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7646 Jim: I didn't find "Ponies" depressing. I thought it delivered a good lesson about giving up parts of ourselves just to be accepted by other people. Since the pony was imaginary, I was able to see it as such. Of course if the pony had been real, it would have saddened me.

The lesson the short story taught was impressive enough to stay with me as an insight.

“When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.” -Malcolm S. Forbes
7646 Jim wrote: "A short story that is up for a Nebula award was just posted. It's free to read & well worth it, IMO. It's everything an SF story should be. The future & moral dilemma is very near & recognizable..."

Thanks, Jim. I've saved the link in my files under "Stories to read on my computer". As I mentioned, I'm busy trying to get used to using my new Facebook website. I can understand how it can become obsessive after a while. Truly amazing, especially if you're talking to people you've known in the past. Otherwise Goodreads is better because we can center our talk about books. At FaceBook they talk about ANYTHING. I just enjoy sharing photos of relatives. I have a lot of relatives. My sisters have over 50 grandchildren for me to keep up with... and great grandchildren too.
7646 Jim: I think our bushes were affected by the cold too. Our forsythia bushes didn't bloom fully this year. Don't know why. They're usually pretty hardy.
7646 Arnie wrote: "Joy,
You should have seen me take a bath at the dog track the other day!"

We're taking a bath today. It's POURING outside.
How much $ did you lose, Arnie? :)
May 16, 2011 08:34AM

7646 Jim wrote: "Wow! That's awesome, Joy."

It sure is, Jim! I can't believe how Facebook sucks you in. It's especially fun if you have a lot of relatives around the country whom you don't see all the time. Facebook is one place you can all seem to be together and talk. It's a weird feeling. There are so many different ways to communicate. For example, a whole conversation can go on under one photograph! I can't imagine how much tricky programming goes into developing such a complicated website!!!

Of course, we see a complicated program here at Goodreads too, but Facebook seems even more complicated. I'm "talking" to neices and nephews all around the country. They are saying "hello" to OLD Aunt Joy. :) My sisters have almost 50 grandkids between them. So I'm talking to GREAT neices and GREAT nephews too. It's GREAT! LOL
May 15, 2011 10:32PM

7646 Our family started a Facebook website. Once you get started, you can't stop! There's so much opportunity for talking to each other and catching up on the news. I can't believe it's so much fun.

Not only that, I've found someone on Facebook who was my pupil when I taught 4th and 5th grades over 50 years ago! It's been amazing. She has let other students from that class know and now we're exchanging messages on Facebook. I even had a photo of the students (all girls) in 1962 when they visited us at our apartment to see our new baby. We're all getting a kick out of that photo which Eddie scanned and I posted at Facebook. It's so much fun reconnecting and sharing memories.
7646 Speaking of birds, I watched a Cardinal take a bath in our birdbath the other day. I stood frozen at the kitchen window for fear he would fly away. Such a precious sight to see.
7646 Glad to hear that the dogs did well. Congrats to Amber (and to Marg too) for winning her division's championship.

We had Romeo shaved down at the groomers last week. He looks like a different dog.
7646 Nina wrote: "The authors of the book, "Bridge," as I mentioned, are friends of mine. Three years ago they lost a daughter to cancer. She left a husband and three young children; one a toddler. My friends sold t..."

That's very sad, Nina.
7646 Nina wrote: "You once asked how they picked Coeur d Alene ID as their home. I guess it was partly because my son in law had been entertaining in ski resorts in the Alps before coming there and this small city w..."

Nina, Idaho sounds beautiful! You're lucky to be going there soon.
7646 Nina wrote: "Joy, Thanks for the NY Times list. It is interesting to see what's new. I am having a fun weekend; first went to BOOK launching party for friends of mine whose newest middle age for kids mystery i..."

Nina, I can imagine how hard it is to see your daughter go back home to ID. When will you see her again?

Here is the book you mentioned: Bridge by Lawrence Walsh

I went to Wiki and found the following about Zhou Long (I imagine the GR page is about the same Zhou Long):
"Zhou Long has been a citizen of the United States since 1999 and is married to the composer-violinist Chen Yi. In 2011 he won Pulitzer Prize in music for his opera "Madame White Snake," premiered 26 February 2010 by the Boston Opera.

Here's an article about him from the Kansas City Star:
"Zhou Long, a professor of composition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance, has won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for music."

I remember now that you told us about Zhou Long. On April 19, you said, in the Movie thread:
"Today was a bit exciting for me. An acquaintance of mine(we used to be neighbors) just was awarded the Pulitzer prize for music composition(It was for an opera.) Fun to actually know someone who won it. Besides that he is a talented humble very nice person. So glad he won it. nina"
"Yes, it is Zhou Long. I have never seen him not smiling. He had such a difficult life during the Chinese Revolution; had to work in the wheat fields as did his wife. Their triblulations are known to their friends and it is miraculous that they achieved such success in their lives. The article didn't mention it but his wife also won a world renowned prize as the best composer of music in the world. They are truly an amazing couple. They were my neighbors when we lived in the condominium three years ago until we moved to where we are presently living. nina"

(Messages #429, 432 & 434.

I remember that you told us about Zhou Long because after you told us, I wrote to our son to tell him. My son works at the Metropolitan Opera. He's a sound engineer. Small world.
7646 Hope Marg has fun at the Terrier Trials. Is she participating?
May 13, 2011 08:46PM

7646 Link to NY Times Books Update - May 13, 2011:
Short thumbnail descriptions are provided, along with links to full NY Times reviews.
Links to current Best Seller lists are provided as well.
7646 Nina, you make me wonder why I don't move south (where there's a much shorter winter).
Here's a link to an article about Dragon Wing Bigonias:
It says: "This plant is not our mother's begonia."
This is the first time I'm hearing about them.
Nina, you DO keep up with things! It's great!
7646 Nina, that sounds so lovely! Where do you get all your energy? Did you start early this year? I suppose, because your spring comes earlier in Kansas than ours in NY, the nice weather can be a great motivator.

We've had only a few good days here. I mean days good enough to take pleasant walks in mild temps with no chilling winds. I've sunned myself in the yard a few times.

Today I took a walk with Romeo. The weather is glorious... in the 70s and sunny. All the gardens are blooming. And about time too!!! All I've done so far is try to clean out the leaves from among the pachysandra. Not sure if I'll be buying many plants this year. Maybe a few bigonias.

Of course, Eddie has been mowing the lawn on his new rider mower. We had a boy come and clean the brush from the yard. That made things look much better.
7646 PPS-The co-sponsor of this event is Red Fox Books in Glens Falls, NY.

Red Fox Books
28 Ridge Street Glens Falls, NY 12801
7646 PS-I forgot to mention that the announcement-email includes the following invitation:
You're invited Thursday, May 19 from 5-7PM, to the kick-off of "One Community One Book" and a reception for the exhibition "Foodways: Documenting the Local" in the Folklife Gallery and Community Room.

Free, no reservations needed, just show up!
7646 I watched the Netflix DVD of "Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz" (2004), a documentary about Peter Allen:
(couldn't find it at IMDb)

I LOVE Peter Allen! He puts so much feeling into the music he performs.

On the DVD he sings the lovely song, "I Honestly Love You", which he wrote with Jeff Barry. It's a beautiful song and he sings it with such passion. You can see and hear Peter Allen sing the song at YouTube:
(I can actually sing along because it's in my key. Yay!)

BTW, the title of the YouTube clip is:
"Peter Allen on 'This Is Your Life' singing 'I Honestly Love You' to his Family."

"I Honestly Love You" (released in 1974)

Maybe I hang around here
A little more than I should
We both know I got somewhere else to go
But I got something to tell you
That I never thought I would
But I believe you really ought to know
I love you , I honestly love you

You don't have to answer
I see it in your eyes
Maybe it was better left unsaid
This is pure and simple
And you must realize
That it's coming from my heart and not my head
I love you , I honestly love you

I'm not trying to make you feel uncomfortable
I'm not trying to make you anything at all
But this feeling doesn't come along every day
And you shouldn't blow the chance
When you got the chance to say
I love you, I honestly love you

If we both were born
In another place and time
This moment might be ending in a kiss
But there you are with yours
And here I am with mine
So I guess we'll just be leaving it at this
I love you, I honestly love you
I honestly love you
Olivia Newton-John sings it at:
7646 I tried it at:

My new topic came up showing an image of the book above Message #1. There's a clickable link next to the image. It leads to a page where one can start a new topic about the book. The new topic would appear in the "Book Talk" section of Goodreads. (The "Book Talk" section of GR can be found by going to the EXPLORE section of GR and clicking on the tab at the right which says "Book Talk".)

Note: The book image is a different one from the one at my review.

My comment on all of this: The Goodreads program gets more complex all the time! It's fun if you can keep up with it. Questions can be asked and answered at the GR Feedback Group.
May 12, 2011 09:46AM

7646 Below is a link to my review of: She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb:

In my review I wrote:
_She's Come Undone_ (1992) by Wally Lamb

Short summary from
"A broken, overweight woman struggles to find normalcy and acceptance after a childhood of abuse and trauma."
4/23/11 - finished reading.
This book kept me interested even though I didn't find it compelling. It's told in the first-person by Dolores Price, who experiences one set-back after another. I didn't find the book depressing or maudlin. Instead my curiosity was piqued as to where the story was going and how it would end. There's a whale analogy in there somewhere which I didn't quite get. IMO, it was a weak analogy. The following GR review sums up the theme of the story very well:
"... Wally Lamb has totally tapped into how it feels to be a teenage girl, an abused girl, a girl coming into a woman, a woman having her heart broken for the first time by the man of her dreams, and a woman making it on her own after all of these things. ..."
-from the GR review of Melissa McAllister at
I'm giving the book only 3 stars because it wasn't absolutely compelling and parts of it were distasteful to me. Also, as GR reviewer, Rachel, wrote: "...some of the situations were pretty far-fetched". Rachel's review is at:

What did you think of this book?

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