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Initial post: May 25, 2014 9:46:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2014 9:55:41 PM PDT
kajola says:
Welcome to Free Books and Chat (FB&C) -Monday, May 26, 2014
Thanks for stopping by!

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Posted on May 25, 2014 9:47:29 PM PDT
kajola says:
╰♥.☆.♥╮ FB&C Book Discussion ╰♥.☆.♥╮

The next book discussion is scheduled for Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 6:00pm PT.

The book selected is Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey

Unfortunately, it is NOT FREE right now but it is lending enabled and Prime eligible.

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DonnaBeeGood - Thursday, May 29 Start Time midnight MST
Robb - Friday, May 30 start time 10pm PST
Tippetarius - Saturday, May 31 - Part 1 of 2 day start, start time after 10pm EDT
Tippetarius - Sunday, June 1 - Part 2
Susan - Saturday and Sunday, June 7 & 8, start time 10pm EDT

Open Dates:
Monday, June 2
Tuesday, June 3
Wednesday, June 4
Thursday, June 5
Friday, June 6


Just choose an available day, copy/paste schedule into a post and add your info.

Posted on May 25, 2014 9:48:57 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2014 9:51:00 PM PDT
kajola says:
╰♥ . ★ . ♥╮ Happy Memorial Day ╰♥ . ☆ . ♥╮

Memorial Day is a patriotic holiday in the United States of America, usually celebrated on the last Monday in May.

It is a celebration of remembrance for the brave service of men and women who gave their lives for their country. Originally, Memorial Day honored those who had died in the Civil War. Now, it honors all those who died in the service of their country.

Memorial Day was declared a federal holiday in 1971. We now, designate this day to remember loved ones who have passed on, as well as remembering our service men and women. Flowers and flags are placed on graves in remembrance of them. Parades and dedications of memorials usually are part of the day's activities. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, local marching bands, members of the armed service, fire departments, police departments, and fraternal orders often march in parades and attend ceremonies to commemorate the day.

Waterloo, N.Y. is considered the birthplace of this holiday because the people of Waterloo were the first people to proclaim a day on May 5, 1866 to honor the soldiers who died in the Civil War. They closed their businesses and placed flowers and flags on the graves of their soldiers. Flags were flown at half-mast.

Major General John A. Logan declared May 30, 1868 as a special day for honoring Union soldiers killed in battle. He was Commander in Chief of an organization of Union Civil War Veterans called the Grand Army of the Republic. They took charge of Memorial Day celebrations in the Northern States. The American Legion took over these duties after World War I.

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Posted on May 25, 2014 9:51:56 PM PDT
kajola says:
Freedom Is Not Free
- Kelly Strong


I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.

Posted on May 25, 2014 10:34:44 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 25, 2014 10:35:09 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
@ KaJoLa
Thank you for taking on a double start and starting the new week for us all, loved the poem.
Happy Memorial day to all of you and honour to all who have given their lives in service to their nations.

For me it is work as usual again today, but looking out of my kitchen window shows me a wonderful vista of pure blue sky and the sun is shining brightly so hopefully all bodes well .... oh except that my co-worker texted me last night to say that she is really not well and will be staying home off sick, I do hope that she feels a bit better today and my boss is back from his three weeks training abroad so things may be a bit hectic for me, but hey ho as I say the sun is shining :-)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2014 10:39:05 PM PDT
red, I hope that your day goes smoothly...
See ya tonight.. Yours not mine...

Posted on May 25, 2014 10:40:41 PM PDT
KaJoLa, wonderful info about Memorial Day,,
Too often people think about the three day weekend and not the real reason..

Posted on May 25, 2014 10:49:14 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Hi Sandy
Do you get to have the day off ?

Posted on May 25, 2014 11:02:55 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
A recent survey was conducted to discover why men get out of bed in the middle of the night:

Five percent said it was to get a glass of water.

Twelve percent said it was to go to the bathroom.

Eighty-three percent said it was to go home.

Posted on May 25, 2014 11:09:43 PM PDT
redandwhite says:
Puns, For the Educated Mind

1. The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .

3. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. The butcher backed into the meat grinder and got a little behind in his work.

6. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

7. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

8. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

9. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

11. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

12. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 12:33:32 AM PDT
No, I have to work.. but compared to todays shifts it will be a easy day...
about 6 hours..

Posted on May 26, 2014 12:37:35 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2014 12:58:06 AM PDT
I found a couple of pictures on facebook that are about Memorial Day......
This first one brought tears to my eyes...

One of the comments that was posted on the first picture.. This man says it all.....
This weekend we observe Memorial Day. Please notice I said that we observe the day. Don't celebrate. Observe. Please don't tell me Happy Memorial Day as it's not my day. Don't thank our Wounded Warriors for their sacrifice. We Veterans who survived have our own day and it's in November. It's also not about white sales, deeply discounted mattresses, vehicle sales or barbecues. This holiday is meant to remember the men and women who sacrificed EVERYTHING while fighting for our country. Take the time during your extended weekend to remember those who gambled with their lives and lost so that you didn't have to. Remember the thousands of men and women who won't be barbecuing with their families this weekend because they are no longer with us. Those are the ones this weekend is for. Pay honor to my brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate price for this country. Proudly hang your flag on your home. Replace a tattered flag of a local business that has been bothering you. Honor those brothers and sisters in some way....

Posted on May 26, 2014 1:17:33 AM PDT
In observance of Memorial Day, let me praise my father. He wasn't supposed to be drafted, because he had two older brothers already in the armed forces, because he was the sole support of his widowed mother, and because he had flat feet and was blind as a bat without his glasses. Yet he was summoned to WWII and served in the jungles of Borneo, New Guinea and the Philippines, and returned to his family with a 10% disability incurred from his service. Judging from the photos he sent home, he made the best of a bad situation. He's been gone to his Maker for years, but I can still see him grinning at the camera with his pet monkey cuddled in his arms, feeding tidbits to his bright red tropical bird (no idea what species), and posing goofily in front of tents and airplanes with his buddies. Here's to you, Daddy!

Posted on May 26, 2014 3:25:01 AM PDT
kajola says:
No work for me today, but that just means more work piled up when I get there tomorrow.

My son is getting ready to leave now. Every year on Memorial Day he goes to several local cemeteries to play Taps. The Mayor gives a little speech, then the men from the VFW give a 21 gun salute, then my son plays Taps. When he is finished at the last cemetery he will be marching in the parade with his Drum & Bugle Corps. After the parade there will be a ceremony in the center of town where they will play patriotic music in between the speeches. He then has another cemetery to go to in the afternoon. I am so proud of him for doing this.


- Major General Daniel Butterfield

Day is done...
Gone the sun
From the lake...
From the hills...
From the sky.
All is well...
Safely rest
God is nigh.

Fading light....
Dims the sight
And a star....
Gems the sky....
Gleaming bright
From afar....
Drawing nigh
Falls the night.

Posted on May 26, 2014 3:32:36 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Great start KaJoLa. Thank you.

How wonderful that your son does this .... it makes the day very special for so many people. Do you go to any of the ceremonies?

A day off work always seems like a bonus but as you say, the work doesn't stop so it just means playing catch up the following day. I do confess to loving those days off in spite of that though!

I always thought of Memorial Day, or Remembrance Day being in November. It is good that we still remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for others. It's easy to forget when it hasn't affected you personally.

We have another piping hot Winters day here in SA. I wonder whether we are going to have any real Winter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 3:43:05 AM PDT
kajola says:
When he was younger I had to drive him to all of the locations. Now he can drive himself so I will go to the parade and the ceremony that follows.

Posted on May 26, 2014 3:47:32 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
I love military parades, which we seldom have here, and why I enjoyed it in England so much. There is so much pomp and ceremony there.

It's wonderful when the kids become independent isn't it? Have a wonderful day.

Posted on May 26, 2014 3:51:46 AM PDT
Leo Little says:
Hi y'all I'm going to be away from home the next couple of days so I won't get the story out until I get back...Have a wonderful holiday honoring the men and women who put their live on the line to protect everything that we love...

Posted on May 26, 2014 4:38:07 AM PDT
KaJoLa, thanks for the fantastic start.

Red, it's nice having you back here - I really enjoyed the puns.

I noticed Elle stopped in yesterday, she recently was in my thoughts so it was nice to hear from her. Elle, I am sending hugs and lots of positive thoughts your way.

Posted on May 26, 2014 4:43:07 AM PDT
kajola says:
Question of the day

If you were guaranteed honest responses to any three questions, whom would you question, and what would you ask them?

Posted on May 26, 2014 5:27:56 AM PDT
@KaJoLa, thanks for the start and for the words to taps; I only knew the first verse.

My Dad was a vet of 3 wars; WWII, Korea and Vietnam. He was career army. He would never talk about the war. He insisted we remember that Memorial Day was for those who died in the war, not those who served. He was very humble, but did want to be buried in Arlington with full honors, and that was what we did. There are so many WWII veterans dying of old age that you are not guaranteed to get a live bugler, but we were fortunate. And a 3 gun salute.

Sandy, thanks for the link to those photos. The first one, especially, says it all.

Leo, have fun on your trip.

Everyone have a good day!

Posted on May 26, 2014 7:26:09 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Thank you for the start KaJoLa. Happy Memorial Day to you all.

From my watchlist:
Composing Amelia: A Novel - Alison Strobel - Inspirational Fiction

Other picks before work:
Piecrust Promise - Nanette Kinslow - Historical Fiction
The Sword of the Serpent - Kenneth Singleton - Contemporary Fiction (Fantasy?)
Reservations - Teresa LaBella - Contemporary Romance
Sanctuary - Christine Gardner - Action/Adventure
A Future Offence - Dave Espley - Literary Fiction
Harper Lee & Peppermint Candy - Paula Hennessy - Contemporary Fiction
Murder Most Witchy (Wendy Lightower Mystery) - Emily Rylands - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Bitter Homecoming: Carter's Story: The Escape (Bitter Harvest) - Cherie LaMan - Contemporary Romance
Angel Doll - Glenn L Goettel - Inspirational Romance
A Chance to Lie - Shade Akande - Contemporary Fiction
Pure Illusion (Web of Deception #1) - Michelle Watson - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

Posted on May 26, 2014 7:27:26 AM PDT

A Chance to Lie
Pure Illusion (Web of Deception #1)

Posted on May 26, 2014 7:58:59 AM PDT
Susan says:
You're a Book Nerd If...

In this age of YouTube and endless TV, it takes passion to fulfill yourself with the written word. Yet the book nerd thrives, surviving on the scent of old books and the meaty thoughts of great writers. How do you tell the difference between the casual reader and those with binding glue in their veins?

You know you're a book nerd if...

1) The thought of ripping apart a book for a craft project horrifies you.

2) You've been caught sniffing books in the back aisle of a used bookstore.

3) Even though you're grown, the words "school book fair" excites you to this day.

4) You hate going to movies based on books, because they never live up to the movies in your head.

5) You look at garage sales and thrift stores as a way to rescue books, not just buy them.

6) There's a real concern your TBR (To Be Read) pile could fall over and crush you in your sleep.

7) You know more classic author quotes than pop culture catchphrases.

8) You've dated a librarian just for the bulk discount on bookmarks.

9) You think about characters long after you've finished the book, and wonder how they are.

10) You've added GPS tags to your bookplates so you know where your loaned books are at all times.

11) You bring a book to every event, even a date, because you never know when you'll have the chance to read.

12) You tweet your favorite (living) authors and do a happy dance in the living room when they tweet you back.

13) If they follow you back on Twitter, you lose your mind.

14) You own multiple copies of your favorite books, because you can't resist a snazzy new cover.

15) You love all books, whether they're electronic, paper, scrolls or etched on stone tablets.

16) You have no idea what's on television tonight.

Follow Beth Bartlett on Twitter:

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2014 8:21:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 26, 2014 9:30:10 AM PDT
robb says:
I do most of those. No twitter or GPS tags though.

1) The thought of ripping apart a book for a craft project horrifies you.

Yep. I can give books away but I have a hard time throwing them away or defacing them.
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