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Betty Thompson, no time to sit and rock for her!

October 18th, 2016 Comments off

My 10438346_10203375147492054_5148956880215678059_n“Who said retirement was a time to sit and rock? Today I used the weed trimmer, pulled beets and canned them, picked raspberries, cut okra, set out some rhubarb, pulled weeds out of the garden, sharpened my hoe and used it some………..the day isn’t over either. Fun day! ” 

  Betty F. Thompson, posted July 5 ’14 FB

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Pat Conroy: My Losing Season

March 7th, 2016 Comments off

Jan 3, 2011

I am a big fan of writer Pat Conroy.  I’ve read The Water is Wide, Prince of Tides, Beach Music, and have just finished My Losing Season.

A basketball fan, who understands the game a whole lot better than I do, would appreciate his play by play descriptions of his last season as point guard for the Citadel. But, the book is much more than the games he played; it tells the struggle of a young man, raised by a terrorizing military father and a coach who had little regard for the feelings of his players.

His father was brutal to him, his six younger siblings, and his mother. Never a kind word came out of his mouth.   No matter what accomplishment his son attained the ‘Colonel’ was there to demean him.  Reading about this physically and emotionally abusive bully of a father brought me to a point of intense anger at this man.  Such is the power of an excellent writer; I was deeply moved by his words.

The losing season at The Citadel, along with a terrible boyhood, has left Pat Conroy, by his own admission, a wounded person, fighting bouts of depression, failed marriages and relationships.  With such a great sense of humor, it is hard to imagine this man as he describes himself.  Hopefully, since 2002, when he wrote the book, he has found some peace.

The Loss of Another Gifted Southern Writer – Pat Conroy

March 7th, 2016 Comments off

From the Pat Conroy FB Page 3-5-16

We wish he could tell you once again “Hey out there” but we are the family, the friends, the readers and we are filled with grief and sadness.
Pat Conroy left this world Friday March 4, 2016 at 7:42 pm surrounded by his family and friends in his Beaufort home overlooking the marshes he so loved.
There are rare people whose very existence make life bearable for the rest of us for reasons of grace, wisdom and understanding. Pat was such a men. To say he will be missed is the grandest of understatements.



Book Club: Sheri Cobb South – ‘Babes in Tinseltown’

March 4th, 2015 1 comment

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I’m repeating this review, posted in April, because I just got the following response from the book’s author, Sheri Cobb South.  

I’m a bit late in discovering this, but I want to thank you for your review of my book! Reviews, I’ll admit, have been mixed (Library Journal loved it, Publishers Weekly hated it, Dear Author loved it, All About Romance hated it), but one email from a reader offered a possible explanation. He said, “At first I thought this was rather simplistic, until I finished the first chapter and realized it was written to read just like the old movies of the 1930s.” Hooray! Somebody “got it!” It looks like you did, too. Thanks so much! Sheri Cobb South

For a fan of the 30’s and 40’s black and white movies, (like myself) you too might get a kick out of this book.  It is like those movies in that you have to accept the outrageous plots and just go with the fun.  Each chapter lists a movie from the period and  I have seen them all, thanks to Turner Classic Movie channel.  It was a quick read and easily visualized. The Schoolmarm

Review from Romance Reviews Today:Frankie Foster is the sheltered daughter of a proper Southern lady and a prominent judge, but she really wants to be a movie star. In spite of her family’s misgivings, she boards a train and heads for Hollywood in search of fame and fortune. Frankie eventually finds work at Monumental Pictures as an extra in a swashbuckling costume picture. Unfortunately, her career threatens to be short-lived when producer Arthur Cohen staggers onto the soundstage in an apparent drunken rage and drops dead at her feet. The police dismiss the death as a heart attack, but then, they don’t know about the quarrel Frankie heard between the producer and his brother/partner. With filming suspended indefinitely, Frankie must discover the truth if she is to save the picture and her fledgling career.”Sheri Cobb South has a witty and refreshingly original voice. If you haven’t sampled any of her books, you’ve missed a real treat.”




Ah yes, and there are many of us . . . you know who you are!

November 1st, 2014 Comments off


The original Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin from 1927.

September 4th, 2014 Comments off

I was a bit taken aback when I read that psychologists (( have analyzed the dear old book and recognized that every character in the story represents some form of mental illness.  Really? And here, since 1927  it was thought of as just a sweet story of childhood.  Have they just ruined it for us?

Disorders as analyzed by psychologists: 

  • Christopher Robin appears schizophrenic, having a split with reality, talking with animals who are a figment of his imagination.
  • Winnie the Pooh appears to have an eating disorder, always binging on honey.
  • Eeyore the donkey is sad, gloomy, pessimistic – classic depression.
  • Piglet has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, timid, nervous and tearful.
  • Tigger is impulsive, outgoing, risk-taker, sounds like ADHD, right?  
  • Rabbit is OCD, organized, obsessed with rules and order, irritable if people mess up his garden.
  • Oh well, nobody’s perfect!  Eh, Tigger?


Cool Bookstores

August 29th, 2014 Comments off


Bart’s Books – Ojai, CaliforniaUnited States

Founded in 1964 by Richard Bartinsdale, Bart’s is one of the largest outdoor bookshops in the world and is open almost every day. Some shelves face the streets, others to a courtyard where the sun shines and customers can pay by putting money into a coin box after hours.


Cool Book Stores

August 26th, 2014 Comments off


Livraria Ler Devagar – LisbonPortugal

This is an incredible modern bookshop located in a former industrial textile warehouse. The building also houses advertising agencies, designer shops and art galleries. You can enjoy a coffee and admire the quirky surroundings, such as the sculpture of a woman on a flying bicycle. On Sundays it turns into a market selling antiques and crafts. What more could you possibly ask for?


Cool Book Stores

August 23rd, 2014 Comments off


 The Last Bookstore – Los Angeles, United States

This piece of paradise is southern California’s largest independent bookshop, situated in a former bank that’s architecture has been preserved. Its marble columns and giant doors sit amongst hundreds of thousands of books. Besides attending its organised events, concerts and markets, we recommend you lose yourself in the labyrinth of dollar books.


Cool Bookstores

August 22nd, 2014 Comments off



Shakespeare and Co – ParisFrance

These days, this place is as much of a tourist attraction as it is a bookshop. Next to Notre Dame Cathedral, this cramped and chaotic place (especially when it is full of tourists) is incredibly seductive. Upstairs, they house travellers who work in the book shop for a few hours each day and below is a wishing well that many throw their coins into.


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