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ravenlee

Joined March 2018

Homeschool mom trying desperately to read grown-up stuff (at least occasionally)
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Suet624 (Sigh) so true. 2d
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This jumped out at me, in the context of the bear/man thought experiment going around.

bookishbitch Sadly I'm not surprised. I read a book that described the chemical changes in the brain that causes ptsd and it's ultimately triggered by your bodies thinking you might die. That kind of assault certainly qualifies. 2d
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I should have read this book ages ago, but better late than never! I see the drawbacks of Friedan‘s approach, how she focuses on a very narrow subset of women for her work, but I do think it‘s full of important criticism. I saw myself in these pages, much more than I‘d like. Definitely worth a read.

TheDaysGoBy It‘s on my TBR. I‘ve never read it either 6d
GingerAntics I remember reading this for a class in grad school, but for the life of me, I remember very little of it. 5d
Singout I‘m listening to Doppelgänger by Naomi Klein right now… she talks about this era of feminism. 5d
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(Inset from Rollo May, “Contributions of Existential Psychotherapy)

Friedan uses this in her argument against housewives “adjusting” to their limited existence, but it really struck me how this applies to LGBTQ+

Bookwomble I want to read some Rollo May - he's often referenced in other books I've read, but I've not managed to get around to him. I see here what I'm missing! 1w
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Lore Olympus: Volume Six | Rachel Smythe
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Another great installment. My only complaint is I‘m having a hard time keeping similar-looking characters straight. I guess I‘ll have to do a full-series reread at some point while I wait for the next one this fall!

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Lore Olympus: Volume Six | Rachel Smythe
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I checked the mail on my way out to pick up kiddo from dance rehearsal, and my preorder arrived! Guess what I‘m reading while I wait. Of course, my bag now has two large books and a water bottle in it, so it weighs a ton.

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I‘m reading my paternal grandmother‘s memoir, and her description of a mass food poisoning incident during her time in the WACS is making me feel sick. “Especially if they ate the ham salad” in particular…I‘m vegetarian, but I think ham salad would seem ill-advised even if I weren‘t.

I never had a great relationship with either of my grandmothers. They weren‘t good people, in my experience, but it‘s interesting to learn more about them.

Suet624 I‘m with you on the ham salad. Cool that you get to read her experiences though 2w
Tamra As a salt lover, I love homemade ham salad, though I get why others would be turned off. 😏 You are lucky to have a first hand account to read! 2w
Hooked_on_books What a cool thing to be able to read. It‘s always good to gain some insight into those in our families, even if the relationships aren‘t good ones. I didn‘t have a great relationship with my dad‘s mom and part of me wishes I understood her a bit better (and vice versa). 2w
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I mostly haven‘t cared for the stories that accompany Disney franchises (looking at you, Lost in a Book and Far from Agrabah), but this one was quite good. Set shortly before Frozen II picks up (the Epilogue leads right into the movie), we find Anna battling a nightmare as Elsa takes on a blight affecting crops and livestock around Arendelle. The sisters must work together to solve the mysteries and find a way to save their home. 👇🏻

ravenlee Kiddo found this one too spooky to read again. It is creepy, but I thought the tone worked. 2w
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Much better than the first Rake Review, the February issue (I‘m a little behind on…everything) features Hades and Ophelia (ok, it really bothers me that Persephone is in the first couple and Hades in the second) finding each other. An accidental betrothal becomes a convenient relationship becomes a love match. All the while O is working to rescue endangered women from unsafe situations. Really enjoyed!

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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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A good book, but not a great one. I‘ve much preferred other AH books, but I did enjoy most of it. The climax was odd, I saw the miscommunications coming miles away; the supporting characters were mostly fun. I liked Levi‘s relationship with his friend‘s widow and daughter. My big annoyance was 👆🏼; I get that Levi‘s family is military all the way, but there isn‘t an Air Force base in Houston. Seems like that could have been fixed pretty easily.

TheBookHippie My daughter‘s friend was stationed in San Antonio I think. Lackland. But that right there is a pet peeve of mine in books 😵‍💫 3w
ravenlee @TheBookHippie I am extremely bothered by details like this! As an AF brat/veteran/spouse it bugs me, but really it‘s these small things that could so easily be checked! I went to an air show at Lackland when I was stationed at Randolph. Tons of military based around San Antonio. Just not in Houston! 3w
TheBookHippie @ravenlee I was east coast as an Army Brat. Harrisburg. Cumberland. 3w
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I enjoyed this as a quick audiobook. I had real problems with a couple of the readers. The second one kept saying “exspecially” and “eggspecially” and it drove me bonkers. Also, 3/4 readers weren‘t following the rule that “the” is pronounced “thee” before words beginning with a vowel, which also bothered me greatly. But content was very good.

mjtwo My mind is absolutely blown - I have never heard it articulated before but of course that is the rule. 3w
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Trouble | Lex Croucher
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Not what I expected and not really to my taste. I appreciate the representation, but I found the characters unrelatable, unsympathetic, and largely unlikable. The conflict didn‘t work for me, either, so the resolution felt off. Glad I got it from the library.

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Trouble | Lex Croucher
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My current library stack, which doesn‘t seem to be getting any shorter. Maybe if I stop getting more books before I finish the ones I have…but that sounds awfully drastic.

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Long Distance | Whitney Gardner
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Not what I expected, and didn‘t care for it. I wanted to, but no. Points for trying, I guess, but it did not work for me at all.

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Tech Support 101 | Andrew Brown
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I need help on StoryGraph! Does anyone here use it? I‘m having problems with multiple editions showing as read when I switched from the print (I accidentally tagged it) to the audio, and “remove book” isn‘t working. And the “contact us” page link doesn‘t work at all (see the not-a-button above). I‘m a free user, if that makes any difference. Any ideas?

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘m also a free user and the message button is working for me. Maybe check if there‘s an app update on your phone? I‘m not tech savvy, so other than the “turn it off and on” go-to, I don‘t have any other advice. 😅 Hope it starts working for you. 1mo
wanderinglynn If you‘re on the app, maybe try to access the site on a computer web browser. 1mo
Deblovestoread I have had this issue in the past. Usually accessing from a different platform worked. Ipad rather than phone or website instead of app. 1mo
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thebacklistbook Definitely check for an app update. Also when I had the duplicates issue in the past I found I had go on the website. I ultimately had to do a few things. If it is an i read it several times different editions issue change the edition for each time read to the same edition/ manually add the read dates of the others to your preferred edition. Then erase the extras. 1/2 1mo
thebacklistbook 2/2 if it is I read it once but have multiple versions showing up then purge the book and manually add it back to your read list after. 1mo
ravenlee Thanks everyone! @thebacklistbook @Deblovestoread @wanderinglynn @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm It took a few days but I got it to work. I had to shut down that browser page and refresh everything a couple times, then I was able to manage the list again. 3w
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yay! Glad it worked out! ❤️ 3w
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Isla to Island | Alexis Castellanos
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A wonderful mostly wordless MGGN about a girl who leaves Cuba without her parents under the Peter/Pedro Pan operation. Her life in Cuba is in color; her life in NYC is in grayscale. I love how the color shows up in books, foods, and flowers, bringing her back to life. This book brought me almost to tears, just thinking what it must be like to send a child away for years, not knowing if/when you‘d see her again, for her safety.

Suet624 That would be so hard. 💔 1mo
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Two Tribes | Emily Bowen Cohen
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This story of a Jewish/Muscogee girl had promise but didn‘t live up to it. Mia struggles with her father‘s side of her ancestry, as her very religious mother and stepfather immerse her in Jewish culture. I felt like Mia‘s mom was so removed from Mia‘s life that it seemed unbelievable. Both parents seem kind of deadbeat, despite the mom‘s constant presence (can one be simultaneously helicopter and deadbeat?). Disappointing overall.

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A pretty good story, which probably won‘t make much sense if you haven‘t read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. It‘s standard Riordan fare, with action, adventure, intrigue, and adolescents facing incredible challenges. I‘m glad I read it within a reasonable time after Leagues but doubt I‘ll long remember either.

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This sounds like something that would come up on my neighborhood facebook page.

I think I love this elderly lady.

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Nice! Solid reference.

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This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained | Cara Natterson, MD, Vanessa Kroll Bennett
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Highly recommended for parents of adolescents from ~9-20, this has a great structure for each chapter: what we‘re discussing, the science of it, what has changed in the past 20-40 years, and words from people recently through it. Everything from acne and BO to gender identity, sexual orientation, and hookup culture. Overwhelming but I think it will prove very useful.

ravenlee I told husband he should read it so he can better understand and engage with our kid. His response? “I‘m not really that interested” accompanied by an eyeroll so loud I could hear it when I told him about the contents. Nice to have a supportive, understanding partner in this. 😡 2mo
Kenyazero @ravenlee That's such an infuriating response 😡 very glad you read it though! 2mo
julesG Lovely when the other parent is so engaged. I've just had a similar encounter with my children's father. 🙄🙄🙄 2mo
Tamra 😑 that is NOT helpful. (edited) 2mo
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Today‘s #bookmail is an eclectic assortment, including some nonfiction and one novel for me and one book for the kiddo‘s easter basket.

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I was worried that the lending period from hoopla was only 2 weeks, not 3; I just finished it in 8 days.

Amazing and powerful and overwhelming. Audio was hard for keeping names straight (there are a lot) but I just sort of went with the flow. Inspired by recently reading Solnit‘s Whose Story Is This?, which directly mentions this book and has an essay dedicated to CBFord, too. Highly recommend.

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This Is So Awkward: Modern Puberty Explained | Cara Natterson, MD, Vanessa Kroll Bennett
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Starting this one next.

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Another home run from Solnit. These essays show their age in ways, being written during the Trump presidency, but the messages are still valid. Who controls the narrative, what stories we hear, how we interpret them - it‘s all here. Ideas about place names (how frequently do we see cities/streets/statues named for women?) and the hero mentality vs community action…there‘s a lot to unpack in this slim volume. Just read it, ok?

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“…electability apparently tied to the gender-specific sparking of joy in the scrotum.”

Makes me laugh and cry all at the same time.

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I started this book a couple of weeks ago, but I‘m actually getting into it just now. So often, Solnit just hits the nail right on the head.

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Hey UK-based Littens - Ali Hazelwood will be at Waterstones in Piccadilly at the end of March. Event info on the Waterstones events website.

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Calling on Dragons | Patricia C. Wrede
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Funny to be reading this while kiddo is watching the animated Alice in Wonderland in the next room.

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Thanks for entering @Clare-Dragonfly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Deblovestoread

Kiddo picked the winner out of the hat - congratulations to @Deblovestoread !

Please send me your mailing address to acskie at yahoo dot com and I‘ll get it in the mail this week.

Deblovestoread Thank you so much! 3mo
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Today is the last day! Comment on my original post to win a copy of the tagged book. Deadline is 5 pm central time. I‘ll draw a name and send it on its way next week.
#PemberLittens #JaneAusten

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GIVEAWAY! Enter with a comment on this post by 5 pm CT on Friday, 23 February, to win this lovely NF book about Jane Austen‘s works and how we came to get them. I‘ll draw a winner out of a hat and send it off next week.

I meant to do this ages ago, but better late than never. I bought this book twice, read and enjoyed it, and recommend it to JA fans. I hope my extra copy finds a good home!

Deblovestoread I‘d give it a good home 😌 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly How do we enter? 3mo
ravenlee 🤦🏻‍♀️ @Clare-Dragonfly I didn‘t make that clear, did I? Just comment here to enter! 3mo
Clare-Dragonfly Then I‘m entered! Yay! 😁 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sweet of you 🩷 3mo
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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Starting a new read this morning with a cranberry muffin and herbal tea.

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Today‘s #bookhaul while kiddo was in ballet rehearsal and hubby said we should run errands. How could that not start at the bookstore?

kspenmoll Poe & Langston Hughes! 3mo
TheBookHippie Love the poetry!!! 3mo
AuthorDeniseTurney That's good reading, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes. Enjoy! Deep and moving writing. 3mo
Suet624 Nice! 3mo
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If you follow HCR‘s Letters from an American a lot of this will be familiar, and the last 1/4 or so repeats some of the first half (as well as some of HCR‘s previous book, tagged below); but this is still an amazing book and everyone should read it. How we got into this political mess and why it all matters.

ravenlee There‘s a good bit of repeated material from this book, but it‘s important information, so I can forgive it. 3mo
Susanita I miss her podcast with Joanne Freeman. 3mo
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The Labors of Hercules Beal | Gary D. Schmidt
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Very good MG with some tough stuff. I came close to crying several times. Hercules has a school assignment to recreate the Twelve Labors of the mythical Hercules. It‘s a challenge, but it makes Herc learn about himself and how to process losing his parents. TW for death of parents and harm to animals (not by humans, all natural, but nature is kind of a bitch in this case).

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Starting this today (or trying to) while #DannyBoy wants very much to have ALL THE SNUGGLES and kiddo fights off a cold. I‘ve fallen behind on reviews again, and will get around to them…eventually.

TheBookHippie It‘s sooooo good!! 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 Relax ... reviews can wait. 3mo
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Beautiful artwork, interesting story, complex characters…but I don‘t know how I feel about it yet. The blurb about this not being a straightforward damsel-in-distress story is really just the first 20 pages or so; a lot more happens after that. Definitely dark, definitely adult. Must think more on it before reviewing.

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Meh. It was fine. There are several inconsistencies between stories, and even within stories (a secondary character in the last story is described by another character as six feet tall and then by the narrator as “not that tall” - EDIT: I‘m conflating two characters, so this one is on me, but the rest stand) which bothers me. Interesting premise but it felt more like a writing exercise or character sketches to me.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Recent acquisitions. The bottom left is a book my friend wrote, and he‘s almost done with number two! Middle two are for our homeschool.

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Ruthiella Love it! 😂❤️ 4mo
ju.ca.no Yes😍🫶🏽 4mo
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IndoorDame ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Crazeedi Yes!!! 4mo
Bookwormjillk Love it!! 4mo
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Right?

Hooked_on_books This woman is brilliant! 4mo
CatLass007 Funny!!😆 4mo
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Suet624 Hahaha 4mo
dabbe 😂😂😂 4mo
Sarahreadstoomuch 😂😂 4mo
BookmarkTavern I approve! 😂😂😂 4mo
GingerAntics 🤣😂🤣 this is true! 4mo
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I really need to stop browsing at the library. I already have two books checked out that I need to read, and yet look what followed me home today! We had two tote bags bursting at the seams, so I think it‘s safe to say I have created a monster who is exactly like her mother in this respect. About ten are for school, though!

TheBookHippie I do this ! Go in for holds pick up 10 more 😂 4mo
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I enjoyed this series starter and Cal and Bridget‘s adventure. He‘s an Irish thief, she‘s a by-the-book administrative assistant. He never intended to work for the British government, she never expected to be in the field. When a mission requires their unorthodox pairing, they have to rely on each other. Sparks fly, complications ensue. The intrigue felt unresolved, but I hope the rest of the series helps with that.

ravenlee I received a review copy and this is my honest opinion. 4mo
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Buzzing (A Graphic Novel) | Samuel Sattin, Rye Hickman
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This is a really good upper-MGGN, focusing on Isaac as he lives with OCD “bees” constantly buzzing in his ears. Finding friends and starting to play a TTRPG with them expand his world, until his very controlling mother shuts it all down. Being a neurotypical older sibling to a neurodivergent younger is an important theme, there are gender norms discussed, budding romance as part of finding yourself…so much really good, healthy stuff!

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Low pick, though I can‘t quite figure what was missing. Good main characters, supporting characters, believable conflict, and lots of lovely body positivity throughout. Something just feels a little off about it all.

Everly ends up on a makeover show for plus-size people, and it forces her out of hiding in her professional life. She pursues dormant interests and lets herself be herself again, and finds love on the far side of the camera.

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Yesterday‘s library #bookhaul - both MG graphic novels. It‘s been tough to find reading time lately, and after wading through Liz Cheney‘s book something easier to read seemed like a good idea.

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I don‘t think anything in here was new, really, but having it all laid out, clearly and emphatically, was impressive. I don‘t agree with Cheney‘s politics, but I can admire the courage of her convictions in this instance. My dad recommended this book; he said it was “probably the most overwhelming book” he‘s ever read. I recommend it if you can stomach more politics and a lot of Trump. It‘s a good reminder of what we stand to lose later this year.

dabbe I feel like I'll be holding my breath until the second week of November. 😱 4mo
Suet624 I really wish this Trump nightmare was over. 4mo
ravenlee @dabbe no joke. @Suet624 I just don‘t know what it‘s going to take to get him out of the running for good. It‘s scary the way he won‘t go away. And I worry about the next generation of this type, too, because it won‘t just disappear. 4mo
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Suet624 @ravenlee do you get notes from Jessica Craven “Chop Wood, Carry Water”? She‘s on Substack. Very clear ideas on day to day things you can do to elect Dems. On Sunday she lets you know all the good things that happened politically which is always lovely to see. 4mo
ravenlee @Suet624 I didn‘t know about that, thank you! I read Heather Cox Richardson every day and it‘s amazingly informative but not always inspiring. 4mo
Suet624 I read Heather‘s column too. If you don‘t mind I‘ll add two others that have been very helpful and often hopeful to me. They are both on Substack. Check out Robert Hubbell and Simon Rosenberg (his is called Hopium Chronicles). You can select the free edition. Over time I decided to pay for them because they both offered me so much. Hubbell includes an audio if you prefer to listen. 4mo
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#DannyBoy not being a jerk for once, in lieu of a pic of this audiobook.

Fascinating and kind of terrifying look at the Dominionist movement in Christian America. I would love an update that covers the intervening 15-ish years.

We drove to Dallas after Christmas and there‘s a stretch of I-20 with billboards spouting this kind of garbage (abolish income tax/teacher unions/social security; bring back Yahwuh). Frightening.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Ever feel like your library #bookhaul is…a little…eclectic? Tagged was an impulse grab from the new release shelf, though I had already stacked it at some point. Hubby requested the Western movie. My dad recommended the Cheney (he‘s decidedly conservative and I am NOT), but I expected a wait so now I have to move it up the list.