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neb
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# Posted: 28 Dec 2012 21:10
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Mister Breeze
Thanks. Sounds like my type and will get that book.

TomChum
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2012 01:22
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Quoting: Mister Breeze
Captured by the Indians.


Just ordered that book, thanks! Iroqrafts look interesting too.

cabingal3
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2012 08:13
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right now i am reading a book about some murders in florida.the mensa murders where a neighbor poisioned the next door neighbors for no real reason.my sister sent me all her cast off books and i am having a reading fest.

Mister Breeze
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# Posted: 29 Dec 2012 09:39
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One of my favorites is Private Elisha Stockwell sees the civil war. I'm a little bias on this one because he was a local boy and he talks about my home town and families that live here yet today. Another interesting firsthand account.

http://www.amazon.com/Private-Elisha-Stockwell-Sees-Civil/dp/0806119217/ref=sr_1_1?ie =UTF8&qid=1356791181&sr=8-1&keywords=Private+Elisha+Stockwell

Mister Breeze

Ann
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2013 15:30
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I just read "Ride the WInd" and part of "Empire of a Summer Moon" because of the recommendations made here. Besides the history and facts about Comanche life, I found it interesting that even among the Indians back then, a great tension existed between the values of freedom/mobility/closeness to nature and the desire for stuff (brightly colored cloth, metal utensils, coffee, whiskey, guns etc).

In the end the Indians had no real choice but to give up freedom, but they ended up the poorer, despite gaining material goods and physical comfort. Today some of us are trying for the reverse -- more freedom, less stuff, but it is difficult to achieve.

neb
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# Posted: 4 Jan 2013 23:44 - Edited by: neb
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Quoting: Ann
Today some of us are trying for the reverse -- more freedom, less stuff, but it is difficult to achieve.

So true!!! I hoped you liked the book and you summed up the book to a tee.

swapsun
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# Posted: 6 Jan 2013 13:14
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Giants in the Earth by O. E. Rlvaag. That is all...

cabingal3
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# Posted: 4 Feb 2013 22:18
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Quoting: TomChum
So listen up dads of young girls - if you want to connect to your child there is not much better ways than the Laura Ingalls series!

such wise true words!!

hattie
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# Posted: 4 Feb 2013 23:52
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cabingal3, you got me hooked on Laura Ingalls books. I bought the entire set of "Little House on the Prairie" and am currently reading "West From Home". I just love them so much. I wish there were more.

Last fall Bob and I got an old beer fridge from the local dump. We stripped it down, cleaned it, put shelves in it and turned it into a "Little Free Library" (we don't have any libraries near us that we can access). It is on the edge of our property and we stocked it full of books. People can come and take a book (and leave one if they want). We also have magazines in it. It is quite popular with locals and tourists. The books inside it are always changing, so you never know what you will find.

I can't bring myself to put any of my Laura Ingalls books in it though. I want to keep them because I read them over and over again.
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cabingal3
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# Posted: 5 Feb 2013 18:06
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Quoting: hattie
I can't bring myself to put any of my Laura Ingalls books in it though. I want to keep them because I read them over and over again.

dear hattie.they are so wonderful dont give them up.i read mine over and over.
that is so sweet of u two to make a little cute library for all.gosh.i bet that is much appreciated.how wonderful.

MtnDon
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2017 20:36 - Edited by: MtnDon
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Yep, an old idle topic.

Latest book I have read... "The Less You Know, The Better You Sleep: Russia's Road to Terror and Dictatorship under Yeltsin and Putin" Interesting history of how Putin came to be where he is now.

Rickkrus
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2017 22:59
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Bernard DeVoto's Across the Wide Missouri and A.B. Guthrie's The Way West are masterpieces.

darz5150
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2017 23:01
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My wife reads quite a lot. I used to read whenever possible as a kid growing up. It was my passport to anywhere. I grew up very rural. We never could afford to go on vacations to Yellowstone, Niagra Falls, or the great wall of China, but after we got a set of encyclopedias...I was there. The same goes for Laura Ingalls, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and also Jesus. I' ve never met any of them, but because of books, I know them all.
Our oldest daughter passed away last year, and last weekend her two daughters spent the night with us after we had a birthday party for the younger one (10 years old). She asked, " Why do you and grandpa have so many books?" Can't you just go on the internet?
Instead of trying to explain, my wife grabbed a copy of Horton Hears a Who. My wife handed her the book, and said " Here you go, you tell me."
While she read it to my wife and her teenage sister, I made popcorn.
When they left the next day she said that that was the best part of the weekend.
There used to be a commercial. Reading is Fundamental. RIF. Books are a dieing part of the new social society. Now the children push record or save things on facebook, instead of a simple bookmark placed where they stopped reading a good book. Sad but true.

darz5150
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2017 23:20
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@ hattie
I think its great what you have done with the free library!!
I recently got a collection of National Geographic magazines from the 1950s to the 1980s from an elderly woman that my wife and I help out from time to time. I wish I had the funding to ship them and a larger refrigerator to you!
Keep up the good work!

Malamute
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# Posted: 29 Jan 2017 23:44 - Edited by: Malamute
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Ive been listening to a number of books on CD from the library. Lately its been historical fiction by Bernard Cornwell. I started with Agincourt, then 1356. Lately its been a series based in England in the 800s I believe. Sword Song, and others with the character Uhtred have been pretty good. Some others were about the battle of Crecy, and events of the Hundred Years War.

MtnDon
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# Posted: 30 Jan 2017 00:01
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Quoting: Malamute
library


I'm a big user of the library. Two actually, the one here where we have our home and another up closer to the mtn property. For the past couple years I have mainly been a ebook reader. More and more titles are being made available in ebook form at both libraries.

Malamute
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# Posted: 30 Jan 2017 23:33 - Edited by: Malamute
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Amazon had a sale on Kindle Fire tablets, the smaller one was $33. I think I can download a lot of things from the library online, both on my computer, and I think on the reader. I haven't figured it all out yet. I haven't gotten my reader working yet, it needs a wifi signal to connect to its world, all I have at home is a hardwired modem.

This snagged me. She has a point.

http://booksbikesboomsticks.blogspot.com/2016/11/black-friday-ii.html

hattie
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# Posted: 31 Jan 2017 17:58 - Edited by: hattie
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Quoting: darz5150
@ hattie
I think its great what you have done with the free library!!
I recently got a collection of National Geographic magazines from the 1950s to the 1980s from an elderly woman that my wife and I help out from time to time. I wish I had the funding to ship them and a larger refrigerator to you!
Keep up the good work!


Thanks darz5150. Our little library gets used a lot. More then I ever expected it would. We get lots of donated books and magazines as well. I store them in the crawlspace and every once in awhile I will switch up what is out there. The most popular magazine by far is "Mother Earth News". It usually gets snatched up very quickly.

Does anyone have any suggestions for another good magazine similar to Mother Earth? I'm never giving up that subscription, but I'd like something else as well.

darz5150
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# Posted: 31 Jan 2017 18:33
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@ hattie.
Maybe you could look on freecycle.org
You can put in an ad that you are looking for books and magazines in your area. 🔰📓📚

Malamute
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 01:00
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Hattie, Backwoods Home magazine may be interesting to you.

bldginsp
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 01:23
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"My Life as an Indian" by James Willard Shultz. True autobiography about a New Englander fed up with 'civil' life who went out and lived with the Blackfeet in the late 1800s. This is not fictional cowboys and Indians, it gives a real picture of what the Blackfeet were like and how things changed as the herds of buffalo disappeared. And Shultz's adoration for his Blackfoot wife is very memorable. Very much worth reading if you are interested in the real story of the Native Americans.

Malamute
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 09:05
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^^^ Tough Trip Through Paradise by Andrew Garcia was quite good. He became a trader to the Blackfeet and other Indians, married a Nez Perce woman, and indeed had a tough trip through paradise.

Another tough time, 3 Years Among The Comanches by Nelson Lee was very good, though it may be a bit much for some in his descriptions of treatment of captives and how harsh life on a frontier can be. Lee was also a Texas Ranger. His time among the Comanches was in the 1840s or 50s I believe, earlier than most western stories. His book was first published in 1859.

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 11:55
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I look forward to the day when I can get back to reading for pleasure. I get to do a lot of technical reading for work and it just leads me so burned out. Nothing is worse than the reading I get to do for the government as most of the regulatory stuff falls on me.

Last week I found the most painful read I have ever done, filing for a State grant. More make work paperwork of useless information than I've ever seen. Instructions alone were over a hundred pages written but people whom must have failed English.

But it's an hour trip to my cabin each way. I have been enjoying audio books. Library has them for download. It's sometimes a challenge to find one on a topic both my wife and I agree on but we found that any dog story works. Although a couple that had dog fighting in them left me quite distressed. I no longer leave my dogs on our backyard lead in the city without a watchful eye on them at all times. These sub-humans steal dogs for bait.

I do keep a Kindle at the cabin with an extensive library in it but it seems the woods calls me during the day, the kitchen calls me in the late afternoon and the workshop calls me in at night.

When I do the Kindle I find I can read faster than books. I amazed at the distraction level of turning a page as opposed to tapping a button. My eye stays more focused on a page with a Kindle.

hattie
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 12:19
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Quoting: Malamute
Hattie, Backwoods Home magazine may be interesting to you.


Thanks Malamute...I'll check that one out

bldginsp
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 15:25
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Quoting: hueyjazz
Instructions alone were over a hundred pages written but people whom must have failed English.

WHO must have failed English....

hueyjazz
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 18:23
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Well Bldinsp
Guess you got one up on me.
I forgot the he and him rule

Count me gone forever

bldginsp
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# Posted: 1 Feb 2017 20:26
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Me Engerish ain't not so good all the tyme nohows anyways.

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