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6 Responses to "Book News for Friday, July 4, 2008"
July 6, 2008 at 10:16 PM
July 5, 2008 at 05:47 PM
Lakes. Bug zappers. Lobster rolls. Not being able to get from here to there. (Maine, dontcha know.)
July 5, 2008 at 05:46 PM
Yankees suck! I realize it's not in vogue to be a sports fan from Massachusetts at this point -- too many championships! spygate! blah blah blah -- but childhood suffering should count for something, eh? (And, uh, the Yankees do kind of suck. Still.)
July 5, 2008 at 01:23 AM
Wow, I am torn between coming up with something really awesome to say about Ohio (if that can indeed be done) in order to win the book or to just say that Ohio is my favorite state because it is the first and last place my family existed. In a small house on Harmon Ave in Hamilton, Ohio, I would form the majority of my childhood memories. The smell of my Grandpa's cherry/vanilla blend tobacco in his pipe, watching the ants crawl around my Grandma's peonies to open them up and swinging on the branches of the willow tree (forbidden, btw) are just a few of a thousand things I could tell you about my very favorite spot in the world. We had weekend visits, family birthdays, and holiday celebrations with a few unknown relatives for years in that house. The shady backyard full of lawnchairs, blankets and running kids is the background of so many happy times. I played in my Grandma's room - she let me try on her costume jewelry. Our Grandpa used to open up his little rubber coin holder and give all of his grandkids a dime for the candy at Allen's, the store down the alley (alleys were okay then). Although there were a lot of us, he always managed to make each one of us feel special. I did not know it at the time but those are the sweetest, most heartwarming memories of my life. It was the life before the divorce of my parents, before my little brother died, before my Grandpa and Grandma passed away. My family was whole, ALL of us- kids playing in the basement, the adults in the living room rockers, some even out on the front porch waving to friends. I dream of that house to this very day. I love every picture taken there, be it in my mind or on paper. There is a bittersweet ache in my chest now, just remembering it all. Darn, I did not mean to get all mushy about it but that little house and the family it grew is the reason Ohio is the best state of all. Home Sweet Home.
July 4, 2008 at 07:36 PM
What's not to love about the state of Vermont? There are so many, like the abundance of cheese producers, the black market raw-milk trade, the effort that goes into trying to make things as artisinal as possible? There are also things like the fact that our current President, George W, has a legitimate warrant for his arrest for crimes aginst humanity and that is probly one reason why VT is the ONLY state in the union he not visited-Vermont is untainted in more ways than one. Maybe its the quiteness on the lake or small town feel where sometimes everybody really does know your name. I miss Vermont. But, maybe one thing I think makes Vermont special to me is the that I can ride (a bike) into the the mountains and feel at one with myself. Where my thoughts have a place to figure themselves out. Where the loneliness and quite greets your working breath. Where the animals do not run in fear, rather look on and guide you on your way. Where the crisp mountain air bites you at times and consumes you with the notion that you are part of it all as well.
July 4, 2008 at 03:12 PM
Oregon's number one tourist attraction - Spirit Mountain Casino. (Just teasing) Clear Lake!
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