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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) on December 15, 2018 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), December 16], for a discussion of "All Summer in a Day" by Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury has written a number of our previous stories, and they have always been well received. Not only are his stories well written, they are thought provoking and emotionally satisfying as well. While considered a science fiction writer, Bradbury's stories are really about the "human" condition and emotions; the futuristic or fantasy settings are incidental to the content. I believe that we will all appreciate this story and that it will provide ample grist for our critical mills. It can be found on line at: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8502328/1/All-Summer-in-a-Day-By-Ray-Bradbury 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.
  2. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on December 8, 2018 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), December 9], for a discussion of " Arrangement in Black and White" by Dorothy Parker. The story was suggested by Dash, and it seems to be a good one to read at this time. I think you will all agree it is a more easily read one than last weeks. Dorothy Parker was a popular writer during the first half of the 20th century and was not adverse to stirring up the pot a bit. She was on the far left of the American political spectrum (although today she would probably be considered a moderate). In this story she looks at racism through the rose colored spectacles of the New York liberal of the early 20th century...we all know the attitude, " I value the contributions of the colored races, everyone should have one or two of them around the house to cook and clean." The story should provide a number of things to talk about including, whether and (if so) how much anything has changed in the past 80 years or so. The story is available on line (html format) at Bibliokept.org: https://biblioklept.org/2015/08/20/read-arrangement-in-black-and-white-a-short-story-by-dorothy-parker/ It is available as a streaming audio at: https://youtu.be/7JHykv5-BxY 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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    Seasons Greetings

    The Castle is called Neu Schwanstein and is located in the Bavarian Alps near the Austrian Border. It is one of the three "fairy tale" palaces built by iKing Ludwig of Bavaria (Mad Ludwig). It is open to the public for tours, and it is a fascinating place to visit...talk about over the top architecture. Oh, Yes! It is the castle on which "Snow Whites" home in Disneyland is modeled. Nice sandman, Nan
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    Arrangement In Black And White

    Good Story Dash We'll do it this Saturday. Thanks for the recommendation.
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    Seasons Greetings

    T'is the season that thoughts turn to home, family, and all the joys of the winter. I wish all of you, the very best for this coming holiday season and the new year. Have a Happy Hanukkah, Joyful Christmas, and Prosperous New Year.
  6. Our regular Saturday Evening (time zone dependent) chat will not be held on November 24th because of family activities by most of our American members over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Therefore: Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EST) on December 1st, 2018 [01:30 A.M. (GMT), December 2nd], for a discussion of " Casting the Runes" by M.R. James. "Montague Rhodes James OM FBA (1 August 1862 – 12 June01936), who published under the name M. R. James, was an English author, medievalist scholar and provost of King's College, Cambridge (1905–18), and of Eton College (1918–36). He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1913–15). "Though James's work as a medievalist is still highly regarded, he is best remembered for his ghost stories, which are regarded as among the best in the genre. James redefined the ghost story for the new century by abandoning many of the formal Gothic clichés of his predecessors and using more realistic contemporary settings. However, James's protagonists and plots tend to reflect his own antiquarian interests. Accordingly, he is known as the originator of the "antiquarian ghost story" (Wikpedia) This story is both an entertaining and interesting one, a bit longer than our usual, but in that we have an extra week to peruse it, should not prove a difficult read. In addition, several readings of the story are available on Youtube.com. (The audio versions take longer to listen to than does the reading, but of course you can listen while engaged in other activity. The story itself has an interesting spin, with the message that those who seek revenge might be better served by accepting the situation with more equanimity. The story is available on line (html format) at: http://www.hypnogoria.com/html/castingtherunes.html It is available as a PDF at: http://www.folkhorror.com/casting.pdf and as a streaming audio at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii4Jmko_gGQ 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. (EST) November 17th -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 18th -- for a discussion of "Starlings" by Joseph Johnson. This weeks selection is an oblique discussion of U.S. attitudes towards unrestricted immigration and the invasion of other "unwanted foreign invaders" like city slicker who dig up farmlands to put up parking lots. Lots of interesting points are made in the story. It is not a partisan political rant; rather, it makes some observations on changes in American values. The story is an easy read, and I believe you will appreciate it. The story is available from Carve Magazine on line at https://www.carvezine.com/story/2012-fall-johnson 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) November 10th, 2018 -- 01:30 A.M. (GMT) November 11th -- for a discussion of "He who Grew Up Reading Sherlock Holmes" by Harlan Ellison. Please note, if you are not in the USA and following the curious U.S. rules for daylight savings time, you will find the chat one hour later than the time you have used over the last few months. This week's story is from a master of the speculative fiction world, Harlan Ellison. He is a one of the most awarded, and most hated, sci-fi writers to have ever lived. There was never a question about his talent or the quality of his stories, the only issues involved his touchy personality which drew him into a number of lawsuits. This story ties a series of unrelated events into a coherent web leading to an "Ah ha!" moment, at least i think it does. I think you will enjoy the writing and be captivated as you try to unravel the web of causality. The story is available on line at: https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/summer_2014/he_who_grew_up_reading_sherlock_holmes_by_harlan_ellison 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. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) November 3rd -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) November 4th -- for a discussion of "Blue Spiders" by S. Pippin. This is a short and pleasant "horror story" (by short, I would estimate you will need no more than about 15 minutes to read it the first time). Oh, it's really not all that scary, but it does leave us with a few unanswered questions in the end. How dangerous can a slow moving bright blue spider really be? The story is available on line by the good graces of the Saturday Evening Post at: https://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/10/blue-spiders/ 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.
  10. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) October 27th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) October 28th -- for a discussion of "Aloha Oe" by Jack London. Jack London was a prolic and popular columnist and author in the late 19th and early 20th century. We have already discussed a number of his stories, all of them quite different from the others, but all of them, to a greater or lesser extent, involving exotic settings, from the frozen plains of an Alaskan winter to the dusty terror of a civil war battlefield. This story explores the coming of age of a young American maiden and her first love, a mixed blood Hawaiian surfing instructor. I feel certain you will like the story. The story is available american literature.com at: https://americanliterature.com/author/jack-london/short-story/aloha-oe 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.
  11. 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.
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    October 20, 2018: "Harvey's

    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.
  13. 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.
  14. (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.
  15. 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.
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