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Initial post: Jun 13, 2014, 2:57:00 AM PDT
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Welcome to Free Books and Chat for Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 2:57:42 AM PDT
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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ FB&C Start Schedule:

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 *.¸.¤

Monday, June 16
Wednesday, June 18
Thursday, June 19
Saturday June 21
Sunday June 22
Monday, June 23
Tuesday, June 24
Wednesday, June 25
Thursday, June 26
Friday, June 27
Saturday, June 28
Sunday, June 29
Monday, June 30

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

We'll help you through it!


Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 3:01:32 AM PDT
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(¸.*´(¸.*´ (¸.*¨¯`* ♥ Book Discussion....

Last night was the Book Discussion for Beatrice Munson by Lorena Bathey.

If you missed it, like I did.... You can find it here....

Feel free to see what others thought of the book and to add your thoughts as well....

We take the summer off so we will post a nomination thread in Sept. to decide the book for Oct....

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 3:05:04 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2014, 3:09:24 AM PDT
Friday the 13th

Date when : Occurs one to three times a year, when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday
* 2013: September, December
* 2014: June
* 2015: February, March, November

Are you superstitious? Then, Friday the 13th is a day you may look forward to with fear! Friday the 13th, is an unlucky day, a day when bad things can happen. Whatever you do, don't walk under a ladder, and don't let a black cat cross your path on this day.

Throughout most of recorded history, the number 13 has been seen as an unlucky number. If you live in fear of the number 13, you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia. More phobias of interest.

Historically, and perhaps a bit oddly in today's world, Friday has been viewed as an unlucky day of the week. We find this hard to fathom. After all, Friday is TGIF!! However, in days gone by, when you put the unlucky day of Friday, together with the unlucky #13, many people believe only bad things can happen.

Interestingly, there is a sizable number of optimists, who embrace Friday the 13th and the number 13. They shrug off the superstition and go buy lottery tickets with the number 13 in it.

For many who never gave it a thought, Jason in the movie "Friday, the 13th" (1980) made believers in the fearfulness of this day.


Friday the 13th Trivia:
* Many buildings and skyscrapers do not have a 13th floor.

* Many people will not allow 13 people at the table. If there is exactly 13 people present, a second table is set up.

* Skippers would not go out to sea with a crew of 12. Including the captain, that made 13 people.

* Ancient Mayans of Central America were the most advanced culture in all of the Americas. They considered the number 13 sacred.

Like any other special or wacky day, we encourage you to fully embrace the day and have fun with it. But, don't cower in your room in fear of this day. You'd miss all of the fun and excitement!


Origin of Friday the 13th:
In biblical references, it is believed that Cain killed Abel on Friday the 13th. We are not sure how this was determined, as calendars were unlikely to have been in existence back then.

We do know with certainty, the ancient Babylonian Code of Hammurah omitted the #13 in it's list of laws. Written in 1,700 B.C., it suggests ancient Babylonians considered the #13 to be unlucky.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 3:07:48 AM PDT
Since this is the first Friday the 13th of 2014 it is also
Blame Someone Else Day.......

Blame Someone Else Day

When : The first Friday the 13th of the year

What a great time you can have on this day. Imagine all the problems, errors, and mistakes you could heap on someone else today. On this day you don't have to take responsibility, or the blame, for any faux pas on your part. On the downside, this day comes as a double edged sword. While you are busy putting the blame elsewhere, someone might just be putting the blame on you!

So.......if the is somethin wrong whif the spellin of this artickle, it's not my fallt.....its' yours.

Blame Someone Else Day could just be your day. But, watch out..... any blame you place today, can come back to bite you tomorrow. After all...what comes around goes around.


Origin of Blame Someone Else Day:
We discovered no substantial information about the origin of this day. In the spirit of the day, we will tell you that it wasn't us. We'll put the blame on someone else for starting this day.

We put the blame on Anne Moeller of Clio, Michigan for creating this day. On the first Friday the 13th of 1982, Anne's alarm clock did not go off, and she over slept. As a result, she was late for appointments all day long. According to the story, she spent the day spreading the blame, and making excuses for being late.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 3:35:37 AM PDT
For me, it will be a lucky day if a crosses my path . . . .

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014, 3:54:06 AM PDT
Yes it will....
I Hope Suze is back with a Friday question later...

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 3:58:51 AM PDT
Pooh! I thought of one last night, as I was drifting off to sleep . . . but it seems to have drifted away.

Meanwhile, Mother Nature is NOT playing nice. Magnolio Palomino is supposed to have a lesson today, but I woke up to thunder and lightning, which makes riding most unlikely. We skipped Monday because of the bees.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 4:52:45 AM PDT
I am hoping today is lucky for me. I am getting My second tooth implant surgery, the first didn't work

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 4:54:41 AM PDT
Oh, bless you! I hope it's a lucky day for you and the oral surgeon/dentist/dental professional. I'll be thinking of you throughout the day. Do let us know, later, how you are.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014, 4:59:16 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 13, 2014, 5:04:49 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Clever, Plays!

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 5:04:22 AM PDT
Sally in SA says:
Thanks for starting Sandy.

I like to think that I am not superstitious, but I do think about these things. Today is going to be a good day though. My GS2 had athletics this morning and my other one has a rugby match this afternoon. What better way to spend Friday 13th than watching my grandchildren doing what they love?

Monday is a holiday for us so a nice long week-end looms in front of me.

Special ed teacher, I hope your tooth implant goes well. I'm sorry the first one didn't work out.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 6:25:58 AM PDT
Thanks for the start, Sandy! My session cancelled at the last moment, so I will listen to the heavy rain and do some posting before paperwork.

I like Friday the 13th. We found our first cat, a small black kitten, on Friday the 13th when we lived down south. He had golden eyes, which is supposed to be the most bad luck. But he was a great cat who was thankful for a home. He loved being inside or riding in the car. When we were moving, the first team of moving men refused to come into the house because he was on the front walk and they felt he did not want us to move. So another team was sent. If he had known we were going to give him away, they would have been right. Our next home was where there was a 6 month minimum quarantine, so he was given to an elderly lady who wanted some company. Still wonder if he had a good life *sniff*

Biblically, Jesus plus his 12 disciples make 13, and he was tried and crucified on a Friday.

So what are some superstitions you have heard of? Do you believe in them? We all probably know of opening an umbrella in the house, breaking a mirror, and walking under a ladder. Any others? My friend won't allow anyone to put a hat on a bed, and believes that if a bird flies into your house someone close to you is about to die or has just died. I have friends who will not buy any baby items or discuss names until the baby is born.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 7:09:32 AM PDT
Friday's Question of the Day:

Did you ever have a pen pal -- before the introduction of the internet, with chat rooms and email programs?

I never did, but I always wanted one. Partly, I wanted a friend. Partly, I wanted to know more about places other than my own home town. I wanted to know what was different, what was the same with differing locales. I lived in the same city -- Houston -- until I was 22, and my father was also a native, so I didn't have any feel for what it was like to live somewhere else. My mother was not a native, of Houston nor of Texas, but I think even then I knew that her perspective was . . . out of focus.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 7:23:58 AM PDT
Great question! I had pen friends for years - not as a child, but as an adult. Back in the early 1980s, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about a man in California who started up a pen pal magazine to encourage the return of thoughtfully written letters. It was Lex (as in Lexicography) and we rabid fans of it referred to the Joy of Lex. At my personal peak, I was exchanging letters with 127 people, but it settled down to a few dozen. One could place and/or answer ads, and some of those ads were quite clever. Some of the types of letters were also very creative. Some examples:
- ghost letters, where you wrote in another persona. I wrote from the POV of two of my cats and corresponded with a host of other animals, including a crow and a hedgehog
- chapter letters, where you wrote a chapter of a story and the other person wrote the next chapter
- informational letters (very much like an early form of Wikipedia), where someone would post a request for info on any subject, and the response would be factual, from home repair to medical advice
- and the usual assortment of letters between people of like interests or who wanted to see what life was like for someone completely different

A handful of these pen friends became close personal friends and made the transition to phone calls and (now) email. But I fondly recall the eagerness with which I'd come home after a day at work and dive into my mailbox, then spend a happy few hours on the junk tv for me!

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 7:39:14 AM PDT
NewDiane, I am soooo jealous! I would have loved that. I missed the WSJ story . . . may have still been in college or newly graduated and too broke to indulge. I'd see ads in comic books, but my parents were as suspicious as today's parents would be of online dating for teens.

In elementary school, another class exchanged letters with students in a school somewhere else, but none of my classes did. I heard of people who became such close, personal friends that they would end up meeting, serving in each other's weddings and so on.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014, 7:44:11 AM PDT
Tip, I'm not the least bit superstitious. Never was. I'll step on a crack (my mother has never broken her back). I've spilt salt without tossing any over either shoulder (hey, I'd just have to clean up more mess, and how lucky is that?). I've opened umbrellas inside, broken too many mirrors to recall, walked under ladders, crossed paths with black cats. I did have rabbit's foot keychains as a girl, but not for luck . . . I liked the soft fur. I don't insist on paying more if a purchase totals $6.66, or refuse to receive $6.66 in change. I turn horseshoes upside down without a qualm (but not on yard art for someone else, lest it upset them). I've even seated 13 at dinner, without anyone dying.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 7:49:46 AM PDT
Mieko* says:
It is not only Friday the 13th today, but there is a full moon tonight. 13 is my favorite number and I love full moons. Could it be any better?

My older sister is terrified of the number 13. She blames any years with 13 at the end for every problem in the world. Monthly 13s frighten her and she won't go outside.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 13, 2014, 8:05:00 AM PDT
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Mieko* says:
Love your post. I am not superstitious either. My Mom wouldn't let me be ;>. I have done everything you did and like you, no effect. I didn't even know some that you mentioned; about $6.66, and I grew up with no sidewalks so the crack thing hadn't been invented yet.
I also had pen pals in my teens, but a typewriter? I am sure THEY had been invented but pens had to suffice for me.
I didn't learn to type till my mid 30's. I have been happy about that ever since.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 8:11:45 AM PDT
"Borrowed" from readers who post at MOA's cozy mystery thread:

The Hollywood Detective by Martha Steinway, 208 real pgs., mystery, thriller & suspense > cozy, historical; avg. 4.2 stars on 29 reviews.
Publication Date: December 29, 2013
Escape to the glamorous world of 1930s Tinseltown with The Hollywood Detective
Hollywood 1939. Promising starlet, Clara Lockhart, disappears from a glittering party in Beverly Hills the night before her first big audition.
Worried Clara's disappearance may prove permanent if she doesn't act fast, her roommate hires L.A.'s best private eye to save her. Spencer McCoy knows time is against him, but soon discovers he's made a powerful enemy in Howard Strickling, MGM's notorious publicity boss.
With escaped big cats stalking the streets of L.A., heavies threatening him at every turn, and an ambitious new secretary desperate to do some sleuthing of her own, McCoy must battle the might of the movie industry if he's to uncover what really happened to Clara.
But time has almost run out: if McCoy doesn't rescue her soon, she'll become another casualty of the pitiless Hollywood machine.
Featuring real 1930s stars of the silver screen, The Hollywood Detective will transport you to the magical Golden Age of movie-making and keep you turning the pages until the very last twist.
Set during the Golden Age of Hollywood, The Hollywood Detective is a classic mystery series featuring Spencer McCoy, a handsome private investigator with a reputation for getting to the truth. In a city ruled by powerful studio bosses and corrupt cops, it takes a decent man like Spencer to deliver justice.
In this first book in the series, Spencer hires a new secretary who turns his agency - and his thoughts - upside down. Rose Randall is smart, peppy and streetwise, and really isn't the kind of girl who'll settle for telephone and filing duties. When these two clash, just stand back and watch the sparks fly!
Also available
In Lost and Foundling, the second book in this glorious new series, our plucky duo are hired by a fading movie star to find her missing baby. And for the next couple of days, Lost and Foundling is priced at $0.99/99p.

Play On by Heather C. Myers, est. 258 pgs.; mystery, thriller & suspense, 1 5-star review.
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
After she finds her grandfather's dead body in his office, Seraphina Hanson, a twenty-three year old college graduate, inherits the Newport Beach Seagulls, a hockey team she knows absolutely nothing about. Even though she'd rather be spending the rest of her summer eating macaroni and cheese and watching Law and Order: SVU reruns, Seraphina decides to take on the responsibility of owning and running the team on top of dealing with her grandfather's untimely death. When the police start to suspect the Gulls' star goaltender, a man Seraphina believes is innocent, she is determined to solve her grandfather's murder herself.

The Greeks of Beaubien Street: Greekown Stories Book #1 (Greektown Stories) by Suzanne Jenkins, 370 real pgs.,
mystery, thriller & suspense (police procedural), avg. 3.8 stars on 116 reviews.
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
Nestled below the skyline of Detroit you'll find Greektown, a few short blocks of colorful bliss, warm people and Greek food. In spite of growing up immersed in the safety of her family and their rich culture, Jill Zannos doesn't fit in. A Detroit homicide detective, she manages to keep one foot planted firmly in the traditions started by her grandparents, while the other navigates
the most devastated neighborhoods in the city she can't help but love. She is a no nonsense workaholic with no girlfriends, an odd boyfriend who refuses to grow up, and an uncanny intuition, inherited from her mystic grandmother that acts as her secret weapon to crime solving success. Her story winds around tales of her family and their secret laden history, while she investigates the most despicable murder of her career.
The Greeks of Beaubien Street is a modern tale of a family grounded in old world, sometimes archaic, tradition as they seek acceptance in American society. They could be any nationality, but they are Greek.

Full Moon Friday (Jordan Daily News Mysteries Book 3) by Sue Merrell, est. 311 pgs., mystery, thriller & suspense > women sleuths; not yet reviewed.
Book Description
Publication Date: May 26, 2014
The third book in the Jordan Daily News Mystery series follows city editor Josie Braun and the staff of a suburban Chicago daily as they cope with a series of weird happenings on a full moon Friday the 13th. A school bus disappears, a body falls out of nowhere and a movie preview becomes scarier than the flick.

And two Christian mysteries:

The Second Death (Wheelchair Sleuth Mysteries Book 1) by Caleb Peiffer
Red and Lowring (Wheelchair Sleuth Mysteries Book 2)

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 8:16:37 AM PDT
Sandy, this also is associated with Friday the 13th being unlucky:

"The whole superstition regarding the unluckiness of Friday the thirteenth arose when, on Friday, October 13, 1307, King Philip IV of France ordered the simultaneous arrest and imprisonment of all the available Knights Templar, and the confiscation of all their worldly goods. Because of this unwarranted persecution of the Knights Templar, all down the ages, Friday the thirteenth has been considered an unlucky day ever since."

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 8:16:48 AM PDT
The "666" thing stems from St. John's Revelations, and it always strikes me as odd when I encounter a Christian who insists on paying an extra penny if a purchase ends with 666 or if the change would be $6.66 (or $16.66 from a 20-dollar bill). I run into it a lot in the Deep South, not so much back in Texas . . . although I did see it a time or two there.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 8:26:06 AM PDT
Mieko* says:
Plays, I have encountered '666' in online games in the context of satan worship. And in some Heavy Metal music.
Since I disdain anything like that I tend to be wary of people who like to play at it. Once, while selling at a Craft Show in a town pretty much known for its 'quirkiness', some satanists wanted to buy something from me and I told them to move on. When people dress in black, do the gothy thing, and wear upside down crosses, I am not amused.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 9:23:36 AM PDT
And that's why they won't accept change or pay amounts ending in 666. I don't want anything to do with satanism, but I'm not blaming a cash register or a coincidence that my purchases added up to a number ending with three sixes.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014, 10:16:40 AM PDT
robb says:
this one is for you
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