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Incoming Mail--William and Amanda in New Mexico

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Birthday gift thank you note from William with help from his mama.

Recent Reads

The Everest Years by Chris Bonington (1987).  This is the third volume covering the career of British mountaineer Bonington.  While Everest makes the title, his climbs during the 1970s and 1980s of the Ogre and K2, Mt. Konjur, and Mt. Vinson also get covered in detail.  He shares a lot of the details that went into planning trips, as well as his experiences during the climbs.  He shares a lot of his own thought processes.  I think he shows a particular sensitivity when discussing the impact on loved ones left behind and the deaths of friends.

After She's Gone by Maggie James (2017).  Interesting psychological thriller about the past coming back to haunt a family.  There's a lot about relationships, secrets, and discovering how well she really knows the people around her for Lori when her sixteen-year-old sister, Jessie, is raped and murdered.  Who is the killer, and what is the motive?  And who is the next victim on the list? 

More than Survival and If Only to Forget by Camryn …

Sweet SJ

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Five-month-old SJ and her best friend, boxer Kota.

Sweet William

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First camping trip with his mom.

Venice--June 2017

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My niece in a rainy, deserted St. Mark's Square.  Photo courtesy of my sister.  I'm still a little devastated that I didn't go on this trip with them.

Outgoing Mail--July 1-15, 2017

Letters to Liz in Virginia, Barbara in South Carolina, Wanda in Canada, Michele in New Mexico, Tami in Oregon, and Kerry in Northern Ireland.

Cards to Terri in California, Sue in North Carolina, Keli in Nebraska, and Iris in Oregon.

Postcards to Fish in Taiwan, Jenn in Texas, Barbara in South Carolina, and Joel in Arizona.

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?

Incoming Mail--Dana in North Carolina

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Back of the envelope Dana made for her letter.

Sweet SJ

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Recent Reads

After You Left by Carol Mason (2017).  On her honeymoon, Alice wakens to find her husband gone, leaving only a note that explains nothing.  After returning to her job in an art gallery, Alice meets Evelyn, an older woman who has a life story that is exactly what Alice needs to hear to come to terms with her own life.  This is a story of love, in its many forms, and how your life unfolds in sometimes surprising ways based on your choices and those of the people around you.  After finding the book a little slow to start, the story of the two women as they became friends and learned about each other really captured my attention.  Although the ending was perfect--sad and hopeful, all at once--I didn't want to leave Alice, Evelyn, and their special friendship.

Beyond Repair by Charlotte Stein (2014).  At least my fourth re-read of one of my favorite books.  Stein tends to create interesting, flawed characters who mesh in all the right ways, and a lot of the chemistry comes from the inte…

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay in Wisconsin

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Handmade card and letter.

Incoming Mail--Kerry in Northern Ireland

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Cool stamps on a letter from Kerry.

Incoming Mail--Becky in Oregon

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Leanin' Tree card.

Outgoing Mail--June 16-30, 2017

Cards and Letters to Barbara in South Carolina, Les in Maine, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, Michele in New Mexico, and Jenn in Texas.

Letters to Laura in Iowa, Steph in Minnesota, Karen in Wisconsin, Amanda in New Mexico, Claudia in California, Jenn in Texas, Penny in Canada, Michele in New Mexico,Sherri Kay in Wisconsin, and Wanda in Canada.

Cards to Keli in Nebraska, Garrett in New Mexico, and Sue in North Carolina.

Postcards to Joel in Arizona and Iris in Oregon.