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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Maybe this belongs on the Pet Peeve Wall, but since it's about writers and books I decided to put it here. I ran into this scene again in the current book I am reading. I have seen it all too often before in other books. The heroine is upset about something that happens at a party and she goes into the ladies' room to "splash water on her face". Now, I've been to as many parties as any other woman of my advanced years. I have never ever gotten all dolled up for a party: nice new dress, carefully done hair, perfect makeup...and then splashed water on my face. It would dampen the hair and make the mascara run. Why do writers do this?
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   StormCnter posted on Computers &Tech Issues  I developed a problem that has involved this entire morning to solve. I use several browsers. I discovered that Firefox, which used Google as the home page, had been hijacked by something called My Quick Converter. Internet research showed it is malware. Who knows how I got it. I am a very careful web surfer. Anyway, I was able to remove it by running three different spyware/malware programs and then rebooting the computer. Watch out for this unwelcome visitor.
Wednesday at 13:32 EST .

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   StormCnter  Research about My Quick Converter says it has to be rooted out in several places or it will reinstall. I believe I have done that.
Wednesday at 15:55 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Main Page The Lobby  Message on Computers Wall.
Wednesday at 13:28 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Gram, I am about halfway through "West", the book discussed farther down the page. It's a very slim book, therefore quick reading. I am liking it. I think you will, too. It seems like movie material to me.
June 18 at 13:02 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  For movie fans, too: I'm about halfway through Don Graham's "Giant", the tale of how the movie came to be, what life was like on the remote Texas set, the big stars' private lives and backgrounds, and it's a very entertaining read. I recommend it to anyone who read and remembered the book and then the film.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34964823-giant
June 12 at 05:44 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Nostalgia  Every year I am astonished at the money spent on high school proms. Apparently the event requires a hired venue, a real band, hundred-dollar tickets, attendees arriving in limos, boys in rented tuxedos, girls in expensive dresses and a date-supplied matching corsage. A friend says her grandson spent more than 450 dollars just to get himself and his date inside the door. Eons ago when I was the age for the high school proms, they were held in the high school gym, the music was a record-player manned by a teacher,the decorations had been done by the PTA, the tickets were a dollar, the refreshments were Cokes and cookies, we arrived in my date's dad's car, the corsage was a reasonably-priced pair of carnations and the memories are just as sweet as will be the kids' of today.
June 10 at 10:38 EST .

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   Gram77  I had no idea that amount of money was needed to go to the prom. My grandson will be looking at that next year. He best get a job and start saving! My experience was pretty much the same as Storm's. The big thing was all the class (a very small class ) went to a once famous place in Cleveland, Ohio to eat (The Alpine Village ) and we all had our parents permission to stay there and drive to Lake Erie and watch sun come up. I'm sure this would be pooh poohed by today young people. We thought it was a big thing.
June 10 at 18:32 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  This is not a tout, but a warning. At the bookstore, I picked up "The Wife Between Us" by Hendricks and Pekkanen. I should have remembered my hesitancy about novels by more than one author and also my knowledge that when the cover quotes reference other best-sellers (...in the vein of "Gone Girl"... ) it's not a good sign. I finished the book, but I don't recommend it. The plot is repeatedly gimmicky and too much of it is predictable. We've read before of the older, wealthy, controlling husband and the young, beautiful, naive and increasingly unhappy wife.
Forget reading this one unless you get a free copy.
June 9 at 06:26 EST .

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   Gram77  A big thanks to you, Storm. I have been giving this book quite a bit of thought and you have just helped me make up my mind to move on.
June 9 at 07:16 EST .

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   StormCnter  High five, Gram!
June 9 at 08:53 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Today's Wall Street Journal had a review of the James Patterson/Bill Clinton book, "The President's Missing". The reviewer liked the book but has some snide analysis of what he believes the former president's contribution might have been.
https://outline.com/HenBsm
June 5 at 10:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Well, I think BJC's book will outsell HRC's ... thanks to Patterson. More from Goodreads reviewers, fans of Bill.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3509
7255-the-president-is-missing

Thanks for calling attention to this one.
June 6 at 16:06 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Suggested Reading  Gram asked me not to forget the Readers' Wall, and I won't. I have a terrific book to recommend although I am only 50 pages into it. "Two Girls Down" by Louisa Luna. The cover comment is by Lee Child, which ought to give a clue as to the quality of the content. This one is a gripper from the first few pages.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36136030-two-girls-down
May 30 at 08:23 EST .

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   Gram77  Oh yeah....my kind of book. Trip to library planned this weekend. Thanks.
May 30 at 14:15 EST .

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   StormCnter posted on Movies & Reviews  Which of the following actresses has not been Oscar-nominated twice in the same year?

Cate Blanchett
Jessica Lange
Julianne Moore
Michelle Pfeiffer
May 18 at 18:41 EST .

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   StormCnter  Pfeiffer has been nominated three times, all in different years (1988, 1989, and 1992 ) without any Oscar wins. Jessica Lange won one of her two nominations (Best Supporting Actress ) in 1982, while Julianne Moore had two losing nominations in 2002 and Cate Blanchett lost twice in 2007.
May 20 at 06:18 EST .

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   Richdet  You can add Sigourney Weaver to the list of those who were nominated in the lead and supporting categories in the same year, losing both. Must be a test of one's acting skill to put on the frozen grin of the good loser for the tv cameras not once but twice in the same night. Fun times.

Barry Fitzgerald had the unusual distinction of being nominated for the very same role in both categories -- "Going My Way," losing best actor to co-star Bing Crosby but winning supporting actor. The Academy changed the rules to insure that never happened again. If your name turns up in the top five for the same role in both categories, you get nominated in whichever category you got the most votes in.
May 20 at 12:02 EST .

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