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About Smiley

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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) 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. We had to postpone the discussion of "Love in the Time of GMO's" by Shelli Cornelison from last week until this coming weekend. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 18th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 12th -- for the discussion. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 11th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 12th -- for a discussion of “Love in the Time of GMOs” by Shelli Cornelison. The story is a humorous one, and I think you will enjoy it. It is available on line from Defenestration, A Literary Magazine Dedicated to Humor at: http://www.defenestrationmag.net/2018/04/love-in-the-time-of-gmos-by-shelli-cornelison/ 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.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 4th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) March 16th -- for a discussion of "Luminosity" by Stephan Grant. Grant has a PhD from Kings College and has worked as teacher of philosophy for the past 15 years. He is a recent author with two novels to his credit, the second one, "Spanish Lights", published independently in New York through the independent New York press Upper West Side Philosophers Inc. This weeks story is based on the first chapter of that book, but stands as a complete story on its own merits. This tale explores the lack of transparency in the financial sector of the economy. It does not flatter Wall Street or the governmental financial oversight authorities. I think you will enjoy it; i myself have decided on a love / hate relationship with it. The story is available from EasttoftheWeb.com at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Lumi1000.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 I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend.
  9. No Readers' Corner Chat on April 20th for Easter, Passover holidays. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) April 27, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) April 28 -- for a discussion of "The City Born Great" by N. K. Jemisin. This contemporary story is provided by Tor.com, a site for science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers. It publishes original fiction, art, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the field. This story is not science fiction (I am not sure what category it fits into), but it is an entertaining and thought provoking read. The story is available on line at: https://www.tor.com/2016/09/28/the-city-born-great/ The #Readers_Corner is available at 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.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) April 13, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) April 20 -- for a discussion of "The Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. This tale dates to 1952, but like most of Bradbury's writing seems as fresh a topic as ever. It is a heart a study of the "unintended effect" or "collateral damage" as those terms are now used. It also deals with time travel. You will just have to imagine that time travel will be possible in the not too distant future. Like all of Bradbury's stories this one is a good one. I think you will enjoy the story and that it will give us something to think about. The story is available on line at: https://tinyurl.com/ybsjrksm The #Readers_Corner is available at 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) April 6, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) April 7 -- for a discussion of "Appearance" by Kate Peterson. This story is an offering from eastoftheweb.com, a source of many on-line stories East of the Web has the story filed in the Horror Story category, but although it deals with a ghost, it is more of a love story than one designed to scare the reader. I enjoyed and I believe you will as well. The story is available at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Appe886.shtml 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.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) March 30, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) March 31st -- for a discussion of "Conflagration " by Suzanne Barefoot. This story is an offering from Carve Magazine, a reliable source of good contemporary stories from talented writers. This one deals with the posthumous effects of a crude and abusive husband's actions on the surviving members of the family. It will give all of us a chance to put on our amateur sociologist caps and discuss the bizarre situation. The story is available at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2018-fall-barefoot 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.
  13. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) March 23rd, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) March 24th -- for a discussion of "A Sentimental Person" by Kevin Fitton. It a story about recovery from grief, or more accurately it's about the beginning of the recovery. The story is a very recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post and is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/03/a-sentimental-person/ 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. Please remember: it is now daylight savings time the USA, so we a will be an hour earlier in other countries.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) March 16th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) March 16th -- for a discussion of "Autumn Starlings" by Andrea Smith. Andrea Smith is a British journalist, currently working in New York City. She is a freelance contributor to NBC News as well as to The Washington Post, HuffPost, ABC News, Mashable, Popular Science, and other print and electronic media. She specializes in consumer technology, gadgets, and lifestyle This story explores the regrets suffered by a man in later life about his choice of lifestyle when a young man. Its an interesting story, perhaps a bit less sentimental and predictable than last weeks "Regrets" by Kate Chopin. I think most of you will like the story, and I feel certain it will lead to an interesting chat. The story is available from EasttoftheWeb.com at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/AutuStar1031.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 I hope to see you all at our chat.  Don't forget to bring a friend. ps: Bring your own refreshments, but please bring enough to share.
  15. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) March 9, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) March 9th -- for a discussion of "Regret " by Kate Chopin. Kate Chopin lived in, and wrote about, late 19th century Louisianna. Many of her short stories concerned life on the bayous of "Cajun" country and with the remnants of post civil war plantations. Her stories always are realistic and usually deal with emotional situations in a very tasteful manner. We have discussed three of Chopin's stories in the past, most recently back in 2012. Like those stories, "Regret" deals with life in late 19th century Lousianna. It describes the stressful situation faced by an aging spinster when faced with the necessity of caring for the four young children of a neighbor forced to leave them during an extended absence. I think you will enjoy reading the story and I know we will have lots of fun discussing it. The story is available from american literature.com at: https://tinyurl.com/y2kxgryf 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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