Thursday, September 14, 2017

3 NonFic + 2 Fic = Read A Book


What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clinton has a new book? Gee, I never heard that news.

Your Patient Safety Survival Guide: how to protect yourself and others from medical errors by Gretchen LeFever Watson. Page 138 says, "Letting go of unrealistic expectations."

Exorcising Emma: a childhood memoir by Margot Peters. Peters wrote several acclaimed biographies. This about her unpleasant grandmother.


Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. Something about a retired guy seeking enlightenment. I think.

Savage Country by Robert Olmstead. There is the silhouette of a buffalo on the cover.

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Are Those Upside Down?


Two War, One Batman, One Cookery, Five WiFi


Faces of War: the untold story of Edward Steichen's WWII photographs by Mark D. Faram. Steichen founded the Aviation Photographic Unit. The Unit told the story of the war and it's members were an "influence on generations of postwar photographers."

The Vietnam War: an intimate history by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns.  Coffee table book published in conjunction with the new miniseries on Vietnam. I was just flipping through and saw they spoke to Karl Malantes. Malantes wrote a novel based on his time there, Matterhorn, and a memoir, What It Is Like To Go To War.


Batman Rebirth: deluxe edition: book 1 by Tom King, David Finch, Mikel Janin.  Batman battles bad b*astards by bashing, bonking and boshing beside Batman's buddies.


Nadiya's Kitchen by Nadiya Hussein. Woman with a popular cooking show writes a cookbook.


We received five new mobile WiFi hotspots. Once I get them labeled they will go out for checkout.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Audiobooks. Many Audiobooks.

Audiobooks on CD

Full Wolf Moon by Lincoln Child. 7.5 hours on 6 CDs. Something about wolves, I guess.

Scars of Independence: America's violent birth by Holger Hoock. 15 hours on 12 CDs. Something about dead people, I guess.

The Stars Are on Fire by Anita Shreve. 8.5 hours on 7 CDs. Something about plasma, I guess.

The Little French Bistro by Nina George. 9.5 hourson 8 CDs. Something about bread with a really hard crust, I guess.

The Stranger in the Woods: the extraordinary story of the last true hermit by Michael Finkel. 6.5 hours on 5 CDs.  Something about a guy who needs a shower, I guess.

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about dehydration, I guess.

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton. 17 hours on 14 CDs. Something about picture books, I guess.

Christa Faust, Music, and Coins

Christa Faust Comic

Peepland by Christa Faust and Gary Phillips. Comic compilation. Peepshow worker in 1986 Times Square stumbles on a political conspiracy. Trouble ensues. Christa Faust does great work. I've not yet read a novel by Phillips so this will be my intro to his work.
I think I still haven't read the third Faust novel that was a tie-in to the TV show Fringe. I started watching that show after reading Faust's first two Fringe novels and ended up enjoying the program quite a bit.

Digital Encoding Allows You to Easily Transport Music Within a Thin Plastic Disc

I'm Not Your Man by Marika Hackman. English singer sings songs of longing and love. I heard the song Boyfriend on the radio and thought it was pretty good.

Wild Imagination by Sweet Baboo. Welshman sings songs of Wales, women, wine, wonder, wool, wigs, wombats, wiggles, etc.  This guy is great. Give a listen.

Villains by Queens of the Stone Age. Californians sings songs of light metal.


Hippopotamus starring Matthew Modine. Comedy about a poet asked to investigate things at a manor house. Not to be confused with the song by Sparks.


Beneath Your Feet: archeology at Trempealeau by Robert F. Boszhardt and Danielle M. Benden. Archeological history of Trempealeau on the Mississippi. Lots of photos and written for the casual and general reader.

U.S. Coin Digest, 2018 edited by David C. Harper. Someone asked for a money guide and I saw all our editions were old. So I bought this.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Couple Cop Stories in Montreal

Montreal Cop Stories

I read John McFetridge's Black Rock and really enjoyed it. So, I bought these other two novels in the series.

A Little More Free by John McFetridge. 1976 Montreal Constable Eddie Doughtery is part of the tight security to avoid the disasters of 1972 Munich. Plus, an armored car robbery and the murder of two teens in Longueuil.

One Or the Other by John McFetridge. 1972 Montreal and Constable Eddie Doughtery tries to prove himself worthy of being Detective amid a deadly nightclub fire, a museum robbery and a young man's murder.

Other Made Up Stories

The Right Time by Danielle Steel.

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud.

Need To Know by Fern Michaels.

Glass Houses by Louise Penny. We have two copies of this on.

The Proving by Beverly Lewis.

Rough Trade by Todd Robinson. I read Robinson's Hard Bounce and enjoyed it. This is the second novel featuring his two characters in Boston.

What A Fantastic Cover! [Poetry Edition]

Fantastic Cover!

You, Beast by Nick Lantz. Poems by a Texan. Lantz won the Brittingham Prize. I don't know what that is but it makes me think of Birmingham, England. Lantz has himself a fancy schmancy website and taught at UW-Madison for a time.

Hey, wait a minute. I'm pretty sure I read We Don't Know, We Don't Know. Let me check... nope, I recall that one because I bought it back in 2010. Let's check the circs... Ooh. Let's not talk circ's, Lantz may be listening.


The Homeowner's Guide to For Sale by Owner, 2nd edition by Jackie Bondanza. One of the nonfic book categories that I periodically update.

The Gift of Fear by Gavin DeBecker. The famous treatise on listening to your own fears as early warning signs. I bought this once before and someone stole it! Jerk. Big Time Author Megan Abbott mentioned DeBecker in passing on her Instagram account and I remembered to buy this replacement.

Whistleblower at the CIA by Melvin A. Goodman. This had a good review. Goodman claims a bunch of people were up to no good, including Robert Gates.

When We Rise: my life in the movement by Cleve Jones. Jones was a gay rights dude in the '70s and a AIDS patient advocate in the '80s. I'm guessing this dude has a lot of guts. Speaking up in the '70s must not have been easy or safe.

I Will Find You: a reporter investigates the life of the man who raped her by Joanna Connors.  Connors was afraid of everything after the rape and started to confront her trauma when her oldest child her daughter turned sixteen.

Saturday, August 19, 2017



From today's, Saturday the 19th, two events: Read to the Dogs and Pokemon Club.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Some books and a DVD


Operation Long Jump: Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, and the greatest assassination plot in history by Bill Yenne. Nazi plot to kill the three Allied leaders.

The Triumph of William McKinley: why the election of 1896 still matters by Karl Rove. How campaign tactics changed with McKinley's run for office.


Once Upon A Time in Venice starring Bruce Willis, John Goodman, Famke Janssen. Private detective has to help a local crook to recover the PI's stolen pet dog.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Book, One Film, Big Words


The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Because the movie version came out.


Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn. Family vacation

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Exposed Upon A Secret Tudor


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown. The cover illustration says"massive city fire" or "terrorist bombing in city". The author photo says, "Nice picture."

I Know A Secret by Tess Gerritsen. Cover image says, " Let's watch the sunrise on the beach." The author photo says, "Yep, that's Gerritsen. Looks like the photographer bought his chairs from an airport auction."

The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory. Cover illustration says, "Hey, I kinda look like a woodcut, but I suppose not." The author photo says, "Good choice on the outdoor setting. That looks nice."

Exposed by Lisa Scottoline. Cover illustration says, "Woman stalks a guy with a bald spot."  Author photo says, "This the same author photo as last time. Why get a new one for every book? Professional photographers are expensive and I have work to do."

Upon A Spring Breeze by Kelly Irvin. Cover photo says, "Amish woman enjoys flower gardening."This tiny black-and-white photo on interior paper did not reproduce well." The author biography says, "KANSAS! Woo-Hoo!"

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry. Cover illustration says, "That's a nice drawing/painting. Jessica Allen did well on that." 

The Store by Richard DiLallo and James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated. The cover image says, " Woman on the run from danger." The author photo says, "Patterson takes a writing break to pose for a photo."

Comic Book Novel

The Mystery Knight by George R.R. Martin. Cover image says," A shield? Maybe?"  Author photo says, "Beardy McBearderson."

Thursday, August 10, 2017

More Made Up Stories and One Book on the Kelloggs


Any Dream Will Do by Debbie Macomber. The cover design follows the style of all the other Macomber books.

The Color of Fear by Marcia Muller. Muller is a big deal but her author photo is small.

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter.  Wait, didn't Slaughter just have a book published?

Use of Force by Brad Thor. I think these are international spy guy shoot-em-ups. Brad Thor has his author photo taking up the entire back cover. His photo was taken by John Reilly. I don't know the guy.

Barely Legal by Stuart Woods and Parnell Hall. Parnell Hall wrote a few songs about being a midlist author.

Audiobooks on CD

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box. 8 CDs. People really like Box's books. Give one a try.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. 12.5 hours on 10CDs. A fantasy novel.


The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek by Howard Markel. Page 235 says, "The correspondence between the doctor and the president trails off by the end of 1934."

A New Bill Crider Novel?!

Bill Crider

Dead to Begin With by Bill Crider. Sheriff Dan Rhodes battles baddies in Blacklin County.

Library Tour

I gave Dead to Begin With a brief library tour.

Here is our visitor.

I showed DEAD the bike I bought on Saturday. There may be hail tonight so I brought in by the back stairs.

He visited his relatives.

Another relative.

DEAD picked out some DVDs featuring his favorite actor.

His copyright was violated.

He answered questions from fans.

Thursday, August 03, 2017

You Want Books? We Got Books.


Crime Scene by Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman. The Kellerman collaborations continue to contribute curdling craziness.

Nothing Stays Buried by P.J. Tracy. I've not read a book by Tracy but sure do see her name a lot. She wrote seven other novels as well. Oh, yeah, I sit mistaken. This was a daughter-mother writing duo. I forgot about that.

Pieces of Happiness by Anne Ostby. I do not approve of the cover design's stylized font. I do approve of Ostby's author photo because she is drinking coffee. Sure, she might be drinking tea. I cannot prove it was coffee. Heck, maybe she is holding that mug as a prop.


He's Not Lazy: empowering your son to believe in himself by Adam Price. Dealing with teenage boys.

The Storm of the Century by Al Roker. I think this is about the hurricane in 1900 that destroyed part of Texas. Let me check. Yep, The destruction of Galveston.

Hitler's Last Days by Bill O'Reilly. "A special illustrated edition" based off O'Reilly's Killing Patton.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

13 Days Later

The Library Was Out of Town All Last Week. Here Are Some Photos.


My coffee almost overflowed today. Disaster was narrowly averted.

Wisconsin author Paul Lagan gifted us a copy of his fictionalized treatment of an undefeated Gay's Mills baseball team in the 1950s.

People like sunsets. Here is one from a couple nights ago on Rock Lake.

People like pictures of children. Here is one from last week.

People like pictures of interesting things and places. Here is the hammock (tarp over the top) I slept in at the Boy Scout camp outside Rhinelander.

They saw me coming and found the perfect mug for me.

People like pictures of old stuff. The "Three Sisters" boat houses on Rock Lake.
People Like Video Book Reviews

Thursday, July 20, 2017

NonFiction Pack of ADVENTURE!


Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Page 133 says, "Personally, I am quite comfortable with chemicals, anywhere in the universe." I'll probably take this one home for my children.

Grocery: the buying and selling of food in America by Michael Ruhlman. I read a neat review. He "traces the history of the grocery store and it's evolution from the earliest trading posts to retail chains and superstores." Author also hangs out at and works at the Heinen grocery chain out of Cleveland.

Al Franken: Giant of the Senate by Al Franken. I am pretty sure the g in giant is capitalized because it is used in a title. Even if the title is nonsense. Cover photo says Franken's photo was taken at 3:15. Page 169 says, "What's it look like?"I'd ask Schriock.

Doctor Who Heralds of Destruction by Paul Cornell, Christopher Jones and HI-FI. Comic book novel with the Third Doctor. We put comic book novels in the nonfic section.

Hue 1968: aturning point fof the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden. I recently rad an online comment that accused Walter Cronkite of being a traitorous commie because he thought the war was unwinnable. I shook my head at that. I read a Hue history a few years ago and it was interesting. Bowden is skilled at putting stories together so I expect this book is very well done.

Monday, July 17, 2017



The Library Annex will be demolished. Library Annex = Old House Behind the Library. I spent a few hours yesterday to remove a leaded glass window from the Annex. The job took a while because I the lead framing is soft and I did not want to crack the glass pieces.

Rock Lake Sunset. 
Because people seem to like sunsets.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bill Crider Approved


Missouri Homegrown by Jesse James Kennedy. Crider gave his approval for this crime novel. So I ordered a copy.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I don't know, man. Stuff, I guess.


Starvation Heights: a true story of murder and malice in the woods of the Pacific Northwest by Gregg Olsen. A paperback true crime from an event in 1911 where a quack starved some wealthy Brits.


Two Nights by Kathy Reichs. I recently read something about Reichs. Something to do with her full time doctoring or pathologizing job. Heck, if I remember what that was.

Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey. I always have trouble spelling beautiful.

The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham. I broke the pinkie finger metacarpal in my right hand three weeks ago. My hand hurts and typing is a bit slower.

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockman. I don't recall if I mentioned the bicycle wreck that resulted in the busticated hand. I did not know of the break until last week when I had an x-ray.

The Nearness of You by Dorothy Garlock. I did not have an x-ray at my first appointment after the wreck because my shoulder hurt more and the hand was still so swollen. All the swelling prevented much movement and concealed the bulge from the break.

Tornado Weather by Deborah E. Kennedy. The break is not too bad and mostly healed after three weeks so the doctor said, "Do occupational therapy and we can probably avoid surgery." I'm not too positive about that but we'll see. I just want my hand to work and not lose strength or range of motion.

Down a Dark Road by Linda Castillo. My injured shoulder has also stopped me from swimming. The shoulder is very much improved so if I keep doing light exercise maybe it will be equally improved in another three weeks.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Non, Fic, Non, Fic, Non


You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: a memoir by Sherman Alexie. Famous author writes about his mother and his relationship with her. It was complicated. That Alexie fella has talent and skill so give this one a try.


A French Wedding by Hannah Tunnicliffe. According to the cover image the wedding is outside. My brother was supposed to get married outside and they were rained out. The backup location was the church. My father grandfather dragooned me - like usual - and read the palm. That guy...


The Fact of a Body: a murder and a memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Law student sees interview with murderer and experiences visceral reaction that desires the killer's death. Upset by her reaction she starts to research and finds more about herself. Or something. I kinda zoned out while I read the dust cover.


Here and Gone by Haylen Beck. Haylen is an uncommon name. I bet he has to spell that for everyone. Oh, hey, this is a pen name for Stuart Neville. Neville has done some really neat crime novels set in Ireland. Which means, of course, that he doesn't have to spell the name very often because the name is make believe. Yes, make believe, not unlike my athletic ability.


Tracking Gobi Grizzlies: surviving beyond the back of beyond by Douglas Chadwick. Should Back of beyond be capitalized? It's used as a location but it's not really a location. I read a very positive review of this book. Some guy goes researching a rare bear in the desert. Did you see that video where a guy films himself after getting clawed by a grizzly? Half his scalp was torn loose and he had to walk three miles to his car and then drive himself several miles to medical care. I won't embed the video: because it is grisly. A grisly grizzly attack.

Friday, July 07, 2017

I Am A Robot


The Light in Summer by Mary McNear. Beep beep beep.  Beep-beep.

Home for the Summer by Holly Chamberlin.  Beep. Whir-whir. BEEP.

The Last Laugh by Lynn Freed. Beeeep.  Beeeep. Clang!

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins. Bzzz. Beep. Whir.

The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder. Beep beep beep beeep. Thunk.

South Pole Station by Ashley Shelby.  Chit-chit. Bzzz. Whir-THUNK.

The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara. Whiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr-Tink!

The Lies We Tell by Theresa Schwegel. Whunk. Bzz-Beep beep beep.

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts. Beep beep beep beep beep. Beep-beep-beep. THUNK.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Grab Bag


A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly. This is the guy from Ireland, not the guy from California. The weird description on the dust cover doesn't make much sense.

Wired by Julie Garwood. Garwood is a big deal so her author photo is the entire back cover of the book. The front cover says, "Athletic guy in suit hits the town. The dust cover says, "FBI guy and computer girl team up."


The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the stolen secrets of the Third Reich by Robert K. Wittman and David Kinney. Diary of a rotten, stinking, filthy nazi who was tried at Nuremberg is recovered after it was lost for a few decades.

Lighthouses. Coffee table book with pretty pictures.

Roots of Home: our journey to a new old house by Russel Versaci. Lots of pretty pictures about how houses in the U.S. evolved from designs brought over by immigrants.

Monday, July 03, 2017

One Cd, Two Books, Two Audiobooks

Music is Presented To You Through Computer Magic Embedded Into a Plastic Disc

Pussycat by Julianna Hatfield. Bostonian sings songs of politics and current affairs. I think there are some great tunes on here. There are some hard tunes and one, Wonder Why, that would fit on an album of hers from 20 years ago.


Real Heroes: inspiring stries of courage, character and conviction by Lawrence W. Reed. Page 37 says, "A think tank in Britain bears his name an seeks to make his legacy better known."

The Slight Edge: turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness by Jeff Olson. Page 57 says, "But it's also easy not to do."

Audiobook on CD

You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sherman Alexie. 12 hours on 10 CDs.  Memoir by the Big Time Writer about his mother and his family.

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. 14.25 hours on 12 CDs. Women investigates why people, including her husband, are killing themselves.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Sound Discs

Magical Computer Boxes Create Music Using Electrons

Citizen of Glass by Agnes Obel. Danis singer sings and plays the piano. I think Obel recently played in Stoughton, WI. I was unable to attend. Let me see when that was... April 2 of this year. According to this video she played there in 2014 as well.

Audiobooks on CD

Heaven's Command: an imperial progress by Jan Morris. 16 CDs at 20.16 hours. First part of a trilogy about the British Empire. Queen Victoria's crowning to Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

Divine Justice by David Baldacci. Okay this is an old one with a new cover. But, you didn't know that.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fiction with Author Photo Critiques and Library Photos

Adult Fiction

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Fateful Mornings by Tom Bouman. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

The Child by Fiona Barton. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Murder Games by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Howard Roughman. Author Photo Critique: Where the heck is Roughman's photo? That is not fair.

Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture. Also, she kinda looks like Kubica, up above.

The Duchess by Danielle Steel. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture. Author Shoe Critique: I am sure am glad men aren't the ones who wear high heels.

Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich. Author Photo Critique: That's a nice picture.

Library Photos

 Someone came in on Saturday to get married. I took the photo from the circulation desk rather then stick my nose.

 Morning view.

 That statue on the sidewalk leading to City Hall

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Books and Photos


Lockdown by Laurie R. King. The image cover says, "Trouble at a school." The dust cover says, "Explosive confrontation."

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand. Cover image says, "Beach story about female friendship." Dust cover says, "Identical twins, grown women, switch lives."

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Cover image says, "Pre-WWII London and new woman in town." Cover says, "Women in 1915 and 1947 do spy stuff in London and France."

The Fall of Shannara: the Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks. Cover image says, "Wizard with a staff." Dust Cover says, "Words words words words." [I did not try to read it.]

The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz. The cover is all graphic artisty text. Koontz's photo is weirdly blurry/fuzzy.

The Force by Don Winslow. I don't care what the cover says, I'll read it anyway.

Warning Order by Joshua Hood. Cover says, " Shoot'em Up! novel." The description says, "Yep, Shoot-em Up! novel." I read the first one. That novel was pretty decent but had a couple plot holes.

Beach House For Rent by Mary Alice Monroe. Cover says, "Gerard, don't bother. You won't be interested."


Town and Country Days in Lake Mills is the last weekend of June every year. There is a carnival, Boy Scout Dunk Tank, beer tent, live music, sidewalk sales, parade, food vendors, so on, so forth. The event continue through today and ends early afternoon on Sunday. Here are a few photos. I'm at work all day but the parade goes by the library.

Parade out front of library

Dunk Tank

Dunk Tank with names of "dunkees"

Library building

Library before parade starts

View from Library lawn
Some due I know who always poses on rocks and pedestals

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fiction? No. Non.


The Encyclopedia of Deer by Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III. Lots of pretty color photos. All deer species including whitetail, mule, caribou, elk, moose. The plural of moose should be "meese".

Manga Art: inspiration and techniques from an expert illustrator by Mark Crilley. I met Crilley in Arizona when he did a bunch of library visits. He's a good dude. He also does instructional videos on YouTube. He does longer instructional videos and these time lapse ones.

Passchendaele: the lost victory of World War I by Nick Lloyd.  "The ultimate expression of meaningless, industrialized slaughter." A fight to the death in a vast mud pit that caused 500,000 dead and wounded. Yet, a continued fight by the British might, might, have crushed the Germans.

Songs of the Baka and other discoveries: travels after sixty-five by Dennis James. Retired couple travel to remote international destinations.

Special Forces Berlin: clandestine Cold War operations of the US Army's elite, 1956-1990 by James Stejskal. I thought this would be interesting. Spy guys and soldiers must have been involved in all sorts of secret shenanigans in Germany.

Trespasser by Justin M. Ryan, et al. Comic book novel dad and daughter in remote home have a "strange visitor" crash land nearby.

Bad Guys, Bullets, and Boat Chases: true stories of Florida Game Wardens by Bob H. Lee. I read a description in a publisher catalog and it sounded interesting enough to try out.

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Books with BIG LETTERS


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So Much Music I "Can't Even"

Recording devices use advanced technology to transform sound waves into digital files. A "compact disc player" uses those computer files to broadcast those recordings through speakers.

Pollinator by Blondie. Blonde woman sings songs of pop.

Welcome Home by Zac Brown Band. Bearded musicians sing through there beards about gardening.

From A Room by Chris Stapleton. Another guy with a beard sings through his beard about busted hats.

Live: in Paris by Sleater Kinney. Indie band sings songs of indie rock.

Mental Illness by Aimee Mann. Singer sings songs of snow cones made from acoustic guitars.

This Old Dog by Mac Demarco. Singer with diastema sings funky love song.

Waiting on a Song by Dan Auerbach. A Black Key sings songs of kings and horses.

El Dorado by Shakira. Colombian pop star sings songs about forestry.

Witness by Katy Perry. Singer sings songs about musical detention.

Harry Styles by Harry Styles. English singer sings songs that last five minutes and 41 seconds.

What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Los Straitjackets by Los Straitjackets.  Musicians play music without any singing.

Soulfire by Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul. Famed guitarist and music historian sings songs about garage rock.

Fictional Stories


Knife Creek by Paul Doiron. Main egame warden is killing feral hogs and finds a baby in a shallow grave. Doiron is a Registered Maine Guide. I remember reading that some people were upset with the Registered Guide testing process because it was a paper test with no skills test. That may have been 15 years ago that I read about that.

The Ultimatum by Karen Robards. Robards sells a lot of books. Here is something from page 154, "Doc shrugged."

The Switch by Joseph Finder. Some sort of thriller, I think. Probably a Spy Guy thing. Let's check... I was close. A guy picks up the wrong laptop at airport security and the new laptop is a Senator's and has classified info that is not supposed to be on there.

A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass. I like the cover.Glass lives in Marblehead, MA. I wonder where that is. Let's check...

The Little French Bistro by Nina George. There was a chain of coffee shops intended to look like French cafes. I'm not sure how many were ever established but they were kinda neat. Just about everything in the cafe was intended to be French. Furniture, signs, decor. They didn't just change the sign's font and sell croissants.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I hurt my right shoulder

I am typing left handed and will not worry about spelling.


John Wick 2 -actor shoots things.

Banshee: the final season. I enjoyed the first two seasons of this show about an ex-con masquerading as a Sheriff.

Arrow : the complete fourth season. Super hero acts super.

Rogue One. There is a war in the stars. It is a star war.

Logan. Old superhero does action drama.

A Bone to Pick. Some mystery movie.

I Am Using Both Hands Now

Get Out. Hugely popular horror movie.

Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings White Christmas.

Mobsters. 1991 film starring popular young actors of the time. They shoot at each other.

Sabrina. Meh, I've never seen it.

Lord of War. Arms dealer makes money selling guns and ammo.

I hurt my shoulder on vacation.

We went to South Dakota. My son and I rented mountain bikes and I wiped out and landed on my shoulder.

Badlands National Park.
Everything in South Dakota has a casino attached. Even gas stations.
Custer State Park
Custer State Park
How I felt after getting back from my bicycle accident.
We walked around Devil's Tower.
Panoramic view from the trail around Devil's Tower.
I halfway tore off my back pocket when sliding down a railing at Mt. Rushmore.