Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Eight

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Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Eight

Redigeret: maj 10, 7:32pm

-Norther Flicker.

^Birding and hiking in the PNW, (Pacific Northwest). Yes, I was in my element.

“We need the tonic of wildness... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

~ Henry David Thoreau

Redigeret: jun 1, 6:42pm




16) The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones 4 stars
17) A Wealth of Pigeons by Steve Martin & Harry Bliss 4.2 stars GN
18) Consider the Lobster by David F. Wallace 4.3
19) Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke 4 stars E
20) Paradise by Toni Morrison 4.4 stars G.R.
21) Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future by Elizabeth Kolbert 4 stars E
22) Mary's Monster by Lita Judge 4.8 stars GN
23) Driftless by David Rhodes 4.3 stars
24) The Floor of Heaven: the Yukon Gold Rush by Howard Blum 4 stars (audio)
25) Music for Wartime: Stories by Rebecca Makkai 4.2 stars


26) Restless: A Novel by William Boyd 3.8 stars
27) Red-Tails in Love by Marie Winn 4 stars
28) Network Effect (The Murderbot Diaries, 5) by Martha Wells 3.8 stars (audio)
29) Wrecked (IQ 3) by Joe Ide 3.7 stars E
30) History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund 3.6 stars
31) The Yellow Wall-Paper: A Graphic Novel by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 3.8 stars GN
32) Humiliation: Stories by Paulina Flores 4.2 stars
33) Bright Wings: Illustrated Poems About Birds by Billy Collins/D Sibley 4 stars P
34) Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted by Suleika Jaouad 4.3 stars (audio)
35) City of Bohane by Kevin Barry 4 stars
36) Breakwater by Katriona Chapman 4 stars GN
37) The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change by Hope Jahren 4.2 stars (audio)
38) The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen 3.6 stars E


39) Old Baggage by Lissa Evans 3.8 stars E
40) The UnAmericans: Stories by Molly Antopol 4.3 stars
41) A River Called Time by Courttia Newland DNF
42) Eleven Sooty Dreams by Manuela Draeger 3.7 stars
43) Shooting Midnight Cowboy by Glenn Frankel 4.8 stars (audio)
44) The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan 3.6 stars
45) A Common Person and Other Stories by R. M. Kinder 3.8 stars E
46) Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong 4.2 stars (audio)
47) An Enchantment of Birds: Memories from a Birder's Life by Richard Cannings 4 stars


48) The Missing American by Kwei Quartey 4 stars
49) Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics by Dolly Parton 4 stars (audio)
50) Hard Light (Poems) by Michael Crummey 4.4 stars P
51) First Person Singular: Stories by Haruki Murakami 2 stars
52) Train by Pete Dexter 4 stars
53) My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noëlle Hébert 3.8 stars GN
54) The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 5 stars (audio)
55) Children of the Land: A Memoir by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo 3.8 stars (audio)
56) Anxious People by Fredrik Backman 3.6 stars
57) Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir by Jill Bialosky 4 stars
58) Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 4.2 stars E
59) And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir by Margaret Kimball 4.5 stars GN
60) The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin 4 stars


Redigeret: maj 10, 7:35pm


Nearly one-third of the wild birds in the United States
and Canada have vanished since 1970, a staggering
loss that suggests the very fabric of North America’s
ecosystem is unraveling.
–The New York Times (September 19, 2019)

As the world’s cities teem
with children—flooding
our concrete terrains with shouts
and signs—as the younglings balance
scribbled Earths above their heads,
stand in unseasonal rain
or blistering sun,

the birds quietly lessen
themselves among the grasslands.
No longer a chorus but a lonely,
indicating trill: Eastern meadowlark,
wood thrush, indigo bunting—
their voices ghosts in the
chemical landscape of crops.

Red-winged blackbirds veer
beyond the veil. Orioles
and swallows, the horned lark
and the jay. Color drains from
our common home so gradually,
we convince ourselves
it has always been gray.

Little hollow-boned dinosaurs,
you who survived the last extinction,
whose variety has obsessed
scientific minds, whose bodies
in the air compel our own bodies
to spread and yearn—
how we have failed you.

The grackles are right to scold us,
as they feast on our garbage
and genetically-modified corn.
Our children flock into the streets
with voices raised, their anger
a grim substitute
for song.

-Brittney Corrigan From Poem-A-Day

Redigeret: maj 10, 7:39pm

^It is a gosling fest, these days. Baby Canada geese everywhere. I have also been seeing mallard ducklings too.

Redigeret: maj 10, 7:41pm

Happy new thread Mark. Great pictures in >1 msf59: and >4 msf59:! We have been following a goose family that started out with 8 goslings and gulp, now down to 3. Life is hard.

maj 10, 7:52pm

Glad you lead with that wonderful woodland picture, Mark from your Pacific Northwest perambulations.

Wishing you a happy new thread, buddy.

maj 10, 8:06pm

Happy new thread!

>1 msf59: What an inviting path.

maj 10, 8:09pm

>5 mdoris: Thanks, Mary. Good to see you. Glad you like the photos. Yep, nature can be cruel but that is why geese/ducks have such large broods.

>6 PaulCranswick: Thanks, Paul. I thought those photos would make perfect toppers. I am glad most of my visitors are not bored with my outdoor adventures.

maj 10, 8:29pm

Happy new thread! That flicker’s pretty cool.

maj 10, 8:47pm

Happy new one, Mark. Great toppers.

maj 10, 8:48pm

Happy New Thread! Great pix!

maj 10, 8:51pm

Oh you're reading Train. I might've read that pre-LT Mark but I can't remember. I know I read Paris Trout which I loved.

maj 10, 9:13pm

Happy new thread, Mark, and great toppers!

maj 10, 10:28pm

>7 quondame: >9 drneutron: >10 jessibud2: >11 mahsdad: Thanks, Susan, Jim, Shelley & Jeff. Much appreciated.

>12 brenzi: Hi, Bonnie. I am enjoying Train. Another dark gem by Mr. Dexter. I also was a big fan of Paris Trout.

>13 bell7: Thanks, Mary.

maj 11, 7:21am

Good morning, Mark! Happy Tuesday and happy new thread.

>1 msf59: Your topper photos are great. I was going to say I liked the top one best, but the Flicker and the Birddude sighting are marvelous, too.

>4 msf59: And I like your gosling fest.

maj 11, 7:26am

>15 karenmarie: Good morning, Karen and thank you. Glad you like the toppers. I thought that would make an appropriate topper.

maj 11, 7:46am

^I attended a birding event on Saturday, to celebrate the Global Big Day and there were guided walks, contests and vendors but the highlight for me was getting to see a Great Gray Owl, at a raptor meet. She is only a year old and weighs a mere 2 pounds. She was injured and cannot be released back into the wild. As my visitors know, I have seen GGOs in MN but never this close.

maj 11, 8:00am

Happy new thread, Mark!

>1 msf59: Like everyone else, I love your toppers

>17 msf59: Wow, how great to be able to see a Great Grey Owl so close.

maj 11, 8:08am

Happy New Thread! The goslings are really cute!

maj 11, 9:55am

Happy new one, Mark!

We have Canada geese and several goslings who visit our back yard every day. The goslings are cute, but I could do without the geese, which just poop everywhere. And which Nuala likes to chase, nearly ripping my arm off as I try to hold onto her leash!

maj 11, 10:04am

Dude!! I neglected to check in yesterday. Sorry.

maj 11, 2:33pm

>18 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita. Glad you like the toppers and the lovely GGO!

>19 SilverWolf28: Thanks, Silver!

>20 katiekrug: Thanks, Katie. I totally understand how messy and noisy Canada geese can be, but they really don't intrude much on my life. Whew!

>21 weird_O: Dude, no problem. You must have just got lost in those books.

maj 11, 2:38pm

>17 msf59: What a treat Mark.

Love the goslings too.

maj 11, 5:47pm

>23 Caroline_McElwee: It sure was a treat, Caroline! And it is always fun to see the goslings.

maj 11, 6:19pm

Happy new one!

As always, I am enjoying the gorgeous photos you share :)

A few days ago, I noticed that the orioles and hummingbirds have arrived (early). I put out the syrup and the orioles rewarded me with a wonderful concert.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

maj 11, 7:35pm

Hi Mark, happy newish thread. I love that first picture, so green and fresh looking - it calls out to me and makes me want to go for a walk in the woods.

maj 11, 9:58pm

>25 figsfromthistle: Thanks, Figs! Glad you like the photos. Thanks for the oriole & hummingbird report. We have been seeing orioles everywhere on our walks.

>26 DeltaQueen50: Thanks, Judy. Glad you like the woodsy topper. I hope that inspires you to take your own stroll in the woods.

Redigeret: maj 11, 11:33pm

I am heading to Kansas tomorrow morning. I have a law school graduation to attend and then will get Mom out of rehab and stay with her for about 3 weeks to make sure she has her feet on the ground. It will be intermittent FML and so I am going to work about 2 - 3 hours a day, which I can do with my remote rig that carried me through the lockdown last spring.

I had to laugh at myself. I checked out four audio books from the library today in hopes that they will last me through the 3 weeks and the return trip. I plan on listening to Book four in the Harry Potter series on the way to Kansas. It will take most of the trip to listen to it. But I was worried that I wouldn't have enough to keep me in books while I am at home. I still am not sure if 4 will be enough, plus the 6 hardcopy books I am taking with me. Boy, it sure is hard packing for a trip.

maj 12, 7:11am

‘Morning, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you.

>17 msf59: What a gorgeous bird.

It's quiet at my feeders this morning, but part of the reason for that is that the sunflower feeder is empty. I do see a Downy on the suet feeder, though.

maj 12, 7:11am

>28 benitastrnad: Have a safe trip to Kansas, Benita and good luck with getting your Mom out of here rehab and settled in. I am heading to Kansas City for a family wedding. Just a quick whirlwind weekend. Leave Friday, back on Sunday.

I think 10 vacation books is enough. Grins...I find myself reading less while on vacation. Too many distractions.

maj 12, 7:20am

>29 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Just the usual's at my feeders. No oriole or hummingbird sightings, the past couple of days. We have a warm-up coming and maybe that will turn things around.

maj 12, 1:12pm

Happy newish thread, Mark. That’s a lovely green topper. Nice to see you enjoyed the woods to the south of us. A lot of the view here is similar.

maj 12, 2:14pm

Getting close to the payoff of both Midnight Rising and Utopia Avenue. Actually, there's no surprise or mystery about the payoff in that first book. But the second does have me wondering how it plays out. (Ha ha, did you see what I did there?)

maj 12, 3:15pm

>32 Familyhistorian: Thanks, Meg. I love the Pacific Northwest and I hope to explore more of it, in the future.

>33 weird_O: Hi, Bill. I hope you are enjoying both of those books, no matter how they play out.

Redigeret: maj 12, 3:24pm

-Steve Sack

^The only bird species that I truly despise...

maj 13, 6:02am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Thursday to you.

>35 msf59: I absolutely cannot believe these people. I'm mostly avoiding the news. I never watch TV news, but am usually checking things out on the internet. Now I just look at the headlines and shudder.

maj 13, 7:26am

>36 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Sweet Thursday. At least our news is not plagued with "You Know Who", every single moment. I like the direction the country is going in, despite the uphill battle(s) we are facing.

Redigeret: maj 13, 7:50am

"A poignant, charming novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined."

I have enjoyed the several Bachman titles, I have read and still need to get the follow-up to Beartown, which I loved. My SIL just finished Anxious People, Backman's latest and lent me his copy. I will start it today. Has anyone watched the Beartown HBO series? I have heard good things about it but haven't got to it yet.

On the audio front, I am still thoroughly enjoying The Jungle, despite the mounting bleakness. This will be a 5 star read.

maj 13, 1:06pm

Happy newish thread, Mark!

Wonderful bird photos - how cool to see the GGO so close up. I have yet to see one.

Not sure I could manage The Jungle right now - I'm not doing bleak very well.

Thank the good lord that summer is coming!

maj 13, 1:23pm

>39 streamsong: Thanks, Janet. Good to see you. I am not not to plunge right into summer but I would like a comfortable late spring to arrive before the heat and humidity.

Do GGOs sometimes show up in Montana? They are an absolute treat if you can see one.

Redigeret: maj 13, 1:42pm

53) My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noëlle Hébert 3.8 stars GN

Marie-Noëlle had wanted to be a princess, ever since she was a little girl. Thin, beautiful and popular. She grew up being the exact opposite, trapping Marie-Noelle in an unhappy and troubled, childhood. This is a dark graphic memoir, beautifully illustrated in pencil graphite. Not an easy read, but it gave me a better understanding of a young person imprisoned in this hellish cycle, filled with self-loathing and body-shaming. I look forward to seeing what this author can do next.

maj 14, 2:20am

>38 msf59: Oooo, I love me some Backman. Beartown was a very interesting read. I loved it, but not quite like Grandmother, and Ove. That's all of the fiction of his that I've read so far.

Have you read his "non-fiction" Things My Son Needs to Know About the World? It is literally what the title says, a memoir, or collection of stories and anecdotes about his experiences with parenthood. Really good, IMO.

maj 14, 2:25am

Mark--Anxious People was a solid, fun read for me. Hope you enjoy it, too. Backman is a favorite author of mine. : ) Happy new thread!!

maj 14, 4:25am

Happy new thread, Mark.

>41 msf59: goes on my list. Sounds like a tough read, but an important one. Thank you!

maj 14, 5:13am

>38 msf59:. Will be interested in hearing your thoughts about Anxious People. I read it last year and enjoyed it.

Finished Sparrow Envy. I think you would like it.

maj 14, 7:18am

‘Morning, Mark, and happy Friday to you!

>37 msf59: You are right, of course. Biden/Harris are the adults at the White House now, and I’m not in a constant state of trepidation and fear as to what t**** will do next.

maj 14, 7:23am

>42 mahsdad: Hi, Jeff. Thanks for chiming in on Backman. About a 100 pages into Anxious People and I am enjoying it. I had not heard of his memoir, so I have now added it to the TBR. Thank you, sir.

>43 Berly: Thanks, Kimmers. Great to see you over here. I am enjoying Anxious People.

>44 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. I thought I had got My Body in Pieces from you. LOL. I think you will like it but it does go to some very dark places.

>45 alphaorder: Morning, Nancy. I am enjoying Anxious People. Are you a fan of Backman? It doesn't seem like your usual fare. I will have to request Sparrow Envy. It sounds great.

maj 14, 7:37am

>46 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend.

maj 14, 9:08am

>47 msf59:. Good to know I still surprise you with my reading sometimes, Mark! I've only read three Backman - Ove, Anxious People, and his Christmas novella. Liked the first two. Don't really remember the third one, which I apparently read in 2018.

maj 14, 9:58am

My FridayReads are Swimming Back to Trout River and Index of Women.

maj 15, 7:59am

>49 alphaorder: >50 alphaorder: Happy Saturday, Nancy. Glad to hear you are a Backman fan. Trout River sounds like another interesting read.

maj 15, 8:05am

Greetings from Kansas City, MO. I am in town for a family wedding. My cousin's son is marrying a young woman out here. We had a very nice pre-wedding dinner last night and the ceremony and reception will begin last this morning. It has been great catching up with family, many I have not seen in a long time.
I will head back tomorrow. I don't think I will be able to get any birding in but I have my gear along.

maj 15, 8:07am

Hi Mark! Happy Saturday to you. I hope your KC trip is going well.

We're looking forward to Jenna's weekend visit. She'll probably get here noon-ish, so I still have time to putter and fret. *smile*

maj 15, 8:23am

Glad you are enjoying family time, Mark!

maj 15, 1:57pm

Happy wedding-ing, and I hope you can at least get some birding time in if you stop along the way home. (You drove, I assume?)

maj 16, 4:35am

Hi Mark. Happy New thread! Good toe hear you got to meet your family on that wedding day. Have a save journey home.

maj 16, 5:32am

>48 msf59: Nope, not guilty. I did send on her previous book though, so not far off. I'm hoping the library might help with this one, as my GN shelf is now full!

maj 16, 1:42pm

Hey Mark! Happy newish thread and happy Sunday. Looks like a good week for birding

maj 16, 6:11pm

Hope you are enjoying your family time, Mark.

maj 16, 7:00pm

>35 msf59: Steve Sack...."despise"? We have to be very careful.

maj 16, 8:18pm

-Green Heron

-Sleepy Mama GHO. She has at least one chick in the nesting box too but I did not see it.

The Old Warbler is back. These are photos from the past week or so.

maj 16, 8:24pm

>53 karenmarie: Happy Sunday, Karen. I got back around 4pm. Great trip. I hope you had a nice weekend with Jenna.

>54 alphaorder: >55 richardderus: Thanks, Nancy & Richard. It was a very nice trip. I got to chat extensively with some family members, that I have not conversed with in quite some time. I did drive, so it was a long solo trip.

I tried doing some birding this morning, before heading back but of course it started raining, so I did not last long.

>56 connie53: Thanks, Connie. I made it back safely. It was a wonderful time.

Redigeret: maj 16, 8:33pm

>57 charl08: Hi, Charlotte. I hope you can track down My Body in Pieces. Love to hear your take on it.

>58 Carmenere: Thanks, Lynda. Happy Sunday. Yes, birding has exploded here so I am really looking forward to this coming week. We are going to the Chicago lakefront tomorrow morning. It is really hopping down there,

>59 banjo123: Back home now, Rhonda but it was a very nice trip.

>60 mdoris: Excellent article, Mary. Very thought-provoking. Thanks for sharing. Was despise to strong of a word, to describe my feelings about "You Know Who"?

maj 16, 8:44pm

Mark - Sunday's PEARLS BEFORE SWINE has a Good BOOK one...

Glad your trips are going so well - I'm gathering a couple of poem titles
for you to memorize before the Autumn Event.

maj 17, 6:32am

>64 m.belljackson: Hi, Marianne. I will check out the Pearls Before Swine. Thanks.

maj 17, 6:47am

'Morning, Mark! Enjoy your spring migration jaunt today.

maj 17, 1:17pm

What books did you listen to while you were driving?

We were within 70 miles of each other on Saturday. I was in Topeka for the weekend. I attended my nieces graduation from law school at Washburn University in Topeka. She has lived in several states in her lifetime, but she has chosen to stay in Kansas and has accepted a job in Pittsburg, Kansas at a non-profit law firm. She is excited about the job, but I am very surprised that she is staying in Kansas. I figured that she would return to Maryland, or perhaps Montana where she went to college, but she has chosen to stay in lowly ol' Kansas. I was also surprised to learn that Kansas actually showed a population growth in the last decade. It is only 1.4% but it is still growth. Or at least not as many people are leaving the state as in the past decades.

I will be here in Kansas for another two weeks because I will staying to help my mother get back on track. We hope that we can keep her at home for another two or three years, but we are getting to the point that we will have to manage things better at the house.

I have plenty of books for the duration and even signed up to join a book discussion club out of Lincoln, Nebraska. The group covers the borderlands area of Kansas, so I am looking forward to joining that group. It is sponsored by one of the independent bookstores in Lincoln and it sounded like it might be fun while I am here.

maj 17, 6:44pm

>66 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. We had a GREAT spring migration jaunt today. Details forthcoming...

>67 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. On the audiobook front, I finished The Jungle, which was excellent. I also listened to most of Children of the Land: A Memoir. A solid read. Good luck to your niece. I hope she made the right choice. I enjoyed my trip but it was primarily socializing with family. I saw nearly nothing of KC. I may return. I would love to visit the Truman library.

maj 17, 7:09pm

Oh wow...The Jungle on audio~!! That sounds super-hard to take, to me at least. Such a bitter and intense book out loud would probably have me slittin' my wrists to escape!

Still, it *is* an excellent story. I'm glad it got to you, too.

maj 17, 8:59pm

>68 msf59:
I have Children of the Land: A Memoir waiting on my desk back at work. It is my "work"book. I will start it when I get back to the library.

maj 17, 9:19pm

>69 richardderus: Hey, RD. The Jungle worked very well on audio, despite it's bleak subject matter. It was narrated by the wonderful Grover Gardner. Funny, all these years I thought this was a nonfiction book. Duh!!

>70 benitastrnad: It is a good memoir, Benita but it isn't one of the best, IMHO.

maj 17, 11:15pm

>38 msf59: So wait, your new SIL is a reader and lends you books? Lucky guy. :)

I’ve only read Ove but I think I’ll give Anxious People a try. I’ve got it on my kindle.

I’m glad The Jungle worked for you on audio during your drive. Such a disturbing book.

We had a yard full of migrating birds today. Our weather is cold and rainy so I think they’re resting before heading out. It’s definitely spring as the Western Tanagers arrived this week. They are such pretty birds. We also had a Black-headed Grosbeak hanging around, along with a White-Crowned Sparrow and a Wilson’s Warbler. Along with our regular visitors, it’s been pretty busy!

maj 18, 7:18am

>72 Copperskye: Hi, Joanne. Yes, I am a lucky guy with my SIL. I especially appreciate that he enjoys more "quality" books. I am sure you will like Anxious People. An easy, fun read.

I LOVE the bird report and I would LOVE to see a black-headed grosbeak. Do they migrate through or stick around? Congrats on the cool Wilson's warbler. I got to see a couple of those beauties yesterday.

maj 18, 7:25am

'Morning, Mark!

I just splurged on a Kindle version of The Jungle for $.60. *smile*

Redigeret: maj 18, 7:29am

-Yellow Warbler taking a bath. This is at Montrose Bird Sanctuary, on the Chicago lakefront. It was a banner day and we clocked in 72 species, including 18 different warblers. Migration has finally arrived. The 72 was easily a daily record for me. A whole lot of birders and photographers as well, especially for a Monday morning. Birder heaven.

maj 18, 7:36am

Oh, Mark! That sounds like a perfect day!

Redigeret: maj 18, 7:50am

>74 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Hooray for The Jungle! That is quite a splurge.

>76 alphaorder: It sure was, Nancy. I would to take you to Montrose one of these days.

maj 18, 8:08am

>75 msf59: Warbler season! that sounds like a great outing, Mark.

maj 18, 8:59am

>3 msf59: Ah, Yes. Same here, Sigh. Some birds are doing better though. Saw a pair of Egyptian Geese, sitting in the grass side of the road, near lots of traffic. Amsterdam on the Nile.

>75 msf59: Such a colourful bird! And 72 species, that is a lot! Enjoy.

maj 18, 11:59am

Now that you read The Jungle I would recommend that you read Out of This Furnace by Thomas Bell. It is a novel that was written in the 1940's about the immigrants who worked in the iron mills of Pennsylvania between 1880-1920. It is also very bleak, but a good novel. Thomas Bell was really Thomas Belichick. He was first generation immigrant child himself. He anglicized his name because it was thought that an ethnic author would find it harder to sell books. (yes, he had the same last name as Bill Bilichick and shares the same ethnicity as well.) Out of This Furnace will open your eyes to the life that the immigrants had in the iron industry just as The Jungle did for the meat packing industry.

maj 18, 12:49pm

Nice to see you are getting out and about and enjoying retired life, Mark. Has not listening to books as you used to when you worked affected your reading numbers much?

maj 18, 1:27pm

>75 msf59: Beautiful warbler! And 72 species...sounds like the entire bird population of North America to me.

Happy Tuesday!

Redigeret: maj 18, 1:55pm

>78 lauralkeet: Birders sure love warblers, Laura. Spring migration is such a highlight, although it has been slow to catch fire here. Is there any warblers migrating through your area?

>79 EllaTim: Ooh, Egyptian Geese. I like the look of those. Are they common there or rarities, Ella?

>80 benitastrnad: Thanks, Benita. I had never heard of Out of This Furnace, Benita. Sounds good. I will add it to the list.

>81 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. Yep, my book numbers will be down, because of a reduction in audiobook time but I never look at it negatively. I have read 55 books so far this year, so that isn't bad for May.

>82 richardderus: Hey, RD. Yep, love those warblers. There are over 2,000 species of birds in North America so 72 is hardly a speck but for a one day outing it was a special one for me.

maj 18, 2:24pm

Hi there, Mr. Mark. Glad to see you're enjoying the beautiful spring.

I've been spending much of my time for the past 3 months vaccine hunting. With walk ins and widespread availability now, the need for that is winding down and, for the first time since January, I'm reading at my usual levels (for 3 months, I think I read 2 books each month). Easing back in with light and fluffy books for awhile.

maj 18, 3:52pm

>83 msf59:
Another one for the List? What are you thinking? I laugh whenever I hear that, because if people are readers there list is as long as mine. Since you are a reader I know how long your list is. Even if I read all day every day I wouldn't get through mine and I add books every day. This afternoon I added sports books, because I am ordering them for the library. I added Three Seconds in Munich: The Controversial 1972 Olympic Basketball Final, Origins of Southern College Football: How an Ivy League Game Became a Dixie Tradition, and From Hang Time to Prime Time: Business, Entertainment, and the Birth of the Modern-Day NBA. I wonder when I will have time to read them.

maj 18, 4:53pm

>84 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Great to see you. I am assuming you are fully vaccinated? Quite a relief, right? I sure hope your reading picks back up, even if it takes some fluff books to get you there. I remember when you used to post some pretty impressive numbers.

>85 benitastrnad: Yep, "Another one for the List"! Is there a better, more non-laughable way to put it? You are correct most of our lists, along with our TBR shelves are pretty daunting. We can only hope to get to a particular book, in a somewhat timely matter. Actually, I am having a decent year with reading Off Shelf and I don't see that subsiding. Without a flood of ALA books coming in, it makes it a bit easier.

maj 18, 6:05pm

>86 msf59: Yep, I got my first Pfizer dose in Feb and my second in mid March so I've been fully vaccinated for nearly 2 months. I've probably helped 500 people get appts (I'd tell them where to sign up and when to go based on their situation but, except for close family, didn't actually sign them up myself). Now that it's mainly walk up and easy to schedule, there's not much need to help anymore.

This gives me time to read in the evenings and now, to watch playoff hockey. Last year was the first year in 30 years that I didn't reach 100 books. I'm finally making up for lost time.

maj 18, 6:12pm

>87 lindapanzo: It sounds like you did a very kind and caring thing, Linda. You deserve some R & R with the books, my friend. Enjoy! And Go Cubbies!

Redigeret: maj 18, 6:18pm

"The Code Breaker traces the history of gene editing while simultaneously tracking Jennifer Doudna’s life — she has received a Nobel prize for being a pioneer of the CRISPR technology (an immune system that bacteria adapt whenever they get attacked by a new virus)."

The Code Breaker has been getting some solid reviews and a couple of my LT pals have loved it, so I have been looking forward to starting this timely new book by Mr. Isaacson. I started the audio today but just a few minutes.

maj 18, 7:04pm

>73 msf59: I don't see many grosbeaks here in the yard. (That's really an understatement - last noted in 1996 in my bird book.) I think he blew in with the tanagers. They hang out in the foothills.

>75 msf59: Pretty bird!

maj 18, 7:07pm

>90 Copperskye: I hope to get to see a black-headed grosbeak, Joanne. I did finally get to see a blue grosbeak and it was gorgeous. Look at my next post about my grosbeak visitor...

Redigeret: maj 18, 7:10pm

^We had a beautiful male rose-breasted grosbeak visit our backyard last week. First time ever at my feeders, although I do see them occasionally on my walks. I love the addition of our flat feeder.

maj 18, 7:18pm

>89 msf59: That one sounds wonderful, and timely too. I am eager to start reading more science-related books these days.

maj 18, 8:14pm

>92 msf59: Oh, he is handsome! I'm not sure if I've ever seen one.

I put a photo of my western tanager visitors on my thread.

maj 18, 8:21pm

>92 msf59: Quite a distinguished visitor.

maj 18, 8:53pm

>38 msf59: did someone say mounting bleakness? My ears pricked up from afar ;)

maj 18, 10:15pm

>93 lindapanzo: Not far in, Linda but I think this is one you would enjoy.

>94 Copperskye: You would love our rose-breasted grosbeaks, Joanne. I will stop by to see the tanager.

>95 quondame: It sure was, Susan.

>96 LovingLit: Hi, Megan. Great to see you. Have you ever read The Jungle? If not, I would highly recommend it. "Mounting bleakness" is putting it mildly. A true classic.

maj 19, 4:42am

>61 msf59: >75 msf59: >92 msf59: So many beautiful bird pictures, Mark, thanks for sharing!

>83 msf59: Egyptian Geese are invasive birds here, not native. They do much better at the moment than our native geese. Last week I saw a couple of Egptian Geese with nine little ones, while the three couples of Graylag Geese only had 1 or 2 left.

maj 19, 6:48am

‘Morning, Mark, and happy Wednesday to you.

>75 msf59: Gorgeous bird, excellent pictures. Congrats on your 72 species record.

>92 msf59: Nice new feeder and gorgeous bird. Where is the feeder? I wouldn’t be able to have one here because of the damned squirrels.

maj 19, 7:34am

>98 FAMeulstee: Happy Wednesday, Anita. Glad you like the bird photos. I have had some nice opportunities these past 2 weeks. Are these Egyptian Geese destructive or fairly harmless?

>99 karenmarie: Morning, Karen and thanks in regards to the bird photos and species record. It has been fun and I am glad I can get in a few photo ops. My flat feeder is with the other feeders in the backyard.

I have a squirrel baffle above it and one attached to the pole. So far it has kept the squirrels off of it. Fingers crossed.

maj 19, 7:45am

>100 msf59: The Egyptian Geese are not destructive, but due to their rising numbers there is less space left for our native Geese.

maj 19, 8:10am

>101 FAMeulstee: There always seems to be problems with these invasive species and I would think in smaller countries this could be more troublesome with less space to spread out.

maj 19, 8:12am

Morning, Mark!

I finished up an audiobook yesterday that I think you might like: Dig. It won the Printz Award last year and definitely deserved it.

maj 19, 8:18am

>103 scaifea: Morning, Amber. Funny, I was just over at your place and commented that I would like to read Dig. Sweet!

maj 19, 8:19am

>104 msf59: That's so funny! You'll like it if you get to it and the audio is good!

maj 19, 8:40am

Great pics of the grosbeak! I have only ever seen one once, at my friend's place, out in the country.

I did see a couple of orioles the other day on a walk on the trail through the ravine!

maj 19, 9:11am

>105 scaifea: Good advice about the audio, Amber. Thanks.

>106 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. I see the grosbeaks, now and then on my walks but never at my feeders, so this was a treat. Were these Baltimore Orioles that you saw? Such beauties.

maj 19, 10:07am

>107 msf59: - Yep. I think those are the only ones we get here.

maj 19, 10:19am

>108 jessibud2: We also get orchard orioles here too, but I am not sure if they range into Canada.

maj 19, 10:25am

"For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out like signposts along her life’s journey. These poems have contributed to her growth as a person, writer, poet, and thinker. Now, take this journey with Bialosky as she introduces you to each of these life..."

^I snagged Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir from a past ALA and it has been languishing on shelf for awhile, (it came out in 2017). I thought it was time to try it out and maybe discover some new poetry along the way. Has anyone else here read this or any of her other work?

I did like this one:

Redigeret: maj 19, 10:28am

I, Too

I too, sing America
I am the darker brother
They send me to eat in the kitchen when company comes
But I laugh and eat well and grow strong

Tomorrow, I'll be at the table when company comes
Nobody'll dare say to me, "Eat in the kitchen"

Then, besides
They'll see how beautiful we are and be ashamed
I, too, am America

-Langston Hughes ( 1901 – 1967)

maj 19, 11:10am

*shields eyes from shuddersome p-o-e-t-r-y*

That grosbeak's a handsome fellow, Birddude. I hope it's a trend for them to pass some time eating your food and repaying you with visual pleasure.

maj 19, 6:16pm

>112 richardderus: Happy Wednesday, RD. Sorry about the "shuddersome" poetry. I will try not to make a habit of it. Grins...

I have not seen the grosbeak in awhile. Sighs...

maj 19, 6:46pm

>92 msf59: I love these flat feeders Mark. Did you make them yourself?

maj 20, 6:49am

‘Morning, Mark! Happy Thursday.

>89 msf59: I bought this book a while back.

>100 msf59: 🤞 for sure.

The birds are probably miffed with me because I have been a Bad Bird Mom. All the feeders need refilling/refreshing. Maybe today.

maj 20, 7:14am

>114 brenzi: I like these flat/platform feeders too, Bonnie. I did not make it. 11 bucks at Home Depot.

>115 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. I am sure you will enjoy The Code Breaker when you get to it. My feeder activity continues to be slow but I have been filling them. The platform feeder seems to empty the fastest.

Redigeret: maj 20, 7:23am

-American Redstart (Male)

-Black-Throated Green

^I have mentioned before, that I have a difficult time photographing warblers, (they are tough to get a lens on but mostly my camera is not beefy enough) but now and then I squeeze off a shot and this includes the bathing yellow warbler up there. You can see why birders LOVE these gorgeous little migrants.

maj 20, 8:36am

Wow - great shots!!!

maj 20, 4:36pm

>97 msf59: Never read 'the Jungle', but I see it is a classic (of sorts). We don't have it in our library, but I am sure it will come up somewhere else at some point in my life.

>111 msf59: A good one. Its hopeful tone makes me sad given the way things seem to still be. But, societal change is a slow-moving beast, right? And at least the beast is moving.

maj 20, 5:05pm

>118 alphaorder: Thanks, Nancy. I get lucky now and then.

>119 LovingLit: I hope you can get to The Jungle one of these days, Megan. Glad you like the poem. Most older, classic poetry does not resonate with me, but every now and then one hits the mark.

maj 20, 5:14pm

>119 LovingLit: It's on Project Gutenberg, Megan...out of copyright since forever. And *deeply* moving reading.

Hey there Birddude! Pretty good shootin' in >117 msf59: I must say!

Happy "Friday? It is? Nice for y'all workin' stiffs."

maj 20, 10:08pm

>121 richardderus: Hey, RD! All good here, amigo. Love those warblers. Birding in the AM, books in the PM. Living the life.

Redigeret: maj 20, 10:20pm

^I watched the first episode of this 10 part series on Amazon, based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Underground Railroad. It is off to an excellent start, beautifully filmed and wonderfully acted but be forewarned, it can be brutal to watch. More more graphic than the book was. I hope a few of my LT pals give this a try.

maj 21, 3:57am

>123 msf59: We tried The Underground RailRoad Mark, but I found it too brutal. I’m really not good on violence on screen.

maj 21, 7:28am

>124 SandDune: Hi, Rhian. Good to see you. I completely understand on you being uncomfortable with The Underground Railroad. It was a horrific first episode but I think it expressed how ugly and terrible slavery was.

maj 21, 7:45am

Wilson's Phalarope (NMP)

^I was on the hunt for 2 different shorebirds/waders yesterday, failed to find one but did get the phalarope, actually 3 of them, feeding on the mudflats. These small waders are normally found in the western part of the country, so it is a treat seeing them in the Midwest. I had to use my scope to view them, so no pics. LIFER

maj 21, 9:15am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Friday to you. Congrats on the Lifer, especially one out of its normal range.

maj 21, 10:06am

>123 msf59: I really want to watch The Underground Railroad, Mark. I'm glad to hear it's well done, and not surprised that it's dark. We need to find the right time to start. We recently watched Chernobyl and even though it was gripping and excellent, we couldn't watch on consecutive evenings.

maj 21, 10:51am

>126 msf59: Yay for the basselope! Or whatever, long as it's a lifer.

>123 msf59: It's taking some time for Rob to feel prepared to watch the show, so slowly slowly edging towards it.

maj 21, 11:24am

Morning Mark. I haven't tried Railroad yet, but I think I'll give it a shot. Brutal is okay, but quality is important and it sounds like it is a quality show so far.

>129 richardderus: Ha Basselope, I love the reference!

maj 21, 11:34am

I'm planning to watch The Underground Railroad. Glad to hear it's so good.

maj 21, 11:41am

>128 lauralkeet: Chernobyl was something else I couldn’t watch. Jacob watched it and loved it, but I had to leave the room after about 5 minutes.

maj 21, 1:11pm

Hey Mark and Happy Friday (not that such matters to you anymore).

I thought of you last weekend when we were camping about 2 hours south of our home. We heard and then finally saw a Pileated Woodpecker up high in a snag. He was so beautiful and made such a racket announcing his territory! Then we saw a Hairy Woodpecker in the woods on one of our hikes. He was pretty, too. It was a great camping trip. No moon at night and the stars were amazing!!!

In books, I just finished Outlawed by Anna North and I'm starting Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters now. I feel like I have had such a great spring of reading!

maj 21, 1:12pm

>123 msf59: I think we'll start watching this weekend. Yay!

Redigeret: maj 21, 2:10pm

>92 msf59: Thanks for greatness grosbeak photos!

How do you keep squirrels and chipmunks (and a groundhog) from climbing up the tree and down the hangers...?

(for more "mounting bleakness," try PHILIP ROTH's THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA.)

Redigeret: maj 21, 3:38pm

>127 karenmarie: Happy Friday, Karen. Thanks in regards to the Lifer. I did see another unusual visitor this morning. Not a Lifer but first time in the state. Yah!

>128 lauralkeet: Hi, Laura. I am sure you will love The Underground Railroad. It is a series that will need to be savored and not binged. You will find that out in the first episode. ETA- I thought Chernobyl was outstanding.

>129 richardderus: Hey, RD. I would love to see a "basselope!' Sounds like a fish, a hooved herbivore & shorebird combo! I would love to hear your thoughts on The Underground Railroad series.

>130 mahsdad: Hey, Jeff. The Underground Railroad is of the highest quality. He is an excellent film-maker. Do you ever see Moonlight?

Redigeret: maj 21, 3:42pm

>131 katiekrug: Happy Friday, Katie. Good to see you. Look forward to your thoughts on The Underground Railroad.

>132 SandDune: Chernobyl was another tough watch, Rhian but also of very high quality.

>133 EBT1002: >134 EBT1002: Happy Friday, Ellen. Great to see you. Sounds like you had an excellent camping trip. Hooray for the pileated and hairy! You have several other cool woodpeckers out your way, that I would love to see. Thanks for the book update. Not familiar with those titles. I am sure you will love The Underground Railroad.

>135 m.belljackson: Hi, Marianne. Have you ever seen a grosbeak in WI? My feeders are far enough away from the trees and my shed, that they can't jump from them. I had to keep moving them to get to that point. I then have baffles on one of the poles to keep the squirrels from climbing. So far it has worked. Knock wood...

I really liked The Plot Against America but did not watch the TV series.

maj 21, 4:16pm

>137 msf59: A photo of the whole baffled feeder set up would be welcome!

No grosbeaks yet, mostly a compelling male cardinal, lovely mourning doves, my favorite singing red-winged blackbirds,
my daughter's favorite little Blue Bird of Happiness Indigo Bunting,
and maybe two high-flying eagles...we were driving up Portage Road and they were flying down, so hard to completely identify...

...only once before did my dogs, Chee and Khayman, and I see an eagle nearby - flying low over our farmhouse.
Otherwise, many big strong ones years ago along The River Road on Wisconsin's western border.

(For over-reaching bleakness, try Massacre on the Merrimack.

There's a longer strange backstory for this one to share later -
from an LT who does not read real or gruesome crime,
of which this book takes the cake, from an LT who only rarely uses any cliche'.)

maj 21, 4:22pm

>136 msf59: We made it a little less than 10min into the first episode. Rob just isn't ready. We might try again at some point but his responses are so visceral I think it'll have to be something we do in person not over Zoom.

maj 21, 5:00pm

>138 m.belljackson: I have been meaning to post a photo of my set-up but keep forgetting. i will try ove rthe weekend. Hooray for the indigo bunting. I have been seeing them regularly on my walks but have never had one at my feeders.

>139 richardderus: Probably a good decision by Ron. There is much more horror in the next 20-25 minutes. Shudders...

maj 21, 8:10pm

>136 msf59: No I haven't seen Moonlight, and I should. Now that I know its the same director, I'm more intrigued. Oscar winning filmmaker doing something different.

Just like with Chloe Zhao winnning with Nomadland (which I need to see as well), I'm very interested to see her take on the Marvel universe with The Eternals movie.

Redigeret: maj 22, 7:39am

>123 msf59: I plan to start this weekend Mark. Thanks for the heads-up on brutality.

Loving the bird photos as ever.

maj 22, 8:16am

>141 mahsdad: I recommend Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, by Jenkins. In regards to Zhao I loved Nomadland but loved her previous film The Rider even more. Try to track that one down. I hope she can pull of The Eternals film off.

>142 Caroline_McElwee: Happy Saturday, Caroline. Look forward to your thoughts on The Underground Railroad and I am glad you are enjoying the bird pics.

Redigeret: maj 22, 8:25am

"Klara and the Sun, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful that a customer will soon choose her."

I think Ishiguro is one of the most interesting authors working today, so I am pumped about reading his latest. I am starting it today. I also need to go back and read more of his earlier work. I have a couple of those on shelf, so there is no excuse.

maj 22, 8:34am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Saturday to you.

I should read The Underground Railroad. It's been on my shelves for a year and a half. Sigh. I don't have a problem watching violence if the violence is not gratuitous, so we'll see. Book first, of course...

maj 22, 8:40am

Morning, Karen. I hope you can get to The Underground Railroad. It is a terrific read. No worries about the violence in the series. It is not gratuitous in the least but just portrays a very ugly, dark time.

maj 22, 8:48am

-Snowy Egret

^ I have seen snowy egrets while in Mexico, (where I took this photo) but yesterday I got to see one here, in a local river. They normally do not track this far north, so it was a treat. Lots of birders heading to this spot to see this beauty. There was also a great egret and great blue heron in the same location and the snowy was half the size of those guys.

maj 22, 11:46am

I don't blame people for not liking to "see" violence. I can't "see" it either. I can read it, but often some scenes stay with me even when they are in print. I stopped reading Jo Nesbo because his murder scenes were simply getting too graphic for me to stomach. For that same reason, I never watched Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan. I even had trouble with Bridge On the River Kwai. I shock people when I tell them that the worst horror movie that I ever saw was Gone With the Wind. Those scenes in the railroad yard in Atlanta surely convey the wholesale slaughter that was the American Civil War very graphically.

I know that everybody has a different threshold for seeing or reading violence, but in general I think this is a problem because things are becoming progressively more and more graphic. I don't think that Harriet Beecher Stowe had a problem conveying to readers that slavery was a horror and I am certain that she didn't write scenes as graphic as writers do today. The imagination is a powerful thing writers should let their readers make more use of theirs, instead of constantly exercising their own imagination by telling readers what they see. The same thing is true of movies. Movie directors don't need to be shocking viewers as much as they do. Generally, I find that viewers get the idea and figure things out without getting blood in the face. For that tendency, I blame Sam Peckinpah. I do think Peckinpah was a great director - but, for me, his work is filled with gratuitous violence.

maj 22, 1:54pm

>148 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. Thanks for chiming in on the violence issue. I agree with you, that books have become much more graphic in their depictions of violence and so has films but I think if it is done in the proper context and not gratuitous, it can have it's place. I am fan of Peckinpah, although much of his films didn't quite work. The Wild Bunch is a masterpiece though.

Redigeret: maj 25, 4:13pm

^Marianne asked me to post my current feeder set-up. The two squirrel baffles on the left pole have so far kept the squirrels at bay. The platform feeder has become a favorite addition, although not a whole lot of birds visiting lately. Sad face.

ETA- I mowed the grass today, so it looks better than in the photo.

maj 22, 4:45pm

>150 msf59: I am trying to thwart squirrels at my feeders but have been unsuccessful so far. Grrr....

Still, I have a large number of birds visiting, so that makes me happy. Also my flowers are blooming!

>144 msf59: Just finished Klara and the Sun and I loved it. Can't wait to talk about it at my RL bookgroup. Hope you enjoy it!

maj 22, 5:18pm

Squirrels = rats with perms.

A snowy egret in Chicagoland!! I am more convinced than ever that the time to fight climate change is fifty years ago.

maj 22, 5:55pm

>144 msf59: That's rising to the top of my TBR, with only a few books with due dates earlier.

Redigeret: maj 23, 5:53am

Hi Mark, Visiting threads and just looking at all the great bird pictures!

Klara en de zon is now om my TBR.

maj 23, 6:07am

>148 benitastrnad: Interesting points as always, Benita. Not sure exactly when violence on screen or on the page becomes gratuitous but somehow we all seem to have a certain tolerance level (more for some and less for others). I do find some of Peckinpah's stuff a little too much for me and I think my tolerance level is pretty high.

maj 23, 7:21am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Sunday to you.

I really like your bird feeder setup - thanks for sharing the pic. The birds are finding food in the wild here - very few at the feeders although I did see a hummingbird yesterday, first time in a week.

maj 23, 7:36am

>151 Berly: Hi, Kimmers! Boo to the squirrely squirrels! Hooray for the birdy visitors and blooming flowers. I am not far into Klara and the Sun but I am really enjoying it. I am not surprised you loved it.

>152 richardderus: Rats with perms? Ewww...In regards to wayward birds, I think that has always happened but you are correct, it definitely has increased for various reasons.

>153 quondame: I am sure you will enjoy Klara, once you get to it, Susan.

maj 23, 7:52am

>154 connie53: Happy Sunday, Connie. Glad you have Klara on the list. Are you a fan of Ishiguro?

>155 PaulCranswick: Hey, Paul. I agree with your comments.

>156 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Glad you like my feeder set up. It could probably be spread out a bit more but I have smallish backyard. It seems like everyone has been experiencing slow feeders. 'Sup with the birdies?

Redigeret: maj 23, 7:54am

^GHO chick checking me out last week.

maj 23, 8:19am

Denne bruger er blevet fjernet som værende spam.

maj 23, 8:29am

>159 msf59: - WOW!! What a shot! You are really getting good at your photography, Mark!

maj 23, 10:14am

>159 msf59: Great picture, Mark!

maj 23, 1:03pm

>161 jessibud2: >162 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Shelley & Anita. I took several shots and that was the best. I also like to only intrude for a few minutes before I move on.

Redigeret: maj 23, 1:07pm

-Prothonatary Warbler.

^I mentioned that I have a tough time photographing warblers but this singing, beauty stuck around long enough, for me to get off a few shots. I wish it would have had a blue sky background.

maj 23, 3:17pm

>164 msf59: That protoplasmic warbler seems to be beltin' one out for the crowds!

Happy new week ahead's reads.

maj 23, 5:46pm

>159 msf59: Oh my!!!

maj 23, 7:22pm

>150 msf59: Thanks, Mark - where did you go to order the pretty baffle?

And your OWL photos - Wow!

Redigeret: maj 23, 7:48pm

>165 richardderus: Hey, RD. I believe you coined the term Warbler over here a few years back and you were spot on. This yellow beauty was singing up a storm.

>166 EBT1002: Hi, Ellen. Glad you like the GHO chick.

>167 m.belljackson: Happy Sunday, Marianne. The top plastic baffle is from Home Depot. The green bullet baffle was from Amazon, I think.

Glad you like the owl.

maj 23, 10:56pm

>3 msf59: What a poem! I enjoy the sound of the birds in the woods behind my house. They seem most active in the morning and at evensong! Yesterday a pair of gold finches visited my bird feeder.

I watched a male cardinal reach over to the female cardinal and plant a seed in her beak. It looked like they were kissing. Then, again, later, the same behavior repeated.

I have you to thank for my new obsession with birds.

maj 24, 2:45am

>157 msf59: I’m actually a squirrel lover. The town where I was brought up was unusually treeless (windswept and no big gardens with trees in them) and I don’t ever remember seeing a squirrel there throughout my entire childhood. So I’ve never quite got over the feeling that squirrels are a novelty. Where we live now there are squirrels within a five minute walk (much to Daisy’s excitement) but I’ve never seen a squirrel in our garden.

maj 24, 7:01am

'Morning, Mark! I hope you have a wonderful day.

Excellent photos of the GHO chick and the Prothonotary Warbler.

Redigeret: maj 24, 7:45am

>169 Whisper1: Hi, Linda. Great to see you. Glad you like the poem and I am very happy to hear that you are enjoying the birds and I am an inspiration. I love hearing the feeder report. Mine have been unusually slow, especially for late May.

>170 SandDune: Hi, Rhian. I am glad to hear that you are a squirrel lover. So am I, as a nature/wildlife lover, they can just be a nuisance when it comes to my feeders. We still feed them peanuts too. This is a rare, white squirrel that we saw on one of our trips to North Carolina:

maj 24, 7:47am

>171 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. It should be a wonderful day- I am not only doing a birding hike but it will also include a Meet Up.

Thanks, in regards to the pics.

maj 24, 8:00am

Happy start of the week, buddy. Aren't you glad it's not the start of the work week?

Lots of great bird photos up there. Do you feel like you're getting better with the camera? It sure looks like you are.

How's it going with The Code Breaker? I"m glad you're enjoying Klara and the Sun. I actually found the two connected by the concept of 'lifting", i..e genetic enhancements. What a time we're in.

Hope it's a good one for you today.

maj 24, 8:29am

>172 msf59: - There is, apparently, a colony of albino squirrels in one particular park here in Toronto. I haven't seen them, myself, but I know they are there.

maj 24, 9:19am

>174 jnwelch: Hi, Joe. Great to see you over here. Yep, I used to dread Mondays, now I LOVE them. Yah! Thanks in regards, to my photos. Yes, I think I am getting better but still restricted a bit by my non-professional camera but I definitely can not complain. Not surprising, I am enjoying both Klara and Code Breaker. I didn't think of a link between them, until you mentioned it. Pretty cool.

>175 jessibud2: Hi, Shelley. Thanks for the white squirrel link. Interesting read. From what I gathered about the ones in the Carolinas is, that they are not albinos but just a mutation of gray squirrels. They definitely had dark eyes.

maj 24, 9:20am

-Harry Bliss

Redigeret: maj 24, 12:47pm

>177 msf59: Heh. The Color of Rock, which I'm reading now, is set on the rim of the Grand Canyon. There's a Park Ranger and a local doctor, so there's a good deal of discussion about the idiot tourists who die each year taking selfies...honestly hadn't really sunk in that those stories were for real!

Have a great meet-up!

>170 SandDune: There aren't very many squirrels in the UK, Rhian, because our native grey squirrels have out-competed y'all's native red squirrels and driven them to near-extinction. There are more than 10x as many greys as reds...but there aren't very many of them at all compared to their native land.

Damned things are a *Menace*!

ETA spelling

maj 24, 2:40pm

>159 msf59: I love his fuzziness! Great photo.

maj 24, 3:24pm

Amazing birding photos Mark. We don't have squirrels in our garden, but the pigeons are proving very good at stealing the seed meant for the smaller birds. Quite annoying.

maj 24, 3:45pm

Hi Mark - Great photos! I love the owlet.

I didn't get to go on my bird walk Thursday as it was rained/snowed out. But it's ongoing so maybe in June.

In the meantime I have a lovely male Western Tanager hanging outside my front window today. I think that's the most colorful bird in the area - and as I see them every year, I think they probably nest here.

>177 msf59: Haha - there's a pretty funny FB group called Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of The Idiots! that you might enjoy. Actually, it's rather maddening to watch people avoid all the signs and insist on trying to kill themselves there.

No Amazon video watching for me - my internet just isn't up to it. However, I agree with Karen that I need to read The Underground Railroad, especially since I loved The Nickel Boys. Is the book also violent?

maj 24, 4:21pm

>178 richardderus: There aren't very many squirrels in the UK Umm, there are really. I was counting the grey ones as well.

maj 24, 4:29pm

>182 SandDune: About 35MM, all in. My *street* has that many!

maj 24, 5:25pm

Cheers on whatever it is you are doing, Mark. I really have no idea. I should pay more attention. Watching birds, that I know. Reading books and listening to others reading them, that I know. Ahhhh, whatever you are doing, I salute you, Pal.

I'm enjoying Circe.

maj 24, 6:00pm

>178 richardderus: Hey, RD. The Color of Rock sounds interesting. Any good? We had a lovely Meet Up. God, I love LT people. Details to follow...

>179 mdoris: Hi, Mary. Glad you like the fuzzy GHO.

>180 charl08: Thanks, Charlotte. We do not see pigeons much in the suburbs. They seem to be more of a nuisance in the city and downtown.

maj 24, 6:07pm

>181 streamsong: Hi, Janet. Glad you like the bird photos. I enjoy sharing them. Sorry, you couldn't go on your bird walk. When is the next one? Hooray for the Western Tanager. I am glad you get to see them regularly. The only one I have ever seen was here, back in December. It must have been blown off course. They are rare this far east.

I need to check out Yellowstone National Park: Invasion of The Idiots! Sounds like a HOOT. I don't recall The Underground Railroad being particularly violent or at least not graphically.

>184 weird_O: Howdy, Bill. I am usually doing the same things on a daily basis- birding in the AM, books in the PM. I also get in a fair amount of socializing here and there too. I am glad you are enjoying Circe, although I am not surprised.

maj 24, 6:12pm

>177 msf59: I was born and grew up in Niagara Falls, Mark, and let me tell you from personal experience that that cartoon is not far fetched at all. People are idiots. One time, I was standing at a rail with my future husband, very near the Falls itself, when a guy climbed over the rail and stretched out as far as he could. He had a small container in his hand and yelled to his friend that he wanted a souvenir of the water before it went over the Falls. You can't make this stuff up.

Redigeret: maj 24, 6:39pm

^An LT Meet Up, in the woods. How cool is this? Rhonda & Wendy were visiting from Portland and we planned ahead to hike the trails at the Morton Arboretum. Their lovely daughter Emma joined us too, along with Aaron, a friend of theirs from Naperville. Of course, I pointed out a few birds along the way and then we had lunch and refreshments at Legends Bar & Grill. Of course, book chatter was also on the menu. A perfect visit. This was the third time, I had the opportunity to take a LTer to the Arb! I hope there will be more.

(photo: Wendy, Aaron, Warbler, Rhonda. Emma took the photo).

^Indigo Bunting, (NMP). We got to see and hear several different buntings today.

maj 24, 6:18pm

>188 msf59: Looks like you had fun, Mark!
LT meet ups are the best.

maj 24, 6:45pm

>187 brenzi: Hi, Bonnie. Thanks for contributing to the Niagara Falls National Park: Invasion of The Idiots. I am sure there are books filled with these never-ending incidents.

>189 FAMeulstee: They sure are, Anita. With things opening up more, I hope these joyful events increase.

maj 24, 7:22pm

>188 msf59: How fun was that! Yay for meet-ups!

maj 24, 7:26pm

>188 msf59: Yay for meetups! Jealous that my fellow Oregonians made it out to see you. ; ) Hi guys!

maj 24, 8:55pm

Glad to hear you had a superb meetup and you're continuing to get some great birding in!

maj 25, 6:08am

‘Morning, Mark! Happy Tuesday to you.

Excellent photo, sounds like a lovely meetup.

maj 25, 7:09am

>191 richardderus: One of these days, I will venture to the East Coast and visit some of those precious folks, including your royal self.

>192 Berly: Hi, Kim. It was a nice visit. We all chatted up a storm, much like when we get together. Hooray for Oregonians!

>193 bell7: Thanks, Mary. Like I mentioned to Richard, I hope I can make it back to East Coast and visit some of the folks there.

>194 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. It was a perfect Meet Up. Birds, book chatter, beer. You can't beat it.

maj 25, 12:53pm

>188 msf59: Yay, LT meet ups.

I love that beautiful blue bird Mark.

maj 25, 4:03pm

>196 Caroline_McElwee: Hi, Caroline. It was a lovely Meet Up, with lovely people. Our indigo buntings spend summers here, so we see them regularly and they sure like to sing.

Redigeret: maj 25, 6:08pm

maj 25, 6:38pm

maj 25, 8:05pm

>198 msf59: No from me too!

maj 26, 3:13am

Hi Mark, I've been scrolling through your thread enjoying all the bird pictures. I am amazed at the variety and their colorfulness! We have been battling with a couple of doves recently. I think someone in the neighbourhood keeps them, but when they are let out, they make a beeline for the rafters that are right above our balcony - just outside our bedroom. It must be mating season but they come three or four times a day and go at it - cooing and calling the whole time. Unfortunately they start at 6 in the morning so we have been awakened by amourous doves the last few days. I hope it's a short mating season!

maj 26, 7:07am

'Morning, Mark! Happy Wednesday to you.

I've got a male Cardinal, a female House Finch, and Ruby-Throated Hummingbird visiting right now.

maj 26, 7:21am

>199 richardderus: >201 mdoris: Not a fan of post-electric Dylan or not a fan, period? I am a big fan of Bob, before and after.

>202 DeltaQueen50: Hi, Judy. Glad you like the bird pics. I enjoy sharing them. Sorry, about your dove issue. Do they have a nest there somewhere or is that just a comfy spot to "coo"?

>203 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Thanks for the feeder report. I have seen nothing out there yet. I did see a black squirrel yesterday back there. They are fairly uncommon here but I have seen them in Michigan.

maj 26, 8:17am

Morning, Mark!

Thanks for sharing the meet-up photo! I love seeing those and hearing about them!

maj 26, 12:35pm

>205 scaifea: Hi, Amber! You are welcome. The Meet Ups never grow old, do they? I hope to participate in more, sometime this year.

maj 26, 1:24pm

>204 msf59: My recent favorite Bob Dylan was his appearance a few years back in our local Warner Baseball Park with Willy Nelson...

sure wish he'd reprise that Tour -

There was photo online of Bob playing with Johnny Cash - add Janis Joplin and you'd really have a Tour!

maj 26, 2:40pm

Hi Mark! It was SO nice to see you, and we all enjoyed the walk and the lunch.

We did a good job cheering the White Sox against the Cards, a super-fun game; and it looks like the Cubs won last night.

maj 26, 6:32pm

>207 m.belljackson: Hi, Marianne. Thanks for chiming in on Dylan. It does not seem like there are many fans of his over here. I bet that was an amazing treat at Warner Park. I have seen Dylan live several times but I have only seen Willie Nelson when he was part of The Highwaymen, back in the early 90s, which also included Johnny Cash & Waylon.

>208 banjo123: Hi, Rhonda. I was a wonderful visit, with you and the family. I hope we can do it again. Great job cheering on the Sox. They came through, not only on Monday but on Tuesday, as well.

maj 26, 7:04pm

Hi there, Mark. Awhile back, five years maybe, when I read Lonesome Dove. it was my favorite book of the year. Now I've just started Larry McMurtry's Streets of Laredo. Glad he reminds the reader of who's who.

maj 26, 7:11pm

>210 lindapanzo: Hi, Linda. Great to see you. I am glad you decided to go with Streets of Laredo. It is a different kind of book, much darker, less expansive but I remember liking it. With the restrictions lifting, I hope we can do lunch in the near future. Oh yeah- Go Cubbies!

Redigeret: maj 26, 7:11pm

maj 26, 7:19pm

>195 msf59: Definitely let me know if/when you swing my way, Mark. I can take some time off from work and have a couple of local places where I think you might enjoy birding.

maj 26, 7:26pm

>204 msf59: Oh I think Dylan is amazing but I am an acoustic girl.

Wonderful that you have had a meet up!

maj 26, 8:08pm

>213 bell7: Hi, Mary. I would love to visit western Mass. I drove through a section of it, on our drive from Vermont back to Boston. I loved how wild and woodsy it was. Fingers crossed it happens.

>214 mdoris: Hooray for an acoustic girl! I loved his early folksy stuff too but had no problem when he plugged in. What an outstanding career he has had.

maj 27, 6:57am

'Morning, Mark! Happy Thursday.

There is not a single bird in the Crepe Myrtle or on any of my four feeders. I can hear a bird in the distance, though.

maj 27, 7:55am

>216 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. The only thing I have seen out there at my feeders, are a pair of bunnies. I think many of the birds are on the nest.

Redigeret: maj 27, 8:15am

"In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh."

I had The Aviator's Wife on my radar when it was first published in 2013 but somewhere along the way, it vanished, over-shadowed by a mountain of other books. A birder friend of mine asked me if I would like to read her copy and I said sure. I did enjoy Benjamin's earlier novel The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, so I know she is a capable writer. I will start it today.

On the audiobook front, I am nearing the halfway point in The Code Breaker, which I am continuing to enjoy, although some of it is sailing over this simple man's head.

maj 27, 8:32am

-Yellow-breasted Chat. He is in the warbler family and was singing up a storm.

-Brown Thrasher. Also singing.

^A couple of choice bird sightings from earlier this week.

maj 27, 8:54am

I once started The Aviator's Wife on audio, back in the days when my car cd player was working and I was listening to audiobooks all the time. I found the narrator grating to my ears so I returned it to the library before I finished the first disc. I do have the book on my shelf, though, so I will be interested to hear if you think it's a good read.

maj 27, 9:24am

>220 jessibud2: Morning, Shelley. Yes, a bad narrator can ruin a promising book. I will start it sometime this AM. Stay tuned.

maj 27, 10:03am

>209 msf59: I like The Highwaymen. I was a big Johnny Cash fan as a kid.

>219 msf59: Great sightings Mark.

maj 27, 10:40am

>219 msf59: A chat! What a great name for a bird.

Happy Thursday, Birddude.

maj 27, 11:24am

Finished Circe, Mark. You are correct about its excellence. And that opens up a whole realm that I've kind of avoided. Gotta get focused on what to read next.

maj 27, 11:50am

Back in ‘87, while at grad school in East Lansing, we took a road trip to see Dylan on tour with Tom Petty in Chicago. *That* was an awesome show.

Redigeret: maj 27, 12:02pm

>222 Caroline_McElwee: Hi, Caroline. The Highwayman produced just okay music but I sure loved every one of those legends, including Mr. Cash. Glad you like the pics.

>223 richardderus: Hey, RD. Yes, they gave the Chat the appropriate name. They sure love to sing.

>224 weird_O: Glad you loved Circe, Bill but I am not at all surprised. I will have to stop by and see what you will choose next.

>225 drneutron: Do you remember the venue? I was in town at that time too, returning in '86. I don't think I was as much of a fan of Dylan then. I think I preferred Petty, who I did see in concert, around that same time. Probably around the release of his solo album.

maj 27, 7:34pm

>209 msf59: Weird that there wouldn't be many more fans here given that he's our most amazing songwriter.

maj 27, 8:19pm

Another Dylan fan here. Both acoustic and electric! I admire his versatility.

maj 27, 8:30pm

I think somehow, Mark, you've completely forgotten me on your plans of LT meet ups. Me, the person who wants to meet you probably more than anyone else, oh first LT friend lol. Just kidding but if you do an East coast visit I will definitely make the trip.

maj 27, 9:23pm

>227 m.belljackson: I am in complete agreement with you, Marianne. Probably the best songwriter in American history.

>228 EllaTim: So glad to hear this, Ella.

>229 brenzi: "Me, the person who wants to meet you probably more than anyone else." That just made my day, Bonnie. I would LOVE to do a Meet Up some day with you, my friend. I have never visited that part of New York but I have wanted to. Let's hope that happens.

maj 27, 9:35pm

Turns out it was in 1986, rather than 1987, that I saw Dylan and Petty. June 26, at the Pop;at Creek Music Theater, a really nice outdoor venue as I remember.

maj 28, 7:30am

'Morning, Mark. Happy Friday to you.

I've got a male Cardinal, two male finches, and a Tufted Titmouse on the feeders. I also heard a woodpecker drumming in the woods just now.

maj 28, 7:51am

>231 drneutron: Well, you were just a youngster, weren't you? I am pretty sure I saw Petty in '89, at Poplar Creek, after the Full Moon Fever album came out. Poplar Creek closed down for a couple of decades but it recently reopened. I have not been back.

>232 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Love the feeder report. We had titmouse migrate through the area a couple of months ago but rarely see them now on our walks.

maj 28, 8:12am

^Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife. 32 years and this summer we will become grandparents. Yah! This was from Diamond Head, on Oahu.

maj 28, 8:27am

>234 msf59: Every time I visit here there are more lovely photos! Happy anniversary!!

maj 28, 8:45am

>235 scaifea: Thank you, Amber!

maj 28, 8:47am

55) Children of the Land: A Memoir by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo 3.8 stars

“When I came undocumented to the U.S., I crossed into a threshold of invisibility. Every act of living became an act of trying to remain visible. I was negotiating a simultaneous absence and presence that was begun by the act of my displacement: I am trying to dissect the moment of my erasure. “

This is a solid memoir about the immigrant experience. Castillo was five years old, when he crossed the border with his family. For the next 2 decades, it becomes a story of survival. Tales of deportation and displacement, a family, struggling to find footing in America, against draconian policies. The writing is good but could have used a little editing. Castillo is also a poet, so I would like to sample some of his poetry.

*This also worked well on audio.

maj 28, 9:25am

Happy anniversary!

maj 28, 9:45am

Happy anniversary, Mark! Lovely photo!

maj 28, 9:49am

>238 drneutron: >239 jessibud2: Thanks, Jim & Shelley! I appreciate it.

maj 28, 10:14am

Happy Anniversary, Mark and Sue!

maj 28, 10:15am

Beautiful photo to celebrate your Happy Anniversary!

maj 28, 10:33am

Happy Anniversary, Mark and Sue! You guys make such a cute couple.

maj 28, 10:44am

>234 msf59: Happy Aniversary, lovely to see you both.

maj 28, 11:03am

>241 katiekrug: >242 m.belljackson: >243 lauralkeet: >244 Caroline_McElwee: Thanks, Katie, Marianne, Laura & Caroline. Much appreciated.

maj 28, 12:01pm

Happy Anniversary, Mark and Mrs. Mark! Enjoy!!!!

Btw, we are being entertained by the calls of at least a pair of great crested flycatchers, which were new to us. I'm surprised that they are neither very big nor very crested. We also enjoy the Mississippi kites that sail around and perch at the very tops of the tress this time of year.

maj 28, 12:39pm

>233 msf59: Youngster? Well, would have been 24, so yeah, I suppose... 😀

maj 28, 12:47pm

>246 LizzieD: Thank you, Peggy. Great to see you over here. We see and hear great crested flycatchers during the summer months here. They are nice looking birds. I have never seen a Mississippi kite and hope to some day. Awesome looking birds.

>247 drneutron: Nowadays, 24 feels awful young, Jim. Yep...youngster.

Redigeret: maj 28, 12:53pm

Happy anniversary! Lovely photo!

>186 msf59: The local Audubon did bird walks every Thursday evening in May. I didn't make it to any of them, for one reason and another - with the latest being snowed out. I hope they continue in June.

I listened to a zoom talk with Mary Doria Russell earlier this week. She said she has retired from writing - no more MDR books.

maj 28, 1:01pm

>237 msf59: That looks like a good read indeed.

*grumpily trudges off to Ammy*

>234 msf59:

maj 28, 1:34pm

>249 streamsong: Thank you, Janet. I hope they continue the bird walks in June. Fingers crossed. Bummer about MDR's announced retirement. There is no question her legacy is completely intact. She may have not written a whole lot of books, compared to other others but what a high level of quality she maintained. I hope she reconsiders.

>250 richardderus: Thank you, RD. A lovely, celebratory gif you shared too.

maj 28, 3:31pm

Happy anniversary, Mark! Hope you have a great time celebrating!

maj 28, 4:22pm

Happy Anniversary, buddy, and Happy Grandparenting!

>177 msf59: Ha!

>188 msf59: Great! How'd they like Morton Arboretum?

What a cold, unappealing weather day! my last day of rehab was yesterday, and I wish it was nicer out today. We worked out with our trainer this morning (I'm happy to be getting back into that routine - with lighter weights) and it's LT and reading otherwise. That's never too shabby. My TV watching has been the Italian Montalbano movies (very well done) and NBA playoffs. I know, it's baseball time, but I"m such a basketball junkie.

Enjoy celebrating 32 years together! What a lot you've been through, I"m sure. Great photo of you two in Oahu up there.

maj 28, 6:36pm

>252 MickyFine: Thanks, Micky. Good to see you over here.

>253 jnwelch: Thanks, Joe. It sure seemed like they enjoyed the Arb. Big surprise, right? It is a nasty day and we are heading out for our anniversary dinner with friends, that share the same date.

Glad you like the photo. We had a great time in HI and hope to get back there.

maj 28, 9:00pm

Happy Anniversary to you and Sue, Mark! Many many more happy years in store, too.

maj 28, 9:08pm

>234 msf59: Happy Anniversary and many congratulations!

maj 28, 9:18pm

Happy Anniversary, Mark and Sue. And many more. Take good care of each other.

maj 29, 7:02am

'Morning, Mark, and Happy Anniversary to you and Sue! I hope your dinner out was wonderful.

We're having company today, for the first time in a year and a half. I'm childishly excited about it.

maj 29, 8:27am

>255 brenzi: >256 quondame: >257 weird_O: Thanks, Bonnie, Susan & Bill. Much appreciated.

>258 karenmarie: Good Morning, Karen and thank you. We had a great time with our friends. It ended up being a late one, so I am draggin' a bit.

Have a wonderful time with your company today. I can understand your excitement.

Redigeret: maj 29, 9:10am

Origin Story

“What is dying is the willingness to be in denial.”
—angel Kyodo williams

The heron flew away
and I wanted to tell someone  

how long it stayed, 
how close I got,

how much I missed it
even as it stood

to watch me,
large-eyed animal

that I am, terrible
at believing what I can’t see.

You see fire in the home
where we live: the world

in cardiac arrest.
A heart attack

is not the onset I want to say
to someone, it’s the flare.

It illuminates what’s already here:
the forests

illuminated, the earth
lit as an origin story.

Here you are,
I say instead,

aloud, surprised
at how close

I’ve been holding you
in the dark.

Flame yields
no new landscape.

It bares the contours
like a map

so we can see
where we’ve been all along,

can see one another
as we walk, and say,

for once, nothing 
at the fire’s steady flight, 

like a heron
lifting in loud beats, 

our silent mouths open  
as if to give it a tunnel.

-Leah Naomi Green From Poem-A-Day

"This poem was written during the summer of 2020—a season of wildfires and global BLM protests—as deep problems were becoming visible to many in power."

Redigeret: maj 29, 9:59am

-Keith Taylor

maj 29, 3:08pm

happy anniversary, belatedly!

maj 29, 3:57pm

>262 banjo123: Thanks, Rhonda. It was a good day.

maj 30, 6:29am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Sunday to you. Any birding plans for today?

>261 msf59: 👍

maj 30, 7:23am

>264 karenmarie: Morning, Karen. Yep, after taking a couple of days off, I am doing a solo run and will take off shortly. Chilly start but it should warm up nicely later.

maj 30, 9:04am

>234 msf59: Belated happy anniversary, Mark and Sue!

maj 30, 10:40am

>265 msf59: Yep = we were wearing winter coats again last week - and only one lone male cardinal at the feeder.

Migration and nesting account for part of the low numbers, yet so far something seems off from previous years...

maj 30, 12:16pm

>266 FAMeulstee: Thanks, Anita.

>267 m.belljackson: We had the heat back on for a couple of days, Marianne. That is crazy. My feeders have been busy these past few days. Nothing exotic but plenty of the regulars. Do you have hummingbird feeders set up? We have been seeing hummers too.

Redigeret: maj 30, 12:42pm

Owls of the Eastern Ice on Kindle is $1.99 today! Haven't read this one yet, have you?

Happy week-ahead's reads!

ETA size!

maj 30, 10:17pm

>269 richardderus: Hey, RD. I did read Owls of the Eastern Ice a couple of months back. I really liked it. I love that owl image.

maj 30, 11:35pm

>269 richardderus: OK, that'll do for June's nature book. And my library had it so that's a plus.

maj 31, 7:18am

>271 quondame: It is a good book, Susan. He is a solid writer and the Russia setting is interesting too.

Redigeret: maj 31, 7:50am

^Messenger Woods. This is from my solo jaunt early yesterday morning. Heard more birds than I saw, so no birdy photos but the woods were beautiful. Next topper?

maj 31, 9:17am

Nice! That would definitely make a good topper.

Redigeret: maj 31, 10:48am

'Morning, Mark. Have a lovely time at Bree's.

I've got Cowbirds, a hummingbird, and some Downys. Bird joy.

maj 31, 1:38pm

>274 drneutron: That confirms it, Jim. Thanks.

>275 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. I like the feeder report. Getting ready to leave for Bree's.

maj 31, 2:02pm

>273 msf59: Beautiful photo Mark, yes.. next topper.

maj 31, 3:36pm

Happy belated anniversary, Mark! Hope you had a good one.

>273 msf59: I agree with the others, gorgeous photo and yes, it would make a perfect topper.

maj 31, 4:34pm

It was a busy Memorial Day weekend for me. We had the funeral and burial for my Aunt who died last October from COVID. This funeral turned into a family reunion, but we forgot to take pictures. How these things escape our attention I don't know. We are so seldom together anymore that pictures are important. This migration of people from the rural areas to the cities is so sad, but for people out here it is a fact of life.

Even with all the activities I got a lot of reading done. That makes life fun.

maj 31, 6:01pm

>277 Caroline_McElwee: >278 bell7: Thanks. It will be the next topper.

>278 bell7: Thanks, Mary. It was a very nice anniversary weekend.

>279 benitastrnad: Hi, Benita. Thanks for the Memorial Day update. Sorry, to hear that no one took any photos. I am glad to hear you have been getting some reading in.

maj 31, 7:06pm

>273 msf59: Ooo! Yes, next topper goodness in that one.

Thanks for the great-grand wellwishes!

maj 31, 9:29pm

>265 msf59: I am doing a solo run and will take off shortly. Aviator? Soloing?

Nah, jes' the Birdman of Downer's Grove. Have a nice flight, ma man.

maj 31, 10:20pm

>281 richardderus: Thanks, Richard. I should start that new thread soon.

>282 weird_O: I am no aviator, Bill but I am wrapping up The Aviator's Wife which I am having a good time with. I am now interested in reading more about Lindbergh and that time period.

Redigeret: maj 31, 10:44pm

A. Scott Berg wrote a very good bio of the aviator, titled Lindbergh. My recollection is that it includes information about Lindbergh's secret family in Germany (or maybe in Austria). He lived with a woman and fathered several children with her. Damn it! Now I'm going to pull out the book and refresh my memory. This second family became known after he died, but DNA confirmed he was the father of the children. I believe the Lindbergh children (those he had with Anne Morrow) met with this European family. Did The Aviator's Wife broach this subject?

jun 1, 7:16am

>284 weird_O: I had Lindbergh on my radar for several years after it was published but just never got around to it. I hope to get to it someday. I still have a few pages left in The Aviator's Wife and that subject has not been mentioned but it does mention his many infidelities, along with hers.

Redigeret: jun 1, 7:53am

^Our May was still cooler than average, with a few spikes of warmth. I am hoping for a much steadier weather pattern for June. The coming week looks very nice...Come on birdies!

I did have a great reading month though, clocking in 13 books, including a pair of GNs. I am due a Lighting Round...

jun 1, 8:59am

>285 msf59: I'll have to check out The Aviator's Wife. You ought to check out Lindbergh.

jun 1, 9:06am

'Morning, Mark, and happy Tuesday to you!

All quiet on the bird front this morning so far.

jun 1, 12:54pm

>287 weird_O: Great, Bill. I am adding Lindbergh to my audio list.

>288 karenmarie: Hi, Karen. My feeders have been eerily quiet too.

Redigeret: jun 1, 6:44pm

"Willis Wu doesn't perceive himself as a protagonist even in his own life: he's merely Generic Asian Man. Every day, he leaves his tiny room in a Chinatown SRO and enters the Golden Palace restaurant, where Black and White, a procedural cop show, is in perpetual production."

I have had Interior Chinatown on my list since it came out early last year. Ellen & Janet recently warbled about it and that was enough for me to finally grab a library copy. I am starting it this afternoon.

jun 1, 3:36pm

I hope you enjoy Interior Chinatown, Mark. It’s on my list at the library. Happy belated anniversary.

jun 1, 4:45pm

>290 msf59: Hi Mark! I made the mistake of listening to Interior Chinatown on audio. I think the screenplay structure would be much better in print. I'll look for your comments!

jun 1, 5:27pm

>291 Familyhistorian: Hi, Meg. Good to see you. I am 60 pages into Interior Chinatown and I am enjoying it. Interesting structure.

>292 vivians: Hi, Vivian. Good to see you. I am glad I decided to do Interior Chinatown in print. Friends of mine listened to it on audio for a book club and liked it but I think this is the better format.

jun 1, 8:04pm

>285 msf59: >284 weird_O:

Does Anne Morrow Lindbergh ever explain how she could live with a Nazi...?

jun 1, 9:33pm

>294 m.belljackson: According to the novel, it was something she struggled with it but it never really explained it, other than she loved and was devoted to Charles.
Denne tråd er fortsat i Mark's Reading Place: Chapter Nine.