2019 "catching up" Maggie1944 (aka Karen M.)

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2019 "catching up" Maggie1944 (aka Karen M.)

1maggie1944
Redigeret: mar 31, 2019, 2:33pm

OK, I feel moved to catch up with "you all". My tenure as President of the housing cooperative where I live will be coming to an end shortly, and I feel a reading binge coming on.

I'm going to try to reconstruct what I have read during these last four months, which may or may not be a complete list.

Today I finished: Unbelievable by Katy Tur and enjoyed it. She was assigned by NBC to "cover" Donal Trump when it appeared he was going to announce he was running for the President of the USA. She writes quickly, as the campaign moved quickly. She writes not only of what she saw, experienced, and reported but also what she lived through. Wow! Stress, fast moving, crazy-making. A very good read, and since she peppers the book with personal stories it is not overwhelmingly political.

Here's the beginning of my reconstruction

1. Unbelievable by Katy Our

2drneutron
apr 1, 2019, 10:12am

Hey, welcome back!

3maggie1944
Redigeret: apr 1, 2019, 5:27pm

Thank you, Jim. I've put myself to reading Germaine: the life of Germaine Greer It is an early readers book, and I"m contemplating setting daily goals in number of pages. Sometimes that helps me stick to reading something which feels a little bit like a "have to" read it.

So far, it is enjoyable. She is very much a contemporary of mine and I am fascinated by a more international view of those times.... you know the 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.

Hopefully, I'll be able to talk about some good books here.

4PaulCranswick
apr 1, 2019, 8:35pm

Lovely to see you back, Karen. xxxxx

5maggie1944
apr 1, 2019, 10:55pm

Thank you, Paul. I hope to reestablish the great friendships I temporarily had to abandon.

6PaulCranswick
apr 2, 2019, 1:47am

>5 maggie1944: You didn't abandon them, Karen, they (we) are here waiting for you and extremely happy to see you again. xx

7kidzdoc
apr 2, 2019, 12:02pm

Welcome back, Karen!

8maggie1944
apr 2, 2019, 8:19pm

You all are so sweet, such a nice welcome back. I did read over 20 pages yesterday, and have it in my mind that I should read another 20 before I go to sleep. First, eat dinner; second, go next door and watch Rachel Maddow with my next door neighbor; third, have some cookies for dessert. Then read!

9humouress
Redigeret: sep 8, 2019, 3:09am

Hi Karen! I've found you again.

We'll be going to Seattle at the end of the year (but only for a few days) and I've been promised a book buying spree. Richard D suggested I ask you for recommendations of good fantasy bookshops in Seattle.

If you're not too far away and you'll be around in mid December, maybe we can meet up? And if you're heading to Hawai'i - hah! We're heading that way, too.

10maggie1944
sep 8, 2019, 11:01am

I've been quite absent for a while as some other responsibilities were making it very hard for me to read much at all. Now I've started reading again, and slowly getting back into the LT world.

I do not know if there are any "fantasy bookshops" per se in Seattle. When I go book shopping I usually go to Half Price Books for good used book selection + good book buying from customers; also, Third Place Books when I have time. Another book "shop" I will occasionally visit is Elliott Bay Books in Seattle.

My trip to Hawaii is scheduled for late Oct-early November. I will be in Seattle area during December, perhaps working part time for the holiday season in Bellevue Square.

Right now I'm reading A Dog's Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron - a young adult tear jerker of a dog story which I'm enjoying.

I recently finished Louise Penny's A Better Man which reminded me how much I love her books, and the setting of a small village filled with characters.

I also finished reading Heart - A History which I very much enjoyed. It is a combination of history of western medicine and the approach to heart related health with a personal memoir of becoming a M.D. in the United States, after having been raised in both the US and India. A delightful, humane book.

11maggie1944
sep 28, 2019, 9:37pm

Now I'm fighting with reading Talking to Strangers not because I don't want to read it, but other things still call me away. I went to a Seattle Arts and Lectures with Malcolm Gladwell who was wonderful, funny, and smart, and a great entertainer. The subject, however, is not funny. I'm sure I will read it. Also, struggling with Germaine but I have allowed myself to begin to get captivated by that biography.

I'll be back.

12EBT1002
okt 13, 2019, 1:42pm

Hi Karen, I thought I would come over and say hi on your thread. We are sitting here watching the Seahawks look not-too-good against the Cleveland Browns. The WSU volleyball has a noon match against the Beavs so we will happily go to that.

I'm reading the third Maisie Dobbs mystery, Pardonable Lies. It's a good distracting read so far.

I hope you are well! Give my love to little Gretchen. xo

13maggie1944
okt 13, 2019, 2:02pm

Ellen! Good to see your post here, and I forgot about the Seahawks, so on goes the TV. Yuck! Second quarter and its Browns 20, Seahawks 9. But there is a lot of time left. I hope the Seahawks still have the 4th Q. mojo.

I'm, as you know from your thread, reading Blowout. Check out the full title. Also, They Called Us Enemy. It is a sad, sad story, but maybe not as sad as the one Rachel is telling.

14EBT1002
okt 13, 2019, 2:15pm

Oh, I loved They Called Us Enemy though, as you say, it's a sad sad story. Takei's equanimity, compassion, and wisdom are inspirational. He is of the MLK leadership ilk.

15maggie1944
okt 21, 2019, 10:05pm

I love listening to the Canada geese, but I do not see as many as I used to see in the autumn. It is autumn, yes? End of October, beginning of November is my idea of the beginning of the wet, dreary, dark and damp months for the pacific northwest on the west side of the mountains. Today was a good example, rained all day long, on and off. Poor Gretchen did not get much walking.

I bought two books today just because I wanted to have plenty to read on the Kindle during my Hawaiian weeks (2). I bought Me: Elton John Offical Autobiography by Elton John and I bought Running with Sherman. I think two weeks in Hawaii is timed just about perfectly!

16EBT1002
okt 24, 2019, 2:13pm

HAVE FUN in Hawaii!!!!!

17maggie1944
okt 31, 2019, 12:06pm

Yup! We are relaxed, enjoying the warm weather and watching a few rain showers. Went on the Allerton Garden tour on Tuesday, and this time my travel buddy, Robin, scheduled for us to see it via golf cart. I spent our first couple of days limping around with a wonky and sore knee.

The garden was enchanting as always and we loved it.

18maggie1944
nov 7, 2019, 6:28pm

Home after two weeks in Hawaii. I spent entirely too much time sitting on my butt and generally enjoying the feeling of having no appointments. I did try to read Elton John's book but truthfully it became quite tedious. I'm sure that if I were a more enthusiastic fan of popular music I would enjoy the comings and goings of the musicians of note in the 1960s, 1970s, and perhaps into the 1980s. Frankly, my dear, I don't and didn't give a damn.

So, it lays there on my Kindle, unfinished, and I might read it some long night when I can't sleep, and will read anything.

I also started Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero and I'm recommending it for a long airplane ride home, after two weeks in Hawaii. Relatively light and funny with a reasonable amount of serious discussion of the animal/human bond. I will finish this book soon.

19humouress
nov 18, 2019, 2:51pm

Just *waving* ‘Hello!’

20EBT1002
nov 18, 2019, 10:39pm

Hi Karen! I'm keeping an eye out for Running with Sherman.

21maggie1944
nov 18, 2019, 11:41pm

You may have to stoop to buying it from Amazon. I believe that is where I found a copy.

22EBT1002
dec 25, 2019, 1:46am



Merry Christmas, Karen!

23PaulCranswick
dec 25, 2019, 9:23pm



Thank you for keeping me company in 2019.......onward to 2020.

24maggie1944
jan 8, 2020, 3:11pm

And Happy New Year to us all!

I am buried in Where the Crawdads Sing and am enjoying it. Still having some difficulty finding time to read. Spent a few "spare" minutes today writing post cards to voters around the country. Trying to help turn Texas from red to purple. Really! We need to stay on this task: keep your eye on the prize.

25maggie1944
jan 15, 2020, 10:43pm

Now, just to make my life interesting I've started reading Beloved as my community's book group is going to discuss it during the first week in February. Hopefully, I can finish both books before the meeting.

I'm doing better at reading, but need to develop some self discipline and stop playing with my computer "coloring book".

26humouress
jan 18, 2020, 10:32pm

>25 maggie1944: Computer colouring book? I need to know more.

27maggie1944
jan 19, 2020, 4:48pm

It is called "Happy Color" and you can find it where you find apps for your phone, or iPad, or computer. I like to use a stylus. My niece's step-daughter and I discovered we are on the same coloring app. She's 9 years old. So, it is not difficult. A great way to stay still while listening to the radio, or the news.

28maggie1944
jan 31, 2020, 8:11am

Picked up A Stable Genius and started reading it. I find it well written in a style which is easy to read. Not that I need more information about the misbehavior of this guy, but I like the idea that these two journalists used their skills to write a relatively balanced account.

29maggie1944
feb 27, 2020, 12:26pm

I am leading a discussion at my senior cooperative housing community this evening. We have read Becoming together, and the discussion advertises that the book is marked by humor, warmth, and frank discussions of life growing up black. If you have not read this book I recommend you do read it. It may reinvigorate your faith in modern life in the USA.

One notable moment early in the book gives an account of how Michelle Obama worked hard to qualify to go to college at Princeton, even though her high school counselor told her she was not "Princeton material". She also notes that once she received her acceptance she did not go back to that counselor and brag about her accomplishment, she just shared it with the teacher at that high school who had been supportive and encouraging. She realized at this early age that "I hadn't needed to show her anything. I was only showing myself". Lucky woman to discover at an early age that impressing herself was much more important than impressing others.

30maggie1944
apr 16, 2020, 11:15am

I am reading The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin so that I can encourage my middle schooler grand niece in her "stay at home" school assignment. It is jam packed with amusing plays on words but I'm not sure it is worthy of serious consideration.

31maggie1944
apr 29, 2020, 5:33pm

I stalled in The Westing Game and I need to call my Great Niece and see if she likes it, and why.

I picked up Raised in Ruins by a young woman who's childhood was spent in the "out back" of
Alaska. Her father, suffering from Post Vietnam War syndrome, was a "hell bent for" kind of a guy, and brought his wife and four children to an abandoned fish processing "factory" and set up a homestead of sorts. They were actually leasing the land from a corporation, but were left alone for years. The kids grew up, and Dad worked his tail off, and it was an interesting story. If you enjoy memoirs that are filled with adventure and fun, this one is a good read for you. Much of it is very light hearted and fun, although there were tragedies and scary parts, too.

Now, I went back to Running With Sherman: The Donkey With the Heart of a Hero and will try to finish it soon. I'm enjoying memoirs, I guess.

32maggie1944
maj 4, 2020, 1:34pm

Finished Running With Sherman. Recommend this for those who like quirky stories about people rescuing animals from an inappropriate home life. Who ever heard of running marathons at the side of a donkey? It is a quick and easy read if you need some break from staring at the walls of your home office, or living room, or rec room. Wherever you are, this is a fun book.

33maggie1944
sep 30, 2020, 1:37pm

I am adding a bunch of books to my inventory. I suggest you go take a look and see if there are any there which we might be reading at the same time.

34humouress
okt 1, 2020, 6:10am

Just waving *hello*

35maggie1944
okt 5, 2020, 2:16pm

I am reading a couple of pages a day, in the evening, sitting in my bed. Then, I'm overtaken with the sleepy time. I really am enjoying reading Caste. The author takes a very different tone and I am intrigued to continue reading about her thesis. In brief, she does not think the problem is racism. The problem is that the USA began a caste system during the pre-Revolutionary days.

I think many of us has also thought that social class was an issue which needs attention, and I think this thesis will make room for that.

Now, that said, I do want to caution all: I am only about 30 pages into a 400 page book.

36maggie1944
okt 5, 2020, 2:17pm

And "hello" back at you, humorless!

37maggie1944
okt 9, 2020, 5:51pm

I believe I am being "hooked" by Caste. The author has a unique and inviting style of writing. One chapter will be relatively academic and historical. And then the next, familiar and conversational. That makes the book a much easier book to read because you feel as if you are having a convefsation. I recommend it. It is a great way to get a little closer to understanding the divisions in our society.

38humouress
okt 11, 2020, 5:31am

>36 maggie1944: No, no - never humourless!

39maggie1944
okt 11, 2020, 8:43am

Whoops. This is the reason why I have always been a poor speller. I am not good with details. So "humouress" it is! My apologies!

40humouress
okt 11, 2020, 9:09am

>39 maggie1944: No problem :0)

You could always blame it on the spellcheck - that causes a lot of problems anyway.

41maggie1944
okt 11, 2020, 3:44pm

I prefer to blame Autocorrect.

Nevertheless, this error of mine has made your pen name much more firmly embedded in my poor memory.

42maggie1944
jan 24, 7:24pm

How crazy is this! It has been a good deal longer than I imagined.

I will begin to be catching up.

Just finished reading Gone to the Woods by Gary Paulsen, a favority author for Middle School/High School readers. His books are well worth an adult reading them, too.

43humouress
feb 15, 11:51pm

Hi Karen! I was hoping you'd make an appearance on the 2021 group, but I don't see your name on the Threadbook there.

Wishing you a belated Happy New Year! I hope 2021 is treating you well.

44maggie1944
feb 24, 7:39pm

Thanks for the good wishes. We can never have too many of those in our "in-boxes".

Things are good. I live in a wonderful community of seniors. We watch out for each other, we help each other, and we cheer each other on! I have been kinds of out of commission and I have two neighbors who love to give my pup a good long walk during each day. Truthfully, sometimes they beg off, and I have to walk a short distance with her and feel badly that she doesn't get the long walk. Nonetheless, I love my neighbors.

Tomorrow I am getting a new washer and dryer, and another neighbor came over to take the folding door off the closet where these will be installed. No charge, just a happy thank you!

I am trying to read all the books I've kept which I've not yet read. And frankly, I have too many books so I am doing some pruning of the library. I had a vision of trying to navigate my apt. in a wheelchair, and nope! Not ever going to happen. And I may be facing that reality, so I'm downsizing once again!

Have a happy Spring!

45maggie1944
mar 1, 8:45pm

Can anyone tell me how to change the title of this poorly written thread. I have been very neglectful and am trying to be more attentive.

Happy New Year! 2021 is bound to finally be better for us, I'm sure.

46humouress
Redigeret: mar 2, 12:49am

This is still the 2019 group. Now that there are group administrators, drneutron is officially the admin for the 2021 group but I don’t know if that’s been retroactively applied to previous years’ groups. But group admins can change thread titles.

Why don’t you join us in the 2021 group? More people will be bound to see your thread; I see you because I use the ‘Your Posts’ view in Talk so you pop up when you post but I think most people use a different view (I can’t begin to guess which is most popular).

47drneutron
mar 2, 3:01pm

I can change the thread title, but yeah, if you can, please join us in the 2021 group. Lots of folks would love to see you again!

48humouress
mar 2, 3:40pm

>47 drneutron: Oops, did I ping you Doc? Or are you still looking after all the previous years’ groups?

49drneutron
mar 2, 4:10pm

I use "Groups and Posts" in Talk, so I see threads pop up in the old groups from time to time.

50humouress
maj 17, 2:23am

Hi Karen. Just checking in on you. Hope things are going well.

51maggie1944
maj 17, 11:15am

Things are going well! My pinched nerve, in my back, has been healing and I am able to walk a bit farther than I have been able to do, since Dec. 1, 2020. Yikes. That is a lot of inactivity. Surprizingly, I have not gained a bunch of weight sitting around.

My Seattle Storm women's basketball team has started its season and for complicated reasons I will be watching it on TV. Also, other teams are on the TV, too, so I get to develop thoughts about our opponents.

I am reading The Orphan Collector which is set in the last pandemic affecting the USA. Not an easy read but it does celebrate the grit and courage it took to survive at that time.

Thanks for checking in! I am well, and getting older by the minute.

52humouress
maj 17, 11:20am

There you are! It's good to see you. I'm glad your back is healing. Back issues are no fun.

Well, what with having to wear masks and so on, I haven't been doing enough (or any) exercise but, unfortunately, I have gained weight. And age :0)

53maggie1944
maj 17, 7:51pm

I found an article in the NY Times which states people with Rheumatoid Arthritis respond to exercise differently. Become tired more quickly, do less exercise before quitting. Etc. Boy did I identify!

Nonetheless, I'm convinced that a stronger back will help me avoid what I experienced these last five-six months. So! I do try to get to it, once in a while.

Aren't we all getting aged. Like a fine wine, I hope.

54humouress
maj 18, 2:10am

>53 maggie1944: That makes sense - but I don't have that excuse.

I'll take the wine, thanks ;0)