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Berly has a few books to read...#7

This is a continuation of the topic Berly has a few books to read...#6.

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75 Books Challenge for 2020

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Edited: Jun 2, 2:26pm Top

I was somewhat MIA on LT last month and this is the reason why...I pulled out all the old bushes and plants here and started anew. My house is surrounded by woods (which I love), but I was starting to feel closed in. I needed some light and color. I love sitting out here now and enjoying the sounds of birds and bees and seeing my hummingbirds. A zen place for me. Happiness!

Edited: Jul 3, 3:27pm Top

Reading Now
Dementia Reimagined (B 310 pages)by Tia Powell, MD
How to be an Antiracist (K 284 pages) by Ibram X Kendi
Brain Myths Exploded by (🎧 12 hours) by Indre Viskontas
The Highest Tide (B 257 pages) by Jim Lynch

And Later...
August--Dark Hollow by John Connolly with luvamystery
The Bluest Eye (B 206 pages) by Toni Morrison

Edited: Jul 3, 3:05pm Top

Read in July ??? pages / ??? 🎧 hours
Totals So Far ??? pages / ??? hrs 🎧
49. The Unseen (B 268 pages) by Roy Jacobsen

Read in June 748 pages / 10 🎧 hours
Totals So Far 11,035 pages / 81.25 hrs 🎧
48. Conviction (🎧 10 hours) by Denise Mina
47. Guiltless (K 370 pages) Sandham #3 by Viveca Sten 4.0
46. The Kitchen House (B 378 pages) by Kathleen Grissom 4.5

Read in May 2,237 pages / 18.5 🎧 hours
Totals So Far 10,287 pages / 71.25 hrs 🎧
45. Mostly Dead Things (B 358 pages) by Kristen Arnett (IR) 3.0
⭐️ The Institute (L/K 577 pages) by Stephen King 4.0
43. Seriously...I'm Kidding (🎧 3 hours)by Ellen DeGeneres 3.5
42. You Can Thank Me Later (🎧 3 hours) by Kelly Harms 3.5
41. Matchmaking for Beginners (K 378 pages) by Maddie Dawson 3.0
⭐️ Untamed (B 333 pages) by Glennon Doyle 4.0
39. Moranthology (🎧 8.5 hours/ read 2) by Caitlin Moran DNF
38. The Science of Sci-Fi (4 🎧 hours) by Erin Macdonald 3.75
37. The Janus Stone (B 327 pages) by Elly Griffiths 3.5
36. Actress (B 264 pages) by Anne Enright (IR) 4.0

Read in April 1,933 pages / 14.5 🎧 hours
Totals So Far 8,050/ 55.75 hrs 🎧
35. Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore (B 328 pages) by Matthew Sullivan 4.0
⭐️ Still Life with Oysters and Lemon (B 70 pages) by Mark Doty 5.0
33. Tell Me Lies (🎧 6.0 hours) by JP Pomare 4.0
⭐️ The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (K 142 pages)by Douglas Adams 4.5
31. Rules of Civility (B 324 pages) by Amor Towles 3.75 ✔
30. Closed Circles (K 465 pages) by Viveca Sten, #2 Sandhamn Mystery Group Read 3.0
29. Wind / Pinball (B 236 pages) by Haruki Murakami 3.75
28. Gulp (🎧 8.5 hours) by Mary Roach 3.5 ✔
27. Storm Cursed (L/K 368 pages) by Patricia Briggs 4.0

⭐️ Favorite(s) of the month
Loved it! 5.0
Really Good 4.0
Good 3.0
Hmmmm 2.0
Don't Bother 1.0

B = Printed Book
🎧 = Audio
K = Kindle
= Graphic Novel

IR = Indiespensable Readers
LT = LibraryThing Early Reviewer
✔ = Off the shelf
L = Library
↩ = Reread
$ = bought this year
✗ = DNF

Edited: Jun 2, 8:40pm Top

Read in March 1,510 pages / 5 🎧 hours
Totals So Far 6,117 pages / 41.25 hrs 🎧
26. Every Dead Thing (L/K 480 pages)by John Connolly (with luvamystery) 3.5
25. Phantom Limb: A Gripping Psychological Thriller (K 260 pages) by Lucinda Berry 4.0
24. Forever is the Worst Long Time (K 286 pages) by Camille Pagan 3.0
23. Tracks (B 226 pages) by Louise Erdrich 3.5 ✔
22. Caffeine: How Caffeine Created the Modern World (🎧 2 hours) by Michael Pollan 4.0
21. Malcolm and Me (🎧 1.5 hours by Ishmael Reed
⭐️ Nothing to See Here (B 258 pages) by Kevin Wilson 4.5
⭐️ Break Shot: My First 21 years ( 🎧 1.5 hours) by James Taylor 4.5

Read in February 3,069 pages / 11.5 🎧 hours
Totals So Far 4,607 pages / 36.25 hrs 🎧
18. Such A Fun Age (🎧 10 hours) by Kiley Reid 4.0
17. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill (B 332 pages) by Abbi Waxman 4.0
⭐️ There, There (B 304 pages) by Tommy Orange, RL Bookclub 4.5
15. The Vine Witch (K 263 pages)by Luanne G. Smith 3.5
14. In an Instant (K 326 pages) by Suzanne Redfearn 4.0
13. The Yellow House (B 376 pages) by Sarah Broom, RL Bookclub, ✗
12. The Dark Horse: A Longmire Mystery (K 368 pages) by Craig Johnson 3.5
11. The Child Next Door (K 284 pages) by Shalini Boland 2.75
10. Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders, Book 1 (K 448 pages) by Viveca Sten (group read) 3.0
9. The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson (🎧 1.5 hours) 3.75

Read in January / 1,538 pages / 24.75 🎧 hours / Total
8. The Beautiful Brain Audible Original (🎧 1 of 3.75 hrs) by Hana Walker-Brown ✗
7. Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez (🎧 9 hours) 3.5
6. The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs (K 400 pages) 4.0
5. A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (L/K 492 pages) 4.0
4. When I Was You by Kent Minka (K 282 pages) 3.0
⭐️ Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik (🎧 7.25 hrs) ✔ 4.5
2. Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (B 624 pages) with Triplets Beth and Ellen ✔ 3.75
1. Victorian Secrets by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry (🎧 7.5 hrs) ✔ 3.5

Edited: Jun 2, 1:59pm Top

Books Freed = 0

Catalogued 37/52 shelves -- I really hope I finish this soon!

Edited: Jun 2, 2:06pm Top

RL Book Club #1
DNF February - The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah Broom
✅ April - Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
✅ June - The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
August - Rabbits For Food by Binnie Kirshenbaum
October - The Water Dancer by Ta-nehisi Coates
December - Choose books!!

RL Book Club #2
✅ January - Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
✅ February - There, There by Tommy Orange
✅ March - Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson
✅ April - Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✅ May - Untamed by Glennon Doyle
✅ June - Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (reread)

Literary Arts 2019-2020
October 24, 2019 -- Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
November 14, 2019 -- ✅ Rules of Civility and ✅ A Gentleman in Moscow Amor Towles
January 15, 2020 -- Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
February 20, 2020 -- ✅ The Library Book by Susan Orlean

Literary Arts 2020-2021
October 13, 2020 -- H is for Hawk by Helen McDonald
December 3, 2020 -- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
January 28, 2021 -- ✅ Circe by Madeline Miller
February 18, 2021 -- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
April 20, 2021 -- An American Sunrise by Joy Harjo
May 5, 2021 -- ✅ The Nickel Boys and ✅ The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (rescheduled from 2020 due to COVID-19)

Edited: Jul 3, 3:26pm Top

Powell's Indiespensable Readers Challenge

Hubby signed me up for this. Over the years I have received over 80 installments, but I haven't read all the books yet. Not even close! In an effort to catch up -- I want to read 12 this year. The complete list (such as it is) can be found here:


1. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
2. There, There by Tommy Orange
3. Actress by Anne Enright
4. Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett
5. The Unseen by Roy Jacobson

Edited: Jun 2, 3:23pm Top

In an effort to read off my shelves...

A book or author that has this letter in it...

January -- Break Shot: My First 21 years by James Taylor
February -- Victorian Secrets by Nick Baker and John Wolf, read by Stephen Fry
March -- Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
April -- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
May-- Liquid: The Delightful and Dangerous Substances That Flow Through Our Lives by Mark Miodownik
June -- The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson, reading in June
September -- Still Waters: Sandhamn Murders, Book 1 by Viveca Sten
October -- There, There by Tommy Orange


And maybe one more challenge...Taken from the Advanced Pop Sugar Challenge
(for which I have little hope! LOL)

Written by an author in their 20s
With "20"or "twenty" in the title
With a character with vision impairment or enhancement (20/20 vision--get it?)
✅ Set in Japan, the host of the 2020 Winter Olympics -- Wind / Pinball by Haruki Murakami
Set in the 1920s
✅ By an author who has written more than 20 books -- The Institute by Stephen King
✅ With more than 20 letters in its title -- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Published in the 20th century
From a series with more than 20 books
✅ With a main character in their 20s -- Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Edited: Jul 3, 3:25pm Top

I can't resist buying new books!!

I seem to manage to read around 50% of my newbies, except last year where I (ahem) added a few more books to my collection than normal.

2017 47/85
2018 45/88
2019 45/128

Let's see how I do this year!!

2020 30/48 Read

1. The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock by Jane Riley *
✅ When I Was You by Minka Kent *
Still Waters by Viveca Sten #1
Closed Circles by Viveca Sten #2
Guiltless by Viveca Sten #3
6-9. Viveca Sten Sandhamn Murders #4-8 (Katie and Laura's fault)
10. Instructions for a Funeral by David Means (gift from Mark) *
11. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Avaristo (gift from Mark) *
The Yellow House by Sarah Broom
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson
The Conference of the Birds by Ransom Riggs
A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
17. I Am Yours: A Shared Memoir by Reema Zaman *
In An Instant by Suzanne Redfearn *
19. Killing Comendatore by Haruki Murakami
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman
21. Olive Again by Elizabeth Street
The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
The Child Next Door by Shalini Oland
24. Little Gods by Meng Jen, INDIEspensable #84 *
The Half-Life of Marie Curie by Lauren Gunderson *
Phantom Limb by Lucinda Berry *
✅ Foerever is the Worst Long Time by Pagan Camille *
Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
✅ Where I Come From: Life Lessons From a Latino Chef by Aaron Sanchez
Every Dead Thing by John Connolly *
Malcolm and Me by Ishmael Reed *
Caffeine by Michael Pollan *
✅ Breakshot: mY First 21 Years by James Taylor *
Gulp by May Roach
Rules of Civility by Amore Towles
✅ Seriously...I am Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres *
Still Life with Oysters and Lemon by Mark Doty
Tell Me Lies by JP Pomade
Untamed by Glennon Doyle
Actress: A Novel by Anne Enright, INDIEspensable #85 *
41. The Voyage of the Morning Light by Marina Endicott INDIEspensable #85 *
42. Little Wonder: The Fabulous Story of Lottie Dod, the World's First Female Sports Superstar by Sasha Abramsky
43. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
44. The Bone Jar (Detective Lew Kirby Book 1) SW Kane *
45. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo *
The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, INDIEspensable #86 *
47. Audrey McKee by Alex Puglsey, INDIEspensable #86 *
48. The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch *

* = Free (which means I didn't buy it so I don't have to feel guilty!) Either a gift, INDIEspensable club from my Hubby, Audible credit or Amazon Prime monthly

Edited: Jun 2, 2:19pm Top

Favorites from 2019
An Act of God (A) by David Javerbaum
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Charlie Davidson series Darynda Jones
The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward

These Truths: A History of the United States by Jilll Lepore
Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story (A) by Jacob Tobia
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei

Jun 2, 1:54pm Top

Happy new thread, Smoochling!

Jun 2, 1:55pm Top


Jun 2, 2:02pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jun 2, 2:05pm Top

Checking in on the new thread!

Jun 2, 2:30pm Top

>11 richardderus: Ricardo! You are my #1 visitor in so many ways. : ) Smooches.


Jun 2, 2:31pm Top

>13 quondame: Hello! Thanks for being a constant on my thread. Love seeing you here.

>14 alcottacre: And my favorite gamester is here -- hurray!

Jun 2, 2:48pm Top

>1 Berly: Beautiful, Kim!! And happy new thread :)

Jun 2, 2:56pm Top

>17 RebaRelishesReading: Thanks, Reba! I am hoping to get a lot of reading time sitting in that garden. ; )

Jun 2, 3:08pm Top

Happy new thread, Kimmers.

I would be happy to live surrounded by woods.

Jun 2, 3:17pm Top

>19 PaulCranswick: Paul--I live in a cul-de-sac and I have trees on 3 sides of the house and the back yard is actually a city forest/park, so there is a stream if you walk just a short ways. I love the sounds of all the birds, including owls at night. And we sometimes have fox and deer sunning in the back. I do have neighbors on each side, you just can't see them through the trees. I love living here and feel very lucky.

Jun 2, 3:39pm Top

This is a thread for anyone who wants to read and discuss Adam Johnson's Pulitzer Prize winner, The Orphan Master's Son.

We intend to read this during the month of June. Come join us!!


Jun 2, 3:50pm Top

Happy new one!

Jun 2, 3:52pm Top

>22 figsfromthistle: Thank you!! : )

Edited: Jun 2, 4:02pm Top

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom 4.5

I read this for my RL/Zoom bookclub this month. It hit me hard. It's about a white girl who is indentured and she lives with the black slaves in the kitchen house. All the cruelty of slavery is echoing down the years and still alive today in the racist acts and senseless murders this past month in the US.

To combat my feeling of powerlessness, I am now starting Ibram X Kendi's book How to be an Antiracist.

Kendi is one of the speakers for Literary Arts next season, but he isn't schedule until February 2021.

I can't wait that long. I need to read this now.

Edited: Jun 3, 12:14am Top


This is a small way to show solidarity, a start. This was originally planned to recognize music contributions by black artists but it has expanded to include recent events.

What can you do?

If you have been impacted by the recent events, take a break - there is a lot going on and sometimes we all just need a minute. Take that minute.

Go to the link the bottom for info on:

Help the family of George Floyd HERE.

Fight for Breonna Taylor HERE.

Help the family of Ahmaud Arbery HERE.

Want to help protesters? Donate to one or more community bail funds HERE.

Visit Movement For Black Lives for additional ways you can help the cause.

Want to connect with leaders building grass roots campaigns? Click HERE.

Are you an ally and want to learn more? Here are some anti-racism resources.


Jun 2, 4:31pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, happy new thread. I can see why you were MIA my dear, you have done a wonderful job with the garden and it looks divine. I hope that Walt is steadily improving from the dreaded C-19, from what i have gathered from Karen's nurse friend who also has had C-19, it does take time to get back to full health.

I have been busy in the garden over the last few weeks clearing an area at the top left of the back garden for Karen's veg plot, the weather has been glorious whilst i have been doing this but from tomorrow it is to turn cold with the possibility of a drop of rain, we are going to go from 25C to 15C so we will feel it.

Sending love and hugs to you all from both of us dear friend.

Jun 2, 5:11pm Top

>1 Berly: Lovely Kim. I can see why you will enjoy sitting there.

Jun 2, 5:24pm Top

>26 johnsimpson: Hi, John! I love my garden and I am also glad it is done. I counted up all the plants I put it and I topped 75!! Whew, that was a lot of work. Now I can sit out there and bring my computer and be on LT. : )

>27 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks. It fills me with peace and is a nice place to go each day to recenter myself.

Jun 2, 5:28pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim!

>1 Berly: Your hard work is paying off, I would love to sit there with you.

Jun 2, 5:32pm Top

Gorgeous topper! I am nearing completing mine too and I love it.

I have The Kitchen House and another by this author, Glory Over Everything. I haven't read either yet but I seem to be needing lighter fare these days. Hang in there!

Jun 2, 5:50pm Top

Happy new one, TwinK

>12 Berly: Yes!

I would love to join you for The Orphan Master's Son, but it's not going to happen. I have The Overstory for my book club...That's a hefty one.

Love your garden. You are so lucky not to have mosquitoes!

Jun 2, 6:06pm Top

Happy New Thread, Kim. I LOVE your "Zen Place" and I am jealous you are surrounded by woods. I have been meaning to read The Kitchen House since it came out. Thanks for the nudge.

The Orphan Master's Son is an excellent read. Perfect for a Group Read!

Jun 2, 11:26pm Top

>1 Berly: Absolutely lovely, Kim!
>12 Berly: Never really thought about it that way, but that's absolutely right!

Happy New Thread!

Jun 3, 2:01am Top

>29 FAMeulstee: We have had great weather, which made the gardening a lot easier. Although the rain always seems to fall on the weekend, drat it. Most of mine are flowers, but I do have parsley, tomatoes, thyme and a few others mixed in. I ordered a little table to sit by the chairs. It's due to arrive on June 8th. That will make drinking a cocktail a little easier. Let me know when you can share one with me. ; )

>30 jessibud2: Good luck finishing up your gardening project, too. I really enjoyed The Kitchen House, although it is intense with all the news events happening right now. Well worth the read though. I think Glory Over Everything continues on where the first one leaves off. I don't have it on hand, but I will be looking for it.

Jun 3, 2:05am Top

>31 BLBera: TwinB--I still have The Overstory in my TBR pile by my night table. One of these days I'll get to it. Maybe it you love it as much as Ellen did, I'll finally have to get to it!!

I am sooooo glad we don't have many mosquitoes here. I do not miss that state bird of MN. LOL

>32 msf59: Hello, Mark. I am glad you appreciate my zen garden. And the hummingbirds. : ) Hope you enjoy The Kitchen House and I'll let you know what I think of THe Orphan Master's Son. Deal?

>33 ronincats: Hi Roni! Thanks. Very glad to see you here. : )

Jun 3, 7:22am Top

Happy new thread!

Your garden is lovely!

Jun 3, 10:07am Top

Happy new thread, and happy new Zen place, Kim!

Jun 3, 1:37pm Top

What Karen said, Kim. Happy New Thread, and that's a lovely garden you created up top.

Like Ellen, I loved The Overstory, and so did Debbi, if that helps.

Jun 3, 2:04pm Top

>36 ChelleBearss: Hi Chelle. Thanks. It's a partly cloudy day. About 65F and I am currently sitting in my garden. The birds are chirping. The bees are humming. And, thanks to C-19, there is very little traffic noise from the street. Perfect!

>37 karenmarie: Thank you, Karen! See above.

>38 jnwelch: I am hoping that I did a good job and will have flowers blooming throughout the summer...we'll see!

Clearly I just have to learn how to read faster!! LOL. Overstory is now on the very top of my TBR pile.

Jun 3, 2:52pm Top

Good barely-still-morning-there, Berly-boo! How go the wars? I haven't heard of anyone dying in PDX. The only thing I found to mourn among the property damage in Mpls was Uncle Hugo's bookstore. The corporations can shake down the insurance companies for their return on investment. Dunno about UH's.


Jun 3, 3:08pm Top

>40 richardderus: Although I've never taken advantage of Uncle Hugo's or Uncle Edgar's myself, not liking signed books, I did send the fund a bit and posted the GoFundMe on my FB page.

Jun 3, 4:19pm Top

Happy new thread, Kim! Love the work you have been doing in your garden.

Jun 3, 6:49pm Top

Happy new thread!

Jun 3, 6:52pm Top

>41 quondame: It made me feel sad, but this isn't an important loss compared to a murdered man's life.

Jun 3, 10:19pm Top

>44 richardderus: No, it's not, and more of our economic impact check has gone to civil rights causes. But F&SF probably saved my life in more ways than one, so I support that too.

Jun 4, 12:49am Top

Hi Kim! Your garden looks great!

Edited: Jun 4, 10:07am Top

>1 Berly: Hi Kim. That was a really big piece of gardening work. Looks great and will fill in at a lower-height, if I interpreted the look correctly.

I've been absent to quite a degree on LT, due to garden renovation as well. Our front garden had become an over-grown mess and some shrubs were failures, never living up to expectation. Those have been removed and only one replaced. So far the queues and distancing requirements have discouraged us from making any more visits to garden centres. Once was enough!

Jun 4, 10:14am Top

There you are Kim!

>1 Berly: Beautiful garden! I'll join you for a cocktail anytime.

Jun 4, 10:22am Top

Lovely garden, Kim. That must have been a lot of work. Hoping the zen effect will last for a long time.

Jun 4, 10:30am Top

Oh to have a garden! Yours looks great.

Jun 4, 12:20pm Top

I love your new garden, Kim. Totally worth the effort! It must be a balm to the soul, sitting out in the garden and soaking up all of it.

Jun 4, 10:26pm Top

Hi Kim, I read The Kitchen House just a few months ago, it really did pack a punch. I was sorry that I had let it sit on my shelf for so long. Your garden looks lovely, one of the things I miss the most from giving up our house is the privacy of the garden. Even though we are on the top floor and have a very large terrace but I don't feel very "alone" out there as we are surrounded by other apartment buildings.

Jun 4, 10:58pm Top

>40 richardderus: Nobody has died in Portland from the protests, but I expect our C-19 deaths to climb now. We have lost a fair number of stores to fire and looting, but nothing like Mpls or NY. I have family still in Mpls and they are mourning the property and neighborhood damage, but not as much as they are mourning George Floyd.

My brother's place of business was graffitied, but he hopes to leave it up.

Edited: Jun 4, 11:34pm Top

>40 richardderus: >41 quondame: I am sorry Uncle Hugo's was damaged. You would think the protestor's rabble rousers would respect a bookstore, but they probably don't look before they burn.

>41 quondame: I am glad you can and are reaching out to help fund some of these sites. We have to show our support in every way we can.

>42 lkernagh: Thank you! Nice to see you and yup, I am loving my garden. : )

Jun 4, 11:09pm Top

>43 drneutron: Thanks, Doc!

>44 richardderus: Exactly. And hopefully the buildings and owners have insurance, but there is no backup for a life.

>45 quondame: I am glad it has been a resource for you.

Jun 4, 11:12pm Top

>46 banjo123: : ) I put about 6 of the big rocks I dug up in the garden; ones with cool shapes or color. The rest I put in the bottom of the stormwater gulley separating my house from my neighbor, to help keep the weeds down and allow water to flow to the outlet.

>47 SandyAMcPherson: I am hoping for mostly 2 foot heights with a few 3 foot bloomers. Wishing you luck as you replant your garden. The lines here have been very manageable with really good attention to social distancing.

>48 humouress: Just let me know when you are in town. Cheers!!!

Jun 4, 11:15pm Top

>49 charl08: It was indeed a ton of work and so worth it!! :)

>50 ffortsa: I don't know how much longer we will be staying in this house before downsizing, so I am trying to enjoy the outdoors as much as I can. Come visit anytime. : )

>51 lauralkeet: I have been sitting outside n the garden every single day. It is very regenerating.

Jun 4, 11:21pm Top

>52 DeltaQueen50: I definitely recommend The Kitchen House. Not only is it a good story, but the slavery is a powerful reminder that we have yet to put to rest the discrimination and barriers that painfully remain to this day.

My garden is somewhat less private, since it is my front yard. I am on a cul-de-sac, so at least there is not a lot of traffic, and I am somewhat screened, but I can understand how your deck might not feel completely "yours"; I would still put a couple planters out there if I was you. : )

Jun 4, 11:29pm Top

>54 Berly: From some reports it wasn't necessarily the protestors that were the arsonists, but people who were out to cause trouble for the protestors.

Edited: Jun 5, 12:24am Top

>59 quondame: Yes, I have heard that, too. How infuriating to have outsiders come in, cause trouble, try to blame it on peaceful demonstrators with the hopes of widening the divide. Makes me so angry. I have amended my previous comment to try to make that distinction clear.

Jun 4, 11:40pm Top

>58 Berly: Luckily, my hubby is the one with the green thumb in our family, and he has a number of planters filled so we are enjoying geraniums, petunias, marigolds and more. I love how colourful it looks.

Jun 5, 12:25am Top

>61 DeltaQueen50: Perfect! You don't have to do the work AND you get to enjoy the flowers. You played that right. ; )

Edited: Jun 5, 12:39am Top

Wow! I had no idea LT is tracking series I have read. Here's a link to the page...


Then look for...

Check It Out

Here are some links to check out!

Series > Harry Potter
Your Books: Series
Stats/Memes: Series in your Library

And the thread to talk about all of this is here...



Jun 5, 1:10am Top

>63 Berly: My page of series is intimidating 1,394 series - there was one toward the end - 乙嫁語り (10) - and I was like what! It's A Bride's Story. Most of the series say I've read one. What that mostly means is that I've either read or catalogued only 1 since 2007, since I tend to stick with series - when I consider the Emberverse in double digits.

Jun 5, 8:26am Top

Hi Kim!

Sorry about your brother's place of business, but the graffiti does fit in, doesn't it?

I'm glad that you have discovered Series. I use Series alot.

Edited: Jun 5, 8:37am Top

>64 quondame: My page of series is intimidating 1,394 series

I am hoping when they add the promised "follow" feature that we can get a filtered view of the series we really care about.


Hi Kim! Glad you're having fun playing around with your series.

Edited: Jun 5, 1:03pm Top

>64 quondame: Goodness! That's a lot of series. I am still trying to figure out how to navigate this page, but I think I have 515 series and mostly I have started them at book #1. Mostly. And fro about 3/5 I have read only 1 book in the series. LOL

>65 karenmarie: My brother doesn't want to take it down. I agree.

Yup, I can see using Series a lot, too! The series I have read the most (5 or more) of include--

Bill Willingham's Fables (9)
Charley Davidson (13)
Children of the Red King/ Charlie Bone (7)
Chronicles of Narnia (7) *
D.C. Fiona Griffiths (6)
Dragonriders of Pern (21)*
Earth's Children (6)
Harry Potter (8)
Hercule Poirot (7)
House of Night (9)
Jackson Brodie (5)
Kay Scarpetta (14)
Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (7)
Leaphorn/Chee (7)
Maximum Ride (6)
Meg Langslow (6)
World of the Marrok/Mercy Thompson (13)
Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children (5)
Morgue Drawer (5)
Nancy Drew is totally underreported -- this is probably the winner*
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency (6)
Norton Critical Editions (10)
Outlander (6)
Oz (12)
Pern (9) (not all catalogued, but the highest listed is #9 and I read them in order)*
Spenser (6)
Thursday Next (6)
Vampire Chronicles (6)
Walt Longmire (13)

* not all entered in LT

And I am sure there are others I read before joining LT and haven't recorded any.

>66 lauralkeet: I sure would appreciate the "follow" feature because I am sure I will never get back and don't want to get back to all of the series I have wandered into.

Jun 5, 1:49pm Top

My poppies are blooming!! Six blooms at once and about 9 more to come. : )

Jun 5, 2:05pm Top

Very nice. Lovely composition!

Jun 5, 4:30pm Top

>68 Berly: Gorgeous!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Jun 5, 5:46pm Top

>68 Berly: Your poppies are beautiful. Are those the great-big plate-sized ones?

Sorry to hear there was violence in Portland. I saw some Portland police "take a knee" with some protestors and thought perhaps things had remained peaceful there. We've had two HUGE protest marches come past our place -- both very noisy but peaceful. I went out onto the balcony to wish them well but don't think I want to join in large groups of people right now, regardless of my support for their cause.

Jun 6, 9:29am Top

Happy new thread Kim!
>1 Berly: I love the idea of a zen place.
>25 Berly: Thank you for sharing it - a lot to think about.
>53 Berly: One could also make the added text the official company motto ;-).
>68 Berly: Gorgeous!
I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Jun 6, 12:23pm Top

>64 quondame: and >66 lauralkeet: I'm in the same situation.
Series that I never read more than 1 or maybe 2 books have received a listing when I look at the series page for "my library".

I hope there's a way to customise this feature but at least there's attention to some other aspects of the series update that distinguish the follow on authors from the original author. I was largely floundering around in looking and decided to give the update some time to be 'massaged' before I re-visit. I expect a lot of minor tweaks to occur for awhile as all the beta-users (if that's the correct term) wade in with ideas.

Jun 6, 1:55pm Top

>68 Berly: Your poppies are beautiful.

Jun 6, 2:17pm Top

I thought the series update was fascinating, thanks for posting it. I have five pages of series (but in many cases I have read one or two only). Others are academic books which have a publisher (and sometimes editor) in common but that's about it. All interesting data though.

Jun 6, 2:30pm Top

Love your garden, Kim. I've been working on mine, adding a bird bath and bird feeder. Sitting outside is so soothing. It's a great place to read.

Jun 6, 2:59pm Top

>69 mahsdad: Thank you! From a photographer like you that means a lot. : )

>70 figsfromthistle: Poppies are such crazy flowers--they don't last long at all, but they are very showy. It's like they cry, "Enjoy me while you can!"

>71 RebaRelishesReading: No, it's just a closeup. They are probably 3" across.

We have had our fair share of violence, but most of the time it is peaceful protests, which I am very happy to see. I wish I could participate, too, but I am too at-risk. I am trying to do other things to lend support.

Jun 6, 3:03pm Top

>72 SirThomas: I like your idea of adding text to the company info, perhaps on all outgoing emails, etc.

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a great weekend, too!

>73 SandyAMcPherson: I am excited they are working on the series function, because it is one I will definitely use when they get it all tuned up. Yay!

>74 humouress: Thanks! I have white ones in the planter on the deck and yellow ones in the garden out front

Jun 6, 3:05pm Top

>75 charl08: I only have 3 pages of series, but still that's way too many to follow! LOL. I had no idea some of the books were even part of a series. Interesting stuff.

>76 Oregonreader: Fun! I hope you will post a pic or two of your garden. The blue bird bath is new in my garden and once I finish de-weeding and removing dead branches from one last tree (it's actually my neighbor's but I am doing that in return for him having another area cleared that we share), I want to hang a feeder out front, too.

Jun 6, 5:12pm Top

>68 Berly: beautiful.

Jun 6, 5:31pm Top

>77 Berly: I thought it was probably a close-up but I have also seen a plant like that with flowers 6" or more across. Either size they're really pretty flowers.

Jun 6, 10:41pm Top

I think the Series feature is new; I saw something about it in the most recent State-of-the-Thing.

I'm on chapter 4 of How to Be an Antiracist and a bit more than halfway through The Orphan Master's Son. Two really interesting reads.... I keep thinking the latter is giving a peak into the reality of living in a totalitarian state, something I hope we never actually experience here in the U.S. Making the first book even more important to be reading.

I also recommend the podcast On Being with Krista Tippett, the one with Resmaa Menakem from June 3. I listened to it on Friday morning's walk and it was so powerful.

Edited: Jun 6, 11:11pm Top

>44 richardderus: >55 Berly: Insurance is an interesting and powerful aspect of police conduct. A blog I follow had a report about the issue, written by David Anderson, an insurance wonk at Duke University.

The 57 Buffalo cops that resigned from the emergency response unit did it for at least partially economic reasons. Their legal bills won’t be back-stopped by someone else. If they get caught on camera rioting and beating the shit out of innocent civilians, they are taking on the financial risk of at least defending themselves. That is expensive.

Most accounts I read asserted that the cops who resigned were showing their solidarity with the two individuals who were singled out (based on video of the incident). But a Buffalo TV station reported a couple of the cops as saying “We quit because our union said [they] aren’t legally backing us anymore. So why would we stand on a line for the City with no legal backing if something [were to] happen? Has nothing to do with us supporting" the suspended officers.

Jun 7, 7:51am Top

>82 EBT1002: I think the Series feature is new...

That's correct. LT's Common Knowledge section of each work has had space for Series, but it was very free-form and led to an unwieldy mess with, among other things, lots of overlapping series. The new Series feature brings structure and provides a way to address the overlaps and inaccuracies. It's messy right now but will get better as people work on the data. At some point there will be a "Follow" feature that will allow us to track the series that most interest us, or the ones we are actively reading, or whatever.

Jun 7, 11:42am Top

>83 weird_O: - The obvious answer seems to be to NOT "beat the shit out of innocent civilians." Or, you know, anyone... *eye roll*

Hi Kim!

Jun 7, 2:09pm Top

>83 weird_O:, >85 katiekrug: ^^^What she said.

Jun 7, 3:10pm Top

Great photo of the poppies, TwinK! Have a great Sunday.

Jun 7, 6:21pm Top

Hi Kim! great poppies.

Jun 8, 12:47pm Top

>80 Caroline_McElwee: : )

>81 RebaRelishesReading: The ones in the front just flowered and they are only 1-2" across blooms. I think the ones in the back are 3-4" and much prettier, but I like them both. I just wish the blooms lasted longer!

>82 EBT1002: I didn't read anything this weekend so you are bound to be way ahead of me in both books. Maybe today....

Edited: Jun 8, 12:49pm Top

>83 weird_O: I can sympathize with having no financial backing, but they probably shouldn't be so aggressive and then there wouldn't be a problem.

>84 lauralkeet: Hurray for series!!

>85 katiekrug: Exactly. Hi Katie!!

>86 richardderus: Same. Hi Ricardo!!

Jun 8, 12:50pm Top

>87 BLBera: Thanks, Twin. Happy Monday!! Have you finished school yet?

>88 banjo123: Hi, Rhonda. Thanks!! The yellow ones are blooming in the front yard now, too. : )

Jun 8, 12:50pm Top

>89 Berly: Right -- I think blossoms like those only last a day or two here. I've never had one but used to walk by one a lot and it seems to be they do a big splash and then gone.

Jun 8, 12:54pm Top

>92 RebaRelishesReading: Fleeting beauty is better than none. : )

Jun 8, 12:56pm Top


Edited: Jun 8, 4:48pm Top

How to be an Antiracist

I wondered what the "X" in Ibram X Kendi's name stood for....

"Dad chose a middle name for me from his family. He chose the name of his enslaved great-great-grandfather, Henry. Dad did not know that this ancestor shared the name of the Navigator*, but when I learned the history, I knew it had to go. My middle name is now Xolani, meaning peace, the very thing Henry's slave traders snatched from Africa (and the America's and Europe), the thing they snatched from my ancestor Henry." (p. 39 Kindle)

*The Navigator was Prince Henry from Portugal and he created the first transatlantic slave-trading policies. "At the dawn of the modern world, the Portuguese began to exclusively trade African bodies." (p. 39 Kindle)

Jun 8, 4:14pm Top

And more...I could quote this book all day!

"Race creates new forms of power: the power to categorize and judge, elevate and downgrade, include and exclude. Race makers use that power to process distinct individuals, ethnicities, and nationalities into monolithic races." (p. 38 Kindle)

Jun 8, 5:11pm Top

Great quotes, Kim. I'm only on Chapter 2 but already I can tell this is a meaningful book.

Jun 9, 1:29am Top

Very impressive garden topper, Kim. It looks like you will get hours of pleasure out of that as long as the weather cooperates.

Thanks, I think, for posting about the LT series changes. I have been trying to make sense out of my series although there seems to be lots of overlaps so I can see why there needs to be a clean up. It's handy though for sitting here with the library site up seeing if I can request the next one in some of the series I am reading - dangerous, I think.

Edited: Jun 9, 11:01am Top

Kim, your poppy picture is wonderful. Enjoy them as they bloom.

We are going to try to get back to Portland as soon as this C-19 thing allows. My artist cousin has a show coming up (C-19 permitting) that sounds wonderful, so maybe some time late in the year, when it is finally on display. And it will be at least partly a collaboration with visitors. And of course, it would be grand to see you.

Jun 9, 1:44pm Top

>93 Berly:

Reba - truer words were never spoken - or typed

Jun 9, 5:23pm Top

>95 Berly: My local library actually has that one and as soon as it is back in, I am going to check it out!

Jun 10, 6:56am Top

Happy Wednesday, Kimmers! I hope you are having a good week. Enjoying that Zen Garden? I have How to be an Antiracist high on my TBR list.

Jun 10, 12:30pm Top

>1 Berly: WOW! I am impressed. This most have taken a great deal of time to pull together. I appreciate your frequent visits to my thread. You are a good friend as you visit when I've been remiss and MIA from the group for the most of this year.

Jun 12, 12:09am Top

POPSUGAR Bookclub. Great game for book lovers. The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here.

Want to play? Copy this into your post. Look at the list and put an "👍" after those you have read.
80 for me!!

1 Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen 👍
2 The Lord of the Rings -JRR Tolkien 👍
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte👍
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling 👍
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee 👍
6 The Bible - The Torah
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 👍
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell 👍
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman 👍
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens 👍
11 Little Women - Louisa May Alcott👍
12 Tess of the D'Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy 👍
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller 👍
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier 👍
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien 👍
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulkner
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger 👍
19 The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger👍
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot👍
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell 👍
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald👍
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy 👍
25 The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams 👍
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 👍
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck👍
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll👍
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame 👍
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy 👍
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens 👍
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis 👍
34 Emma - Jane Austen👍
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen 👍
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis 👍
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 👍
38 Captain Corelli's Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden 👍
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne 👍
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell 👍
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown 👍
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 👍
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney👍
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery 👍
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood 👍
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding 👍
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel 👍
52 Dune - Frank Herbert 👍
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen 👍
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon👍
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens 👍
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley 👍
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon👍
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez 👍
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck 👍
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov 👍
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt 👍
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 👍
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas 👍
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac 👍
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones's Diary - HelenFielding 👍
69 Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie 👍
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville 👍
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 👍
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker 👍
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett 👍
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce 👍
76 The Inferno - Dante 👍
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens👍
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell👍
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker 👍
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro👍
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert 👍
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistr
87 Charlotte's Web - EB White 👍
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom 👍
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 👍
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid BLYTON
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Eupery 👍
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams 👍
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole👍
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Aleandre Dumas 👍
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare 👍
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl 👍
100 Gaudy Night - Dorothy Sayers

Jun 12, 1:13am Top

>104 Berly: I counted 24 I haven't read, but it wasn't a close count so somewhere between 21-27, so I've read over 70 of them.

Jun 12, 1:36am Top

Hi Kim, I've read 71. I enjoyed the list. Thanks for sharing.

Jun 12, 2:45am Top

I haven't read at least 36 of them. There are some real chunkster on there that Inprobably should read: Ulysses and Moby Dick and War and Peace....

Jun 12, 11:57am Top

There were 37 that I'm sure I have read -- a couple more that I'm not sure about and a few that I own but haven't read yet.

Jun 12, 1:17pm Top

Hi, Kim!

You have such gorgeous flowers. All your gardening work is really paying off!

Whew, that’s a lot of info on the series page(s), isn’t it?

And I shamelessly stole >104 Berly: for my thread. I’m at 73.

Have a wonderful weekend, Kim.

Edited: Jun 12, 9:50pm Top


"This June, in celebration of Pride Month, we are digging back through our past episodes of The Archive Project, Literary Arts’ radio show and podcast, to highlight some of our favorite LGBTQ+ voices to have been featured.

"In this episode of The Archive Project, poet, scholar, and National Book Award winner Robin Coste Lewis presents on 'The Race Within Erasure.' She gives an overview of what an erasure is, how it is constructed, and some of its possible intents, sharing examples of famous erasures along the way. Lewis then delves specifically into the topic of race within the context of erasure."


This is a roughly 50 min recording of Lewis' talk. It's free! Here's a quick look...

“I had read every book placed before me, but in all those twelve years of my so-called education, I had never heard the name of one black woman novelist. I had never read a novel or short story by any black woman. Worse, I didn’t even know there was such a creature as a black woman who could write fiction. We knew, incorrectly, that there had been a few poets—in fact, there had been hundreds. But we learned this correction from the adamant literary commitment of our great migration working class families, not from our schools, teachers, textbooks, nor our school districts. Which is to say that at the time I went to high school—which is not so long ago, mind you—it was possible to earn a high school diploma in the United States without any knowledge whatsoever about the literary traditions of Americans of color.”

“As readers, it is our responsibility to pay attention to everything in a book—not only the way a writer wants us to read her project, but we should also attend scrupulously to the parts of the book to which the writer is wholly unaware.”

“Like a photograph, a poem or story erases what is outside of its frame—but here’s the curious part, also like a photograph, it captures the unintended, and sometimes that turns out to be the most engaging part of a text: its accidents.”

“Erasure is a collaboration of time and intent. Erasure often erases intent. Ironically, sometimes by removing text from its source, erasure can even magnify the original writer’s intent. When it is really, really, really good, erasure can reveal more about the projects of both writers.”

Robin Coste Lewis was born in Compton, California. When she was six, she told her mother that she wanted to be a writer. At the time, she thought this could only mean being a novelist. In pursuit of that goal, she studied comparative literature as an undergraduate, attended NYU’s Creative Writing Program, and earned a master’s degree in Sanskrit and comparative religious literature.

Everything changed for Lewis after she had an accident that caused her permanent brain damage, keeping her bed-ridden for two years. As part of her long recovery, her neurologist limited Lewis to reading and writing one sentence a day. It was physically painful for Lewis to read and write, so she decided, “OK, if it’s one line a day, it’s going to be a goddamned good line.” It was at this time that she realized she was a poet.

Her debut collection, Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems, won the 2015 National Book Award for poetry. It was the first debut book to be awarded the prize since 1974. The book is a triptych: Lyric poems exploring desire and race bookend the title piece, which is made up of titles, catalog entries, and descriptions of art depicting the black female figure from 38,000 bce to the present day. The citation from the National Book Foundation praises Voyage by stating, “In poems that consider the boundaries of beauty and terror, Lewis intimately involves us with all that has formed her. The aesthetic and psychological complexity of this work is underscored by its clarity. This voice is essential to our present moment.”

Jun 12, 9:55pm Top

>97 lauralkeet: I didn't get much reading done this week. I am only up to Chapter 5 I think, but still enjoying How to be an Antiracist.

>98 Familyhistorian: Having an easy way to track my series would be wonderful, but also a bad thing. LOL. I'll feel pressure to get caught up, spend money getting the books, and neglect all my other reads!! ; )

>99 ffortsa: My poopies are blooming in the front and back! I just wish it wasn't raining. They get all weighed down. Sunday looks promising. : )

Well, not sure when traveling will be a good idea again, but let me know if you head out my way. I'd love to see you again!

Edited: Jun 12, 9:59pm Top

>100 magicians_nephew: Nice to see you here and thanks!! : )

>101 alcottacre: Hope you get your copy soon. How' the energy this week?

>102 msf59: It was raining a little too much to sit out in the garden. Sunday looks good. Instead I started to clean out piles, which is much needed.

>103 Whisper1: Here she is!! SOOO nice to see you here. : ) I know life has been topsy turvy this year, but I want you to know that I think of you a lot and hope you find a way to get back here more often. You are one of my faovrorite LTers. : )

Jun 12, 10:03pm Top

>105 quondame: Nicely done!

>106 Oregonreader: My pleasure. : )

>107 charl08: Yes, some of these are truly tomes. Do I get to give myself half a point each for The Bible and The Complete Works fo Shakespeare (since I've read about half of each!)?

>108 RebaRelishesReading: Close enough. Sometimes I forget a book by its title of author and only remember reading it when I read the plot summary.

>109 bohemima: Yay! I am glad you stole it. (And it wasn't really stealing since I suggested copying it. LOL.) Happy reading.

Jun 12, 10:30pm Top

Also other past author talks from celebrated Black writers at Literary Arts...

The Archive Project: Toni Morrison, Mitchell S. Jackson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Claudia Rankine, Jesmyn Ward, Tracy K. Smith, Colson Whitehead, and more. These hour-long talks are free.


Jun 12, 10:37pm Top

>68 Berly: Hi Kim! Is that what a poppy looks like? I'm not sure I've ever seen one. I have a bit of a brown thumb. I would love to be good at gardening, but not enough to actually find time to do it. There are SO many things I'd love to do, and reading is one of them. :)

Jun 12, 11:56pm Top

Those archives are something else! Happy weekend, Berly-boo.

Jun 13, 8:29am Top

>114 Berly: thanks for that link, Kim. There are some really interesting authors there. Bookmarked for future reference!

Jun 13, 8:40am Top

>104 Berly: You have me well beat as I have only read 63 of them but I do have another 27 on the shelves.

Jun 13, 11:01am Top

>104 Berly: I'll play!

>110 Berly: This sounds great. I'll also look at the archive >114 Berly:.

Happy weekend TwinK!

Jun 13, 4:22pm Top

>104 Berly:, Hi Kim, i have only read Seven on the list.

Jun 13, 4:35pm Top

Kim, thanks for the links to the Literary Arts lectures. I'll be checking them out.

Jun 13, 5:26pm Top

>120 johnsimpson: Common sense dictates to read only that which you enjoy.

My question is, where on earth do they dig up these titles? I think on another thread (Richard's?) someone posted "their" version of the list.

I've only read about half of the list... mainly having to read for high school and First-year Univ. English Lit classes.
I haven't seen anything I would re-read, including that Potter-person's adventures. Yup, true confessions!

Jun 13, 6:09pm Top

>104 Berly: I am impressed that you read so many books on this list!

Jun 13, 6:13pm Top

>120 johnsimpson: But I'll bet there the thick ones!

Jun 14, 6:39am Top

>104 Berly: Thanks for sharing, Kim. I read 35 books from the list and found many suggestions.

Jun 14, 9:30pm Top

Hi Kim! Thanks for posting the Literary Arts links. Robin Coste Lewis sounds so interesting.

Jun 14, 10:14pm Top

>104 Berly: I'm not counting. I read a bunch of 'em. Some I will never read; never ever.

I've seen this basic list over and over. I'm getting into genre lists. I just printed out the Hugo winners from Wikipedia. My reading of sci-fi is deficient. I also compiled a list of books by authors who've won multiple Pulitzer Prizes. Posted it on my thread.

I'm also eying the Black Liberation Reading List that someone (I'm sorry that I can't remember who) posted a link to.

Jun 16, 2:29am Top

Hi guys. MIA again. I have spent the last week mostly at my in-laws condo. My MIL has had a wild increase in her dementia lately, likely linked to an infection, but as we get to the bottom of it, she has been just wearing out my poor FIL. She is hallucinating, constantly trying to leave their place, sometimes in the middle of the night. She is belligerent and keeps thinking there are extra people there, or they have just left. Often little kids. She's just one crazy story after another and she moves (mentally) from one city to another in seconds. Phew! I have been just trying to give him a break. We are waiting for the meds to kick in and hopefully the situation will go back to "normal," but he is also looking into getting home health care again. We had been trying to avoid that because of C-19, but he needs someone at night for sure so he can at least get a good nights sleep.

So, I'll be back when I can. Miss ya!!

Edited: Jun 16, 3:39am Top

>128 Berly: That sounds rough, Kim, hope that the drugs kick in and help her feel more settled soon. It must be wonderful for your FIL to have your support and help. We have things called "dementia cafes " here, where carers and the person with dementia can meet up with others in the same position. I think some of my mum's friends who are carers find them helpful. I appreciate that's probably not very useful in the stage your MIL is currently in, and perhaps not at all, sorry!

Jun 16, 7:40am Top

Best wishes and much strength for you!

Jun 16, 7:41am Top

>128 Berly: that's scary, Kim. My father had Parkinson's, which I guess is often accompanied by something called Lewy Body Dementia. His symptoms included hallucinations similar to what you described. When my dad's dementia kicked in it became apparent my mom had issues of her own and was in no position to manage the situation at home, even with help. It was a scary time, trying to get everything sorted. I hope your doctors can stabilize your MIL's situation and get things back to normal again. Thinking of you ...

Jun 16, 9:16am Top

I hope your MiL's meds do kick in soon, Kim, and the situation settles down some. It's too bad that everything now has to be balanced against risk of infection, isn't it?

Hang in there!

Jun 16, 1:24pm Top

>115 The_Hibernator: A brown thumb?! LOL. Poppies come in lots of colors and sizes. I have big white ones on the deck and smaller yellow ones in my front yard. If gardening doesn't call to you, by all means devote your time to books!! I actually haven't had a garden for 10 years, so I am glad to get back into it.

>116 richardderus: Hope you enjoy one or two of the archive talks. ; )

>117 lauralkeet: Happy to provide yet another list of author/book talks.

Jun 16, 1:27pm Top

>118 PaulCranswick: I don't think I have any of my unread books on the shelves with the exception of the Bible (which I have read a lot of, but not all) and Shakespeare's complete works (again, I have read most, but not all). I would like o get Bleak House by Charles Dickens at some point.

>119 BLBera: Hi, TwinB!! Happy summer! What are you doing with all your free time now?

>120 johnsimpson: John, there are several tomes in this list, so I think you better get a move on and read a few more! ; )

Jun 16, 1:30pm Top

>121 Oregonreader: Hope you enjoy a few of the Literary Arts Archive talks. They go back years and years.

>122 SandyAMcPherson: Only special books call out for re-reads! And, yes, Richard revamped the list a tad. Surprise, surprise. : ) I didn't think it was perfect either, but he was apparently more motivated that I was!!

>123 Whisper1: I don't usually score quite that high on reading lists, so I was pretty happy. Maybe I should work for them since we think so much alike...

Jun 16, 1:41pm Top

>124 quondame: Exactly! We know John so well. ; )

>125 SirThomas: Well done, Sir, and I hope you enjoy the new suggestions.

>126 banjo123: Hey, Rhonda--enjoy the author talks! I haven't listened to the Robin Coste Lewis one yet, but I have checked out about 7 other ones. All pretty good.

>127 weird_O: There are several left that I have heard nothing about and am not really drawn to. And I am not looking for the 100% completion rating!

I love SciFi--I really should get back into it again. The Hugo list is a great place to start. Have fun and let me know if you find any real winners.

Jun 16, 1:51pm Top

Well, good news. I am at my in-laws again this morning. This time I was prepared and brought my computer! Also, my MIL is still asleep so I can do my own thing. Also, also, my FIL has in-home care scheduled for tonight so he can get a good night sleep and I can go home earlier--yay!!

>129 charl08: This week my MIL's symptoms have been on a whole new level. I had never heard before that a UTI (urinary tract infection) could have such an effect on mental issues, but I described the symptoms to my friend, who is a retired pediatrician, and she immediately asked if she had been tested for a UTI. Wow. She is starting a second round of antibiotics today. Hope it works soon!

Jun 16, 2:03pm Top

>130 SirThomas: Awww, thank you so much!

>131 lauralkeet: OMG. Just went through that with my own Dad. He is on new meds fro the Parkinson's and back to his normal self. Thank goodness.

>132 karenmarie: This Covid-19 thing just complicates everything, for sure.

And in the midst of my local parent dilemma here in Oregon, my own parents usually travel away from Florida to Wisconsin during the hurricane season, but with Covid, I am not sure how to get them up there and then once they are up there, I am not sure the house is safe for them anymore. Both of my parents have been declining in health. Their laundry is on a different level; some of the stairs look cool, but don't have railings; and if anything happened to my Dad, medically speaking, my mom also has dementia and wouldn't even know to call 911 let alone their address. Also my mom can't cook anymore and my dad only does microwave food. Sigh.

So, I am busy looking at in-home healthcare for them, too. Group call scheduled later this week with my siblings to discuss so we can be on the same page when we talk to my dad about options.

This aging thing sucks!!!

Jun 16, 2:04pm Top

My reading has totally stalled. I think I am going to switch to something lighter. Maybe a murder mystery....

Jun 16, 3:29pm Top

>137 Berly: I'm so glad that you're able to be there for them.

Jun 16, 4:00pm Top

The aging thing definitely sucks, and it's happening all at once for you. Ouch.

UTIs are famous for scrambling brains, even in people whose brains are working. And they can enlarge to sepsis (blood infection). So it was a great tip and I'm glad you were able to check.

My dad got hit with one and was completely out of his head when we got him to the hospital. The next morning, after IV antibiotics, he was doing the Times crossword.

Jun 16, 5:23pm Top

>138 Berly: Good luck with that Kim. We never quite got to that stage with my parents, but I have friends who have or are in a similar position.

Jun 16, 5:33pm Top

I didn't realize you were already familiar with Parkinson's, so I'll shut up now ha ha. I'm glad that your MIL's issues seem to be something as "simple" as a UTI. I, too, was surprised to learn how UTIs affect the elderly. It's a whole different "thing" than UTIs in younger folks.

Good luck with all of the care arrangements. I'm sorry it's all happening at once. The aging thing definitely sucks.

Jun 16, 9:10pm Top

Oh TwinK - I feel for you with the parent dilemma. Good luck and hugs! Take care of yourself.

Jun 16, 9:33pm Top

>128 Berly: Kim, it is so sad about your mother in law and dementia. Most recently, my 89 year old neighbor, who is increasingly as she says "losing her mind!" Last week, she left the house while her husband was in a different room. She managed to walk down the street, and up a rather steep hill to a very busy intersection. I wasn't home at the time, and I left the house without my phone. When I came home, there were two very urgent messages from her 91 husband. Rather than call 911, he called me. She confessed to not knowing her house number, or where she lived, and did not know the phone number either.

Sadly, both sons live 2.5 hours away in New Jersey. Increasingly they relied on me. I resigned last week! I told them that they do not see what I do and they need to make arrangements right away.

I will keep your mother in law in my prayers. It is such a sad, sad illness.

Jun 16, 10:55pm Top

Glad you tracked down the MIL’s UTI! It can definitely cause those sorts of mental issues. I don’t have any suggestions for you, but I understand. We’re dealing with the same thing with my MIL.

Jun 17, 12:54am Top

I'm sorry to hear of all the issues with your parents and in laws. That is so hard. I don't have any suggestions, other than to say hang in there and I am thinking of you. I hope you can find a good escape novel, should you find any time. Hugs.

Jun 17, 5:05pm Top

>128 Berly: Oh dear heavens that sounds awful for everyone, Kim. Glad the meds seems to be helping and that in-home care has been arranged. How lucky your parents and parents-in-law are to have you to help care for them! Wishing you all strength.

Jun 17, 5:40pm Top

Kim, I agree with Reba (message above.) How fortunate your parents and in laws are to have you! As mentioned, my 89 and 91 year old neighbors have two sons that are over two hours away. I found that they were counting on me to take care of their parents. I didn't mind helping, but deeply resented that the more I did, the less they did. So, I sent a text and told them that I hereby resign from the position they try to put me in. Sadly, I see things that they don't. Months ago, Tom (91) took out their mail box. Then, a few months ago, her hit the gas pedal instead of the brake. He destroyed his car, almost hit a woman carrying a baby, and his car was going so fast that it hit the car across from him in the parking lot, and that car hit another. So, three cars were destroyed, and one woman and a baby could have had tragic outcomes if the mother did not move quickly.

It is sad...but, I really cannot take care of them given my health, and the fact that I am taking care of my own home alone...as well as grieving the loss of Will a little over a year ago.

They recently had bed bugs. I called the son to tell him. When the Orkan man came to spray, he reported the sons to the area on aging.

It is sad, sad, sad.

Jun 17, 5:53pm Top

I am sorry to hear about the difficulties at your in-laws, Kim, but I am glad that you are able to help with them. Take care of yourself too, not just them!

Jun 17, 6:49pm Top

Happy Wednesday, Kim. Sorry to hear about the health issues with the in-laws. Good luck. I am sure this has added a lot of stress to your life. I hope you are finding some solace with the books.

Jun 17, 7:53pm Top

>128 Berly: Sorry to hear about your MIL's dementia . It is tough to care for someone in that state. Stay strong and make sure to take care of yourself as well. :)

Jun 20, 10:52am Top

Gosh Kim, you’re going through a lot. I’m glad to hear your MIL’s issue was something so seemingly simple and unrelated. I hope the issue has been resolved back to normal now. Here’s hoping you can resolve your parents’ problems too.

>104 Berly: I had a look at the list on Richard’s thread and I think I came up with 26 or thereabouts, which is pretty respectable for me for such lists.

>111 Berly: (>99 ffortsa:) That can’t be good ;0)

Jun 20, 2:42pm Top

Hi Kim! Sorry about the eldercare stress... under current circumstances everything stressful is doubly so, and that's tough.

Jun 20, 9:52pm Top

Still MIA here. My MIL's case has not improved at all. I have been over there every day but one. And that's in addition to having in-home care assisting. Yikes. Have now taken her in for additional lab tests. Hope to get results tomorrow. This can't last long as the status quo. : (

Thanks for all the support. I really appreciate it. One of these days I'll have some LT time. : )

Jun 21, 12:56am Top

Kim, it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job caring for your parents and your in-laws.

I highly recommend mysteries as a nice escape.

Jun 21, 5:39am Top

>155 Berly: Really sorry to hear that Kim. Sending lots of positive vibes for a solution for your MIL. Hope that you are getting some recovery time too.

Jun 21, 12:21pm Top

>155 Berly: So sorry to hear MIL isn't getting better. I think we all were hoping the the urinary track infection would clear up and that would take care of the problem. Sending you and your family the best thoughts possible and hope the situation resolves itself soon.

Edited: Jun 21, 9:38pm Top

Oh dear. I hope things get straightened out or additional professional care can be implemented, to everyone's benefit.

Jun 21, 11:35pm Top

>104 Berly: Fun!

So sorry to hear about MIL... it sounds heartbreaking and infuriating and just hard.

I can't wait until it's safe for me to spend a long weekend in Portland. Miss you.

Jun 22, 8:45am Top

Kim, I’m so sorry to learn about all the issues with your parents and in-laws. Dementia is, I think, just about the most difficult health problem to try to deal with.

Sending as much positive energy and love as I can.

Jun 22, 9:00am Top

>155 Berly: Sad to hear. Some tough decisions are coming, so I'll hope for clarity and ease of heart to come to you all.

Jun 22, 6:43pm Top

Stopping by to get caught up Kim and sorry to learn about all the eldercare challenges you are facing right now.

Edited: Jun 24, 7:47pm Top

Sorry to hear about your eldercare problems. Two of my sisters live near my Mom in Texas, and they have to bear the bulk of her care, especially now when no one can travel. She's 90, and still sharp as a tack (I'm more forgetful than she is), but she has COPD and breathing issues.

Jun 25, 1:48pm Top

Hi. MIL is now in the hospital with an unrelated medical issue. She was unresponsive for 5 days, but is now awake and unfortunately more confused and belligerent than before. May no longer be able to have her at home. Looking at alternatives but this sucks because if placed elsewhere no one can visit her due to COVID. Trying to adjust meds for dementia. Lots of DNR talk has been going on....

: (

Jun 25, 3:22pm Top

>165 Berly: I'm so sorry to read this, Kim. It's really hard when it comes at you all at once like this, requiring all kinds of decisions you hadn't anticipated making at this point in time. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts.

Jun 26, 6:40am Top

Hi, Kim. I am so sorry to hear about your MIL. Keep us updated. Hugs to my pal.

Jun 26, 1:31pm Top

Sorry your family is having such a tough time of it lately!! How if FIL doing? Sending good wishes to you all.

Jun 26, 1:35pm Top

>165 Berly: TwinK - I am so sorry. :( Good luck!

Jun 26, 4:39pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, i am so sorry to hear the news about your MIL, it must be very hard for you all with all that is going on and all the decisions that need to be made which you hadn't anticipated. I do hope that your FIL is coping at this very stressful time and we both send special Yorkshire love and hugs to you all at this horrible time dear friend.

Jun 26, 5:05pm Top

>165 Berly: Oh that is awful. I'm so so sorry to hear it.

{{{Kim}}} and fam

Jun 26, 5:10pm Top

Sorry to hear about your MIL, Kim. We don't do end of life issues well in this society. I hope other members of the family are taking their share of the burden of this event.

Jun 26, 6:11pm Top

Dropping in to say hi!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Jun 27, 5:06am Top

>165 Berly: That is sad, Kimmers. My mum is also struggling a bit. Couldn't breathe well yesterday and Hani was there with her until late making sure she was comfortable and had something suitable to eat and drink. Sometimes think I married an angel.

Jun 27, 9:02am Top

Kim, I'm so sorry to hear about what's going on with your MiL. It would be bad enough in pre-Covid-19 times, but the additional stress of having to possibly place her in a care facility knowing you couldn't visit her must be crazy-making.

Hang in there. *hugs*

Jun 27, 8:18pm Top

Oh dear, so sorry about your mother in law. That sounds so difficult.

Jun 28, 7:18am Top

>165 Berly: Thinking of you at this difficult time Kim.

Jun 30, 1:22pm Top

>165 Berly: Very sorry to hear about your MIL, Kim. We had a lot of those tough discussions about my faltering dad before he passed away, and covid-19 just throws another wrench into the works.

>104 Berly: My count of read books matches yours, Kim. If they'd change it to "Most of the Works of Shakespeare" I could add one; I don't feel comfortable with "Complete Works". Should I read Bridget Jones Diary? Should I read Swallows and Amazons? That's the question for most of the ones I haven't read. Our kids say I should read Lolita, but so far I can't get past the unsavory premise.

>110 Berly: I liked Voyage of the Sable Venus, but knew nothing of the backstory of Robin Coste Lewis. How remarkable that she came back from that brain damage. I can't imagine reading and writing only one sentence a day.

She is young, and it's sad that she came across no books by women of color in her schooling. I like to believe that's changed a lot in more recent years in most parts of the country.

Jul 1, 7:59pm Top

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for the visits and the words of encouragement and solace.

Well, long story short, we managed to find a lovely Memory Care place for my MIL. Her medications have started to kick in and help make her calmer and less anxious. We moved her in yesterday. It is very sad because none of us can visit her due to C-19. They do have a great program to visit virtually, but they have asked us not to make contact for a few weeks. Sigh.

My own Mom has dementia, so, I will probably have a round two of this. Luckily, my parents are already in a tiered retirement village. I have been busy reading Dementia Reimagined. An interesting history of the disease, but I was hoping for more practical "do this" advice. Not finished yet, so....

On the bright side, my hubby has FINALLY recovered from his bout with C-19. Yay!!! Five months. Yikes.

I hope I get a little break now. : )

Jul 1, 8:45pm Top

You deserve a break, TwinK. I'm glad you found a place for your MIL. It's tough. A good friend also has a MIL that they can't visit, and it is really tough on MIL because of her dementia. She isn't always sure why no one can visit. :(

Jul 1, 8:54pm Top

Very glad that Mr. Berly is better at last, Kim.

And very sorry for all your troubles. You know you’re loved here.

Edited: Jul 2, 3:19pm Top

Hi Kim. I too have been MIA for quite some time and am just slowly trying to catch up on the threads.

It is heartbreaking to read how much you are juggling with your in-laws and parents. My mum in Montreal also has mild dementia and though I try to speak to her on the phone almost daily, she doesn't always remember why I can't come visit. I used to travel from here (Toronto) to Mtl every 4 to 6 weeks to take her to her medical appointments but haven't been there since the beginning of March. A community nurse now comes to her place to do the bloodwork and I speak to her doctor via phone follow-ups. She is in an assisted living place and they have been under lockdown since then. Covid is bad enough but it makes the long distance aspect of everything so much harder.

It sounds like you are doing all the right things and it's good you have support in your siblings, etc. For what it's worth, Darryl recommended a book which I have since bought though, to be honest, I have not yet read. He said it is better than most he has read on the subject. It's called My Mother, Your Mother and it sits on the top of my bedside pile of books.

Good luck with everything, Kim. Seems many of us are at that stage where we are dealing with some aspect or other of this, with our parents.

Jul 2, 8:05am Top

>179 Berly: I'm so glad you were able to find care for your MIL, and that your husband is fully recovered (but daunting to see how long that can take ...). At least your parents are in a good spot, in terms of having easier access to increased care when it's needed. It's still difficult to manage, especially long distance. We hired a geriatric care manager to be our hands & eyes on the ground, and it was super helpful for everything from running errands to managing those transitions to new levels of care. Just sharing for what it's worth.

Jul 2, 10:20am Top

Hi Kim!

I'm glad your husband is finally recovered. I'd forgotten that he got Covid-19 so early on in the pandemic. Five months. Yikes.

Glad, too, that your MiL is safely in a memory unit, so sorry that the pandemic is preventing you from seeing her.

Take care.

Jul 2, 1:12pm Top

I'm so glad your problems have eased somewhat with your MIL in a safe place now and your hubby feeling better. I heard a discussion of Covid-19 that hangs on for a very long time on the news the other day (they had a term for it that I can't remember now) and thought of you/him. How about a little care-for-the-carer now? You deserve it for sure and probably need it too.

Jul 2, 3:15pm Top

>180 BLBera: Thanks, TwinB. I am exhausted and haven't done much reading. I have really enjoyed the front garden--it is a lovely zen place for me. And we can do social distancing if we put other people on the other side of the garden. It's not too big to talk across. : )

>181 bohemima: Ahhh, thank you so much! Yes, this is one of my favorite places to be. : ) And now I am going to start call hubby Mr. Berly. LOL!

>182 jessibud2: I am so sorry that you know exactly what I am talking about! This C-19 thing just makes everything so much harder. I am glad you have a good system set up to take care of your mom. I am sure my SIL will be heading back up to Seattle sometime this week, so I have to make sure my FIL gets some attention because I know he is then going to be all alone and lonely without his beloved wife.

Jul 2, 3:21pm Top

>183 lauralkeet: A geriatric care manager sounds awesome! At this point in time, I think we are good, but I have 3 more parents to help out down the road, so thanks for the insight.

>184 karenmarie: I can't tell you how worried I was that I wasn't going to ever get my hubby back. I missed him so much even though he was right here with me. Now he has his sense of humor back and he is smart as a whip again, and he can even balance!! : ) I am so very thankful.

>185 RebaRelishesReading: Care for the care-giver? That sounds great! Sign me up!!

But it won't start today....it's my daughter's birthday, so I will be cooking her favorite meal (quiche, with hashbrowns, sausage and fruit salad) and wrapping presents. So hard to celebrate in C-19 time, but she is having a few friends over to social distance drinks later tonight. Luckily the weather is cooperating and they can be outside. Yay!

Maybe tomorrow I can have some me time. : )

Edited: Jul 2, 3:25pm Top

I recently got my Powell's INDIEspensable #86 box. Thank you Hubby!! I already started The Unseen by Roy Jacobson and it is quirky and quite good. Also, I really like the mug.

From Powell's "In the critically acclaimed The Unseen, Norwegian author Roy Jacobsen shares the intergenerational story of the Barrøy family of the remote Barrøy island in the Arctic Circle. The novel’s chief subject is Ingrid, whom we first meet as a precocious preschooler and follow through her coming-of-age as the island’s budding matriarch. Jacobsen’s riveting decision to explore island life through Ingrid’s eyes grants the reader a child’s blanket acceptance of her environment, no matter how harsh or unusual, and the chance to participate in her dawning consciousness of her family members’ sorrows and dreams.

"The result is a story and a family that feel at first distant and inscrutable, but whose strength, love, and ingenuity swiftly draw the reader into a vivid world where freedom is predicated on the ability to respond swiftly to change. Frozen sheep and arctic gales aside, the natural and societal challenges the Barrøys face in determining the direction of their lives transcend place and time, making The Unseen a rare, beautiful novel that will always speak to the present."

Jul 2, 3:28pm Top

>188 Berly: This sounds really good. I'll watch for your report. And nice mug. I drink from my Powell's mug every morning! So I think of you every day, TwinK!

I hope you get some time to relax. Take care.

Jul 3, 12:27am Top

Hi Kim, so sorry to read about your MIL. This pandemic makes everything harder than it already is. Glad to read that your hubby has finally shaken off the virus. 2020 can't be over quick enough for me!

Jul 4, 8:07am Top

I'm so sad with you about the moms...have you read Care Giver by Richard Blanchard yet? I really liked that novel. It's only $7 for a tree book from the publisher. My review is https://tinyurl.com/y7bo3qqq

Sending hugs and smooches

Jul 4, 4:19pm Top

Hi Kim my dear, sorry to hear of the travails with your MIL and glad that she is in a safe memory unit but with the pandemic you now can't go and see her. I am so glad that Walt has finally shaken off the virus, the length of time it has taken matches what patients over here are taking to recover.

With the Pandemic still being rife with you all i am not really sure this is suitable but i do wish you all a Happy 4th July dear friend and send love and hugs to you all from both of us.

Jul 4, 11:11pm Top

In this difficult year with an unprecedented pandemic and where the ills of the past intrude sadly upon the present there must still be room for positivity. Be rightly proud of your country. To all my American friends, enjoy your 4th of July weekend.

Jul 5, 5:51am Top

>188 Berly: I remember enjoying The Unseen Kim. What a lovely subscription gift the Indy is.

Jul 5, 9:37am Top

It's nice to see some good news over at your place. Take care Kim!

Jul 5, 3:17pm Top

>189 BLBera: Well, now that I know you drink from your Powell's mug everyday and think of me when you do it, I'll return the favor!! : )

>190 DeltaQueen50: And I thought 2020 was going to be such a good year, too. : (

But maybe it is....my FIL came through open heart surgery really well. My husband survived COVID-19 and no one else in the family caught it from him. And everyone in my family is employed. So, actually, I am very, very thankful. : )

Now if we can just get tRUMP out of office....!

Jul 5, 3:19pm Top

>191 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. Haven't read that one yet. Off to see your review....

>192 johnsimpson: Thanks for the good wishes and hugs. I will gladly accept both! : ) We had a lovely Fourth of July and I am reminded that I live in a great country and we will move forward from all this as stronger, kinder people. Hugs to you and Karen.

Jul 5, 3:24pm Top

>193 PaulCranswick: Thank you, Paul. I am proud of my country. It is not perfect by any means, but I am hoping we can improve things and move forward with intelligence, love and compassion. And less virus.

>194 Caroline_McElwee: The Unseen was a really interesting book. It was so strange to read about this little tiny island and the family living there. I could not fathom living so alone for a lifetime. It is bad enough during this time of isolation, which I hope will come to an end sooner than later.

>195 humouress: Right? It's about time!! LOL. : )

Jul 5, 3:25pm Top

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