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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. (EST) December 7, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) December 8, 2019 -- for a discussion of "Treason Properly" by J.J. Cragun. The story is a free offering from Baen Books and is available in a number of electronic formats. This tale is one of several contained in the Baen Books "Free Anthology" (please see instructions on navigation to the story below.) "Treason Properly" deals with the qualities of leadership, loyalty, and sacrifice we expect--or rather demand--from the soldiers that stand between civilization and chaos. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at: https://tinyurl.com/v6kkt84 (Chose chapter 7 from the options on the menu on the left navigation panel) Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 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. And have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) November 30, 2019 - 01:30 A.M. (GMT) December 1, 2019 -- for a discussion of "The Ring" by Ashley Summerfield. In honor or the ongoing holiday shopping frenzy it seems wise to examine the pitfalls of delaying the purchase of Christmas gifts for our loved ones. The consequences of facing Christmas morning without present in hand is too horrible to consider. This week's tale serves as a stern reminder to shop early. The story is available on line at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Ring1103.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 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. And have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday.
  3. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) November 23, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 24th -- for a discussion of "The Hawk" by Harry Mark Petrakis. Petrakis, the son of an immigrant Greek Orthodox Priest, was born in 1923 in St Louis, MO. He is a prolific author of novels and short stories and has received many literary awards, many of then dealing with growing up in the Greek ghettos of Chicago. This weeks story addresses the moral issues faced by a young businessman needing to succeed in the cut-troat world or real estate sales while attemting to maintain his ideas of fair play. I think you will find the story interesting. The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/10/the-hawk/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y68da9v4 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) November 16, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 17th -- for a discussion of "Lacrimosa" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. By popular request this weeks story is from the horror genre'. The horror is more subtle than the typical vampire or werewolf tale, but just as frightening. I think you will appreciate it. The story is available on line at: Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) November 16, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 17th -- for a discussion of "Lacrimosa" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. By popular request this weeks story is from the horror genre'. The horror is more subtle than the typical vampire or werewolf tale, but just as frightening. I think you will appreciate it. You can download the story at: https://tinyurl.com/w2e7wo7 Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y68da9v4 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. 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. (EST) November 9, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 10 -- for a discussion of "The Ghost Rider" by Erica Plouffe Lazure. It discusses the life and aspirations or a member of a house band in Nashville. It's a semi-humorous and semi-serious tale. I think you will enjoy and appreciate it. The story is available on line at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2019-fall-lazure Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 (choose your nickname -- if your nick is registered you will have to identify after you join the chat) 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) November 2, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) November 3rd -- for a discussion of "The Mansion" by Mehdi M. Kashani. This story is a humorous one from the archives of the Saturday Evening Post. I think we will all enjoy exploring the development of love between two not so randomly selected riders on the subway. Oh, did I fail to mention that the initial encounter between our star crossed lovers was caused by a sneak attack of flatulence by a random fellow rider? The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/10/the-mansion/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: until the web chat client on Koach.com can be fixed, please use this url to join us on the web client offered thru mibbit. https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 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. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 19, 2019 - 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 18 -- for a discussion of "The Water Ghost of Harrowby Hall" by John Kenderick Bangs. This story is an old style ghost story with all the trimmings. John Bangs, an accomplished writer of stories as well as novels, spent the latter years of 19th century working as an editor for Harpers Magazines (at that time he also served as the chief of the humor sections of all three of Harpers publications: Harper's Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Harper's Young People.) This selection is a fine example of his writing, and it provides us with a back story on the ghost as well as a well crafted method of elimination of the problem. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/WateGhos.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 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) October 12, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 13th -- for a discussion of "One Last Wish" by Robert Hasker. It is a gentle little story about a man with premonitions of death. It has a moral...that being: be careful what you wish for, you might get it. I think you will enjoy the story and the somewhat predictable twist at the end, The story is found on line on a reliable source of free short stories, East of the Web at this url: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/OneLast1088.shtml Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 (choose your nickname -- if your nick is registered you will have to identify after you join the chat) 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.
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 5th, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 6th -- for a discussion of "Iron Monsters" by Emily Devenport. The story is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post. It discusses cultural differences through a tale of a not to distant future involving indian tribes (or are they indigenous peoples) and white men. It's a really good story, and it looks at bigotry from several different angles. The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/09/iron-monsters/ Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: https://tinyurl.com/y59x7gs4 (choose your nickname -- if your nick is registered you will have to identify after you join the chat) 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. Sci Fi Azimov: Novels: Foundation series I Robot The Gods Themselves Shorts: Nightfall Card, Orson Scott Ender’s Game Frank Herbert Dune David Drake Hammers’ Slammers series Anne McCafferty Dragon Flight Larry Niven Ring World w/ Jerry Pournelle Lucifer’s Hammer The Mote in God’s Eye Fantasy Tolkien Novels: Lord of the Rings (trilogy) The Hobbit Historical Fiction Follet Pillars of the Earth Eco The Name of the Rose Shaara, Wm The Killer Angels Sullivan, Mark Beneath a Scarlet Sky Cold War Le Carre The Spy Who Came in From the Cold Clancy The Hunt for Red October (and all the Jack Ryan Series)
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 28, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 29th -- for a discussion of "Hall of Small Mammals" by Thomas Pierce. Pierce is a relatively new author, recently graduated from The University of Virginia's Creative Writing Program. This story is the title tale of his first published collection of short stories. The story deals with the challenges of acting as a new parent to a modern young teenager. It's an interesting tale and I think we will have a lot of fun discussing it. The story is available on line at: https://lithub.com/hall-of-small-mammals/ 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. (EDST) September 21, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 22nd -- for a discussion of "The Oblong Box" by Edgar Allen Poe. We have discussed many of Poe's stories, and we have always found them interesting. Poe ( 1809 to 1849 ) was a prolific writer of short stories, poetry, and essays, and is considered to be the father of the detective story and was credited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle as having provided the inspiration for the Sherlock Holmes character. Since his early death, Poe has grown into what amounts to a cult phenomena, with many of his tales being used as the basis for horror movies and television shows. "The Oblong Box" tells the tale of some strange passengers on an ill fated voyage from South Carolina to New York by sailing ship. The story is available on line at: s web site at: http://www.free-short-stories.org.uk/edgar-allen-poe-the-oblong-box.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 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) September 14, 2019 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 15th -- for a discussion of "The Long Watch" by Robert A. Heinlein. Robert A. Heinlein (1907 -- 1988) is considered one of the three most influential authors of modern science fiction (the other two being Arthur C. Clark and Isaac Asimov). He attended the U.S. Naval Academy and served as a naval officer until forced to accept an early medical retirement in the mid 1930's. He returned to school and studied aeronautical engineering, and worked for the Navy as a civilian engineer through World War II. After the war he devoted most of his time to writing, both science fiction and science articles. His stories are based on "hard science", that is factual science rather than imagination. During his earlier stories and novels, his themes trend towards military ones, focusing on loyalty, sacrifice, and heroism. This story was written during the early days of the cold war when the threat of nuclear war had risen to the level of national paranoia (a bomb shelter in every back yard). I think you will enjoy the story and appreciate the thematic content. The story is available on line at: https://www.baen.com/Chapters/1439133417/1439133417___4.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 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. (EDST) on September 6, 2019 (00:30 A.M., September 7th (GMT)), for a discussion of "The Golden Vanity" by Ben Lerner. The story was originally published in The New Yorker Magazine in 2012. One reviewer has described the story as: "A neurotic, parodically self-aware author waits to discuss his archives with a librarian. A year earlier, in advance of oral surgery, he frets over the metaphysical implications of “twilight sedation” with his wryly patient friend, Liza. The rest of the story, more or less, is what happens in between. “The Golden Vanity” is a Nabokovian chronological puzzle, and probably just a bit too clever for its own good. But if you think about it long and hard enough, it will break your heart." It took me a bit of time with a good dictionary to understand what the reviewer was saying, but I finally decided that she meant that the story was good enough to warrant reading it while at the same time pointing the finger of ridicule at the oft pretentious selections of The New Yorker, The Story is available on line at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2012/06/18/the-golden-vanity Meeting Place: Webchat: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Don't forget to bring a friend.
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