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Greetings from an Old Dog who's learning new tricks

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Ruth Sims
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Greetings from an Old Dog who's learning new tricks

Post by Ruth Sims » Thu February 10th, 2011, 4:55 pm

I joined here just days before my computer died (well, it was 10 years old, after all. R.I.P.). Bought a new one, and then the monitor died. So I've been computerless for about a month!

I'm Ruth Sims. I'm in the US, in Illinois. We may be the worst-run state in the union, but at least we finally recognize Domestic Partnerships! Once in a while we do something right.

My published historical fiction are The Phoenix (Lethe Press) & Counterpoint: Dylan's Story (Dreamspinner). Counterpoint was just recently honored by the LGBT Round Table of the American Library Association. I also have several published short stories, but they're not historical.

I'm really, really, really, really old. Nonetheless I like to learn new things. You CAN teach an old dog new tricks.

In April I will be celebrating my first wedding anniversary... in my second 50 years of marriage.


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Post by fljustice » Thu February 10th, 2011, 5:05 pm

Hi Ruth!

Welcome to the forum and congrats on your anniversary. My sister and her partner have their anniversary in April, as well. They married during the loophole in California, but keep their original date. Who wants to go back to paper when you can have gold! Looking forward to "meeting" you on the boards.
Faith L. Justice, Author Website

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Post by Misfit » Thu February 10th, 2011, 5:25 pm

Hi Ruth, glad to have you here. My mother's family is from Chicago. While I haven't spent much time there I do recall hearing a few things about the politics there.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Thu February 10th, 2011, 5:40 pm

Hi Ruth, and welcome! One of the things that makes this board so friendly is that, on average, we don't discuss politics much. That way, people of all political leanings get to know others who may not agree with them before the stereotype blinkers go up.
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Hi from another newbie

Post by DeAnnaCameron » Thu February 10th, 2011, 5:58 pm

Hi, Ruth --
I'm new to HFO, too. I look forward to seeing you around the boards :-)
DANCING AT THE CHANCE, love and vaudeville in Old New York (Berkley/April)
THE BELLY DANCER, a novel of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair (Berkley/out now)

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Thu February 10th, 2011, 10:21 pm

Welcome, Ruth. I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Post by CindyInOz » Fri February 11th, 2011, 12:03 am

[quote=""Ruth Sims""]In April I will be celebrating my first wedding anniversary... in my second 50 years of marriage.[/quote]

Welcome Ruth! I'm getting married in April, so my anniversary will also be in April. I'm probably too old now to ever to get to my second 50 years of marriage, but I'm very much looking forward to my first 50 :D

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Post by Ariadne » Fri February 11th, 2011, 1:36 am

Hi Ruth, from a fellow Illinoisan. I'm a state employee so know all too well how things are going here. Congrats on your upcoming anniversary!

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Post by LoveHistory » Fri February 11th, 2011, 3:29 am

Welcome to HFO, Ruth.

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Post by boswellbaxter » Fri February 11th, 2011, 3:58 am

Welcome, Ruth, from yet another April bride!
Susan Higginbotham
Coming in October: The Woodvilles


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