Mostly Social Book Club books read in 2023

Our Mostly Social Book Club has been meeting for 32 years. We all worked together (at IBM) when we started the group, so now we’re all “of a certain age”—let’s just call it “retirement age” since we all are now. We read 16 books in 2023, and at yesterday’s meeting, we thought about picking our … Read more

My top-10 books of 2023

My top-ten books for 2023 with my 10-word summaries and 6-word reviews of each: ???? ??? ???????? ???? ?10-word summary: Three sisters reconnect facing the unresolved loss of their sibling. ?6-word review: Compelling unraveling of familial emotional trauma. ???? ?? ??? ???? (16 dark, dark short stories) ?10-word summary: Dark short stories exploring poverty, addiction, … Read more

Northern Europe cruise | Port 2 (Day 1) | Akureyri, Iceland

It’s Friday, June 16, 2023 and our port call to Ísafjörður, Iceland was canceled due to an expansion project to the port, which didn’t finish in time. So we’re going from Reykjavik directly to Akureyri, Iceland, which would have been tomorrow’s port call, and we’ll stay there overnight. Happy Birthday, Paul Henfrey! 8:00 am – … Read more

Northern Europe cruise | Port 1 | Reykjavík, Iceland

It’s Thursday, June 15, 2023, and we arrived at 6:05 am in Reykjavík, Iceland on Iceland Air Flight 630. 8:00 – 9:00 am: Transfer from Keflavík Airport to Skarfabakki Harbour cruise port. Our friend Cronin arrived within minutes of us (on a direct flight from Raleigh), and we caught the same bus provided by NCL … Read more