Wednesday, March 12, 2014


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• What are you currently reading? After Visiting Friends by Michael Haney. A reporter wants to know the truth about how his father died many years ago at the young age of 35. It's gotten terrific reviews, but since I just picked it up this morning, I don't have much to say about it yet.
• What did you recently finish reading? Top Down by Jim Lehrer. It's the story of Van Walters, a fictitious Secret Service agent who made the decision on 11/22/63 -- the plastic bubble top stays down and President Kennedy rides through Dallas in a completely open car. For a story that has so much human drama baked right in, it was a surprisingly ho-hum affair. I was especially disappointed because Mr. Lehrer was actually there, as a reporter at Love Field in Dallas 50 years ago. I thought his personal insight and involvement would add some passion to this novel. I was wrong.

• What do you think you’ll read next? The Country Girls Trilogy by Edna O'Brien. A novel about a pair of Irish schoolgirls set in the 1940s. I began it a couple weeks ago and was enjoying it. I'll return to it after After Visiting Friends.

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March Challenge -- Days 11 and 12

Day 11 -- What is in your wallet, other than money?

Lots of ATM receipts, random business cards, coupons and my frequent shopper cards (Walgreens, CVS, Petco ...)

Day 12 -- What do you do to cheer someone up?

I go to Macy's. It's attached to my office building by the Pedway, so I don't even have to go outdoors to get there. And they have EVERYTHING you could think of to cheer someone up. There's a card shop, Frango Mints (an individual mint cookie is like $1) and just last week I bought a coworker a baby present. It was a Healthtex onesie and matching cap on sale for less than $4 and made her sooooo happy.

A quick jaunt to Macy's is an easy and inexpensive way to spread a little joy.

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