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we began as a mixed group

of teachers and parents

and

became friends

stayed friends

formed

a book club

had

passionate discussions

about books

but

over time

it became

challenging

to get

everyone

in one place

on a regular basis

for hours at a time

on the same night

so

one day

we had an idea

and

 decided

to meet

after work on fridays

at the end of each week

late in the afternoon

just for a bit

on a drop-in basis

whoever could make it was welecome

and we

talked about

books, life, family, loves, our news, the world

and we

listened

to each other

and

asked and answered questions

about things

in our lives

that made us happy

or

that made us sad

or

that we didn’t understand

or just

needed

to tell someone

and

wanted

the perspective

of others

we trusted

as we

shared our personal stories

and we

celebrated each other’s lives

and we all made a point

of being there

on a regular basis

and sometimes

husbands

 kids

dates

 visitors

popped in

and out

and soon

the books fell away

and

we met

just to

spend time together

so

one day

i had an idea

and

i gave us a name

on a shirt

as a christmas present

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book club 

of ann arbor

and to

make it official

and it seemed

just the right name

for us

for more than one reason

and

a couple of times

each year

we kick it up a notch

when

we go

on an

overnight adventure

to a local hotel

or a cottage on a lake

where it feels

so far away from it all

yet

they’re

just

a

few miles away

no husbands

no kids

no dates

no visitors

and

we stay up

most of the night

with food and drink

and music

sharing our stories

and

our own

good company

and

sometimes

we sneak into the pool or take a dip in the lake

for some

late night swimming

and play games

and

all sorts

of

other antics

and merry-making

happen

it’s a slumber party

of the highest order

after all

and

i may even suggest

that we

read a book

one day soon

one that

that has it all

romance, mystery, action and adventure, travel, suspense, humor, friendship

and no vampires

it’s one of my favorites

and

it’s sure to

inspire a passionate discussion

about its surprise ending

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“the first rule of book club – is that nobody wants to talk about book club.”
― douglas lewis

parli carnival-iano?

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1961 wikipedia broadway

15 excellent bits of carnival slang to add to your vocabulary

even if you’ve never worked on a midway, you can still pepper your speech with delightfully authentic carnival jargon. start slipping these terms into conversation and watch as your friends bally about how great talking to you is.

1. Annie Oakley (noun): A meal ticket.
2. Bally (verb): To attract a crowd by making a great commotion about how terrific a show is.
3. Brodie (noun): A clumsy and spectacular fall. Named for Steve Brodie, a man who claimed to have survived a fall from the Brooklyn Bridge in 1886.
4. Charivari (noun): A cacophonous and chaotic entrance of clowns.
5. Charley (verb): To toss a stack of posters or playbills in the trash rather than giving them away as ordered.
6. Cherry pie (noun): Outside work performed by carnival employees for extra cash.
7. Clem (noun): A fight between carnival employees.
8. Duke (noun): A box lunch distributed to carnival staff.
9. Kinker (noun): Any performer, but originally intended for acrobats.
10. G-top (noun): Private employee tent for gambling.
11. Larry (adjective): Poorly made, worthless, bad (of items or souvenirs).
12. Lead joint (noun): Shooting gallery.
13. Reuben (noun): A rube or a gullible sap.
14. Scram-bag (noun): A bag packed for immediate use in case a quick departure is required.
15. Waxie (noun): A repairman

“carnies built this country, the carnival part of it anyway.”

- homer simpson

 credits: carnival – broadway 1961, mentalfloss.com

you must plan to be spontaneous. – david hockney

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it came and went

once again

that

special day

the

annual

woodward avenue

dream cruise

in

detroit

the motor city

and

i love

how

on this day

everyone

does things

their own way

most anything goes

as long as

you are

fully enjoying it

and

you are not

hurting anyone

like the group

who moved

their

living room

to the curb

to watch the cruise

in comfort

and the

young man

smiling

on his

mini-bike

a tiny minnow

with a motor

amidst

a great sea

of

classic cars

mobile crime units

pedestrians

 traffic lights

and

waves

of happiness

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adventure is worthwhile.
 – aesop

 

not my first rodeo?

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by far

my favorite question

when

purchasing

life insurance

was

‘are you in a rodeo?’

and

 i had

to laugh out loud

for

i’m not a fan

of rodeos

 i feel for the animals

and have no desire

to be

thrown from anything

to rope anything

to be around clowns

in any capacity

i must

look like

a

rodeo gal.

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there are worse things in life than death.

have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?

- woody allen

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