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The Great Dark Wings of a Hurricane: Helen R. Hull’s Last September

Dear Reader: From the shores of the big lake…. Our Copper Country weather today is seasonal – 40 F, damp, and foggy. My sour cherry tree considers the odds Buds are bulging, songbirds singing, sparrows trying to build a nest in the side of my house where one of the insulation plugs fell out – …

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8 Months, 14 Days or 258 Days, 3 Hours, 18 Minutes, 38 Seconds

Dear Reader: It has been 8 months, 14 days since I started this blog on July 17, 2011.  Seems like a good time to take stock! Reading Spot Central When I started, my goal was to a) limit myself to buying no more than 20 books in a year, b) read my own books at …

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Lutherans, Reindeer Steaks, and March Snow Showers Bring….: The Blood Spilt by Åsa Larsson

Dear Reader: It is March 30th and looks like this: I’m supposed to be in Mexico City where it is sunny and 77 F and my research team colleagues are enjoying themselves: Source: Great Lakes EPA Office (Used with Permission) But Ruby, my 14 year old retriever/collie mix, had a stroke Tuesday night so I …

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Leopold’s Apples, Cross Country Skis and Krumkake: The Leopard by Jo Nesbø

Dear Reader: Colder today – more seasonal, although early May can be like this: frosty nights and sunny days.  We had a long nearly two hour hike with friends Shelle and Jo and their dogs Darcie and Mundy. Zoe’s doing so well – she had a great time playing hard with everybody and when I …

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Do They Feel Lucky? Sex, Chips, and Barrels: Stewart O’Nan’s The Odds

Dear Reader: It’s so nice to have dog friends – other good friends who love dogs, not dogs I love, but those are excellent too. Last night Christy treated me to a lovely dinner and lots of dog talk. This morning Mark and I took Louie, Sophie, Gus, and Zoe out for 1.5 hours of …

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Colons, Thunder Dogs, Gender, and Sexuality: Helen R. Hull’s Labyrinth, Last September; Borowitz’s An Unexpected Twist; Hingson’s Thunder Dog

Dear Reader: This will be another catch up post where I talk about a number of books and stories that I’ve read in the last couple weeks…. #413) An Unexpected Twist by Andy Borowitz (kindle single) Kindle singles are long essays: somewhere between book and essay length, like a novella.  Amazon has issued 169 of …

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Making It to the Top: The Big 2-0-0…

Dear Reader: Jillian has started a great new Classics Club over at Room of One’s Own.  Yay Classics!  And sorry – I accidentally hit publish when I meant to hit save draft – email subscribers, note that this post is/was not done… The idea is that you set a personal goal of reading a certain …

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Cursuses, Diamonds, Oland, and Addisons: Four in One Mystery Monday (Magdalen Nabb, Johan Theorin, Elly Griffiths, Lauren Grodstein)

Dear Reader: Ahhh spring! 19 degrees Farenheit. 16 more inches of snow! Black ice… The flowers are so lovely this time of year (in my imagination) up here on the fabled shores of Lake Superior… OK, the upside – two days of glorious cross country skiing with Gus. It makes me laugh to see him …

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Yooper Scooping and It’s Monday! What are you/am I reading?

Dear Reader: It’s an unseasonably warm, sunny and blustery winter day up here on the shores of Lake Superior.  Still far below normal lake effect snow levels for us – seems to be striking fear or glee in the hearts of all our long-term local citizenry.  In 17 years, this is the mildest winter I’ve …

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Elizabeth Bowen’s Collected Stories (cont)

Dear Reader: I have been working my way through #12 The Collected Stories of Elizabeth Bowen (hard copy).  I am very much enjoying them. This surprises me because I had believed I’d lost the ability to enjoy short stories.  But I find myself loving these stories and finding it harder to make my way through …

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