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  2. Please join us for our next weekly literary chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on February 24th 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT), February 25th -- for next discussion of: "Open Season at the Cafe' Rumba: by Julia Rocchi. The story is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post. It's a pleasant, somewhat humorous confection, and like most of the stories in the SEP, an easy, entertaining read. I think you will like it. The story is available on line at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/12/29/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/open-season-cafe-rumba.html Webchat address: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I think the story will lead to a interesting chat with plenty of opportunity for entertaining digressions. I hope to see you all at the chat.
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  4. Please join us for our weekly literary chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on February 17th 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT), February 18th -- for our next discussion. By popular demand I have found another tale by Henry van Dyke (the author of our last story) to see if he was consistently a producer of stories that Nan likes or simply a one hit wonder. We will discuss van Dyke's story "Humoreske". I did some research on van Dyke and learned that following from Wikipedia: "Henry Jackson van Dyke Jr. was born on November 10, 1852, in Germantown, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Henry Jackson van Dyke Sr. (1822–1891), a prominent Brooklyn Presbyterian clergyman known in the antebellum years for his anti-abolitionist views. Henry graduated from Poly Prep Country Day School in 1869,[3]Princeton University, in 1873 and from Princeton Theological Seminary, 1877. He served as a professor of English literature at Princeton between 1899 and 1923." "Van Dyke chaired the committee that wrote the first Presbyterian printed liturgy, The Book of Common Worship of 1906. In 1908–09 Dr. van Dyke was a lecturer at the University of Paris. By appointment of President Woodrow Wilson, a friend and former classmate of van Dyke, he became Minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg in 1913. Van Dyke resigned as ambassador at the beginning of December 1916 and returned to the United States. He was subsequently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters and received many other honors as an author and educator. He died on April 10, 1933. He is buried in Princeton Cemetery." In my opinion, his education as a minister and long involvement with the Presbyterian Church had a large effected the moral issues evident in those of his stories which I have read. Many of his stories read more like essays than fictional tales, but all of his writings seem to contain a humanistic albeit very conservative Christian viewpoint reflected in the values espoused by his characters. This selection is more of a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl in the end type of story, but unlike the typical slick magazine treatment of young love, this story does not trigger the gag effect found in the stories finding their way into scripts for Halmark Movie Channel shows. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at: https://americanliterature.com/author/henry-van-dyke/short-story/humoreske Webchat address: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at the chat.
  5. Please join us for our weekly literary chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on February 10th 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT), February 11th -- for a discussion of "The Keeper of the Light" by Henry va Dyke. In my opinion, this week's story is one of the best we will have discussed in the past year. Although it is a bit longer than our usual (20 pages instead of our usual 10 or so), it reads very quickly. It is an interesting tale based in a family's understanding the responsibility and the importance of weighing responsibility against convenience and living with the correct balance. I hope you will appreciate it as much as I. The story is available on line at: https://americanliterature.com/author/henry-van-dyke/short-story/the-keeper-of-the-light Webchat address: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Please note: because the story is a bit longer than our usual, you may want to start reading it earlier in the week, especially if you are used to reading the story an hour or so before our chat. It is well worth the extra time you devote to it. I hope to see you all at the chat.
  6. Wall mural

    His paintings are excellently done, his carvings? Even more so. Thanks for sharing these.
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    He is really talented. I like the top carving that looks like the inside of a shell that has a spiral shape.
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    Another more recent piece by Jodam
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    Here are a couple of his sculptures the first one comes with a note from him as follows : "As a creative carver, I always make a point of challenging myself to be able to leap when most others would only jump. A couple of years ago, I was given an old piece of marble tile by a neighbor, she told me that she carried the tile all the way from America to the Philippines and that she wanted the stone to be fashioned into a carving as a safe-keeping memory of her growing up in a house somewhere in America. So for two years I kept the stone at the entry way to my studio while muling over what shape was best for the stone. Then one day I brought home a couple of broken shells from the beach and left them on the tile. That was how my mind was able to tag onto the shape you now see here."
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    He has a couple of sculptures on his FB I'll post them here and no I've not told him lol ... I will one day maybe
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    I agree, they are very good. If you have any pictures of his sculptures, I'd love to see them too. lol, did you tell him he now has a following in the US?
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    Those are quite good. Thanks for sharing Nan.
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    A PNG friend of mine received an award yesterday in the Australia Day Awards, his award says he is a Senior Contributor. He is involved with our local "Mens Shed" which is a huge building where the local menfolk can gather and create all sorts of things, without the women around to interrupt them. Jodam is one of those men and not long ago became an Australian Citizen. His award was in recognition of the mural he painted along the front of the shed. I took some photos for him this morning so he can send them to family in PNG and thought I'd post a couple of time here. One shows the building with the mural along the length of it and the other shows part of the mural with a post in front that has also been painted. Jodam's maintings are quite good, he is also a very talented sculptor and some of his pieces are excellent.
  14. It would have been pretty scary to be around when that blew up and I have been told the noise is incredibly loud too
  15. This picture looks like lave bombs in a few places.
  16. Yes Koach .. I've been lucky to have been able to live in a couple of countries that were definitely at first, out of my comfort zone. I have had some great adventures along the way and I am so pleased I had the chance to do something completely different. I learned a lot about people and different cultures along the way too
  17. The Discussion originally scheduled for January 27th has been postponed until the following Saturday. Please join us for our next Readers' Corner discussion at 8:30 PM (EST) on February 3, 2018 [1:30 AM (GMT) February 4th for those in other time zones] for a discussion of the short story "Happy Birthday Patrick" by Christopher J. Adams. This story is science fiction, but it doesn't deal with the iconic bug eyed monsters or interstellar warfare normally associated with that genre. It looks at the relationship; between an artificial intelligence (think Data from Star Trek the Next Generation) and an aging crew-member of a space ship a long way from home. I think your will find the story compelling, and in some ways moving. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have, and I am certain that we will have fun exploring the sociological issues raised, The story is available on line at our oft visited source of contemporary fiction, East of the Web at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/HappBirt992.shtml As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner chatroom on Koach.com: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all there, and lets recruit a few new chatters.
  18. You live in a very interesting, and beautiful part of the world.
  19. This is from the Volcano Observatory where a friend works, looking down to the harbour and volcano .. they have quite a view
  20. Prudence advises you to stay way far away for there
  21. In September 2016 I was back in Rabaul and this photo shows it as it was then (it had erupted since 1994 but not as badly) .. you can see the hot springs that are almost boiling. You can also see that the volcano itself, is not that high from ground level, but I guess there is a lot more of it under the ground. People can walk up to the rim and back again, I didn't do it on this volcano as apparently the ash is very slippery .
  22. Thanks Nan, they are very interesting pictures.
  23. As per a discussion, here are some photos that were taken during and the day after Mt Tavurvur erupted in 1994 together with Mount Vulcan. The volcano sits on the side of the harbour where the town of Rabaul is located. Today the town has been moved a bit further away to Kokopo although we were told people are slowly moving back to Rabaul. Rabaul and Kokopo are located on the island of New Britain in PNG. Tavurvur has erupted since 1994 but not to the same extent. Note: the photos were taken using colour film however due to the ash in the air they appear to be b&w
  24. Please join us for our next Readers' Corner discussion at 8:30 PM (EST) on January 20th, 2018 [1:30 AM (GMT) January 21st for those in other time zones] for a discussion of the short story "Evolve" by Jeff Moskaritolo. This story is a change of pace, although I am not sure we have a pace to change. While we normally discuss stories with a melodramatic theme (i.e. one that focuses on some sort of physical action to bring about the resolution, this on is of a more introspective nature. It examines the lost loves of our protagonist but does not provide any solution to his problems. The author has a masters degree in fine arts for the same university that my daughter attended for her bachelor of education degree, not that that means the story is good, only that he attended a very good school. I believe we will have an interesting discussion about both the protagonist and his various and sundry crushes. The story is available on line fro Carve Magazine at : https://www.carvezine.com/story/2017-spring-moscaritolo As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner chatroom on Koach.com: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all there.
  25. Please join us for our next Readers' Corner discussion at 8:30 PM (EST) on January 13th, 2018 [1:30 AM (GMT) January 14th for those in other time zones] for a discussion of the short story "Recluse" by Chet Martin. This story offers something to all of our regular members. It's a story about a man with severe agoraphobia who is cured by a novel treatment. I involves a benevolent ghost, although it is not a ghost story. It makes reverence to several historical authors, and eventually borrows from Koach's favorite (E. A. Poe) for the final solution. I think you will have some fun reading it (maybe even an lol or two). The story is available on line at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2017/06/09/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/recluse.html As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner chatroom on Koach.com: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all there.
  26. Man on toilet

    lol
  27. HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! Please join us for our first readers' chat of the new year in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on December 6th, 2018 [01:30 A.M. (GMT)], December 7th, for a discussion of Human Pilots by J. B. Park. This story is set in a future time but is not exactly science fiction, although the story discusses the aftermath of wartime deployment on two wounded space pilots, it could describe the return of any wounded warrior to a medical center at home, so for those of you who don't like SciFi, pretend it is contemporary, and think to the the automated "crew members" as though they were humans. That having been said, I leave it to you to decide what kind of story it is, and whether you like it. The story is available on line at: http://strangehorizons.com/fiction/human-pilots/ As usual, the chat will be in the #readers_corner chat room on Koach.com Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all at our chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
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