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Oberon's Second Thread of 2023

Editado: Jul 21, 2023, 5:54 pm

Welcome to my second thread of 2023. I am behind in posting and reading for the year but I am due for some updates.

The photo above is from our recent trip to Volcanoes National Park on the island of Hawaii (also called the big island). We took a family trip in early July. We had been to Hawaii five years earlier when Kilaueu was erupting but because of the eruption the national park was off limits. No eruption this year so we made it into the park.

I am an attorney in private practice in Minnesota where I live with my wife and three children. This year marks a big change for us as our oldest is leaving in less than a month to start her freshman year at San Diego State University. Despite that change, I expect our focus will continue to be travel, soccer (including the Loons aka Minnesota United), and theater.

Also, new this year is my nature themed Little Free Library entitled Knowledge & Nature and focused on nature books. It sits right outside the house in front of the pollinator garden I established last year. The LFL also has pollinator seeds and adjacent to it is a small table where I have been giving away oak saplings.

Editado: Jul 21, 2023, 6:01 pm

Top Books for 2022:

1. Still Life by Sarah Winman
2. Plunder: Napoleon's Theft of Veronese's Feast by Cythia Saltzman
3. Bewilderment by Richard Powers
4. Moon Witch, Spider King by Marlon James
5. Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson
6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
7. Within These Woods by Timothy Goodwin
8. The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells
9. Freezing Order by Bill Browder
10. The Only Street in Paris by Elaine Sciolino

Best of 2023 (so far)

1. Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley
2. All the Beauty in the World by Patrick Bringley
3. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
4. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
5. Crossing Open Ground by Barry Lopez

Editado: Dez 19, 2023, 10:26 pm

Books Read in 2023:


1. Fox and I by Catherine Raven
2. Dancing in the Glory of Monsters by Jason Stearns (audiobook)
3. Britannia, Vol. 3 by Peter Milligan
4. Conan the Barbarian, Into the Crucible by Jim Zub
5. The Final Secret of Adolf Hitler by Mathieu Mariolle
6. Guardians of the Louvre by Jiro Taniguchi
7. Leave it As it Is by David Gessner
8. Godzilla: Complete Rulers of Earth, Volume 1 by Chris Mowry
9. Only the End of the World Again by Neil Gaiman


10. The Sword of Hyperborea by Mike Mignola
11. How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
12. A Little History of Archaeology by Brian Fagan
13. The Silver Lantern Club by Mike Mignola
14. The Art of Miyazaki's Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki
15. Silent Spring Revolution by Douglas Brinkley (audiobook)
16. All the Wild that Remains by David Gessner (audiobook)


17. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
18. Hellboy: The Bones of Giants by Mike Mignola
19. G.I. Joe: Rise of Serpentor by Larry Hama


20. Magdalena: River of Dreams by Wade Davis
21. Saving Yellowstone by Megan Kate Nelson (audiobook)
23. The Yellow Admiral by Patrick O'Brian
24. Guardians of the Valley by Dean King (audiobook)
25. Crossing Open Ground by Barry Lopez (audiobook)


26. TR’s Last War by David Pietrusza (audiobook)
27. All the Beauty in the World by Patrick Bringley (audiobook)
28. Green Phoenix by William Allen


29. To the Uttermost Ends of the Earth by Phil Keith (audiobook)
30. The General in His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
31. Last Stand by Michael Punke (audiobook)
32. The Fisherman's Tomb by John O'Neill (audiobook)
33. Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (audiobook)


34. The Hundred Days by Patrick O'Brian
35. Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn
36. Blue at the Mizzen by Patrick O'Brian


37. The Hunt for Mount Everest by Craig Storti
38. Babylon by Paul Kriwacek (audiobook)
39. Dracula: Vlad the Impaler by Roy Thomas
40. The Mice Templar, Vol. 2 by Bryan Glass
41. Shanghai Dream by Phillippe Thirault


42. Red Roulette by Desmond Shum (audiobook)
43. Ducks, Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
44. Frankenstein; New World by Mike Mignola
45. The Swamp by Michael Grunwald


46. Chivalry by Neil Gaiman
47. The Wager by David Grann
48. The Ghost Forest by Greg King (audiobook)
49. A Most Remarkable Creature by Jonathan Meiburg
50. What an Owl Knows by Jennifer Ackerman (audiobook)


51. Of Time and Turtles by Sy Montgomery
52. North Woods by Daniel Mason (audiobook)
53. How Not to be a Politician by Rory Stewart
54. Driving Over Lemons by Chris Stewart
55. Culture: The Story of Us by Martin Puchner (audiobook)


56. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
57. Run: Book One by John Lewis
58. The First Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen
59. The Second Books of Swords by Fred Saberhagen
60. The Third Book of Swords by Fred Saberhagen
61. The Rage by Richard Lee Byers
62. The Rite by Richard Lee Byers
63. The Ruin by Richard Lee Byers
64. A Beginner's Guide to Japan by Pico Iyer
65. Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
66. Cahokia Mounds by William Iseminger
67. Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn't Suck by Eric Harkins

Editado: Jul 21, 2023, 6:04 pm

Few other photos from Hawaii:

For Mark - the world's rarest goose, the Nene.

The USS Missouri - we went to Pearl Harbor for one day. My first visit.

My son with the short-nosed spearfish we caught while deep sea fishing.

Jul 21, 2023, 6:05 pm

One other note before turning the thread over to others. Despite a slow reading year, I finished my reread by Patrick O'Brian Aubrey/Maturin series last night. Took my two years of intermittent reading.

Jul 24, 2023, 12:07 am

Happy new thread, Erik.

I love the Hawaii shots and especially your son's spectacular catch!
Congratulations on re-reading all the Aubrey/Maturin books.

Jul 24, 2023, 10:04 am

Happy new thread!

Jul 24, 2023, 3:57 pm

>6 PaulCranswick: Thanks Paul! Definitely the high light of the trip for him.

>7 drneutron: Thanks Jim. Appreciate you stopping by.

Jul 24, 2023, 5:16 pm

>2 Oberon: I have All the Beauty of the World near my reading chair, glad it was a hit for you Erik.

Looks like you had a good time in Hawaii.

>5 Oberon: I need to get to these. I have them in nice Folio Society editions to commemorate an uncle who was a merchant seaman.

Jul 25, 2023, 10:21 am

>9 Caroline_McElwee: I am a big fan of All the Beauty in the World Caroline. I was recently discussing the impact of art and its ability to impact the human condition in the context of an art space a friend is trying to develop. Right after that, I picked up All the Beauty in the World and saw a lot of that discussion really nicely distilled in the book. I actually bought a second copy and gave it to my friend.

Also, Aubrey/Maturin is excellent series for Folio Society editions. Bet it is beautiful.

Ago 2, 2023, 11:35 am

Went to see an excellent production of Into the Woods at the Guthrie Theater last night. The Guthrie always does excellent work and this was no exception. Only my second Sondheim, I have seen a production of Sweeny Todd before.

Ago 8, 2023, 11:10 am

The Hunt for Mount Everest by Craig Storti

So I might have bought this book for how gorgeous the cover is but the book itself was pretty good too.

The Hunt for Mount Everest is the story of how Everest was identified and eventually confirmed as the world's highest mountain. For quite awhile it was believed that Cotopaxi in Ecuador was the highest mountain. Once identified as the tallest, Everest became something of a beacon for British explorers. The mountain was inaccessible for years because Tibet refused to allow foreign visitors. At the same time, mountain climbing became a recognized and accessible sport as Europeans took to the Alps and, in the process, developed the gear and the techniques necessary to scale the much higher Himalayan mountains.

The Hunt For Mount Everest does a solid job of combining the science of surveying and mapping in its explanation of how and why it took so long to identify the height of Everest with the geopolitics of the Great Game between Russia and England in Asia. Finally, a dash of adventure writing to cover the mountaineering itself makes for an interesting and quick read. Recommended.

Ago 8, 2023, 12:34 pm

>12 Oberon: That sounds like a very interesting book, Erik. It makes me think of the book Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster that I read so long ago. I'm pretty sure you've probably read it as well.

Ago 10, 2023, 2:24 pm

>13 SqueakyChu: One of my favorites Madeline. Also one that I routinely pick up cheap to stock my LFL with. (mostly nature related!)

Ago 10, 2023, 2:26 pm

Started reading The Swamp by Michael Grunwald about the Everglades after listening to a very good podcast called Fieldtrip about the National Parks produced by the Washington Post. One of the episodes focuses on the Everglades and they discuss the book in the credits. So far, it is excellent.

Ago 10, 2023, 3:59 pm

>15 Oberon: My one trip to the Everglades had me jumping out of our car to run up to and take a picture of an alligator. I had NO idea how dangerous what I did was!! Fortunately, the alligator did not attack me. I don’t even know where that picture is now. I always thought before that alligators were slow, lumbering creatures. I had no idea how quickly and violently they can attack!

Ago 10, 2023, 5:39 pm

>16 SqueakyChu: Ha! You were almost like the people who try and get bison selfies before everything goes wrong.

Ago 10, 2023, 5:44 pm

>17 Oberon: LOL! That’s for sure.

Ago 15, 2023, 3:46 pm

Loons update: the Loons got knocked out of the Leagues Cup by Nashville. It was a pretty tight game until one of our players drew a red card (soft in my partisan opinion). Nashville proceeded to blow the doors off after we went down a man.

On the plus side, the team looked really dangerous and in form so there is hope that a return to league play will at least get us back to playoff contention.

Ago 15, 2023, 3:47 pm

In other news, we leave tomorrow to deliver our oldest to college for the first time. She will be attending San Diego State. Nice and far away. It will be a big change in the household.

Ago 15, 2023, 4:43 pm

>20 Oberon: Good luck to the new college gal, and to the parents whose chicks are starting to fledge.

Ago 15, 2023, 4:57 pm

>19 Oberon: Good luck to the Loons as they resume regular season play. Dc United got knocked out by losing to Philadelphia and Pumas UNAM. I've been watching Messi play, as much as I hate Florida and all that's associated with it. That has been a real joy as I've always been a Messi fan. I can't say importing his former soccer colleagues to play with him (as well as coach Tata Martino) is fair to the other MLS teams, but I have no say in this so I'll just continue to watch Messi play and be amazed at his skill.

>20 Oberon: What an exciting time for your daughter! Wishing her success and fun at the university.

Ago 17, 2023, 5:48 pm

>21 Caroline_McElwee:, >22 SqueakyChu: This college move in stuff is HARD. Tempers and emotions are certainly dialed to 11. I need a beer (or 3) and a book.

Editado: Ago 23, 2023, 1:13 pm

>23 Oberon: I'd love to be able to just hand you a beer (or three) right now, Erik, but you're too far away! LOL! Books I suppose you have on hand. Our kids are all out of college. Our two grandkids will both be in elementary school this fall. That I can handle. You'll get through this. Lots of changes going on for everyone. Hang in there!

Hey! Remember when you were my sounding board for when my daughter was in law school (and about to drop out?)! Thanks for your support back then. She's now a lawyer of counsel for two different firms (after leaving her first job and trying out a partnership which did not work out). She's keeping busy and seems happy with her work.

Ago 23, 2023, 11:17 am

>24 SqueakyChu: I do remember - glad she is enjoying the profession.

You are correct that I brought a book but I was too distracted /agitated to read much so I ended up watching much of Season 1 of Slow Horses on Apple TV (recommended by the way).

Ago 23, 2023, 11:33 am

Well, move in did not go as planned but she is there so that is what counts. We ended up having a chunk of free time so I persuaded my long suffering wife to go to San Diego's Maritime Museum. The highlight for me, as shown above is the HMS Surprise!

For those not in the know, the Surprise is the ship sailed by Captain Jack Aubrey and crewed (and eventually owned) by surgeon Stephen Maturin from the long running novels by Patrick O'Brian. I am such a fan of the series that I completed a reread of all 19 or so novels over the past year and a half. Not surprisingly, (ha!) I am also a big fan of the movie adaptation Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World, with Russell Crowe as Jack Aubrey. This is where the HMS Surprise came from. The ship was built as a replica of a British frigate from the Napoleonic Wars called the Emily Rose. When they were looking to film Master and Commander, they refitted the Emily Rose to look like the (fictitious) HMS Surprise. Following the filming of the movie, the HMS Surprise ended up berthed in San Diego where you can now tour it. Props from the movie - like the named cannons and a violin in the captain's quarters all remain on board.

I thought it was well worth the price of admission.

Ago 24, 2023, 3:28 am

>26 Oberon: Glad to read your daughter is now in San Diego, Erik, I hope she settled well.
Thank for sharing the picture of the HMS Surprise, I loved the Aubrey-Maturin books! Sadly the Dutch translations ended with The Far Side of the World.

Ago 25, 2023, 10:39 am

>27 FAMeulstee: Oh no! That happened to me with Arturo Perez-Reverte's Captain Alatriste series. They stopped putting out English translations even though the later books (in Spanish) have all been published. Very, very frustrating.

Ago 25, 2023, 4:45 pm

>26 Oberon: I do like a good ship, though has to be said I wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes in that kind of life.

Ago 31, 2023, 12:20 pm

>29 Caroline_McElwee: Very much agree. I couldn't climb the masts in harbor. I certainly couldn't do so as they were swaying back and forth at sea. No thank you.

Out 17, 2023, 10:27 am

Yikes. A very long time since I have done any updates. My reading is significantly behind putting my ability to get to 75 for the year in jeopardy. It isn't that I am not reading, the pace has just slowed down. My most recent completion was The Wager by David Grann. It was excellent.

The Loons update is almost as bad as my reading. Our only coach since moving to MLS was dumped two games shy of the end of the season. The Loons responded with a win. Shockingly, despite our terrible run of play, the Loons could still make the playoffs with a win this weekend and one of the teams ahead tying or losing. Not super optimistic but there is a chance.

In other news, oldest child visited from college for the first time this past weekend. She seems to be doing really well in school. So far, so good.

Editado: Out 17, 2023, 6:22 pm

>31 Oberon: Your Loons and my DC United…Ugh! My team is out of the playoffs, they sacked Wayne Rooney, and Tyler Miller earlier sustained a season-ending shoulder injury. I was crushed when they sent Rooney packing, although I knew they would.

On a good note, my ten-year-old grandson is now playing soccer! Yay!! Finally!!! He loves to play goalkeeper, although a hip injury sidelined him during his last game.

Glad things are going well for your daughter at college.

Out 17, 2023, 3:51 pm

>32 SqueakyChu: I saw DC United didn't make it over the playoff line. Console yourself with the fact that the Eastern Conference is much better than the Western. Too bad about Rooney - though he sure got a replacement gig quickly.

Have a great time with your grandson's soccer. Nothing better.

Out 17, 2023, 6:21 pm

>33 Oberon: His season ends in two weeks as well. It's been joyous so far...just to see the kids play, regardless of their skill level.

Hey! Acorns are hitting me on the head in this mast year! Did you give away lots of oak saplings at your Little Free Library? I tried to give away a tulip poplar sapling, but I had no takers. I have no room for another tulip poplar in my yard. The one I have covers our whole tiny yard! LOL!

Out 17, 2023, 11:26 pm

>34 SqueakyChu: It is indeed a mast year and my acorn collection for the next year is overflowing. I did give away all of my oaks and a lot of pollinator garden seeds at my LFL.

I should have counted and didn’t but I think north of 50 oaks were given away. I ran out in August.

Out 17, 2023, 11:51 pm

>35 Oberon: Sounds terrific!

Out 18, 2023, 12:36 pm

I can't tell you how much I love the idea of your nature themed Little Free Library and your pollinator's garden. Yay for the oak seedlings! Oak trees are very uncommon here in Montana.

Out 18, 2023, 4:57 pm

>37 streamsong: Thanks Janet. What is predominant tree by you? I know lots of Montana is plains and thus there isn't much in the way of tree cover there but I was thinking about some of the valleys.

BTW, did you happen to catch the Ken Burns, American Buffalo on PBS? I noticed that Michael Punke who wrote Last Stand about George Bird Grinnell got a lot of air time in it. I am pretty sure it was your thread where I got the recommendation for the book.

Out 19, 2023, 12:27 pm

Hi Erik! I live in the mountainous western part of Montana, very close to the border with Idaho. The mountains are mostly covered with conifers; this time of the year the larch/tamarack turn golden and shed their needles. You can watch fall descend the surrounding mountains with their color change.

On my property in the valley, I have literally hundreds of the smaller river cottonwoods as well as an aspen grove and a ponderosa pine or two. Non-native trees in my yard are some fir, maple (including one I am told is a sugar maple) and apple trees.

There are probably one or two oaks lining the sidewalks in town.

Yes, I did see the second part of the Ken Burns American Buffalo and noticed all the info coming from Michael Punke. The way the buffalo were saved when they were down to just a few animals is a real triumph.

I read that book with the online Glacier Conservancy Book Club. Glacier Conservancy is a fundraising arm for Glacier National Park. https://glacier.org/glacier-book-club/

I need to get online and watch the first half of the American Buffalo.

Out 23, 2023, 2:20 pm

>39 streamsong: We do have a decent amount of tamarack and aspen, especially in the northern part of the state. The Twin Cities and its surrounding was primarily oak savannah so there are pieces of that here and there.

I remember you talking about the Glacier Conservancy Book Club - I think I have taken a couple of recommendations from there as it aligns well with my current reading interests.

Out 23, 2023, 2:24 pm

In other news, the Loons fell 3-1 to Sporting Kansas City meaning that our slim hope for the playoffs was dashed. Will be looking forward to a new manager and hopefully some defensive support for the 2024 season.

Tonight I am off to watch the hapless Minnesota Vikings get chewed up by the 49ers. Taking the hit simply because middle child is a Christian McCaffrey fan. We shall see.

Out 23, 2023, 4:17 pm

>41 Oberon: Welcome to the club with dashed playoff hopes. :( May both of our teams come back stronger next year.

My grandson has taken a liking to playing goalkeeper which I love! He misses quite a lot of balls, but when he has a save I love it. I see his skills starting to improve. Goalkeeper is one of my favorite positions. This is his first year playing soccer so he will get better if he keeps playing. I hope he continues being on a soccer team. I adore watching him play. He plays with a county youth soccer club which has been in existence in our county since 1971. Next week will be his last game for the season. :(

Out 24, 2023, 4:15 pm

>42 SqueakyChu: Ha! Thanks (I think). I remain a true fan - always believing that next year will bring with it glory.

Enjoy the end of the fall season. I played goalie in hockey as a kid and took way too many injuries. I am a big midfield fan - the perfectly weighted pass, the dodge and weave of the position, that is one of my favorite things about the position. Good luck to your grandson.

Out 29, 2023, 9:02 pm

>42 SqueakyChu: & >43 Oberon: I see Mr. Rooney has fallen on his feet by landing a job at Birmingham City after his uninspired spell with DC United. The previous manager John Eustace won his last three games as Head Coach and was bulleted to make way for Rooney who has lost his first three games. Some karma there I think.

I used to play sweeper in my school and district team as I was supposed to be capable of reading the game (always did like reading) and had pace to burn but unfortunately I was way too short for the position and was pretty much a lost cause heading wise.

Out 30, 2023, 12:10 pm

>44 PaulCranswick: He did indeed land on his feet. Guess we will see if the issue was Mr. Rooney as coach or what he was given to work with.

Seems like midfielder was your position Paul. No height required at all.

Out 30, 2023, 4:38 pm

>44 PaulCranswick: >45 Oberon: Seems like midfielder was your position Paul. No height required at all.

Messi and Acosta don't seem to be having a problem with short stature! LOL!!

>45 Oberon: Guess we will see if the issue was Mr. Rooney as coach or what he was given to work with.

To be frank, I hate how Rooney changed the team. I never felt his newly-made-up team gelled as a cohesive unit. Once Taxi was thrown out, all of the offense seemed only to be kicking to Benteke for a header. Benteke was just so-so in my opinion. My favorite player on DC United to date is Ted Ku Depietro. I don't know why Rooney always saved him for relief. He is an exciting younger player.

I was sad to see Rooney go because I loved when he played on our team. I thought he worked well with other players then. I have no idea how the current team felt about him as coach. I hate that DC United is always firing coaches. It's enough now! Our former recent head coaches (Hernan Losada and Ben Olsen) are doing well on other teams. Just sayin'.

Nov 9, 2023, 5:15 pm

North Woods by Daniel Mason

Look! An actual discussion of a book!

I read about this one in the NYTimes Book Review but haven't seen much if any chatter about it on the threads. Too bad as it is certainly my top novel for the year.

North Woods is essentially the story of a location in Western Massachusetts. The book starts with young lovers fleeing from a puritan outpost and finding a remote, wooded valley to start a life in. The story then jumps forward in time to a young woman and her child who are kidnapped from a settlement by an Indian raiding party. The next jump is to a Revolutionary War participant and his apple farm. In each story, there is a thread that connects to the earlier inhabitants of the land. Some of those connections are direct, some are vague and some tip over into the supernatural.

Throughout, the book contemplates time, what is forgotten and what is left behind. This extends to the people who inhabit the land but also to the land itself. Chestnut Blight and Dutch Elm Disease change the very composition of the forest and the animals come and go with some going extinct.

I found the book thoroughly enjoyable, particularly as the threads from earlier stories spilled into later, more modern stories. Highly recommended.

Nov 10, 2023, 5:02 am

>47 Oberon: Think you may have hit me with a BB Erik.

Nov 11, 2023, 10:21 pm

>48 Caroline_McElwee: I hope so Caroline. I really enjoyed it.

Nov 15, 2023, 6:09 pm

>35 Oberon: Hi - if you don't already have the Washington Irving quote on Oaks, I can send it to you.

Nov 16, 2023, 3:01 pm

>50 m.belljackson: Absolutely - please send it. I think the only Washington Irving in my collection is Tales of the Alhambra.

Editado: Nov 17, 2023, 11:45 am

>51 Oberon: "He who plants an oak looks forward to future ages, and plants for posterity.
Nothing can be less selfish than this. He cannot expect to sit in its shade or enjoy its shelter,
but he exults in the idea that the acorn which he has buried in the earth shall grow
up into a lofty pile, and shall keep on flourishing, and increasing, and benefitting mankind,
long after he shall have ceased to tread his paternal fields."

Washington Irving, Forest Trees

This is from the dedication to a totally excellent book (featuring MANY Oaks) that I think you would love:


Do you already have Tennyson's Poem, "The Oak?"

Nov 18, 2023, 8:23 pm

>52 m.belljackson: I looked in my copy of Tennyson and I don't has the Oak either. Apparently there is much oak related material I am missing.

Nov 22, 2023, 11:52 am

The Oak

Live thy Life,
Young and old,
Like yon oak,
Bright in spring,
Living gold;

Summer rich
Then; and then
Gold again.

All his leaves
Fall'n at length,
Look, he stands,
Trunk and bough,
Naked strength.

--Alfred Tennyson

From the Dedication of EVERY ROOT AN ANCHOR - copies on abe.com -
also, "soberer" is the spelling!

Editado: Nov 22, 2023, 1:07 pm

>12 Oberon: Hi Erik. I added The Hunt for Mount Everest by Craig Storti to my tbr list.

I hope you and your family enjoy a pleasant Thanksgiving. In the meantime, keep posting the wonderful photos! You have quite a talent, and I appreciate your sharing the photos!

Nov 23, 2023, 1:31 am

Dear Erik,

Happy Thanksgiving from an appreciative non-celebrator.

Editado: Nov 24, 2023, 8:06 am

Hi, Erik. Thanks for dropping by my thread. I did not have your latest thread starred, so I lost track of you. I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving with the family. I love the rare goose up there. I was just reading about the birds of Hawaii and how many of them are endangered due to habitat loss and invasive species. Sad.

You got me with a few BBs: Silent Spring Revolution & Crossing Open Ground. How was the Ackerman on audio? I have that one on my TBR.

The book I mentioned up there, was A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds which I highly recommend.

Nov 25, 2023, 7:09 pm

>54 m.belljackson: Thank you much for sharing that poem.

>55 Whisper1: Thanks Linda. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving.

>56 PaulCranswick: Appreciate you stopping by even if you aren't celebrating Thanksgiving (nice to have our international visitors stop by)

>57 msf59: Welcome back Mark. Glad you got a couple of book bullets. I enjoyed the Ackerman audiobook. I thought it was well done. I am know looking to make it to the International Owl Center in Houston, Minnesota after that book.

Nov 28, 2023, 10:19 am

>47 Oberon: A follow note to point out that the NYTimes put North Woods on its 10 best books of 2023 https://www.nytimes.com/2023/11/28/books/review/best-books-2023.html

Dez 3, 2023, 12:26 pm

"Known as the 'Oak Tree' painter, Henry Vianden related that trees were God's noble creatures...."

Dez 11, 2023, 10:28 am

>60 m.belljackson: Great quote

Dez 11, 2023, 11:51 am

Went to see the Boy and the Heron this weekend. I am a giant Studio Ghibli fan and so was very excited to see one more Miyazaki film. For those not in the know, this is the Japanese Studio that has produced movie like My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away.

Boy and the Heron was gorgeous and deeply weird. More so than even Spirited Away. Most of Studio Ghibli's work crosses into the realm of fantasy. This one does so in a big way. Some of the imagery is a little concerning but nothing that prevent my 11 year old from being turned away. The movie is about dealing with loss and is not something appropriate for a 5 year old. For older kids and, of course, adults the movie is fantastic.

Highly recommended.

Dez 15, 2023, 11:35 am

>62 Oberon: That looks interesting Erik.

I hope your festive plans are all on schedule.

Dez 24, 2023, 1:41 pm

Dez 25, 2023, 7:18 am

Thinking about you during the festive season, Erik

Jan 1, 7:23 pm

>63 Caroline_McElwee:, >64 ronincats:, >65 PaulCranswick: Thanks for the late visits and well wishes. Between the holidays and travel, LT got away from me. However I am back and my 2024 thread is live! https://www.librarything.com/topic/356640

Hope to see everyone there. Happy New Year!