Xmas myth busting
Monday, December 6, 2021
Monday, November 8, 2021
Every so often my daughter's principal would call me for an emergency substitution at the nearby middle school. Mainly because I lived a block away and he knew he could call me at the beginning of the school day and I'd be there before the first class session began.
The one time I subbed for a math class, the teacher had left a boring problem sheet for them to work on. Instead there were spitballs. so many spitballs. (this was the only class I had that problem) So many that I could Not figure out where they were coming from to pick one or two students to blame, so when, at the end of the class they had not completed that dinky sheet of math questions I told they they had to complete it over the weekend. (AW, Mrs. Old. we never get homework over the weekend.) And that I was leaving a note for their teacher explaining why. (leaving them to wonder what punishment the real teacher would give them for the rain of spit balls.)
Actually, I had problems keeping a straight face during that class, because I thought it was hysterically funny.
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Chandler, Raymond. Farewell, My Lovely. NY: Random House , 1940. (his biography said that this book was funny. It’s not. You need to know a lot of detective slang words, too.)
Christie, Agatha. Crooked House. NY/London: Harper/ GP Putnam sons, 2011/1949.
Deveraux, Jude. Change of heart. NY: Pocket books, 2014.
Harris, Charlaine. Real Murders. an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Thorndike, Maine: Center
Point Large Print, 1990/ 2008.
…. A bone to pick, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Thorndike, Maine: Center
Point Large Print, 1992/ 2008.
…. Three bedrooms, one corpse. an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. NY: Charles Scribner’s
sons, 1994 (actually there were two corpses. Hmmm)
…. The Julius House. an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Thorndike, Maine: Center Point
Large Print, 1995/ 2009.
…. Dead over heels, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. NY: Charles Scribner’s sons, 1996.
…. A Fool and his Honey, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Maine : Thorndike Center
Point Large Print, 1999.
…. Last Scene Alive, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Maine: Thorndike Center
Point Large Print, 2002.
…. Poppy done to Death, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Maine: Thorndike/ Chivers
Large Print, 2003.
…. All the little liars, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. Maine: Thorndike Press Large Print,
…. Sleep like a baby, an Aurora Teagarden Mystery. NY: Minotaur books, 2017.
(the last in this series)
…. An Easy Death. NY: Saga Press, 2018. (Excellent alternate history tale)
Henderson, Zenna. Pilgrimage, the book of the People. NY: Avon, 1961.
(published as a paperback/ costing only $0.75 !!!)
…. Ingathering, the complete people stories. Framingham, MA: The NESFA Press, 1995.
(Combines both Pilgrimage and her second people book – The People, no different flesh.)
Heyer, Georgette. The Black Moth. London: Heinemann, 1929. (her first book, published 1921)
(Has always been in print – wow – for 100 years.)
…. The Masqueraders. NY: E.P. Dutton & Co. (originally published 1928)
…. The Talisman Ring. NY: E.P Dutton & Co, 1936.
…. A Blunt Instrument. Mattituck, NY: Aeonian Press, 1976. (reprint of 1938).
(one of her mystery books)
…. Cotillion. Napierville, IL: Sourcebooks, 1953/ 2007 reprint.
…. Sprig Muslin. NY: GP Putnam’s Sons, 1956
…. The Corinthian. NY: Buccaneer Books, 1983. (originally published 1940)
Quarantine re-Reading = I’m now re-reading some of Lackey’s series
Tales of the Five Hundred Kingdoms series
Lackey, Mercedes. The Fairy Godmother (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2004.
…. One Good Knight. (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2006.
…. Fortune’s Fool. (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2007.
…. The Snow Queen. (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2008.
…. The Sleeping Beauty. (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2010.
…. Beauty and the werewolf. (Tales of the five hundred kingdoms). NY: Luna, 2011.
(Last one of the series. I’d love to read more)
Quarantine re-reading the Collegium Chronicles
…. Foundation, the Collegium Chronicles, v.1. NY: Daw books, 2008.
…. Intrigues, book two of the Collegium Chronicles. NY: Daw books, 2009.
…. Changes, book Three of the Collegium Chronicles. NY: Daw books, 2011.
…. Redoubt, book Four of the Collegium Chronicles. NY: Daw books, 2012.
…. Bastion, book Five of the Collegium Chronicles. NY: Daw books, 2013.
Which continues on with the Herald Spy Series
…. Closer to Home, book one of the Herald Spy. NY: Daw books, 2014.
…. Closer to the Heart, book two of the Herald Spy. NY: Daw books, 2015.
…. Closer to the Chest, book three of the Herald Spy. NY: Daw books, 2016.
Which continues on with the Family Spy Series
…. The Hills have Spies. Book one of the Family Spies. NY: Daw books, 2018.
…. Eye Spy, Book two of the Family Spies. NY: Daw books, 2019.
…. Spy, Spy Again, Book three of the Family Spies. NY: Daw books, 2020.
And more elemental Masters
…. The case of the spellbound child, Elemental Masters series. NY: Daw books, 2019.
(more magical adventures of Nan, Sarah, and the Watsons. Sherlock shows up, too)
ReReading Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonflight, volume 1 of the dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine,
1968. (See YA list for the teenage harpers’ books that go along with Vol. 1, 2, and 3)
…. DragonQuest, volume 2 of the dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1971.
…. The White Dragon, volume3 of the dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1978.
…. Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1983.
…. Nerilka’s Story. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1986. (runs concurrently with Moreta)
…. Dragonsdawn. Dragonriders of Pern series. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1988.
…. The Renegades of Pern. Dragonriders of Pern series. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1989.
…. All the Weyrs of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1991.
…. The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1993.
(short stories filling in gaps in the Pern series)
…. The Dolphins’ Bell. Illus. Pat Morrisey. Newark, NJ: Wildside press, 1993. (novela)
…. The Dolphins of Pern. Dragonriders of Pern series. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1994.
…. The girl who heard dragons. Illus. Michael Whelan. NY: Tor, 1994.
(Only the title story is a PERN story. The rest are short stories, realistic & fantasy)
…. No one noticed the cat. NY: ROC/ Penguin. 1996.
(not a PERN book. Simply good fantasy)
…. Dragonseye. Dragonriders of Pern series. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1997.
…. Masterharper of Pern. Dragonriders of Pern series. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine, 1998.
…. The Skies of Pern. NY: Del Rey/ Ballantine Books, 2001.
…. A gift of Dragons. Illus. Tom Kidd. NY: Ballantine Books, 2002.
(four short stories originally printed elsewhere from 1973 - 2002. One of them,
The Girl Who Heard Dragons, 1994, has been melded into several other Pern Books,
including The Renegades of Pern, The Dolphins of Pern, and is featured in another
collection of short stories with the title – The Girl Who Heard Dragons.)
McCaffrey, Todd and Anne McCaffrey. Dragon’s Kin. NY: Del Rey, 2003.
…. Dragonsblood - Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern... NY: Del Rey, 2005.
(actually comes after Dragon Harper in this series)
…. Dragon’s Fire. NY: Del Rey, 2006.
…. Dragon Harper. NY: Del Rey, 2007.
…. Dragonheart-- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey, 2008.
…. Dragongirl -- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey, 2010.
…. Dragon’s Time -- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey, 2011.
…. Sky Dragons -- Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey, 2012.
(Anne’s son, using Anne’s story outline. There are quite a few of these
joint projects, some begun while Anne was still alive.)
McCaffrey, Gigi. Dragon’s Code – Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern. NY: Del Rey,
2018. (written by Anne’s daught er)
McCaffrey, Anne and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough. Catalyst. A tale of the Barque Cats.
NY: Del Ray, 2010.
…. Catacombs, A tale of the Barque Cats. NY: Del Ray, 2010.
Brain Ships series:
McCaffrey, Anne with Mercedes lackey and Margaret Ball. Brain Ships. NY: Baen, 1992.
(Consisting of 2 books – The Ship who Searched and Partnership. Sequels to
The Shop Who Sang )
McCaffrey, Anne with S.M. Stirling. The City who fought, NY: Baen, 1993.
McCaffrey, Anne with Jody Lynn Nye. The Ship who Won. NY: Baen, 1994.
…. The Ship Errant. NY: Baen, 1996.
McCaffrey, Anne with S.M. Stirling. The Ship Avenged. NY: Baen, 1996.
Quinn, Julia. The secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy. (Book 4 of the Smythe-Smith Quartet which
I began reading in 2019.) NY: Avon/ HarperCollins, 2015.
Taylor, Jodi. Hope for the best. The chronicles of St. Mary’s. London: Headline, 2019.
(The latest in her time traveling historians stories)
…. Masie Dobbs, Birds of a Feather. Two Maisie Dobbs Novels. NY: HarperCollins. 2003/
2004. (The first and second books of this series combined in one paperback.)
…. Pardonable Lies, Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2005.
…. Messenger of Truth, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2006.
…. An Incomplete Revenge, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2008.
…. Among the Mad, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: Henry Holt and Company, 2009.
…. The mapping of Love and Death, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2010.
…. A lesson in secrets, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2011.
…. Elegy for Eddie, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2012.
…. Leaving everything most loved, a Masie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2013.
…. A dangerous place, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2015.
…. Journey to Munich, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2016.
…. In this grave hour, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2017
…. To die but once, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2018.
,,,, The American Agent, a Maisie Dobbs Novel. NY: HarperCollins, 2019.
B Fox Fox, Michael J. A funny thing happened on the way to the future; twists and turns
and lessons learned. NY: Hyperion, 2010.
B Heyer Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer. London: Heineman/Random House, 2011.
B Karr Karr, Mary. The Liars’ Club, a memoir. NY: Viking Penguin, 1995.
B Trump Trump, Mary L. Too much and never enough – how my family created the world’s
most dangerous man. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2020.
B Winebanks Wine-Banks, Jill. The Watergate girl – my fight for truth and justice against a
criminal president. NY: Henry Holt and Co., 2020.
truth. NY: ISP/ Simon & Schuster, 2020.
332.15094 Enrich David. Dark Towers – Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump, and an epic trail of
destruction. NY: Custom House/ HarperCollins, 2020.
338.272 Maddow, Rachel. Blowout – corrupted democracy, rogue state Russia, and the
richest, most destructive industry on earth. NY: Crown, 2019.
(This book is just like listening to Rachel Maddow speak.)
355.00973 Bergen, Peter. Trump and his generals – the cost of chaos. NY: Penguin, 2019.
362.1 Bollyky, Thomas. Plagues and the paradox of progress – why the world is getting
healthier in worrisome ways. Cambridge, MA: the MIT press, 2018.
(written before COVID-19. He needs to add a chapter about that, which would
make him revise some of his conclusions in earlier chapters.)
420.9 Bryson, Bill. The Mother Tongue, English and how it got that way. NY: William
500 Bryson, Bill. A short history of nearly everything. NY: Broadway Books/ Random
House, 2003. (not human history but history of this earth and things on it)
909 Harari, Tyval Noah. Sapiens, a brief history of Humankind. NY: Harper, 2015.
(not really brief – is 444 pages long)
973.933 Anonymous (a senior Trump administration official) A Warning. NY: Hachette
Book Group, 2019.
973.933 Rucker, Philip and Leonnig, Carol. A very stable genius, Donald J. Trump’s
testing of America. NY: Penguin Press, 2020. (two Pulitzer prize winners)
973.933 Schmidt, Michael. Donald Trump v. the United States, inside the struggle to stop
a president. NY: Random House, 2020.
973.933 Strzok, Peter. Compromised, counterintelligence and the threat of Donald J.
Trump. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2020. (FBI Investigation & Mueller Report)
973.933 Wolkoff, Stephanie Winston. Melania and me, the rise and fall of my friendship
with the first lady. NY: Gallery Books, 2020.
973.93309 Woodward, Bob. Rage. NY: Simon & Schuster, 2020.
(includes word for word interviews with the incompetent President Trump)
Well, it's time to consider what books will get awards. The Newbery and Caldecott awards will not be announced until Next Year but readers are considering which books published this year qualify. However, I realized that I had not posted the books that I read during the first year of the pandemic - 2020. So here goes.
The list of children's books I read last year with some comments:
Bailey, Jenn. A friend for Henry. Illus Mika Song. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2019.
Harrison, David and Jane Yolen. Rum Pum Pum. Illus Anjan Sarkar. NY: Holiday House, 2020.
Loney, Andrea. Double Bass Blues. Illus Rudy Gutierrez. NY: Alfred A knopf, 2019.
Maillard, Kevin Noble. Fry Bread – a Native American family story. Illus. Juana Martinex=Neal.
NY: Roaring Brook Press, 2019.
(Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational
book for children. It was also a Picture Book Honor choice for the American
Indian Youth Literature award.)
McKissack, Patrica C. What is given from the heart. Illus. April Harrison. NY: Schwartz &
Wade books, 2019. (Coretta Scott King New Illustrator Award)
Morris, Richard. Bear Came Along. Illus: LeUyen Pham. NY: Little, brown and Co., 2019.
(2020 Caldecott winner)
Nyong’o, Lupita. Sulwe. Illus. Vashti Harrison. NY: Simon & Schuster Books for young readers,
2019. (2020 Corretta Scott King illustrator honor) (author was warrior in Black Panther)
Pizzoli, Greg. The Book Hog. NY: Hyperion, 2019.
(Geisel award winner- even tho in picture book format, not ICR format.)
Portis, Antonette. Hey Water. NY: Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House, 2019.
(Backmatter – Water Forms, The Water Cycle, Conserving Water, Books to Explore.
This is classified as NF by Library of Congress, but San Diego Library has it in
Ransome, James. The Bell Rang. NY: Atheneum books for young children, 2019.
(2020 Corretta Scott King illustrator honor)
Roth, Susan. Birds of a Feather- bowerbirds and me. NY: Neal Porter Books/ Holiday House,
2019. (both bowerbirds and Susan are artists creating collages)
Theule, Larissa. Born to ride, a story about bicycle face. Illus. Kelsey Garrity-Riley.
NY: Abrams books for Young Readers, 2019.
(Illustrations show the fight for women’s right to vote)
Yang, James. Stop! Bot! NY: Viking, 2019. (book is taller than wide because - tall building)
I Can Read
(2020 Geisel honor book)
J – FICTION :
(Sequel to The One and Only Ivan)
Coville, Bruce. Aliens stole my body. (v. 4 of Rod Allbright and the Galactic Patrol)
NY: Aladdin paperbacks, 1998. (The series is now being made into a movie)
Messner, Kate. Chirp. NY: Bloomsbury, 2020.
(Mystery. Who is sabotaging grandmother’s crickets for food business, plus what is
Mia’s hidden secret. I had trouble even thinking about crickets for food. Yuck.)
Mlynowski, Sarah, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins. Upside Down Magic. NY: Scholastic, 2015.
(now made into a Disney Movie. The movie was OK but the books were better.)
…. Upside Down Magic – Sticks & Stones. v. 2. NY: Scholastic, 2016.
…. Upside Down Magic – Showing Off. v. 3. NY: Scholastic, 2017.
…. Upside Down Magic – Dragon Overnight. v. 4. NY: Scholastic, 2018.
…. Upside Down Magic – Weather or not. v. 5. NY: Scholastic, 2018.
…. Upside Down Magic – The big shrink. v. 6. NY: Scholastic, 2019.
…. Upside Down Magic – Hide and Seek. v. 7. NY: Scholastic, 2020.
Noel, Kaela. Coo. Illus. Celia Krampien. NY: Greenwillow/ HarperCollins books, 2020.
(I didn’t believe the first chapters and feel they were tacked on to create backstory, but
the bulk of the story – a girl who can talk to pigeons – is well done. Raised by pigeons
from infant to 10 years old – not so much. Where would pigeons get milk for a baby?)
Park, Linda Sue. Prairie Lotus. NY: Clarion Books, 2020.
(2021 Asian/Pacific American award. Maybe more.)
Schmidt, Gary D. Pay Attention, Carter Jones. NY: Clarion Books/ HMH, 2019.
(Dad has disappeared. An English Butler appears, organizing and supporting the
distraught family. Also, much about the game of Cricket & how Carter applies it to life.)
Shurtiff, Liesl. Time Castaways #1, the Mona Lisa Key. NY: Katherine Tegan Books/
…. Time Castaways #2, the Obsidian Compass. NY: Katherine Tegan Books/
…. Time Castaways #3, The forbidden lock. NY: Katherine Tegan Books/
Slade, Arthur. Jolted – Newton Starker’s rules for survival. NY: Random House, 2009.
(boy from family who attracts and dies by lightning strike – will he survive?)
Springer, Nancy. The case of the Missing Marquess, an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/
Penguin Books for Young Readers, 2006.
…. The case of the left-handed lady, an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/ Penguin
Books for Young readers, 2007.
…. The case of the bizarre bouquets, an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/ Penguin
Books for Young Readers, 2008.
…. The case of the peculiar pink fan, an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/ Penguin
Books for Young Readers, 2008.
…. The Case of the Cryptic crinoline, an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/ Penguin
Books for Young Readers, 2009.
…. The case of the gypsy good-bye. an Enola Holmes mystery. NY: Philomel/ Penguin
Books for Young Readers, 2010.
(now a movie)
Timberlake, Amy. One came home – a sister lost, a body found, the truth buried. NY: Knopf,
Reedy, Trent. Stealing Air. NY: Arthur A. Levine/ Scholastic, 2012. (skateboarding)
Young, Karen Romano. A girl, a raccoon, and the midnight moon. Illus. Jesixa Bagley.
San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2019. (Saving a library branch)
youth. NY: Scholastic Press, 2008.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Dark Lord of Derkholm. NY: Greenwillow/ HarperTrophy, 1998.
(The title sounds scary, but it’s actually a funny fantasy.)
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong. NY: Atheneum, 1976.
…. Dragonsinger. NY: Atheneum, 1977.
…. Dragondrums. NY: Atheneum, 1979.
(These three are stories of young Harpers and their craft view of the major events
happening in the upper Dragon Weyrs as told in her Adult books about PERN.)
Reeve, Philip. Mortal Engines, the Hungry City Chronicles. NY: HarperCollins, 2001
…. Predator’s Gold, book 2 of the Hungry City Chronicles. NY: Scholastic, 2003
…. Night Flights, a Mortal Engines Collection. NY: Scholastic, 2018.
(short stories about the aviatrix, Anna Fang who saved the Mortal Engines protagonists)
…. Infernal Devices, book 3 of the Hungry City Chronicles. NY: Scholastic, 2005.
…. A darkling plain, book 4 of the Hungry City Chronicles. NY: Scholastic, 2006.
…. A web of air, book 2 of the Fever Crumb series. NY: Scholastic, 2010.
(prequel to the Hungry City Chronicles)
Riggs, Ransom. Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children. Philadelphis, PA: Quirk Books,
…. Hollow City, the second novel of Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Philadelphis, PA:
Quirk Books, 2014.
PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES:
Niagara. GA: Peachtree, 2019.
J and YA BIOGRAPHIES:
J Bryan. Bryan, Ashley. Infinite Hope, a black artist’s journey from World War II to
Peace. NY: Caitiyn Diouhy/ Atheneum Books, 2019.
(illustrated with Photographs plus his artistic renderings)
J Leeuwwenhoek Alexander, Lori. All in a drop, how Antony van Leeuenhoek discovered an
invisible world. Ill. Vivien Mildenberger. NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019.
(2020 Robert Sibert honor award) (Chapter book illustrated biography)
YA Lindbergh Fleming, Candace. The rise and fall of Charles Lindbergh. NY: Schwartz
& Wade books, 2020. (I never knew he was a NAZI and American First leader)
(2021 -ALA YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults.)
J and YA NONFICTION:
amendment. Honesdale, PA: Calkins Creek, 2018. (excellent coverage of the damage
the House Un-American Activities Committee did to life in the USA. And warnings
about it possibly beginning to happen again under Trump, except flipped.)
J 595.492 Schnell, Lisa Kahn. High Tide for horseshoe crabs. Illus. Alan Marks.
MA: Charlesbridge, 2015.
J 811.6 Alexander, Kwame. The Undefeated. Illus. Kadir Nelson. NY: Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt, 2019. (Caldecott honor, Golden Kite award)
J 940.54 Heiligman, Deborah. Torpedoed – the true story of the World War II sinking of
the children’s ship. NY: Henry Holt, 2019.
(2020 Winner of SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction for Older Readers)
YA 943.086 Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. Hitler Youth, growing up in Hitler’s shadow.
NY: Scholastic, 2005. (wonderfully researched)
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Friday, October 8, 2021
There are so many husband meeting stories.
My "right time to meet him" was because in high school I went on a trip with the Luther League to a state convention at Keyser, West Virginia, and while there discovered Potomac Junior College. (these days it's called - Potomac State College of West Virginia University.) In German class I sat next to this guy who had come from Baltimore Maryland. Francis Elbert Old III, otherwise known as Chip. We both had come by train, me traveling east from the Ohio River area of West Virginia and he traveling west from Baltimore Maryland. We both were there because our first choice college had not accepted us.
It really irked me that a lot of boys and men at that time thought that girls going to college was a waste of time; that they were only looking for MRS. degrees. It always shocked them when I insisted I was intent on earning a degree in a field where I could work. That discouraged a good many from dating me. Which was fine with me.
It just so happened that we both were in the college band - me on clarinet and he behind us in charge of the kettle drums. We liked each other and had a few casual dates, nothing much. He never believed me when I told him that the whole woodwind section was adoring him from afar.
Since this was a 2 year college, I went on to West Virginia University and dated other guys. Since he had taken a year off from high school to work, he was a year behind me. The next year, I was sitting in my Ancient History class and Lo and Behold, guess who came and sat next to me? This same guy. That year we were friends, but dating other people. (Can you believe that one of his girlfriends was a girl named Wendy? It's true.)
At WVU, I was in the orchestra playing the bassoon and was constantly being roped in to play with small groups at the Music Department, so that the people studying to be conductors could practice conducting with us as their victims. Fun. A year or more later, I bought a guitar and asked him to teach me how to play. He was great at it, but I never got my fingers coordinated enough to be any good. (Eventually he performed at the local Coffeehouse with the other local folk singers) I also attempted the flute with the same result, so I sold the flute to a jazz musician, but I'm not sure what happened to the guitar. I think I gave it to my sister.
I don't know if he joined the Fencing Club because I was in it, but he got quite good with the epee. When I went to be a camp counselor, teaching fencing, I wrote long letters to him. Unfortunately his father, who was an editor, got ahold of my letters and EDITED them, and said I was a poor writer. It's too bad he didn't live long enough to see my 45 published books. (Chip used to call me - his 'famous writer wife.")
Anywho, we dated, then married, graduated from WVU, got MSLS graduate degrees at University of Kentucky (where we helped run the Fencing Club there), and began working as librarians at Baltimore County Public Library. After having several children, I ended up at Harford County Public Library as a children's librarian for over 20 years.