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Recent Reads

The Mystery of Everett Ruess by W.L. Rusho (updated 2010).  A writer and artist, Everett Ruess disappeared in 1934, age 20, in the American Southwest.  Most of Rusho's book is a compilation of Ruess' 1930-1934 letters to his parents, older brother, and friends.  Ruess' block prints and Rusho's photos provide a backdrop to Ruess' descriptions.  While interesting to read, Ruess' thoughts and actions reflect his extreme youth.

The Last Season by Eric Blehm (2006).  Exploration of the life, career, and line-of-duty disappearance, in 1996, of Sierra backcountry Ranger Randy Morgenson.  Fortunately for Morgenson's widow and friends, his remains were found five years after his death, so at least they found a closure denied to Ruess' loved ones.

Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol (2014).  Hearing certain Billy Idol songs transports me immediately to one of my favorite weekends, high school French and Spanish Clubs joint trip to Chicago in October 1986.  Sweet memories!  Idol's autobiography doesn't disappoint--plenty of hard living, good music, and memorable moments.  Recommended for any fans of his '80s music.



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Here's the short set of questions I e-mailed to book club members yesterday, along with my own responses.

Did you have a favorite character, or one that spoke to you the most? Who and why?
The father with the burned hands is the one who stayed with me the most after reading the book.

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Current Little Pleasures

Girls' weekend in Omaha with Maya and her friend.

Happy Buddha:  Sweet Orange and Cedar Shower Foam from RITUALS

Time for iced or blended peppermint mochas.

Shopping for little gifts for Maya's Japanese pen pal.  They were matched through their schools, and we're hoping she can stay with us for a few days this summer.

The flock of wild turkeys, foxes, and other assorted wildlife entertaining us this fall.

Thanksgiving plans to visit my sister.

Hallmark Channel's Countdown to Christmas is back!

Current Little Pleasures

Christmas Keepsake Week, July 14-23, filled with Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel.

Sending Christmas (in July) cards with a Peace greeting to some of my favorite people.  Why not??

Scott Tube Free Toilet Paper--nothing to recycle.

Haagen-Dazs Coffee Ice Cream--always!

Baby Driver movie.

Seeing photos from my sisters and niece on Facebook during their Italy trip.  I can't imagine they will want to come back home!

What are your current little pleasures?