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Traveling, Cooking, Reading, and Trains

The Whistling SeasonAuthor: Ivan DoigType: FictionFinished: March 28, 2019Rating: ★★★ Image from Amazon As the novel opens, Paul, who is now the Montana state superintendent of schools, returns to the one room school house he loved and reflects on his seventh grade year that propelled his course in life. Paul is the oldest of three …

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Our Souls at NightAuthor: Kent HarufType: FictionFinished: March 3, 2019Rating: ★★★★ One evening, the widow Addie goes over to her neighbor’s house to ask the widower Louis to consider something. After some hemming and hawing she gets to the point: “I wonder if you would consider coming to my house sometimes to sleep with me.” …

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The Tie That BindsAuthor: Kent HarufType: FictionDate Finished: Feb. 27, 2019Rating: ★★★★★ Image from Amazon Roy Goodnough was a mean son of a bitch. When first introduced he seems almost comical, “But Roy now, I suppose Roy would have come [to the West] anyway, even if Indians were still here. He was about enough of …

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Post Date: April 3, 2019 In the early 1970’s Craig was the pitcher for The Rural Raiders – our slow-pitch softball team in Caldwell Idaho. As his battery mate behind the plate, I appreciated his steady, unflappable presence on the mound. Craig was as skilled, quiet and understated as I was inept, loud and clownish. …

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These aren’t the best images; I’m shooting through glass and into the sun which gives some wicked reflection. But the subject is something I’ve been trying to capture for a while. I’m at the breakfast table eating and reading when I look out and sure enough there are two pair of wood ducks hanging out. …

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Homicide: A Year on the Killing StreetsAuthor: David SimonType: Non-FictionDate Finished: February 24, 2019Rating: ★★★★ Image from Amazon Back in the 1990s I caught a few episodes of the crime drama “Homicide: Life on the Streets”. I liked it but we were busy raising our kids and didn’t watch as much TV. In subsequent years …

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Visit Dates: March 1-3, 2019 On Friday March 1 our little expedition group split up. Carla and I headed to MoMA (Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art) while Nancy and Linda went to the 9/11 Memorial. Carla and I visited the memorial during our 2016 trip. The 9/11 Memorial is a must stop if you haven’t …

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