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« Reply #1200 on: January 22, 2018, 10:27:43 PM »
I have a small Quaker church right bye me. Often think I would like to just go in and see what they do.  I have been to a yard sale there and inside looks like just have benches. Did not see any religious item anywhere.  I also had friends years ago that were members and knew some in UK when growing up.  They don't talk about their churches at all or religion. I am going to get on line and read about it a little.
Been a cold and rainy day today. Not done a thing other than I made a bunch of Sausage Biscuits for the freezer and some Tomato and Mushroom sauce. Had to use up the mushrooms.
Got laundry ready for the cleansers tomorrow if weather clears. Read a little. a cleaned up the front yard from limbs and leaves. Oh! and took a nap for a hour. Hope I sleep tonight. Better put a movie on and stay up late.
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« Reply #1201 on: January 22, 2018, 10:37:13 PM »
Jeanne, It sounds like you had a pretty good day today....productive!  It was good to be able to get out in the yard a little.  Our lawn is still pretty wet for walking around but it w would be nice after all the big winds we've had.  Debby and I watched a good movie from Red Box last evening.  It was Victoria and Abdul.  Judy Dench played Queen Victoria. 
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« Reply #1202 on: January 23, 2018, 12:24:11 PM »
MarsGal -  Iíve been watching the Amazon series, The Man in The High Castle, and thinking that you would probably like it a lot.  Itís an adaptation of the 1962 novel of the same name, by Philip K Dick.  Won all sorts of awards back then.  Itís an alternate history or dystopian novel, set in 1962.  The premise being that Nazi Germany won WWII, and the United States has been divided into three parts . . .  the Pacific coast is controlled by the Japanese, the East Coast by the Naziís, and the middle of the country is known as the Neutral Zone.  All sorts of intrigue, with interesting characters and situations, as American resistance forces, work to regain their Country.

mary - I've never heard of Victoria and Abdul, but sounds interesting.  If Judy Dench is in it, then it's bound to be good.  I'll look for it on my premium channel movies or Netflix? 

JeanneP - I've always been interested in the Quaker religion, but I know almost nothing about it. Like you, I plan to do some research online.  I've been meaning to tell you that I got the book you recommended, Stolen Marriage.  I'll likely start reading it this afternoon.

Callie - I finished Lilac Girls, and I loved it!  What a great story, of a true event in history.  Yes, there were some descriptions that were hard to read, but not as bad as I was expecting. I've read other accounts of Ravensbruck, and other camps, that were much more graphic. I would definitely recommend the book.  My favorite genre - a fictional story, based on actual history.

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« Reply #1203 on: January 23, 2018, 05:30:31 PM »
One of the choices my sister thought I might like to wath when I was at her house for Christmas Dinner was Victoria and Abdul. We ended up watching something else.

The Man in the High Castle won four Emmys in 2016. I haven't watched it, though I have thought about it more than once. I tend to crinkle my nose up at things with Nazis in them these days. Maybe I should crinkle my nose and watch an episode or two anyway. I still have to watch Falling Skies and the other similar SciFi that was on about the same time (forget the name).

Steph, who used to check in on SeniorLearn is a Quaker. Too bad she isn't posting anymore. She could have answered questions. I kind of remember her saying that there are no formal church services at a Meeting House. You just sit quietly and pray or what have you on your own. I found this info that explains it. http://www.quakerinfo.org/quakerism/worship

Mary Hallock Foote certainly was acquainted with some prominent people during her time as an art student in NYC. Her recollection of Henry Ward Beecher as a person is interesting.

She also says that most all Quakers were Republican. The Republican Party was founded by the old Whig Party. The founding meeting was in Wisconsin (surprise, not an East Coast state) on May 20, 1854. What interesting times MHF grew up in what with anti-slavery activities, women's suffrage, and a new political party. It is interesting to note that most Republicans  and Quakers of the time, according to MHF, were anti-slavery, while the Democrats were generally wanting to leave the Southern states do their own thing. Quakers are and were very much anti-war so it would be interesting to read something of the times about how the Quakers resolved supporting something that was leading to war.

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« Reply #1204 on: January 23, 2018, 05:42:16 PM »
Quoting from author Phillip Gulley's web site:   "Philip Gulley is a Quaker pastor, writer, and speaker from Danville, Indiana.  Gulley has written 21 books, including the Harmony series recounting life in the eccentric Quaker community of Harmony, Indiana. "
These are gentle, humorous fictional stories about a modern day Quaker Meeting (congregation).  Easy light reading.  I enjoyed them all.
 
Here's a link to the Good Read information about the Harmony Series 
 https://www.goodreads.com/series/54659-harmony
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« Reply #1205 on: January 24, 2018, 05:10:46 AM »
I woke up morning to news that Ursula la Guin, one of the contemporary greats in speculative/science fiction writing, died yesterday. She will live on in her writings and in all those who were influenced by her writing, both authors and readers.

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« Reply #1206 on: January 25, 2018, 02:41:59 PM »
JeanneP - I'm almost done with A Stolen Marriage.  I really like it, and find that it's hard to put it down.  I'll let you know what I think of the ending.

MarsGal - I'll have to look-up Ursula la Guin, online, and see what she's written?  The name sounds familiar, so maybe I've read some of her stories.  I hope that you give The Man in the High Castle, a look.  I think you'll like it. 

mary - I have The Mill River Recluse, here to read, as soon as I finish A Stolen Marriage.  It's a good thing I'm stocked up with plenty of books, and food . . . weather is dismal and damp, so I won't be leaving the house for a few days. 

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« Reply #1207 on: January 25, 2018, 04:10:04 PM »
I can see that "Lilac Girls" is on the shelf for me at library today. Will pick it up tomorrow.  Been waiting awhile as it had a long list for the LP. one.
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« Reply #1208 on: January 25, 2018, 05:12:00 PM »
Sorry, I spelled her name slightly wrong. It is Ursula le Guin. She preferedt to have her works called Speculative Fiction rather than Science Fiction. Her Earthsea series is quite popular; it leans toward Fantasy to my eyes. I never got into that. My favorites are The Disspossed and The Left Hand of Darkness. The Lathe of Heaven is very good too, but it can be a little hard to understand at times. PBS did a production of it back in the 80s. I think there were one or two remakes since then, but I didn't see them.

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« Reply #1209 on: February 01, 2018, 07:51:27 PM »
I picked up "The Lilac Girls on Tuesday at the library. Started and thought would be a lot like another couple books same type. Thought I would leave off reading it. However I started and been reading it all day today. Sort of a book that hard to put down. She is a good writer but this is her first book and now find that she is writing another book following up on the "Lilac Girls" Will not be out until 2019.  It took her 3 years to write the first one. I will have forgotten by then.
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« Reply #1210 on: February 01, 2018, 11:22:24 PM »
JeanneP - I'm glad that you're enjoying The Lilac Girls.  I thought it was a great story, and based on feel facts.  I was also surprised that it was Martha Hall Kelly's first book.

Did I tell you that I liked the book you recommended, The Stolen Marriage.  It was a very good, and had an unexpected ending.  I'm going to order the book from Amazon, for a present for my daughter-in-law.  I know she'll like it too.     

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« Reply #1211 on: February 02, 2018, 06:25:57 PM »
Marilyne.  Yes. I didn't expect that ending either.  I can't find anyother books by that same author. Seems like when you find a good story it turns out to be the first one they have written.
I finished the Lilac Girls.  Been reading a lot about both the writer and also The Caroline Ferriday . You can bring up the story of what happened to some of the Women. All about the experiments and the doctor. Can't believe the US gov. let her out of prison after 5 years and went right back to doctoring. Was given 20 years. They let so many people out of prison early. Germany was divided into 3 section after the war ended and the US got that part of Germany. The british another and then the Russians got the eastern.  Some of them should have been tried in the Russian Sector instead of US as most where Poles. Many more would have gotten the Death sentence.
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« Reply #1212 on: February 06, 2018, 04:12:38 PM »
JeanneP - I found another book by Diane Chamberlain, author of The Stolen Marriage . . . it's called Necessary Lies.  I hope I like it too, but sometimes when I read another book by an author I really like, I'm disappointed.  We shall see?

maryc - Hope we hear from you soon, and that all is well in your world? I'm almost finished with the book you recommended, The Mill River Recluse.  I like it a lot, and plan to look for another one by Darcie Chan, called The Mill River Redemption.  Hmmm, I'm wondering how it will be linked to "Recluse"?

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« Reply #1213 on: February 07, 2018, 06:22:54 AM »
Marilyne, I didn't know there was a sequel to Mill River Recluse. Now I am going to have to look for it.

The group discussion over on SeniorLearn this month is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Our library still has quite a few holds on all the versions it has, so I won't have the book in time to participate.

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« Reply #1214 on: February 07, 2018, 05:43:39 PM »
MarsGal - I'll plan to look in on the SeniorLearn discussion of A Gentleman in Moscow.  I don't belong to SL, but I often read the postings, and have followed a couple of the book discussions over the years. 

I finished The Mill River Recluse and I plan to take a reading break for a couple of days, before I start something new. I'm hoping to get a lot of things done around the house . . . maybe a little of what is referred to as "Spring Cleaning". ::)  Also lots of things slated for the local non-profit thrift shop, or maybe ebay?  In the early years of eBay, everything sold quickly, sometimes with a bidding war!  Not so anymore.  So many millions of people trying to sell stuff now, that there is just too much, and not really worth the effort unless it's something very unusual.     

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« Reply #1215 on: February 12, 2018, 09:27:18 PM »
Well,  I'm back....sort of.    My Al  died on February 1.    He had not been feeling well at all since before Christmas.   It was one thing after another but fool that I am,   I thought that any day he would make a come back.   The last week end of January he was really down and on Tuesday the 30th he went into Hospice House and was gone on Thursday afternoon.    I can't say enough about the care he received there at the Hospice House.   They not only kept him clean and comfortable but they were so kind to our family.  Debby and I stayed with him right through and all of the children were  together at the end.  I know that many of you  here have already gone through this and now I realize as I work through the house and see his handiwork all around me how much I have lost.  Our family and friends have been so kind and gracious to us....we are blessed in that respect.   We had nearly 68 years of a marriage that we often marveled about.    We were so young at the start,  we have been amazed that we  were so lucky to have made such a good match and still enjoyed  each other's company.
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« Reply #1216 on: February 12, 2018, 10:14:08 PM »
maryc, I'm so sorry to hear about Al.  I know how much you will miss him. My heart goes out to you and yours.
"When someone you love dies, you never quite get over it.  You just learn how to go on without them. But always keep them safely tucked in your heart."

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« Reply #1217 on: February 12, 2018, 10:48:47 PM »
MaryC, I'm sorry for your loss.  I also know how hard it is to lose one's husband after a long marriage.  My husband died in 2002--we had been married 44 years.  He'd been ill with a recurrence of cancer, so in a way it was a relief as he suffered so much, but it still hurts.

It takes a while to recover from the loss, but I'm sure your friends and family are supporting you.  Let them help you when you need help.

Sue

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« Reply #1218 on: February 13, 2018, 12:45:50 AM »
Oh Mary, I'm so sorry to hear the bad news about Al.  A 68 year marriage is remarkable.  I remember when you posted your wedding picture here a few years ago.  You both looked so young, and so happy.  I'm glad that Debby was with you during these last two weeks, and that she lives close enough to be there for you in the future  I will be thinking about you tonight, and will light a candle on the Virtual Candle site, in remembrance of Al.

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« Reply #1219 on: February 13, 2018, 07:13:44 AM »
MaryC, my heart goes out to you at the loss of your Al. My condolences to you and your family.

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« Reply #1220 on: February 13, 2018, 01:33:54 PM »
MaryC, so sorry for your loss.  Prayers for you and your family.

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« Reply #1221 on: February 13, 2018, 02:48:39 PM »
Maryc,  I am so sorry to learn about your husband.  Gentle hugs and prayers to you.

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« Reply #1222 on: February 13, 2018, 09:01:46 PM »
Maryc, Iím so sorry to hear about Al.  Itís a sad time, but you have lots of good memories.  I had been thinking of you and wondering how things were going.  Thanks for letting us know.

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« Reply #1223 on: February 13, 2018, 09:38:43 PM »
MaryC. Sorry to hear that Husband has passed. It has left you now with 68 years of good memories. You have these to be with you always. could see over the years we have read you postings just how close you were. Family and friends will be with you.
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« Reply #1224 on: February 13, 2018, 10:04:51 PM »
Thank you all for your kind thoughts and words of encouragement.    I have to keep reminding myself that many have gone through this experience and moved on with their life.    I know I will and the words of friends do help so much.    We have been so much more fortunate than many so  have much to be grateful for.

Strangely enough I had a book on my Kindle that I had started a week or so back and have started again to read it since our children have gone home.   The title is What Remains True by Janis Thomas.    I've thought that maybe I shouldn't be reading  just now because it is a story of a family who lost a 5 or 6 year old child to a tragedy and the parents are understandably in deep throes of grief.    BUT,  I've continued with it and found it interesting.   Every chapter is the thoughts of one member of the family,  including the dog!!   ???    Even the child who passed  is part of this and it seems as though his spirit is kept from moving on because of the unresolved situation within the family.    It might be a little far fetched but it does give one the comforting thought that your dear departed lingers near observing and consoling.  I like to think so.
Mary C

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« Reply #1225 on: February 13, 2018, 10:19:17 PM »
Maryc, I almost never get into this folder but tonight I thought I'd see what was going on and I saw where you had lost your husband.  I am so sorry to hear that.  From what you've written, you have a very good attitude and you will recover.  You will always have good memories of a long-time marriage.  Best wishes to you.

Mary Ann

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« Reply #1226 on: February 14, 2018, 08:27:22 AM »
MaryC, I'm so sorry to hear that your Al has passed.  I lost Tom a little over 6 years ago and I, like so many others here, can understand what you are feeling.  My prayers are with you and your family.
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