Happy St. Patrick’s Day


(OK, I know it’s really tomorrow, but my friends had their annual party today).

One lady in my book club and her husband throw a big St. Patrick’s party each year. It includes corned beef and cabbage, a band singing Celtic songs, and “home brew” which was not bad as far as beer goes. Over 100 people wandered in and out during the 3 hours or so I was there.

My friends are smart – they invite everyone on their street. The neighbors don’t complain about the parking, then, because they come too. People of all ages come, the youngest I saw only being a couple months old and the oldest – I don’t want to guess ages.

Of course us readers got together and started talking books and movies and poetry and Renaissance Faires and science fiction conventions and jewelry making and television shows cell phones and technology and… You know how those conversations ebb and flow and circle back on themselves.

Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersThere’s one lady in my book club who I really respect. She was an English major while in college and takes apart a book and puts it back together so we see the ideas and structure as well as the story. I knew she liked fantasy novels. It was exciting today to discover how many books and authors we share. She told me how she even went to a Halloween party dressed as Amelia Peabody. She started reading science fiction when she was young and the Golden Age of Science Fiction writers were putting out all their work (Heinlein, Asimov, Herbert, etc.). She remembers when Dune was first published and how it changed the science fiction world. (I didn’t discover it for another 10 years or so. I probably missed it because I was reading Georgette Heyer and romances at the time.)

I had so much fun this afternoon, then came home and immediately got onto the public library web site and reserved one of the many titles we discussed – although the title I chose was mentioned by someone else in our group.

Now I have to return to Middlemarch. I thought I had another week – our meeting is this Tuesday. I’ll be close…