Today in My History

2000: Adventures in Decorating
2001:  Boston to Davis in only 16 Hrs.
2002:  And Yer Pointe Is...?
2003:  The Gift that Keeps on Giving
2004:  Joy Riding
You Want Spackle with That?

2006:  R.I.P.
2007: Everyone's a Little Bit Racist
Our Little Angel
2009:  Lookin' Good for an Old Guy
2010:  What's Wrong?
Look Up, Look Down
A Bug Sandwich
2013: Along the Way
2014:  Lazy Days
2015: Sunday Stealing
2016: Treasure Trove
2017: Wallflower
2018: Every Day an Adventure
2019: Creativitys
Sunday Stealing
2021: New Masks

Books Read in 2022
 Updated 4/10
"The Crow Trap"
by Ann Cleeves

My family

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Books Read in 2022
Books Read in 2021
Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019
Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017
Books Read in 2016
Books Read in 2015
Books Read in 2014
Books Read in 2013

Books Read in 2012
Books Read in 2011
Books Read in 2010

Cast (updated 7/16)


Some Background Links:
The Philosophy of Juice & Crackers
The story of Delicate Pooh
The story of the Piñata Group
Pumpkin pies
Who IS this Gilbert person anyway?

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12 April 2022

Lacie has broken her thumb on a swing set.  Ironically, looking back over previous FTW entries I discovered that almost exactly a year ago (April 19), Brianna broke her arm.  AND, I don't know what month it was, but as a kid, Jeri fell off of our swing set and broke her arm.

In 2020, Ned and Marta gave me Kate Mulgrew's book, "Born with Teeth."  It was so engrossing that I finished it in two days, but was disappointed that it only took her career up to Star Trek:Voyager and what I wanted to read about was Orange is the New Black. So I ordered her next book, "How to Forget," but it has sat on my Kindle ever since, while I've read other things.

I picked it up yesterday and started reading and immediately remembered what a good writer Mulgrew (who does not have a co-author) is.  Ned, who is not a reader, asked me how I can tell she's a good writer and I tried to put it into words, but here is the opening and perhaps you, too, can figure out why I consider her a good writer.

“He died first, quickly and quietly. It was like my father to outwit my mother, even at the end. Cancer had sprouted in his lung and traveled slowly upward, until it had found an auspicious nesting place on his brain stem. My father, who despised doctors, could probably have bought himself some significant time had it not been for his overweening love of crossword puzzles. He spent his days fastened to a corner of the living room couch, a crossword puzzle laid out before him on the coffee table. To his left, on the dark wood end table, rested his props. A pack of Pall Mall cigarettes, neatly opened, the foil exposing the slim brown and white soldiers stationed within.”

She paints such wonderful pictures that you are right there, which most writers don't do to this extent.  This book (so far) talks about her leaving the stage to go home to take care of her parents, her father dying of cancer and her mother with worsening Alzheimer's.  (The book may eventually get back to her career, but at the moment it is a book about taking care of your aging parents.  Ned might like to read it!)  It shows the story of how a large family (8 children) can become close and remain close even without the normal parenting that you would expect.

I put the book aside to read a novella that one of my pen pals reviewed on Swap bot.

Alan Bennett, a popular British writer who writes for TV as well as books, has a short-ish book Uncommon Reader. The main character is the Queen who discovers the joy of reading, this upsets all her staff who don't read and can't understand why she is so deep into literature. It's an easy read, has a nice little twist at the end.

I haven't quite come to the end yet, but the book gives an insight into the day to day life of the queen and how different her life is from that of her subjects...and her staff.  Kind of reminds me of the Dowager Countess in Downton Abbey who asks "What's a week end?"

The reader of this book would be wise to have a dictionary at hand because there are so many unfamiliar words, like amanuensis, solipistic, and opsimath.

I'm doing well on my new year's resolution to read 50 books this year.  "Uncommon Reader" is the 14th book...and in the year 2021, I read only 13.




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