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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. 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,
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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    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.
  7. As we discussed during our chat on July 21st, there will be no Readers' Corner Chat on Saturday, the 28th. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) August 4,2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) August 5th -- for a discussion of "A Holy War, A Lucifer Jones Story" by Mike Resnick. We discussed another one of Mike Resnick's "Lucifer Jones" stories on July 14th ("Treasure Island, A Lucifer Jones Story") on July 14th and everyone at that discussion expressed an interest in doing another in the series. Our next discussion will pick up the story of Lucifer Jones where the last one left off, as Lucifer completes his escape from the pirates and continues his self propelled sea voyage towards Australia. I think you will enjoy it as much as you did the last one read. The story is available on line at: https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/spring_2012/a_holy_war_a_lucifer_jones_story_by_mike_resnick 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 discussion. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  8. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 21st -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 22nd -- for a discussion of "The Fly" by Katherine Mansfield. Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp was born in New Zealand in 1888, and is viewed as one of the pioneers of the "modern" English language short story. She studied at Queens College in London, England and travelled in Europe, then returned to New Zealand briefly before growing dissatisfied with the treatment of the Maori. She returned to England and continued her writing career. She died of tuberculosis in 1923. This story was written was first published in 1922. It makes obvious reference to the deaths of allied soldiers in World War I. It may also be a subtle condemnation of the handling of that War by the political and/or military leadership as well as of the New Zealander's treatment of the native Maori. The story is a short one and an easy read, and I believe you will enjoy it. It is in .pdf form on many sites (just google "The Fly by Katherine Mansfield", it is available in a more easily readable font at https://commapress.co.uk/resources/online-short-stories/the-fly 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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    A Visual Pun

  10. Circumstances have forced us to reschedule our July 7th chat to July 14th. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) July 14th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) July 15th -- for a discussion of "Treasure Island: A Lucifer Jones Story" by Mike Resnick. Mike Resnick is a prolific writer of Science Fiction, both short stories and novels. He has received several prestigious awards for his works, including five Hugos, science fictions most coveted honor. Most of his stories are humorous, well in truth they are downright funny, and many involve the adventures of unlikely "over the top" characters not quite fitting the heroic mold. This weeks story is one of them. I am sure you will enjoy it. The story is available on line at: https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/winter_2012/treasure_island_a_lucifer_jones_story_by_mike_resnick 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 discussion. Don't forget to bring a friend.
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on June 30th, 2018 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), July 1st], for a discussion of "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" by Ursual K. LeGuin. Le Guin (October 21, 1929 -- January 22, 2018) was a prolific writer of novels and short stories, most of them in the Speculative Fiction genre'. She received many awards for literature, most (but not all of them) in the for her science fiction and fantasy works. If you are interested in more about this iconic writer of imaginative fiction you should check the wikipedia article on her ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ursula_K._Le_Guin ). "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" is a study in parable involving humanity and ethical behavior. It is very well written and, in my opinion, a very powerful work. I don't know whether you will enjoy it, but I do believe you will find it difficult to put down and will appreciate its message. I know it will make for an excellent discussion. The story is available in PDF format at: http://www.mccc.edu/pdf/eng102/Week 9/Text_LeGuin Ursula_Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas.pdf 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.
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    Happy Birthday, Star

    I did'nt know that Star had birthdays. At any rate.....salutations and congrats.
  13. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on June 23rd,2018 [00:30 A.M. (GMT), June 24th], for a discussion of "An Eagle's Flight" by Brendan DuBois. The story is one of the "free reads" offered Baen Books in its online catalog. The story is a very unscience-fictionish, scifi tale, and I think that every one (even those who do not enjoy scifi) will enjoy it. The story is available on the Baen Books web site at: https://www.baen.com/readonline/index/read/sku/9781625796448 The URL will take you to a cover page of the 2018 anthology of free stories. Click on "Next" (top right corner of the page) then select the story from the list that appears. 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.
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