Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Books for 2014-2015 Book Club

The Light Between Oceans; M. L. Stedman - November
The Book Thief; Markus Zusak - December
The Art Forger; B. A. Shapiro - January
Inferno; Dan Brown - February
The Orphan Master's Son; Adam Johnson - March
The Art of Racing in the Rain; Garth Stein - April

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On our Way Home...

Holy moly, what a summer.
  Back in August Jim and I headed north looking for cooler weather, maybe some rain. Found it in spades!
 We stayed a few days at the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, La...I won a bunch of moola in a slot tourney and got comped for our RV site.
Then we headed north...did the Natchez Trace, Nashville, Caves of Kentucky...great fun. 
 Spent several days with Bob & Bernie at their terrific house.  Then on to Dr. Bob &  Catherine in Peru, In. 
He saw the sore on my nose, had a fit, and fixed me up with his dermatologist, got a biopsy...cancer!
Surgery in Indianapolis with recovery time at Bob & Cath's....nice to know a doctor! (side trip to northern Michigan while awaiting my surgery date)
After a few weeks we headed south, spending several days at that casino where we started....I won another slot tourney, got comped again! Boyoboy, just love that!
Home that word.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Just a reminder to book lovers! 
The Informal Book Club will meet Wed., Oct. 15, at 7:00 p.m. in Flip Flopz. 
You don't have to bring anything besides yourself and the book(s) you have read or are reading. 
 Always an interesting discussion.
Patsy #108

Friday, October 10, 2014

Invite from Annie!

Hi Guys!

This is an opportunity some SPR's or friends may want to take advantage.  Our church has a new grand piano which was purchased with the intention of the community enjoying beautiful music.  If you are so inclined, it would be nice to "spread the word".  Thanks!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Summer Book Club

The Summer Book Club met at 7:00 in Flip Flopz
 on Sept. 11, 2014. 
There are usually about 5-6 of us who discuss books
we have read or are reading now.
Patsy discussed "Wolf Whistle" by Lewis Nordan. 
 It is a novel based on actual events--the lynching of Emmett Till, a 14 year old black child, in Money, Miss.
  It is a fascinating look at racial relations in the South
 in the 1950-60's. 
Patsy also read "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin, This book describes the importance of a small bookstore in a small town to the people who live there.  Amazing things happen to the bookstore owner--things which change his life and the life of the town.
In addition, Patsy read "Rain Girl", a fascinating mystery with many ins and outs.  It is difficult to put down.
Pam read "The Burgess Boys" by Olive Kitteridge.  It tells of the problems caused when refugees from Somalia settle in a small town.  Pam also read "Ghost Bride" by Yanaze Choo.

The next meeting of the Summer Book Club will be Wed., Oct. 15th at 7:00 in Flip Flopz.

All readers welcome!
Patsy #108

Another Cultural Opportunity

South Texas College’s Center for Mexican American Studies and Library will have a special visit from author Tim Z. Hernandez on October 2nd, 2014 at 4pm in the Pecan Campus Library Rainbow Room, which is located at 3201 W. Pecan Blvd in McAllen. There will also be a book signing immediately following the event. Admission to each event is free and open to the public.
Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning author and performance artist.  He teaches at the University of Texas – El Paso and has been featured on NPR and other news outlets.
His novel MaƱana Means Heaven is a love story of impossible odds. It tells the story of Bea Franco, the real woman behind famed American author Jack Kerouac’s “The Mexican Girl.” Set against the backdrop of California in the 1940s, deep in the agricultural heartland of the Great Central Valley, the book reveals the desperate circumstances that lead a woman to an affair with an aspiring young writer traveling across the United States.
“We are honored and fortunate to be able to host such a celebrated author as Tim Z. Hernandez at South Texas College,” says CMAS coordinator Victor Gomez. "His book is inspired by the Jack Kerouak story from On the Road however, it is also the sweeping story of sacrifice and love.”