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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Kathy’s Conundrums

  • It’s turtle weather again in Minnesota. What’s turtle weather? Turtle weather is when it gets so cold that people pull their heads down into their jackets and pull the jacket collars up past their noses. Turtle weather. Actually, there was a light snowfall last week that was picture postcard perf...
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  •     It’s turtle weather again in Minnesota.
        What’s turtle weather?
        Turtle weather is when it gets so cold that people pull their heads down into their jackets and pull the jacket collars up past their noses. Turtle weather.
        Actually, there was a light snowfall last week that was picture postcard perfect.  Picture postcard perfect for about 45 seconds, then the snow came down harder and the wind picked up.
        The only good thing I can say about Minnesota winter is that it is followed up by Minnesota spring.
        I do have a couple of hobbies that allow me to stay home and be somewhat active and I can still enjoy those 45 second blasts of picture perfect Minnesota winter though the window panes.  One hobby is reading; the other is miniatures.
        I have spent a good number of hours snuggled up with a good book this winter.  I tend to lean toward novels that are set in the future or have political intrigue or both.    In the last month or so I have read two books by David Baldacci – Zero Day and The Forgotten.  Baldacci is touted as the master of the modern thriller.  The main character, Special Agent John Puller of the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division, is featured in both novels. Each has enough twists and turns, terroristic plots and mystery to keep a reader coming back and back until the book is finished.
        I have read a couple of books set in the fantasy genre.  Not so much fantasy as The Hobbit, or Chronicles of Narnia with dragons and heroes, but fantasy as it relates to the future. The novels made me stop and think.  Unlike the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, the novels are not set in a post apocalyptic America.  They are all set in a future time where people’s lives are controlled by a powerful central authority that has stripped the meaning of freedom from their lives and replaced it with violence. The violence is either in the form of mandated government rules or through violence that reigns without being checked by any individual or government intervention. The novels are Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck with Harriet Parke, 11/22/63 by Stephen King and Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.
        Agenda 21 takes the reader into a time where through their own apathetic attitudes people allowed the government to slowly take away all their freedoms and provide living quarters for them that protected the environment at the expense of their free will.
        In 11/22/63 the plot takes the reader back to the past so the main character can undo history and prevent President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in hopes of providing a better future for America in the 21st Century.
    Page 2 of 2 -     Cloud Atlas, well I’m still trying to figure out that one. Remember 2001: A Space Odyssey?  Have you ever tried to explain the plot? The movie was fascinating, but no way could I explain it. I wanted to see the Cloud Atlas movie because I think it would be fascinating to watch, but almost impossible to explain. Reading literature or watching a movie like this is like trying to explain a Pablo Picasso masterpiece to a blind man.
        My other hobby is miniatures.  I have been building a miniature Beacon Hill Dollhouse for the past 27 years. It is sort of like my losing weight.  I have lost 300 pounds…the same 10 pounds 30 times.
        Stay warm. 

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