New Reader Recommendations Page

My blog readers (you!) have provided a ton of great book recommendations. Now everyone can see them all in one place on the new Reader Rec’s page. The page can be accessed from the main menu or you can click here. Continue reading

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October’s Kind of Like a Book Club Book

October’s book is “Ready Player One”, by Ernest Cline. As you can see from the description below, this book is a departure from my usual fare. It caught my eye because it got really good reader reviews on Amazon plus Steven Spielberg is directing the movie version, and he usually picks winners. But what really sold me is that it’s supposed to be full of 1980’s pop culture references and that, like, is totally my decade, fer sure. Continue reading

Fundraiser to Fight ALS

I was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) six years ago. It’s been a hard road. It started as a little bit of weakness in my foot and within three and a half years I was paralyzed and on a ventilator. I need 24/7 care but private insurance and Medicare don’t cover that. But there are patients in worse situations than me. Thankfully, we have the ALS Association to fill some of that support gap. Continue reading

“The Chaperone”, by Laura Moriarty

Cora Carlisle is a Wichita housewife who is given the opportunity to chaperone 16-year-old Louise Brooks on a month long trip to New York City during the 1920’s. Louise is a precocious and selfish teenager who goes to NYC to study with a famous dance company and would go on to be a silent film star (in real life). Cora’s motive for going on the trip is so she can try to find out about her birth parents. She spent the first six years of her life in a NYC orphanage, until an orphan train delivers her to a family in Kansas. Although she was happy with her adopted family, she really wanted to know more about her roots. Continue reading