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    I love golf,fishing, music (especially folk, country, bluegrass, and classical), team sports, and science fiction. I enjoy duplicate contract bridge; I am ranked as a Club Master and am working towards District Master level. I play guitar and banjo and sing bass; for many years I was in a semi-professional old-time music band. And of course, I enjoy working with computers and chatting.

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  1. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 31, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 1st -- for a discussion of "The Jaunt" by Steven King. This story is typical Steven King, sort of SyFy and sort of Horror. The term Jaunt referring to an ability to teleport over long distances first appeared in the 1950s in The Stars My Destination, a science fiction novel by Alfred Bester. This story uses Bester's idea in a slightly different manner and develops ot into a rather horrifying image of a possible future. If you enjoy Steven King you will enjoy this story. Even those of us who are not particularly fond of King's works should find the story entertaining The story is available on line at: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5Mew0gEo47xMVRwcF95TzFXZ3c/view Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 24th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 25th -- for a discussion of "Thicker Than Water" by Michae Subjack. The story is an amusing little crime story with a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. I think your will find it entertaining. The story is available on line at East of the Web at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Thicthen1086.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is a short one. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  3. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 17, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 18- for a discussion of "The Brand of Cain" by Ward Sterling. This story is an old style mystery, where sufficient clues are provided during the development of the tale to allow us readers to figure it out, but where the detective must solicit a confession from the guilty party during a dramatic revelation during the final confrontation involving all of the possible perpetrators. That structure, collection of facts with a final confrontation is a successful one used by a number of books and screenplays, like the Agatha Christie Mysteries, or the "Murder She Wrote" and "Monk" TV shows. I think you will enjoy this story/ The story is available on line at: https://www.talesofmurder.com/short-stories/brand-of-cain/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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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    Auguat 10th 2019:

    Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 10, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 11 - for a discussion of "The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky" by Steven Crane. We have discussed several of Crane's stories in the past and we have always had interesting discussions about them. This story tells a tale of the "old west" where men were men and women weren't. In a somewhat humorous way it delves into the culture and mores of 19th century Texas. Crane specialized in stories of the wild frontiers of America, from cowboys in Texas to 48ers in California to prospectors in Alaska. He was a master of capturing the flavor of the primitive societies he described. He is probably most known for his short novel, "The Red Badge of Courage" which describes the fears of a young soldier in the American Civil War. This story is available on the author's web site at: https://public.wsu.edu/~campbelld/crane/bride.htm Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Please note, this story is a bit longer than our usual selections. It is; however; written in a straight forward manner and can be read without pausing to reread sentences to figure out what the writer meant and, therefore should not take too awfully long to read. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  5. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 3rd, 2019 -00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 4th -- for a discussion of "The Locket" by Kate Chopin. We have discussed several of Chopin's stories, and we have always found them interesting. Kate O'Flaherty (1850 -1904) was born in St Louis, Missouri and in 1870 married Oscar Chopin, the son of a wealthy Louisiana cotton grower. She lived in Louisiana with her husband until his death from swamp fever (malaria) in 1882. She returned to St Louis where she took up writing to support herself and her children. She scandalized the 19th century and triggered a revolution in the 20th. She set her stories in New Orleans and in the bayous and backwaters of Louisiana—a lush Creole world that awakened desire and longings for freedom. Lost for over half a century, her fiction has been unearthed and rediscovered for our time. "The Locket" examines the heartbreak of a young woman on receiving the news of her suitors death in combat, and her surprise on learning the truth about his last hours in battle. This story is available on the author's web site at: https://www.pbs.org/katechopin/library/locket.html Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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.
  6. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 27th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 28th -- for a discussion of "Second Fiddle" by Edward Marston. An accepted collection of evidence, although entirely circumstantial, is often considered sufficient for a finding of guilt, those circumstances being the means of commission, the opportunity to commit the act, and the motive. In this story, our erstwhile hero, has all three.....the strength to push a victim from a boat into the water, the presence of the victim on the same boat at the same time as the protagonist, and a deep seated resentment against the victim by our potential murderer. The only problem with the prosecution is that the potential murderer saves the potential victim's life. The story is found in the archives of The Strand Magazine (the magazine specializes on publishing previously unpublished or unknown stories by famous authors as well as new stories by developing new talent.) This interesting study of the planning and abortive conduct of "a perfect crime" is found ln line at: https://strandmag.com/the-magazine/short-stories/second-fiddle/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is interesting and fun. I feel certain you will like it. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 20th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 21st -- for a discussion of "The Woman Who Hated Children" by James Ronald. This story was published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1951. It tells a moving story of a middle-aged woman grief stricken by the death of her young son and of her loving husband's concern over her chronic depression which is plaguing their marriage. I believe you will find the story interesting. It may also prove interesting to discuss a few of the differences in the world of 1951 as opposed to today's. The story mentions the polio epidemics of the mid- 20th century, a danger almost eliminated by the development of effective preventative inoculations. (That too may provide food for thought and chat.) The story is available on line at: https://tinyurl.com/y4ao8zn2 Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 13th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 14th -- for a discussion of "Wimp of Sparta" by Gordon Korman. It's an easy, entertaining read that I am confident you will enjoy. Gordon Korman, a best selling author published by Scholastic Press, has written (at last count) 73 books for a target audience of teens and young adults. Many of his works offer subtle guidance on surviving the peer pressure and academic stresses of growing up in our modern society. Although his works are written with young people in mind, they can be (and quite often are) enjoyed by we who remain young at heart despite our advancing years. This story is available on the author's web site at: https://gordonkorman.com/wimp-of-sparta Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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.
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 6th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 7th -- for a discussion of "The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Room" by David Busboom. The 800-pound gorilla is of course the embarrassing topic that everyone in the room knows something about but is reluctant to discuss in public. It could be something like Uncle Fred's incarceration following his conviction for child molestation, Mary's dropping out of high school to give birth to her love child, or as in this case, a special needs child in the family. It's an interesting examination of the challenges faced by the family when faced with such a challenge. The story is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post and is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/06/the-800-pound-gorilla-in-the-room/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner The story is a short one. I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) jUNE 29, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 30 -- for a discussion of "It's All in the Delivery" by Peter A. Parmantie. This story is a thrilling new detective story (well it is available on the web site of Thrilling New Detective Fictioon), and it is an entertaining, semi-noir, detective story which brings back fond memories of black and white Bogart movies. I think you will like it. The story is available at: http://www.thrillingdetective.com/fiction/00_02_2.html Our meeting place remains #readers_corner 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.
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) June 22nd, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 23rd -- for a discussion of "A Horseman in the Sky" by Ambrose Bierce. Bierce (June 1842 to approximately 1914) was a soldier in the Union Army during the American civil war. He enlisted as a private but was quickly promoted through the ranks and eventual commissioned rising to the grade of Major. After the war he turned to writing, having several collections of stories published. He became a columnist at the San Francisco "Wasp" where he became known as for his acerbic, often cruel, critiques; see this interesting example http://www.sfmuseum.org/hist5/bierce.html (you might find it interesting). Bierce continued his literary career until the second decade of the 20th century when, after the death of both of his sons --alcoholism and suicide-- he decided to travel to Mexico to observe what was happening during the Mexican revolution. He died during that trip, exact date unknown. This week's story concerns a West Virginian lad, who despite his father's loyalty to the State of Virginia, enlists in the Union Army. During a union campaign into West Virginia, he is posted as a picket for the Union element camped during a movement not far from where his family lives. The story looks at the moral dilemma that the soldier makes. Of interest to anyone not familiar with the American Civil War, the western counties of Virginia refused to join the State in seceding from the Union, and became a separate, independent state after the war. I think you will enjoy reading the story and I know we will have lots of fun discussing it. The story is available from eastofthe web.com, one of our familiar sources of short literature: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/HorSky.shtm Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) June 15th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 16th -- for a discussion of "Not in My Neighborhood!" by Diana Brede. This story is made available by Writer's Digest, a technical, educational publication designed for aspiring writers. "Not in My Neighborhood" won the First Prize in the Mystery/Crime category of the 13th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. It is an easy, and quick read with an unsophisticated plot and, although it might require a bit of editing before being a featured story in the New Yorker, it is well worth the time spent in reading it. I believe it will make some excellent literary grist for our critical chat mill. The story is not one of those that are so bad they make for a great chat, rather it is good enough to enjoy while realizing that it will take a bit more typing, sweat, and tears before Ms. Brede is ready for prime time. The story is available at: https://tinyurl.com/y23nf7z5 Our meeting place remains #readers_corner 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.  This week bring your own refreshments and the chat will provide the entertainment.
  13. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) June 8th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 9th -- for a discussion of "Abigail Newton Goes to Church Aline Again" by Brooks Rexroat. This is the second story we have done by Rexroat, per our readers' corner chatters request. I think they want to compare one of his other stories to the one we did last weekend The story is available on line from the Maryland Literary Review website at: https://tinyurl.com/yypeg296 Meeting Place: Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I will bring some brownies for us to enjoy during our break. I hope to see you all there. And Please, don't forget to talk your literate friends into visiting us for oue discussions.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) June 1at, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 2nd -- for a discussion of "There is Nowhere Else" by Brooks Rexroat. Rexroat is a young American author who has spent time in Siberia (courtesy of a Fulbright scholarship). If you are interested, a brief biography and some comments on his life as a graduate student in Russia is available at https://tinyurl.com/yyswcq6x The story is a recent offering from the Saturday Evening Post. It deals with the last glow in the embers of a dying love affair. It is available at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/04/there-is-nowhere-else/ Meeting Place: Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I will bring some brownies for us to enjoy during our break. I hope to see you all there. And Please, don't forget to talk your literate friends into visiting us during out discussions.
  15. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 25th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 26th -- for a discussion of "Processing Claims" by Linda McCullough Moore. Anyone who has ever called customer service with a problem will understand the problem and just possibly empathize with the caller in this story. The story is an offering of the Saturday Evening Post from 2012 and is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2012/05/processing-claims/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner 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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