Streamsong #2 - The Beginning of Spring

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Streamsong #2 - The Beginning of Spring

mar 2, 3:26pm

This week I learned that March 1st is considered to be the first day of Meteorological Spring.

Astrological Spring is marked by the Vernal Equinox, which this year begins on Saturday, March 20th.

I'm so happy to see spring this year, that I'll celebrate it twice, beginning with the Meteorological Spring.

I took some photos Friday, February 26th during the Snow Moon - the last full moon of winter. It was crazy bright against the new snow - causing the pictures to turn out a bit on the odd side.

There are three or four horses in the photo below - no, it wasn't snowing, I think the sparkling snow threw off my camera. Hint: the yellow light is my neighbor's yard light.

On the south side of the house, my crocus are up! This photo is from a different year, but they will be blooming by next week, I'm sure. My boot toe is just below the leaves on my bitterroot plant - special to me as I live in Montana's Bitterroot Valley. In real life, my bitterroot leaves have also emerged, although they won't bloom until May.


Redigeret: jun 10, 11:23am

I'm Janet.

I've been a member of LT since 2006.

I retired in the fall of 2016 from my career as a technician in an NIH research lab. I'm now enjoying all the things I never had time to do.

I live in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana along Skalkaho Creek. I'm about half way between Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks - so if you're traveling or vacationing in the area, I'd love to meet you.

What do I read? A bit of everything. I enjoy literary fiction, mysteries and the occasional feel good cozy. I'm slowly working my way through 1001 Books to Read Before You Die (actually 1300 + books since I use the combined version spreadsheet). I'm also working my way around the world in a global reading challenge. About half the books I read are non-fiction.

I have Appaloosa horses and raise a foal or two each year.

I'm expecting one foal this year in May:

The dam is this Quarter Horse mare, Angel

and the sire is my stallion whom I call Ice - pictured below with one of his foals.

Redigeret: maj 3, 1:07pm

A Few of the Old:

Link to my last 2020 thread:

Bad Me - always the procrastinator! I'd like to finish writing the reviews on these books read December 2020:

❤️ = Outstanding Book!

103. Exit Strategy - Martha Wells - 2018 - library
104. Severance - Ling Ma - 2019 - PBS/NYT Now Read This - Library
105. Running With Sherman - Christopher McDougall - 2019 - Library
106. IQ - Joe Ide - 2016 - Library
107. Running to the Mountain- Jon Katz - 1999 - library
❤️ 108. Fever Dream: A Novel- Samanta Schweblin (Argentina) - 2017 - library
109. Second Wind - Dick Francis - Nov/Dec group read - library

Redigeret: jun 3, 9:53pm


✅ = Outstanding Book! ❤️ = Favorite



1. A Recipe for Daphne: A Novel - Nektaria Anastasiadou - 2019 - LTER - Global Reading: Turkey - digital - acq'd 2020 -
❤️ 2. Cane Warriors - Alex Wheatle - 2020; LTER; Global Reading: Jamaica; acq'd 2020
❤️3. Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre - Max Brooks - 2020 - library
❤️4. I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf - Grant Snyder - 2020 - library
✅5. Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most - Rachel Maddow - 2019 - RL Book Club - library
6. Cave of Bones - Anne Hillerman - 2018 - library
7. Archaeology from Space - Sarah Parcak - 2019 - library
8. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World - Anand Giridharadas - 2018 - Real Life Book Club - library
9. Banker - Dick Francis - 1982 - (Reread) - Dick Francis group read; Root #3 - cataloged here 2006
10. The Lord of the Rings (Wood Box Edition) - J. R. R. Tolkien - 2012 - NPR dramatization, audio, ROOT #4 acq'd 2018
❤️11. When Stars Are Scattered - Victoria Jamieson, Mohamed Omar - 2020 - GN - library
12. This is What America Looks Like - Ilhan Omar - 2020 - library


13. Burn - Patrick Ness - 2020 - library
14. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion - Jia Tolentino - 2019 - PBS Now Read This - January - library
❤️15. Migrations - Charlotte McConaghy - 2020 - Global Reading - Greenland/Denmark - library
16. Engineering Eden - Jordan Fisher Smith - 2016 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - Reread - ROOT #5
17. On Tyranny - Leo Strauss - 2017 - Reread - library
18. The Great Pretender - Susannah Cahalan - 2019 - RLBC - library

19. Paradise - Toni Morrison - 1997 - library
20. Vesper Flights - Helen Macdonald - 2020 - library
21. Simon the Fiddler - Paulette Jiles - 2020 - library
❤️22. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Edward Wilson-Lee - 2018 - Global Reading: Spain -library
23. The Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer - 1932 - library - audiobook
24. The Long Petal of the Sea - Isabel Allende - Library Brown Bag Book Club; Global Reading - Chile (also Spain, Venezuela) - 2020
❤️25. Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu - 2020 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club - library
26. Odds Against - Dick Francis - 1965 - Dick Francis group read - ROOT #6 - acq'd 2012 -
27. Bangkok 8 - John Burdett - 2003 - Global Reading: Thailand - library
28. People Before the Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park - Sally Thompson - 2015 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club; ROOT #7 - acq'd 2015



❤️29. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland - Sarah Moss - 2012 - Global Reading:Iceland - library
30. Lady Cop Makes Trouble - Amy Stewart - 2016 - library
31. Northernmost - Peter Geye - 2020 - Global reading: Norway - library
32. Grain by Grain - Bob Quinn - 2019 - library
33. The Lions of Fifth Avenue - Fiona Davis - 2020 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - library
❤️34. There There - Tommy Orange - 2019 - library
35. Escape from the Ordinary - Julie Bradley - 2018 - RCKN Outdoor Book Club - 2021 purchase -
36. Open Season - C. J. Box - 2001 - (Joe Pickett #1) - library
37. Nomadland - Jessica Bruder - 2017 - PBS Now Read This - library -

38. Network Effect - Martha Wells - 2020 - library
❤️39. Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi - 2020 - Global Reading: Ghana - library
❤️40. The Teeth of the Comb - Osama Alomar - 2017 - Global Reading: Syria - library
41. An Obvious Fact - Craig Johnson - 2017 - library
42. Voices of Rivers - Matthew Dickerson - 2019 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - purch 2021
43. Piranesi - Susanna Clarke - 2020 - library
❤️44. Concrete Rose - Angie Thomas - 2021 - library
❤️45. Tales From the Inner City - Shaun Tan - 2018 - library
46. Summer Water - Sarah Moss - 2021 - global reading- Scotland - library
47. Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari - 2016 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - Global Reading: Israeli author - purchased 2021

Redigeret: jun 4, 1:05pm

**** 47 BOOKS COMPLETED IN 2021 ****


1 - 2006
1 - 2012
1 - 2015
2 - 2016
1 - 2018
2 -2020
4 - 2021
35 - library

2 - audiobook
43 - printed books
2 - digital - read on Kindle


- 28 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)

1 - Black experience
9 - Global Reading
4 - Historical fiction
1 - Illustrated fiction
5 - Literary Fiction
7 - mystery/thriller
1 - Native American
1 - nature/outdoors
3 - Romance
1 - short stories
6 - speculative fiction
4 - YA

1 - comics
1 - graphic novel

- 16 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - agriculture/healthy eating
- 3 - essays
- 1- global reading
- 2 - history
- 4 - memoir
- 1- mental health/hospitals
- 1 - Native Americans
- 5 - nature/outdoors
- 1 - philosophy
- 34- politics
- 2 - science
- 1 - sociology


21 - Male Authors
24 - Female Authors
2 - Combination of male and female

29 - Authors who are new to me
18 - Authors read before

3 Rereads:
- Banker - Dick Francis
- Engineering Eden - Jordan Fisher Smith
- Odds Against - Dick Francis (read pre LT?)
- On Tyranny - Leo Strauss

Nationality of Author:
2 - Australia
1 - Chile
1 - Israel
2 - Somalia/Kenya/US
1 - Syria
1 - Turkey (?)
11 - UK -
27 - United States
1 - United States/Ghana

Birthplace or residence of Author if different from nationality:
1 - child of Jamaican immigrants
1 - Somalia

Setting of book if different than author's nationality:
1 - Scotland
1 - Greenland, Scotland, Anarctica
1 - Iceland
1 - Norway
1 - Jamaica
1 - Spain
1 - Thailand

Language Book Originally Published in:
45- English
1 - Greek
1 - 1 - Hebrew

Original Publication Date

1 - 1932
1 - 1965
1 - 1982
1 - 1998
1 - 2001
1 - 2003
2 - 2012
1 - 2015
3 - 2016
3 - 2017
5 - 2018
7 - 2019
18 - 2020
2 - 2021

Monthly Statistics Template BOOKS READ

- Library

- audiobook
- print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- literary fiction

- - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)


- Male Authors
- Female Authors

- Authors who are new to me
- Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited

Original Publication Date


May: 10 Books Read
38. Network Effect - Martha Wells - 2020 - library
❤️39. Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi - 2020 - Global Reading: Ghana - library
❤️40. The Teeth of the Comb - Osama Alomar - 2017 - Global Reading: Syria - library
41. An Obvious Fact - Craig Johnson - 2017 - library
42. Voices of Rivers - Matthew Dickerson - 2019 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - purch 2021
43. Piranesi - Susanna Clarke - 2020 - library
❤️44. Concrete Rose - Angie Thomas - 2021 - library
❤️45. Tales From the Inner City - Shaun Tan - 2018 - library
46. Summer Water - Sarah Moss - 2021 - library
47. Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari - 2016 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - Global Reading: Israeli author - purchased 2021

2 - Acquired 2021
8 - Library

- audiobook
10 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 5 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - black experience
- 3 - literary fiction
- 2 - global fiction
- 1 - mystery/thriller
- 2 - short stories
- 2 - Speculative fiction

- 2 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - Outdoors/Nature
- 1 - philisophy


- 5 - Male Authors
- 5 - Female Authors

- 4 - Authors who are new to me
- 6 - Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited
Australia (author)
Great Britain
Great Britain - Scotland
Israel (author)

Original Publication Date
1 - 2016
2 - 2017
1 - 2019
3 - 2020
3 - 2021

Redigeret: jun 3, 9:57pm

The Global Challenge: Read five books from each of the 193 UN members plus a few additional areas. (Ongoing project over **Many** years!)

Thread here:


visited 14 states (6.22%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Chile book #3. The Long Petal of the Sea - Isabel Allende - 2020 - Fic; (Chile - also Spain & Paraguay; Chiliean author) read March 2021
Ghana Book #2, Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi - Fic (author, partial location) 5/2021
Greenland - autonomous territory within the Kingdom of Denmark - Book#1
Migrations: A Novel - Charlotte McConaghy - 2020 - Fic; (partial location- also Antarctica; UK author) - read Jan 2021
Iceland book #2 : Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland - Sarah Moss - 2009 - Non Fic, location, UK author read 4/2021
1. Jamaica: Cane Warriors - Alex Wheatle - 2020
2. Somalia# 2. When Stars Are Scattered - Victoria Jamieson, Omar Mohamed - 2020 (Somalia/Kenya) - fictionalized memoir; GN - read 1/2021
Somalia #3 This is What America Looks Like - Ilhan Omar - (Somalia/Kenya/US) - NF - 2020
Spain book 4. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Edward Wilson-Lee - 2018 - NF (location, UK author) - library - March 2021
Thailand Book #4 Bangkok 8 - 2003 - John Burdett - (fic, location, UK author) read March 2021
2. Turkey: A Recipe for Daphne: A Novel - Nektaria Anastasiadou


visited 93 states (41.3%)
Create your own visited map of The World

Redigeret: jun 3, 9:59pm


January 21 -- Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas
February 25 -- The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan
March 25 -- A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
April 22 -- The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis
May 27 -- Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
June 24 -- Apeirogon by Colum McCann
July 29 -- Caste by Isabel Wilkerson
August 26 -- Tightrope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Sept 30 -- The Cold Millions by Jess Walter
October 28 -- Hamnet by Maggi O’Farrell
November 18 -- Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Redigeret: mar 2, 4:11pm


January: Trick mirror: reflections on self-delusion - Jia Tolentino
February: Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu

Redigeret: jun 3, 10:01pm

As always, I'd like to think that I should focus on books that are currently sitting unread on Planet TBR. I keep hauling books home faster than I can read them and the piles keep growing larger.

These numbers include the library books that I have at home.
As of 6/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
As of 5/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
whoops missed April numbers
As of 03/01/2021: 525 books on MT TBR
As of 02/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
As of 01/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR

As of 01/01/2020: 520 books on MT TBR
As of 01/01/2019: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical MT TBR

5 ROOTS (Reading Our Own Tomes) Read in 2021

Redigeret: apr 30, 12:54pm

10 Purchased
- 2 - Reading
- 2 - Read

1. The Complete Father Brown Mysteries - G. K. Chesterton - Kindle 99 deal 1/18/2021
2. Engineering Eden - Jordan Fisher Smith - 2019 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - 1/29/2021 - darnit! duplicate book!
***Listening***6. A Promised Land - Barrack Obama 2020 - used audio CD's
Read 7. Escape From the Ordinary - Julie Bradley - RCKN Outdoor Book Club Read - April 2021
8. Ordered:The Voices of Rivers -Matt Dickerson - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - April 2021
9. Preordered: Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World - Katharine Hayhoe Releases 9/21 /21 (Ted Talk and climate change talk) - Kindle - ordered April 2021
10. Preordered: The Stone Sister - Caroline Patterson Releases 8/21
11.***Reading***The Voices of Rivers - Matthew Dickerson - Glacier Conservancy Book Club 4/2021
12. Crossing Pirate Waters - Julie Bradley - 2020 - Part 2 RCKN book - 4/2021
13. Making Wawa - George Lang - 2008 - (talk from Traveler's Rest) - 4/2021

Redigeret: jun 2, 11:33am


13. Burn - Patrick Ness - 2020 - library
14. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion - Jia Tolentino - 2019 - PBS Now Read This - January - library
❤️15. Migrations - Charlotte McConaghy - 2020 - library
16. Engineering Eden - Jordan Fisher Smith - 2016 - Glacier Conservancey Book Club - Reread - ROOT #5
17. On Tyranny - Leo Strauss - 2017 - Reread - library
18. The Great Pretender - Susannah Cahalan - 2019 - RLBC - library

- 6 Books Completed in February

0 - ROOTS from my shelf
1 - Reread from my shelf
5 - library

0 - audiobook
6 - paper books
0 - digital - read on Kindle app

- 2- Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
2 - speculative fiction

- 6 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 2 - essays
- 1 - memoir
- 1 - nature/outdoors
- 1 - politics
- 2 - science


3 - Male Authors
3 - Female Authors

4 - Authors who are new to me
2 - Authors I have previously read
2 - Rereads

Countries Visited

Original Publication Date
- 1 - 2016
- 1 - 2017
- 2 - 2019
- 2 - 2020

March Statistics
19. Paradise - Toni Morrison - 1997 - library
20. Vesper Flights - Helen Macdonald - 2020 - library
21. Simon the Fiddler - Paulette Jiles - 2020 - library
22. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Edward Wilson-Lee - 2018 - library
23. The Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer - 1932 - library - audiobook

5 - Library

1 - audiobook
4 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 3 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - literary fiction
1 - romance
1 - westerns

- 6 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - essays
1 - history


1 - Male Authors
4 - Female Authors

2 - Authors who are new to me
3 - Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited
- 1 - Spain

Original Publication Date
1 - 1932
1 - 1997
1 - 2018
2 - 2020

Redigeret: mar 9, 2:16pm


My first Georgette Heyer:

as well as:

Redigeret: mar 4, 2:30am

15. MigrationsCharlotte McConaghy – 2020 - library

The world has changed.

The great extinctions are happening. Land species, including birds, mammals, and bugs go extinct daily. The oceans are almost empty of life.

As a child, Franny Stone befriended a small flock of crows. Now all the crows are gone.

Franny is determined to put radio monitors on some of the very last Arctic terns and follow what is perhaps their last migration to the Antarctic.

To do this, she needs to find a fishing boat whose captain will agree to follow the terns’ radio signals in exchange for knowing the locations of the fish schools the terns feed on during their immense journey.

It’s a devil’s bond; giving up some of the last fish in the ocean to follow the terns. But there may never be another chance.

Franny is a complicated and haunted character. We see her broken fragility as well as her strength and determination to follow the birds. But we only learn her back story slowly, piece by piece in flashbacks as the time jumps back and forth.

Beautifully written – I believe it will be one of my favorite books of the year.

mar 2, 4:06pm

Happy new thread, Janet. I love the photo at the top!

I'll watch for your comments on Paradise and on your first Heyer.

mar 2, 4:07pm

Happy new thread!

mar 2, 4:36pm

>13 streamsong: Thank you, Beth!

>14 BLBera: Thank you, Jim!

mar 2, 4:39pm

Happy new thread!

>9 streamsong: P.S. You're losing ground...

mar 2, 4:41pm

Happy new thread, Janet!

>1 streamsong: I always ignore Meteorological Spring and wait for the Astrological Spring to celebrate.
I think I see at least one horse on that photo :-)
My purple crocusses as blooming, almost gone already.

>2 streamsong: I hope Angel throws you a nice Ice-foal.

mar 2, 4:50pm

Happy new one!

It is definitely beginning to feel more like spring. The birds are beginning to sing differently as well. Have a great week!

mar 2, 5:27pm

Hi Janet, and happy new thread!

I'm anxious to hear how you like Devil's Cub. It's one of my favorites.

mar 2, 5:41pm

>12 streamsong: what a coincidence, I just started reading These Old Shades, which is book one in that series. I have read Heyer before, and enjoy her works quite a bit.

mar 2, 6:53pm

Happy new thread Janet! Love the pictures of your beautiful horses! Thanks for sharing.

mar 2, 7:55pm

Happy new thread, Janet.

>1 streamsong: I can only look on in envy as spring approaches all of you. Malaysia does not enjoy four seasons.

mar 2, 8:02pm

Happy new thread, Janet!

I hope you are enjoying Vesper Flights as much as I did.

mar 3, 11:17am

>17 fuzzi: Thank you, Lor. Yes, I never seem to make much headway in the stacks, but at least I'm not adding too many books. The numbers include the tbr books that I have home from the library .... and right now I have a record-setting 15 home from there.

>18 FAMeulstee: Hi Anita! I've never celebrated two springs before but this year I need it.

Hooray for crocus! They are tiny and humble and don't last long, but they always make me feel that spring is coming at last.

I had a nasty few weeks with knee pain - it turned out that my brace was putting pressure on my bone bruise and since bones can't swell, the pain was intense at times. I didn't read as much in February, or visit threads very much as a result. I spent a lot of time with mindless TV while sitting on the coach with ice. The brace is now properly adjusted, and getting better quickly.

mar 3, 11:24am

>25 streamsong: I love crocus, too. Although the daffodils are blooming here, I've not yet seen the grape hyacinths in all their purple glory.

Interesting, I just noticed that most of my early spring flowers are either purple or yellow.

mar 3, 11:25am

>19 figsfromthistle: I've noticed that, too, Anita about the birds. The song sparrows are calling as are the great horned owls that live along my creek. Yay for spring and bird sounds!

>20 karenmarie: HI Karen and thank you! Yes, I chose Devil's Cub since it was at the top of your list. Since I mainly listen in my car, it's going a bit slowly. We had talked on your thread about the disturbing romances where the heroine is raped 'by accident' . And so, I was very glad when Mary pulled out a pistol and shot Dominic. Hooray!

I may have to bring it into the house and listen while I clean.

>21 fuzzi: I may go back to that one, Lor. Had you read it previously?

mar 3, 11:30am

>27 streamsong: nope, first time for me. I've read the third book already, and I don't own Devil's Cub, ha!

mar 3, 11:32am

>22 mdoris: Thank you, Mary. The horses have been getting short shrift with my knee pain. They are starting to shed, another sign of spring. I'm told it's more dependent on length of daylight than temperatures. Silly horses!

>23 PaulCranswick: Hi Paul - Four seasons are lovely, but this year, with my limited mobility and self-isolation, winter dragged on too long. Even my piles of books didn't help make up for winter this year.

mar 3, 11:40am

>24 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella! I am loving Vesper Flights. It makes my heart take wing. Even though I am not a huge fan of short essays, I am enjoying this more than H is for Hawk.

>26 fuzzi: No sign of my daffodils poking their head up yet, much less blooming. I need to order a few more crocus and I'll see how my grape hyacinths are doing - it seems like last year I thought they were dying out. I also need to replant a pussy willow tree - another spring favorite of mine.

>28 fuzzi: Hope you enjoy them then, Lor. It's definitely a nice break from the heavier stuff I've been reading lately.

mar 3, 12:48pm

>30 streamsong: I've enjoyed most of the Heyer's I've read, except for one mystery.

mar 3, 7:46pm

Happy new thread, Janet! Glad to see Vesper Flights is a good one. I want to read that, eventually, but my library stack is getting a little too tall at this point...

mar 3, 7:49pm

HI Janet, hoping your knee pain decreases quickly with the adjustment of the brace. Mindless tv. is not the best. I will try Vesper Flights on your suggestion.

mar 3, 7:59pm

Glad to read your brace is adjusted now, but I am sorry it has caused you so much pain.

mar 4, 12:00am

Hi Janet. Spring arrived in full force on exactly March 1 here. Nothing to do with any solar or lunar phenomena; just lovely sunny days in the 40s and 50s. The snow is slowly melting. I'm ready for reading-in-the-hammock weather!!

I bought a copy of Vesper Flights a couple months ago and look forward to your reaction. And five stars for Migrations! It sounds really good.

mar 4, 12:17pm

>31 fuzzi: Good to hear, Lor.

>32 bell7: I sure understand that, Mary. I currently have 15 home from the library. Eeek! I had most of them suspended, but they all became unsuspended at the same time. I think you'll enjoy Vesper Flights when you get to it.

>33 mdoris: Thank you, Mary. My knee is getting better everyday. It was very confusing as it did not hurt when I was doing activity, but then would start to hurt several hours afterward when the bone was trying to swell - no place for swelling in a bone.

Redigeret: mar 4, 12:33pm

>34 EllaTim: Thank you, Ella. I'm looking forward to be able to do more outdoor activity as the weather improves. I hope to start walking soon!

Right now I am doing PT twice a week. I am becoming tired of it - exercising in a gym setting is not my style, although at least I tell myself it is an outing into the real world. Ha! That sounds pretty desperate, doesn't it!

But, Monday one of my book club buddies was on the next table over icing her ankle after PT. We have only seen each other on zoom, so we had a nice (but short) chat. :) The March Book Club book is Isabel Allende's newest, A Long Petal of the Sea.

>35 EBT1002: I think you'll enjoy Vesper Flights, too, Ellen. Most of the essays are very short - only a few pages long so they are perfect to read in between more serious things - perfect hammock reading.

Migrations will be on my best-books-of-the-year list. If it gets knocked off, it will be because there are outstanding, totally awesome novels in my reading future.

mar 4, 12:31pm

Happy New Thread, Janet!

mar 4, 12:39pm

>37 streamsong: Thank you, Connie!

mar 4, 12:44pm

Happy New Thread, Janet!

We share your enthusiasm about the coming spring this year. Woo, what a year it's been. We've had signs of spring - warmer temp's, snow melting, and what I think are tulip shoots coming up in front of our house.

I'm glad your enjoying Georgette Heyer, who has become a favorite author for me. I'll be watching for your reaction to the new Isabel Allende; I'm not satisfied with what I've read of hers, and I still haven't read House of Spirits.

Nice photos of your and other horses, including the "Find the Hidden Horses" one. :-)

Redigeret: mar 4, 1:24pm

This was a reread for the Glacier (Park) Conservancy Book Club. Author Jordan Fisher Smith was very interesting and highly knowlgeable.

Unfortunately I didn't realize it was a reread, until I bought a second copy. PM me if you would like it.

In my defense, I had received an advanced review copy through LTER, and the cover was so completely different, that I didn't recognize it. Oh, those poor aging brain cells!

16. Engineering Eden - Jordan Fisher Smith - 2016
- Glacier Conservancy Book Club
- Reread - ROOT #5

My review from my initial read:

From the Cover: “In 1972, a young man named Harry Walker left his home on a farm in Alabama to find himself. Nineteen days later he was killed by a grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.”

After Harry Walker's death by a grizzly in Yellowstone, his family brought a lawsuit against the Park claiming that Yellowstone had withheld vital knowledge about bear activity from its tourists/visitors which directly brought about Harry's death.

And there was truth in that statement. In the late 60's and early 70's, Yellowstone biologists had decided to return bears to a more natural state and to quit feeding them at dumpsites as a tourist spectacle. This left the bears, accustomed to human food, prowling campgrounds searching for food instead of returning to natural food sources. In addition, the Park was severely under-reporting bear/human incidents including a bloody scalp at a ruined campsite, although no body was found.

Harry Walker, on the other hand, was camped illegally. How much did his actions contribute to his death?

Harry's death and subsequent lawsuit make up only a small portion of this book. Instead, author Jordan Fisher Smith traces the history of Yellowstone and its various practices and theories of its wildlife population management to give readers a thorough understanding of how the practices in 1970 came about, and how they vary from practices today as well as at earlier times from the park's inception a hundred years ago.

I enjoyed the way the various threads tied together forming a clear picture of management controversies and the personalities of the people involved with them, including well known names such as Frank and Charles Craighead and Starker Leopold. I found the writing informative but not dry- a great example of narrative non-fiction.

I do believe that the final chapters giving a brief outline of management incidents in Glacier and Sequoia National Park – which also included not only bear, but also tourist and fire management, to be a bit outside the scope of this book. All of these additional incidents are examples of 'Engineering Eden' but might be worthy of a separate book.

Highly recommended for anyone interested in the National Parks, Yellowstone Park and wildlife.

Redigeret: mar 4, 1:22pm

And another reread.

I decided to reread this one after hearing author Timothy Snyder talk about his new book, Our Malady: Lessons in Liberty from a Hospital Diary.

Yup, this is another political book. Be nice.

17. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century - Timothy Snyder - 2017
- Reread
- library

From the prologue:“History does not repeat, but it does instruct. As the Founding Fathers debated our Constitution, they took instruction from the history they knew. Concerned that the democratic republic they envisioned would collapse, they contemplated the descent of ancient democracies and republics into oligarchy and empire. As they knew, Aristotle warned that inequality brought instability, while Plato believed that demagogues exploited free speech to install themselves as tyrants. In funding a democratic republic upon law and establishing a system of checks and balances, the Founding Fathers sought to avoid the evil that they, like the ancient philosophers, called tyranny. They had in mind the usurpation of power by a single individual or group, or the circumvention of law by rulers for their own benefit. Much of the succeeding political debate in the United States has concerned the problem of tyranny within American society: over slaves and women, for example.” Prologue – p 9-10

I was particularly struck by this passage: 'When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching with torches and pictures of a leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the end has come.” P44

My review from 2018:

"This is a short book with a lot of wisdom.

It expounds on history with twenty short but gripping lessons on what an individual could have done during such events as the rise of Hitler and fascism, and what a person can do today to ensure our democracy stays strong.

The good news is that the remedies are often quite straightforward and include such ideas as adhering to professional standards, being aware of movement toward a one party state and awareness and listening for dangerous words. It's not that these lessons or remedies are easy; standing up against a crowd takes quite a bit of courage; but the people who believe in such principals must stand firm.

I plan to have an extra copy of this book on hand to share – I know it's one I'll want to give to others."

Redigeret: mar 4, 1:21pm

>40 jnwelch: Hi Joe! It's always good to see you! Thanks for stopping in.

Hooray for spring! Hooray for being done with last year!

I feel rather like you do about Allende. I haven't read House of Spirits yet either. I know she is a favorite of many here, and two of hers have been previously chosen by the RLBC, so I have read a few by her. I've heard her earlier works are better than her later ones.

I haven't had many comments on the hidden horses photo. For those needing help, eyes reflect light, although the largest yellowish spot is my neighbor's light.

mar 4, 1:39pm

Another zoom book event tonight:

3/4 6pm MST Info here:

Join the Montana Book Festival, and our partner Fact & Fiction Books, in a conversation with author Rob Chaney and wildlife management specialist Jamie Jonkel, March 4th at 6PM MST.

Four decades ago, the areas around Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks sheltered the last few hundred surviving grizzlies in the Lower 48 states. Protected by the Endangered Species Act, their population has surged to more than 1,500, and this burgeoning number of grizzlies now collides with the increasingly populated landscape of the twenty-first-century American West. While humans and bears have long shared space, today’s grizzlies navigate a shrinking amount of wilderness: cars whiz like bullets through their habitats, tourists check Facebook to pinpoint locations for a quick selfie with a grizzly, and hunters seek trophy prey. People, too, must learn to live and work within a potential predator’s territory they have chosen to call home.

Mixing fast-paced storytelling with rich details about the hidden lives of grizzly bears, Montana journalist Robert Chaney chronicles the resurgence of this charismatic species against the backdrop of the country’s long history with the bear. Chaney captures the clash between groups with radically different visions: ranchers frustrated at losing livestock, environmental advocates, hunters, and conservation and historic preservation officers of tribal nations. Underneath, he probes the balance between our demands on nature and our tolerance for risk.
Robert Chaney is a reporter for the Missoulian. A lifelong Montanan, he covers science and the environment.
Jamie Jonkel is a wildlife management specialist currently working for Fish, Wildlife, & Parks in Missoula, Montana.

mar 4, 2:36pm

>42 streamsong: I need to read On Tyranny; I recently saw Snyder on some interview show, and he was very interesting.

mar 4, 2:39pm

>42 streamsong: "I plan to have an extra copy of this book on hand to share – I know it's one I'll want to give to others." On Tyranny is a book I bought at least five extra copies of a shared with friends and family. An excellent little book.

mar 5, 8:23am

Oooh, On Tyranny is so good and so important, I think. I may need to take it down off the shelf for a reread myself soon...

mar 5, 11:32am

>45 BLBera: Hi Beth-- It's a very quick read, but I think an important one.

>46 Oberon: Hi Erik --It's nice to have a visit from you. Good for you for sharing copies of On Tyranny! Although I had good intentions when I wrote that review two years ago, I have not followed through. You are an inspiration!

>47 scaifea: Hi Amber! I think I need to pull it down periodically and give it a reread. Small but mighty.

Redigeret: mar 7, 2:16pm

Last night I watched the movie Let Him Go based on the Larry Watson book by the same name. It was a bit bloody for my taste (a real shoot em up) but had a satisfying ending, even though not a traditional happy ending. Great pandemic watch.

I heard Larry Watson give a small zoom talk in December. He was proud of the movie, although he said he didn't have any input, so I'm not sure how much it followed the book. Another book for MT TBR when and if I get caught up.

Watson also said that Montana 1948 has had a film option for quite a few years, and was hopeful that if Let Him Go was successful, Montana 1948 might also be finally produced.

mar 7, 2:11pm

This was the February choice for my Real Life Book Club. And although I did finish reading it, it just didn't grab me, and I actually skipped the book club the day it was discussed - a rare event for me.

18. The Great Pretender - Susannah Cahalan - 2019
- library

Author Susannah Cahalan is known for her previous book Brain on Fire in which she was diagnosed as having schizophrenia, when in reality, she had an autoimmune disease affecting her brain.

This led her to think about mental health diagnoses in general, and the lines between sane and insane.

She became interested in a study from the 1970’s called “On Being Sane in Insane Places” . It was authored by David Rosenhan and published in Science, one of the most prestigious scientific journals. He and seven other sane people were admitted into psychiatric institutions where they had to stay until they were certified sane and released.

This study has direct consequences, including the release of the DSM 3 which attempted to scientifically categorize mental health issues. It also led to many previously hospitalized patients being released, often to the streets.

It’s been a standard of psychiatry texts for years, but unfortunately, as Cahalan dug into the study, she was unable to prove that most of the eight people actually existed, or that more than just a couple people took part in the experiment. Numbers appeared to have been cooked; author Rosenham never completed a book on the subject, and very rarely referred to this career-making study in his later work.

Was the study that led to a sea change in the field of psychiatry all a hoax?

Redigeret: mar 15, 10:51am

Monday Report Done on a Tuesday:


Reading and Listening:

mar 9, 9:11pm

Sorry to have fallen so far behind, Janet. Glad the knee is better now, though, and that spring is springing! I see the outlines of ONE horse in that photo...and I hope you like Devil's Cub, but it is best appreciated after These Old Shades as Leonie's and Rupert's adventures there are reprised in this book to great comic effect.

Redigeret: mar 12, 1:02pm

Hi Roni! Good to see you. Thank you for stopping in.

Several of the horses can only be seen by the reflection of their eyes which show up as pinpoints of light.

Thanks for the good wishes on the knee - it's doing well. Next Monday I see the PA, and will decide from there. I am looking forward to stopping PT and joining a gym. I received my second Covid inoculation on Saturday, and so should be good to do that in a few weeks.

Ha! The first time I remember you posting on my thread oh, a decade or so ago, you encouraged me to read The Discworld books in order instead of skipping around through some of my daughter's favorites to see if I liked them.

Yup, I get it - reading in order is a thing and there are many series that I do just that. I am sure I will miss details that I will enjoy if I reread them. I'm enjoying the humor as it is.

mar 12, 11:31am

19. Paradise - Toni Morrison - 1997
- library

This is a dense read that does not give up its secrets quickly.

On the surface it’s the story of a group of nine former slave families, freed at the end of the Civil War, who searched for a place to settle. When they attempted to join one community of former slaves, they were told they were too black and too poor. They traveled onward and settled in Oklahoma. This is the story of the town they founded and the people who lived there.

They settled near a bootlegger/racketeer’s pleasure palace. Eventually, the pleasure palace was taken over by an order of Catholic nuns as a school for Indian girls. But the Indian school fades out, as does the order of nuns. It becomes home to a few wayward girls who have found their way there by accident, or perhaps as if they were drawn there.

It’s a story of racism, classism, colorism, and religion – of men and women in conflict; of supernatural haunting of the old Convent as well as an elderly Brazilian woman who can enter people’s souls and prolong life. It’s a story of old conflicts and hurts bubbling forth and a community founded on the freedom of a newly freed people becoming a very unfree community.

Even after reading several online commentaries on this novel, I was often at a loss. One professor who has taught it several times, said he always starts out by making a crib sheet of names and relationships. When I read it again, I will do so.

Because,having finished reading I feel that I need to read it again -probably multiple times. But for now, I will set it aside and let it soak.

mar 12, 11:37am

This is my favorite passage from Paradise. It's definitely too long for a review, but it spoke to me.

To set the scene: There is a problematic wedding with two different preachers. The first speaks and points out the problems with the couple and the marriage and how they have failed under Biblical law.

The second preacher is dumbstruck and can only hold up the cross and hope the congregants know the gospel that is in his heart.

“See what was certainly the first sign any human anywhere had made: the vertical line; the horizontal one. Even as children, they drew it with their fingers in snow, sand or mud; they laid it down as sticks in dirt; arranged it from bones on frozen tundra and broad savannas; as pebbles on riverbanks, scratched it on cave walls and outcroppings from Nome to South Africa. Algonquins and Laplanders, Zulu and Druids – all had a finger memory of this original mark. The circle was not first, nor was the parallel or the triangle. It was this mark, this, that lay underneath every other. This mark, rendered in the placement of facial features. His mark of a standing human figure poised to embrace. Remove it, as Pulliam had done, and Christianity was like any and every religion in the world: a population of supplicants begging respite from begrudging authority; harried believers ducking fate or dodging everyday evil; the weak negotiating a doomed trek through the wilderness; the sighted ripped of light and thrown into the perpetual dark of choicelessness. Without this sign the believer’s life, was confined to praising God and taking the hits. The praise was credit; the hits were interest due on a debt that could never be repaid. Or, as Pulliam put it, no one knew when he had “graduated’. But with it, in the religion in which this sign was paramount and foundational, well, life was a whole other matter.

“See? The execution of this one solitary black man propped up on these two intersecting lines to which he was attached in a parody of human embrace, fastened to two big sticks that were so convenient, so recognizable, so embedded in consciousness as consciousness, being both ordinary and sublime. See? His wooly head alternately rising on his neck and falling toward his chest the glow of his midnight skin dimmed by dust, streaked by gall, fouled by spit and urine, gone pewter in the hot, dry wind and, finally, as the sun dimmed in shame, as his flesh matched the odd lessening of the afternoon light as though it were evening, always sudden in that climate, swallowing him and the other death row felons, and the silhouette of this original sign merged with a false night sky. See how this official murder out of hundreds marked the difference; moved the relationship between God and man from CEO and supplicant to one on one? The cross he held was abstract; the absent body was real, but both combined to pull humans from backstage to the spotlight, from muttering in the wings to the principal role in the story of their lives. This execution made it possible to respect – freely not in fear – one’s self and one another. Which was what love was: unmotivated respect. All of which testified not to a peevish Lord who was His own love but to one who enabled human love. Not for His own glory – never. God loved the way humans loved one another; loved the way humans loved themselves; loved the genius on the cross who managed to do both and die knowing it. “
p 145-146

mar 13, 11:27pm

>54 streamsong: Enjoyed your review, Janet. The thought of a book not giving up its secrets easily is a very suggestive one. x

mar 14, 1:04pm

Great comments on Paradise, Janet, and you are right. It's one that I want to read again as well. I have found that Morrison is very rewarding on rereading.

Redigeret: mar 14, 2:19pm

>56 PaulCranswick: >57 BLBera: Thank you, Paul and Beth. This is the third Morrison that I have read. I enjoyed the others more on the second reading, which both times around were group reads.

Morrison is definitely a challenge for me. Not that I don't like to be challenged, but I don't thrive on a steady diet of it.

I quickly finished Simon the Fiddler after the Morrison. :) Just what I needed as a palate cleanser.

mar 14, 2:20pm

So I had my second Covid vaccination last Saturday. And while I didn't get the nasty chills and fever, I was very tired the day afterward and for several days beyond.

I totally spaced out two zoom meetings/classes the first part of the week. :(

I did manage one on Great Horned Owls the latter part of the week. Hugely interesting, since I have several pairs along my creek.

One of the questions I got answered was not to fear putting out bird feeders - even though I have GHO's, a pair of bald eagles that often pass through and hawks whose favored perch on the telephone poles across the road. The presenter assured me that the birds are very aware of all the raptors in the area, and will avoid the feeder when they feel threatened.

And I apologize for being now even further behind in visiting threads.

Redigeret: mar 14, 2:27pm

Word of the day from The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books:

"To tergiversate" – to object endlessly and play for time”. P 248 Coined by Hernando Colon, Christopher Columbus's younger son during negotiations between Spain and Portugal as to which country could claim what territory.

Definitely a political strategy still highly popular in the US.

mar 14, 2:30pm

Happy Sunday, Janet. Happy Belated New Thread! I hope all is well in MT. I enjoyed your comments on GHOs and other raptors. We now have a pair of Bald Eagles nesting a mere 10 minutes from my home. I think this is their 2nd or 3rd year. A immature has been hanging around too. I hope you are enjoying Simon the Fiddler.

mar 14, 2:39pm

20. Vesper FlightsHelen Macdonald – 2020
- library

“I wasn’t good at teams. Or rules. Or any of the in-jokes and complicated allegiance of my peer groups, Unsurprisingly, I was bullied. To salve this growing biting sense of difference from my peers, I began to use animals to make myself disappear. If I looked hard enough at insects, or held my binoculars up to my eyes to bring wild birds close, I found that by concentrating on the creature, I could make myself go away. This method of finding refuge from difficulty was an abiding feature of my childhood. I thought I’d grown out of it. But decades later it returned with overwhelming force after my father’s death. “ p254

In the introduction, Macdonald describes this book of essays as a Victorian Wunderkammer – a cabinet full of curiosities and wonders.

Although I enjoyed Macdonald’s first book, H is for Hawk, I loved these short sparkling essays. They encompass a variety of subjects – nature, birds, mammals, climate change and growing up out of step with her peers.

Highly recommended.

mar 15, 10:33am

>61 msf59: Hi Mark - thanks for stopping in!

Montana had a wonderful weekend. The storm passed to the south of us, and we enjoyed temperatures in the 60's. What a delight!

Love your raptor report. They are beautiful birds.

I enjoyed Simon the Fiddler. It was a perfect, light-hearted read.

mar 15, 10:50am

I'm heading to Missoula today to see my knee doctor. I'm hoping to be done with physical therapy and check out a couple local gyms later this week. Yay for being vaccinated!

My car is stuffed full of bags of steel and aluminum cans to recycle. along with a box of clothes etc to drop off at the charity shop.

I also plan a quick trip to Costco - all such mundane activities, but ones I put off all winter as I was avoiding Covid 19 exposure.

I will get a couple hours in the car with The Devil's Cub audio. I should be pretty close to finishing it by the end of the day.

I have a couple of zoom-ies planned later this week. One is for "Living With Mountain Lions". Some of you may remember that two summers ago, a lion killed a deer just a few steps from my back door.

Here's an amazing video from FB of a swimming mountain lion bothering some canoers:

My second zoom is the Glacier Park Conservancy Book Club discussion of the Blackfeet and Kootenai tribes who were The People Before the Park. I bought this book several years ago and am glad to finally be reading it.

Redigeret: mar 24, 12:02pm

Monday Reading Update:

Will I finish this one today?

Glacier Park Conservancy Book Club discussion this week:

Another I should finish in the next few days:

Next week's Real Life Book Club Book

mar 15, 12:17pm

>53 streamsong: Well, I suppose that was me, although I don't recommend reading Pratchett in publication order--his earliest books are his weakest. But I do recommend reading within the various thematic series in sequence, especially the City Watch books, as later events hang on previous ones. And again, you should definitely enjoy Devil's Cub on its own. In fact, I think I read it first of the two. It's just that knowing the events of These Old Shades adds a layer to the appreciation of the older characters in particular and the humor.

I hope you get good news on your knee today and congrats on being vaccinated. My two week window ends this Friday!

mar 15, 1:28pm

>64 streamsong: hoping for some good news from you!

At first I thought the canoers moved their boat towards the mountain lion, and wondered why they could be so stupid, but it appears the lion wanted to be sure the people didn't think he was a pushover!

mar 16, 11:59am

>66 ronincats: Hi Roni - That might well have been your recommendation. It was a looooooong time ago. I still haven't read all the Discworld books. I enjoy them, but need space between them. It's another good thought for pandemic reading.

Yay on vaccinations! I won't finish my two weeks until Saturday so even though I stopped several places in Missoula yesterday, I will keep it low key and won't go gym shopping until next week.

>66 ronincats: >67 fuzzi: Good report on my knee. The bruise seems to have healed so I step down into 'jus't the ACL brace for the next six weeks and keep up strengthening it.

>67 fuzzi: Isn't that an amazing video with the mountain lion, Lor! The canoers (canoeists?) might well have been going towards the cat, trying to see what it was that was swimming in the water. There is a chirring sound in the opening part of the video that sounds almost like a bird, but mountain lions do make that call, too. What in the world caused the mountain lion to go swimming??!!

mar 16, 1:26pm

Hi, Janet. I enjoyed Vesper Flights, Simon the Fiddler, and Devil's Cub. The first two authors I enjoy that came from LT that come to mind are Steinbeck and Georgette Heyer. Steinbeck I'd read when required, but the Steinbeckathon a few years ago really opened my eyes, with one of his a month and all great. I got the tip on Georgette Heyer probably from Julia and Karen, and it was the mentions of her humor that first got me intrigued. Now I've read all of her Regencies except the bottom dwellers on ratings from J & K, and some of her others, too. One mystery I read was meh, and I haven't gone back to those. But otherwise I'm a fan now.

mar 16, 2:18pm

>68 streamsong: why did the cougar cross the river?

She was tired of lion around on the bank...

mar 17, 12:28pm

>69 jnwelch: Hi Joe! Thanks for stopping in! I'm at the very end of Devil's Cub; close enough that I thought about sitting in the car and finish listening to it. There will be more Heyer in my future, I'm sure. Devil's Cub is both clever and funny.

I've received so many wonderful suggestions from you and others on LT, including entire genres: YA, graphic novels and illustrated kids' books (Thanks, Linda!)

Authors are pretty diverse: Nnedi Okorafor, Martha Wells, Elizabeth Acevedo - I could make a very long list! (and it would be interesting to do so!)

>70 fuzzi: Too funny, Lor!

mar 17, 12:33pm

>71 streamsong: thanks!

I'm seconding Martha Wells as a recommendation: I find her style to be funny, engaging, not too dark/dense.

mar 18, 12:16pm

>72 fuzzi: Glad you agree with Martha Wells. Have you read any of the others I mentioned?

Redigeret: apr 17, 11:32am

See this unhappy guy? He would visit my place a couple times a week, but I never knew if he had a really, truly home or not. I had never touched him.

He's an absolutely huge Manx - almost 17 pounds. Three Christmas's ago, the person taking care of my place dubbed him Bob. And, except for the stripes, he does sort of resemble a bobcat.

This photo came across my FB feed. He was live trapped by someone trying to 'clear out' a feral cat colony on my road and taken to the local shelter. This is him in a cage there.

I talked to the shelter, gave him a few days to make sure no one else picked him up and adopted him yesterday. The vet nailed it - he's fine until you want to do something that he doesn't want to do (like vaccinations!) and then he turns into 17 pounds of fighting feral cat.

The shelter suggested I keep him confined for a week before letting him out (the vet suggested two weeks). He's in my detached garage where I keep my grain. There are lots of mice there and it's one of the places he would regularly hang out.

The first day he was soooo happy to be out of the cage, he was really affectionate. Now he's very angry that he is being held against his will.

He has dry and wet food and lots of mousies. He uses a litter box and has a hidey hole that he chose for himself years ago.

Anyone have any suggestions for winning the heart of an angry feral-ish cat?

Redigeret: mar 18, 12:39pm

>74 streamsong: offering food and not trying to make him do anything he doesn't want to do. I suspect you already knew that...

Did he get neutered while he was at the vet? His left ear looks "tipped", which is how they mark TNRs here in NC.

ETA: he's beautiful.

mar 18, 12:38pm

>73 streamsong: nope, didn't recognize the names, either.

mar 18, 1:09pm

Hi Janet!

>74 streamsong: How lovely that you’ve adopted Bob. I bet he’s looking happier than in that picture.

I don’t know much more about winning his heart than being available for him to come close to and perhaps even rub up against you. He's so used to having to fend for himself that he might realize that you are a safe haven and begin to relax around you. Our semi-feral Zoe has taken 15 months to finally become a lap kitty, but only on her terms. Petting and praising with lots of talking using her name and not forcing the issue seems to be working here. I realize she’s semi-feral not completely feral and you may never win him over completely, but patience is a virtue. Good luck.

Redigeret: mar 19, 11:23am

>76 fuzzi: >77 karenmarie: Yup, I suspect he was a TNR that someone tried to adopt once before and then dumped him out in the country.

He's actually can be quite affectionate, likes ear rubs and treats.

The fight is at the door, when I have to leave. He turns into a hissing mad man, willing to to attack my leg to get out.

Good suggestions, Karen and Lor. I guess I'll do some reading out there. I had planned to do some cleaning, but that might be too much activity for him right now.

Redigeret: mar 19, 4:19pm

Denne meddelelse er blevet slettet af dens forfatter.

mar 18, 7:00pm

Congrats on receiving your vaccinations, Janet! Such a relief to be able to get out and do those normal things again.

Beautiful cat. He does already know you doesn't he? Feeding him, and spending time with him, in a non-threatening way seem like the things to do. He seems like a nice addition to your household:-)

mar 19, 7:56am

>74 streamsong: Oh, Bob is such a handsome guy! Well done, you, for giving him a home and best of luck getting him to adopt you in return.

mar 19, 12:37pm

Bob is awesome, Janet. Good luck!

mar 19, 1:56pm

I like Bob! And don't have any tips to offer that aren't named above. Happy Weekend!

mar 19, 2:41pm

>74 streamsong: Well done Janet, giving Bob such a wonderful permanent home such as yours! I know little about cats except that I would have one in a moment but P is allergic. I think you must be an animal pro and very sensitive to their needs. Bob is a lucky one!

mar 19, 4:35pm

>79 m.belljackson: He does come to me - more so each day. The first day he spent mainly up in the garage rafters, but would come down after a while. I decided instead of feeding him twice a day, I would give him something every time he sees me.

>80 EllaTim: He sort of knows me. He knows my place (garage, yard, pastures) at least, so I am familiar to him. He had never let me touch him.

However, when I showed up at the shelter with bail money in hand and the cell door opened, I'm sure he said 'What took you so long?' :) And he's been happy to have scritchies since he's here.

Hooray for Covid vaccinations!

>81 scaifea: Yes, getting him to adopt me will be the trick.

He may be head back to his old ways of wandering barn cat. But at least he will know he has food and shelter if he wants it. And I had him microchipped so if he ends up back at the shelter or at a vet's office, I can bail him out.

mar 19, 4:44pm

>82 BLBera: >83 connie53: >84 mdoris:
Thanks, Beth, Connie and Mary.

He hasn't attacked me again as I go out the door, although I do have a broom in hand to scoot him back a bit if I need to. He's very friendly until I won't let him go out. I've never before been attacked by a cat. Luckily, I had heavy jeans and he went after my leg with the thigh to midcalf knee brace underneath them. All that metal must have confused him a bit -

Today, he just hisses madly as I exit.

mar 19, 5:11pm

>78 streamsong: sometimes I despise people. Heinlein wrote "There's a cold place in Hell reserved for people who abandon kittens", but his statement also covers any domestic animal as far as I'm concerned.

mar 19, 5:13pm

Uh oh, getting behind on my reviews.

I needed a lighter read and this was recommended by several of my LT pals.

21. Simon the FiddlerPaulette Jiles - - 2020
– library
- 3.8 stars

Simon had avoided being conscripted into either the Northern or the Confederate army during the American Civil War. Instead he travelled, played his fiddle and dodged army conscription men.

But his luck ran out and, caught at last. he became part of a Confederate Regimental Band at the end of the war. The war ran its course. Lincoln was dead. Lee had surrendered; but Simon’s army unit had not been disbursed. A Union officer who had not seen combat during the war decided to attack them for a bit of glory, and they were quickly overrun.

But luck runs both ways, and after his capture, Simon was forced to play at a soiree at the Union headquarters. There he saw a lovely young woman whom he discovered was an indentured Irish servant to a martinet of a Union office. She had three more years on her indenture, and would not be allowed to speak or write to any man outside the officer’s home.

Simon loved a challenge and knew he would need to devise ingenious ruses to communicate. At the same time he felt he had three years to negotiate the post-Civil war Texas frontier and, with his fiddle as his only asset, accumulate enough money to be able to offer her a future if he could win her. Would the girl be safe that long?

This is light historical fiction, written with interesting details about the time and place. It’s an American western, but much more nuanced than the western writings of fifty years ago.

There’s a quick glimpse of Captain Kidd, the protagonist of News of the World, a book where Simon also appears. I suspect there are other characters mentioned that appear in her other post-Civil War books about the western frontier. It will be fun to ferret them out.

I’ll definitely be reading more.

mar 20, 12:54pm

>87 fuzzi: I totally agree with you, Lor.

There's a very disturbing lack of empathy, not only towards animals, but towards other people, too.

The attacks on Asians: the murders in Atlanta, and the attacks on elderly Asians in California, are unfathomable to me.

Last month's PBS/NYT Book Club pick was a satirical look at how Asian Americans are treated in the US. It's called Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. It's written as a script - they call it a teleplay - so it's a very quick read, but it's insightful as well as being funny and very original. In places it is also very sad. Its protagonist is a bit actor who plays 'generic Asian guy' but who longs to be (also generic) 'Kung Fu Guy'. It's one that will stay with me.

I just received the book from the library a few days ago and decided to read it so the next person in line could get it quickly. I'll finish it today.

Redigeret: mar 21, 3:16pm

I'm not sure whose thread I found this on, but Thank You!

22. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books Edward Wilson-Lee – 2018
– library

“Clenardus remarked that, in drawing from the most distant corners everything that authors had to the present produced, Hernando had, like his father, reached beyond the limits of our world to make another: ‘just as Columbus, had, by a prodigious act, planted Spanish power and civilization in another world, so he Hernando had gathered the wisdom of the universe to Spain. Sons often resemble their fathers in appearance’, his new Dutch friend remarked, ‘but some also bear a resemblance in spirit and moral qualities.’” P 293

Hernando Colòn was the youngest (and an illegitimate) son of Christopher Columbus. Hernando travelled with his father on his last voyage to the new world in 1502. During the trip, Hernando found he had a joy in making lists and descriptions of things as various as shipboard items and descriptions of lands visited.

Returning to Europe, he began to collect art prints. Since his collection contained thousands of them, he began to device ways of classifying them to ensure he would not have duplicates.

So when his prime love turned to book collection, he also invented ways to classify them – including books listing volumes, price, etc. But these were not enough and he began devising ways that he could locate volumes that included various subjects, which he called Book of Epitomes – a way to extract the ideas of each volume by summarizing the arguments. This was a forerunner of today’s card catalog and Google searches.

This was the time of the High Renaissance in Europe. Printing press were king and the books written by the philosophers and theologians of the day were changing the course of Western History.Hernando threw himself into collecting – not just major works by contemporary authors such as Martin Luther, but also broadsheets and pamphlets which often were thought to have little value. He and his designated lieutenants scoured Europe and beyond for his collection.

Even with the loss from a shipwreck of 1637 books, he managed to amass a collection of some twenty thousand books which eventually became the Biblioteca Hernandina in Seville, Spain. Upon his death, the books, prints, broadsides and pamphlets were not valued and most of them were destroyed or decayed. Only a few thousand exist today.

This is a fascinating book. There is lots of wonderful history of the Age of Discovery, the High Renaissance, the sack of Rome in 1527 which caused the loss of the Vatican library, and Hernando’s struggle to establish his father as the discoverer of the New World.

Recommended to those who are bibliophiles or love libraries, but history lovers will also enjoy this, too. It took me quite a while to read this, but although it was harder for me with my limited knowledge of the European history and politics of the late 1400’s and early 1500’s, I thought it was a fascinating read.

It is beautifully illustrated with an amazing number of prints and maps from the time period.

“If Spain was to be a universal empire, it would need at its core universal library, a memory bank in which the thought of the world was stored, and one moreover that was not a lifeless repository, but a working organ, capable of making connections …. Hernando’s library would cover all of the possible fields of knowledge, making all terrains one. His book and picture registers had ensured the library was not full of duplicates, his alphabetical lists had allowed particular book and authors to be found, the epitomes would help the reader to move through the shelves at greater speed, and the Book of Materials could guide researchers to the right place once they had a particular topic in mind.” P 276

mar 22, 1:54pm

>90 streamsong: Looks like you enjoyed The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books, Janet. I found all the history in that book intriguing. Good luck with Bob, he looks like a strong character.

Redigeret: mar 22, 2:33pm

>90 streamsong: I'm so glad you mentioned The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books, Meg! I must have gotten the suggestion from you, but didn't write it down. My apologies.

I learned soooo much from that book. It was enjoyable, although it took me forever to read.

Bob is taming down nicely. He now comes and even purrs for me. Huge guy, huge purr.

But ..... unfortunately he also came up with some sort of kitty virus, probably from the shelter. Lots of sneezing, and his voice sounds hoarse. But he is doing better, I think and was never so sick that he went off his food.

His virus is the straw that has broken the camel's back for me as far as getting things done around here. Every time I go to see him, I strip off my clothes inside the back door and they go immediately into the washing machine so my other two cats (elderly indoor only and a used-to-be-feral indoor/outdoor) don't catch whatever it is. I also wear special shoes to see him.

mar 22, 8:53pm

>92 streamsong: glad that Bob is warming up to you. Sorry he's had a bit of a kitty cold. Did he get checked for FIV?

mar 23, 1:38pm

>90 streamsong: I was a big fan of The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books too. Really interesting piece of history that I had no idea about. Great review of the book.

mar 23, 4:50pm

Stopping by to say hello! Sorry I missed the first thread but I'm here for the rest.

Hope you are well and having a lovely spring!

mar 23, 11:08pm

Woot about Bob! Glad he's warming up to him; hope the virus dies out quickly!!

mar 24, 11:34am

>93 fuzzi: No, he was not checked for FIV. Neither the shelter nor the vet brought it up.

>94 Oberon: I'm glad you liked The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books too, Erik! This is one that needs to grow some legs here on LT - I think a lot of people would really enjoy it. Thanks for the kudos on the review.

mar 24, 11:37am

>95 witchyrichy: Hi Karen! It's good to see you and I'm glad you dropped in.

I'm having trouble keeping up with other threads, too.

Spring is being a tease - the forecast is for a 'wintery mix' of snow and rain today.

>96 ronincats: Hi Roni! Bob is not only purring, but will sit on my lap now.

I did call the shelter about his cold - they said not to worry too much unless he his discharge turns thick and colored or he quits eating. Then he should see a vet.

So, except for the extra laundry after I see him and change clothes, things are going very well.

mar 24, 11:46am

Recommended by Karen, Joe and others as fun, light reading

23. The Devil’s CubGeorgette Heyer - 1932
- library
– audiobook

Alastair, the Marquis of Vidal has a reputation as a ladies’ man and a deadly opponent in duels. When his latest duel leaves a man on death’s door he determines to flee to France and take Sophia Challoner with him. She’s young, beautiful and assumes he’ll marry her. Marriage doesn’t figure into Alastair's plan.

Mary is Sohia’s older, plainer, and far more intelligent sister. She waylays the note and decides to insert herself, well disguised, into the plan in order to break up the pair forever and save her sister’s honor.

Naturally things go wrong. But Mary is resourceful,strong and not above shooting the Marquis a little bit.

The Marquis’s parents are appalled at their son’s latest scandal.

Sophia and their mother hope the original love elopement can be saved.

Mary plans her escape using her wits
Lovely, clever and funny – at times even laugh out loud funny.

This was my first Georgette Heyer – I’ll be looking forward to more.

Redigeret: apr 21, 12:51pm

Currently reading:


I've finished this one by Isabel Allende - it is the RL Book Club discussion, tomorrow, the 25th.

Redigeret: mar 24, 12:32pm

>97 streamsong: hopefully he doesn't have it. When I've trapped ferals to have them neutered before returning, the vet's staff almost always tests for FIV. Most of the FIV infected ferals are euthanized so they don't spread it to others. I had one cat I'd trapped, "Blackie", who sneezed a lot. They forgot to check him for FIV, but he lived for a few months before succumbing to what we were pretty sure was that disease. He was a big sweetie, and never fought, so I figured it would be safe to keep him around the other cats. Besides, I liked him a lot. We gave him a good home before he passed on.

ETA: found him in my gallery, from 2012:

mar 24, 1:12pm

The Catalog of Shipwrecked Books does sound good, Janet. I have heard a lot of good things about it here.

I'll watch for your comments on the Allende.

If you liked Devil's Cub, you should read These Old Shades, about Vidal's father and mother.

I hope your cat recovers quickly.

Redigeret: mar 25, 12:30pm

>101 fuzzi: I sincerely hope that isn't it, Lor. He's been around here off and on for a few years. The shelter suggested I make a vet appointment on Monday if he still has it.

>102 BLBera: Hi Beth! I hope The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books get a few more readers.

Book club for the Allende's A Long Petal of the Sea is today at noon. I"m written my review, but won't post it until I see if any of the other members have any interesting points.

It takes place during the Spanish Civil War, with democratic Republicans/socialism on one side and fascists/traditional Catholic religion on the other. It then moves to Chile where many of the same themes are carried out again. It seems very relevant to many of the debates currently occurring in the US today.

I'll definitely read These Old Shades - but right now I have a dozen books home from the library so it's going to be a while.

The Audubon club is also doing a zoom book club this evening with author Jim Robbins's book The Wonder of Birds: What they tell us about Ourselves, the World, and a Better Future I haven't read it, but if I'm not book clubbed out, may listen along.

Redigeret: mar 26, 11:23am

This was a great book club discussion. Several member commented that it made them do additional research on the Spanish Civil War and Pablo Neruda. In addition, we seldom chose a book of historical fiction set in South America.

There was lots of discussion regarding the breakdown when citizens on both sides of a political divides feel that they can no longer talk to each other.

24.The Long Petal of the Sea - Isabel Allende – 2020
– Library Brown Bag Book Club
- library

Two brothers were among the Republican fighters in the Spanish Civil War. When the Republicans were routed by Franco’s Fascist Nationalists, tens of thousands of refugees had to flee or be shot by the new government. Thousands fled secretly on foot across the mountainous border of France, but France had neither the resources nor the will to care for so many refugees, and they were placed in concentration camps there.

One brother died during the war. His pregnant fiancé, Roser, and the remaining brother, Viktor face hopeless conditions in the French camps – until they were chosen as part of two thousand refugees to go to Chile on the USS Winnipeg, a ship underwritten by poet Pablo Neruda. To take advantage of this offer, Viktor and Roser had to marry.

But soon, the political situation in Chile began to mirror that of Spain – first with the democratic Socialist President Allende, followed by the military coup and dictatorship headed by General August Pinochet. Once more there were concentration camps and exile eventually to Venezuela.

But through all of this, there are stories of family and love and learning how to live life and begin again each time, no matter what the odds.

There are a wonderful variety of characters in this book. The women, especially, were diverse and interesting, as were the mix of historical and fictional characters.

I’ve only read a few of Allende’s books, but this is my favorite.

mar 26, 12:59pm

Hi Janet!

>99 streamsong: I’m so glad you liked Devil’s Cub. I second Beth’s suggestion about These Old Shades.

I hope that Bob’s doing well and has shaken off a cold – nothing more than that. My ginger babies played with a critter that Zoe brought in this morning. I managed to trap it under a trash can, insert a piece of cardboard, flip it, and escort said critter outside. And that is only the second of my exciting adventures today – 7 cows apparently broke a fence past the creek and came to visit. I called the owner and alerted him to the fact that the cows had escaped. Fortunately they didn’t damage my fences, otherwise I’d have called the county AG agent.

mar 27, 1:05pm

>105 karenmarie: I'll definitely give These Old Shades a go - as soon as I get caught up with the dozen or so that I have home from the library. :)

I hate to return library books unread - many of them are from other western Montana libraries within our system, so I know they've gone to trouble to get them for me.

We can do two renewals if no one is waiting for them. Several of the ones I currently have home, I can't renew again. But as most of them are recs from my LT friends, I know I will enjoy them.

Today I'm finishing Bangkok 8 - down to the last day of the last possible renewal. I see that you, Mark, Joe and Beth have all followed this series. I'm enjoying it because it is sooo different than other mystery/thriller series that I've read, but it's a bit too noir for me. I'm not ruling out going on with the series, because it is fascinating.

Ha! These Old Shades and Bangkok 8 in the same post. Talk about different ends of the storytelling spectrum!

mar 28, 2:15pm

Wow what a night! There was an absolutely huge full moon; it was almost as bright as day out there. It was the sort of night that reminds me of the old Cat Stevens' song Moonshadow - the shadows thrown by the moonlight were amazing.

I have several Great Horned Owls along the creek. At this time of year, they do hooting concerts at dusk and at dawn.

This morning, just after midnight they tuned up. Did they think it was an early dawn? It lasted about twenty minutes.

After that my indoor cat, Cree, had the zoomies. He ran madly around, bouncing off my bed, thundering up and down the hall, bouncing off me to get to the window over the head of my bed. Etc. Etc. I think he thought it was a shame I was missing the moonlight. He's a cat that likes to go for walks with me and I think he wanted me to get up and hike last night. Nevermind owls and coyotes and other night predators that might think of him as a snack.

The yearling colt who is in a pen by himself at night, was also wide awake and banged his bucket for a couple hours.

By that time, I was thoroughly awake and couldn't get back to sleep. I started a new light mystery Lady Cop Makes Trouble, and ended up reading for a couple hours. By the time I headed back to bed about 4 am, Cree was curled up asleep in the middle of it.

The other indoor cat, elderly Callie, slept through the whole thing and demanded breakfast at the usual time.

This morning, the yearling colt was sacked out on his pile of leftover hay. The elderly gelding in the pen next to him was also sacked out - he had a rough night, too.

Redigeret: mar 28, 4:01pm

25. Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu - 2020 -
- Feb PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club
– library

Ever since you were a boy, you’ve dreamed of being Kung Fu Guy.
You are not Kung Fu Guy.
You are currently Background Oriental Male, but you’ve been practicing.
Maybe tomorrow will be the day. “ p3

First, you have to work your way up. Starting from the bottom, it goes:
5. Background Oriental Male
4. Dead Asian Man
3. Generic Asian Man Number Three/Delivery Guy
2. Generic Asian Man Number Two/Waiter
1. Generic Asian Man Number One
And then if you make it that far (hardly anyone does) you get stuck at Number One for a while and hope and pray for the light to find you….” P 11

Our protagonist is a bit player in a TV series about a black and a white cop solving crimes for the Impossible Crimes Unit. Many of the crimes happen in Chinatown – drugs, family honor, prostitution – all that Chinese stuff.

He dreams of a recurring role with perhaps a few lines – and the ultimate – becoming KUNG FU GUY. He grew up watching a Kung Fu show with a white actor with his eyes taped playing an Oriental man.

The producers don’t care what ethnicity you are, or what style of fighting you do as long as it’s flashy.

Our Generic Asian Man’s father was once an actor and accomplished fighter. His mother played many roles as Beautiful Asian Woman. Now they both have occasional roles as elderly dishwashers.

How can a generic Asian man become the star?

This was written as a teleplay (TV script). I thought it was very clever. At times it was quite funny, but it is also a sad commentary on the casual racism when Americans and American TV don’t distinguish between nationalities, ethnicities or subtleties of being Asian.

mar 28, 8:06pm

Great descriptions of your full moon night!

mar 28, 9:27pm

>109 mdoris: agreed. Janet's a poet.

mar 29, 2:00pm

>109 mdoris: >110 fuzzi: Thank you, Mary and Lor. No poetry here, but a beautiful night.

However, I was ready to squelch a couple of the four leggeds.

I did not get to see the true full moon last night, because it was covered with clouds. It was starting to sprinkle about 10pm. It turned to snow during the night and we have a couple inches on the ground today. (Yesterday it was in the 60's!)

We were supposed to have a 'wind event' yesterday evening, but although it blew steadily and hard, the sixty mile per hour gusts passed us by.

Not so east of Glacier where a large grassfire is burning on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Redigeret: mar 30, 11:04am

26. Odds Against - Dick Francis - 1965
- Dick Francis group read
- ROOT #6 - acq'd 2012

This is a solid entry in the ‘mysteries by Francis’ category. It is one of Francis’s earlier works, having been written in 1965.

It’s the first of the Sid Halley series, which at four novels and a 5th written by his son Felix is the longest series in Francis’s body of work.

Formerly a famous jockey, a racing accident destroyed Sid’s hand and his career. He lackadaisically joins a detective firm, where he does little to nothing for two years until one specific case catches his attention. It involves a secret takeover by possible land speculators wanting to put an end to one of Halley’s favorite racetracks.

Sid is a typical Francis protagonist - a good guy who seems to feel no physical pain; in this one there is also an interesting woman character who is also struggling with a deformity.

I’ll be interested to see Sid’s character develops across the years. And of course, being a Dick Francis novel, you can count on the horses being right.

Redigeret: apr 6, 12:49pm

Currently Reading:

Sarah Moss's memoir of a Sabbatical year in Iceland is great reading!

And listening to:

mar 31, 12:10pm

I'm not sure where I got the idea to try this series, but I see that Mark, Karen and Joe have all read it.

27. Bangkok 8 - John Burdett - 2003
- Global Reading: Thailand (fiction, location, UK author)
– library

Sonchai Jitpleecheep and his soul’s partner and fellow detective are known as the only non-corrupt cops in Bangkok.

But when Sonchai’s partner is killed in the opening chapter as they are investigating the gruesome death-by-snakes of a black U. S. Marine, it becomes personal. Sonchai vows to kill the killers.

There was a lot that I liked about this book. The novel had lots of twists and turns and was both clever and had some humor. The descriptions of Bangkok and Thailand were amazing.

Sonchai’s character was complex. There is an interesting play between Sonchai trying to live up to his Buddhist values, and existing within the underbelly of Bangkok. He is able to see others’ past life connections and how they affect the current incarnations.

And yet, this book was a bit too noir – a bit out of my comfort zone. It revolves around the Thailand sex industry – and apparently, anything can be had from Thailand’s sex market which is described as not suffering from the prudery of western nations. It is apparently the only option available to many poor street kids, including Sonjai’s own mother.

But the women tortured to death were very disturbing. Torture is not my gig. No to animal torture, political torture, and especially torture of women.

Since this series is a of favorite of several of my online book friends, I won’t rule out eventually trying the next in the series.

mar 31, 12:36pm

Good news: Bob the cat has recovered and yesterday, the two week mark from coming back to my house, I opened the garage door and let him out. So far he is hanging around very close. He's outside my front window waiting for me to come out this morning.

ETA: Ha! I wrote the above and then reread it. I did not have the phrase 'the cat' and it sounded as if I was holding a person hostage in my garage. Much more amusing thread, perhaps, without id'ing him as a cat.

Not so good news: Cree, the indoor/outdoor used to be feral cat is sneezing. All my clothes and shoe changing each time I visited Bob didn't limit the kitty cold.

More not good: The horses always get really frisky in cold winds. Two year olds are notoriously young and silly, but mine has been so even tempered, I have not been taking him seriously enough. Yesterday, I was leading the two year old and suddenly, (I'm not sure exactly what happened- I think he tried to jump through or across me) he smacked the side of my head with his head. Very sore cheek bone, chipped tooth and headache. And since my head bone is connected to my backbone, my back is a bit wrenched, too. My cheek developed some bruising overnight. I'm afraid I'll look like a battered woman as the week goes on.

mar 31, 5:56pm

>115 streamsong: sorry to hear about Cree, hope he/she recovers quickly.

And sorry to hear about your injury, may you feel better as well.

mar 31, 10:37pm

Oh dear Janet, every day a new challenge. Hope you're okay! You sound sore.

mar 31, 11:19pm

((((Janet)))) Smack that youngster a good one!

apr 1, 12:46pm

Hi Janet!

>114 streamsong: I’m glad you didn’t despise Bangkok 8. I loved it as I was reading it, didn’t feel the noir too much, but have the 2nd on my Kindle yet haven’t started it.

>115 streamsong: Yay for Bob recovering and hanging around. Sorry about Cree getting the cold.

And yikes for getting head butted by your two-old horse. I hope you recover quickly.

Jenna got shoved into the side of a stall one time by Dolly, didn’t tell us, went off to camp, and literally two weeks later she calmly announced that it had been hurting the whole time, the camp doctor didn’t believe her, but a different camp doctor who also happened to be a hand specialist finally got it x-rayed and set. Horses are large and sure can cause damage.

Redigeret: apr 1, 2:50pm

So much going on here, Janet!

Bangkok 8 was way too gory for me. I have the next one on my shelves, but I doubt I will ever read it.

Interior Chinatown sounds like a good one. I have that on my list.

I'm glad Bob is settling in.

I LOVED Names for the Sea.

Redigeret: apr 3, 12:53pm

>116 fuzzi: >117 mdoris: >118 ronincats: Thank you Lor, Mary and Roni for the good wishes.

>117 mdoris: Yup, I'm falling apart. The hand injury last fall from the bulb auger, the ongoing knee problems from they haystack falling on me a couple years ago, and now this.

I need to start going to a gym now that I've stopped physical therapy. There are two good options in town, but in neither place are people wearing masks. Since the local schools are off this week for spring break, both were expecting many kids during the (usually quieter) daytime hours. So I decided to start next week, when it is quieter.

There is a lady who has stopped by several times wanting to buy my place. Her plan is to tear down my current house and build. I keep telling her I'm not ready to give it up quite yet. Her latest offer was to buy it and let me continue to live her a few years. Nope, sorry. But with every injury, it's more tempting.

apr 3, 3:48pm

>119 karenmarie: Hi Karen! There were things I really liked (twists, turns, cleverness, atmosphere) about Bangkok 8 and things I did not care for.

I hope someone will chime in who has read the next one.

Bob still doing well. Cree only has the occasional sneeze. So cat wise things are good.

It really is easy to get hurt when handling horses. Even the most well trained can spook or shy.

It's why I really need to get to the gym and get in better shape.

Redigeret: apr 9, 12:18pm

>120 BLBera: Hi Beth! I think you'll like Interior Chinatown. I found the ending a bit unsatisfying, but I'm not sure what would have worked better. I knocked it down from a 4.5 to a 4 because of it.

Oh yes, on Names for the Sea. I am loving it. It's only the second I've read by Sarah Moss, but I must look for more.

I'm loving the descriptions of the Icelandic people and culture, the volcanos ad the 'hidden folk'.

But I especially was interested in this description by her friend, Tomas Gabriel (sorry, his name needs some accent marks that I can't do) who was among those storming Iceland's Parliament building in what came to be known as the "Pots and Pans Revolution" after the collapse of Iceland's finances.

" 'We barricaded it, front and back, and let no-one in and no-one out, and it went on until the police broke it up at 3 am. The police kept pushing us back. That's when I got pepper sprayed the first time., a direct shot in my eye. It hurt. Quite horrible. That made me really angry. Before that, I was just protesting but after that, I was focused. I had to get back at them. It was such a good feeling you had from being there, watching the politicians being carried out through secret tunnels.' " p 144

" 'I feel really sorry for the people who missed it. I can always say that I was there, I did what I wanted to do, I shed tears, I bled blood, I now know what tear gas and pepper spray tastes like and I'll tell my children and my grandchildren. That's what 2009 was like and it was great. It was a brilliant, brillian moment and next year on January the twenty-second I'm planning on getting a gas mask tatooed on my arm, with the date, just to remind me.' "
p 148

If I hadn't known where this was from, I would have guessed it was written by someone who took part in the January 6th insurrection at the US Capital.

apr 3, 8:30pm

>121 streamsong: Hi Janet, It is always nice to have a plan B but sounds like you are getting some pressure to move and it's best if the feeling is coming from you not from some one else. I bet you have a reallly gorgeous place but one you love so "back off lady"!!! I too really like the Sarah Moss book about Iceland. Daughter #2 was living there when I read it and so I made the place jump out on each page. I remember about the knitting culture and the wonderful people she met and interviewed for the book. I must read more about the volcano eruption that has happened recently. Hope you are feeling better!

apr 4, 6:48am

Hi Janet. Just trying to keep up with threads. Feel better soon!

Redigeret: apr 4, 11:38am

>124 mdoris: Hi Mary! It makes me feel good about my place that this lady is persistent in wanting it. However, land and real estate are really booming right now and I wouldn't be able to replace what I have - and you're right - this is a special place and hooray! paid off.

When I retired, I had planned to pursue horses for five years and then perhaps look into a senior volunteer position abroad. Injuries and Covid have changed the plans somewhat, but I am closing in on my five year mark.

Oh, I remember when your daughter was in Iceland! I'm glad I finally read Names for the Sea. It was absolutely outstanding! I have just finished it.

I was pretty headachey this week, so haven't been on the computer much. I have one more review from March to do before I review Names for the Sea.

>125 connie53: Hi Connie! You are doing a better job keeping up than I am! Thanks for the good wishes!

apr 4, 12:04pm

Hi Janet!

>121 streamsong: The senator wants to buy Karen’s farm and let her live there the rest of her life while he leases the fields, and she also doesn’t want to do that. Hearing her perspective on it makes me appreciate yours.

>122 streamsong: Yay for Bob doing well, glad Cree’s only got the occasional sneeze. I got hurt twice with Bill and Jenna’s horses, once my fault and once the horse’s orneriness. First time was when I made the mistake of coiling a lead line around my hand and Dolly shied, giving me rope burns, the second when I’m convinced that Chance deliberately stomped my booted foot and left a bruise. No broken toes, fortunately, but I limped around for a week or so.

apr 4, 1:54pm

>127 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Interesting about Karen and the Senator. Perhaps he wants it bad enough to change his political affiliation?

Does Karen do Facebook? I'd love to get to know her better!

Yup, horses can be dangerous. I can't count the number of injuries I've had - broken bones, stitches, etc. And yet I love what I do ....

apr 4, 1:56pm

Blessed Easter Everyone!

Two people were sitting on a bench.

Person 1. "I don't feel so good. I ate too much breakfast."
Person 2. "What did you have?"
Person 1. "Eggs'"
Person 2. "Scrambled?"
Person 1. "Cadbury."

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apr 5, 1:31pm

>130 fuzzi: Glad you enjoyed it, Lor!

>131 witchyrichy: Thank you, Karen!

apr 5, 1:39pm

I had purchased this book in 2015 at the Montana Book Fair after listening to the author speak.

It took being chosen as the March Glacier Conservancy Book Club for me to read it. I'm so glad I did!

28. People Before the Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National ParkSally Thompson, The Kootenai Cultural Committee, The Pikunni Traditional Association - 2015
– March Glacier Conservancy Book Club
– ROOT acq’d 2015

When Sally Thompson was given the task of writing about the Native presence around Glacier National Park before it became a national park in 1910, she had two tasks: first,to examine the writings of pre-park explorers, and secondly, to talk to the tribes.

After much talk among the tribal members of the Blackfeet and the Kootenai nations, they agreed to help. In fact, this became a joint effort with the Kootenai Cultural Committee and the Pikunni Traditional Association to such a degree that Thompson insisted they be given joint authorship. The two tribal groups took on the goal of making this book be an accurate history for their grandchildren. Thompson recounts that often times, they would insist that a single specific word be changed in order to give a more accurate meaning of their accounts.

This book is the result. It gives the yearly cycles, myths and day to day activities of people who lived in the area for ten thousand years before it became a National Park. For example, what we now know as the Apgar Campground was known as The Place Where We Dance for literally thousands of generations of Kootenai.

This is beautifully illustrated with dozens of historical photos and drawings. It also has a bibliography and index.

Highly recommended for anyone with an interest in Glacier Park, American Indians, or an authentic and accurate history of the Kootenai and Blackfeet peoples.

apr 5, 1:54pm

Hi Janet!

>128 streamsong: I’ll mention it to her – Hey Mr. Senator - Go Blue or Go Away. *smile*

She does not do Facebook at all. I have a presence, but have only posted one time EVER and haven’t even emoji’d in a year or more. Messenger irritates the crap out of me, too. I'm sure I'm missing out on Important Things, but have enough on my plate keeping up with LT.

apr 5, 2:28pm

>133 streamsong: This sounds fantastic, Janet.

apr 6, 11:42am

>134 karenmarie: Ha! How much does he REALLY want her ranch?

I use FB mainly to keep up with stray cousins etc, but also horse news in the area. During the pandemic, it's become a way to keep in touch with several single friends who also feel a bit isolated. It's a time-sink for sure. I knew that you didn't use it.

I am friends with only a few LT'ers on FB, but I enjoy seeing a different side to them, too.

>135 BLBera: Thanks, Beth. It was better than I thought it would be. I was still anticipating something more academic, less personal to the tribes. It has very short sections, easy to pick up and read a bit - but that also makes it harder to read straight through, IMO.

Redigeret: apr 12, 12:13pm

Here is what I am reading this week:

A recommendation from Donna: (darn I miss her!)

I heard this author speak on Zoom earlier this year:

And of course - this audiobook is 28 hours long; It's now ovanerdue as it's a two week checkout without being able to renew as it has holds on it.

So I bit the bullet and found an indy bookseller online with a used copy of the CD's. I know I'll be able to pass it on to my son when I am done.

Unfortunately, ordering one book always opens up the floodgates and I now have another four books or so ordered, too.

apr 6, 12:57pm

>137 streamsong: Unfortunately, ordering one book always opens up the floodgates and I now have another four books or so ordered, too.

Glad I'm not the only one with that problem... 😀

apr 6, 1:06pm

>138 drneutron: Hi Jim! It's like eating chocolate - as soon as I eat one piece, I want another. As soon as I order one book, I NEED to order more.

Happy Montana Day!

Montanans proudly celebrate 4-06 as Montana Day since 406 is our one and only telephone area code

apr 6, 1:58pm

I have taken part in several of these zoom cooking classes that help support Soft Landing Refugee Center in Missoula. They are really wonderful and the sessions are recorded if you can't make it the day of the class.

$15 (plus tip) for a two hour authentic ethnic interactive cooking class that supports refugees. Is that amazing or what?

Cook with Kezia from Indonesia! Live virtual cooking class on Sunday April 11 at 4 pm MST. The recipe is Babi Kecap! 🐽🌶🥦🍚🥗 (pork with sweet soy sauce) we will also be making rice and Acar, quick pickles! 🥒🥕🔪We have partnered with @umglobalengagement to showcase kezia and this unique dish as part of 2021 WorldFest! $15 for the class, $20 includes a tip for the chef!

April 11th at 4 pm MST. #unitedwecook @softlandingmissoula p.s theres also a vegetarian option! 🥦🌶🍄👍👍🔪 @umglobalengagement

Link to sign up :

Redigeret: maj 3, 1:06pm

March Statistics

- 10 books read -

19. Paradise - Toni Morrison - 1997 - library
20. Vesper Flights - Helen Macdonald - 2020 - library
21. Simon the Fiddler - Paulette Jiles - 2020 - library
22. The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books - Edward Wilson-Lee - 2018 - library
23. The Devil's Cub - Georgette Heyer - 1932 - library - audiobook
24. The Long Petal of the Sea - Isabel Allende - Library Brown Bag Book Club; Global Reading - Chile (also Spain, Venezuela) - 2020
25. Interior Chinatown - Charles Yu - 2020 - PBS/NYT Now Read This Book Club - library
26. Odds Against - Dick Francis - 1965 - Dick Francis group read - ROOT #6 - acq'd 2012 -
27. Bangkok 8 - John Burdett - 2003 - Global Reading: Thailand - library
28. People Before the Park: The Kootenai and Blackfeet Before Glacier National Park - Sally Thompson - 2015 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club; ROOT #7 - acq'd 2015

8 - Library

1 - audiobook
9 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 7 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - global reading
3 - literary fiction
2 - mystery
1 - romance
1 - westerns

- 3 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - essays
2 - history
1 - Native Americans


4 - Male Authors
5 - Female Authors
1 - Combination of male and female authors

5 - Authors who are new to me
5 - Authors I have previously read
(1 - Rereads)

Countries Visited
- 2 - UK
- 1 - Spain
- 1- Thailand
- 1 - Venezuela

Original Publication Date
1 - 1932
1 - 1965
1 - 1997
1 - 2003
1 - 2015
1 - 2018
4 - 2020


APRIL statistics

29. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland - Sarah Moss - 2012 - Global Reading:Iceland - library
30. Lady Cop Makes Trouble - Amy Stewart - 2016 - library
31. Northernmost - Peter Geye - 2020 - Global reading: Norway - library
32. Grain by Grain - Bob Quinn - 2019 - library
33. The Lions of Fifth Avenue - Fiona Davis - 2020 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - library
34. There There - Tommy Orange - 2019 - library
35. Escape from the Ordinary - Julie Bradley - 2018 - RCKN Outdoor Book Club - 2021 purchase
36. Open Season - C. J. Box - 2001 - (Joe Pickett #1) - library
37. Nomadland - Jessica Bruder - 2017 - PBS Now Read This - library

8 - Library
1 - Purchased 2021

- audiobook
9 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 5 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - general fiction
1 - Native American Fiction
1 - nature/outdoors
3 - mystery/ thriller

- 4 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - global reading
1 - healthy eating
4 - memoir
1 - sociology


4 - Male Authors
5 - Female Authors

7 - Authors who are new to me
2 - Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited
- 1 - Iceland
- 1 - Norway

Original Publication Date
1 - 2001
1 - 2015
1 - 2016
1 - 2017
1 - 2018
2 - 2019
2 - 2020

apr 9, 10:55am

>133 streamsong: A BB if ever there was one. Added to my TBR list.

>141 streamsong: I had high hopes for book statistics this year but have not gotten very far. Interesting titles on your list.

Hope all is well! I am watching Heartland and sometimes think of you ;-)

Redigeret: apr 9, 2:21pm

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping by. It's really good to see you!

I hope you enjoy People Before the Park. It was very eye-opening for me.

I've never watched Heartland, although a horsey friend also recommended it to me. I'll see if I can find it. Thanks for the mention! ETA: Ha! It looks like I can get them through the pubic library and it's partners.

ETA: I think you'd enjoy Grain By Grain that I'd reading now. It's about the redevelopment of an ancient wheat called Kamut.

Redigeret: apr 12, 11:30am

This was probably originally suggested by Mary (mdoris). The final push was the enthusiasm for Sarah Moss's books here on LT.

I quoted her description of her friend taking part in the 'Pots and Pans Revolution' and the taking over of their parliament in

29. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland - Sarah Moss - 2012
- Global Reading: Iceland
- library

Sarah Moss had spent a summer in her teens touring Iceland with a friend. She fell in love with the people and the physical landscape. So, when in 2009 she saw a job as a lecturer at an Icelandic college, she packed up her two kids and husband and committed for a year.

She had expected to experience the most egalitarian democracy in Europe. However, she arrived during the collapse of Iceland’s economy due to banker’s overextending themselves. This, of course, changed many of the things she experienced – including having her salary worth about half of what she expected, making it a challenge to make ends meet.

Sarah Moss is a wordsmith and I loved her account of her year – the day to day challenges of living and raising children in a country with winters without sunrises and extreme cold, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption, her friend’s participation in the ‘Pots and Pans’ uprising and her explorations of the culture.

There were many topics that you’d expect her to explore – such as knitting and the hidden folk (faeries).

There were also many surprises for her – including the complete lack of Icelandic grown fruits and very few vegetables, causing her to explore the traditional Icelandic cooking. Other unexpected aspects included the cars Icelanders drive, and the total lack of opportunity to buy things second hand - which was the way she had planned to furnish her family’s apartment for the year.

Highly recommended – and I’ll definitely continue reading Sarah Moss.

apr 9, 4:33pm

Janet, I am so pleased that you liked Moss's book about Iceland. Yes, the faeries! When our Sarah was there with her baby she often went to a nearby famous park where many of the hidden folk live and let baby Anouk crawl amongst the wee elves with even signs suggesting where they might be.

apr 9, 6:25pm

Hi Janet. I'm doing a slow round of the threads, very behind.

I'm sorry about the horse injury, hope you are doing better.

Those cooking classes, what a wonderful idea! And interactive, must be a lot of fun. Did you get to taste the Babi kecap? One of my favourite Indonesian dishes.

>144 streamsong: A definite BB. I'd love to visit Iceland for the landscape and nature, but you don't learn about the culture on a simple holiday. It sounds like Sarah Moss spent a very interesting year there. (And oh, those volcanoes, with their difficult names, Icelandic must be hard).

apr 10, 8:19am

>144 streamsong: Ooooh, that sounds great! Adding it to my list. Thanks for the wonderful review!

apr 10, 10:23am

>145 mdoris: Hi Mary! Oh what a great image - crawling among the faeries! Did you get to visit your daughter while she was in Iceland?

It's one of my regrets that I didn't make it to Shanghai the year my daughter was living there.

apr 10, 10:37am

>146 EllaTim: Hi Ella! You are not as behind on threads as I am ... to my shame I must add, because I so enjoy others' visits to my thread, and I love keeping up with my friends here.

Thanks for asking about the horse injury. In retrospect I may have had a small concussion, but I'm doing better. I spent several days not remembering one of the horses' names .... missed a meeting I had planned on attending, etc. I was given a concerned talking to by my son who called my brother the gastrologist. (Bit far from my head.) Of course, by that time I was doing much better.

The zoom cooking class is actually tomorrow (Sunday). After you sign up, they send you the list of ingredients, so I must go shopping today. I plan on cooking along tomorrow, so I will get to taste the Babi kecap - and have several servings of it for later in the week. How well it will be prepared, is open to debate. ;)

I'd love to go to Iceland, but don't think I could manage a winter there. I do agree that a short trip wouldn't show much of the culture, but I'd love to see their Northern lights.

Redigeret: apr 10, 10:38am

>147 scaifea: It really was a great book, Amber. I hope you enjoy it!

apr 10, 11:19am

>148 streamsong: P traveled with Sarah to Iceland at the time to help with the travel with a new baby and then had some amazing swims in the many, many outdoor pools. I was so jealous but no I didn't get to go. We had so many Skype visits though over her year there that I almost feel as if I was there. Even had a Skype visit in the elf park!

apr 11, 12:02pm

I also loved the Moss book, Janet. I'd love to visit Iceland -- and the fairies. You've had some great reading recently.

Redigeret: apr 11, 2:47pm

>151 mdoris: Mary, I'm sorry you didn't get to go, but ain't Skype grand! Wow on the Skype visit in the Elf Park. I bet that was fun.

I Skyped a lot with my daughter when she was in Shanghai, but we never did an outside session. I'll have to ask her if we just didn't think of it, or if she would have felt uncomfortable doing it.

>152 BLBera: Hi Beth! Glad you loved the Iceland book, too. Maybe 75'ers will have to figure out some sort of joint trip to Iceland (we can dream, yes?)

"You've had some great reading recently." True, that. Thank you to all my LT buddies who keep my 'want to read' list ever growing.

apr 11, 2:53pm

Happy Sunday, Janet. I miss seeing you around, my friend. Good review of People Before the Park. That sounds like my cuppa. On the list it goes. I also want to read Interior Chinatown. It has been on my list. Like Karen, I was also a big fan of Bangkok 8.

apr 12, 11:36am

>154 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for the kind words.

I think you'd enjoy People Before the Park. I know you have an interest in American Indians and wild places.

Interior Chinatown was also good and was a quick read. I see it won the National Book Award for 2020.

So what did you think of the sequel to Bangkok 8? I'm on the fence about continuing the series. If there is more torture, I'll pass.

apr 12, 12:03pm

Great review of Names for the Sea, Janet. Sarah Moss is on my shortlist of favorite living authors, ones whose books I'll buy as soon as they come out. I've read four of her books but not this one, so I'll look for it and Night Waking, which Rhian recently recommended, later this year.

apr 12, 12:07pm

I had received and enjoyed the first of this detective series as an Early Reviewer book - but when I didn't win the second of the series, I didn't go on with it.

It took the pandemic, as well as being inspired by LT'ers keeping track of the series they read for me to return to the second book.

30. Lady Cop Makes TroubleAmy Stewart – 2016
– library
- 3.7 stars

This series is based on the real life and 1915 newspaper-reported adventures of New York’s first lady deputy, the aptly named Constance Kopp.

In the first of this series, Constance earned her deputy badge. In the opening of this sequel, Constance’s badge is taken away due to pressure from those opposed to lady cops. Instead, she is offered a job as matron of the women’s jail.

During an emergency, she is recruited into guarding a male prisoner – and he escapes. Constance is deeply chagrined. She decides the best way to free herself from the stigma and get her friend the sheriff out of hot water, is to go rogue and chase down the escapee herself.

Unfortunately, she is not even clear on the nature of the man’s crime – it not being thought fit for women’s ears.

It’s an light, enjoyable series, but also packs a bit of feminist history by bringing to light a previously overlooked feminist - one who is not politically minded as such, but only wants to do the job she loves and support her equally independently minded sisters.

The author states that although this is based on actual events and people, they are works of fiction, populated by fictional characters inspired by their real life counterparts. I enjoyed checking out the real life Ms Kopp on the author’s website

apr 12, 12:25pm

I'm beginning the week by reading these four:

I'm still listening to Obama's massive work on my becoming-criminally overdue library copy. I'm hoping the set I ordered will be here soon!

I heard Bob Quinn speak on Zoom earlier this year. Grain By Grain an amazing story of how organic farming leads to value added processes, instead of the extraction processes of big ag companies.

Reading Escape From the Ordinary for the women's hiking/adventure group I belong to:

And The Lions of Fifth Avenue is for my next RL book club meeting:

Redigeret: apr 12, 12:46pm

>156 kidzdoc: Thanks, Darryl. I'll definitely look for more by Sarah Moss. My small town library doesn't have many of her books, although they are able to get a copy of Summerwater from their partner libraries.

apr 12, 12:47pm

I ended up not cooking with the Babi Kecap class yesterday, but I watched it with great interest and will probably cook it tonight.

I had trouble sourcing some of less common ingredients - sweet soy sauce (which the chef said is the sort primarily used in Indonesian cooking), star anise, Thai chilis.

At the fourth store I checked in Hamilton, I found star anise. The checker wondered if they were dried tarantulas - ha! you can tell how much of that they sell.

Chef Kezia gave some wonderful quick off-the-cuff recipes for using the ingredients in other recipes as well as what substitutes to use. She said the star anise is used as much to perfume the cooking odors from the kitchen, as well as flavoring the dish. The recipe is one she learned from her grandmother, and so it was flavored with many nostalgic stories about cooking with her family.

Next month will be Nepali momo dumplings. I will need to buy a dumpling steamer if I try that one - which I will probably do. I have never made dumplings - except for the stewing chicken with dumplings on top American recipe.

Redigeret: apr 15, 2:21pm

I seem to have a run of wonderful Arctic Circle books going: Migrations (Greenland), Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland and now Northernmost with more than half the story set in Norway.

This one was recommended by Donna.

31. NorthernmostPeter Geye – 2020
– Global Reading: Norway
– library

This is a double time line story – perhaps one even may call it triple time line, since the 1897 time line of Odd Einar Eide is its own double time line after he recounts his survival adventure after arriving home to find his funeral in progress.

It had been reported that Odd Einar and his partner had been killed by an ice bear on Krossferden while hunting for seals. Since only Odd Einar’s boots, but no part of his body was found, his beloved hardingfele (a traditional Norwegian musical instrument) was buried in his grave.

The modern story is of Odd Einar’s great great granddaughter Greta Nansen, who, a hundred years later in 2017 finds her marriage is over. Did she ever really love her husband? Her husband has returned to his homeland of Norway, where he is having an affair. Greta determines to follow him from their home in Minnesota to Oslo to confront him. Once in Norway, she turns aside to go to Hammerfest, a town where her ancestors lived. And there she meets a man.

She determines over the course of the next year that although her happiness with her husband is over, she still must create a nurturing home for her children. She realizes that her husband, despite his affair, still loves her and that leaving him may destroy him; but she can no longer stay without destroying herself.

So this novel is the story of two very different types of survival - with Odd Einarr surviving physically and Nora struggling to survive emotionally. Both must search out the meanings of life and of love after life changing circumstances.

It seems like an odd combination of subjects - yet somehow it worked for me.

apr 16, 9:53am

I've enjoyed what I've read by Peter Geye. You remind me to search out more of his work. Happy Friday, Janet.

apr 16, 12:21pm

>162 BLBera: Hi Beth! This is the first Peter Geye that I've read. Any favorites that you'd recommend?

I believe this is the second in a family saga, but Donna had said it worked well as a stand alone and so that is how I read it.

After a year of being at home, I am sooooo ready to get out and adventure a bit. I think that is why survival stories are appealing to me right now.

apr 16, 2:09pm

Catching up a bit, Janet, I'm glad Bob got settled in and that you liked Interior Chinatown. I'd tried reading Obama's memoir (started in February, actually) and the book became so overdue I switched to audio and have been listening to the second half. I have a little over 3 CDs left now, and fortunately the library I borrowed from has unlimited renewals, so no worries about overdues anymore. (Actually, I should finish it sometime next week.) I'll be interested in your thoughts on it.

apr 16, 8:36pm

>161 streamsong: Sounds good. BB for me.

Hope you have a great weekend!

apr 17, 11:45am

>164 bell7: Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by!

Here's handsome Bob enjoying life.

And the picture after he had been trapped and taken to the shelter

You can see why I had to bring this feral boy back to his home range.

Unfortunately, he got into it with Cree yesterday - my indoor/outdoor another used to be feral. Bob is twice Cree's size, so poor Cree had the worst of it. At first Cree wasn't using one leg but that quickly passed. Now he is camped out on my bed - I'm sure he's stiff and sore and I'll keep an eye out for any abscesses.

I'm enjoying Obama's memoir, but I'm only about half way through - Disc 12. Right now, they are 'solving' the bank subprime mortgage meltdowns and, since I don't have any economics background, it's a puzzle to me.

We don't have fines for overdue books, but if you have something more than two weeks overdue, you can't check anything else out. Sneaky!

apr 17, 11:46am

>165 figsfromthistle: Hi Figs! It's always good to see you. Hope the book works for you!

apr 17, 11:59am

It's been two weeks since getting hit in the head >115 streamsong: and I think I'm getting back to normal.

As my brother and son both said, with a head injury 'you don't know what you don't know'.

I knew I was having fierce headaches, especially from the computer and so I had googled it and knew I was having some concussion symptoms.

But, it seemed totally normal that I couldn't come up with one of the horse's names. It was only three days later when I suddenly knew the name again, that I could say it was probably another symptom.

For the last two weekends, I couldn't take part in the online word game tournament that I do. I just figured that I had progressed beyond my skill level - nevermind that even three letter words were beyond me. This weekend, that skill has returned and I hope to achieve my next crown.

Weird stuff. I have been avoiding doing anything much with horses besides getting them fed, so I knew from a concussion my nephew had a few years ago, that anything jarring should be avoided.

Who knows though? The laptop monitor is still giving me headaches, although definitely not as bad ....

apr 17, 12:08pm

Hi Janet, When our daughter had a head injury years ago. (she was backcountry skiing and collided with another skier who dislocated her shoulder with the crash) she was advised to do absolutely NOTHING. No brain activity whatsoever, no reading, no watching, no computer, nothing. Of course no alcohol. No changing elevation. The headaches were bad and she did go to a cranial/facial massage therapist and it did make the world of difference. Hoping that your symptoms are gone very soon.

apr 17, 1:27pm

Hi Janet: When I've had students with concussions, they are told to avoid screens. Take care.

apr 17, 5:38pm

"So what did you think of the sequel to Bangkok 8?" I liked the next 2 or 3 books in that series, but the first was my favorite.

Good review of Northernmost. I am a fan of Geye. I met him at one of the Booktopias. I don't think I have read his last 2. I better get going.

apr 18, 3:19am

>166 streamsong: Bob looks a lot happier at your place, Janet.
Sorry Bob and Cree don't go along. I hope Cree feels better soon.

>168 streamsong: Glad most concussion symptoms are improving, I hope the headaches will be gone soon.

apr 18, 3:14pm

>169 mdoris: Thank you for your comments, Mary. There was some very helpful advice - but living here by myself without books, TV or computer screens would definitely be very very very hard. I think I'm relying a bit too much on tylenol tablets. I tend to do something until I am headachey and then take tylenol and do something else.

>170 BLBera: Thank you, Beth. That makes sense not to use the screens. The small screen on my phone doesn't seem to effect me, but I can't write reviews or keep up with LT on it.

I'm seriously thinking I should go to a doctor and get some advice. I don't want to be doing activities that might slow down recovery.

apr 18, 3:49pm

>171 msf59: Hi Mark! Thanks for your comments on the Bangkok 8 series. I may go on to the second and see how I fare.

And how cool to have met Peter Geye at Booktopia. I only made it to one that it was North of Seattle before they closed down. :(

I've been enjoying all the zoom author events this past year - there is one on Monday the 19th through Parnassus Books with Ross King that I'll probably try to attend. I have not read anything he's written, but his newest book, Bookseller of Florence: A History of the Renaissance in Script and Print sounds very interesting to me after I enjoyed The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books. Review in >90 streamsong:

>172 FAMeulstee: Thank you, Anita! Making a feral cat happy is making me very happy. Bob seems to have adopted my place as home base. I see him at least twice a day, but I think he is also out visiting his old haunts.

Cree seems OK; he and I took a nap together yesterday afternoon and then he went outside for several hours.

apr 18, 4:09pm

I listened to Bob Quinn give a zoom presentation during the winter. Fascinating – I had to read the book, although it took me a while to do so. I had previously read The Lentil Underground written by his coauthor, Liz Carlisle.

I like the idea of organic food – my father prided himself on his organic gardens in the late 60’s and 70’s and I read a lot of ‘Organic Gardening’ magazines which he subscribed to.

But as I became a poor married University student, I began opting for ‘cheap’ and the ‘all food is made of the same chemicals” of my college nutrition and chemistry classes.

32. Grain by GrainBob Quinn – 2019
– library

Bob Quinn is not your average organic visionary. He is a lifelong conservative Republican and was raised on his father’s traditional farm in Big Sandy, Montana. Bob earned a PhD in plant biochemistry at UC Davis and started a career in his field of study.

But when he returned to his father’s farm, he saw how much of the profit was going to chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. He was also troubled by the lack of quality in traditional food and also by the push to reduce the number of small farms.

He began to experiment with organic farming. He found that like life itself, all things agriculture are related. He began to work for more control of his product – which eventually meant setting up his own mills to grind grain for himself and his neighbors, starting Montana’s first wind farm, and producing high oleic safflower oil. While he first envisioned the oil powering his farm’s diesel engines, he soon realized that it was a better more nutritious type of edible oil, creating contracts to ‘rent’ the oil to food companies such as the University of Montana and then having the used oil return to his farm.

One of his most far-reaching experiments was attempting to grow a sample of ‘King Tut’s Wheat’, a supposedly ancient seed given to him at a county fair in 1964. Over many years, he found it could be grown on his dryland farm (no irrigation), and produced a high protein, high nutrition product that research showed reduced inflammation and was tolerated by many of those suffering from modern day ‘gluten intolerance’. He believes that this intolerance is the product of the unbalanced genetical modifications that make wheat more hearty, greater yield but less nutritious. This wheat is now grown by numerous farms as Kamut wheat. Kamut is a variety of Khorasan wheat, known in some parts of the Middle East as ‘the prophet’s wheat’ – the prophet is not Mohammed but Noah. Kamut is a trademark guaranteeing that the product is organic and not crossed with other varieties.

His guiding principle has become the ‘triple bottom line’: "not just profit but also value to people and planet. This was a revolutionary concept for businesses that had previously externalized costs like environmental damage and health problems for workers exposed to toxins. But even sustainability-oriented businesses still tended to see these three bottom lines as separate goals, and given their overriding obligations to their shareholders, profit frequently trumped people and planet.” P 198

Fascinating book – much ‘food for thought’. In the summary chapters, he gives an easy way to start: on your next trip to the grocery store, add two organic items to your cart and let it grow from there.

I would like to have a copy of this book in my personal library.

apr 18, 6:32pm

>175 streamsong: BOOK BULLET!!!
I was raised on Organic Gardening, have rarely used pesticides. As I have aged I've discovered many food items I can no longer eat due to inflammatory properties. The genetic aspect fascinates me.

apr 19, 4:18am

I have two books of Sarah Moss on my digital shelves. Koude Aarde and Doorwaakte nachten Moving them to my reader. Thanks for the tip.

apr 19, 12:46pm

>176 fuzzi: Hi Lor! I'll think you'll find a lot to interest you in Grain by Grain.

I did go to the local health food store to see what they had in the way of Kamut wheat. They had bags of flour and a very huge bag of breakfast cereal made of several types of grains including Kamut. I passed on both, but when I next go to Missoula, I'll check out my favorite store there, too.

My daughter is very bothered by wheat and dairy. It would be interesting to know if she has tried Kamut.

apr 19, 12:52pm

>178 streamsong: Hi Connie! Both your Sarah Moss books sound very good. I'll be interested to see what you think. Unfortunately, my library group doesn't have either of them ... (sigh) although they do have Summerwater which I have on hold.

The only other one of hers I've read is Ghost Wall which I really enjoyed.

She seems to be a favorite here on the 75.

apr 19, 1:02pm

apr 19, 1:20pm

>180 streamsong: Bahahaha that's a good one.
Not gonna happen post- or pre-vaccination, however...

apr 19, 1:39pm

>180 streamsong: What a riot. I’m out of compliance…

apr 19, 2:21pm

>180 streamsong: I love it!

apr 20, 12:21pm

Glad it gave you a chuckle Mary, Karen and Beth!

I haven't yet been to a book store or used book charity shop since being vaccinated, but oh I want to go!

apr 20, 7:59pm

This week's RLBC (meeting on Thursday). I'll report if opinions differ

33. The Lions of Fifth Avenue - Fiona Davis - 2020
- Library Brown Bag Book Club
– library

Description from back of book:
"It's 1913, and on the surface, Laura Lyons couldn't ask for more out of life—her husband is the superintendent of the New York Public Library, allowing their family to live in an apartment within the grand building, and they are blessed with two children. But headstrong, passionate Laura wants more, and when she takes a leap of faith and applies to the Columbia Journalism School, her world is cracked wide open. As her studies take her all over the city, she is drawn to Greenwich Village's new bohemia, where she discovers the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group in which women are encouraged to loudly share their opinions on suffrage, birth control, and women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities head on . . . and may just lose everything in the process.

Eighty years later, in 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially after she's wrangled her dream job as a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare manuscripts, notes, and books for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing from the library's famous Berg Collection”

This is another double time-line book. Both time lines (1917 and 1993) involve curators in the New York Public library and mysteries involving theft of irreplaceable books.

But the real mystery is the lifestyle of Laura Lyons, the wife of the curator in the 1917 timeline and the grandmother of the curator in the second timeline. Although she became feted as an early day feminist, no one, including the members of her family, know the details of what happened when she lived in New York City or details of her subsequent life in England as all her books and papers were destroyed on her death.

There is a bit of history of the NYC Public library and their collections. There are also pressing feminist questions.

I found the book engaging and entertaining, but it seemed a bit light weight, promising more than it delivered. 3.7 stars

Redigeret: apr 26, 11:19am

Reading Report:

Finished and working on reviews:

There There by Tommy Orange - Wow - wonderful!
Escape from the Ordinary - Julie Bradley for an Outdoor Adventure group I belong to - retiring early and sailing around the world.

Currently reading:

The first of the Joe Pickett mysteries - I like this one and know several of my friends here enjoy this series featuring a game warden in Wyoming

The March/April PBS Now Read This book club: (has anyone watched the movie?)

And of course - Listening while doing my knee exercises:

Redigeret: apr 21, 1:12pm

For anyone who enjoyed The Catalogue of Shipwrecked Books, this title may be of interest: The Bookseller of Florence: The Story of the Manuscripts That Illuminated the Renaissance by Ross King I listened to a zoom through Parnassus Books with the author and this one definitely made my wishlist, although I'll probably wait until the paperback comes out to purchase it.

Link to a recording of the Facebook event:

I have one fiction book by Ross King on Planet TBR, Ex-Libris.

This evening is the Glacier Conservancy book club with The Voices of Rivers by Matthew Dickerson. It's a bit hard to find, and not listed on LT, although it shows up on Amazon and Good Reads. He's written books about fantasy, so I'm thinking this may be a bit of a poetic journey. My book has not yet arrived, but I'll listen anyway.

apr 24, 10:57am

This is what I wrote about Tommy Orange on my previous thread after listening to him give a zoom talk ( Thread 1 #178 )
“I really enjoyed the zoom talk by Tommy Orange yesterday. I have a copy of There, There waiting for me at the library and now I'm anxious to pick it up.

He talked about growing up as an 'urban Indian'. While he did visit relatives on a reservation, he did not have Indian cultural roots - he was not even aware of the various Indian cultural centers in the Bay area. He started watching YouTube videos and began reconnecting. He worked for quite a few of the Indigenous organizations in the area after college.

During the epidemic, his father is using zoom to teach family members the Cheyenne dialect that his father speaks. His father was one of only five fluent speakers of the dialect - now Tommy says his sister is also fluent and he and several other family members 'get by'. His father is translating There There into this dialect of Cheyenne.

He also talked about 'writing into a lack' - that is, no previous stories of urban Indians. It's true - what I've read are either historical, take place on a rez or are often nature based.

apr 24, 11:04am

And here's my review:

34. There ThereTommy Orange - 2019
– library

I heard author Tommy Orange speak about this book; his desire to write about the people he calls ‘urban Indians’ – those who have lived their lives in cities. They don’t live on reservations; they are not connected to nature; many times they are not connected to their tribe and often times, unaware of their tribal traditions. Sometimes they are aware of Native organizations within the city they live ; often they are not.

(Note: Orange says that the people he knows refer to themselves as Natives rather than either of the more common Native Americans or American Indians.)

This is the story of a new PowWow being organized in Los Angeles. It will be the only one in the area and it is important that it be successful or there won’t be another one.

These are the stories of people attending the PowWow – organizers, members of the local Indian organizations, those who routinely attend PowWows, often dancing at the contests or selling their art or food. And there are those who have never been part of the Native scene and who hope to begin to understand their culture.

The organizers have been told they need to distribute the large prizes in cash; and where there is cash there are bad guys wanting to acquire it.

The characters are original and yet recognizable. They deal with the same issues that the Natives on reservations do, as well as those that any minority in a city deal with, which often includes grinding poverty and limited opportunities. Fetal alcohol syndrome, addictions, selling drugs to make ends meet, lack of opportunities, rape and families broken by prison all rear their ugly heads.

It’s not always an easy read. But I thought it was brilliant. The ending, although heartbreaking, felt real and somewhat hopeful to me.

Redigeret: apr 24, 11:47am

>142 witchyrichy: I followed through (!) and watched the first season of Heartland. The scenery around Calgary is absolutely spectacular. And, oh yes, the horses! Yours was the final nudge to get it from the library. Since season 14 is just being released in the US, it looks like I will be entertained for a while.

There's even an Appaloosa in the mix in season 14.

apr 25, 1:53pm

I read this for the book club arm of the RCKN adventure group I belong to - women in the outdoors. It's the group that I went snowshoeing with in Yellowstone several years ago.

35. Escape from the OrdinaryJulie Bradley - 2018
- RCKN Outdoor Book Club
- 2021 purchase

After retiring from their military jobs, Julie Bradley and her husband bought the finest sailboat they could afford, sold all their possessions that wouldn’t fit on their boat, and planned to spend the next years fulltime sailing around the world.

They were seasoned sailors along the US coasts, but had no ocean experience. They took off from France and immediately landed in a hurricane. While their sailing experience saw them through, it definitely wasn’t the beginning they had envisioned for their adventure.

This is the first half of their trip chronicling some two and a half years: from France, across the Atlantic, up the Eastern coast of the US and then south again to explore a wide variety of Mediterranean Islands. From there, they made a quick stop in Venezuela, sailed through the Panama Canal, headed east enjoy various Polynesian Islands and six months in New Zealand. All along the way a variety of adventures involving off the tourist beaten paths on land, interesting people, and amazing sea life.

You’ll enjoy this book if you’ve ever contemplated abandoning your life and taking off for parts unknown. I know nothing about sailing, but enjoyed reading about their unfettered, unscheduled adventures.

The book ends just after the attacks on the US on 9/11. Completing their trip meant heading into waters that aren’t friendly to the US and the west. I enjoyed this enough that I have ordered the sequel, Crossing Pirate Waters.

apr 26, 8:57am

Hi Janet!

>186 streamsong: I have this first Joe Pickett on my shelves but haven’t been inclined to read it yet. One of these days…

I desperately want to see Nomadland. And, with no willpower at all, I just ordered the book.

Here’s the thread for the next Dick Francis SHARED Read, just created: Third Race at the LT Racetrack: Book 3, Bonecrack

Redigeret: apr 26, 11:18am

Hi Karen!

I enjoyed the Joe Pickett. I'll probably have the review up in the next day or two. Since LT says there are 15 in the series, I won't need to say much. :) Hooray! I'll have another light distraction series too plug away.

I was just talking about Nomadland with my brother. They saw the movie using Hulu and I'll be done with the book today or tomorrow. It's sobering. I had always thought it would be fun to spend a summer as a campground host - not. And Amazon as an employer sounds awful.

I didn't watch the Oscars last night because I have not seen a single one of the movies this year. I'd also like to see Minari and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. It was a surprise that Chadwick Boseman didn't win.

I think I've read Bonecrack but don't have a copy. I've ordered one from the library.

Redigeret: maj 6, 12:32pm

Reading this week:

Should be done soon with this one - and PBS has announced this one is the last for their book club:
The March/April PBS Now Read This book club: (has anyone watched the movie?)

A book of nature essays from the Glacier Conservancy Book Club:

And of course - Listening while doing my knee exercises:

apr 28, 11:29am

The RL library book club had read a C.J. Box mystery called The Bitterroots last year. It wasn't my favorite, but it was enough to tempt me to finally try this long running series.

36. Open Season - C. J. Box - 2001 - (Joe Pickett #1)
– library

This is the first of the twenty plus installments of the Joe Pickett mysteries.

Joe is a Wyoming game warden. He has just been given his first district to oversee. His pregnant wife and two young daughters have joined him in tiny, outdated isolated government housing. He’d love to be able to give them more. His wife (and her mother) especially chafe under the low wages and tight housing.

Besides the usual wildlife concerns, a natural gas pipeline company is spending a huge amount of money to push a pipeline through the district.

Then one night, his oldest daughter sees a monster come down from the mountain. There are strange rumors about the impossible in the high country. Bodies began to pile up.

What will a good and moral man do to protect his district and, more especially, his family?

I love the mountains and the wildlife in this book. I also like the protagonist's character. It's reassuring to me in this time of moral ambiguity to have a 'straight shooting' protagonist.

I found some scenes quite intense, almost uncomfortably so. Threatening small children can make a tough read.

I live in an area where hunting is a fact of life, and although there can be abuses, I believe it is necessary. However, those with anti-hunting sentiments will probably not enjoy this series. Athough a game warden is responsible for all the wildlife in the district, hunting is of course, a primary concern.

Redigeret: apr 28, 12:38pm

I just found out that Chloe Zhao, the woman who won the Best Director award for Nomadland, was also the director of the movie The Rider which was one of my favorite films the year it came out.

Although it's fictional, all the characters are Lakota Sioux from the Pine Ridge Reservation. The main character played by Brady Jandreau is a heck of a hand with horses.

She incorporated a bull rider who had a brain injury as well as a sister with Down Syndrome.

apr 28, 12:45pm

Yesterday I started Teeth of the Comb, which was recommended by Mary/bell7

From the back of the book: "From Osama Alomar, a brilliant Syrian writer living in exile in Pittsburgh, come these wonderful stories populated by personified swords and snakes and swamps, wolves and zeroes and rainbows. In The Teeth of the Comb they aspire, they plot, they hope, they destroy they fail. But they always animate new realities - and make us see our reality anews. Reading Alomar's sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, we sit up a little straighter and a little wiser."

This one is a winner.

apr 30, 1:20pm

Another online event tomorrow (Saturday) with Native poet Victor Charlo and his daughter, activist Claire Charlo.

Link here:

I absolutely love Victor Charlo's book of poetry, Good Enough

apr 30, 1:49pm

>197 streamsong: Oh excellent, I'm so glad you're enjoying it!

>185 streamsong: I'm sorry to hear this isn't better. From your comments (and my own recent experiences with a different historical fiction title not quite working for me), I think I'd have similar problems with it.

And re: Murderbot, Micky's (MickyFine) review mentioned that chronologically the newest one comes before Network Effect, so I'm planning on reading Fugitive Telemetry this weekend after I finish Exit Strategy and picking up Network Effect to reread later in May instead.

apr 30, 4:43pm

I'm not familiar with Victor Charlo's work, Janet, but I will check it out. "The Rider" sounds good; I will look for it as well.

I read the first few books by C.J. Box; some are a little gory, but I thought it was interesting to look at a world that is so different from the one I am familiar with.

maj 2, 12:50pm

>199 bell7: Hi Mary! My book club enjoyed The Lions of Fifth Avenue more than I did. Nary a negative comment, so I sat there feeling a bit grinch like. Maybe it was just the wrong timing for me?

I didn't know that about the sequence of Fugitive Telemetry and Network Effect so thank you for the tip. I'm hitting lots of "hmmm I don't remember that" with Network Effect so perhaps that helps explain.

maj 2, 1:34pm

>200 BLBera: Hi Beth! Thanks for stopping in!

I often feel that I live in a different country than many of my LT friends and their worlds of cities and easily accessible literary speakers.

The zoom with Victor Charlo was a little disappointing - although I enjoyed hearing his daughter speak. She's an attorney and a Native activist. She's also a poet, although not yet published.

But.. Victor did say that one of his poems is included in an anthology Joy Harjo edited that was released in 2020. The anthology title is When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through: A Norton Anthology of Native Nations Poetry.

C.J. Box's world feels familiar-ish to me. Not of course, the murders and grit and gore - but the mountains and many of the attitudes that people have feel very familiar in that first book.

Yesterday, I bought a few groceries. As I went through the produce section, two men were talking about the Arizona recount and The Big Steal of Trump's reelection. When I finished about 45 minutes later, I circled back to the produce section and the two were still talking about the same subject and getting more and more emphatic. Of course, they were maskless.

What a crazy world we live in, when the two sides can't even agree on facts.

Redigeret: maj 2, 1:48pm

This is the last of my April reviews.

This is also the last selection from the PBS Now Read This Bookclub, since they have discontinued it. I read many interesting books they suggested. I will miss them.

37. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First CenturyJessica Bruder – 2017
– March/April PBS Now Read This
– library

“ Social Security is now the largest single source of income for most Americans sixty five and older. But it’s woefully inadequate. ‘Instead of a three legged stool, (SS, pension, savings), we have a pogo stick’.” P 66

Before reading this book, I had visions of happy RV’ers on extended vacations. I had even imagined myself as a campground host, whiling away a summer along one of my favorite lakes.

But the reality that author Jessica Bruder found is much different. For the most part, the people she followed are living on very little cash – often social security income in the $700 per month range.

Many once had solidly middle class careers; a few had six figure incomes. But layoffs happened, and savings and pension funds disappeared. Others worked minimum wage jobs their entire lives, and as retirement age loomed, found themselves without means of support.

Now they live in a variety of camping vehicles, trailers, vans and converted buses. Most of these vehicles are older, so that the living quarters and the vehicles that pull them are also subject to a variety of breakdowns.

Their owners follow the temporary jobs; sugar beet harvests, campground hosts, temporary pre- holiday jobs at Amazon. These jobs are physically demanding, often resulting in injury with no compensation.

These modern nomads take pride in their independence and self-reliance. For the most part, they are just getting by monetarily – there is no way off this treadmill by saving a bit of money and getting back into regular housing.

They do, however enjoy strong community ties – people helping people, strong friendships and amazing gatherings, such as the winter gathering in Quartzite, Arizona.

The inadequate safety net for the elderly in the U.S. is saddening. What will happen to them when they can no longer do the demanding work?

I'll be interested to watch the movie, made with many of the original 'nomads' that Bruder interviewed.
ETA: I see the movie of Nomadland will be released on DVD on 5/11.

Yup, I have to watch movies on DVD.

maj 2, 2:05pm

>203 streamsong: I have to look for that book too. I reckon it will be translated some time soon. I have put the title on my wish-list at the bookstore, so I won't forget.

maj 3, 7:48am

>202 streamsong: Ooof to the maskless Trump fanatics. I really do think that we are seeing the results of years of poor education and mental health support systems in this country, no more so than in these kinds of people.

maj 3, 11:33am

Hi Janet!

>193 streamsong: Nomadland is now on my shelves. Strange, I did not realize it was nonfiction. Silly me.

I haven’t watched the Oscars since I lived in LA, when I was always able to watch all the movies up for Best Picture. I’m glad Nomadland won so many Oscars.

Yay for ordering Bonecrack from the Library.

>195 streamsong: Good review. I’ve now tagged it ‘2021 read’. We’ll see if that actually happens, but you’ve got me intrigued now.

Hunting is a fact of life out here, too, and one of Bill’s best friends is an avid, and I mean avid hunter. As in bow, black powder, and rifle. And he’s always happy to add road kill if any of his friends calls him within a few hours of the accident.

>202 streamsong: At least they aren’t family members. I have a close family member (fortunately not Bill or Jenna!) who is convinced that the election was stolen. The only saving grace is that they do wear masks and are vaccinated, although their spouse won’t get vaccinated.

Redigeret: maj 3, 12:33pm

>204 connie53: That will be really interesting to see what you think of it, Connie. Are homelessness and old age insecurity a problem in the Netherlands?

>205 scaifea: Hi Amber. I don't understand the viewpoint, but I try to avoid it with my friends.

I do think it would be interesting if someone could do a study of both hospitalized patients and deaths, asking sick people things like how they feel about masks and an oh-so-casual question about which political party they belong to (maybe religion, too).

Dems would think that there are probably more Republican hospitalizations and deaths. Republicans would think there wouldn't be any difference in the numbers. Both sides would think such a demographic survey would justify their beliefs. But would the results be believed?

maj 3, 12:45pm

>206 karenmarie: Hi Karen! I'll be interested to see what you think of Nomadland. It's narrative non-fiction - it doesn't really read like non-fiction, but more like a novelization.

The ex (also named Bill - what's up with that) was also an avid hunter. He was also the editor for a Montana based hunting newspaper.

I am not a hunter, but enjoy wild game (although I'm now trying to eat more vegan recipes). And at times, I have soooooo many deer on my place that I have let bow hunters in. The deer killed outside my back door two summers ago by a mountain lion was drawn in by the number of close-by deer.

One of the zoomie presentations I attended earlier this year was on making your area less hospitable to mountain lions. The bottom line was to make it less hospitable to deer. I am considering hiring someone to remove the brush along the very small creek (looks more like a ditch) just south of my house.

maj 3, 1:11pm

APRIL statistics 9 books read

❤️Best Nonfiction for the month 29. Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland - Sarah Moss - 2012 - Global Reading:Iceland - library
30. Lady Cop Makes Trouble - Amy Stewart - 2016 - library
31. Northernmost - Peter Geye - 2020 - Global reading: Norway - library
32. Grain by Grain - Bob Quinn - 2019 - library
33. The Lions of Fifth Avenue - Fiona Davis - 2020 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - library
❤️Best fiction for the month 34. There There - Tommy Orange - 2019 - library
35. Escape from the Ordinary - Julie Bradley - 2018 - RCKN Outdoor Book Club - 2021 purchase
36. Open Season - C. J. Box - 2001 - (Joe Pickett #1) - library
37. Nomadland - Jessica Bruder - 2017 - PBS Now Read This - library

8 - Library
1 - Purchased 2021

- audiobook
9 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 5 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - general fiction
1 - Native American Fiction
1 - nature/outdoors
3 - mystery/ thriller

- 4 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
1 - global reading
1 - healthy eating
4 - memoir
1 - sociology


4 - Male Authors
5 - Female Authors

7 - Authors who are new to me
2 - Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited
- 1 - Iceland
- 1 - Norway

Original Publication Date
1 - 2001
1 - 2015
1 - 2016
1 - 2017
1 - 2018
2 - 2019
2 - 2020

These numbers include the library books that I have at home.
As of 5/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
whoops missed April numbers
As of 03/01/2021: 525 books on MT TBR
As of 02/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
As of 01/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR

As of 01/01/2020: 520 books on MT TBR
As of 01/01/2019: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2018: 510 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2017: 481 books on physical Mt TBR
As of 01/01/2016: 459 books on physical MT TBR

maj 3, 1:26pm

What great April reading, Janet.

I bought the Harjo collection of poetry; I'll look up Charlo.

>202 streamsong: It's amazing what people can believe without any factual base. Oh well.

maj 4, 8:02am

>207 streamsong: Oh, that's interesting about the hospital survey idea. But yeah, in the end it wouldn't make much difference - logic and facts don't seem to matter much to that particular set, sadly.

maj 5, 2:51am

>207 streamsong: Homelessness is but mostly for younger people. We don't have many old people without a home. I think old age insecurity is not really a problem. All elderly people, like me and Peet, get a pension from the government and some money for each year they have worked. My, now diseased brother-in-law got more money after he reached his pension age then he got when he was officially jobless.

Redigeret: maj 5, 8:02am

>207 streamsong: >212 connie53: That is not true for everyone, I even know some older homeless people myself.
A one person household with only the governments pension, has a hard time to make ends meet. And there are a lot of middle aged divorced people, mainly men, who have no home. The housing shortage is terrible, mainly in the big cities. The housing corporations, the main source for cheaper rentals, have been nearly destroyed after the Vestia scandal in 2012. Waiting lists for social housing are over 8 years now in some cities.

Redigeret: maj 5, 8:39am

>203 streamsong: this is a subject that interests me, mainly as my father has been living in an RV since shortly after he retired about 30 years ago. At that time he did the math, realized that his Social Security would not cover living expenses in San Diego, and bought a 19' RV at an auction. He kept it going for many years with little help as he is a mechanical engineer, worked on cars since he was a teen in the 1940s. About 8 years ago he bought another RV as the first one was structurally disintegrating. It's 29' long.

In the late spring and summer my father would travel the country, eventually visiting all 48 contiguous states, using cheap or free campgrounds including state and federal parks. During the winter he boondocked in the California desert near the Salton Sea. There was a nice little community there of people who either couldn't afford to live conventionally, or chose the life of a nomad. A few years ago the place attracted drug and criminal types who wreaked havoc, stealing, threatening residents, and generally ruining the situation. According to my father all the good people left due to the crime.

Two years ago my father asked if he could "visit" me for a while, as he was 90 and felt he needed to be close to someone. Since my location has warmer winters than my sisters, he chose me. He's parked (legally) on the side of the road, next to my property, with a heavy duty electrical cord plugged into an outdoor outlet on my house. As we're the last property on a dead end street, it's perfect for his needs. When his water tank is low, we use my garden hose to fill it. Heat in the winter is provided by a propane catalytic heater (no flame) and 5 gallon bottles.

Living full time in an RV has worked well and allowed him to live a comfortable and interesting life.

His first RV looked like this:

This is similar to his current RV:

maj 6, 12:18pm

>210 BLBera: Hi Beth! You're right - I read lots of great books in April

I have the Harjo anthology requested from the library. I don't know which of Victor Charlo's poems it contains. I hope it's the one about the Polar Bear jail.

Conspiracy theories reign! And people often don't know how to evaluate the source they are quoting.

>211 scaifea: Hi Amber! It's good to see you!

maj 6, 12:24pm

>212 connie53: >213 FAMeulstee: Hi Connie and Anita! Thank you for the interesting conversation and look into the Netherlands' homelessness and old age problems. I have no idea if the problems are better or worse for the U.S. Nomadland opened my eyes.

>214 fuzzi: Thank you for sharing, Lor. It looks like a great solution for your father. I know there are many places that don't allow long term living and parking. It's a great solution and a blessing that you live in a place that allows it.

Redigeret: jun 4, 1:58pm

I'm working on my taxes. Last month's concussion (might as well call it what it was) brought that sort of work to a screeching halt and so I now feel behind and pressured, especially as taxes always make me anxious. Nine days to go, so I should be fine. but once more, I won't get much LT time in until I'm done.

I feel bogged down in NF right now - all are good, but it's a lot. My strategy is to read some of all the NF first each day and then read away and enjoy Transcendent Kingdom, which is super good and hard to put down.

I'm currently reading:

For this month's RLBC:

A book of nature essays from the Glacier Conservancy Book Club:

And of course - Listening while doing my knee exercises:

maj 8, 3:22am

>213 FAMeulstee: I guess the situation is different in the bigger cities, Anita. And I certainly did not mean to downplay the trouble some people have. Roermond is such a small town. I've never seen anyone that looks homeless here or people lying in the streets sleeping like I did when visiting London or Berlin.

Redigeret: maj 8, 11:27am

>216 streamsong: I think the situation is worse in the United States, social security was a bit better here. But in the last two decades there has been a turn to the worse. People are evicted sooner. No social security if you don't have an address, so if you loose your home, you can also loose your income.

>218 connie53: Of course I never thought you wanted to downplay the trouble of some people, Connie!
It is worse in the big cities. When I lived in The Hague and went to high school, there were always homeless men around. In Rotterdam it was the same. There I knew a lot of them personal, as I met them in the park walking the dogs. In the Museumpark was one of very few public water taps in the city, so homeless often gathered there.
Here in Lelystad and Almere it concerns mainly young people and middle aged, divorced men.

Redigeret: maj 9, 10:51am

>218 connie53: >219 FAMeulstee: We have a few homeless people in my small town. Most disperse into the nearby National Forests where they camp illegally (Federal Law says campers cannot stay longer than two weeks).

And it's just too cold here in the winter ...

Missoula, 40 miles away has a larger, more permanent colony of homeless people. There is a shelter and more resources there. There is also an encampment on an island on the river that are authorities are trying to clean. Although some have moved to a newer encampment with some necessities provided (porta pottie outhouses, tents, water?) the problem remains. It's easy to tell people to go, but where are they to go to?

Redigeret: maj 9, 11:08am

Mother's Day. May you all have a happy. It's bittersweet for me. I miss my mother dearly. And I miss my daughter who has not talked to me for several years.

I'll head off to church in the parking lot (where radios are tuned to a low frequency FM station, much like a drive in theater.)

Then I'll pop into a pop up mother's day native plant sale which is also offering enticements such as free chair massages.

And finally, a presentation (Facebook live) of an actress playing the park of York's mother. York was a slave who was the only black person on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Link here:

The big event will be a zoom call with my son and dil later this afternoon or evening.

maj 9, 1:20pm

Happy Mother's Day, Janet. I am sorry about the estrangement with your daughter. I also miss my Mom. We lost her in '94. Far too young.

5 stars for There, There sounds about right. I can't wait to see what he writes next. How is The Teeth of the Comb? It sounds like something I would like.

Redigeret: maj 9, 3:13pm

Hi Janet, Ditto what Mark said. Mother's Day can be a difficult one for many and also one where we can count our blessings. Sounds like a very busy day you have planned. I will be planting stones in a garden to make a pathway and will have calls from my daughters far away. It is a grey cool day here.

maj 9, 6:43pm

>222 msf59: I also lost my mother in 1994. Today was her birthday.

>221 streamsong: my daughter refused to talk to me for more than a decade. She got married at one point. One day she called me to let me know I was going to be a grandmother. It took time for the ice to thaw, but we now visit her family at least once a year, she texts me, and has even started calling me on occasion! I suspect her husband was behind the initial reconciliation. Don't lose hope, perhaps your situation may improve as mine finally did.

maj 10, 12:07pm

>222 msf59: Thank you, Mark.

The Teeth of the Comb is wonderful. It's made up of short (2 lines to two pages) philosophical fables(?). Although Mary said she read it in an afternoon, I read just a few pages a day to savor it. I think you would enjoy it.

maj 10, 12:08pm

>223 mdoris: Hi Mary! Yes, I had a busy and good day yesterday. Although, things didn't go quite as planned.

I went to the parking lot service at the church, had a chat with a friend and then, since the service is on low frequency FM, I tried to turn on my car radio. Instead, the radio fell out of the dashboard! I pushed it back in, but it would not come back on so something must be disconnected. (Boy, do I need a new-to-me car). I ended up leaving (which was embarrassing) but I was not sure what else to do.

Instead, I stopped by a grocery store because I needed cat food and bought myself a few brownies and an almond milk latte.

The native plant pop up was cool - they usually only do large reclamation replantings like mine and superfund sites. I bought a few native plants that are red and should attract butterflies and bees. And I had a wonderful chair massage there - the first I've ever had.

Of course the highlight was speaking to son and DIL on zoom. I hadn't 'seen' them since their zoom wedding reception in January, although we talk once a week or so.

maj 10, 12:13pm

>224 fuzzi: Thanks, Lor. From your fingers to God's ears as the saying goes. I'm glad you found healing. I hope mine will come.

Yesterday I finished reading Transcendent Kingdom. It was a wonderful read, but I'm not sure how I felt about the last chapter. I'll reread that final chapter again, I think before I set the book aside for good.

Back to taxes and chores after my wonderful day off yesterday.

Since I'm thinking it will still be a day or two before I get my next thread started, guess I'll continue with business as usual with reviews.

maj 10, 12:21pm

Here is a great interview with Martha Wells about her Murderbot series: (posted by Richard on Mary’s? thread)

She says: “I'm more likely to identify with a character that has a sense of humor, makes mistakes, and after those mistakes, makes more mistakes, and still tries to do good things, or just get through this without hurting people.

I think it's the same thing where people think they're supposed to identify with the, the strong-jawed hero who always succeeds, but what people actually identify with is someone who is more vulnerable, because of your own vulnerabilities as a person. "

38. Network EffectMartha Wells – 2020
– library

This is the fifth in the Murderbot series, but the first full length novel as the previous titles were novellas.

Murderbot is an AI life form, mostly robotic fighting SecUnit but with some integrated organic human bits. After destroying its governor module, it has become a free entity, living legally under the auspices of Dr Mensah and the PreservationTrust corporation. Murderbot thinks of them as friends and colleagues.

Now it has been sent by PreservationTrust on a mission that includes Dr. Mensah’s teenaged daughter.
Almost at the outset, Murderbot is kidnapped and taken aboard his old friend, the sentient ship he calls ART. But ART’s consciousness seems to have been eliminated, leaving only the empty bones of the ship. It’s up to Murderbot to determine what has happened to ART, ART’s crew and his own Preservation team..

As always, Murderbot is snarky and fun. It is still determining what it wants its life as a free agent to look like, but in the meantime, it is happy to help his human and mechanical buddies, while still managing to watch hundreds of hours of space opera media.

I enjoyed the longer length of this novel as it gave more room to develop characters and plots.

maj 10, 2:43pm

>228 streamsong: I like that quote. I identify more with the hobbits than the elves in Middle Earth, they're more REAL, less ethereal.

maj 10, 4:00pm

>226 streamsong: Good that you had a good day on Sunday despite the falling out radio. I had to return Transcendent Kingdom to the library unread. Maybe I should try again. I did like her first book.

maj 11, 10:40am

>229 fuzzi: Yes, I wouldn't mind living in a town full of hobbits. But my first literary crush was Aragorn. Sigh.

>230 mdoris:. Hi Mary! I really liked Transcendent Kingdom. I do think you should give it another shot!

Redigeret: maj 11, 11:01am

Today the top-of-the-heap chore is still taxes. I don't know why, but they make me anxious, so I only work on them in short spurts.

Of course there are horse chores, knee exercises, maybe some outdoor work (planting flowers) this evening as a reward. It's a beautiful day.

I'm piddling around with the review for Transcendent Kingdom. I need to get that one back to the library today as well as a trip to the hardware store.

Perhaps a boba tea after town chores? Small town me has never had one. I wonder if I can get one with less sugar ....

The Glacier Park Conservancy Book Club is also this evening. The discussion tonight is The Nature Fix which I have't read; haven't even received from the library yet.

And that's my day. Hope yours is great!

maj 13, 12:09pm

I had my Boba tea - black tea with caramel flavoring, milk and the tapioca balls. It was yummy, but not low sugar. In fact I skipped doing my FBS the next morning. But now I've had my Boba cherry popped (so to speak) and I can nod wisely when someone brings it up.

I was told that the Boba actually has a nationwide shortage (whoda thunk?) and when the local shop sells what they have, they don't believe they can get any more at this time. So if having a Boba while reading your book interests you, do it sooner rather than later!

maj 13, 12:24pm

I liked this one even better than I liked Gyasi's first book Homegoing; this one brought together science and religion - an intersection that I am very interested in.

39. Transcendent KingdomYaa Gyasi – 2020
– global reading: Ghana
- library

From the flap of the book: ‘Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief – a novel about faith, science religion, love.”

This is an amazing look at adversity and the isolation that can follow it.

Gifty is a sixth year PhD candidate in neuroscience studying addiction in mice.

She is from a family of immigrants from Ghana who came to Alabama. They were welcomed in a white evangelical church and lived in a white neighborhood.

But then Gifty’s father returned to Ghana, abandoning his family in the US.

The life of an impoverished family headed by a single mother was hard. While Gifty’s brother Nana was a basketball star, they found approval and support in their community and church.

But Nana had a tendon injury and was prescribed OxyContin. He became addicted and the community support dissolved – after all, blacks are known for their addictions. And life became harder.

Nana succumbed to his addiction. Gifty’s mother succumbed to grief, spending long periods of time not being able to get out of bed.

Gifty turned away from people and to science for answers. She longed for the evangelical church she had known in Ghana, but seemed to no longer be able to connect to God.

In a perfect world with a perfect ending, all could pull themselves up by their bootstraps (and maybe some help from faith). But real life is a struggle and not everyone makes it.

This is a very empathetic look at what addiction does to families when those in the community see ‘nothing but an addict’. Racism, anti-immigrant sentiments and isolation all rear their heads.

For me this would have been a five star read, but I disliked the last chapter, which seemed rather tacked on to me.

maj 14, 1:37pm

Thanks to Mary (bell7) for recommending this one!

40. The Teeth of the Comb - Osama Alomar - 2017
- Global Reading: Syria
– library

Amazon description: “Personified animals (snakes, wolves, sheep), natural things (a swamp, a lake, a rainbow, trees), mankind’s creations (trucks, swords, zeroes) are all characters in The Teeth of the Comb. They aspire, they plot, they hope, they destroy, they fail, they love. These wonderful small stories animate new realities and make us see our reality anew. Reading Alomar’s sly moral fables and sharp political allegories, the reader always sits up a little straighter, and a little wiser.

"Here is the title story:

Some of the teeth of the comb were envious of the class differences that exist between humans. They strived desperately to increase their height, and, when they succeeded, began to look with disdain on their colleagues below.

After a little while the comb’s owner felt a desire to comb his hair. But when he found the comb in this state he threw it in the garbage.”

I really enjoyed these short allegories (modern fables?) which range in length from a few sentences to several pages. Although the book could easily be read in an afternoon, I enjoyed savoring them by reading only a few a day and often rereading the ones from the day before – much in the same way I read a book of poetry.

I will be adding a copy of this book to my personal collection, since I know I’ll want to resample it.

maj 15, 9:20am

I also loved Transcendent Kingdom, Janet. I loved Gifty. Great comments. I too, was puzzled by the last chapter.

The Teeth of the Comb sounds interesting as well.

maj 15, 4:15pm

>235 streamsong: Glad you enjoyed it, Janet!

maj 16, 1:54pm

>236 BLBera: Hi Beth! spoiler for the last chapter of Transendent Kingdom Did the last chapter really happen? Is that how things turned out, or was it just a fantasy on Gifty's part Happy to have thoughts by anyone who has read it!

>237 bell7: Perfect pickup reading, Mary!

maj 16, 2:00pm

If you've been reading my threads, you know I enjoy author events.

I just signed up for this one with Mary Doria Russell on May 26 7pm EST .

Free, but you can choose to leave a donation.

maj 16, 2:05pm

And a friend called to invite me to a bookclub this Wednesday at a restaurant. My first sitting-in-a-restaurant and eating for over a year. The book is Michelle Obama's Becomng. I listened to it on audio almost two years ago. but I don't have a copy. Perhaps, I'll download a Kindle edition to review it quickly, or I could just smile and nod a lot.

maj 17, 3:48am

>240 streamsong: That sounds great, Janet. at a restaurant. I'm looking forward to sitting outside a restaurant just sipping coffee. We can do that now, but I like to be fully vaccinated when I do, so I just have to wait a few more weeks.

maj 17, 7:17pm

What's a restaurant? :)

I think it really happened, Janet; it just seemed to come from nowhere.

maj 17, 8:15pm

Hi Janet! Glad you liked Network Effect. Now that's fun, light reading!

Transcendent Kingdom sounds interesting.

From the discussion on homelessness: here in Amsterdam most homeless people are immigrants, often from Eastern Europe. When they lose their jobs, they often also lose their housing, and might even lack money to go home. And the young because of the housing shortage of course. And again, immigrants are worst off when it comes to old age and pensions, as they often have incomplete pensions, and the basic old age pension is reduced when people haven't spent all of their working life in Holland.

>240 streamsong: Sounds like a nice evening ahead!

maj 17, 11:44pm

A restaurant...WOW! Last time for me was Feb, 2020. Hope it's enjoyable for you!

maj 18, 6:46am

I don't recalling seeing it your mare expecting this year?

I love seeing your baby pictures.

maj 18, 8:42am

Hi Janet!

Yay for eating out in a restaurant. I've eaten out in a restaurant exactly twice since the pandemic started but may eat out today with a Friends book sale team member after we *gasp* sort donations. We're still not accepting donations officially, but people are dropping them off anyway.

maj 18, 10:27am

>241 connie53: Hi Connie! Yay for being fully vaccinated soon! I am already there although I am still careful. Only about 25% of the people in this county are vaccinated, and the number probably won't get much higher - unless, God forbid, the next wave of outbreak comes.

The book club will be 6-8 fully vaccinated women in a room in the back of the restaurant.

>242 BLBera: Hi Beth! A restaurant is one of those places you can have a glass of wine and not have to either cook or clean up afterwards. Not to mention not having at least one of my two cats trying to filch a bite. Since they have been my only dinner companions this year, I have spoiled them horribly.

Thanks for your thoughts on the ending of Transcendent Kingdom.

maj 18, 10:37am

>243 EllaTim: Hi Ella - Yes, I've enjoyed my reading this month. Both Network Effect and Transcendent Kingdom were very good.

I'm now reading Piranesi which I can hardly put down.

Thank you for describing the homeless situation in Amsterdam. Part of me fears it will get worse if there are more global warming refugees.

It's actually a restaurant lunch - but it feels like such a big deal.

>244 mdoris: Hi Mary! February 2020 was the last time I ate inside of a restaurant, too. It was in Tempe, Arizona with my brother and his wife. We had gone to Las Vegas to hear a Cher concert - only to find out Cher was really sick and all her concerts were cancelled. We've often speculated if she had Covid.

Redigeret: maj 18, 12:49pm

>245 fuzzi: Hi Lor - I have one foal due, quite late this year, but in the next few weeks. If you go back to >1 streamsong: you'll see the mare and my stallion. There are several stressful-ish horse situations going on, so I just haven't said much about them.

>246 karenmarie: Hi Karen! Book sorting! And a restaurant visit afterwards! That just sounds so wonderfully normal! Our library is accepting donations once a week. They are putting most of them out for free in an open air gazebo. I haven't donated any - I think they must need to throw books away after rainy spells.

Speaking of rain, although it's been almost 80 degrees the last few days, we are forecast to have rain the end of this week, with a 50% chance of snow Thursday night. Crazy!

maj 18, 12:12pm

>249 streamsong: thanks, I somehow missed that!


Redigeret: maj 19, 1:57pm

>250 fuzzi: No problem, that first post is a loooooong way up there. I so need to start a new thread!

ETA: Yes, this is the third time this spring we have gone from 80's to snow later in the week.

maj 21, 3:35pm

Ugh, two days of cold, wet rain and snow. It looks like I've had over an inch of precipitation

Since the horses are pretty much shed off, it's a challenge to keep them warm enough. Lots of extra food, blankets etc.

Many tree branches broken off the maple trees in my yard and several small cottonwoods down, but I haven't lost power.

maj 21, 6:39pm

>252 streamsong: Ugh, feels very late to have tree breaking snow. What elevation are you at?

maj 21, 7:46pm

SNOW??? So sorry to hear that and the effort to keep your beautiful horses warm sounds challenging.

Redigeret: maj 22, 10:31am

>253 Oberon: Hi Erik! This *is* a very late snow event. When the trees are fully leafed out, it doesn't take much wet heavy snow to bring them down. And cottonwood trees are very shallowly rooted - sort of like big weeds.

On the south edge of my yard, I have what looks like a ditch but is actually a tiny tributary of the creek on the north side of my property. It's lined with cottonwoods and brush. I counted ten (mostly small but two large) cottonwoods down this morning along my yard.

I've been meaning to have someone in to clear it out a bit - it's what allowed a mountain lion to kill a deer just outside my back door two summers ago.

But ...clearing out the brush and small growth makes the taller cottonwoods more likely to fall. It's all a balancing act (literally!)

The Bitterroot Valley is low elevation - only about 3600 feet.

>254 mdoris: Hi Mary! The horses are doing OK and I think we're over the worst of it. It's supposed to warm up this afternoon and be dry, so I will pull blankets and drape them around my house to dry out. We're supposed to have an inch of rain tomorrow, but it's supposed to be warmer. The combination of shed off horses getting thoroughly wet and then having it change to snow is a rough one.

maj 22, 10:22am

Today is my zoom cooking class to make Momo dumplings with two immigrant Nepali chefs. I shopped for all the ingredients yesterday. If I don't have time to zoom the class today, I will be able to watch a recorded video of it - but I am anxious to learn how to make dumplings, since it seems there is a trick to learning how to fold them.

The email suggests that the pre-class chopping may take about an hour.

I was going to mention this a few days ago on my thread, but it's sold out. This is a good thing as these classes by immigrant chefs support the Soft Landings refugee center in Missoula. I had mentioned it over in the Kitchen and several other LT'ers may also be attending.

Redigeret: maj 22, 12:23pm

Reading update - I stayed up late last night to finish Concrete Rose the prequel to The Hate You Give. Oh so good. 5 stars.

I also finished Piranesi earlier this week. 4.5 stars

I need to finish a non-fiction that is due on Monday about wildlife interacting with humans called The Grizzly in the Driveway. I had heard the author speak twice this spring via zoom. In the first interview I watched, the interviewer did most of the talking and the book did not capture my imagination. The second interview had the author talking and it was captivating.

The in-person restaurant book club was fun. After over a year of my own company, it was nice to meae some new people and talk books. And my meal was lovely. :-)

maj 22, 11:57am

Good to know that Piranesi is a good read. That one is coming up for me.

I hope your weather improves. The first part of May was cold here -- no snow -- but now it seems we've jumped to the heat and humidity of July.

maj 22, 6:28pm

>256 streamsong: Did you get to watch it, and did you manage to make dumplings? I still think this kind of class is a genius idea. Don't know why exactly, because it's so homely?

Hope your weather improves, it's cool here for may as well, but SNOW? No we don't have that.

maj 23, 10:57am

>258 BLBera: Hi Beth! I'll be interested to see what you think of Piranesi. I enjoyed it, but I know it's gotten some mixed reviews here on the 75. I have not read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Should I?

Cold and *very* wet today with an INCH of rain forecast. At least it isn't supposed to change into snow.

maj 23, 11:08am

>259 EllaTim: Hi Ella! Yes! I watched and participated in the zoom dumpling class. It was really fun, although my dumplings didn't turn out too well as I didn't roll the dough out thinly enough. I have lots of leftover filling, so I may go back and retry with just making a small amount of dough. The two fillings are delicious. I had some of the cheese filling on a bagel this morning.

No pictures of my dumplings, since they were a bit of a hot mess.

Good thing the participants' sound was off as I set a hot pan on a hot burner and had all the fire alarms going off in the house at one point. :)

A few friends took it this time, so it was fun to compare notes afterward.

This was the 4th one I've done. This time they were sold out for slots and had participants from ten states.

--It's way too late for snow here too. The rain today is going to be nasty.

Redigeret: maj 23, 2:37pm

Holy cow! For the third time this week, the rain has changed to snow.

Here it is, just beginning to stick. You can some of the downed cottonwoods from earlier in the week.

I cooked yesterday instead of working on the yard. :)

The pregnant mare is huge - but it's still a bit early for her to foal. Mares are notorious about not sticking to their due date - hers is about June 9th. Hope she hangs in there until all this passes.

maj 23, 8:23pm

Happy Sunday, Janet. Ooh, I want to read Concrete Rose. I also loved the first book. It finally warmed up here. Been in the 80s.

maj 23, 11:00pm

Janet. Thanks for posting the images of your horses. When Will and I vacationed in Yellowstone, one evening Will wanted to attend a local rodeo. Enroute, we saw a group of people single file riding their horses with the back drop of the Montana mountains. It was one of the most beautiful things I ever witnessed.

I can only imagine your life, and admit to feeling how very fortunate you are to be surrounded by so much beauty!

Redigeret: maj 24, 12:21pm

>263 msf59: Hi Mark! I predict that you will love Concrete Rose.

Now here's something interesting. I was going to make a bit of a joke by using the exact phrase from the LT predictor for Concrete Rose. But when I clicked on it, it told me:
"LibraryThing thinks you (meaning me) probably won't like Concrete Rose (prediction confidence: very high)"

Very odd since I gave The Hate U Give 5 stars and On the Come Up 4 stars.

Oh for some temps in the 80's! We're supposed to be in the 50's today blessedly without rain. Tomorrow it rains again, but is supposed to dry up and get warmer by the end of the week.

maj 24, 12:40pm

>264 Whisper1: It's so good to see you, Linda! Yes, Yellowstone is beautiful country.

I've mentioned my friend who loved Yellowstone so much that she moved to West Yellowstone a few years ago. She's worked her way through a variety of jobs and is now a Park Information Officer and also I believe, working at a rock and jewelry shop. She goes into Yellowstone several times a week and posts the most amazing videos and photos on FB.

Sometimes I think I should chuck it all here and join her. :)

Here we are at a Yellowstone event called 'Taste of the Trail' a few years back. Snowshoe a bit, have a course in a meal. Repeat. I think there were five food stations. So much fun!

Redigeret: maj 27, 10:51am

Back in >239 streamsong: I mentioned the zoom I was planning to listen to with author Mary Doria Russell.

It was yesterday and it was wonderful. It was mostly about her book Women of the Copper Country but she touched on many of her other books such as The Sparrow and Doc, too. It was recorded, so if anyone is interested, I'll post the link when they send it.

One of the questions was about what she has planned for her next book.

She said she has retired from writing.

She is in her early 70's, and, as each of her books takes her about five years from start to finish, she has chosen to spend the rest of her life in quality time with her husband and friends. She said the pandemic brought into focus just how short and precious life can be.

No more books from Mary Doria Russell. *sad face*

maj 28, 11:58am

I had the privilege of listening to Craig Johnson speak to a very small zoom audience earlier this year. Craig Johnson is a gifted raconteur. I thoroughly enjoyed his presentation and thought I’d read onwards from where I left the series.

41. An Obvious Fact - Craig Johnson - 2017
– library

In this 12th book of the series, Sheriff Walt Longmire attends a South Dakota motorcycle rally with his best friend Henry Standing Bear. Henry badly wants to beat the younger riders in an extreme hill climb.

Walt is asked to investigate the attempted murder of a young man whose motorcycle was forced off the road. It turns out the young man’s mother is Lola – an old flame of Henry’s , the inspiration for naming Henry’s car and ultimately, Walt’s granddaughter.

Due to the rally, there are gangs, drugs, guns, big money and undercover federal agents. What’s the link with Bodaway Torres being run off the road? And why does this young man look so much like a younger version of Henry?

I found the story enjoyable, but not so much so that I’m eager to drop other reading and continue the series, although I may well pick up the next when the right mood strikes me.

I am not fond of Walt’s undersheriff and love interest, Vic, who is a bit too much of the hard-assed crocodile for me to relate. (Johnson swore at his talk that Vic is based on his wife – that must be interesting).

I also have a hard time believing such a relationship between sheriff and undersheriff would be tolerated in real life.

maj 28, 12:11pm

Yesterday was supposed to be the library book club discussion of Homo Deus - a 500 page philosophical tome about where mankind is going. Only three people plus the library moderator showed up. This was perhaps not surprising, given the subject. I had about a hundred pages to go to finish the book. But the moderator - new to the library - postponed the discussion for a week in hopes more people would attend. I was disappointed. What do you think?

My opinion is that if numbers are low, drive on anyway.

I guess I would be less disturbed if I had not been to other events that this librarian cancelled at the last minute. :(

maj 28, 12:30pm

Book Update:

Need to review:

42. Voices of Rivers - Matthew Dickerson - 2019 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - purch 2021
43. Piranesi - Susanna Clarke - 2020 - library
❤️44. Concrete Rose - Angie Thomas - 2021 - library

Currently Reading:

For the Library Book Club:

Listening while doing PT here at home:

maj 28, 3:49pm

maj 28, 8:46pm

>267 streamsong: That's a pity, though quite understandable when it takes her so long to write a single book. I guess some people keep working after retirement, and others stop. Or go on and do something completely different!

>269 streamsong: I agree with you, better to just have the discussion with the people that did show up. You took the time and effort, didn't you?

>270 streamsong: I love that Shaun Tang cover!

I hope your weather has improved, finally. And have a nice weekend!

maj 29, 2:23pm

All the way up there at >37 streamsong: I see your praise for Migrations. I have it waiting for me at home (library book). I will do my best to get to it before it's due back at the library!

I've just put Tales from the Inner City on hold at the library and I am in the queue for Summerwater. Oh to have more time to read!!!

An Obvious Fact is the last Walt Longmire book I read. I have The Western Star queued up for my next audio adventure.

>266 streamsong: We have reservations for five nights of camping and two nights in a lodge in Yellowstone the last few days of September / first few days of October. I can't wait to see that place in the autumn!!! How far is it from your home?

maj 29, 4:23pm

Happy Saturday, Janet. Bummer about MDR but she sure did leave a stack of terrific books behind, didn't she? I am glad I got a chance to meet her. Super sassy and smart.

Redigeret: maj 30, 12:52pm

>271 fuzzi: Hi Lor! Doc was a good one. After hearing MDR speak about it, I may need to read it again. :)

>272 EllaTim: Hi Ella! MDR said she would take six months researching to decide whether there was a story there that she wanted to tell. And then a year to do the first draft. She has a PhD in anthropology and is very research oriented.

And as for doing something new - she has taken up watercolors and paints everyday.

Yes that's a moonfish, which you fish for by the light of the moon, sitting on the top of apartment buildings, and using a balloon to take your bait to the sky. I really enjoyed Tales from the Inner City. Wonderful stories, beautiful illustrations.

Yes, that 's how I feel about cancelling events last minute even if only a few people show up. They have taken the time to rearrange their day and be there (even if it is by zoom).

maj 30, 1:00pm

>273 EBT1002: Hi Ellen. Oh, you have some wonderful reading lined up! I'll be interested to see what you think of them all.

It would be wonderful to see you. Hamilton is about 40 miles south of Missoula. Depending on which way you are going to go, you might end up very close to me, or even possibly pass through. I'm actually about 350 miles from YNP. My friend who lives in West Yellowstone had offered to drive the Beartooth Highway with me last year ... and of course we didn't do it .... so a trip even meeting in YNP is a possibility.

>274 msf59: So cool that you got to meet MDR, Mark. I was thinking during the video how much fun she'd be to have in one of those 'which authors would you invite to a dinner party' type things.

maj 30, 1:56pm

>190 streamsong: I am getting towards the end of season 4. Trying to catch up with my parents as I am visiting them in a week. Also trying to avoid all the teasers in YouTube. The actor that plays Amy is a horse person in real life. Just good old fashioned television.

maj 30, 2:04pm

Stopping by to say hello! I thought of you and Missoula, Montana, recently. As part of the 50th anniversary of PBS, they did a feature on Kim Williams who was an early commentator. She came from Missoula and I still have a copy of her cookbook.

jun 1, 11:56am

Hi Karen! I'm also on season 4 of Heartland. Amy is a beautiful rider and it is a great show. I love the family dynamics and the lack of violence.

The other series I'm watching (thanks to the other Karen) is Major Crimes. Also interesting family dynamics, but being a crime show ... well

Oh, I'll have to see if I can find that feature on Kim Williams. I went to high school and college in Missoula and was a fan of her newspaper column about foraging for edible wild plants. I don't have any of her books listed in my library although I swear I had a copy of Eating Wild Plants.

Redigeret: jun 4, 12:32pm

May statistics

Slightly more books read this month than last, but none that were on my shelf January 1st, 2021. Mostly I read library books, galloping through them just before they were due. For the first time *EVER* I read more authors that I had previously read than new-to-me authors.

The numbers in my "To Read" collection (including the library books that I have at home) are staying very steady.

As of 6/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
As of 5/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
whoops missed April numbers
As of 03/01/2021: 525 books on MT TBR
As of 02/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR
As of 01/01/2021: 522 books on MT TBR

May: 10 Books Read
38. Network Effect - Martha Wells - 2020 - library
❤️39. Transcendent Kingdom - Yaa Gyasi - 2020 - Global Reading: Ghana - library
❤️40. The Teeth of the Comb - Osama Alomar - 2017 - Global Reading: Syria - library
41. An Obvious Fact - Craig Johnson - 2017 - library
42. Voices of Rivers - Matthew Dickerson - 2019 - Glacier Conservancy Book Club - purch 2021
43. Piranesi - Susanna Clarke - 2020 - library
❤️44. Concrete Rose - Angie Thomas - 2021 - library
❤️45. Tales From the Inner City - Shaun Tan - 2018 - library
46. Summer Water - Sarah Moss - 2021 - library
47. Homo Deus - Yuval Noah Harari - 2016 - Library Brown Bag Book Club - Global Reading: Israeli author - purchased 2021

2 - Acquired 2021
8 - Library

- audiobook
10 - print books
- digital - read on Kindle app

- 5 - Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - black experience
- 3 - literary fiction
- 2 - global fiction
- 1 - mystery/thriller
- 2 - short stories
- 2 - Speculative fiction

- 2 - Non-Fiction (may fit into more than one category)
- 1 - Outdoors/Nature
- 1 - philosophy


- 5 - Male Authors
- 5 - Female Authors

- 4 - Authors who are new to me
- 6 - Authors I have previously read
- Rereads

Countries Visited
Australia (author)
Great Britain
Great Britain - Scotland
Israel (author)

Original Publication Date
1 - 2016
2 - 2017
1 - 2019
3 - 2020
3 - 2021

Redigeret: jun 3, 12:19pm

Today is the retry of the library book club for the book Homo Deus, a philosophical work about the future of mankind. Not my cup of tea, I'm afraid, but I like to have my thinking expanded a bit and this sure did that. I will be surprised if more than three members show up, which is what we had last week when it was cancelled >269 streamsong: .

I hope to do some LT stuff this pm as it is supposed to be in the 90's today. New thread (that's the highest on the list)? Reviews? Visiting my friends' threads? Plain old reading since I am pushing due dates on several books.

My mare is showing signs of being close to foaling - which may mean tonight or still several weeks away. Darn mares! I was worried that she was showing signs earlier when it would have been too early for the foal to be born, but she is in the safe window now. Based on the genetics of my stallion, it will be a leopard - spotted over most of its body. Base color could be a huge variety - from black to palomino with buckskin, bay, sorrel and smoky black in the mix. I hope it's a filly - it's been a while since I've had a filly born and I would keep this one if it has 'indoor plumbing' - goofy horse parlance for a filly; a colt (boy) has 'outdoor plumbing.' :)

jun 3, 3:31pm

>281 streamsong: love the description, hope you get your indoor plumbing baby.

jun 3, 6:49pm

Good luck with that mare, Janet.

jun 4, 12:19pm

Thank you, Lor and Mark!

Hope you come join me on the next one.