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Latest Reading December 12, 2017

Filed under: Authors,Birthdays,Books,Cats,Janet's Books,Lakota Indians,Reading — Janet @ 4:19 pm

IMG_4893  a book by Alexandra Fuller – Quiet Until the Thaw.  This is about the Lakota Indians of the Dakotas.  Whether writing about Africa or the western part of the United States, she is one of my favorite authors.


A Day In Mystic Connecticut June 27, 2017

We had a 17th birthday celebratory lunch at 36Red on the river in Mystic Connecticut.  Almost within sight of the Draken Harald – the Viking Ship which sailed the Atlantic in 2016 and wintered in Mystic.  A beauty of a day with good weather, delicious food, successful shopping, superb company, etc etc.  Superlatives galore for our oldest grandson’s 17th birthday.  IMG_4834


And I even did some knitting too!  knittingoldlady


Two Years Ago January 5, 2017

janet-and-katerina-knitting    I randomly found this photo this morning when I sent birthday wishes to one of my nephews.  I suspect the photo is from 2 years ago.  The clues are the cat (Katerina), the cushions and blankets on the sofa, what I am wearing and the scarf I am knitting.  Katerina is no longer as affectionate.  She tends to find a place at the other end of the sofa.  She is definitely not a lap cat.  I happen to be knitting scarves again 2 years on.  I still have the purple polo neck and wear it often at this time of year   BRR

Here are the latest scarves.  I like purple.      img_2181

And green.


Birthdays of Note June 4, 2015

Filed under: Actresses,Birthdays,Films — Janet @ 3:39 pm

Angelina turns 40 today.          Angelina Jolie wallpapers (33447)

Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie is an American actress, film director, screenwriter, and author. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and was named Hollywood’s… wikipedia.org


Birthdays June 3, 2015

Filed under: Authors,Birthdays,Book Recommendations,Book stores,Books — Janet @ 4:37 pm

Larry McMurtry Larry McMurtry --

Today is Larry McMurty’s birthday.  He is 79 – approximately 6 months older than I am at 78..  He is one of my favorite authors.  He is having an interesting life and his books certainly reflect his life and interests.  Following are a couple of references.

from Wikipedia


McMurtry has won the Jesse H. Jones Award from the Texas Institute of Letters on three occasions; in 1962, for Horseman, Pass By; in 1967, for The Last Picture Show, which he shared with Tom Pendleton‘s The Iron Orchard; and in 1986, for Lonesome Dove. He has also won the Amon G. Carter award for periodical prose in 1966, for Texas: Good Times Gone or Here Again?.[4][5] In 1964 he was awarded a Guggenheimgrant. In 1960, McMurtry was also a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he studied the craft of fiction under novelist Wallace Stegner and alongside a number of other writers, including Ken Kesey,Peter S. Beagle, Robert Stone, and Gordon Lish. McMurtry and Kesey remained friends after McMurtry left California and returned to Texas, and Kesey’s famous cross-country trip with his Merry Pranksters in a day-glo painted school bus ‘Further‘ included a stop at McMurtry’s home in Houston, described in Tom Wolfe‘s New-Journalistic book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. At the time (1964), McMurtry was also a Lecturer in English at Rice University. His students were entertained with stories of Hollywood and the filming of Hud for which he was consulting.

McMurtry has been a regular contributor to The New York Review of Books[6] and is a past president of PEN.[7][8][9]

In 1986, McMurtry received the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award. The Helmerich Award is presented annually by the Tulsa Library Trust.

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