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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on March 2nd, 2019 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), March 3rd], for a discussion of "The Merino Sheep" by Banjo Paterson. Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson (1864 -- 1941) was a very popular Australian Journalist and poet and is perhaps best known outside Australia as the author of the song "Walzing Matilda". His writing captured the flavor of the outback. For an brief biography those interested might check the Australian Dictionary of Biography http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/paterson-andrew-barton-banjo-7972 "The Merino Sheep" is a humorous essay describing the difficulties faced by those trying to manage a flock of those animals. I found a few lol moments while reading it. Although the story is obviously of Australian origin, it is available from the good folks at: https://americanliterature.com/author/banjo-paterson/short-story/the-merino-sheep It was republished in the The Australlian (a newspaper) and is posted on the paper's web site under the title: "But Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/but-wolves-in-sheeps-clothing/news-story/420c519c79d9fd50bf0e67a2c8565425 As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner channel: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on February 23, 2019 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), February 24th], for a discussion of "The Guests" by H. H. Munro. Hector Hugh Munro (18 December 1870 – 14 November 1916), perhaps better known under his pen name: Saki was a British writer. His father was an inspector general for the Imperial Police of the British Raj; his mother a daughter of a British admiral. His mother died when he was two years old and Munro and his siblings were sent to live under the strict rules of his maiden aunts in England. He completed his education and joined the British colonial police service, serving as had his father, as a police official in Burma. Due to several debilitating bouts of fever, he was medically discharged and sent back to England where he turned attention to literary pursuits. On the outbreak of the First World War, Munro, at the age of 43 enlisted in the British army. He was killed in combat and is buried in an unmarked grave in the war zone. This story, set on the estate of a British expatriate family in the Indian Raj, is most probably based on his memories of his familiarity with life there. It's a humorous tale, as related by the wife of a expatriate to a fellow English woman. I think you will find the story amusing. The story is available from ReadPrint.com at: http://www.readprint.com/work-4900/The-Guests-H-H-Munro/contents As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner channel: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the 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) on Fwbruary 15, 2019 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), February 16], for a discussion of "The Hated" by Frederick Pohl. A quick check of the archives surprised me in that we have not, at least since we have been saving story announcements in the archives, discussed a story by Frederick Pohl. Pohl is one of the greats of Science Fiction, having won all of the major awards for SF authors. He was an active editor and writer from 1937 until shortly before his death, at 93 years of age, in 2012. Like most of the "greats" on the genre' he focused on the societal and psychological effects of future scientific developments rather than the mechanics of those developments. I remember the early days of the space race where there were serious concerns about the mental health of Americal astronauts who might be forced to spend long periods in space capsules or orbiting space stations either in solitude or close contact with other crew members. Those early astronauts were subjected to all sorts of personality and psychiatric tests to assure that they could mentally cope with those stresses. This story explores the mental stresses suffered by such persons during and after lengthy space voyages and one possible governmental decision on how to treat them. The story could have dealt with the crews of nuclear submarines or teams of scientists wintering over at the South Pole...but Pohl chose space travellers involved in a mission to Mars. Whether you are a fan of science fiction or not, I believe you will understand, and appreciate, the tale. The story is available from eastoftheweb.com (although it is not listed on the site index) at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Hate914.shtml#1 As usual we will meet in the #readers_corner channel: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner I hope to see you all for the chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  11. Smiley

    It finally snowed (a little)

    I always thought that Colorado was replete with most of the really huge flakes in America.
  12. Smiley

    It finally snowed (a little)

    yout grill looks just like my grill with an inch of snow on it.
  13. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) February 2nd, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) February 3rd -- for a discussion of "Leaving Bill" by Gaynor Hill.  This week's tale is provided by East of the Web, a frequent source of contemporary short stories (most of them from new, relatively unknown British authors). The story is a good one with just enough of a twist at the end to surprise us. I think you will enjoy it. There are quite a few references to confections consumed by the British but that most Americans have never experienced. I hope that Nan will be able to provide translation services for us. I enjoyed the story and I believe our group will as well. The story is available american literature.com at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/LeavBill1026.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.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) January 26, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 27th -- for a discussion of "Under the Deck Awnings" by Jack London.  Jack London was a prolific American author/news paper columnist during the late 19th and early 20th century. His stories tended to focus on adventure and danger and often involved sea voyages or exploration of strange or exotic lands. He was of course a product of his times, and in accord with the tender sensibilities of that kinder and gentler age, managed to describe life in rough locales without resort to what we would now consider "realistic dialogue". Were he writing this story today it might have been called "The ***** on the Promenade Deck", but the strongest term used in the story was in the rhetorical question: "When is a woman a pig?" I think you will enjoy reading the story and I know we will have lots of fun discussing it. The story is available american literature.com at: https://americanliterature.com/author/jack-london/short-story/under-the-deck-awnings An audio version (pod cast complete with a GEICO commercial at the beginning) is available at: https://recordedhistory.net/2018/01/29/under-the-deck-awnings-by-jack-london/ 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.
  15. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) January 12th, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 13th -- for a discussion of "Peach" by Thomas Gresham. It an interesting little tale which poses the question: Do we all turn into our parents when we have kids? It's a gentle story and I think you will enjoy reading it as well as discussing it in chat. The story is available from Carve Magazine at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2018-spring-gresham 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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