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  1. Good morning, my fellow bibliophiles~ I finished last month's Horace Worblehat challenge by reading Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters, in which Horace has a cameo. Gotta love an orangutan who can participate in a bar fight. Recent reads include Red Shirts, Star Trek Picard, Esperanza Rising (read with my DGD), and Big Magic. For those who were following along with my DS's reading of The Wheel of Time series -- he's finished. He completed the final book in March. He averaged a bit more than a book a week; completing all 16 books in 13 weeks. I am still reading The Count
  2. I don't have a series to recommend but Where the Crawdads Sing and Before We Were Yours are both good audiobooks. If I recall correctly, the narrators for both books were easy to listen to and the listening was enjoyable. I believe I 'found' chores to do so I could listen.
  3. Just joining in the conversation - I apologize if you feel this is extraneous or a hijack - I understand the need to be alone; it's why I have gone camping, biking, hiking, kayaking, playing tennis, etc on my own. Now that we have an empty nest, coupled with my DH's work schedule, I find I get quite a bit of that alone time. I wish I had a female friend who could take trips with me but I don't know anyone else free from responsibility with similar interests. Regarding your situation - maybe involving your DH in the preparation and planning phase will ease some of his anxiety. Could you
  4. I haven't seen it yet but the director is an alum from my alma mater, Mount Holyoke. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/media/2021-mar/mount-holyoke-alums-win-golden-globes
  5. FYI - you could always invite one of your WTM friends to go with you. Just saying. (Have backpacking tent; will travel)
  6. I've done both and encourage you to do it if you feel your skill level and comfort level allow you to do so. I've taken our popup to campgrounds and stayed for multiple days and nights. I've taken my backpacking tent to backcountry sites for overnights. I've hiked by myself for just a few miles or for long day hikes (20 miles). I've hiked in low country and I've hiked in bear country. As long as you have done your homework and know where you're going, have planned and prepared for the area, and have comfort in your abilities then go do it. You have some history hiking and camping and
  7. I will be happy to answer other questions (either her or privately). What an exciting time for you and your DS. I hope he enjoys playing tennis for years to come.
  8. The tennis recruiting sites can be a mixed blessing. I used them regularly to find players and to begin initial contact. What I (and other coaches) found to be problematic was that players would create dedicated email addresses for recruiting purposes but then never check those email accounts. This topic came up at every showcase I attended. Coaches from every level (DI, II, and III) expressed frustration with unanswered emails and outdated contact information. Another big issue was the athlete using a parent's email address for recruiting purposes. Make certain the athlete uses an email addre
  9. Regarding ranking on the high school tennis team - that all depends on what level of college tennis you want to play. Being the #1 player on a weak team won't get that player noticed by D1s, D2s, or top D3s. Now being ranked #1 and making it past the first round at State, that will attract a bit more attention but still not enough for the top schools. Those schools really are looking at USTA tournament play and UTR rating. Being the last player on a strong team, one that posts multiple wins and has multiple players going to State, those players will get more notice. But, more than likely
  10. If your DS has an idea of what college or university he wants to attend and you've done your research into the Power 6 or UTR levels of the current players and it looks like your DS's ability might be a fit, contact the coach (the college athletic website will have a Recruit Me link as well as the coach's contact information) and express interest. The level and type of contact each coach can have with potential recruits is determined by Division (I, II, and III). There are college showcases throughout the summer and early fall where players can sign up(and pay a fee) in order to play in fr
  11. After looking through some of the other replies, I can say that you might not want to rely on the knowledge of a high school coach unless that coach has a history of sending tennis players to play collegiate tennis. Many coaches believe that unless their players are winning at State, there is no chance to play collegiate tennis. That is simply not true. Many D3s are looking for players who love tennis, are willing to work diligently on the court and in the classroom, are coachable, can be good teammates, and who are good people. I honestly believe that every tennis player who wants to p
  12. As a recent D3 tennis coach with a few years of recruiting experience, I can discuss this topic for hours. Is playing college tennis a reality? Yes!! He may not be able to play D1 tennis or earn an athletic scholarship but he will be able to play college tennis if he so chooses. There are many schools with strong academic programs who struggle to fill teams; mainly because of the "D1 or bust" attitude. How important is the high school team in regards to recruitment? For D1 - very important. A top player for a team that isn't winning matches or placing well at state competition,
  13. I've finished Guernsey Literary and the first Nancy Drew book, The Secret of the Old Clock. I am on to Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson. This was found in a Free Little Library and satisfies one of my non-fiction TBR boxes. It's a bout the 1900 hurricane which destroyed much of Galveston, TX. I'm on page 28 and I've already been down multiple Google trips looking up cloud formations and pictures of Galveston. Still reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Haven't listened to my audiobook in a few days.
  14. Yes, it's just for me. I am putting in requests for future gifts. There are some non-book items I would love. Star Trek mints, soap, and a book mark for example.
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