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  1. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) February 28, 2020 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) February 29th -- for a discussion of "Basalt" by Terry Sanville. The story is a recent offering of the Saturday Evening Post. It discusses cultural rifts created in the USA during the Vietnam War (many of which are still tearing at the American consciousness.) The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/09/basalt/ 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.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) February 22nd, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) February 23rd, 2020 -- for a discussion of A Journey by Edith Wharton. A Journey was published in 1889, about a woman's mixed emotions as her husband's health declines rapidly on their train ride home. The story had been published in a number of anthologies. The story is available on line at: https://americanliterature.com/author/edith-wharton/short-story/a-journey 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.
  3. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) February 15th, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) February 16th, 2020 -- for a discussion of "The Terrible Old Man" by H. P. Lovecraft. Lovecraft was a writer of horror and fantasy stories who, although a frequent contributor to the American pulp and weird fiction periodicals, never managed to support himself by his writing. His claim to fame was the development of what has since been recognized as a style of horror story based on slime and decay (as opposed to blood and guts). This story is a more typical one (you might even consider it Poe like). The story is available on line at: https://americanliterature.com/author/h-p-lovecraft/short-story/the-terrible-old-man 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.
  4. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) February 8, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) February 9, 2020 -- for a discussion of Bullet in the Brain by Tobias Wolff. Tobias Wolff is a celebrated American author and educator. Since 1997 he has taught at Stanford University, where he serves as Professor in the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods School of Humanities and Sciences. He is best known for his short stories most of which have been published in anthologies. Two of which have been adapted for film. This story is an unexpected version of the "last thing to go thru your mind at the moment of death?", and no , "a 1/4 ounce of hot lead", is not the correct answer. The story is available on line at: https://pov.imv.au.dk/Issue_27/section_1/artc2A.html 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.
  5. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) February 1st, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) February 2nd, 2020 -- for a discussion of "Rib Night" by by Will Mackin. The story is a contemporary offering of The Atlantic. It offers a view into into the life of soldiers deployed to the garden spots of the Middle East (Afghanistan). It provides a fairly accurate view of the methods used by those soldiers to cope with the stresses of combat. I think you will appreciate and enjoy the story The story is available on line at: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/03/will-mackin-rib-night/550892/0 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.
  6. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) January 25th, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 26th, 2020 -- for a discussion of "The Day the Earth Smiled" by Nathan Goodroe. The story is a contemporary offering of The Saturday Evening Post. It offers a somewhat nostalgic, somewhat humorous look at a family's love for a slightly eccentric father. I think you will like the story. The story is available on line at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2019/06/the-day-the-earth-smiled/ 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.
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) January 18th, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 19th, 2020 -- for a discussion of "Other People's Bodies" by Becky Mandelbaum. The story is an examination of the angst suffered by young Kansas college girl as she discovers the pros and cons of romantic encounters during a student tour of Europe. It is an interesting story and a relatively short one. I believe our female readers might be able to explain some of its points to the males. The story is available on line at https://www.carvezine.com/story/2019-winter-mandelbaum 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. (EST) January 11th, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 12th, 2020 -- for a discussion of “They Grind Exceeding Small” by Ben Ames Williams. The story is an offering from the archives of The Saturday Evening Post (originally published in September 1919). The title is a partial line of Longfellow poetry translated from the writings of a Greek Philosopher, i.e. "The mills of the gods grind slowly but they grind extremely small". The moral issues dealt with might be summarized as "Karma can be a b****." The story is not a happy one but it is a satisfying read. I believe you will appreciate it. The story is available on line at https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/09/they-grind-exceeding-small-by-ben-ames-williams/ 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.
  9. Happy New Year! I have had a week of hectic activity entertaining a house full of grand daughters, all of whom had departed for their homes this morninng. I hope you have all had as busy and pleasant a holiday season as mine, and that you are ready for another year of stimulating discussions in #readers_corner. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) January 4th, 2020 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) January 5th, 2020 -- for a discussion of "Voodoo Magic" by Robert Buettner. The story is one of the offerings of Baen Books' Free Library (a source of many of our most interesting tales). Despite the title, the story has nothing to do with black magic, zombies, or similar mysterious beings. I think you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at https://www.baen.com/readonline/index/read/sku/9781625797254 As are all the offerings on the Baen Books, the story is available in multiple e-reader formats as well as readable on your browser. The story is listed as "chapter five" of the book (left column chapter list) or by name from the contents link top right hand corner of the web page. 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.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) December 21, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) December 22, 2019 -- for a discussion of "The Thieves of Christmas Eve" by William Fay. This story, an offering from the Saturday Evening Post from Christmas Eve 1949, deals with the difficulties in investigating a possible murder while simultaneously doing some last minute Christmas shopping. The story is available on line at https://tinyurl.com/vgca737 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.
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) December 14, 2019 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) December 15, 2019 -- for a discussion of "The Calefornian's Tale" by Mark Twain. The story deals with life in the small towns remaining after the gold rush in California and their falling into decay with the departure of the thousands of prospectors that had provided the customer base for the local merchants. The story is available on line at eastoftheweb.com and can be downloaded at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/CaliTale.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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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