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About the mogg blog

this blog is more of a journal of my thoughts and activities (actually more of activities than thoughts -- i don't do all that much thinking)

BEL CANTO by Ann Patchett

I just finished reading this novel.  It held my attention from the get-go.  This novel was a winner of the Orange Prize and was a finalist in the National Book Critics Circle Award.  The story takes place somewhere in South America.  Following a lavish birthday party, where powerful, wealthy people from around the world are gathered, the group is captured by terrorists and held for ransom.  The author shows how the various characters develop and their lives change during their captivity.  It is quite an amazing story.

Bel Canto - Copy

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Posted by on May 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Bentsen State Park is threatened by the Border Wall

Bentsen – Rio Grande Valley State Park is about an hour away from my Texas Home.  It is one of the top Birding destinations in the United States.  The proposed Border Wall will slice right thru the park, walling off more than 3/4 of the park, in effect ceding it to Mexico.  I took these photos the other day on a quick visit to the park



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Posted by on March 4, 2019 in Uncategorized


Where the Crawdads Sing

I have begun reading another book.  WHERE THE CRAWDADS SINGS by Delia Owens.  The book got off to a fascinating start and promises to be a great read.


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Posted by on February 19, 2019 in Uncategorized


Reading another book

I am reading this book on-line.  Borrowed from the London Public Library.  A first for me.  The book is entitled THE SHADOW OF THE WIND by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.  The story takes place in Barcelona in 1945.  It is a mystery story.  Not sure just how this story came to me attention.  I must have seen it mentioned some where.  It is pretty good.  Keeping my attention and focus.

the shadow of the wind

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Posted by on January 14, 2019 in Uncategorized


Happy New Years

Hope all my friends have a great 2019.

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Posted by on December 31, 2018 in Uncategorized


New Book

I started reading a new book the other day.  Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  I am reading it on my iPad.  Trying something new.  Instead of buying books, I am going to be borrowing them from the library by down-loading them onto my iPad.  Pretty neat process.  Save some money, too.  I took out a membership at the London Public Library.  Carol has been doing this for quite some time.  She loves it.  So I am going to see how it goes.  I miss having the book in my hand, but I must say it is a handy way to go.


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Posted by on December 5, 2018 in Uncategorized


Snow last week, rain today

I woke up in the middle of the night to the sound of fairly significant rain.  That was the start to a fairly quiet week.  Our friends, the Hughes will be returning this week from their holiday visit with family in Colorado.  And I will be visiting my optometrist this week to see what shape my eyes are in one month after my last cataract was removed.  I suspect that I will still need glasses.  I can see things sharper and more distinct with my left eye.  And definitely will need bifocals for reading.

And I will continue working on my lines for a play that I will be participating in down in Texas.

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Posted by on November 26, 2018 in Uncategorized