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Smiley

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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) October 20th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 21st -- for a discussion of "Harvey's Dream" by Stephen King. This week's story was suggested by our newest member, Monicaslovely from Oz, who actually posted the link to it in the General Discussion section of the Readers' Corner Forum on Koach.com. It's a fairly typical King story, i.e. a horror tale. This one more of a brooding, lets worry ourselves sick about something that is going to happen, story than his usual 500 pages of blood splattering, screaming, terror. I think you will like it. The story is available from The New Yorker magazine at: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2003/06/30/harveys-dream 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) October 13th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 14th -- for a discussion of "Stronghold" by Henry van Dyke. We have discussed two other van Dyke stories: Humoreske and The Keeper of the Light (both in February of this year). Like those stories this one is an easy read, and like them it carries a fairly obvious moral. The story is available on line at Amercanliterature.com: https://americanliterature.com/author/henry-van-dyke/short-story/stronghold 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. (EDST) October 13th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 14th -- for a discussion of "Stronghold" by Henry van Dyke. We have discussed two other van Dyke stories: Humoreske and The Keeper of the Light (both in February of this year). Like those stories this one is an easy read, and like them it carries a fairly obvious moral. The story is available on line at Amercanliterature.com: https://americanliterature.com/author/henry-van-dyke/short-story/stronghold 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.
  4. (Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on October 6th, 2018 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), October 7th], for a discussion of "Starving Makes It Fat" by Kay Sexton.taThe story is an entertaining, albeit strange, one of crime and punishment, or perhaps of supernatural revenge. I feel certain that our readers on the distaff side of the room will love it. The story may be found online at East of the web. URL: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/StarMake713.shtml Meeting place: 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 what promises to be an interesting 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) on September 29th, 2018 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), September 30th], for a discussion of "The Fight" by Augustus Baldwin Longstreet. The story is one of an anthology of vignettes Georgia Scenes: Characters, Incidents, &c., in the First Half Century of the Republic ©1840 and published by Harper & Brothers, New York, in 1850. Longstreet was an American lawyer, minister, educator, and humorist, known for his book Georgia Scenes. The story is an entertaining one depicting and incident allegedly occurring somewhere in Georgia in the early 19th century, and is a contemporary look at the culture and mores in the antebellum South. I think you will find it interesting. The story may be found online at: http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/HNS/Yoeman/fight.html An html copy of the entire book is on the UNC website and the story may also be cut and pasted from there at: https://docsouth.unc.edu/southlit/longstreet/georgia.html Meeting place: 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 what promises to be a great 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) on September 15th, 2018 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), September 16th], for a discussion of "Stratis' Remington" by Pau Kennebeck. The story delves into the difficulties faced by a writer attempting to find publishers willing to buy his stories, but also into an author's methods of finding inspiration. Having a friend who is computer literate helps. I think you will enjoy the story and appreciate its subtle humor. The story is available from Carve Magazine: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2015-spring-kennebeck Meeting place: 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.
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 8, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 9th -- for a discussion of "Strangers" by E.B. Axelrod This is a love story, of the poignant kind...boy meets boy, boy loses boy... I'm pretty sure there is more content between the lines than on the surface. I am also not sure I understand the story, but I think we will have a lot of fun discussing it. The story is a relatively short one and an easy read. It's available at: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Stra1020.shtml#1 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 there. ps: Here's the link to the story I told you about at our last meeting (the longer one story that met with mixed interest). "Ghost Flotilla U-boats: Embarkation" by Susan R. Matthews is available at: https://www.baen.com/readonline/index/read/sku/9781625796448 It's chapter 5 of the anthology and available on line of for download in just about any e-reader format known to man. If you manage to find a half hour or so and the spirit moves you, check it out.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) September 1st, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) September 2nd -- for a discussion of "How We Marched Through Georgia" --a Union Soldier's Tale of the Civil War by Robert Hale Strong. One of the most thoroughly and accurately recorded wars in history was the American Civil War, not so much because of the reports submitted by battlefield reporters and the after action summaries submitted by the commanders, but because of the propensity the majority of the fighting men, both Union and Confederate, to write candidly about their experiences, and without censorship to keep those words in personal diaries and/or send them home in letters to their loved ones. Those personal papers have been available to historians for years and have provided a wealth of accurate information, untouched by any spin-doctors. This weeks discussion will look at an extract of some of the personal observations of a Union soldier during the final stages of the war. I think you will find the tale entertaining as well as informative. The tale is available on line at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/06/25/history/marched-georgia-union-soldiers-tale-civil-war.html 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.
  9. Now that I am home from vacation, with a newly repaired internet connection, I hope to see you at our next Readers' Corner discussion. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 25th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 26th -- for a discussion of "The Umpire" by Adan Berkowitz. This story, deals with a couple of topics dear to my heart, fatherhood and youth athletics. It's a pleasant read, and on the surface at least, deals with the issues faced by all amateur sports officials (the ability to live with the consequences of a bad decision as well as the ability to deal with the parents who take sports a bit to seriously.) It also deals with more lasting decisions of one's personal life. It's provided by one of our favorite sources, The Saturday Evening Post. I think it will make for an interesting discussion. The story is available on line at: http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/07/06/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/the-umpire.html 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. According to Matthew, the quote was Jesus shouted in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, for what have you forsaken me?"--nothing about father and son in the passage,
  11. Half of them would be great one liners if a stand-up comic used them in his act. If this were not designed to be funny, then I doubt they will survive without a brain part long enough to be president.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 18th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 19th -- for a discussion of "There Will Come Soft Rains" by Ray Bradbury. This rather short tale dates to 1950 at the beginning of the "let's all build a bomb shelter" frenzy in America. Bradbury borrowed several memes of the era as well as some optimistic views of the development of the networked house. When it was originally written the story was supposed to take place in 1985, in that year the story was revised to have it take place in 2026. Other than that solitary edit, the story seems to have survived the passage of time. I think you will enjoy the story and that it will lead to a spirited chat. The story is available on line at: http://www.btboces.org/Downloads/7_There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury.pdf 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.
  13. Half of them would be great one liners if a stand-up comic used them in his act. If this were not designed to be funny, then I doubt they will survive without a brain part long enough to be president.
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 11th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 12th -- for a discussion of "By Echo Light" by Tim Powers. Powers is an award winning, prolific author of "speculative fiction" and horror tales. This story, written in 2017, is set in the strange world of Power's novel "Alternate Routes"; the story is, however, quite capable of standing "on its own". It is a strange story to categorize, but I venture that it most nearly fits in the genre' of ghost story. Stormy suggested that we discuss this story, and after reading it I agree that it is one we will enjoy discussing in #readers_corner. The story is a relatively short one and an easy read, and I believe you will enjoy it. It is available from the Baen Books web site at: https://www.baen.com/by-echo-light Meeting Place: #Readers_Corner Webchat: http://koach.com/chatlogin.php?chan=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Following the test of the story on the web site above, there is a brief bio of the author. You might spend a moment or two reading it to get some insight into his personality. I hope to see you all at our chat. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  15. Smiley

    A few photos from my recent trip

    Did you take them a gift of spam when you visited. New Guinea and environs used to be big on Cargo Cult stuff. It looks lovely there.
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