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Thanksgiving: Celebrating the Goodness in All

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Celebrating: Goodness in All

Franklin D.Roosevelt, on October 31,1939, signed a presidential proclamation fixing the Thanksgiving holiday to the last Thursday in November. He standardized the holiday's date when he signed a joint resolution of Congress, on December 26, 1941 changing the national Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday. The holiday continues on each year on as prescribed. 

This holiday's recognition continued through wars, a presidential assassinations, internal and external political protests, terrorists' bombings and random, senseless shootings. We prepare this week to sit with our family and friends and give thanks. 

Yes, turbulence exists and madness seems to reign relentlessly throughout solid institutions. Yet, we need to remember our willingness some 80 years after FDR's first proclamation to give thanks. 

Give some thought about thankfulness this year. The litany includes health, jobs, food, the ability to speak ou…

Save This Country

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This posting reflects my need for civility and sensibility in politics. Our country used to be a standard bearer of truth in real time, kindness to all, and responsive to those treated unjustly.

As our political parties begin to hone down their sea of candidates, please take note. This ad reminds us who we are as Americans.

Take three minutes it takes to listen to this woman's point of view:
https://www.newsweek.com/mitch-mcconnell-challenger-amy-mcgrath-release-ad-kentucky-coal-miners-1456018

Review: Dragonfly in Amber

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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My husband gave this book to me as a Christmas present a few years ago. The size of the print kept me from tackling this tome. Lately, I have had some time on my hands and this read became a project. I confess it became an obsession.

Dian Gabaldon is a master of imagery. The book goes beyond the television series. As you read this second book in the series of sixteen, you become immersed with life and times of even the minor characters. There were many nights that turned into early mornings as I pour over the pages of this book.

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Review: Deep Harbor

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Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the suspense and the details that Fern Michaels used in this book. The story is riveting and kept me up early each morning to read it. The ending went flat for me, but I was looking for a quirky ending. Enjoy it. It was a "Good Read."

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This is my first read of a Stuart Woods book. I enjoyed it. This book needs to be read with a glass of wine or whiskey. Some of the scenes seem fantastic, but of course, the main character is very rich. Enjoy! It is a "Good Read."

Review: Run Away

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Run Away by Harlan Coben
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is one of the best thrillers I have read in years. It does pepper the story with frivolity. It keeps the read focused on the story line and the main character. Thank you Mr. Coben for a "Great Read!"

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Review: Silent Night

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Silent Night by Danielle Steel
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

This is a quick read. Steel did a great deal of research on this book. (I won't tell you on what topic, because it will spoil the read.) I enjoyed the ease of read and her insight on the issues. Thanks for a "Good Read" Ms. Steel.

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Review: Belgravia

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Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Julian Fellows , the writer of Downtown Abbey, wrote this marvelous story. It is about the change times in England about accepting trades man and aristocrats to mingle into society. It is filled with treachery from servants, unhappy wives and husbands, and the shame of mores. It is a very good story. It won't surprise me if it show up on Masterpiece Theatre.

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Review: The Boy

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The Boy by Tami Hoag
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Tami Hoag writes a tight thriller. She doesn't leave a stone unturned and keeps the reader's attention riveted. I also appreciated how she wrapped up the story at the end. She left no stones unturned.

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Review: Becoming

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Becoming by Michelle Obama
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I grew up and taught for a decade in Chicago. I'm very familiar with the neighbor that Michelle grew up and attended school. I could visualized the city as she wrote about her youth.
Now to the good part, the real merit of this book is the inside view of a woman who tried to maintain a career and raise two children while her husband's political career advanced.

She knew how to reinvent herself using the tools of her education. She prioritized her life around her children and husband.

Her intimate view of what it is like to live in the White House is the golden part of the book. It is a woman's book, written for women, by a candid woman.

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Review: Look Alive Twenty-Five

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Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A fun read with great characters. A mystery with bounty hunters and bonds women thrown chasing down their absent boss. They trail leads them to a restaurant and the place where there boss disappeared along with any of the restaurant help that takes out the garbage.

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Review: The Best of Us

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The Best of Us by Robyn Carr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A sweet book about a woman redefining her life. It is well written and an easy read and easy to read. I fell in love with the story's setting.

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Review: The Good Fight

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The Good Fight by Danielle Steel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Steele takes her readers back to the early 60's when women's lives were defined by their husband and children. Meredith McKenzie defines her life, her way. How does she do this? Well, Steel's character is a child of a very privileged family. Her father never cuts her off from money. Her grandfather encourages her independence and maverick ideas.

To Meredith (Merrie's) credit, she wants to make a difference. She wants to emulate her father and grandfather who believed in 'the good fight.' The story kept my attention because many of the issues presented, I live through as a teenager.

This story gives brush strokes to the social issues of the Sixties: sexism, racism, and gender bias. The beginning of the book took on a great pace and kept the reader engrossed. The Steele's ending disappointed me. I felt she hurried to end the story. It is a 'good read.'






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Review: Hope Never Dies

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Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hope Never Dies]

The author gives the reader a glimpse into life after eight years in the White House. "Uncle Joe" Biden is grouting tile. His side kick and friend Obama along with his government assigned body guard, Steve, spends his time flitting around the world indulging in outdoor sports with movie stars and famous tycoons. All this changes when Obama a.k.a Barack visits Biden on hid dark patio.

Joe knows clandestine meetings means something bad happened. Barack relates to Joe that his favorite conductor's body just was found on the tracks of the high speed train Joe rode while serving in Congress. Andrew Shaffer begins a 'mystery ride' with a political tilt.

You don't need any specific political leanings to enjoy this story. Shaffer add Biden and Obama for their quirks and comebacks. Trust me, this book made me laugh about a murder.

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Review: Anything is Possible

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Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The weaving of characters and their individual stories is the delight of this book. The character and setting descriptions place you in the action. Two hundred, sixty- nine pages of reading complete with questions for discussion makes this book easy to share. Enjoy!

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