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I remember reading The Would Be Widow! Loved the plot and the excuses she made to herself for her actions. Inner dialogue is part of what will win me. I don't need plots to be completely plausible but I do need them to fit the context of what a particular character might do when pressed to her limit. Another thing that resonates with me is a good setting. In Veils of Silk you caught me with the setting and held my attention with the action and spirit of the characters. Their motivations, all of it -- an excellent and riveting book! Turn-offs are faulty history, cultural inconsistencies and sloppy language. I recently read a contemporary written by a Kiwi and she had her Montana cowboy hero speaking entirely in New Zealand slang. It was incongruous it seemed she really didn't know that a Montana cowboy doesn't say loo, trolley, etc. The book was good otherwise and I was sad that a quick edit would have transformed it. Your books are so beautifully written that in the first paragraph I am drawn inside the action and emotions, never an observer with a red pencil. Thank you!
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Magnificent! (You, the scarf, and your MIL)
Toggle Commented Jun 10, 2010 on Cummington 2010 at Etherknitter
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Mar 15, 2010
We prefer it before the flowers develop -- milder flavor. Add a little chickweed, purslane, and baby beet greens. Do you have orach?
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I joined the other day when it was first posted on B5. I like the video clip! Thank you.
Toggle Commented May 22, 2009 on Join the Warrior Legacy Foundation at BlackFive
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UP, as I wrote above, my daughter and I often discuss this series and get a lot out of it. Yes, it's a bit off topic for a milblog, but the answers are (typically) from a military perspective and are strengthening her comprehension of the warrior mentality. This sets her up to be a better adult and, frankly, it helps her understand her grandfather and great-grandfather better. Thank you.
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My 16-year-old daughter really liked your advice -- it actually applies to a lot of different situations. We're still talking about a comment a while back about learning to be bold. What you've written here will definitely get passed on by DD to her friends. Very good advice -- thanks.
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Wow, what a gift he has for bringing home the truth. God bless him!
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Every time I see a photo of the Patriot riders or read a story about the PGR (always heart-warming), it renews my sense that the right will prevail. Thank you, vet66, for your honorable service and positive attitude!
Toggle Commented May 8, 2009 on Escort at BlackFive
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The 10-20 yrs thing -- my husband and I were talking about that the other day. It gives us hope for the future.
Toggle Commented Apr 23, 2009 on Ranger Up - Nick's Rules for Leadership at BlackFive
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Smart hawks. Lovely film, thank you.
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I'd like to see what Sergeant Connolly thinks is brave! What a good man.
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A smile is a gift. If it's packaged with a joke, even better. Yes, life is challenging right now, but I've weathered far worse and plan to get through the next four years with my heart and soul intact. I *will* find something to smile about every day, and I'm getting the people around me to smile, too. I refuse to let the situation turn me into a victim. So, yes, sir, please smile, but in your usual genuine way, not like those strange people in that photograph...
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"And it's important to learn to be bold." This is going to be the theme this afternoon when my daughter and I run errands after school. Thanks, Synova. I went to high school in Utah in the 70's and was a good girl. Went off to college and didn't even know what my roommate and her BF were *doing*, just that it was noisy. Some friends of mine saw me out in the hallway trying to sleep and sat me down with a stack of rather interesting magazines and explained the whole tab A in slot B thing. Surprised the heck out of me.
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Oh, I wish y'all had been around when I was in college. The Olympic scoring thing? I could have used that. [There's no way I could have afforded a camera in college, let alone the fact that there was no internet to post films to...] For Miss Chastity, try talking to the insensitive, selfish twit of a roommate first. If she doesn't listen, take your cell phone to bed. Make sure you're wearing a really nice nighty. Have a text ready to send. Have the rugby team on notice (they were always the best at midnight pranks when I went to college), and supply them with a couple six-packs of pop and a cake and that camera. The moment the bunk starts to rock, hit *send* and know that in a few minutes the team will come through the door, flip on the lights, and throw you a surprise birthday party. If the rugby team is anything like our old one, the guys will tease your roommie and her BF mercilessly for the next few years. Something simpler -- use a spray bottle, like when you're trying to train your cat to stop clawing the couch. Spray them when they misbehave...
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God bless those brave men. My parents live in south Berkeley and their neighborhood has turned and is relatively safe now, but we still have to drive through Oakland to get to their house. My husband's teaching our daughter how to drive, and one of the things he covered recently is the fact that when you are on the stretch of freeway that goes through East Oakland, you do NOT take an offramp, even if the car breaks down or you are running out of gas. Pull over on the side of the freeway instead and wait for the CHP. It is a war zone down there. As for those house-to-house searches, I've been on the transbay bus when we've been re-routed to go around neighborhood closures and those police officers are the best of the best. The OPD has made huge progress over the last 30 years. There are large areas of Oakland that were like some dark horror film even during the day and now most are at least habitable. The number of burned-out boarded up houses is much lower and the streets are physically cleaner. There are still enclaves of fear, but the meth houses are being shut down. Officers attend some of the neighborhood watch meetings so the good people begin to believe that they really do have someone they can call late at night with a tip.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2009 on Sheepdogs Down in Oakland at BlackFive
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Bridgeport's really nice. My dad's friend had the pack station up there back in the 60's and 70's, and the land is really gentle and pretty. Good fishing, lots of arrowheads, and relatively low altitude (6k) so you don't have to worry about getting sick. Not much like Afghanistan -- hope the Marines get to try out some more intense mountains before being deployed.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2009 on Frozen Marines and Hot Chow at BlackFive
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Great photo. Also wonderful to see that our soldiers on the front lines get the joy of seeing the Heavens like that. I don't think the stars were nearly that magnificent even in the 70's up on the Divide in Wyoming. Makes a person think about just how far removed from civilization our soldiers are...
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2009 on Afghan Stars at BlackFive
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You will love the new knee(s). My grandfather said he wished he'd had his done sooner, that he had no idea how much pain he was in until the pain was gone. I think his were messed up from rough seas in the Pacific. Praying that your surgery goes smoothly.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2009 on This is starting to get out of hand at BlackFive
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rm82, I am so very grateful to Mrs. (Laura) Bush for being such a good role model for my girl, especially after that mess with Clinton. You're right -- that was a challenge to explain to a kid!
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2009 on This is starting to get out of hand at BlackFive
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Manners without ethics are just window-dressing. These people scare me. Anybody else cringe at how rude the Pres was recently in that waffle scene? My first thought was that my grandmother would have sent him to the corner. A little discussion about The Golden Rule and some Bible reading would have followed, and then extra chores. The video clip above -- do they realize that it is considered impolite to wave your hands like that when speaking? I feel sorry for her daughter, who is suddenly being held to a different standard from the lax one she's known. Will she learn manners? Maybe. Will she understand why it's important? Doubt it! Did you read the lovely statement Mrs. (Barbara) Bush made when leaving the hospital in Houston? Beautifully said, and she meant it. *She* is a lady.
Toggle Commented Mar 20, 2009 on This is starting to get out of hand at BlackFive
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What a fine bunch of youngsters. Isn't it beautiful to see patriotism in action! The slideshow is great -- thank you for the link.
Toggle Commented Mar 19, 2009 on Ripon CA JROTC Drill Team represents at BlackFive
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A true role model and a man who will be remembered for his honor. Hope the coming year brings him much joy.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2009 on Happy Birthday Mr. Sinise at BlackFive
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That's an especially good one. Thanks!
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2009 on Military Motivator - Politicians at BlackFive
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Wink, when my daughter was younger she had a little American flag that she would wave every time she saw a soldier or President or Mrs. Bush on TV. She is, unfortunately, 4F. She'd been hoping to become an interpreter -- the kid can have a handful of languages running in her head at the same time. Two looks and she knows a 23-stroke character. It's eerie. open channel d, thank you for your service to our country. There's a wonderful old vet in my home town who has a little private museum of war memorabilia, mostly his and his friends' things, and if you knock on the door when he's there, he'll tell you the stories that go with each medal, helmet... It isn't just the military that half my generation and half my daughter's generation doesn't respect -- they don't seem to comprehend the importance of history, the knowledge of our elders, the value of having and practicing strong ethics, morals, and manners. My daughter and the other military kids in her high school are the ones that say "sir".
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2009 on Military Motivator - Gratitude at BlackFive
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