Hate the Weather, But Love My Neighbors!

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There’s nothing like having a nasty, intense winter snow storm, especially if it’s almost spring. If you’ve been looking online, you’ve probably seen a lot of photos and videos about Stella—the storm: people working hard, people doing funny things, animals that are having a good time (or not!), and reports about how much snow has fallen. In my neighborhood, a lot of folks didn’t go to work Wednesday. I was one of them, but I can work from home, and I did.

The storm started on Tuesday and I shoveled snow late in the afternoon. My porch, sidewalk, and part of the driveway I use had about a foot of snow at the time. It was amazing to look out Wednesday and see even more snow. I went out then, and the snow was as high as my knees! I figure the total at that point was 30 inches.

I’ve been very lucky, though, to have neighbors offering help. Patrick not only worked with my hard-to-close front door; he also cleaned up some snow so I could use my back door until the front one was working (and today it is!). I met a neighbor named Amy, who shoveled the part of my driveway that’s by the road, and always has extra snow at the very end. And a young neighbor came by and did some shoveling for $5.00. I think he was nine or ten years old, and he did a good job. I’ve been out shoveling myself. I’ve lost track of how many times, and it’s not finished yet.

I hope everyone who’s had this incredible snow storm is in good shape, and can deal with this crazy weather!

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Born to Read

There are various ways to obtain music you love—records, CDs, and lots of things online—and various ways to obtain books. There are bookstores, libraries, Kindle books, audio books, and—well, you probably know this already. For me, if a book is one I think I’ll love and want to keep forever, a classic hardcover edition will be what I want. I did get a hardcover copy of Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen’s wonderful autobiography.

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Occasionally a book is even better than I expect it to be, and this is one of those “better” books. If you’re interested in knowing about Bruce Springsteen’s family members and how and where they lived, read this book. If you’re curious about how Bruce became a musician and wrote songs, read this book. If you want to know what the world was like—especially the USA—back in the 1960s and 1970s, read this book!

Honestly, there’s so much I could say about this autobiography that I’m not sure where to start. It’s written well, and if you’re familiar with Springsteen’s music, you’d probably be able to tell who wrote this book even if you just saw a paragraph somewhere.

There was something I didn’t expect that I enjoyed very much: some of the things Springsteen wrote about not only reminded me of earlier times; it was like they took me personally back to those times. I started remembering things I haven’t thought about in ages. There was a girl in my college, for example, who said she was from New Jersey not only knew Bruce, but one of his songs was about her. I remembered taking my daughter, who was about 5 years old, to the “Born in the USA” tour in Syracuse, and what that very cold, wintery night was like.

Then there were things I don’t have to remember, because I still do them—like dancing and singing along with Bruce and his band when there’s a song on TV or the radio.

I’ve had a couple of friends tell me that they’ve read the book twice already, and I’m thinking about doing that (an interesting possibility, since I never—well, almost never—read anything twice!).

But the most important thing I have to do is thank Bruce Springsteen for his book, and especially his music. And thanks to my daughter as well—for going to see him with me years ago, and getting me this book.

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That’s All Right With Me

Today I’m listening to music.

There are two reasons why I’m doing this. The first is that for the last several years, I haven’t been listening to music at home. They play good stuff while I’m at work a few hours a week, and I always put my radio on when I’m driving—which doesn’t happen often these days. Why I haven’t been listening at home is a question I haven’t been able to answer, but I’ve been lucky in the last few weeks: I read a book about one of my favorite musicians and his music, and it made me determined to play it—and play it LOUD—as soon as possible. Today is the day!

The second reason I’m doing this is to find out if I still like music as much as I used to like it. Actually this was an easy question to answer. By the time the first two or three notes came on, I turned the sound up and was dancing—and singing—and happy.

Apparently this made an impression with my cats Shadow and Meg. (The other two, Ninja and Emily Chicago, are usually hiding under my bed and don’t consider me to be a real friend.) Shadow, who was sleeping on the couch, woke up and watched me dance. Meg came out from the back room as soon as she heard the loud music. I danced through the house to see her, and she danced with me for a minute.

So it’s been a great day. I listened to music while I ate lunch. I’m still listening while I write this, and I’ve been reminded of something: for me, listening to music and writing can make me feel like me, like a happy me. I’ve got to keep on with these things!

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A Rosy Autumn

Where I live in western New York, there are usually ways to tell what time of year it is just by looking out your window. In the winter there is snow. Spring has birds flying and lilacs starting to bloom. The sun can be bright in the summer, with lots of people riding bikes or walking for enjoyable exercise. Later, in the fall, leaves turn from green to a variety of colors.

This year we’ve had weird weather—a warmer winter with less snow than usual, an extremely hot and dry summer, and now autumn is just beginning to start in the middle of October with more warm weather. It will be in the 70s—and maybe as high as 80—most of the coming week. I’ve been watching the leaves, but today I noticed something I’ve never seen before.

There is a rose that will bloom in the next day or so. I’ve never seen this happen in the middle of October! Thanks, phone—I’ll be saving this photo for a long time.

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….and ANOTHER Book Review!

http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=38609

Sometimes reading a non-fiction book can be both informative and a good read. Here’s one I recently reviewed on OnlineBookClub.org.

If you have an elderly parent, you might find this interesting. Part of the reason I read it was because I AM getting to be an elderly parent myself, in addition to having a Mom who’s in her 90s. Check it out!

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Read Some Short Stories

I enjoy short stories, and had a great time reading and reviewing this book. http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=37725

The author is Susan Lynn Solomon, and the book is called Voices in My Head. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did!

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An Enjoyable Book

Take a look at my most recent review–if you like mysteries with really interesting and well-done characters, I suggest you read this book.

http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=36531

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