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Janet LeBlanc

I remember your Dad well. And I concur that he was a great guy. I have fond memories of you guys going shrimping at Garden City, and how kind both of your parents always were to Jacob. And then there were Christmas mornings at your parents' house in Rock Hill where they had every present in the world stuffed into the house - we were all so spoiled! I didn't realize your Dad was gone, but may he rest in peace; he was a good man.

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Books I Enjoyed

  • J.D. Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
  • Kate Atkinson: Case Histories
  • Carl Hiaasen: Tourist Season (****)
  • Dave Barry: Big Trouble (****)
  • Yann Martel: Life of Pi (***)

What I'm Reading

  • Richard Rohr: Breathing Underwater
    The author is a Franciscan monk (or friar, or whatever) who sort of accidentally found himself at an AA meeting. ( I got no hints that he needed to be there.) He maintains in this books that 12-Step programs, if worked properly, are as effective (if not more so) than any of the world's major religions in fostering human understanding, compassion, and spirituality.
  • Edward Rutherfurd: Sarum
    A Michener-like story, in both scope and length, of the history of England, lived by fictional families, but geographically and (as far as I know, but I'm no historian) historically accurate. Centered around the area of Salisbury/Stonehenge (****)


  • All Is Lost
    Kind of a modern version of "The Old Man and the Sea", without the fish. Great flick, I thought.
  • Barney's Version
    The latest film I've seen featuring Paul Giamatti (one of my faves- see him in the series John Adams), Minnie Driver, and Dustin Hoffman. Paul G. plays a man who meets his true love at his own wedding (to someone else).
  • Looking for Eric
    A sweet and funny indie film about a soccer fan who develops an imaginary relationship with his greatest sports hero, in the process of trying to recapture his life and lost relationships.
  • The Art of the Steal
    The story of the Barnes Foundation and the greatest collection of post-impressionist art in the world, and how it was "stolen" by the Philadelphia art establishment. I found it fascinating.