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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Any Richard Russo fans visiting this Wall? His "Empire Falls" won a Pulitzer and his "Nobody's Fool" was turned into a Paul Newman film. Russo has a sequel coming out in the summer, "Everybody's Fool". I'm looking forward to it. I liked "Nobody's Fool" much better than "Empire Falls".
4 hours ago .

   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  I'm waiting for others to join in on this Wall because I have books to recommend, but Mei and I have done a lot of talking here already.
Yesterday at 07:44 EST .

   MeiDei  Amen!
Yesterday at 09:22 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  This is from Gram77 (she's still got login problems ):
"I just purchased a new book by Tracy Chevalier entitled At The Edge Of The Orchard. Can't tell yet if I am going to like it, but I've just noticed something really interesting about the method the author uses when writing about one of the people in the story. When there is a chapter about the wife being told the author does not do contractions. She just writes them like this.......wasnt, wouldnt, that. This person is not likeable and is not kind to her husband. It's like the author doesn't feel that even writing correctly is deserved by this character. I didn't catch it at first and when I did I thought the proof reading was the problem."
She wanted to know what I thought. Has anyone else read the book?
April 25 at 09:28 EST .

   StormCnter  I read this book and discussed her question with Gram. The wife's part in the story is always presented from her thoughts. No one else is featured in that way. So, her thoughts are as she might have spoken.
19 hours ago .

   StormCnter posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  My cousin sent me this. If it's already appeared here, I apologize. If not, just share the laugh.

April 24 at 08:37 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Computers &Tech Issues  Fellow L-Dotter and Connection regular, Gram77, is having an ongoing sign-in problem. She can sign into the main forum, but cannot get into the Connection. She gets a message that she has exceeded login attempts. Apparently, her Connection login history needs to be cleared. Does anyone know anything about this? I think Luis must be swamped with L-Dotters and our problems. He hasn't responded to Gram yet, but she is trying to be patient. I'll pass on any tips left here to Gram.
April 23 at 12:58 EST .

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   StormCnter  Gram is once again able to log into The Connection. So, thanks to the Staff.
April 25 at 12:30 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  I was hesitant to add this to the Wall because it looks like Mei and I are the only current visitors, but for anyone who is looking in, do you remember "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand"? It was such a tender, sweet little novel and I have recommended it to many. The writer, Helen Simonson, (Pettigrew was her first book ) has written another novel. "The Summer Before the War". I'm about 1/3 through it and enjoying it. We'll see if it lives up to Pettigrew, but so far, so good. Here's the Goodreads' review:
April 22 at 14:24 EST .

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   MeiDei  My book swapping friend jus finished reading this one & liked it - I'm due to get it 5/13 if all goes well.
April 24 at 13:34 EST .

   StormCnter  I just turned the final page, Mei. Get your handkerchief ready for the last few pages.
April 25 at 14:53 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Main Page The Lobby  I hope we try not to let political disagreements ruin relationships, whether friends or family. Diverse opinions ought to be encouraged or at least tolerated. In my own family, I came from an enthusiastically Republican bunch of campaign workers and bumper-sticker sporters. I married a boy from a family of yellow-dog Democrats (Texans will know what that means ). We worked it out. We encouraged our kids to be active in politics and national issues and to form their own opinions. Please don't let pro-Trump/anti-Trump discussions damage your ties. Family and friends are forever. Politics rapidly change and then move on.
April 18 at 05:56 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Amen and Standing Ovation!
April 18 at 07:37 EST .

 1 person like this.

   MeiDei  Well said Storm.
April 18 at 11:59 EST .

   Calvinesq  So true. Thanks StormCnter!
April 18 at 14:57 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  I can hear my my mother-in-law's voice ringing in my head: This too shall pass.
April 18 at 19:14 EST .

   StormCnter posted on Photography  I posted this on the Suggested Viewing wall, but since it's made up of photos and drawings, this might be a good place, too. This is a 17 year old high schooler's history project. Our history in 2 minutes. It moves very fast. I can' only imagine how long it took him to compile all those photos.
April 13 at 10:49 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Viewing/Listening  I'm not sure this is the correct Wall for the link, but I was hesitant to add to the things on the Lobby. L-Dotter KenM sent it to me. It's a 17 year old high schooler's history project. Our history in 2 minutes. Don't blink. It moves fast.
April 13 at 10:47 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Here is a suggestion for an offbeat little book that I have thoroughly enjoyed. I'm not quite finished with it, but am already planning to send it to my son-in-law who can identify with "A Man Called Ove", by Frederik Backman. The setting is Sweden and the book has been a big bestseller in Europe. Four and a half stars at Goodreads:
April 10 at 10:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  Ok, I've finished "A Man Called Ove" and I defy anyone to read the final pages without tears. It's a beautiful little story and unlike any other I've read.
April 10 at 16:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  That sounds interesting, I passed along your suggestion to my reader friends & hope one of us gets it to share.
April 13 at 08:44 EST .

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