May 8, 2017

Bout of Books Readathon 19

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

Joining in.  

Update:  my tweet #insixwords

January 3, 2017

Story of Your Life

Stories of Your Life
by Ted Chiang
source:  InterLibraryLoan

Had an unexpected free afternoon!  Treated myself to the movie Arrival which is
based on the short story Story of Your Life in the collection Stories of Your Life.

This page!

When I read this page, I immediately thought of ASL which has its own syntax and grammatical rules.  A few pages later, ASL was mentioned.   Tickled me to no end. 

Learned a word tonight:  semiotics - the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.


Death in the Great Smoky Mountains
by Michael Bradley
published 2016
source:  local library

reflections:  I live in the foothills of the Smokies.  Our local news covers  accidents or deaths there.  Most recently, fires destroyed thousands of acres and killed at least 14 people in the area.  

Did you see the movie Sully about Sully Sullenberger who landed his plane on the Hudson? There's a connection between Sully and a plane crash in the Smokies.  A Dr. Samuel Sullenberger crashed his bright yellow Piper on TOP of a tree in the Smokies November 2, 1955. The branches cushioned the impact -- the prop and windows were not even broken. Searchers could not find his plane; so he climbed down and walked downstream. He had an encounter with a mama bear on Nov. 5 which gave him a gash across his belly. He finally found a ranger station that afternoon. 
What's the connection between Dr. S. and Sully? The year before that crash, Dr. S. visited his cousin in Denison, TX. and met his cousin's 3-year-old son Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger! 
My favorite line in the book, "Good aviation luck seems to follow the family."

I would have liked photos and maps in the book.  In the meantime, here's a photo of the aftermath of the fires