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Sweet William

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Post-haircut, bangs only cut.  For you, Becky!!

Sweet William

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First haircut.

Recent Reads

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens (2014).  Despite having quite a few of his own life challenges, college student Joe becomes fascinated by the life story of a convicted killer sent to die in a nursing home that he interviews for a course.  With a little help from a neighbor and his autistic brother, can Joe discover what really happened when a girl was raped and murdered decades ago?  Suspenseful story and sympathetic main characters.

Savage by Kat Austen (2016).  Exactly my kind of escapist, romantic reading.  After her boat sinks, Jane is pulled from the ocean by her very own "Tarzen," a man marooned alone on an island long enough that he has forgotten how to speak.  Sweet characters and execution.

The Narcissist You Know by Joseph Burgo (2015).  Although we're all narcissistic to a certain extent, part and parcel of survival, 1 in 20 people is an extreme narcissist.  Burgo provides vignettes and tips for interactions involving narcissists.  Should probably be required r…

Current Little Pleasures

Postcards.  Always.  Recent postcards that brightened my day came from Becky, Wanda, Ann, and Fish.

Coconut Chicken Salad from The Green Gateau.  Coconut chicken tenders, lettuce, avocado, asparagus, tomato, parmesan crisp, boiled egg (I skip that), and dressing of choice (ranch, in my case).  Complemented by strawberry-apricot iced tea.

High school football.  Go, Spartans!

Chewy Spree.

The original The Magnificent Seven, 1960Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson, Eli Wallach, Robert Vaughn, James Coburn.  Anyone seen the remake yet?  I'll get there. . . .

NASA putting their research on PMC.

Stationery--Coco Mojo Designs

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Incoming Mail--Claudia in California

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Cheerful card and letter.  Claudia blogs over at Moncy3.

Sweet William

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Incoming Mail--Penny in Canada

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Outgoing Mail--September 1-15, 2016

Letters and Cards to Ann in Pennsylvania, Jenn in Texas, Becky in Oregon, Laura in Iowa, Barbara in South Carolina, Sue in North Carolina, Leslie in Maine, Limner in Texas, Liz in Iowa, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Wanda in Canada, and Michele in New Mexico.

Letters to Barbara in South Carolina, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Claudia in California, Amanda in New Mexico, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Penny in Canada, and Fish in Taiwan.

Cards to Ellen in The Netherlands, Garrett in New Mexico, and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Fish in Taiwan, Steph in Minnesota, Claudia in California, Liz in Iowa, Penny in Canada, Wanda in Canada, Ellen in The Netherlands, Limner in Texas, Sue in North Carolina, Dana in North Carolina, and Joel in Arizona.

Incoming Mail--Ann in Pennsylvania

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Incoming Mail--Wanda in Canada

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Maya and Violet--9/6/2016

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Recent Reads

Traveling Mercies:  Some Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (1999).  Sometimes rambling, generally entertaining look at the people and life experiences that assisted Anne Lamott in creating her personal brand of faith.

The Special Power of Restoring Lost Things by Courtney Elizabeth Mauk (2016).  [Disclaimer:  Read for free as a pre-release due to Kindle First.]  A year after Jennifer disappears after leaving an NYC nightclub with an unidentified man, we meet her parents and younger brother, thoughtfully explored through their internal thoughts and their views of each other, as they are after the worst imaginable experience for a family.  This book is going to stay with me for quite a while.  Great characters.  Sad story.  The ending--half of it I really liked; half of it didn't strike me as being possible.

We Come to Our Senses:  Stories by Odie Lindsey (2016).  Dark, gripping stories that cover the varied experiences of American service members after their return to the Southern Uni…

Sweet William

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"But I just want to get some water."

Current Little Pleasures

Road trips with my best friend

Hurts Donut Company

Decent start (2-0) to the Nebraska football season

Barking dogs for a little extra protection

Bad Moms--cute

YouTube '80s music videos

Sympathy cards--you really can't go wrong with sending one

Incoming Mail--Michele in New Mexico

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Lang card and a letter from my sister.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

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Card and letter with cute Hello Kitty stickers for an insert.

Sweet William

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Thich Nhat Hanh Quotes

Current Little Pleasures

Hurts Donut Company

Labor Day book and Kate Winslet/Josh Brolin movie adaptation

Nebraska's win over Fresno State (college football)

Getting back into the treadmill and working on more healthful choices (donuts aside)

My goddaughter bringing me postcards from her many travels. 

Three-day weekends

Job interview on Thursday.  Fingers crossed.

My "boyfriend" has a new movie--Mechanic:  Resurrection

Today would have been my dad's 80th birthday.  Weird to think that October 9 marks 23 years--or half my life--since he died instead.


Hurts Donut Company

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Herb surprised us with donuts from Hurts Donut Company, located in the Grand Manse at 9th & P Streets in Lincoln.  Also located in other lucky cities like Springfield, Missouri; Coralville, Iowa; Wichita, Kansas; and Norman, Oklahoma.  YUM!

Incoming Mail--Claudia in California

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Card and letter from Claudia, who blogs over at Moncy3.

Incoming Mail--Sue in North Carolina

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Nice verse on Sue's card for my life right now.

Sweet William

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Outgoing Mail--August 16-31, 2016

Cards and Letters to Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Steph in Minnesota, Tami in Oregon, and Penny in Canada.

Letters to Penny in Canada, Steph in Minnesota, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, and Michele in New Mexico.

Card to Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Leslie in Maine, Fish in Taiwan, Keli in Nebraska, Sue in North Carolina, Shon in Nebraska, Mom in Nebraska, Shane in Kansas, Barbara in South Carolina, Limner in Texas, Liz in Iowa, Andrew in Iowa, Penny in Canada, Wanda in Canada, Joel in Arizona, Billy in Wisconsin, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Ellen in The Netherlands, Steph in Minnesota, Claudia in California, Michele in New Mexico, and Laura in Iowa.