laura, and Lucy! They're saying 20-26" of rain here between now and Monday, and that the river will flood worse than it did in Matthew. I can't tell you how devastating this is for my poor town. We still have work crews repairing houses from Matt. So far, we just have rain and wind, but it's only just started. I'm here while we have power.....my priority!

EUROPE IN AUTUMN by Dave Hutchinson
I don't remember who recommended this one, but thank you. I really enjoyed the book. For ¾ of the book I didn't know what the scifi designation meant. It began as a sort of spy novel set in a near-future eastern Europe, which has divided into hundreds of tiny principalities. Coureurs get packages, human and otherwise, across borders. Our hero, Rudi, is a chef, who does one easy coureur run and then is drawn into the service.
I'll be reading the sequel pretty soon; it's already on my Kindle.

Sep 14, 10:41am Top

You're in my thoughts and prayers, Peggy! I hope you, your DH, and your mother stay safe through Florence. They're talking about your river flooding and 20+ inches of rain on the news.

Sep 14, 11:13am Top

Oh dear. Things are going to be tough for you and yours for awhile, Peggy. I’ll be praying that you and yours (and all others in the path of Florence) stay safe and strong.

Sep 14, 11:55am Top

I'll be thinking of you, and I hope you and yours stay safe, dry, and well.

Sep 14, 12:31pm Top

Adding my thoughts and prayers toward you and others in your area.

Sep 14, 4:55pm Top

Thinking of you, Peggy!

Sep 14, 7:04pm Top

Take care Peggy.

Sep 14, 10:03pm Top

I'm not much on LT lately, but this evening your town popped out on the TV weather map, so I'm checking in. Hoping all is as well as it can be.

Sep 15, 6:42am Top

Stopping by to add my thoughts for you and the town.

Sep 15, 11:15am Top

Stay safe Peggy.

Sep 15, 8:58pm Top

Just chiming in with more good wishes, Peggy This is not a drill, as they say. So many people and places affected. I hope you are doing OK.

Sep 16, 1:29am Top

Thinking of you Peggy, stay safe

Sep 16, 8:53am Top

Thinking about you, Peggy.

Sep 16, 8:41pm Top

We are thinking about you all. Praying that you are all safe and well.

Sep 16, 9:07pm Top

Thinking of you.

Sep 17, 10:36am Top

Oh my. I'll come back and thank each one of you. I am so grateful for your kind thoughts!
We're fine............got our power back last night and cable w/ Internet this morning. We have water right this minute, but losing it is a good possibility since the river hasn't crested yet. It was tedious for us 3 (DH, Mama, & me) but devastation upon devastation for the flood-prone in our town.
I'm just now seeing pictures on the Weather Channel. Horrors. I'll post pics of the river 2 blocks away. (We are at about the top of the natural river levee, so we won't flood unless it comes up 100 feet or so; the crest should be 24 feet plus - about the same as Matthew.)
Off to shower just in case!

Sep 17, 11:55am Top

So good to hear from you this morning! We have been watching your river and worrying. The next few days will be rough as the rivers crest. So much water!

Sep 17, 12:42pm Top

I'm glad to see that you're safe and sound and have power, cable and internet. Plus water, of course. I'm so glad that you're not flooded - I was worried when I saw how close your street is to the river. Yay!

Sep 17, 12:45pm Top

Thank goodness you're all safe, Peggy. I really appreciate you taking the time to check in here. The Virago Group is also following your situation with interest, so I linked to your thread over there.

Sep 17, 12:52pm Top

Great to hear that you are safe, Peggy. Thanks for the update. Good luck!

Sep 17, 2:18pm Top

Peggy, I'm so relieved to hear you are safe. Thanks for letting all of us know.

Sep 18, 7:01pm Top

Thank goodness you’re safe Peggy. I kept hearing Lumberton come up on the news and was quite worried.

Sep 18, 11:17pm Top

Great thanks for your concern! I feel guilty getting your attention. We were inconvenienced by 4 days without electricity, but everything is back to normal for us except that no grocery store has been able to get perishable items in yet. We have a LOT of cans! On the other hand, you can't have too much sympathy for my poor town. South and West Lumberton, two of the poorest places in this poverty-stricken area, were hit again. The pics you see on the national news are from one or the other. I don't know what people do when they have no resources to begin with and then lose the little that they have.
Anyway, thank you for caring, Bonnie, Jan, Beth, Laura, Karen, Jenn, Roni, Nathalie, Linda, Heather, Katherine (!!! It's lovely to see your name on my thread!!!), Janet, Larry (you welcome guest from Karen's thread), and Donna. I hope I haven't left anybody out. I'm a very rich woman to have caring friends.

Sep 19, 7:03am Top

>102 LizzieD: I don't know what people do when they have no resources to begin with and then lose the little that they have.

Yes, that is very sad. Especially when you realize the same people were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew not so long ago.

Edited: Sep 19, 11:11pm Top

Yes, Laura. The President came to NC and SC today, and I fervently pray that something caught his attention and touched him so that he will be compelled to offer help. Some of his own $###,###s would be good too.

On another note, here is a bit from our dear lit_chick/Nancy, who doesn't have a thread this year for the first time in several years (she said I could let you all know):

Have had some misadventure too: was burned out of my home first week of July by an electrical fire that started in the neighbouring unit. I and Cairo are fine, but it is a stressful time. Hoping to be back home by spring. In the meantime, I am thankful for insurance and a condo on the lake (decent place to be homeless).

Incidentally, I'm about to finish my ER ARC and will try valiantly to say something about it and my other two unremarked-upon books tomorrow.

Sep 20, 2:12am Top

Glad to hear you and your family are ok Peggy. So sad to hear your local area has been devastated again though. And thank you for letting us know about Nancy and Cairo!

Sep 20, 7:06am Top

>104 LizzieD: I saw something about he who shall not be named making light of the situation, telling someone "at least they got a good boat out of it". Was that in your area? What a despicable person.

Thank you for sharing Nancy's update. I miss her thread! I'm glad she's okay but that must be a very difficult situation for her and Cairo.

Sep 20, 5:50pm Top

Glad you’re ok, Peggy. And your mom?

Thumbs up to >106 lauralkeet:

Sep 20, 6:57pm Top

Thanks for letting us know about Nancy. I also miss her thread.

Sep 20, 11:49pm Top

Laura, I couldn't believe it..... (I mean, I could, of course, but I had to check it out.) Sure enough, he said it to "lighten the situation" according to the account I read. So tone deaf to any human music! I've started *Fear*, and it is certainly terrifying me.
Thanks, Rex. Mama is right across the street from us and is fine. I stayed with her the nights that we were without power; I'm with her during the day anyway.
Oh Beth and Laura, I miss Nancy too.
Now..... I don't think I've ever done this, but I need to make a statement or two about my reading so far.

THE HIRED MAN by Aminatta Forna

I really loved Memory of Love, Forna's first novel, and I think that this is a much better book: tighter, more skillfully atmospheric. I didn't like it quite as much though.
The arrival of an English woman and her teen-aged children in a Croatian village is the impetus for revealing the conflict just below the surface. The man she hires to work on the house she bought knew the family who built it intimately. All is idyllic on the surface as far as Laura is concerned, but Duro remembers everything. The reader learns more and more as Duro goes about his business. Anything more would spoil. but I do recommend this one, especially for readers who are interested in how a writer goes about insinuating menace.

AGENT OF CHANGE by Sharon Lee (reread)

I thought my mother might enjoy this one and started reading it to her one night when we were without electricity. She rejected it, but I was due for a comfort read, and this one answered admirably. Shan and Priscilla are my favorite Liaden Universe characters, and it was pure fun to begin their story again.

SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky

Since this is an ER ARC, I reviewed it on the book page. I've missed a couple in the series, but it wasn't hard to pick this one up out of order. I enjoyed it a lot. Vic is a woman I'd love to spend time with, and I'd want her in my corner if I were in trouble.

Sep 21, 1:04am Top

There you are, Peggy! I saw a little news of you on your Facebook page and am relieved to see more news of you here. I'm so glad if you, your husband and mother are staying safe. I've seen pictures of Lumberton on the news, and it looks like far more of an adventure than anyone could possibly want. How tragic that so many have had their lives completely disrupted and lost so much! Joan

Sep 21, 7:08am Top

>109 LizzieD: I totally agree with your compare/contrast of the two Forna novels, Peggy. I enjoyed them both, the second is better written, but somehow I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the first.

Sep 21, 2:53pm Top

I loved Forna's new one, Happiness, and want to read more by her, Peggy. Both the ones you mentioned are on my list.

I am also a Paretsky fan. It's been a while since I read one. I think Blacklist is the next one for me.

Sep 21, 3:47pm Top

>104 LizzieD: Thank you for sharing about Nancy. I wondered where she had been this year. I am so glad she is OK.

My heart is broken for all the people in your town. So many just got back into their homes and have now lost everything again. It is just awful. Be sure there are a lot of people west of you waiting for permission to come and help with clean up.

Sep 21, 11:04pm Top

Happy to hear from you, Words3! It's a sad time here for sure. Thank you for dropping by!
Laura, I love it when you agree with me about less love than lots of other folks have for a book. I'm thinking that maybe they haven't yet read *MoL*.
Beth, I will surely get to *Happiness*, and I sort of hope that it combines the best of *MoL* and *THM*. I have vague memories of Blacklist; the two I haven't read yet are Brush Back and *Fallout*
Hi, Jenn! Nancy and Cairo seem to have landed on their feet, but it has to be a trying time. Thank you for kind thoughts about our neighbors. The Mennonites and Baptists are back serving hot meals, and the teams from the Brethren (oh golly - I don't know their official name) were already in place doing rebuilding from Matthew. I showered and washed my hair tonight whether I should have or not, but I haven't had a shower in several days trying to conserve water. I'll tell you, we take a lot for granted.
I'm reading *Fear* in fear and trembling. I dipped into dinosaurs and Intruder a bit today and even tried refreshing my place in The Mad Patagonian. That's all.

Sep 22, 2:33am Top

>109 LizzieD: Shan and Priscilla are my favorites too, but they come in at Conflict of Honors! I do hope to see more of them soon! I'm glad you're recovering. A good shower does help some.

Sep 22, 8:47am Top

Hi Peggy!

We absolutely take showers and running water, electricity, and natural gas/propane for granted. It's always such a shock when one or more of them isn't available.

"South of US 64" is still in danger with all water still flowing south. Continue to stay safe.

Edited: Sep 23, 1:27pm Top

Read your earlier posts during the week but couldn't post. Thinking of you, yours and the people in your town. Thank you for the updates!

Sep 24, 11:58am Top

So glad to hear all is well with you and yours. Hoping the rest of your town recovers quickly. So much rain!!

Sep 24, 11:30pm Top

My thanks for visits, Susan, Karen, Nathalie, and Kim!
Our river isn't going to get any worse, I don't think although the same is not true for others in the general area. As I've said, we're up the hill, two blocks away and can smell it - not at all pleasant. And mosquitoes come in clouds as soon as you crack a door. Again, these are only small unpleasantnesses when compared with people who have that smell in their houses. I don't know what FEMA will do this time. Matthew was supposed to be a 500-year event, so they paid for people like my SIL, who had a foot or so of water in her basement, to rebuild/repair in place. Now, two years later, Florence is a 500-1,000 year event. How many times will they bail people out? And what will people do if FEMA doesn't help?

Sep 25, 1:01pm Top

My heart goes out to all those who have hurricane damage. You raise some important questions about FEMA and what can be done to help. Our church (Methodist) has been raising money and can hopefully make a difference in small ways. We do take our comforts for granted.

Thank you for letting us know about Nancy (and Cairo). I do worry about our LT friends when they go AWOL!

I am a big fan of The Memory of Love and want to read more by Forna. Interesting that The Hired Man is better technically but didn’t have the impact of MoL. My ratings reflect my impressions of a book rather than stylistic excellence. After all, we read to feed our emotions...or at least I do.

Take care, Peggy, and please keep us informed about your area and it’s recovery.

Sep 25, 11:04pm Top

Thank you, dear Donna. Methodists are always a foce for good to be reckoned with. Thank you!!!!! Presbyterians are always behind, trying to catch up in actual, practical help, at least here.

Sep 26, 12:02am Top


Sep 29, 11:30pm Top



I knew nothing about current thinking about dinosaurs before I read this book, and now I do. Yay! Brusatte has put together a chatty, quick-moving piece of popular science that educates clearly and easily while allowing his reader to meet some of the equally fascinating people who dig for fossils. I guess if I have a quibble it's that there's too much about the hunters rather than the animals themselves.
I had no idea that there were so many species of dinosaurs. I really didn't know that the asteroid strike that ended the Cretaceous and the dinosaurs was now proven beyond serious doubt. I learned how dinosaurs were able to grow so big so quickly and why they didn't survive the cataclysm.

Sep 29, 11:49pm Top

>123 LizzieD: I didn't know it was proven either.

Have a great weekend, Peggy.

Sep 30, 12:27am Top

>123 LizzieD: Interjecting to add: Except birds.

(I’ve debated reading this book, declining because I am more interested in the science than the hunters, and this has been a criticism I’ve heard from others. Unless it shines a light on the scientific process, which greatly interests me. But not merely as a means of making a book more readable and relatable.) (Is anyone else troubled by the more frequent use of the word “relatable”?)

Sep 30, 11:02pm Top

Hi, Paul and Rex! Lovely to see you both.
Indeed, Rex, except for birds! I'm guessing that I was the perfect Brusatte's perfect reader - interested but ignorant. I suspect that you have been keeping up with the tsunami of dinosaur research and discovery over the last 15 or so years and don't need the book. It's a great overview though because his writing is so clear. And those fossil hunters and the ground they work in really never palled either - I just wanted more dinosaurs. AND you will be interested to know that I have just finished *Foreigner 13*. (How slow can a Cherryh lover go?)

INTRUDER by C.J. Cherryh

I loved this one. I can't imagine anybody reading the series to book 13 who wouldn't love it. There's none of the heart-in-mouth action of the other books in the series, but I was thrilled to have the main cast of characters back in the Bujavid enjoying their own apartments and working politics. I was also charmed by a new character, Cajeiri's new pet Boji of the black fur, gold eyes, and clever hands. I was also interested to have Cajeiri's mother step out of the background a little, and I look forward to knowing her better.
I'm not going immediately to the next, but it's not many months off for me.

Edited: Oct 2, 11:42am Top

I love dinos, but the Brusatte is the clearest overview I've encountered. I fell over a wonderful book about early mammals, Synapsida a while back that also blew me away, utterly unknown, of course! (have to go find the exact title!) I think the title was a mistake.

The few science writers out there who are entirely readable are a gift to the laypeople: Just to name one: Rachel Carson. Of course, Brusatte is not also lyrical, as she was, but he is at once so completely inside the material and able to explain and clarify, it is very unusual.

Oct 2, 12:29pm Top

Hi Peggy, I'm just stopping by to say hello. I was interested to see you are reading Fear. I've been debating whether to plunge in.

Edited: Oct 2, 11:15pm Top

>127 sibyx: What a good recce, Lucy! I do agree about Brusatte's clarity, and I enjoyed the book. I'll keep the McLoughlin in mind. I don't mind paying close attention, but I hate to suffer while I read science.
Hi, Jan! I've put the Woodward down for the time being - just too much going on. And I hear on "Fresh Air" that Michael Lewis has a new little book out, The Fifth Risk that analyzes the effects of Trump's ignorance on the Departments of Agriculture, Energy, and Justice. I just can't stand it.
So ---- I'm reading Crosstalk. It's Connie Willis lite'n'long. She's so good that she deserves an editor who dares to edit. I know that she's Connie Willis, but really! Somebody should do her and us a kindness take her in hand. This is a page-flipper, easy read, so repetitive that I should drop it, but it's Connie Willis, so I'll keep reading.

Edited: Oct 3, 1:32am Top

Thinking of you and our other NC residents when I see this...

Oct 4, 11:25pm Top

>130 ronincats: That is SO TRUE, Roni! And it's not funny. Mosquitoes are back after a merciful semi-break derived from spraying on Tuesday. It will probably be Tuesday before they spray here again. Meanwhile, tomorrow will be in the low 90s again, BUT we can expect a bit of a cool-down on Saturday. I do hope the forecasters are correct. It's not supposed to be quite this hot in October. Bah!
I'm reading some in Discovery of Middle Earth, which Lucy read last year? - sometime anyway. It's pretty fascinating even though I don't understand a lot of it. I don't visualize well except imaginatively. For example, I don't really understand his explanation of surveying by sound...... Two men walk through a forest that is to be cut, shouting. A third man walks between them also shouting so that they stay equidistant from him. A fourth follows the voices and marks trees to be cut, and the result is a straight line through the forest. But what's to keep the two outside men from drifting to the left or right at the same time? That would produce a curve. Anybody? Lucy??

Oct 5, 9:19am Top

Hi Peggy! Mosquitoes, ugh. And this heat is ridiculous.

When Jenna was 15 months old, in 1994, I bought her an adorable Halloween outfit - black fleece dress with pumpkins on the hem and neckline, headband with a pumpkin on it, and white tights with black cats and pumpkins. On Halloween it was 92F and I didn't want the poor child to expire from heat stroke, so couldn't send her to daycare in it. I was so sad, and it was so blasted hot. October can still be treacherous here in NC.

Oct 5, 11:02pm Top

Horrors, Karen. 92 is WAY too hot for Halloween. It's way too hot for the 5th too, but that's about where we were today.
They've promised aerial mosquito spraying starting today, but I didn't hear a plane. I wish I thought that they were doing it at dawn or dusk for the sake of honey bees, but that's too much to hope for.

CROSSTALK by Connie Willis

I said it before and I'll say it again, Crosstalk is Connie Willis Lite'n'Long. It's a bit of a satire on our overly connected world. In fact, Briddey Flannigan works for a rival of Apple and has a family and co-workers who text, tweet, email, IM, everything unceasingly through the whole book. She also has an almost-fiance who is pushing her to have a procedure, an EED, which will allow them to directly access each other's feelings. Briddey gets the surgery and wakes up telepathic, initially with another co-worker C.B. The pace is frenetic as CW's books often are. That's a good thing since the thing is 500 pp. long. They're easy pages because there's not much here. CW lays out her rules of telepathy with the same minute attention that she has given to time travel in the past.
Bless her. She is Connie Willis, so it's not exactly a bad book. It's just unnecessarily long and repetitious. She needs an editor who will not be impressed that she is Connie Willis.

Oct 10, 10:00pm Top

>133 LizzieD: I think Bellwether was the better book with a similar theme, but this is the first book where she's actually updated the technology in her stories. Still fun, as you say.

Where have you been? I hope you and hubby and Mom are all okay. I'm used to your nightly updates! Are you prepared for more rain? ((((Peggy))))

Oct 10, 10:48pm Top

Hi, ((((Roni))))! I've been here as a lurker - just worn out by the end of the day. We're fine and hoping that Michael won't bring us much more trouble. 5" of rain seems trouble enough to me, but we'll see.
I'm not reading much, alas, so I don't have much to say.
Since I'm here, I'll actually post a ---

***Quote of the Day***
Sentimentality - that's what we call the sentiment we don't share.
~ Graham Greene (*Epigrams*)

Edited: Oct 11, 12:53am Top

Oh! As someone drawn to what is often called sentimentality, I feel validated! Thank you!

Oct 11, 7:27am Top

A real smile for Heather!

Oct 11, 8:16am Top

Hi Peggy! I do hope that today's weather is just a bit of rain with mild winds. You guys certainly don't need one more bit of bad news in your county, weather-wise.

Oct 11, 12:24pm Top

Hi Peggy!

>123 LizzieD: I went to add The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs to my wishlist and found it was already there - although now I can't remember who the original recommender was. I really want to get back into reading non-fiction but my brain just does not appear to be working at the moment.

>129 LizzieD:, >133 LizzieD: Yeah, I was disappointed with Crosstalk too.

Thinking of you all re Hurricane Michael - news here is that it's about to hit the Carolinas.

Oct 11, 3:25pm Top

It's raining really hard here. We can take it, we didn't get all that much last time. We are under tornado watch until 9 or so tonight. How is it going at yours? I hope it mostly misses you this time.

Oct 11, 9:01pm Top

>129 LizzieD: >133 LizzieD: >139 souloftherose: I enjoyed Crosstalk except for one rather significant aspect - the main character was the standard red haired Irish which have by far overpopulated psi-oriented f&sf since forever. I'd vote for Philippine or Haitian maybe.

Oct 11, 10:51pm Top

>141 quondame: BIG GRIN for Susan!
Karen and Jenn, I'm off to your threads. We were blustery and rainy all day, but all in all Michael gave us a miss and is now gone. We recorded only 2½" here and some gusts of 55 mph, and except for bunches of fender benders, we can handle that. We certainly needed the break! I'm glad that you have also apparently avoided the worst.
Thanks for thinking of us, Heather. I devoutly hope that Michael was the last named storm this year. I'm also devoutly hoping that this is not the new normal.
Since I'm here again and have time, here's another ---

***Quote of the Day***
One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has only nine lives.
~ Mark Twain (*Epigrams*)

Oct 12, 8:40am Top

Hi Peggy! I'm so glad Michael tracked further north and west and mostly missed your town. We're still without power but have the generator. It's a nice crisp 53F here, blue skies. You'd never know that we were in Tropical Storm Mode yesterday.

I know there are still cleanup efforts from Florence, so glad Michael didn't add to them.

Edited: Oct 12, 10:49pm Top

Thank you, Karen. We are relieved. I'm glad to know that you have a generator and hope you won't have to fool with it much longer.
Today was gorgeous! I wish we might have a whole month of it with no reversion to summer nor jumping early into winter, but I'm trying to enjoy what we have when we have it.
I'm reading so little - some Mr. Mercedes and back to *Middle Earth*. (Antikythera Mechanism)

***First Sentence/Last Sentence***
For many centuries, the Celts were a mystery to their neighbours.
In view of the unusual preponderance of nodal points in the environs of the vanished lake, this now looks more plausible than ever.
(Martin Mere in England)
~ The Discovery of Middle Earth

***Quote of the Day***
Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
~ George Carlin (*1,911*)

Oct 13, 3:09am Top

Wishing you a fabulous day.

Oct 13, 7:32am Top

Thank you, Barbara, you good and faithful woman!

Oct 13, 7:57am Top

Chiming in, too, to wish you a Happy Birthday, Peggy!

Oct 13, 8:01am Top

Happy birthday Peggy!

Oct 13, 1:51pm Top

Happy Birthday (((((Peggy)))))!

Oct 13, 2:25pm Top

Happy Birthday, Peggy.

Oct 13, 2:51pm Top

>144 LizzieD: Martin Mere? That's literally 10 minutes from me. Tours are available...

Oct 13, 2:52pm Top

And hope you have had a lovely day!

Oct 13, 9:12pm Top

Happy Birthday, Peggy! Hope you are having a wonderful one; you deserve it!

Oct 13, 10:36pm Top

>14 EBT1002: The Hired Man is now on hold at the local library.

Happy, Happy Birthday Dear One. I hope your day was as special as you are.

Oct 13, 10:39pm Top

What a joy to come here and find good wishes! Thank you, Linda, Roni, Charlotte (How I wish I could take you up on that guided tour!), Beth, Nathalie, Laura, and Karen! It was a good day. I ate too much cake and read in too many books to make progress in any of them......my kind of day.

Yesterday, 9:40am Top

Too much cake and too many books. Sounds good to me!

Yesterday, 12:01pm Top

Happy birthday, Peggy! I have one coming up very soon that ends in a zero, which gets your attention!

So are you reading about the Antikythera mechanism? What a fascinating device! I read the article you linked to with interest. I saw the device in the National Archeology Museum in Athens a few years ago. Coincidentally, I am just finishing up a video for release next Friday which includes the work of Posidonius, another Greek polymath mentioned in the article. It’s on the early efforts to calculate the size of the earth. He too made what may have been a simliar device, and it isn’t clear which came first or who influenced whom. Thanks for the article!

Yesterday, 11:02pm Top

It was fine, Karen.
Hi, and thanks, Rex. I'll wish you happiness on your auspicious day upcoming.
Graham Robb, author of The Discovery of Middle Earth devotes three pages to the Antikythera Mechanism. He's making the case that the Celts were accurate astronomers pre-Roman invasion, and that in fact, the Romans laid their straight, paved roads on Celtic foundations. I have no way of knowing whether this is good scholarship, but the details are fascinating. (I wonder --- Robb's other books have been bios of Balzac, Hugo, and Rimbaud....) Anyway, I'd be happy if you'd read it and let me know what you think. I just checked the index, and Robb doesn't mention Posidonius.
I'm woefully behind in watching your videos. By the time I get home to the Internet, I'm too tired to think much.

Today, 8:14am Top

>142 LizzieD: Glad Michael mostly missed you.
>133 LizzieD: Crosstalk Connie Willis at her worst is still enjoyable, but this one was disappointing.

Today, 6:02pm Top

Yay, Katherine!
The river is still flooded but nothing to compare with where it was after Florence. We are agreed about Crosstalk. I think I'd be more patient with it if I were younger and thought that I had unlimited reading time left.

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