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message 1: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments may the new season be gentle with the world!
starting a new cycle
may it be more accommodating


message 2: by Petra (new)

Petra | 779 comments Almost haiku, Magdelanye! That was my first thought on reading this. Nice introduction.


message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary | 203 comments May we also be gentle with the world! It needs our love.


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary | 203 comments I just finished Forest Dark and need to think about the book before I say anything about it. Nicole Krauss is a good author and the novel is complex.


message 5: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments I'm in the middle of Thr History of Love right now. It's wonderful.
As is your intro to October Magdelanye.


message 6: by Petra (new)

Petra | 779 comments I won a poetry book in the GiveAways: Learning to See in Three Dimensions: Poetry. I'm looking forward to receiving it. I was intrigued by the subject matter of the poems. Now, looking at the history of the author, I'm even more intrigued. She's had a difficult path to follow.


message 7: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments @MaryAnne Like your addendum to October's wish! Waiting eagerly for the controversial ( see GR reviews) new NK and interested to see which way you'll feel. I'm very ambivalent about All Gods Children. Glad to be finished with it and not sure i will go for Child Finders.

@Petra lucky lucky! I'd not heard of this amazing poet and her twin and now very keen to explore her work.. Hope the library will have

@Ellie, hope things have settled down at school and you are good with the outcome for now.

A beautiful day here on the west coast! cheers friends!


message 8: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments @MaryAnne just now listening to cbc and they've announced a wonderful series of music opening in Ottawa with a concert by Alexina Louie for 3 violins on Tues. It's called something like ideas of the North and I hope this is enough info for you to find out about all the other events


message 9: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments Beautiful day here too-wonderful October weather, warm with a lovely breeze.

Exciting news: the poet I studied with over the summer wants me to work 1:1 with him.


message 10: by Petra (new)

Petra | 779 comments Ellie, that's wonderful! What a marvelous opportunity! What does this entail?

I had a lovely day: went for a run, baked some squares, made chowder for dinner, spent time in the garden and did a bit of reading.

As Magdelanye said, we had a beautiful day here on the West Coast. I hope this hangs around for a few days.


message 11: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments We have been lucky to have beautiful weather in Ontario as well. It was a bit chilly first thing but the rest of the day was all sunshine!

Congrats Ellie - that sounds fabulous!

Today included a bit of kid taxi driving, making some home made soup and getting caught up on my reading of Beneath the Wake for book club. The author had been a local infections disease doctor and is joining us so it should be an interesting discussion. I have to say that I have never been on a cruise but will never think of those ships the same!!


message 12: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments Wow Ellie, as Petra wondered, what does 'working with ' entail? I'm thinking, prepublication, how exciting. Do we get to know who this poet be?

Also glad to hear that this beautiful day stretched itself out over the continent.
I did little today but read and bask a bit in the sun.
Finished up my cross country challenge yesterday and so today the delightful task of choosing a couple of new books. I've started Utopia for Realists which sounds like science fiction but is more like poli-sci. And I'm pleased to have gotten so quickly the novel written by Mishra Panuk who wrote that wonderful study on the Buddha that I loved so much a few months back.


message 13: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments actually, his name is Pankaj Mishra 🙄


message 14: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments I believe "working with" means editing my poems more intensely-and, yes, working toward publication. As he is a professor at NYU (and someone I've worked with over the past year through online classes), he is someone I deeply respect (also, he's a fine poet himself).

But yes, it's feeding my dreams of publication. But also, I'm a little afraid (a lot) that I'll disappoint him. Although he does already know my work.

Sounds like you all are reading such interesting books! I just finished a wonderful collection of poetry, Please Bury Me in This by Allison Benis White (who wrote another volume I loved, Small Porcelain Head). And I finished The History of Love which was wonderful. Very poetic and touching. An important character was someone who had survived Hitler's holocaust.

@Magdelanye: I'm especially interested in the work by Mishra Panuk. Can't wait to read your review!


message 15: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments That sounds amazing @Ellie!!! publishing would be so exciting!!


message 16: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 740 comments I have returned from a short holiday after wrestling with The Stars Dispose and enjoying Reykjavík Nights: Murder in Reykjavík.


message 17: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments I loved The stars dispose and the sequel as well.

We are all going to be able to say re Ellie, we knew her back when, before she was famous!


message 18: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments Eek! After a long roll of wonderful books I have entered the slough of meh with my fiction :-(
Sorry to report Ellie that the Pankaj Mishra was not nearly as wonderful as his n.f. And Nicolas Dickners Six Degrees of Freedom, at the halfway point, is not engaging me. I so loved his other two books so it's a bit of a dissappointment.
Hope everyone else is having a lovely long weekend, and that includes Ellie who won't be celebrating Thanksgiving yet. I guess MaryAnne will be the lucky one in Canada now but home in time for another


message 19: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments I am thankfull to report that the Dickner is in fact more clever than I am :_)
can't say that I'm not still feel confused and frustrated but in a more interested and good way.
May we all including our partners and childrens be suffused with radiant health and loving vitality!


message 20: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments Just a shoutout to everyone here. Hope you are all well.

I am so busy with work and poetry that I'm not doing much reading. Working on Sherman Alexie's memoir You Don't Have to Say You Love Me about his troubled relationship with his mother. Don't know how I feel about this yet.

Also just started a beautiful volume of poetry, Forest Primeval by Vievee Francis and am struggling with the more difficult yet powerful Calling a Wolf a Wolf.

What's everyone else doing?


message 21: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments lovely to hear from you Ellie and that your happy/busy
Been thinking of you as I read another of your recommendations, Open City. I see why it is surely more meaningful to you, being familiar with the N.Y. territory, but I'm finding it interesting.
There seem to be different poets available on different coasts! I'm reading Michael Crummey s latest collection.
Hope everyone else in our little group is well and coping with the lengthening dark.


message 22: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments my reading has slowed down this fall, being back to work and starting my after work job of carpooling swimmers has cut back on my reading time! I have been doing a bit more listening and am currently indulging in my childhood love of Little House on the Prairie and listening to Caroline: Little House, Revisited. @Magdelanye - the lengthening dark just makes it harder for me to get up in the mornings!!!


message 23: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments ah life, it does rather interfere with reading😃Susan, does your swimming escort duty include waiting around? I remember pleasant days filling time waiting for my son at swimming lessons or just hanging around a park bench while he played with the other kids as prime opportunities for reading and writing. Now that my son is older than me (well he acts like it) I really miss those days.
@Petra Today looking at a friend's groups page I noticed the group A Year of Reading Proust. I don't think it's very active, but you might find it fun to scroll through
Ellie I finished Open City. I need to read your review again because honestly, it took such an odd turn, and the ending was so flat that it was a real wtf for me. But if I ever revisit New York or Brussels I could use this as a fascinating guidebook. Of course there's a lot more to this book and he does bring an interesting twist to the theme of unreliable narrator.
I'm wondering how Ice is doing with all the brexit fuss, and if MaryAnne is ready to go home?
My sleep has been surely challenged by the quick change in weather this past week. When I wake up in the morning now I'm never sure if its actually morning yet or still night.


message 24: by Ice, Pilgrim (last edited Oct 19, 2017 11:52PM) (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 740 comments Brexit - seriously who cares, we made a democratic decision based on a vote that was poorly constructed, and our politicians have no inkling as to when its best to say nothing. I've always considered myself to be a European so I am saddened by the original decision and not surprised by the following indecision.
Reading some historical fiction from the 15th century and guess what - our leaders at the time were back and forth to the European mainland - in nearly 600 years nothing has changed !
Plenty of Ann Holt books awaiting on the bedside tbr and Peter May: The Lewis Man plus The Art of Fielding, Millenium 5 The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye and A Column of Fire - that should see me through my favourite season.


message 25: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments @Magdelanye - no reading with the swimming these days. The kids are old enough to get dropped off with their swim buddies for practice and at the meets, I always carry a book which never seems to get open as I talk to all the swim parents. I can listen to my books on one way of driving but not when the kids pile in!!! They are enough entertainment on the drive!!

I hope everyone is enjoying a nice sunny weekend wherever you are!


message 26: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments Ice wrote: "Brexit - seriously who cares, we made a democratic decision based on a vote that was poorly constructed, and our politicians have no inkling as to when its best to say nothing. I've always consider..."

Hi Ice-I've read all on your list except A Column of Fire (and the Ann Holt) and enjoyed them all-especially The Lewis Man which I loved (I immediately read the others in the series) and The Art of Fielding which I found interesting and well-written.

Sad that so little has changed over the centuries. Just our ability to destroy ourselves has improved.


message 27: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1217 comments ❀ Susan wrote: "@Magdelanye - no reading with the swimming these days. The kids are old enough to get dropped off with their swim buddies for practice and at the meets, I always carry a book which never seems to g..."

Beautiful weather here-very warm for October.

We went up to Sleepy Hollow last night for a poetry reading. The Hollow looks great-all dressed up for Halloween, clearly a major event there!


message 28: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments @Ellie - that sounds like so much fun!!!


message 29: by Petra (new)

Petra | 779 comments Happy weekend!
Today we went to the new Children's & Women's Hospital tour. I think it's a progressive and wonderful place for kids to be born and to get treatment as they go through life. Some of the playrooms are astounding. The rooms at comfortable, all have windows for natural lighting. There's colour everywhere. That's just scratching the surface.
The big move is next Sunday. All patients will be moved from the old to the new building. It's going to be a busy day. Our entire department will be there, moving equipment & setting it up.

Ellie, it's good to hear about your poetry. I so enjoy your updates. It must have been great to visit Sleepy Hollow at this time of year. How thrilling! ...and spooky! LOL!

Susan, carpooling the swimmers around must be fun. Kids are always so lively and fun to have around (that energy is tiring, too....you must be exhausted at the end of the day).

Magdelayne, I joined and followed A Year Of Reading Proust but there was no activity. I even posted a comment to see if it would draw anyone in but it didn't, so I left the group. That's really a shame. I would have enjoyed some discussion and maybe learned some insight into the work.

I've had a rather quiet week. I had a cold and just managed to get to work and back every day. I was beat every evening. On the plus side, I managed to get a fair amount of reading done.


message 30: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments Nice to catch up with you all
I love it that we are so scattered yet connected on our flight path.
@Petra wow to the great move. I actually spoke with my sister Barbara a couple of weeks ago and she mentioned nothing about a move. Will everyone be moving? Will you have a nicer personal workspace?
Sorry to hear you were sick too. I am feeling much better now myself and hope that that's it for sick this season for me. As i get older for some reason it seems quite a bit more arduous to look after myself, though it could have something to do with how isolated I am, and the effort needed to coordinate with the local buses.
So I think of you Petra and Susan as well,with your long commutes, Ellie in New York with all its busyness, MaryAnne with all her projects and traveling and grandchildren, ditto Ice! and I'm filled with admiration and respect. Include in that Susans amazing energy in keeping up your blog and being such an attentive host to the CC group, Plus Ellies branching out and especially standing up to get a more palatable deal at work...it really is amazing.
But I am also sorry that the Proust group didn't work out for you Petra. Maybe yours was the'last comment 5 months ago'

@Ellie Were the poems creepy as well? ;-) In The midst of the very Canadian Michael Crummey s latest collection is a poem called The New Yorker. It starts
He was the most exotic
creature I'd ever met....fresh from the airport...

End of late night musings. Back to my books
Cheers All with a wide open Sunday!


message 31: by Petra (new)

Petra | 779 comments Good morning!
I am feeling better now, Magdelayne. Just a few minor symptoms left....they can be ignored. Mostly my energy and brain power are back. LOL!

There are a few of areas that are not moving. A few of the Children's clinics and the Women's postpartum/antepartum wards are staying where they are.
All ORs (Women's & Children's), Children's wards (all patients), Emergency, Nuc Med, etc are moving.
Unfortunately, my department is not moving. We've long outgrown our space and desperately need more. Whoever designed the new hospital designed only for the patients. Granted, they are the most important. However, there's no design thought to support services or food. There's no cafeteria; family and staff have to go to the old cafeteria, which is really small. I'm not sure how it'll accommodate the families.
That said, each new ward has a wonderful staff lounge. The lounges really are amazing. They are fully equipped like a kitchen, comfy couches, nice table & chairs, windows. I'd like to spend my lunch in them. A few even have massage chairs! Bonus!

That last comment in the Proust group probably was mine. That's about the time that I left. If it's from a "deleted member", it's probably me.

Today looks lovely. The sun is shining. Looks like a great day. I have no plans at the moment.


message 32: by Mary (new)

Mary | 203 comments Hi all. Hope the flu/cold has abandoned everyone and that your immune systems are stepping up to protect you from the onslaught of anything else that comes your way.
I am reading Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Enlightenment and it is blowing my mind or do I have a mind to blow away? It is one of the most elegant and easy reading description of Buddhist ideas, such as no-self, and the difference between nothingness and fullness.
I was disturbed by The Vegetarian and its questions about sanity, insanity, art's beauty, and abuse.
Bellevue Square is a post modern novel which makes promises it cannot keep, is self-referential, and calls into questions the role and existence of an author. There are parts in it that could be left out to make a better novel, but then would it really question reality as we know it.
I have been reading the series The 39 Clues to see if any of grandchildren would like it, and I find them fun reads between other texts. They are very plot driven with globe hopping and dagger dodging excitement.
I also read I Am a Truck and worry about literary moral ambiguity. Does literature need to be moral? Or even consistent?


message 33: by ❀ Susan (new)

❀ Susan G (susanayearofbooksblogcom) | 55 comments @Mary Anne - I picked up the Vegetarian when it was chosen for an award and was shocked by the story. It is one, like The Bear that sticks with you as it is so shocking.

I am in the midst of Bellevue Square also. Anyone else reading fro the giller's?


message 34: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments The joys of being able to communicate like this are offset by the irritations.
I posted my reaction to the last few comments not immediately but after a bit of pondering. I can see I am going to have to read the vegetarian. Susan I think it was your initial reaction to it that really put me off it. At this stage of the game I am finding myself saying more often I don't think I need this.
Now I'm getting the impression that MaryAnne loves it.( from your comments on our other group.) Maybe it's something to do with getting older, trying all sorts of things that I had easily passed by. Not that I am regretting getting involved in internet groups, I cherish my remote friends, but i have to laugh at how what once was out of character is a vital part of my days.

Right now I'm just finishing off a batch of books I had ordered for the cross country challenge in the Canadian Content group.
I'm anticipating next plunging into the books that arrived last week, Giller nominees and some poetry.
@Ellie Reading Rachel Solnit on New York, and of course Open City along with your comments are really clicking for me as I imagine you moving through those spaces they so vividly invoke.
I'm keen to hear how your mentorship is evolving!
Wish i could refer back to the comments but maybe this is long enough.
May all be well


message 35: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2244 comments oops that's Rebecca Solnit, and the book is Wonderlust.
My ex had twin daughters Rachel and Rebecca so it's a common mistake for me:-)


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