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Wrighty
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Re: Community Room -- Cage of Stars

Hello everyone! I've really missed you all since I didn't get the book in time to really join much of the discussion. It was probably just as well with this being the last month of school for my kids and we had one graduate over the weekend. I haven't had much spare time anyway. I've tried to check in here when I can though. I am definitely one of the night owls. I never seem to get to bed before 2:00 am.

Cindersue, I'm sorry for the loss of your family member. It seems like everyone has or knows someone serving in this war and it's terrifying knowing the danger they are in. We count the days when we have one of our family members deployed. Viv, that's such a heart breaking story about the baby who was killed. What an amazing family they must be. My prayers are with them. We had a terrible accident happen in our small town last week. A little girl who had just finished kindergarten the day before was accidentally shot by her 10 year old cousin while he was shooting target practice at their grandma's house. She died the next day at a hospital in a nearby city. Her family decided to donate her organs to help others in need. They haven't all returned home yet. I can't imagine what they are going through. The guilt the members of that family must be feeling even though it was an accident. We have a very close knit, generous community so they will be embraced and supported but it just doesn't seem like enough.

With this tragedy and with all of the graduations and parties (and fear of accidents) I thought to stop at the cemetery today where my young nephew was buried. He is the one I told about previously and how he was killed while with other teenagers who were all drinking and driving at high speeds. Two of the kids didn't make it. The driver survived but has never been able to forgive himself. Some things just aren't fair and everyone has examples. I don't know how some people get through it.

Sorry, I didn't mean for this to be a downer. I was just feeling a bit melancholy and the conversation took me in this direction. It is nice to have people to chat with when you're feeling this way.
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cindersue
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Re: Community Room -- Cage of Stars

Wrightly, good to hear from you. News lately is all bad stuff. Up here in Chgo., the news was all about who murdered who. Yuk! What's wrong with people these days? Is it really worse, or we just hear more about it, is it broad casted more. Geez!

I'm having a much better summer with my kids. We are thankful my son is here. Last October, we almost lost him. His smile, his conversation, his sense of humor reminds me everyday of what we would have lost. He knows too, I believe, how close he was to death. If we could save the young people. Unfortunately, many times it's out of our hands.

I'm looking forward to the Mango book. Haven't gotten it yet ... but need a good romance, summer take me away novel. Hope you'll be reading it too. :smileywink:
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Wrighty
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cindersue wrote:
Wrightly, good to hear from you. News lately is all bad stuff. Up here in Chgo., the news was all about who murdered who. Yuk! What's wrong with people these days? Is it really worse, or we just hear more about it, is it broad casted more. Geez!

I'm having a much better summer with my kids. We are thankful my son is here. Last October, we almost lost him. His smile, his conversation, his sense of humor reminds me everyday of what we would have lost. He knows too, I believe, how close he was to death. If we could save the young people. Unfortunately, many times it's out of our hands.

I'm looking forward to the Mango book. Haven't gotten it yet ... but need a good romance, summer take me away novel. Hope you'll be reading it too. :smileywink:




Hi Cindersue! I've missed chatting with you. No, I don't think the news is all bad it's just more exciting to tell about the bad stuff. And we certainly have enough ways to hear about it now. I'm really tired of hearing about how many days Paris Hilton has left in jail. Fortunately, I truly believe that most people are good and that there are many acts of goodwill and kindness out there. We just don't get to hear about those stories often enough.

I don't recall if you told us before about your son's close call. Would you mind me asking what happened? That's OK if it's too personal or too painful to talk about. I'm very glad that everything turned out alright. You certainly are reminded of how fragile life is when you are worrying about someone else.

I'm also looking forward to the Mango book but I haven't gotten it yet either. I did just get the book about the blind guy because Viv said it was good and I also got the one about the vampire. (I sound so knowledgeable with my descriptions don't I? :smileywink: )I haven't read any of her books and I thought I'd check it out. I haven't read it yet. I really need to get myself organized one of these days!
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cindersue
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Re: catching up

Wrightly, I'll send you a PM about my son. We did talk about it in our last book.

I'm on a waiting list for both the blind book and Mango. Haven't picked up the vampire one yet. I'm finishing the mermaid book while I wait. I better call the library so I can start Mango ... see where I am. I haven't read so many books back to back, especially in the summer. LOL Now that I've been release from physical therapy, I may slip. :smileysurprised: I had spans of time to read while I was waiting for heat, waiting for ice, going to dr. appt., etc. LOL

Are you going to finish Aryn's book? I'd be interested to hear what you think of the ending.
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cindersue wrote:
Wrightly, I'll send you a PM about my son. We did talk about it in our last book.

I'm on a waiting list for both the blind book and Mango. Haven't picked up the vampire one yet. I'm finishing the mermaid book while I wait. I better call the library so I can start Mango ... see where I am. I haven't read so many books back to back, especially in the summer. LOL Now that I've been release from physical therapy, I may slip. :smileysurprised: I had spans of time to read while I was waiting for heat, waiting for ice, going to dr. appt., etc. LOL

Are you going to finish Aryn's book? I'd be interested to hear what you think of the ending.




CinderSue and Wrighty;

Sorry that you two, have experienced so much pain this summer. So far I have had a wonderful summer. But we never know what is around the corner waiting for us to fall. I am so sorry and I feel this new read that we are on Mango Sunsets will help your spirits hover over all your hurts, if for awhile anyway. Kiakar Linda
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cindersue
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Re: catching up

Not to worry, Kiakar. I'm done with P.T.! yea! :smileywink: Having a fantastic time with my kids this summer, and reading more books than I ever did.

Hope to see you in Mango! :smileyhappy:
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