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9/11

The radio ambushed me first thing this morning by featuring Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A”. I will always remember sitting in my car sobbing sometime in the week after the attacks – because that song, simple and earnest and … Continue reading

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LotR Reread – rabbit hole

This was going to be just another paragraph in my second (or was it third?) post about Chapter Two … and then I dug a little deeper, and it became more than that. I don’t know quite what it is, … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (again)

So – now it’s April, 3018, and Gandalf returns. Which, by the way, is a sure sign that this time the Great Reread is meant to be: change the 3 to a 2, and in a couple of months I … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past

The talk did not die down in nine or even ninety-nine days. Tolkien really did write wonderful first lines, didn’t he? The second disappearance of Mr. Bilbo Baggins was discussed in Hobbiton, and indeed all over the Shire, for a … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: The Shadow of the Past (Prologue)

From the Foreword: As for any inner meaning or ‘message’, it has in the intention of the author none. It is neither allegorical nor topical. As the story grew it put down roots (into the past) and threw out unexpected … Continue reading

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LotR Reread: A Long-Expected Party

See? I said my LotR reread is still ongoing. Bitter despair will not stand in my way! I’ve talked about Chapter One before, but … So what? I really intended not to spend any time on “A Long-Expected Party” here … Continue reading

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Reasons

I don’t think I like this update of WordPress; I didn’t mean to upgrade, but it happened. It feels different, and I don’t like it. Right about now, there’s a lot I don’t like… Yes, the LotR reread is still … Continue reading

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LotR Reread – no, seriously

There are lots of other things I should be writing right now. I never posted anything about my Jeopardy audition (it went well, I think; I might hear back between now and November 2019, or never). I have approximately eleventy-one … Continue reading

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Heading for Jeopardy: Take Three!

I remember March 6 being kind of a crappy day – but when I got home I decided to take the Jeopardy! test that night instead of waiting until the next night or the one after. And I was honestly … Continue reading

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Murder on the Toy Town Express – Barbara Early

I think I start every review of a cozy mystery pretty much along the same lines: they’re either horrendous or wonderful, with very little in between. I’ve even started developing a list of Cozy Cardinal Sins and tropes. Such as … Continue reading

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