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Initial post: Jun 6, 2014, 6:35:57 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 6:36:40 PM PDT
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redandwhite - Monday, June 9 - start time around midnight PDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday, June 10... about that time...
small.black.cat - Wednesday, June 11, start time around 10 p.m. EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 13... also about the time...
Tippetarius Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15...start Friday after 10pm EDT
Snowlady Sandy- Tuesday, June 17... also about the time.
Snowlady Sandy- Friday, June 20... also about the time...

★.☆.★ Open Dates ★.☆.★

Thursday, June 12
Monday, June 16
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Thursday, June 19
Saturday June 21
Sunday June 22

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

New Thread Starters are always welcome.

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

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Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 6:37:02 PM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
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"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."

― Henry David Thoreau

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 6:37:31 PM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
National Trails Day® - June 7, 2014

American Hiking Society's National Trails Day® (NTD) is a celebration of America's magnificent Trail System, occurring annually on the first Saturday in June. NTD features a series of outdoor activities, designed to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States. Individuals, clubs and organizations from around the country host National Trails Day® events to share their love of trails with friends, family, and their communities. NTD introduces thousands of Americans to a wide array of trail activities: hiking, biking, paddling, horseback riding, trail running, and bird watching and more. For public and private land managers alike, National Trails Day® is a great time to showcase beautiful landscapes and special or threatened locales as thousands of people will be outside looking to participate in NTD events.

National Trails Day® evolved during the late `80s and `90s from a popular ethos among trail advocates, outdoor industry leaders and political bodies who wanted to unlock the vast potential in America's National Trails System, transforming it from a collection of local paths into a true network of interconnected trails and vested trail organizations. This collective mindset hatched the idea of a singular day where the greater trail community could band together behind the NTD moniker to show their pride and dedication to the National Trails System

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 6:38:49 PM PDT
Susan🌎 says:
The 10 Best Hiking Spots in the United States

Why do people hike? Is it simply a holdover from our wanderings when we were hunting and gathering? After all, humans and pre-humans didn't exactly have mass transit. Walking was a necessity. If a tribe wanted to relocate to greener pastures, there was only one way to do it.

Even if part of our desire to walk the Earth is hardwired, there's also the obvious - the beauty of Mother Nature. Vistas and waterfalls, giant redwoods and granite mountain faces aren't typically visible from the interior of your car. And even when they are, it's not the same as feeling the earth beneath your feet and standing on the edge of the cliff. There's also simplicity in putting everything you need to live on your back and walking into the woods to commune with your surroundings.

With no distractions or modern conveniences, you can learn a lot about yourself on a hike.

Henry David Thoreau went into the woods to live deliberately and you can, too.

Here are 10 of the best hiking spots the United States has to offer.

10. Pacific Coast Trail
If you're interested in seeing a large span of the western United States by way of a massive thru-hike, then the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is for you. Over the course of its 2,650 miles (4,264 kilometers) you'll hike through three states, seven national parks, 24 national forests and past more than 1,000 lakes. You'll also descend into 19 major canyons and make your way over 60 major mountain passes on this route from Mexico to Canada [source: Pcta.org]. You'll even pass through some of the other places on this list that we'll talk about in more detail later.
The PCT, first explored by hiking groups from the YMCA in the 1930s, was eventually secured as a single and complete border-to-border trail. The trail is so varied that it passes through six of the seven ecozones in North America, touching everything from the low desert to the arctic-alpine country. There are brave souls who thru-hike the PCT, but with accessibility from San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, it's a popular choice for urban weekend adventurers as well.

9. Appalachian Trail
What the Pacific Crest Trail is to the West, the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) is to the East. And like the PCT, the Appalachian Trail isn't so much a "spot" but a series of spots. In this case, the trail stretches from Georgia to Maine, and passes through 12 other states along its 2,178 miles (3,505 kilometers), making it the longest marked trail in the Unites States. It was completed in 1937 and passes through six national parks and eight national forests [source: Appalachiantrail.org]. More than 6,000 volunteers help to maintain the trail and its 165,000 blazes - painted markers that show the way along the trail.
If you're interested in a thru-hike you'll need to plan ahead. The standard way of doing so is to mail care packages with your food and supplies to stops you'll be passing through along the way. The A.T. Web site is a great resource when it comes to planning your thru-hike, with tips, itineraries and links to organizations that provide thru-hike workshops.

8. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon is the jewel of the national parks program in the United States. More than 5 million people pass through the gates each year to gaze upon the awesome vistas that only the Grand Canyon can provide [source: Northern Arizona University]. If you're interested in hiking into the canyon, you should know a few things first. Most notably, you should realize that what goes down must come up. Day hikers that traipse into the canyon often find themselves worn out before facing the ascent back to the rim. Starting your hike with a brutal downhill descent makes the Grand Canyon hike different than any other and can challenge even experienced hikers who aren't used to it. It's also vital to carry plenty of water with you, especially during the summer months.
There are 15 official trails leading into the canyon. If you plan on spending the night you're going to need to plan well ahead of time in order to secure your backcountry permit. The park only issues 13,000 permits against 30,000 requests each year [source: NPS.gov]. For solitude, try out the North Rim - this gets about 10 percent the number of visitors as the more familiar South Rim.

7. Yosemite National Park
Most any of America's national parks are gorgeous, but California's Yosemite may take the cake as the most spectacular. Occupying 747,956 acres (or 3,027 square kilometers), the park is roughly the same size as the state of Rhode Island and has 800 miles (1,287 kilometers) of hiking trails - enough to satisfy the most ardent enthusiast [source: NPS.gov]. More than 3.5 million people visit the park each year, and there are more than 15,000 backcountry permits issued each year for overnight backpackers.
When it comes to choosing what part of the park to explore by foot, don't get too picky. With dozens of trails that cover those 800 miles, you're sure to have a fulfilling experience wherever you go. In planning your hike, visit the National Parks Service Web site to check out the areas you might like to try. There are dense forests, glacier-formed mountains, lakes, rivers and no shortage of wildlife. The peaks of El Capitan and the grandeur of the giant sequoia trees are not to be missed.

6. Glacier National Park
Montana's Glacier National Park is a true hiker's paradise, with more than 730 miles (1,174 kilometers) of marked trails within its boundaries. It's such a popular hiking destination that more than half of the people who enter the park are there to set off on foot and explore. The park and its trails are known for impressive mountain peaks, isolated alpine lakes and no shortage of wildlife. The park gets its name from the huge glaciers that helped to shape the park's rock formations 10,000 years ago. In 1850, the park had 150 glaciers, but today there are only 26 remaining. Because of climate change, those are predicted to be gone by the year 2020 [source: NPS.gov].
Like most of our national parks, you'll need a backcountry permit to hike overnight in Glacier, but you don't need to plan a year in advance like the more popular Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Another consideration for hiking in Glacier is the snow line. By mid-June you can hike the lower elevations with no fear, but you'll have to wait until late July for the snow to melt in the higher elevations.

5. John Muir Trail
John Muir was a legendary naturalist and founder of the conservation organization The Sierra Club, a conservation organization. At age 26, Muir came to San Francisco and looking for "any place that is wild," eventually ending up in Yosemite. He protested the human impact on what he considered to be the most beautiful land in all of the United States and was instrumental in its inclusion as a national park.
Ten years after his death, the state of California appropriated $10,000 to begin the construction of the John Muir Trail. After 23 years, the result was a 211-mile (339-kilometer) Crest-Parallel trail. This means that instead of the typical crest to valley hike, most of the trail lies in the high elevation. In fact, aside from the beginning of the hike in Yosemite, the trail fails to go below 8,000 feet (2,438 kilometers). As a result, hikers that brave the trail through the Sierra Mountain Range are treated to hundreds of mountain lakes, canyons, granite cliffs and peaks as high as 14,000 feet (4.62 kilometers). The hiking season generally runs from June to September because of the snow in upper elevations.

4. Zion National Park
For a taste of some of the most beautiful cliffs and canyons the desert has to offer, give Zion National Park in Utah a try. Whether you choose to stay up top on the rims or delve into the canyons (or both) you'll be sure to see a diverse ecology on your hike. Like all national parks, plan ahead and secure your backcountry permit for any overnight excursions. Or you can take in an easy day hike to view the waterfalls, high sandstone canyon walls or the valley of the Virgin River.
The well-traveled trails in Zion Canyon are the most popular with hikers, but the "slickrock country" offers some excellent vistas as well. For some gorge hiking, there's no better place in the United States than the sheer walls of the Zion Narrows. This trail puts in you at the base of some of the highest and narrowest canyon walls in the world. Some parts of the trail are so narrow that you need to remove your backpack and pass it through by hand as you creep through sideways - not recommended for claustrophobics.

3. Arches National Park
The beauty and majesty of Arches National Park in Moab, Utah, is something all fans of desert hiking (and biking) need to witness at some point. The red rocks and more than 2,000 precarious sandstone arches are a sight to behold, and there's no better way to see them than to walk amongst them. Many of the trails at Arches aren't difficult, making it easy for the novice day hiker to get out and explore. But just because they aren't full of massive mountaintop ascents doesn't mean you won't get some spectacular views. Not all the trails are easy though. There are a number of moderate to difficult hikes, meaning steep and rocky trails await you.
If you feel up to it, try the Devil's Garden Trail. This is the longest in Arches at 7 miles (11.2 kilometers) and takes you past eight arches. And no trip to Arches would be complete without viewing the world-famous Delicate Arch. You can view it from a lookout point near a parking lot, but it is best viewed up close by taking a short hike to its base.
http://www.utah.com/nationalparks/arches/delicate-arch.htm

2. Mount Whitney
Only three hours from Los Angeles, Calif., Mount Whitney holds the distinction of being the tallest mountain peak in the lower 48. If you want to get that peak experience, you're going to have to make the 22-mile (35.4-kilometer) round-trip hike on its 100-year-old trail to the summit. If you dare try, keep in mind that it's for serious and experienced hikers. Only half of 16,000 people who attempt it each year reach the summit, according to park rangers. Altitude sickness and fatigue are the main reasons people turn back.
Standing tall at 14,497 feet (4,418 meters) above sea level, Mount Whitney will force you to traverse river crossings, navigate 97 switchbacks and slick boulders, and make your way through a snowfield before reaching the summit. And what do you do once you reach the top? Most likely you'll relax and take in the wonder of its unparalleled 360 degree views - for about an hour. Then it's back down again, armed with memories, some pictures and a certain sense of accomplishment.

1. Denali National Park
If you want to experience some of the best rugged and untamed country in the United States, you'll have to leave the mainland and venture into Alaska and Denali National Park. Denali is not like most national parks. Hikers here aren't typically cruising along on well-marked, cut trails. This is Alaska, after all, and as such, most of the hiking in Denali is trail-less.
This means true backcountry hiking and the myriad challenges that come with it. It also means you'll be forging your own path, something not many hikers are able to do in most parks. You'll encounter dangerous and uneven terrain, streams you may not be able to cross and brush so thick you may need to go around, even if it adds miles to your journey. Because of the rough nature of hiking in Denali, and the near certainty that you'll encounter some dangerous wildlife, it's not recommended for the weekend enthusiast or novice hiker. 

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 7:40:21 PM PDT
Hi Susan,
Thanks for the start.

I have taken day trips on various parts of the Appalachian Trail, and really enjoyed it. You mention the John Muir trail. While I have not been there, I have read NOT FREE A Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf NOT FREE and really enjoyed it in part because of having lived in that part of the country.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 9:30:40 PM PDT
Thank you for the start Susan. I have enjoyed reading about the national parks, in particular enjoyed some of the history of Ansel Adams and his photography in Yosemite National Park.
Just got back from date night with my daughters - we went to see the movie of The Fault in Our Stars, which my youngest has read more than 3 times I believe. My oldest says that the movie was quite true to the book, and I only went through 5 Kleenex.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 11:11:41 PM PDT
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Susan, Thanks for getting the weekend started..
You have posted some very pretty country to hike in,,,

Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 11:18:58 PM PDT
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Posted on Jun 6, 2014, 11:26:29 PM PDT
It's raining... It's not really stormy so the rain it good..
I have to go get Chris in a bit so I hope it stays this way..
At least I got my wipers fixed the other day..

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 1:36:48 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
Thank you Susan for doing the weekend start - though of course you must be aware that Hiking is not really for me LOL

The best I can do is:-

One day, three men were out hiking in a remote area of the Highlands and came upon a violent, raging river.
They had to get to the other side, but had no idea how to do so safely.
Being a very devout person, the first man dropped to his knees and prayed, saying, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river." In a blinding flash of light, God gave him big, strong arms and legs and he was able to swim across the river - almost drowning a couple of times on the way.
Seeing this, the second man thought he'd do something similar, saying, "Please God, give me the strength . and the tools to cross this river." In a second blinding flash of light, God gave him big, strong arms and legs. and a rowing boat, so he too was able to cross the river - almost capsizing the boat a couple of times on the way over.
The third man was amazed at how this had worked for his pals and he also prayed saying, "Please God, give me the strength and the tools . and the intelligence to cross this river."
In a third blinding flash of light, God turned him into a woman! She looked at her map, hiked a couple of hundred yards upstream and walked across the bridge!

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 1:56:37 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
What She Saw (Forensic Handwriting Mysteries) by Sheila Lowe

Imagine waking to the shock of finding yourself on a train and realizing that you don't know who you are, where you are coming from, where you are going. And with the certain knowledge that you cannot afford to reveal your plight to anyone, least of all the police.

A story of psychological suspense that follows a young woman through the terrifying labyrinth of amnesia, where no one is who or what they appear to be. Claudia Rose, Detective Joel Jovanic, and Dr. Zebediah Gold from Sheila Lowe's Forensic Handwriting mystery series play a vital role in helping her uncover a devastating past and learn what she saw that robbed her of her memory.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 2:23:22 AM PDT
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redandwhite says:
@ JoJo

I have been looking up info about your MID-ISLAND WALK for ALS tomorrow, and am very impressed that your personal goal of raising: $3,000 has been well surpassed, you have already Raised: $4,270 towards the Total Goal of: $40,000 - and so far the ALS Society of British Columbia have Raised: $17,730 for your walk - well done you, it just goes to show how inspiring you are to all of us.
I do hope that your chair is also well trained and has learnt to keep its battery charged for just such a special event as you both have in front of you, I am really looking forward to hearing more about this special day.

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Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 3:12:29 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
THE MAN WHO KILLED SANTA CLAUS: A LOVE STORY by Charlie Carillo

A beautiful but mysterious emergency room nurse meets a dark-souled obituary writer under the craziest of circumstances, just as the 1986 Christmas season is getting under way in New York's Greenwich Village. Together they take a wild journey through a series of holiday disasters, culminating in the murder of Santa Claus himself - tabloid newspaper style. The nurse is a healer who can save everybody but herself. The obituary writer has just about written himself off, until this remarkable woman comes into his life and lifts the shadow from his soul. It's a love story for all seasons - especially the Yuletide season.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 4:00:48 AM PDT
Thanks, Susan.

One of my fantasies is being healthy enough to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. Instead, I have hiked portions of it and read about those who have hiked all of it. Or attempted to. I am strictly a day hiker, and not an all-day hiker at that. In addition, I can't really plan ahead as I won't know until I wake up (or, often, a few hours before) how much pain I'll have or where it will be. Too much in my hips, knees, ankles and feet means no hiking for me. The appeal, for me, though is partly the walking. I've always been a walker. If my body cooperates, it is an exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, and a view is a bonus -- the better the view, the bigger the bonus.

I'm not sure what's on my agenda today. I really, really owe Mr. Dirt and ought to do a few more chores around the house. He tends to think I'm a slob. My family, who are slobs, think I'm a neat-freak. The truth is, I'm somewhere in the middle. I like things clean, but I also like things organized and will postpone putting something away because the space where it belongs needs to be re-ordered (this has become a bigger challenge, as my husband destroys the order I bring to shared storage spaces, like my kitchen). In addition, I have far too much house for my physical limitations, and I spend a lot of my energy outdoors.

One thing that is likely to be on my agenda: The water in the pool is clear and clean and ready to provide a much-needed break from today's forecast, again in the 90s with comparable humidity. (Currently, 100 percent, but it will decline a bit as the sun strengthens.)

Out to feed horses.

Thanks, redandwhite, for feeding my Kindle. I think it needs to go on a diet, though.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 4:45:55 AM PDT
The bees are still buzzing around the barn, but slowly enough that I did manage to fetch some hay for the horses.

After going back home, I did what I ought to have done two days ago and Googled bees that drill holes in wood. Carpenter bees are very active in late spring/early summer, when the females are drilling holes and laying eggs. The males are most likely to be swarming around, but they rarely sting . . . the females, on the other hand, will sting if they think their nest-hole is threatened. We've been wasting our time and poison spraying. The holes need to be treated with either a powder insecticide, or, according to one site, WD-40, then plugged to prevent the bees from returning. One site claimed they won't drill in treated wood, but another site said they will . . . which makes sense, as all of this is treated wood. Supposedly, they don't drill in painted wood. Guess we'll have to decide if painting the barn is worthwhile or not. I also read that today's experts reduce my risk of anaphylaxis to 70 percent. Still, I don't think I'll risk it. I like breathing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 5:11:58 AM PDT
redandwhite says:
The Glass Girls by Eric Scott Johnston
NOTE: This professionally edited edition contains the corrections for all grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. 5-31-2014
The Glass Girls is a story about unlikely connections across time and culture. After being kidnapped by a neighbor, a young girl pens a story in her captors' basement to survive the repeated sexual assaults. Years later, she passes the story on to her son who takes the story with him to the Vietnam conflict. Richard Huntington; after suffering an injury on the battlefield is returned to duty on the Cambodian front. Richard is ordered to assess the damage of an illegal bombing campaign deep in Cambodia. During a rendezvous with a local translator he encounters five little girls who are destined for the sexual slave trade. The kidnapping of his mother suddenly is in play. A decision is made: He deserts his unit and attempts to find safe harbor for the girls. His first instinct is to return the children to their parents. After locating the parents of one of the girls, he discovers the parents, living in extreme poverty were the ones who sold their little girls to the slave traders. He also learns this is common practice. Unable to reconcile his own values with local culture Richard finds himself in over his head. Pursued by the slave traders and Viet Kong units he retreats with the girls deep in the Cambodian jungle until he can find a way to get the girls to safety.
Forty-two years later Michael is on a train in Germany. He is attempting to solve a small mystery regarding a story his grandfather told him growing up called: The Glass Girls. The Glass Girls was recently published by a German author, Michael is here to meet that author. Upon that meeting Michael is thrust into a larger mystery, a mystery surrounding the disappearance of his father, a father he never knew. Five women claim to have known his father and know where he is buried deep in the Cambodian jungle. An old boyhood dream of finding his missing-in-action father is suddenly in play and Michael is led out of Germany and into the Cambodian jungle by five women who along the way reveal the story of what happened to his father and why he went missing.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 6:58:46 AM PDT
BubbaK says:
Plays-No one has ever been stung by the ones we fight off of our covered deck. If we can't swat them then when they get into a hole they are drilling we put a piece of Reynolds wrap (or gum) if that so intelligent GS is here. Both dogs try to snap at them and as far as we know never any stings.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 7:41:28 AM PDT
robb says:
Morning Susan
Thanks for the start. We have hiked bits and pieces of 5 of the trails. Lyn would really like to hike some of Denali.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 9:31:21 AM PDT
Good morning all :) Great news about your grandson Bubba K, thank you for sharing his accomplishments.

From my watchlist:
Love is Faithful (The Rock Creek Series Book 2) - Holli Rebecca Burnfield - Historical Fiction

Other picks this morning:
Follow The Heart (Hyperion)- Milly Jane Ayre - Action/Adventure
Junkies From Heaven - Michael Strickland - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
The Trouble Way - James Seloover - Contemporary Romance
CLASH BY NIGHT - Clifford Irving - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense
Touching The Eagle - Bob Tyler - Romantic Mystery
Payback - Kim Brogan - Contemporary Romance
Do Me, Do My Roots - Eileen Rendahl - Romantic Comedy
Trial by Fire (Covencraft Book 1) - Margarita Gakis - Horror
In the Stars - C.E. Weisman - Contemporary Romance

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 10:44:27 AM PDT
Was it Karl who alerted us to the promotion that netted a couple of thousand Amazon coins for "buying" five free apps? Whoever it was, I owe you a big thank you. I didn't really want the apps, so I never actually downloaded them to my Fire, but I did "buy" them . . . and I just cashed in some of those coins to buy an upgrade to a collections app -- one that lets me create folders within folders! I still think it would be a huge improvement if I could do this directly on the Fire, so I could still take advantage of my automatic bookmarking, but my solution is to use the app to organize my e-library, then open the book directly from my Fire. I created a folder within my TBR folder for books I want to read soon. I created another folder for books I want to read someday, but not necessarily in the short- to mid-term future, like classics that I've always wanted to read but haven't yet. I can file everything by genre, then create a folder within genres for authors whose works I've collected. I love it, and it didn't cost me anything.

Mr. Dirt has been diverting the bees. We don't particularly want to kill them, as they are good pollinators, we just want to persuade them to go somewhere else. He did not get stung -- it's mostly the males, apparently, that we are seeing, but it's still a risk I can't afford. He was concerned that the females might sting when he plugged the holes they've drilled, but so far, so good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2014, 12:01:24 PM PDT
robb says:
Plays
Would you mind naming the app? I am still looking for a good one.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 12:09:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 7, 2014, 12:17:05 PM PDT
It's called Book Collections . . . there is a free version and a cheap version. I had the free, but the paid version lets you do folders within folders. I think you referred to that as nesting?

Sorry for the delay. I am organizing, reading, and searching for freebies . . . not to mention cat-cuddling and avoiding bees who can't find their homes.

Here it is:
Book Collections Plus -- plus you will get 120 coins when you buy it, to replace some of the coins you might spend on it.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 12:12:40 PM PDT
Long Journey Home: A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust by Lucy Lipiner, history > Jewish > Holocaust, 213 pgs., Usher Publishing, avg. 4.6 stars on 166 reviews.
Publication Date: December 7, 2013
The summer of 1939 turned out to be the last summer of author Lucy Lipiner's childhood. On September 1, when she was six years old, her parents roused her and her older sister from their beds and, with other relatives in tow, left their town of Sucha, home to 780 Jewish people. It was a decision carefully planned and carried out by the author's father which resulted in saving the lives of fifteen people.
But the journey of survival was not an easy one, and in Long Journey Home A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust, from the perspective of that little girl, Lipiner narrates her family's story. She tells of an odyssey of escape and rescue full of hardships and tribulation. From her sheltered life in a picturesque small town at the foothills of the Tatra Mountains to her time as a barefoot and hungry little girl in Siberia and Tajikistan in central Asia, and finally her arrival in America, this memoir shares the emotional details and the physical struggles of a ten-year flight to freedom.
A story of resilience, Long Journey Home A Young Girl's Memoir of Surviving the Holocaust provides a detailed, historical account of a little-known and rarely discussed group of Holocaust survivors.

This is what sold me:
From Kirkus Reviews
As World War II breaks out in Poland, a Jewish family travels east in this memoir of survival.
Holocaust memoirs are a crowded field, but few tell the story of escape via Siberia and Tajikistan. Lipiner, in her debut work, describes how her father's foresight, planning and resourcefulness saved the lives of 15 people. In the summer of 1939, Lipiner was 6 years old and enjoyed playing with her older sister Frydzia and cousins in quaint little Sucha Beskidzka, Poland. When the war broke out, her father, who was aware of the Nazis' hatred of Jews, was ready: "Because he had sensed that the war was imminent, he had been planning our escape even before the war started." He persuaded three generations-his own family and those of his two sisters, 15 people in all-to head toward Soviet-occupied eastern Poland, where Soviets eventually transported Jews to a labor camp in Siberia. When allowed to leave, the clan-led by Lipiner's father-once again packed up, arriving at last in Leninabad, Tajikistan. To survive, they depended on the small Jewish community's generosity. Hunger, cold and infectious disease besieged them, but the family survived. Through many difficulties, separations and turns of fortune in the chaos of postwar Europe, the family found a final refuge in America. Lipiner writes well from a child's perspective: Cold and hungry in Siberia, she and her sister found magic in the frost flowers on the windows. While noting much great generosity, she also acknowledges the peevishness and despair that hardship can bring. Her father's "intelligence, common sense, and gumption," illustrated with many examples, is set compassionately against her mother's crushed spirit. With such an emotional story to tell, it would have been easy to slide into pathos, but the author controls her tone well. A small anecdote about her father's characteristic resourcefulness in putting together scrip to buy his worried daughter a chocolate bar depicts perfectly how he expressed love in deeds, not words: a beautiful miniature of what the entire book portrays.
A cleareyed, moving memoir that increases understanding of a lesser-known Holocaust escape route and its trials.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014, 12:20:47 PM PDT
robb says:
Some how I don't think of 8 minutes as being a delay :)
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