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January 26, 2009

From January’s Open Mike

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmlblog @ 5:19 pm

We had another successful open mike this past Sunday — 25 people attended and that’s with a number of our regulars absent! (Hope you all feel better.)

We had a young man who read his poetry for the first time. Good job, Aiden!

Members of The Speed of Thought Playhouse Cafe at 39 North Washington Street read some of their poetry. Quite intriguing. They have an open mike on Thursday evenings.

Richard Menoche, one of our regulars, wrote a poem in honor of our Open Mike:

The road to fame…is an open mike…

The hostess stands and calls your name,
this is your “chance”: on the road to fame…
the mike is on, it’s time to speak…
your words must flow with a balanced beat…
if you speak low, they will not hear…
annunciate, to please their ear…
play on your words like pantomine,
add metaphors of illusion and rhyme…
with confidence: you become a pro…
aware of how the show will go…
at your highest point, that clock may chime
and wash away your finest line…
even when you do it well
your fame may fade…into the dark…
if you don’t want to be forgot:
take off your clothes; and howl: and bark:
so thanks to us all, and circumstance,
this mike is live for rhyme and chant,
so I think it’s time that two should all thank…
our most gracious hosts…Maggie and Frank…

The next open mike is April 26.

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January 12, 2009

New links added to Jobs and Medical

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmlblog @ 7:02 pm

Both the Boston Globe and the Providence Journal had articles with good links to websites this weekend. I have added them to our website. I hope not too many people will need them, but the times are what the times are.

Boston Globe job search links

Providence Journal/Denver Post Weight Watch sites

January 3, 2009

Best Books of 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — rmlblog @ 4:48 pm

Best Books of the Year time again. Here is a compilation from several sources of what fiction books were the best this year.  You can read about the book and place a hold by clicking on the link. The code list of sources is at the end.

Join us on Jan 31 for our Book Pot Luck and recommend books you have particularly enjoyed this year (not necessarily new books.) Call or email me by Jan 22 so I can order the books to share with other participants. — Maggie

Atkinson, Kate When Will There Be Good News?

BG, CL, CSM, KCS, NYT, PW, STLT, Time, WP

Auster, Paul Man in the Dark
CST, STLT, WP

Bayard, Louis The Black Tower
AM, BL, CSM, WP

Bolaño, Roberto 2666
AM, CT, H, LAT, NPR, NYT, PW, Sal, Sea, SF, Time, VV

Canin, Ethan America, America
CSM, CT, WP

Carey, Peter His Illegal Self
NYTP, STLT, WP

Coetzee, J.M. Diary of a Bad Year
NYT, SF, WP

Enger, Leif So Brave, Young and Handsome
AM, CSM, STLT, WP

Erdrich, Louise A Plague of Doves
BL, CSM, CT, KCS, PW, STLT, WP

French, Tana The Likeness
AM, BR, CL, CSM, KC, LAT, PW, Sal

Ghosh, Amitav Sea of Poppies
AM, BG, CT, CSM, PW, SF, WP

Hemon, Aleksandar The Lazarus Project
AM, H, NYT, PW

Jian, Ma. Beijing Coma
NYT, SF, WP

Kunzru, Hari My Revolutions
LAT, NYT, PW

Kushner, Rachel Telex from Cuba
CL, CSM, NYT, SF, WP

Lamb, Wally The Hour I First Believed
CST, H, STLT

Larsson, Steig The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
AM, KCS, LAT, LJ, NPR, PPG

Lazar, Zachary Sway
LAT, PW, STLT

Le, Nam. The Boat.
LAT, LJ, NYT, PW

Le Carrè, John A Most Wanted Man
CL, CSM, NYT, SF, STLT

Lehane, Dennis A Given Day
BL, CL, CSM, CST, CT, H, KC, LJ, PPG

Morrison, Toni A Mercy
BL, CL, CSM, CT, LJ, H, KCS, LAT, NYT, PJ, PPG, Sea, SF, STLT, VV

O’Nan, Stewart Songs for the Missing
CST, LAT, SF, WP

O’Neill, Joseph Netherland
AM, CL, CSM, CST, CT, KC, KCS, NPR, PW, Sea

Price, Richard Lush Life
AM, BL, CST, H, KC, NYT, PW, Sea, SF, STLT, Time, WP

Rash, Ron Serena
AM, CT, SF, WP

Robinson, Marilynne Home
AM, CL, CSM, KC, KCS, LAT, LJ, NYT, PPG, Sea, SF, TT, WP

Roth, Philip Indignation
BL, LJ, NYT, PJ, SF, STLT, TT

Shaffer, Mary Ann & Annie Barrows
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
CL, CSM, CST, FL, KC, LJ, SF, Time, WP

Sittenfeld, Curtis. American Wife
BL, CT, NYT, STLT, Time

Stephenson, Neal Anathem
AM, KC, LAT, Time

Strout, Elizabeth Olive Kitteridge
CL, CT. KC, LJ, SF

Tinti, Hannah The Good Thief
KR, NYT, SF, WP

Updike, John The Widows of Eastwick
BL, KCS, NYT, STLT, Time

Winton, Tim. Breath
NYT, PW, WP

Wroblewski, David The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
AM, CL, CSM, CST, CT, FL, H, KC, PPG, PW

Jhumpa Lahiri’s book of short stories, Unaccustomed Earth, was on almost all of the lists.

Code:

AM Amazon
BG Boston Globe
BL Booklist
BR Bookreporter.com
CL Cleveland Plain Dealer
CSM Christian Science Monitor
CST Chicago Sun Times
CT Chicago Tribune
FL Fiction List
H Hudson Book Sellers
KC King’s County, WA
KCS Kansas City Star
KR Kirkus Review
LAT LA Times
LJ Library Journal
NPR National Public Radio
NYT NY Times
PPG Pittsburg Post Gazette
PW Publishers Weekly
Sal Salon
Sea Seattle Times
SF San Francisco Chronicle
STLT St Louis Today
Time Time.com
TT The Times (British)

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