Year 51 Day 1

Yep. It’ my birthday.

I have a busy weekend planned and took Monday off to recover.


Today (Friday) I’m off over lunch to my First Friday book club at the Westport Branch of the Kansas City Public Library.  This past month Between the Lines read The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.  I’m listening to it (still) and probably won’t finish it until later next week.  But it has been a funny read thus far.  I’m looking forward to hearing what the other members of the book group thought of this interesting centenarian’s adventure.


Saturday night is my final night of the year as a member of the ASKC Team Two volunteers who help visitors during our Powell Observatory public night.  Come on down for some fantastic star gazing after sunset Saturday night.


Sunday afternoon my hubby’s taking me to see the movie The Martian.  I read that book over a year ago a and thought it very good read.  I’m looking forward to the movie.

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Year 50 Day 364

So my dad calls me on my cell phone this morning, soon after I arrived at work.  He called to wish me well on the last day of my 50th year.

How Sweet!

(Can you hear the sarcasm dripping from my lips?)

In other news, welcome to October!


Return trip (north to south) along new Angel Falls Trail in Lansing.

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The Autumn Equinox is Here! Wait, What’s the Autumn Equinox?


I’m a Libra so this is naturally my favorite day of the year.

I feel so balanced today.

Have a great day!

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Movie Review: St. Vincent (2014)

St. Vincent (2014)

Watched BluRay (via Netflix) September 2015

Rating: 3.5 to 4 stars

Very brief synopsis (via IMDB): A young boy whose parents have just divorced finds an unlikely friend and mentor in the misanthropic, bawdy, hedonistic war veteran who lives next door.

This film surprised me.  All the performances were above average.  Granted, this wasn’t much of a stretch for Bill Murray, but he did have a few shining moments.  Lots of good laughs along with some very touching tragedy.  We were all smiling and crying by the time the credits rolled.

I can see why it did so well at last year’s film festivals.  Give this one a try.  You’ll probably like it.

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C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit, 1937

A world for children: J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: or There and Back Again (London: Allen and Unwin, 1937) The publishers claim that The Hobbit, though very unlike Alice, resembles it in being the work of a professor at play. A more important truth is that both belong to a very small class of… Read More »

Source: C. S. Lewis Reviews The Hobbit, 1937


A small early birthday gift to myself on the 78th anniversary of this review, originally published in the Times Literary Supplement (2 October 1937), 714.

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Windows 10? Here are privacy issues you should consider

More and more reasons to try or switch to Linux.  Beware of Windows 10 “Free” upgrade … it will only cost your privacy.

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Happy Adoption Day Lexy!

Three years ago today, Terry and I rescued Lexy from a shelter in Parsons, Kansas.

She’s ready for her closeup now:


She’s a little greyer on her muzzle, but she still bullies Porthos (who outweights her by almost 20 pounds) and keeps him in line.

We’re so happy she’s still with us and had a clean bill of health from the vet just last week.

Happy Adoption Day Lexy!

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