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  1. DATo

    Lonely People

    Lonely People by DATo The red, double-decker bus threaded its way slowly down damp streets through the cold, early morning, English mist and fog. A young man stood at the door as the bus coasted to a stop. “Where ye off to with them flowers this time o’mornin mate?” asked the driver, as the...
  2. DATo

    Returning To The Playground (A poem)

    Returning To The Playground by DATo I see now dimly through my tears Through eyes which have known many years The playground of a distant day Where once I frolicked in my play With Tom and Frankie, Megan, Sue Squeaking swing chains - skies of blue. Oh, did we ever say goodbye, One to...
  3. DATo

    Moment Of Truth (short story)

    Moment Of Truth by DATo The test was positive. Mandy was pregnant. How would Don react? They had discussed starting a family before, but Don had felt that they should wait till they were more financially stable. They had met two years ago. He had wandered into the deli and asked for a pound...
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    Midwinter Sacrifice (aka Midwinter Blood) by Mons Kallentoft

    I was surprised upon searching this forum to find that no one has mentioned Midwinter Blood, by Mons Kallentoft or the subsequent stories by this talented Swedish author. Though I normally do not read detective stories a friend touted this book so highly that I put it on my reading list two...
  5. DATo

    Genesis Revisited

    This is not my work but I found it to be hilarious and wanted to share it with you. I cannot find the names of the original authors - there were two of them. It was originally called 'Toasters From God'. In the beginning God created Dates. And the date was Monday, July 4, 4004 B.C. And God...
  6. DATo

    A Quiz With A Twist - What Book Is This ?

    See if you can guess the book I am describing. Please take the time to read all ten points before going to the bottom of the post for the answer. 1) A young boy (the main character, whose name is in the title of the book) is endowed with special gifts and has a very special and important...
  7. DATo

    The Secret Recipe

    The Secret Recipe by DATo Bertie Haskins stomped across the kitchen floor to bring her husband a second cup of morning coffee. "I knows that partic’lar sound a’them boots of yourn Ma. What’s got ya so riled up?" "I tell ya Pa, that Eleanor Pruit is in cahoots with them judges. I just knows...
  8. DATo

    Eleanor Catton: The Luminaries

    I am about 30 pages into the 2013 Man-Booker Prize winner, The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton. This book came to my attention about a year ago recommended by a trusted fellow book lover at another website. Shortly after the award was announced the library system where I live had about 30 copies...
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    John Irving: A Prayer For Owen Meany

    Reading A Prayer For Owen Meany, by John Irving for the first time and loving it. I had not seen the movie, Simon Birch which is based upon this novel, nor have I engaged in any discussions regarding this book so the entire story is new to me. I am about half-way through it as I submit this...
  10. DATo


    Werewolf by DATo Late upon a rainy, winter evening in 1874, in keeping with their weekly custom, a group of eleven distinguished friends were gathered at the Junior Carlton Club for gentlemen at 30 Pall Mall, London. Numbered among them was a former lieutenant of calvary, now a retired...
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    Jerome K. Jerome: Three Men In A Boat

    Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K. Jerome was listed #33 of the 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time by The Guardian in 2003 but was not very well received by the critics upon its initial publication in 1889. This book is a comedic tour de force which tells of a boating holiday involving three male...
  12. DATo

    Rachel Joyce: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    Harold Fry is a recently retired man living in Kingsbridge, on the southern tip of England with a wife who apparently no longer loves him. Fry receives a telegram from Queenie Hennesey, an ex-coworker, stating that she is in a hospice dying of cancer at Berwick-Upon-Tweed in the far off regions...
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    William Knoedelseder: Bitter Brew

    Bitter Brew The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer is the history of the family dynasty which owned and controlled the Anheusser-Bush brewery corporation. This book is an in-depth chronicle of the family and events which shaped one of the wealthiest and most influential...
  14. DATo

    Post your favorite inspirational music

    Turn up the volume .... set to "full screen" ..... and watch your troubles drift away.
  15. DATo

    A little (true) story you might find interesting

    CROSSROADS by DATo I had worked for a university for many years, and as some of you may know, campuses tend to be hectic places during a school day. But in the very early morning the campus paths are devoid of the teeming masses which later appear and despoil the mystic serenity of early...
  16. DATo

    Helene Hanff: 84 Charing Cross Road

    I felt I just had to share this though I'm sure that at least some of you have already read the book or seen the movie. I'm off work this week and had some stuff to drop off at the library yesterday. While I was there I checked the DVD section and to my surprise found the movie 84 Charing Cross...
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    Western Movies

    As long as we are discussing western books and movies, have either of you seen the movie, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean? It is a serious/comic western about the real life figure Roy Bean who was known as "The Law West of the Pecos". It is an outstanding movie with an excellent combination...
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    The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich

    The Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich by William Shirer I had heard of this nonfiction, Pulitzer Prize winning book for ages but dismissed it because I thought it would be very pedantically written. Instead, I found it to be one of the most readable historical accounts I have ever undertaken. It...
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    Jerzy Kosinski: Being There

    Most people who are familiar with Being There know it as the 1979 movie by the same title which starred Peter Sellers as Chauncey Gardiner. Few may be aware that the movie was based upon a very short novella by Jerzy Kosinski. Peter Sellers fell in love with this book and lobbied long and hard...
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    Winifred Watson: Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day

    Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day by Winifred Watson tells the story of Gunievere Pettigrew, a 40ish spinster who is down on her luck. Her background includes parents who were very straight-laced and proper and she had been raised as a girl to believe that virtually everything that puts a smile on...