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About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.

2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Realm of the Real

It’s hard to know what to call non-fiction anymore, given that everything seems to be written with a slant in some direction. Maybe that’s why it’s just easier for me to reach for a novel. But ultimately, the “real” world … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: More Purely Fiction

Many’s the time I’ve been admonished that reading fiction is an indulgence, a waste of time. I see the point. But there’s the rub, I might say (and keep in mind whom I quote). You miss some things along the … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Purely Fiction

A lot of what passes for reality today seems made-up, so why not just bury ourselves in some good novels and hope for better days. Ten to consider: The Bell Jar: A Novel by Syliva Plath Published 1963 (England) Kindle, … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: A few more voices

I suppose it is my own prosaic life that draws me to read biographies and memoirs. If I were doing anything more interesting than cleaning the chicken coop I wouldn’t have so much time on my hands to read. Here … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Other Voices

As a child, I lived in an inauspicious neighborhood in a small, inauspicious Midwestern town. Everything about my life was inauspicious, really. Which made my school library, such as it was, seem like a palace. I still remember the day … Continue reading

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Some fizz and some fizzles.

One of the great things about being in a book club is that one ends up being exposed — well, sometimes dragged kicking and screaming — to a different genre, a new point of view, a stretch of one’s reading … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Lighten Up!

“Wow that year sure flew by” …said absolutely no one about 2020. Yet, somehow there were still more books than time. For the first time ever, I managed to fail my reading goal which makes absolutely no sense given that … Continue reading

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Canceling Culture.

Whew! We’ve finally boot-kicked 2020 to where it belongs – the rear view mirror. Everyone’s circumstances were different, and thus, one’s means of coping varied – (bourbon, anyone?) My personal long distance memory of it might eventually be summed up … Continue reading

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Family Album: Joy to the World!

This year they came from near and not so far – you may have noticed the ground tilting a bit now that all our kids are residing on the West Coast. Certainly made it easier to be together for Christmas, … Continue reading

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We wish you a Merry Christmas

It was just about this time last year when I woke up one morning with a heavy head and a stuffy nose. Oh no! I had the dreaded Christmas cold. My holiday was ruined! Every person I encountered was warded … Continue reading

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