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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) 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.
  3. 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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    R.I.P. Casper

    When it rains, it pours. Sympathy koach.
  5. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) June 16th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 17th -- for a discussion of "A Ghost Story" by Mark Twain This little gem from Mark Twain's pen is a bit of a tongue in cheek satire of "horror" tales as well as a sharp stick in the eye to gullibility and to P.T. Barnum's "believe it or not" cynicism. It starts off as though it is a very well crafted ghost story then rapidly turns into a parody. I think you will enjoy it. The story capitalizes on the publicity surrounding the alleged discovery of a fossilized giant in Cardiff, England and subsequent exposure of the fossil as a fraud. Like most of Train's writings it displays his keen wit and utter disdain for frauds. I think you will love the story. The story is available on line at: https://americanliterature.com/author/mark-twain/short-story/a-ghost-story 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.
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    R.I.P Whitey

    Sorry Koach. There were times when his typing was better than yours. Smiley
  7. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) June 9th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 10th -- for a discussion of "Bus Fare" by Caitlin R Kiernan. This story is an imaginary twist on the old fashioned horror stories we are familiar with--werewolves, vampires, cannibals, zombies and just about anything that goes bump in the night. There may even be a moral buried in it should you look hard enough. I think we will be able to have some fun with it. The story is available on line at the Subterranean Press website: https://subterraneanpress.com/magazine/spring_2014/busfare_by_caitlnr._kiernan 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. (EDST) June 2nd, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) June 3rd -- for a discussion of "Sardines, Sandbox, Devil" by Katie Young Foster. This story is a bit unusual and difficult to categorize, but in my opinion it is an excellent one that should prove both entertaining and interesting to all of us. Much like last weeks story which is a first person reflection on a man's youth, this one delves into the personal memories of events which formed a young person's character, in this case of a young woman. The tale is a recent offering of Carve Magazine, a reliable source of well written and thought provoking fiction. I feel confident that the story will provide ample material for a stimulating discussion. The story is available on line at: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2018-spring-foster As usual, the chat will be in the #readers_corner chat room on 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 all of you there, and please -- don't forget to bring a friend.
  9. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 26th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 27th -- for a discussion of "Crack Shot" by Gary Svee. This story was published in the March--April 2018 edition of the the Saturday Evening Post. It's an easy to read look into the mind (and perhaps the soul) of a prepubescent boy. I think you will enjoy it, It is available online at https://tinyurl.com/y865d8wr 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 weekly literary chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) on May 19th 2018 (00:30. (GMT), May 20th) for a discussion of "The Terror of Blue John Gap" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle, most well as the writer of the stories describing the deductive reasoning of the celebrated detective, Sherlock Holmes, gave credit to Koach's favorite author--Edgar Allan Poe--as his source of inspiration for developing the detective story into a recognizable genre' of fiction. He also payed homage to Poe with many of his lesser known works, which include a number of short "horror" stories. This weeks offering is one of those well crafted tales of the horrors that might live somewhere out there in the wilds of the English countryside. "The Terror of Blue John Gap" shares that feeling of dread common to many of Poe's tales, and for those of you who a bit of a fright to start the night, it should prove quite entertaining. The story is available in many formats (from kindle and e-pub, to mp3 sound clips and Youtube offerings. I would suggest a pdf copy of the story, available at: http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/19/tales-of-terror-and-mystery/76/the-terror-of-blue-john-gap/ It is available in html (web reading format) at eastoftheweb.com: http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/TerBlu.shtml Is available from Youtube at farious streaming urls, I would suggest https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC-hTY49srg as the most clear to my aging ears. (I personally prefer to read than listen to stories, and it takes longer to listen to the stories than to read them.) The story is available from Gutenberg.org in multiple formats , and you can do a google search for yourself. No matter where you go and which ever way you prefer to read it, I believe you will enjoy it. The chat will be held in #Readers_corner on koach.com Web chat address: http://koach.com/cha...=readers_corner mIRC Users: /server -m chat3.koach.com:6667 -j #readers_corner Please note: The story is a bit longer than our usual so you may want to start reading it early this week, the audio versions of the story on Youtube range from approxomately 40 minutes to a little over an hour. I hope to see you all at the chat. I think the discussion will be a lot of fun.
  11. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 12th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 13th -- for a discussion of "A Little Journey" by Ray Bradbury. When is a science fiction story not a science fiction story? When it is written by Ray Bradbury, that's when. This story, which on the surface might appear to be a scifi one--it was after all originally pubished in a scifi pulp magazine, and it does talk about a little old lady who takes a trip to mars, however if one closes ones prejudices against the genre it would be a clever contemporary story about a little old lady who buys into a time share in death valley. I think you will love it regardless of whether you like scifi. The story is available on line from Project Gutenberg in Web format, Kindle format , E-reader format, and plain text download at this site: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51171 The #Readers_Corner chat room 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.
  12. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) May 5th, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) May 6th -- for a discussion of "False Colors" by Zane Grey. To refresh your memories: Zane Grey was an american sportsman, novelist, and ourdoorsman. He is most well known for his many Books about the American West, many of which have been used as scripts for Western Movies. He wrote about things he knew, and his Westerns reflect his deep respect for those pioneers and settlers who developed the states west of the Mississippi. His sports stories are all based in his personal adventures as a young baseball player (attending the University of Pennsylvania on a baseball scholarship), and his many adventures matching wits with the big game fish of the American littoral. This story, which seems to be based on one of his own personal experiences during his college years, tells the story of a young university pitcher throwing for a local "home team" amateur ballclub. The moral of the story is that faint heart never won a ballgame or a young maidens heart. I think you will like the story. The story is available on line at: http://www.online-literature.com/zane-grey/1656/ 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.
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    Happy Birthday Dash

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
  14. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) April 28th -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) April 29nd -- for a discussion of "Charlie’s Bar" By: Scott Jessop This story is a very recent offering from the Saturday Evening Post. It's a short, easy to read, one, which should entertain. It is available online at http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/2018/04/20/post-fiction/contemporary-fiction-art-entertainment/charlies-bar.html 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.
  15. Please join us for our next chat in #readers_corner at 8:30 P.M. (EDST) April 21st, 2018 -- 00:30 A.M. (GMT) April 22nd -- for a discussion of "The Bar at the End of the World" by Brandon Williams. This story is a very recent offering from Carve Magazine (the Carve website has provided us with several excellent stories in the past and I am convinced that this one will provide us with plenty of grist to run through our chat mill. The tale is contemporary and deals with the physical as well as emotional effects of growing old (those of people as well as those of communities. I think you will find it interesting and perhaps a bit moving. The story is available on line the Carve Magazine web site: https://www.carvezine.com/story/2018-spring-williams/ 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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