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Sep.01.2009
Right now, I realize that I am feeling stretched.  Maybe others have that same feeling from time to time. I guess I should back up a bit and define what I mean by "feeling stretched".  To me, feeling stretched is looking at the upcoming days and weeks and seeing all sorts of obligations...
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Aug.27.2009
I stayed up late last night (after getting home from work at about 11pm) to finish Andrew Greeley's Irish Linen, a Nuala Anne McGrail novel.  While it may not be the latest in this series (Greeley may have written more since then), it is the last one that I hadn't read.  It's not only a good series...
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Aug.24.2009
As I was getting dressed for church yesterday, I realized, not for the first time, that I have a love/hate relationship with hose.  I realized this as I tried putting on a pair of pantyhose that no matter how many times I adjusted, re-straightened, and started over that they were not going to fit...
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Aug.21.2009
Just as I was finishing up Robin Cook's Seizure (a book given to me to read by a co-worker), today I received books in the mail from friends. It certainly was a surprise. First off, a quick synopsis of Seizure. This medical thriller tackled the issue of therapeutic cloning and the potential...
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Aug.20.2009
My kids are growing up.  Okay, I'll be more honest.  My sons are grown.  They are both over twenty-one, and act like grown-ups, too.  In other words, they are now doing the things that grown-ups do. My younger son is on his honeymoon (I know that because he and his new wife stopped by to see me on...
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Aug.18.2009
Last night I finished a novel from one of our own Red Room authors, Fiona Robyn.  I read her newest novel, The Blue Handbag, and enjoyed it very much.  The best way to describe it is as follows: What would you do if you suddenly found that the person you were married to for many years had a secret...
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Aug.16.2009
More and more often I read books that I don't think have been really proofread very well.  Nearly every book no matter the publisher (big, established. small, or  independent) has typos of some sort.  Whether it is missing quotation marks, commas, mis-chosen words/misspelled words, or some other...
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Aug.14.2009
Last night I finished Jane Heller's Princess Charming.  Having never read Ms. Heller, I was delighted to find that it was a fine, lighthearted read.  Enough so, that I will probably go back for more of her writing.  A quick synopsis of the novel: three divorced friends, who met the day of their...
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Aug.13.2009
August 13 is International Left-handers Day! It was started in 1976 to celebrate those of us who live in a world dominated by right-handers.  Why this particular day?  I'm not sure, but my guess is that it was the only day in the year left that didn't have something attached to it already (for...
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Aug.12.2009
The books on my stack to read has decreased by one.  And also increased by one, too.  I received my new book, Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz for the Book Exchange book group yesterday.  I also finished Andrew Greeley's The Bishop at the Lake last night.  Another decent read from Greeley...it's one...
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Aug.11.2009
First off, I don't like, nor do I read, fan-fics of any sort.  I have my reasons that I will explain.  Many of the Harry Potter fans write fan-fics.  I have heard it said that J.K. Rowling doesn't mind them.  I don't know whether that is true or not; I suspect those that feel they have the right to...
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Aug.10.2009
I always have a few books to read, at least one or two, or if not, I head off to the library for more.  This week it seems like books are appearing from everywhere.  Some I have ordered, some I got from the library, some I have been given to read by friends, and some I have had on my stack, and one...
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Aug.08.2009
fat pig...or how to look for different ways to market independent or small press books.  As an author of one of these independent press books, it is difficult to sell them without coming up with new marketing ideas.  Ideas that are "outside-of-the-box" so to speak. First off, writing is...
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Aug.07.2009
Contemplating the ideas of obsessions, passions, and fascinations, I think they are all fairly similar (chiefly determined by an individual's  definition), different shades and degrees of the same continuum.  I have decided that under my definition of obsession,  I don't have any.  To me, at least...
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Aug.06.2009
Last night, after getting home late from work, I stayed up to finish Landscapes with Fragmented Figures by Jeff Vande Zande.  Published a few months ago by Bottom Dog Press, it is a novel about the loss of vision, family, and love.  The story is told from the perspective of an artist and teacher,...
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