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Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: Yesterday at 09:34:32 PM »
FlaJean,  Your latest read sounds like a good one.     Like you, I've thought of the struggle of families with a child with epilepsy or other chronic problems.  They are special people!!

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 17, 2018, 04:29:31 PM »
Hello CallieOK,  I haven't used Epub but tried Overdrive and found that books that I search always seem to be at libraries where my card is not valid,  like in Canada or in another part of the state.   I'm not sure what my problem is with that so I have just continued to use HOOPLA as it serves me well.   :thumbup:    I don't think that there is a lot of difference between the programs just what's available for the user where they are.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:41:31 PM »
Hello all,   Life has been moving at a breakneck speed lately.   So much to do and so little time!!! :)    I have been reading some  but finding that when it is time for reading that my eyes and brain seem to think it's time to sleep.   The book I am reading just now is one of a series called The Vatican Chronicles.   The book title is The Mystery of Julia Episcopa by John I. Rigoli and Diane Cummings.   It has quite a bit of biblical history woven into it.   Again it was another referred to me by my brother who is one who enjoys history.    I'm about halfway through and it has held my attention pretty well so far.    "The plot thickens."  Along with reading for pleasure, I've continued to follow up on some of the HOOPLA books on bereavement.    Those books I read in bits and pieces.    For anyone interested in such,  I have a very good one right now called Grief Reflections, A Quiet Book of Comfort by Bobbie Baker.  I'm considering buying this book as the chapters are short and it would be a nice book to turn to for short meditations.   She has a very nice style.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: October 01, 2018, 07:03:33 PM »
SCFSue,   I'm sorry to hear that you are still "sidelined" from your accident.  I've heard many people talk about the limitations of not driving.   We have been so fortunate to be so mobile all these years and then to be grounded has to be a huge change.   I think that subconsciously I have been preparing myself for that time but I did that also for the death of Al but it is never the same when it really happens, is it??  We are lucky in our community to have a van service provided by our Town for shopping, medical and hair care.   This is by appointment and many complain that they often have to wait to be picked up to go back home,  but it certainly beats not having transportation at all.    I'm glad that your son is able to  take you to the places you need to go.   When I think about it, it kind of works out doesn't it that by the time we reach this point in life our children are beginning to retire and have just a little more time to help when needed.    ;)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: September 30, 2018, 07:46:31 PM »
Marilyne,  I hope you are able to find The Ragged Edge of Night.   There is an interesting surprise in the Historical Note and Author's Remarks at the end of the story.   

JeanneP,  Your description of yourself in your last post sounded very cozy AND WINTERY.  We have had quite cool nights and yes the furnace has been running some already.    There is a lot to do to get ready for winter.  Furnace, gutters and the garden has to be put to bed and outdoor decor and furniture put away.  Saturday was a nice day and I did get a lot done outside.   Your speaking of getting a new car is a big move.   I'm hoping that my 2014 Ford Escape  will last until I don't need a car anymore.   That was a big purchase but we were able to make the decision together and I wouldn't want to do it again myself. We always bought "Gently used cars",  but Al thought he would like one new car in his lifetime and we decided to do it and I'm glad we did.   He did enjoy it.  Good luck to you on your buying adventure!!

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: September 25, 2018, 08:44:28 PM »
It is interesting to observe the people who really enjoy the horror movies and those that don't.    I have one DIL who really likes those and can't seem to get enough.    Like someone said here,  if I were to watch them,  some of those scenes would stay with me way too long and I would be checking behind all the doors and shower curtains constantly.  :yikes:      At the other end of the spectrum,   I'm not wild about the predictable ending stories either.   It seemed like the Hallmark theater got into the boy meets girl pattern of stories and you could tell the ending from the beginning.   I do like a story with some substance and a little tension is good but not the Ax murder or supernatural variety,  thank you very much!!    I'm about finished with the WWII story I've been reading titled The Ragged Edge of Night by Olivia Hawker.     

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: September 12, 2018, 08:13:04 PM »

Today there was an advertisement on my Kindle opening page for a free book once a month  for Amazon Prime members.    I looked over the offerings and chose this one.   I did enjoy All the Light You Cannot See and think this one will be as good though a different author.

The Ragged Edge of NightNovel by Olivia HawkerImage result for The Ragged Edge of Night
4.3/5 ยท GoodreadsFor fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man's search for light during the darkest times of World War II. Germany, 1942. ... Google BooksExpected on: October 2018Author: Olivia HawkerGenres: Historical Fiction, Literary fiction, Adventure fiction

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: September 11, 2018, 08:58:22 PM »
MaryTX  Do I recall that you went by the name Redbud earlier?   I was drawn to that name because the Redbud tree is a favorite of mine and I have several in my garden.  :)    I have been looking around for The Address and so far it is not available through my library system, neither in hardbound book or ebook.   It just says unavailable so it may be that it is in big demand just now.    Meanwhile I'm starting the sequel to The Library at the Edge of the World.   I suppose it is good to read it while the characters and places are fresh in my mind.  It has been cooler here since the weekend but it is due to warm up again starting Thursday.   The cooler weather was quite refreshing after the heat of the past few weeks.   I get more ambition when the temps and humidity drop.   There is much to do in the yard and around the house in preparation for winter.I have been curious about the Woodward book too.   When it gets to the library I'm sure in will be out for many weeks.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: September 09, 2018, 11:12:16 AM »
Lots of interesting titles being passed around here.    Also the discussion about the use of libraries' digital resources is interesting.    I've not been one to bring home an armful of books at a time and when I finish one of the ebooks it is so handy to just go to my list of favorites and download another in just seconds.  Our Hoopla app provides books, audio books and movies so that it is a good source of either media I decide I'd like at the moment.   Occasionally the movie of a particular book title will show up there and not the book.  I would prefer to read the book first but in a pinch I would see the film.  Sometimes when I feel too tired to read I can enjoy  a movie.    I am reading a novel now called The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes McCoy.  It is set in Ireland  in present times.    I just learned that there is also a sequel so perhaps I will follow up on that.   Easy reading!!

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:44:07 PM »
Marsgal,   The Weight of Ink certainly sounds like some "heavy reading".    About a year ago I thought that I would take one serious book for a winter read.   Maybe something like that but the winter last year kind of turned my life upside down and here is another fall and winter coming and I  have done nothing more in the reading than  just for entertainment.   I really don't ever think of a  book as just pleasure because there is always something in a story that teaches me something I hadn't known before.    Anyway I might just tackle that title if it comes my way via library or Kindle. Thanks for the good review.  Has anyone read the last book by Khaled Hosseini And the Mountains Echoed?  A little sidenote here....while I had a long layover on my way home from Charlotte  I had breakfast with two interesting and delightful ladies.   One was a student on her way back from her home in Italy  to college in Alabama.   The other was an expat who lives in Holland and was coming to Western New York to visit her daughter.    Of course we talked of reading.  The student  (Pre Med) admitted that she has very little time for reading for pleasure...understandable.   The other woman and I shared some favorite authors and she told us about a book by an Italian author  that sounded good.   It  was titled Best Friends by Elana Ferrante.   That was such an interesting little time spent with other travelers.

I've had a hard  cough and  cold for going on two weeks now and haven't been doing much of anything but maintenance around the house and yard.   Going to the Dr. this afternoon.  Maybe she will have a magic potion for me.....think so???

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: August 23, 2018, 09:26:57 PM »
I'm back!!!   I've been in Charlotte, NC since the 19th of July and came home last Saturday.   As usual I could read the posts on my Kindle but couldn't respond.     We had a celebration of life for Al on July 14 and all of the family was to be here.   Our son in NC went into the hospital on July 10 with Acute Heart Failure and was there for 9 days.    As soon as I had finished up here with the memorial I went down there planning to stay for 3 weeks.  My return flight was scheduled for August 9.   On the 8th our son (Nate) started having episodes of  passing out.   He went back into the hospital for a couple days for observation.   Long story short,  the Dr. finally took a couple of his medicines away and since then his blood pressure seems to be holding pretty steady.  It's been a roller coaster summer.    Meanwhile I had a couple books on my Kindle and managed to finish those.   One of them was a Joyce Carol Oates book called The Falls.    I hadn't much liked her writing in We Were the Mulvaneys but decided to give this a try since it was set here in Niagara Falls.    It was a pretty good story but as before it seemed to me that she passed a few good stopping places along the way and then the ending was sort of abrubt.   The other book was especially good.   It was called The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts.   This story is about the unusual friendship between a black woman and an Amish woman.  I really enjoyed that one.  The Charlotte Library system uses the Hoople program and I was able to help our son get the Hoopla on his TV so that they can borrow movies.    I had watched one called Roommates with Peter Falk and he tried to get it from their library but it was in big demand.  He was able to get it the next day.   It is a good generational story.   In my searching around I found that other libraries around the country use a similar program but with a different name.   I like it very much because I can get books, audio books and movies right from home and there is never an overdue as when the time is up....IT'S UP!! and your item disappears from you device. 
Tomereader,   I noticed that you too have been reading some about coping with grief.   Have you read anything by Alan D. Wolfelt,  I happened onto some of his writing and liked his way.  Another title that was good was Resilient Grieving, by Lucy Hone.   I hope you are doing well.     Sorry to be so lengthy here.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: July 01, 2018, 06:13:28 PM »
FlaJean,  I'm happy to hear that your cataract surgery is behind you and that you are able to be back reading again.   I had both eyes done late last year and that's that,  I hope!!
Marilyne,   You are right about the love letters.  Actually Al and I were never apart for any length of time but I do have one  letter he wrote me shortly after we met.    At the time we met he already had a reservation for a weeks vacation at  a popular beach resort in Canada so he did go.    It was very early in our courtship but he wrote this one letter.    Strange as it seems  that 70 years ago  he had the feeling that we were going to spend our life together.  Needless to say I have that letter tucked away with other treasures.  I should make a time capsule!! ;)

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: July 01, 2018, 03:37:19 PM »

 Nice to see your face here today FlaJean.   Seems like I've been missing you.   Your Ladies Detective story sounds good.   I need a little change of subject. 
Bubble your older authors reminds me of an old, old book that my late aunt gave to me years ago. She was a collector and buyer of old books that took her fancy and as she got older she dispursed her collection as she did this one to me.  It is yellow with age but I did read it and pulled it from my book shelf trying to think of someone in my family that MIGHT take an interest in the old story.  This book is Eben Holden by Irving Bacheller.   On a blank front page this is this dear inscription:     To the best woman I know,  my wife.   C.H.W.  December 25, 1900     I simply say that she is good and loves me with pure womanhood....when that is said,  why, what remains?  Jonquain Miller. This is written in ink in an old, old  cursive style. Following is a link to the story.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 28, 2018, 08:37:58 PM »
I did enjoy The Wake Up.    I can't recall a book of Catherine Ryan Hyde that I haven't liked.    As I mentioned earlier I just finished The Seven Rule of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard.   That is a different little book but good thoughts in it.    Referring back to The Wake Up,  I have one now on my Kindle from Hoopla.  It is titled Among the Lesser Gods by Margo Catts.  She is an entirely new author name for me but her writing is good and I'm about two thirds through the book and have enjoyed the story.    Someone here mentioned Elizabeth Strout the other day so I stopped in at the library and picked up one of hers that I hadn't read.   It is titled Anything is Possible.    I didn't think I would finish Olive Kitteredge  when I started it but I did and liked her writing style.   

Tomereader,   One thing that has helped me quite a bit is reading.    I can't concentrate on TV much though I did watch a movie on Amazon Prime the other evening.   (Wish You Well)    I've read a few things by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and recently I had a book from Hoopla called Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone.  She has many good thoughts that are just a little different.  She is from New Zealand.  Take care.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 24, 2018, 07:59:47 PM »
Good afternoon/evening all.    Lots of good suggestions here today.    I don't believe I've read anything by Kristin Hannah though have noticed them at the library.    I'll give her a try.   Also Elizabeth Goudge sounds like she might be good for a new author.   I just finished one that I got through HOOPLA.   It is a different story about a young woman  who is autistic and has been raised by her mother to believe that she isn't able to do much of anything.   The title is The Seven Rules of Elivra Carr by Frances Maynard.
 Thinking of you 'Tomereader'.  Nice to see you here a few days ago.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 19, 2018, 12:24:12 PM »
For those of you who enjoy   "people stories",   I highly recommend The Wake Up by Catherine Ryan Hyde.   It is a good family story that gives lots of food for thought.   :thumbup:

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 18, 2018, 08:38:30 PM »
Hi  Redbud (MaryTX)   Good to see you over here.   I believe we were both in a gardening forum back a few years.  Is that correct?  Nat (Nature) from Toronto was the leader of that group.   He passed away and that forum just sort of dropped for a time.
I have another of Catherine Ryan Hyde's books going now.   The title is The Wake Up.   It is good but a little different kind of story.    It was a Book Bub $1.99 offering.   

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: June 14, 2018, 02:00:56 PM »
It has been sooooooo quiet here on the Library bookshelf!!    I finally finished High Plains Tango by Robert J. Waller.    It really wasn't that long of a book but I kept getting sidetracked with other reading.    This turned out to be a good story with a few current issues mixed in.   Marilyne, you mention a book by Lisa Wingate a while back called Before We Were Yours.    It seems like I read this some time ago or else Debby read it and we talked about it.   I wonder if you did read it?   I started another last evening that I got through Book Bub.  This one is Washed Away by Geoff Williams.    I don't think I'll finish this.   It is like a documentary of a huge flood across many central states in 1913 and has just too many statistics for me.  I'm in the market for a new title.   Ideas??

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:30:50 PM »
Lucky you! :)   Out here on the "Western NY Frontier" we have to depend on radio or Internet to make those kind of discoveries.  Youtube is great for this.    I listen to a Canadian radio station from Toronto that has pretty good  smooth jazz.  It is better on the car radio than in the house and the sound system in the car is really a lot better as well.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 08:54:06 PM »
Rammel,  Thanks for naming the Sax player.  :thumbup:   I couldn't say it at the time.    He is good!  I just sort of stumbled upon Beegie.   I hadn't heard of her before but Al always had Easy Listening on TV  and when I heard her piano,  I started to pay attention to the name of the artist.    Another one I found there is Andre Gagnon.   His rendition of Twilight Time is especially nice.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 02, 2018, 07:38:39 PM »
Ferocious,   That duet by Nat Cole and daughter is so beautiful.   When it first came out it was hard to believe how it was done so well.   As some one said here it does bring tears.   So many memories with these lovely oldies.    I have a few artists on my Pandora that do great renditions of many of the '40s melodies that we loved.   Beegie Adair is one of them.   She plays piano and has a good saxaphone player as well.

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« on: June 02, 2018, 07:26:24 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear about Tomereader's husband passing so suddenly and unexpected.     Prayers for her and her family,   my heart goes out to her.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 25, 2018, 08:58:13 PM »
FlaJean,   That must have been an interesting tour.  I know that Debby would have really liked that as she is a tea fancier.   ;)   One year when we were at Myrtle Beach we drove down Rt. 17 where there was supposed to be places where tea and rice were grown at some time.   That whole part of the country is interesting to me after having read some of the books that are written about it.  I would like to stay out there for a time to be able to get around and visit more of the places of interest at a leisurely pace.  I know that there were a few churches that we didn't get to visit and would have liked to.   We did get into a couple of them but between time and our feet and legs giving out we had to limit how many places we went into.
Marilyne,   I've enjoyed some of the youtubes that were referenced in the site you mentioned about Johnny Mercer.    One especially was with Steve Allen where Mercer sang some of his songs.   I always liked Steve Allen and loved to hear him play piano.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 23, 2018, 08:29:03 PM »
Marilyne,   Debby thought the book was much better than the movie.   She said that the movie is like a book report on the book!  :)    No I didn't come across the website that you mentioned but will look into it.    I know that the story had little to do with J.M. except that Williams owned and lived in the Mercer house.  You are  probably like myself in relating to Mercer in that I had many of the sheet music copies of his songs and he just seemed so familiar.   It was strange when I spoke of him and the young ones just looked like I was talking Greek.  ???   I'm sorry now that we didn't take a regular tour of the city.   We went on foot with our grandson as our guide.    In Charleston we did take the horse and carriage tour and our guide was so very knowledgeable about the city and history of.    We would have learned more of those things in Savannah.   However our tour guide was good and we enjoyed hoofing it around town with him.   He and his mom have had difficult times with their relationship and she said afterward that it was the best visit she has had with him in some time.   He is a great guy but I think their problem is in her letting go and letting him be his own is time!!

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 23, 2018, 10:28:21 AM »
Just finished another book from Book Bub specials.    This one is Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers by Sara Ackerman.     I bought it because the title caught my attention and it turned out to be  pretty good.   The story is set in Hawaii shortly after Pearl Harbor.   For a light quick read, I would recommend it.
After I finished that book I went back to reading High Plains Tango by Robert James Waller.   It is light reading as well.   Yesterday I was at the library for another errand so couldn't resist browsing the stacks.    I picked up another book by Elizabeth Kubler Ross and David Kessler.   This title is Life Lessons and it starts out well.  It deals with living  life to the fullest.   Another that I brought home and have read a little is For One More Day by Rich Albom.   This is one of his books that I hadn't read.

Meanwhile Debby and I have been doing a little research since our visit to Savannah where we walked through the Bonaventure Cemetery.   There I noticed a headstone for Johnny Mercer and we stayed out on an island where there was a roadway called Johnny Mercer Blvd.    Our grandson told us that the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was filmed in Savannah and partly in this cemetery so we started to do a little digging and learned that Mercer was born and raised in Savannah.   She is reading the book just now and we watched the movie last weekend and found that scenes in the movie were done in the Mercer house which was owned by the main character.   It has been an interesting journey down memory lane.   Of course our grandson and his mom are too young to be familiar with the name but it was good for us oldies!   :)   I'm sure that some of you know all this about Mercer but I was quite intrigued. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:42:21 AM »
oops!   Guess I was looking at the author's name in a dim light.....Robert James Waller....not Walter! :-[ I had read that he also wrote The Bridges of Madison County.    I noticed that because my brother has often mentioned that movie and that he liked it.   

I will check out the other book offer site that you mentioned Tomereader.    Sometimes I feel as though me  preferences aren't too accurate with those place but when I look to change them don't really find choices that fit so I just read the offerings and take 'em or leave 'em.    The book that I'm reading just now called The Last Four seems like a simple Western and I can almost picture John Wayne as the hero.   BUT,  I will finish anyway.   I'm sure that some of the story is based on truth but is a little far fetched in the telling of the outcome.

I wonder is anyone here watched Little Women on Sunday evening.   Debby and I both watched it and were a little disappointed.  I'm not much for action movies but I had a hard time staying awake to see this through. 

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 14, 2018, 08:01:22 PM »
I did enjoy An American Marriage.   I'm not always a fan of Oprah's books but this one was good and kept me reading.    I liked the ending,  though it wasn't what I was looking for.

I have a couple of other books on the Kindle to be read.   One is already started.   It is another about the Orphan Train.   This one called The Last Four by C.J. Petit.    The other is a Book Bub selection called High Plains Tango by Robert James Walter.   Both seem almost like what my mother used to call "Dime Novels" but for lack of something better,  I will continue.   Sometimes there is a surprise in what looks to be an ordinary book.  :)   

Debby and I have started another adventure.   We signed up to be volunteers for the County Home Delivered Meals program.   For the time being we will just serve as substitutes when needed.   This way we can learn the ropes and see if we are ok with it.   We went out this morning with another driver for orientation.   It is challenging to be sure that the right meal goes to the right person!

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 11, 2018, 08:12:49 PM »
I noticed this week that the book An American Marriage was mentioned and the long waiting list at some libraries.    It sounded like a good one so I went to my Hoopla site just on a chance that they would have it.   Low and behold they did and I got the download immediately.   It is a good and quick read.  I see that on my Kindle edition there are about 1500 pages but that goes a lot faster because I have a larger  font set for comfortable reading.   It seems to be a story that keeps me wanting to read on so I know it will be going fast.  It is a different kind of story.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: May 06, 2018, 05:13:07 PM »
I'm still hanging about, reading the posts on my Kindle but not able to post there so I have to sit down at the computer in order to do that.  ho-hum!!    When I make up my mind what I want to do and get all of these household fix it up  things  done,  I'm going to get a tablet that will handle the internet just a little better.   I can't complain about the Kindle.   It has been a dandy little computer but it does have limitations.  When we were away I was able to keep up with banking and email and all sorts of necessary things.    I'm not thrilled with the fact that these electronic devices have such a short life.   I know that it is necessary to the manufacturers to bring on new and improved features in order for them to stay in business but those of us that are older are used to buying something that will last a good long time.  ::)    Now off the soapbox!    I did finished  Milk Glass Moon and really enjoyed it.  It's been a long time since I read her earlier books and perhaps I didn't read the second of this group but do remember the characters and it was good to be reconnected.

I've been reading some non fiction in the meantime by  Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and another writer dealing with losses.   Some is helpful and some not so much.   I suppose you just have to pick and choose what appeals.

The yard and gardens are beckoning with lots of housecleaning to be done.   We've had a couple really bad windstorms that left broken trees and lots and lots of pickup to be done before the grass could be mowed.   I love to work in our yard,  it is great therapy but does take time away from other things.

Leisure Activities / Re: Library Bookshelf
« on: April 27, 2018, 10:48:43 PM »
I posted a little earlier today but have been having some problem with my computer so don't know whether it will post like a duplicate to this one or what?!?!?    I've been away visiting family.    I could read the posts here on my Kindle but couldn't post.   Besides that I'm not too comfortable about posting information about being away from home.    Anyway Debby and I went on a road trip to visit family in Charlotte, Savannah and Pennsylvania.   Along the way we visited with some old friends  who are having health problems and it could be the last visit for us.   

I did finish a book that I had borrowed from the library but didn't have concentration  to start a new one.   We did visit a few libraries and I bought a paper back from Friends of the Library.   It is Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani.  I have enjoyed her books and expect this will be the same.

It is good to be back in my own home and especially my kitchen (my favorite room!!).

Callie,  I noticed that you are reading the Elm Creek Quilting books.  My daughter and I read several of those a few years back and liked them very much.   

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