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message 1: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 768 comments Dry, hot, moaning about the weather is a national sport alongside queuing !
Still Offline Offline with HW Anne Holt.
Next up on the list The Art of Fielding.


message 2: by Ellie (last edited Jul 03, 2018 04:33AM) (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Hi Ice--good to hear from you!

I really liked The Art of Fielding, a very interesting and enjoyable book. I also like Holt--I read (1222 which I remember liking a lot.

I've been thinking of you. I'm reading Norwegian by Night which is, among other things, something of a Nordic Noir (although the main character is an American Jew who has come to Norway to live with his daughter and her son and who witnesses a murder in his own home).

Groaning about the weather is also popular here in NYC. We've had temps around 100 degrees for several days. I was actually out yesterday and in Manhattan which is an oven but today I'm staying in with the AC!


message 3: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2425 comments out in the absolute wild west coast, this morning I think I'm connected.
Big thanks to Ice who seems to have picked up the slack and anointing our July comments so justly
I am camping and connecting with the Camino Jump for Peace.
And reading in some inspiring spots. wish I could include photos


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments I like the idea of Just July with its ambiguity. 'Just' as in exactly, or 'just' as in recently, or 'just' as in justice.

Warlight is an amazing novel, with deceptive simplicity and lovely language.

I am now reading Our Man in Havana with an introduction by Christopher Hitchens, who is such an intelligent writer. He could write brilliantly on just about any topic.

I am also rereading Man and His Symbols, a book I first read in paperback (before Goodreads) and now I am reading a hardcover copy with many more images, many in colour.


message 5: by Megan (new)

Megan | 224 comments Happy July! I'm celebrating summer by starting to read The Snow Walker, not the most appropriate summer read, but we did have a big hail storm on Sunday at our place, so it's not totally out of place.

Happy reading everyone!


message 6: by Ice, Pilgrim (last edited Jul 03, 2018 11:19PM) (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 768 comments .... and over the border for many of you they have a special day, perhaps they should celebrate by choosing a new president ...... albeit unlike many politicians he tries to do what he says ....... and then 180 degrees (not the temperature).


message 7: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Ice wrote: ".... and over the border for many of you they have a special day, perhaps they should celebrate by choosing a new president ...... albeit unlike many politicians he tries to do what he says .........."

I'm not celebrating this holiday, especially not this year. Unfortunately what he says is a nightmare and what he is doing is completely destroying whatever democracy we ever had. Even if we (hopefully) get rid of him at the next election, the damage he has already done is incalculable. Look at the Supreme Court, as well as many lesser courts, now stacked as extreme right wing instruments. And then, of course, there are the children...


message 8: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Mary Anne wrote: "I like the idea of Just July with its ambiguity. 'Just' as in exactly, or 'just' as in recently, or 'just' as in justice.

Warlight is an amazing novel, with deceptive simplicity an..."


Loved your post Mary Anne. I loved Warlight, such a beautiful novel.

I'd also like to reread Our Man in Havana with its new introduction. I'm a big Greene fan.

And, like you, I read Man and His Symbols in paperback years ago. Thanks for making me aware of this new edition: sounds like something I "need" to have!

I just finished Less which is lightweight but a very enjoyable, likeable, book. Also still reading Norwegian by Night: I loved the first quarter but finding it hard to maintain my interest through the action part of the plot.


message 9: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments The Problem in the USA is not just the person at the top. This seemingly singular event is actually part of a long-standing historical disregard for the poor and the different- colour, religion and other. Corporations have become the traditional lords of the manor, exacting work from poorly paid workers. Corporations are powerful enough to orchestrate much of the malaise in the world, think wars that fund arms' factories, and market control that destroys local productivity.


message 10: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments @Elle -- I do not think that Man and His symbols in hardcover is a new edition. It may have been published first (1964) but been too expensive for me back then. I found this hard cover edition in a library book sale table.


message 11: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Mary Anne wrote: "The Problem in the USA is not just the person at the top. This seemingly singular event is actually part of a long-standing historical disregard for the poor and the different- colour, religion and..."

I agree but I also think that the person at the top needs to go for any progress to be made in the other areas. Although I have no idea how to demolish the corporations and the power of a few obscenely wealthy people and groups. I live close to a state of despair. I don't think the U.S. has ever been "good" but now we're in freefall to absolute evil.


message 12: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 768 comments History repeats - Roman Empire springs to mind ....


message 13: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Still, this is extremely painful for me who actually lives here.


message 14: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments If we compare USA to Roman Empire, which part of its history are we referring to?


message 15: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 768 comments An economic and military power house based on a civil elite, you can throw in one or two mad Emperors as well !


message 16: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Magdelanye wrote: "out in the absolute wild west coast, this morning I think I'm connected.
Big thanks to Ice who seems to have picked up the slack and anointing our July comments so justly
I am camping and connecti..."


Don't know if this will reach you but it sounds wonderful. If you can, please do send pictures. I don't know the area but I imagine it's beautiful!

You are an inspiration to me Magdelanye for your courage and ability to find beauty wherever you go.


message 17: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments I see the USA as an empire in decline in similar fashion to the Roman Empire near its end, when they were militarily overextended in the far stretches of their empire - think of all the US military installations all over the world, the various 'socialist' governments they have overthrown, and their kowtowing to corporations who want dominion over foreign markets. While the Roman empire expanded, people at home were strongly divided among the rich and poor and enslaved, and events like the hordes of invasions and the new Christian religion helped to cause the empire to crumble.


message 18: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments Happy Friday all!!
This weekend my youngest daughter - the one with whom I live in Vancouver - and I are going to drive to Seattle to visit another daughter. I will get to see 2 grandsons - 4 and 2 years old.


message 19: by Ice, Pilgrim (new)

Ice Bear (neilar) | 768 comments The Grandsons finish for the holidays this week, and normally the weather changes to rain, but not on the forecast this year !
Suncream and shades and Ice cream.


message 20: by Petra (new)

Petra | 884 comments It's a hot one here, too, Ice. Sounds like a good start to summer vacation for your grandsons. I wish them a wonderful summer.

I set myself a personal goal to run an elevation of 1500 meters in July. Stupid me! But then, who would have thought that July would be this hot. I'm so close to my goal, yet am very tired (my legs are complaining) and this week will be very hot (if it goes as predicted). I need to pull deep to get another 3 hilly runs in this week to make this goal and hopefully push that to 1600 meters (1 mile)!! I'd be stoked if I ran uphill for 1 mile in one month.

Other than that, things have been quiet. I'm going to retire in January and have been crunching through the numbers. We're trying to get an appointment to see a financial advisor this week. I think that's the last determination to see if there's a reason that we shouldn't retire.

How is the summer going for everyone? Doing anything exciting? Going anywhere exotic?

We're staying home this week and I'm looking forward to just puttering around the house and yard.


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

Magdelanye | 2425 comments GR seems to have updated. Comment box more awkward than ever. Worst, in the middle of my post all of a sudden everything disappeared, including the app itself from my shortcuts :-(
I'm on my phone and can hardly believe how anyone could believe this is a better configuration


message 22: by Megan (new)

Megan | 224 comments omg @Magdelanye I can't even post with the goodreads app anymore it's too frustrating.

I just started reading a very interesting book, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, it's a mix of botany and indigenous teachings.

I'm going camping next month, hopefully we have nice weather! We were at the beach this past weekend and got rained out.


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

Magdelanye | 2425 comments Me too Megan
This is my 3rd attempt this am
And they say this is an upgrafe


message 24: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Petra: Congratulations on your upcoming retirement. I hope to retire in June. Good luck with your run--it was horribly hot here in the beginning of July but is now just ordinarily hot.

Magdelanye: I can't use the new GR app at all. It must be so frustrating for you.

Megan: Enjoy your camping trip! I'm sorry about your beach trip; my day trip was cancelled because of rain. I really want to get back to the beach.

As for me, I'm not getting nearly as much reading done as I thought I would. Mostly I'm working on my poetry and practicing the guitar (progress is slow but I'm enjoying the process). I am reading Henry A. Giroux's book, Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, which is fascinating but painful and enraging. To offset that I'm also reading a (sort of) memoir by poet Eileen Myles, Inferno. Very romantic (to me) story of a working class girl coming to NYC in the late 60s to become a poet. And even more satisfying since she succeeded.


message 25: by Petra (new)

Petra | 884 comments I don't use the app. It sounds awful!

Ellie, I'm happy for you! You've had such a rough time at work; it will be pleasant to retire & relax.
Guitar & poetry are wonderful ways of spending time.

Megan, sorry about the soggy beach day. Hopefully your camping trip will be dry. How long are you going for?


message 26: by Megan (new)

Megan | 224 comments Petra, so exciting about concrete plans for retirement. Congrats!

We're going camping in the foothills of Alberta for 5 days, so we're hoping for some sunny weather and no forest fires. Last year in Jasper we couldn't see the mountains for all the forest fire smoke!

We have another beach day planned for this Saturday and it's supposed to be nice.
@Ellie, there's nothing quite like a fun beach day to lift the spirits that's for sure. :)


message 27: by Magdelanye, Senior Flight Attendant (new)

Magdelanye | 2425 comments https://caminoworldpeaceproject.com/

so if that link works, it is our new website.
I am back in Powell River for a few days, then jumping on to ArtsWells

Hoping all of you are enjoying the summer at last.


message 28: by Mary (new)

Mary | 204 comments @ Magdelanye - Nice website! Lots to think about.
Glad to hear from you.
Enjoying the summer is an exaggeration with the heat that Vancouver is getting. At least we are getting some sauna benefits perspiring so much when walking anywhere.
@Megan - Hope you have had or will have a great 5 days in Alberta.
@ Ellie - Poetry and guitar sounds like a Beat combo. My instrument is a piano keyboard.
@Petra - Retirement is a time to retire from paid work to unpaid work. I find I am busier now than before, tending the balcony garden, making quilts, trying new vegan recipes, and taking courses - Qi Gong is one.
@Ice - Sunscreen, shades and ice cream - sounds like a great combo but not in a milk shake I hope.


message 29: by Petra (new)

Petra | 884 comments Mary Anne, those are the types of activities I'm looking forward to. It sounds perfect.
How long have you been taking Qi Gong? My Tai-Chi instructor has added that to our sessions. It's fun (although I don't have the exercises in my head yet; I still need him to follow along with).

It sure is hot here. I'm staying indoors as much as I can. The garden is being neglected.

Does anyone know how to get rid of a mole in the lawn?


message 30: by Ellie (new)

Ellie (elliearcher) | 1278 comments Mary Anne wrote: "@ Magdelanye - Nice website! Lots to think about.
Glad to hear from you.
Enjoying the summer is an exaggeration with the heat that Vancouver is getting. At least we are getting some sauna benefits..."


I love the keyboard! I studied piano for many years and just took some refresher lessons. So much fun.


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