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The Washington Post on Outlaw Country Inventor Billy Joe Shaver

In my humble opinion, we focus far too much on the world’s huge success stories. Those stories provide a false sense of what life is really like. Far more interesting (at least to me) are the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” stories of those … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading – Karen Schoemer of The New York Times searching for Leonard Gardner’s lost Fat City (AKA Stockton, California)

At the moment, I’m in between books. I looked @ nytimes.com and found a great article in their Travel section. Writer Karen Schoemer got in touch with Leonard Gardner, the author of the acclaimed 1969 novel Fat City. If you’re unfamiliar with Fat … Continue reading

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Book Review – Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

Crazy for The Storm – A Memoir of Survival by Norman Ollestad Publisher – HarperCollins Copyright 2009 272 pages Rating – 8/10 Summary – In February 1979 a small plane crashed in California’s San Gabriel mountains. The three adults on board died, … Continue reading

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Book Review – Yelp Help by Hanna Raskin

Yelp Help – How to Write Great Online Restaurant Reviews By Hanna Raskin Publisher – CreateSpace Copyright 2013 91 pages Rating – 4/10 Summary – Restaurant critic Hanna Raskin purports to show us how to write better restaurant reviews. The price for … Continue reading

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Friday, 8 July 2016 Finishing Tijuana Straits

Finally, I got finished with Tijuana Straits by Kem Nunn. I’ll give it 5/10. Earlier, I read Nunn’s Tapping the Source band thought that it was a little better than was T.J. Straits. Also, I read the old New York Times … Continue reading

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Thursday, 7 July 2016 Lagniappe’s Summer Rerun a Surprise Hit

On the way to get my older daughter from camp, I saw that the weekly Lagniappe (Mobile’s free, alternative newspaper) was in its box. I grabbed a copy. The bad news that that they were serving cold potatoes – an old story … Continue reading

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016 Promiscuity – Kem Nunn’s Tijuana Straits, Hanna Raskin’s Yelp Help, The Wall Street Journal, & The Mobile Press-Register

Sometimes I can be promiscuous – in my reading. I read a few pages of Kem Nunn’s Tijuana Straits, but set it aside. I’m still enjoying it and intend to finish it. But Wednesday it just wasn’t the right book. I’ve … Continue reading

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