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ErinE last won the day on November 22 2017

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  1. I've posted an update, but I wanted to include a new post. Life is so precious, y'all. Forgive the awkward southern American influence in my English grammar, but I was very blessed to attend a memorial service for the "best man" of men. I've been to the service of a "good man," a service for a "did the best I could" man, and "man, well life is what is is" man. We do the best we can and whatever comes after is left to the judgement of the ever-after. So who am I to judge? Be good, be kind, and be loved. I firmly believe that's all we can ask...
  2. UPDATE: I sent a card, noting the date and mentioning a memory (the last time I saw the deceased). I saw the deceased's parents recently and they thanked me for the note (gripping both my hands and hugging me close, if that indicates depth of feeling). I took everyone's advice and shaped it to my own experience. Thank you to all who gave me their wisdom. For future googlers (or internet searchers) please, if it's the first year's death of someone close to you, send a note to the parents on the deceased's birthday. They will be grateful that someone, somewhere, remembered that their
  3. ErinE

    Ugh help

    Many years ago, someone I love got engaged to a truly horrible person who displayed behavior around me that made me fear for the health and safety of my loved one. I asked the loved one’s mother how she could accept the horrible person in her child’s life. Editing to remove gender, she said, “This is my child. If I close my door, who else can my child turn to?” When my loved one broke off the relationship, we were there to offer love and protection, both of which were needed when the horrible person’s depravity was exposed. You’re keeping the door open. That is so important and will
  4. @Lady Florida. Kathy, prayers and thoughts for Emma, her parents, and you today.
  5. Are you reading Divine Comedy? If you haven't read Dante before, I highly recommend the Hollander translations. I've read three versions of the Comedy: Pinsky's Inferno, a forgotten translation decades ago, and Hollander. The Hollander version has footnotes galore, it's highly readable, and they translated all three books so the voice feels consistent. I'm on my second read of the Hollander books, with a more thoughtful consideration of the elements I missed the first time around. I also recommend the Great Courses Dante's Divine Comedy. The professors do an excellent job of exploring the
  6. Prayers and good thoughts for you and yours. She (and you) will be in my thoughts Thursday.
  7. I knew going in that it was likely going to be X-files-ish. Dan Wells did the same with his "I am not a Serial Killer" series, which threw off some readers expecting a gritty serial killer series as opposed one involving the supernatural.
  8. When I was on a Jeffrey Eugenides kick several years ago, I enjoyed his novel Middlesex - about a male with a similar condition raised as a girl and choosing to live as a man in adulthood. Well done and thoughtful, but uncomfortable as Eugenides can sometimes be.
  9. Books finished last week: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. Romance-Chick Lit. The personal assistants to co-CEOs, bound by mutually loathing, compete for an important promotion, a contest only one of them can win. @Kareni, when I finished this, I immediately thought of you. The characters acted more YA than adult, but it was a fun read. Fight or Flight by Samantha Young. Romance-Chick Lit. A interior designer keeps crossing paths with a handsome, infuriating Scotsman. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Romantic Comedy. A Chinese-American visits her boyfriend's family and finds
  10. Hello BAWers! Life got in the way last year and my reading slowed down, but I'm hoping for a better new year. I have no goals, I won't participate in Bingo, I just want to spend more time with my fellow bookophiles. Books finished last week: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson. Fantasy - Secondworld. After contracting a terrible disease, a prince is confined to a ruined city, populated by others with the same affliction, and strives to bring order back to the populace. As Sanderson's first novel, this was a clunky but enjoyable read. Recommended if you like doorstopper fantasy. Drag
  11. This is my favorite Spencer novel! Plus there was a movie with Christopher Reeve. I was sad when she retired. She wrote such fantastic romance books-most of her characters didn't have stupid misunderstandings.
  12. The difference is the focus, especially on “bad” foods. I’m familiar with disordered eating, and I, like many on the thread, felt the OP should reach out to an experienced therapist. There’s no one signal that says “seek help” but since I battle my history daily, I know that if I were thinking the same thoughts expressed in all the posts, it would be time to contact experts.
  13. I would only do it if I had valid suspicion and with my teen’s knowledge. Beside drug use side effects, I discuss with my teens that initial drug testing is common and surprise drug testing may be a part of employment. But I wouldn’t do it to my kids on a regular basis.
  14. I’m not giving financial advice. These are just my thoughts. If the money will be needed in the next five years, putting the funds in a savings account makes sense. You might also consider certificates of deposit (CDs) - the rates would be slightly better than a savings account and “lock up” the funds until maturity. As far as parking any other funds, even experts are terrible at predicting market timing. The stock market could grow over the next five years then crash or crash tomorrow. You also can’t know when you should get back into the market. I tend to be a “set it and forget it
  15. A friend drew out an old dog’s treatment for far too long. After the dog’s painful, drawn out death, the friend regretted not letting the dog go earlier. You’re doing the right thing. :hugs:
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