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  1. Depression and despair are a terrible burden, especially for a young boy in an era when "feelings" were suspect. Alan's fine story gets at the true meaning of friendship.
  2. I just want to say how much I am enjoying “Living With Johnny” by Nigel. Not only is it filled with great characters, each one unique and each compelling the reader to get involved in his or her particular issues and difficulties, but the story is also constructed around multiple plot lines, intertwined so skillfully our attention is constantly challenged. At present there are so many balls in the air I am quite dizzy. I fully expect the main character to crack from the pressure of the responsibilities he has taken onto himself to ensure a safe and secure outcome not only for his own family
  3. Music is still the international common language, thank goodness.
  4. Ha ha thanks, Pedro. I've enjoyed that before, but it fits the situation! The senate seats run-off in Georgia allows for renewed campaigning there and the Democrats have a mighty draw now. Mitch McConnell may also twig to the fact that if he wants to continue to suck up to the Executive branch and enjoy tea in the Oval Office there is a new sheriff in town.
  5. I think Borton is a personality type we're going to see a lot more of in the days to come.
  6. A lovely read, and a very elegant solution.
  7. HA HA HA HA. Love it, especially the waste basket.
  8. Very inspiring. I've always admired the flugelhorn, but they barely exist here in the States. I was a trumpet player: on the first day of seventh grade a trumpet was shoved into my hands by our junior high school music director as he said "Here, this is your instrument." "No, no, no!" I protested, but to no avail. My dreams of becoming a drummer like Gene Krupa were derailed and I wheezed and puffed and generated a lot of spit throughout my school career with an instrument I worked hard to tolerate and never mastered.
  9. Unh oh. Are they, perhaps, the Flying Monkeys of OZ? Shiver.
  10. Nigel, much of the eggnog sold in grocery stores here is flavored with fake rum flavoring, since most everybody is aware that true eggnog is booze-based. A lot of that store-bought eggnog is topped up with spirits once it arrives in the home.
  11. Followed up on Dude's post below and found this. Jack the Drummer, age 8. Woah.
  12. Hugh Jackman is listed as former Uppingham Physical Education teacher (1987) before he moved on. I love Wiki footnotes!
  13. 21. Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another matter.
  14. At my age, every experience is an avant-garde experience.
  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krHXnPND6RQ
  16. I'm in for the long haul. Three characters, each already vying to be my favorite.
  17. Merkin

    God Bothered

    Now I see why all we get over here is your damned baking shows.
  18. Oh, wow. More Alan here (many of his video covers are listed under 'It'sAMoney' as the performer): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWKPc0-LYak Here he is doing a Q and A. Most memorable quote 'I don't use sheetmusic. I do it all by ear...' https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozQW3XZkvt4
  19. Thanks for the tip, vwl. It's a gem of planning, pacing, and execution, and the language is delicious. I especially liked '...making love to her was like riding a magic carpet'.
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