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« Reply #1410 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!! ;)
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« Reply #1411 on: July 07, 2018, 04:24:03 PM »
Not much reading going on here this past week.  Lots of Fourth of July events to watch on TV, as well as movies pertaining to the holiday. I've been having some trouble with my eyes lately, so reading has been uncomfortable. I'll see my eye doc on the 24th. 

FlaJean - I had to return The House of Unexpected Sisters, before I had a chance to read it.  It was on a one week check-out, because of a long wait list.  I'm glad you read and enjoyed it.  I also had to return the Elizabeth Strout book, Anything is Possible, for the same reason.  I think you would like the novel that Maryc recommended,  The Wake Up, by Catherine Ryan Hyde.  AJ is reading it right now, and liking it!

Mary - I know you're so glad that you saved that first letter you received from Al.  I still have some of the early letters that I received from my Al, right after we first met, at the very end of our Freshman year in college.  At that time I went back home for the summer, which was about 400 miles from where he lived in San Jose.  So we wrote for three months, until school started again.  The other bunch of letters I saved, were written when he was drafted into the Army, shortly after we were married in l956.  He was stationed in Washington, and I was working in San Jose . . .  until I made enough money to join him.

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« Reply #1412 on: July 11, 2018, 07:11:07 AM »
I will be picking up The Joy Luck Club at the library tomorrow or Friday for the SeniorLearn book discussion. I never read it, but have seen the movie.

In the meantime, I finished a SciFi by Evan Currie that I forgot I had alread read. Now I am finally starting Jack Campbell's newest.

I am only at the start of Chapter 4 in Mike Duncan's The Storm Before the Storm which is an history of the late Roman Republic between 146BC and 78BC, taking it up to Sullas' death.

I've signed up again for Audible and now have the second of the "Bobverse" series to listen to as well as the next in the Vorkosagan series, Mirror Dance by Bujold which I have downloaded from the online library.

My "typing assistant" is back, but with less room to sit on the desktop because of my Latin book pile. Yes, I am doing Latin again, after a year's absence. I have enough trouble with Latin as it is.  ::)

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« Reply #1413 on: July 12, 2018, 05:22:29 PM »
MarsGal - I noticed that, The Joy Luck Club, was going to be discussed in Senior Learn.  I read it more than twenty years ago, when it was a best seller, and I also saw the movie.  I liked it, but not enough that I would want to read it again.  It was good, but I think that too much time has passed since it was written. Times have changed totally in San Francisco, and I think that much of the story would now be outdated.  However, the interactions between the mothers and daughters, would be timeless.  It was a good story.

I haven't picked up a book in at least a week, which is very unusual for me. Reason being, that I've been "studying" for my written drivers test, which I hope to take next week.  The test they give to seniors, is longer and more difficult than the regular renewal test that everyone else takes.  Also, my dry eye problem has escalated, and I've had a lot of blurriness.  I hope I pass the vision test!

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« Reply #1414 on: July 12, 2018, 06:37:47 PM »
I hear you with the dry eye blurriness. This is why I started up listening to audio books occasionally. Systane has come out with a new formulation, but I haven't tried it yet. The stuff is ex-pen-sive. And, I saw it only in 1/3 oz. bottles. Good luck with your drivers test. I am not sure what the rules are here in PA for oldsters, but if I retake it, I can get a little discount off my auto insurance. PA has it set up so that you can take it online now.

I had to take the Roman history book back to the library because here was another hold on it. I do have a hold on it in Ebook form so I can pick up where I left off later. I also have The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish and Cory Doctorow's Walkaway on hold. The nice thing about the FLP ebooks is that I can set the time I want to keep the book from one week to a month, in weekly increments. Really nice, if you have lots you are reading or it is a lengthy book. I have not started listening to Mirror Dance yet.

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« Reply #1415 on: July 14, 2018, 11:10:29 AM »
MarsGal - I thought about you last night while I was watching the HBO series, Westworld.  I wish you were also watching it, because then you could explain it to me! ???  Is it science fiction or something else??  Kind of a mix of alternate universe, dystopian, with some, "Ground Hog Day", thrown in to really confuse me.  The same scene repeated over and over, with different outcomes.  This was the first episode, in the series, and I'm not sure I'll stick with it.  AJ liked it, and will probably continue watching whether I do or not. 

The reason we watched it, is because it's been nominated for a large number of Emmy Awards, so we figured it would be worthwhile.  Lots of well known actors in it, like Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, etc.

The Dry Eye problem is a driving me nuts.  Seems to have escalated this past month, so I may have to go on a prescription med when I see the eye doc in a few weeks.  Right now I'm using Systane Complete, or Refresh Plus . . . both outrageously expensive.

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« Reply #1416 on: July 14, 2018, 02:26:02 PM »
My doctor prescribed Restasis for dry eyes.  I stuck with it a couple of weeks until my eyes were so red and itchy, I gave up and went back to my otc Refresh Optive.  Evidently I was allergic to something in it.  Now I’m stuck with several containers of expensive medicine I can’t use.  I Use my Optive four or five (at least) times a day.  Sometimes I even use the drops when I get up during the night.  I also use two prescription medicines for my eyes—Timolol for pressure and Lumigan for optic damage.

I just haven’t been reading many books, but I do read a lot of articles and enjoy playing games on my iPad.  I keep up with the Wash Post and follow some of their reporters on twitter.  I really enjoyed the movie “The Post”.  The acting was great as well as the story.
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« Reply #1417 on: July 14, 2018, 05:39:57 PM »
FlaJean, my best friend is allergic to the citric acid found in some eye products.

Marilyne, I've never watched it. I think I forgot about it and which net is was on when it first started. Yes, it is considered Science Fiction, but like so many other books/tv shows/movies there are sub-genres and crossovers it could fit into. Wikipedia has an explanation of it, but for some reason, I can't get the link to work when I paste it to here. From that explanation, I don't think I would care for it. 

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« Reply #1418 on: July 14, 2018, 05:50:42 PM »
Oh super. My hold on Cory Doctorow's Walkaway is ready. Now I am in the middle of a Jack Campbell SciFi, his newest, just started The Joy Luck Club for the discussion group starting on Monday, and Mirror Dance, which I still have not started listening to yet. Not only that, I've started back on Latin classes. Ginny has allowed me to join in the Summer Reading group which is doing Livy, which turns out to be very difficult.