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  1. Any winners Onceuponatime? Sometimes feedback helps with suggestions. Oh, and The Avett Brothers. Can't believe I left them off the list. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5CMDmxtpbc
  2. Michael Kiwanuka Nick Lowe Fleet Foxes Great Lakes Swimmers The Jayhawks The Head and the Heart The Belle Brigade The Weepies The Living Sisters Band of Horses Real Estate Over the Rhine Darrell Scott or Darrell Scott/Tim O'Brien Gillian Welch Sarah Jarosz
  3. In our house we call it 'the HBO effect.' Several years ago dh and I had a game where we'd call when breasts would be shown...because they were going to be shown. Nudity that would actually fit within the storyline didn't count. Extra points if they were used as 'sexposition' (sex used as exposition...basically weak writing covered by breasts or other female nudity/sexuality). I'm not afraid of nudity, but the use of the female body and sexuality to draw/keep male viewers irks me. I don't care how cool the show is...I just won't watch it.
  4. Laws can be different between state, federal, schooling options, EEOC, etc. My uncle is legally blind and has been since an accident when he was 2. His eyes and their surrounding muscles were physically damaged. He went to a blind school. His wife is blind. He participated in the Paralympics. He can now drive in the state of Indiana with a newer type of corrective lens which corrects enough for at least one eye. It gives him awful headaches but he enjoys a limited amount of daytime driving. He says he'll never move from Indiana because he couldn't get his license anywhere else in the Midwest. (I have no idea how true that is but it is true he couldn't get a license in his home state.) He's still considered legally blind and he can't wear the glasses at work or in daily life. They are that disruptive. So yes, he is legally blind (according to the government, state, his employer, his family) but he can drive, now. (Cue family jokes.) I don't think they even invented those lenses until the late '80s/early '90s.
  5. I read Anna Karenina in high school, so it has been a long time. I liked Anna better than I liked Edna from The Awakening. I think I read the two books the same year. Anna's actions made more sense to me, even while I disagreed with her Tolstoy made me feel her emptiness, her surprised passion, her joy, her sorrow. So often other proto-feminist novels (The Awakening and Madame Bovary for instance) left me feeling completely cut off or frustrated with the main character. The counterpoint with Kitty and Levin was a relief to Anna's story, so she never frustrated me too much. I think the epigraph said it all for me (from the Bible "Vengeance is mine. I will repay."). Human beings have no reason to judge or deal out punishment. Quite often we bring our own punishment upon us. You can see this as a Fate thing or 'what goes around comes around' or even 'we are our own worst enemies.' All of those worked for me in the context of the story.
  6. ~driving along the Mississippi River (Laura Ingalls Wilder, LaCrosse, river boat cruise, Wyalusing, Indian mounds) ~driftless area along the WI river (Spring Green, Frank Lloyd Wright, House on the Rock, Cave of the Mounds, Old Wisconsin) ~Madison (farmer's market, State st book stores, picnic pt., free zoo) ~central (Baraboo, Devil's Lake climbing and hiking, the WI Dells (waterparkpalooza), many lakes/fishing/boating/ATVs) ~Door County (Swedish restaurant with the goats on the roof, lighthouses, maritime museum, ferry, Peninsula St. Park) I love northern Wisconsin too, but you need a destination. Lots of woods and lakes and the things that go with them. I would search state parks and regional websites.
  7. I like those two knitting podcasts too, Laura. CogKNITive and Teaching Your Brain to Knit are both interesting too...especially if you're interested in psychology or biology.
  8. Futility Closet Myths and Legends Most Notorious! History of England & The Anglo Saxon podcast (same author) The Rhine What Should I Read Next? Harmonia Early Music
  9. I read that in January and I really liked it too!
  10. I just finished up Go Set a Watchman (Harper Lee's finally released sequel), Death's Acre (forensic anthropology), and Halting State (Charles Stross near-future science fiction). I enjoyed all of them. They all were uneven but had ideas or story-telling which made them fun. Currently working on: a few graphic novels by French-Canadian Michel Rabagliati...none of the usual graphic novel fantasy or sex but tons of enjoyable real-life stuff...extended family life in Quebec, etc. I like it so far. Yes, Please. Amy Poehler's biography, on audio (which she narrates with clips from lots of other people) a folksy crime novel from 1970 called The Friends of Eddie Coyle. This one is for a group but I read some to dh in the car this morning and the character's voices are really fun. The way they speak is character-telling. I enjoy that. 2016 Reading List Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth~memoir, history, ‘50s, England, medical, series. Skunk Hill: a Native Ceremonial Community in Wisconsin by Robert Birmingham~history, archaeology, Native peoples. Uprooted by Naomi Novik~fantasy, fairy tale, magic, Poland * Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel~speculative fiction, pandemic, Midwest, Shakespeare. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel~fiction, history, audiobook. 16th century, England. * Strange Things Still Happen edited by Angela Carter~fantasy, fairy tales, female-focus, Africa, Palestine, Norway, Hungary, Mexico, US, China. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger~fantasy, steampunk, series. A Guide to Forgetting by Jeffrey Skinner~poetry, sonnets, free. The Scavengers by Michael Perry~youth fiction, post-apocalypse, survival, genetic engineering Zoobiquity by Barbary Horowitz~non-fiction, biology, animals, medicine. The Designer’s Guide to Global Color Combinations by Leslie Carbega~nonfiction, art, color theory,China, Korea, Indonesia, Japan, India, Iran, Europe, Africa, US. The Designer’s Guide to Color by James Stockton~nonfiction, art, color, swatches. Fireworks: Nine Profane Tales by Angela Carter~short stories, fiction, fables and fairy tales. The Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson~history, memoir, WWII, Germany. These Is My Words by Nancy Turner~historical fiction, pioneer, epistolary, 19th century. ** The Race to Save the Lord God Bird by Philip Hoose~non-fiction, ecology, birds, US, Cuba. Knit Wear Love by Amy Herzog~knitting, sweaters, construction. The Eclectic Sole by Janel Laidman~knitting, socks, patterns. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee~fiction, series, Civil Rights, family. Death’s Acre by Dr. William Bass~non-fiction, forensics, crime. 21. Halting State by Charles Stross~science fiction, future, gaming, Scotland.
  11. I finished some books on color theory, In the Garden of Beasts (Larson's history of Nazi Germany in the '30s through the eyes of the American ambassador and his daughter), and Angela Carter's Fireworks: Nine Profane Tales. I liked Carter's style, but found her topics (incest, rape) a bit rough so I decided to stop with this book and read The Bloody Chamber later. She has an interesting sense awe mixed with hard, dirty reality. This was her first book so she seemed a little more in love with complexity than her fairy tale retellings, but I was impressed with her and look forward to reading more later (a little at a time). In the Garden of Beasts was meh. Like the one about the Chicago World's Fair, this one really seemed broken into 2 subjects which intersected but didn't always work together. I got a bit tired of Martha Dodd's lovelife. I picked up These Is My Words by Nancy Turner and I'm enjoying it. It's a plot-driven novel, very quick moving, and the main character (17 year old girl pioneering with her family through Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona) has a fun voice. My dh didn't have anything to read at the dentist so he read the first 35 pages or so and he called it, "an exciting Laura Ingalls." Lots of bad stuff happens to characters...and good things...in general the characters feel historically realistic. The main characters attempts to be herself, and to fit in societies idea of womanhood, and her naivete in things like romance and figuring out what she wants in her life just ring true to me. Anyway, I'm enjoying it a lot, and for those who like historical fiction or the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, you would probably enjoy it too. I heard about it on the What Should I Read Next? podcast.
  12. I found prescription eyeglasses ordered from an online site (like Zenni) worked very well and were an inexpensive (I think mine were $25) choice. You can also choose the frame and the level and color of the tint. I love mine.
  13. Oh, and I finished Zoobiquity yesterday. It had good things and bad things. I liked her level of detail, I believe in her thesis (animal and human medical research complement each other and should cooperate and inform each other more), but frankly I'm not sure she knew what she wanted out of the book. Subjects ran from the specific and academic to the frivolous and pop biology (cancer, sex, STDs, self-harm, eating disorders). In the end I think it was a good idea, but it's a pick-and-choose research project. Some interesting excerpts but not a rush out and buy. I'm probably half way through The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared and I should finish it but I'm bored. There is some humor but it's at the level of farce and the set-up has the man character much more like Forest Gump than I would prefer. Eh. I may put it down because... I started Angela Carter's Burning Your Boats: the Collected Short Stories and she is far more pointed and fun. She has a fascinating way of mixing wonder and everyday earthiness. Her writing is really sharp and descriptive. Plus, she uses a lot of fairy tale motifs and set-ups and I'm not quite over my January fairy tale binge (every January I read at least 1 book of fairy tales...for me it complements the snow and the slower pace and the illustrations jumpstart my imagination for the new year).
  14. Thanks for these recommendations Eliana. My freshman roommate was a 2nd generation immigrant from the Karen people. I heard a few interesting stories about their life in Burma and I remember them fondly. Thanks. I hope Robin doesn't mind...I posted the Bingo square on Facebook and several of my friends found it a fun motivational tool. Me...I think most of the things I've read could apply but they are so random I haven't made a bingo yet! I'm enjoying my Random Reading...ooh shiny!...and this thread definitely contributes to that.
  15. The Beekeeper's Apprentice (Laurie King)? No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency? The Moonstone (Collins)? the Enola Holmes series (Springer)? The Wollstencraft Detective Agency? I enjoyed Christie's Tommy and Tuppence series, Sherlock Holmes, and Isaac Asimov's Tales of the Black Widowers in early high school.
  16. I'm reading The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (Thomas Mann) this week with side trips into Zoobiquity: What Animals Can Teach Us About Health and the Science of Healing (Horowitz) and The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared. I picked up the Mann at a used bookstore. It's mannerly and easy to read. I've been trying to read Magic Mountain for ages and I love Mann's style, but I keep losing that book so this is a nice stand in. The themes are much lighter than Mountain. The main character is an obvious narcissist, which makes me wonder how much was understood about Narcissism at the time. I can't help but think this book was probably much more insightful in it's day because they had less clinical information about Narcissism. Mann is spot-on. It's fun. I generally don't like characters who are full of themselves but Mann is pointed enough to be humorous. It reads like Vanity Fair to me much of the time (without the sappy good characters). Zoobiquity is a bit dryer and more technical then I thought it would be. I support her main thesis (the study of animal medicine and human medicine would both benefit from being more intertwined) and appreciate the detailed discussions and citations she brings together. I'm not sure she knows exactly what she wants from this book. Overall an interesting book, and I hope the study of other mammals brings more data to our understanding of human biology. 100-year-old man is okay. Reminds me of Forrest Gump or O Brother Where Art Thou?...the Quest or Journey as a farce. 2016 Finished: Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth~memoir, ’50s, England, medical, series. Skunk Hill: a Native Ceremonial Community by Robert Birmingham~history, Native Americans. Uprooted by Naomi Novik~Fantasy, Polish fairy tales, magic. * Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel~speculative fiction, apocalypse, Shakespeare. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel~fiction, history, audiobook. 16th century, England. Strange Things Still Happen edited by Angela Carter~fantasy, fairy tales, female-focus, Africa, Palestine, Norway, Hungary, Mexico, US, China. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger~fantasy, steampunk, series. A Guide to Forgetting by Jeffrey Skinner~poetry, sonnets, free verse. The Scavengers by Michael Perry~youth fiction, post-apocalypse, survival, genetic engineering
  17. 1. Space Alert is probably my favorite, but it's heavy and a ton of set-up. Pandemic is a good entry-level choice. We got Pandemic Legacy for Christmas and we're still in the early stages of that series. It turns Pandemic into a string of games like a tv series. You have to make 12 successful plays to beat the game (because so much of 2. Code Names, at least right now. 3. My all-time favorite is Stone Age but Samurai is probably more of a workout. (DH recently got The Duke and is enjoying the chess-ness of it. ) A game that fits between 1 & 2: Monikers. Kind of like a crazier version of Charades where you work in teams and move from describing something, to using one word descriptions, to miming, to puppet theater. Same cards, so once you get through the first few rounds everyone knows the answers. We laughed so hard. Warning: comes with some adult cards so look through and remove anything you're uncomfortable with before family play. Random bits of Useful Information: There's a group called Gamers Table on WTM. Often we talk about things we're playing, especially new things. Feel free to join in there, review games you've played, or read up on things there. One of the cheapest ways to try more expensive games, meet new people, and have a great time is to attend board game conventions. At most conventions you can join games you're interested in and someone will teach them to you. Worldwide board game conventions lists here and here. In the US, most people should be able to find something within an hour or two of their home. Most medium or large cities will have gaming groups that readily welcome new folks. Check your local boardgame store or Boardgamegeek.com for information.
  18. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China The Book of Lost Things True Grit
  19. When ds saw a OT she recommended we put his paper on a slant...for instance, putting the writing or workbook on a 3-ring binder more than an 1" thick (so a greater angle). It makes it harder for them to push straight down and over time they lighten their grip. The greater the angle of the paper, the less they can press down. It took a few months with gradually less and less of a slant to retrain his grip. YMMV, my son has small motor control issues so he was over-compensating.
  20. As Always, Julia: the letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto~non-fiction, letters, ‘50s, Europe, food. Naomi: a Novel by Tanizaki Junichiro~fiction, Japan, sexual obsession, Western culture. Waistcoats & Weaponry~Youth fiction, series, steampunk adventure, 19th century. 1177 BC: the Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric Cline~non-fiction, history, archaeology, Bronze Age 12th century BC, History Shelf Challenge. How Children Succeed by Paul Tough~non-fiction, education, children, character. Beauty by Robin McKinley~fantasy, fairy tales retold, Middle Ages, Beauty and the Beast. Knitted Jackets by Cheryl Oberle~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. Knitting Around by Elizabeth Zimmermann~memoir, knitting education, patterns. Wrap Style by Pam Allen~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. Souless: the Manga vol. 1 by Gail Carriger~fiction, graphic novel, series, steampunk, 19th century. Bag Style by Pam Allen~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. Northern Knits by Lucinda Guy~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. Simple Style by Ann Budd~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. Folk Vests by Cheryl Oberle~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. The Haunted Monastery and the Chinese Maze Murders by Robert von Gulik~mystery, China, 6th century, based on an ancient series. Castle in the Air by Diane Wynne Jones~YA, fairy tale, series. Russian Folk Tales illustrated by Ivan Bilibin~fairy tale, children’s stories, Russia. Life Skills Activities for Special Children by Darlene Mannix~non-fiction, education, life skills. Wild Iris by Louise Gluck~poetry, nature, death, God. Bookshelf by Alex Johnson~coffee table book, pictures, bookshelves. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley~romance, autism, 19th century. Lark Rise to Candleford by Flora Thompson~memoir, trilogy, 19th century. * The Queen’s Man by Sharon Kay Penman~historical fiction, mystery, England, 12th century. The Knitted Slipper Book by Katie Startzman~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. The Thief of Always by Clive Barker~children’s fiction, supernatural quest. * Odd Interlude by Dean Koontz~fiction, series, supernatural quest. Easter Knits by Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison~non-fiction, knitting, patterns, holiday. Teaching Math to People with Down Syndrome and Other Hands-On Learners by DeAnna Horstmeier~non-fiction, education, Math. At Knit’s End by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee~non-fiction, knitting, humor, memoir. Labyrinths by Jorge Luis Borges~fiction & essay, short stories, Time, Argentina. Finally Finished. ** How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe by Charles Yu~science fiction, Time. Finally Finished. Ultimate Mittens by Robin Hansen~knitting, patterns, mittens. Getting Started Knitting Socks by Ann Budd~knitting, patterns, socks. The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart~fiction, mystery, adventure, Greece. Statistics Without Tears by Derek Rowntree~non-fiction, statistics, math. Shoebag by Mary James~children’s fiction, fantasy. Prudence by Gail Carriger~fantasy, steampunk, series. 19th century Escape Velocity: a Charles Portis Miscellany~non-fiction, fiction, journalism, plays, short stories. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman~speculative fiction, feminism, utopian. 19th century Ship Fever: Stories by Andrea Barrett~fiction, naturalists, history. 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th centuries. Canada. Europe. US. Indonesia. Brazil. * Hymns to the Night and Other Works by Novalis~essays, German Romanticism, love and death. 18th century. Germany. The Innovators by Walter Isaacson~history, technology, computers. 19th/20th Century. * Saga vol. 2 by Brian K Vaughn~graphic novel, fantasy, space Saga vol. 3 by Brian K Vaughn~graphic novel, fantasy, space, series. Eudora Welty: Photographs~photographs, interview, art perception. Ansel Adams: Classic Photos~photographs, nature, West. The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey~mystery, classic, historical. 15th Century. Book of the Eskimos by Peter Freuchen~memoir, Greenland culture. * Age of Bronze, vol 3, The Betrayal, Part 1 by Eric Shanower~graphic novels, The Illiad. 14th Century BC. The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith~mystery, ethics. Scotland. The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caeser~classics, war/battles, Rome. 1st Century BC. Wild Seed by Octavia Butler~fantasy, immortality, slavery. 17th 18th Century. central Africa. Dead Angler by Victoria Houston~murder mystery, Wisconsin, series. Dead Creek by Victoria Houston~murder mystery, Wisconsin, series. Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson~science fiction, robots, dystopian war. The Demon Under the Microscope by Thomas Hagen~nonfiction, medicine, discovery. Germany, France, US, UK. * Time and Again by Jack Finney~time travel, New York. 19th Century. The Young Visitors; or Mr. Salteena’s Plan by Daisy Ashford~fiction, humor, romance, child writer. 19th Century. The Lady Astronaut of Mars by Mary Robinette Kowal~space, female roles, future, novella The Learn-to-Knit Afgan book by Barbara G. Walker~non-fiction, knitting, patterns. The Children of Green Knowe by L. M. Boston~fiction, children’s, classic, magic. * Robogenesis by Daniel H Wilson~science fiction, robots, dystopian war, series. 200 Fair Isle Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone~non fiction, visual patterns, color, knitting. Case of the Missing Moonstone by Jordan Stratford~childrens, historical, mystery, Victorian. Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer~childrens, historical, mystery, Victorian. Treasure of Green Knowe by LM Boston~childrens, classic, magic, history. Robot Uprisings by various~short stories, AI, collection. Cotillion by Georgette Heyer~Regency, romance. 18th Century. Blood Child by Octavia Butler~short stories, aliens, relationships. Basic Illustrated Backpacking by ~nonfiction, backpacking. The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro~fiction, fairy tale, memory. 5th century. * Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang~graphic novel, children, aliens. The Essential Guide to Color Knitting by Margaret Radcliffe~knitting, technique. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang~graphic novel, super heroes, families.. Lock-in: a novel of the near future by John Scalzi~science fiction, detective fiction. Redshirts by John Scalzi~science fiction, Star Trek, fiction writers. Mind of My Mind by Octavia Butler~speculative fiction, human evolution, series. Clay’s Ark by Octavia Butler~same, alien microbes. Patternmaster by Octavia Butler~same. Canoeing with the Cree by Eric Severeid~memoir, ‘30s, Canada. 7th Sigma by Steven Gould~science fiction, Kipling’s Kim, wild west. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman~science fiction, war. Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card~science fiction, war, series. In the Woods by Tara French~police, thriller, Ireland. The October Country by Ray Bradbury~short stories, horror. * Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie~science fiction, space, identity. * The Magician of Lublin by Isaac Bashevis Singer~fiction, Poland, forgiveness, secular vs. religious, finally finished. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon~thriller, supernatural, New England. The Draco Tavern by Larry Niven~science fiction, short stories, space/aliens. The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang~graphic novel, existence/meaning. Call the Midwife: a Memoir by Jennifer Worth~memoir, history, medicine, ‘50s, England.* Jingo by Terry Pratchett~fantasy, series, Vimes. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth~memoir, history, England. 51 female authors 41 male authors 1 mixed 32 non-fiction 60 fiction 1 mixed Lots of knitting books, science fiction, and crime novels. Oh, and an enjoyable flight with Victorian girl detective stories (in between the Green Knowe books there was one about Sherlock Holmes little sister and one about a pairing of tween Mary Shelley and Ada Lovelace as detectives).
  21. How many books did you read this year and did you meet or beat your own personal goal? 93. I don't have a personal goal, although I admit it turned out to be more then I thought. I go through periods where I finish a lot and periods where I read hardly anything. Share your top 5 (or more) favorite books. The Demon under the Microscope~non-fiction, pretty cool look at the invention of sulfa drugs over the 20th century. Ship Fever and other Stories~short stories with a biological perspective, the title story is based on the true story of a cholera epidemic on immigrant ships coming into Canada in the 19th century. The October Country~early, slightly ghoulish stories by Ray Bradbury. Neatly crafted. Ancillary Justice~like a really great episode of Farscape (SF tv show) but with the best of Ursula LeGuin’s insight into gender and identity. and the best was Labyrinths~Borges. What can I say…long awaited and so worthwhile. Dense. I read this a little at a time Which books or authors you thought you'd never read and were pleasantly surprised to like them? I wasn't expecting to enjoy the Robopocalypse books or the Larry Niven (Draco's Tavern) all that much, but I had a great time reading both out loud to dh. One book that touched you - made you laugh, cry, sing or dance! I had a real sense of wonder from the Green Knowe books (I've never read them before) and Clive Barker's youth novel The Thief of Always. Share your most favorite character, covers and/or quotes? One book you thought you'd love but didn't? The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart...too much hype I guess. What countries or centuries did you explore? I did a lot of Greenland and northern Canada, a lot of Eskimo and Inuit. Plus Europe, Russia, China, the Mediterranean, Japan, Persia, Argentina, Brazil, Indonesia, central Africa. I tried to hit more pre-15th century...and I even got a 1st BCE, 12th BCE, and 15th BCE (and 5th, 6th, 12th, -15th) but mostly I read post-16th as usual. Especially crime novels...for some reason. What books would you recommend everybody read? Borges' Labyrinths. What was your favorite part of the challenge? That I get to tell you all about it now. For whatever reason I could not post here after June (Chrome problem, maybe?). I couldn't even contact support. I just stopped by to read everyone's lists. What a wonderful surprise that I could post!
  22. hi Couldn't log on to the site most of this year and didn't expect to this time (!), so I'll be back in a bit to post my reading.
  23. <Raised eyebrows to deciding the efficacy of someone's genre output based on one novel...but you realize what you're saying.> ;) Delta Wedding is better, simpler, although they both follow an extended family gathering. Losing Battles is more of a farce IMO. I'm not really a fan of farce, but I rated it a bit higher then you did. Probably because I didn't see the clan's life as a mud-wallow, but an equally-valid, very human, lifestyle. Think of the Miss Julia section as being one of the reaches of that farce. It winks at you, definitely. Welty isn't down on backwoods' folk. There's a lot of love in her descriptions. She loves people. But people are ridiculous, even the progressive, upright ones like Miss Julia and most definitely the rest when we're ignorant or clannish. What I enjoyed about that section was how equally she projected the two sides' ignorance of each other. Miss Julia, we feel for her, but she did not understand the people of the county. She came to save them, and most of the time people do not want to be saved. They resent it. Miss Julia never became one of them because she was too busy telling them what to do. Not that the local clans let anyone in easily. Watching orphaned outsider Gloria maneuver after marrying in to this family is painful, but it's also obvious that she wants to belong and if nothing else a clan makes you a part of something. Eudora Welty was a city kid from Jackson, MS with some extended family ties in the country. She's more like Gloria or Laura in Delta Wedding. She belongs, but is the outsider. She loves it, but she sees its ridiculousness. Off topic, but Welty has some excellent biographical stories. I think we had to read parts of One Writer's Beginnings in high school. I love her description of childhood and books and the library.
  24. My son has medical issues so we see a lot of doctors, general and specialties. At this point I always interpret Check-in as 'be 15 minutes early if you are a new patient or have new information, otherwise be 5 minutes before the scheduled time.' I also like to think of it as the time we shoot for and the time we absolutely have to be there. Of course, this can come back to haunt you. It turns out that while my interpretation is completely reasonable for almost every physician and counselor we've seen, psychotherapists at our clinic actually do expect you to come in 15 minutes early. Check-in for them includes vitals usually done at appointment time for other doctors. They explained nicely to me that Check-in is nurse time for their office. No other office in the system has it scheduled that way, so it really depends on the office.
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