New Book Special Follies Preview:
[Having published three books of non-fiction, your Follies editor has a new bodice-ripper novel project started. Here is a sample of the work-in-progress opening chapter:]
"He grasped me firmly but gently just above my elbow and guided me into a room, his room. Then he quietly shut the door and we were alone.
He approached me soundlessly, from behind, and spoke in a low, reassuring voice close to my ear.
Without warning, he reached down and I felt his strong, calloused hands start at my ankles, gently probing, and moving upward along my calves slowly but steadily. My breath caught in my throat. I knew I should be afraid, but somehow I didn't care. His touch was so experienced, so sure.
When his hands moved up onto my thighs, I gave a slight shudder, and partly closed my eyes. My pulse was pounding. I felt his knowing fingers caress my abdomen, my ribcage. And then, as he cupped my firm, full breasts in his hands, I inhaled sharply. Probing, searching,knowing what he wanted, he brought his hands to my shoulders, slid them down my tingling spine and into my panties.
Although I knew nothing about this man, I felt oddly trusting and expectant. This is a man, I thought. A man used to taking charge. A man not used to taking `no' for an answer. A man who would tell me what he wanted. A man who would look into my soul and say ...
"Okay, ma'am," said a voice. "All done."
My eyes snapped open and he was standing in front of me, smiling, holding out my purse.
"You can board your flight now."
[Thanks Chuck Gardner & Dennis Hurley]
Here is the cover for the new romance novel:
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We've heard from our friend, Cindy, in Northern Wisconsin. She says it has been snowing heavily for three days now. Her husband, Bob, has done nothing but stare through the window.
Cindy says "If it doesn't stop soon, I'll probably have to let him in."
[Thanks Bob Richards and Lynne Campbell.]
Mr. Bob Feller, Cleveland Indians pitcher, of Van Meter, Iowa, dead at 92. He won 266 games, even with four years out to serve in the Navy during WWII aboard the battleship USS Alabama. He earned five campaign ribbons with four battle stars..
"Rapid Robert," also so known as the"Heater from Van Meter," once struck out 18 in a single game. One batter said "When Feller threw a pitch, all you heard was a whoosh!" He made the big leagues as a rookie at age 17. After his war-time service, in 1946 when he won 26 games, his salary was $82,000. Today the average big league salary is $3 million. A third-baseman batting a lowly .270, A-Rod of the Yankees, was paid $33 million this year.
U-Conn WOMEN break John Wooden's UCLA record of consecutive wins set back in 1971-74. The appropriately named Huskies have won 89 games in a row. Parity has finally arrived with the passage of time since Title IX was passed:
Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is a United States law enacted on June 23, 1972. In 2002 it was renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, in honor of its principal author Congresswoman Mink, but is most commonly known simply as Title IX. The law states that
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance...—United States Code Section 20, 
Now ... Just getting home
from the holidays:
Happy New Year to all our Follies friends.
'It wouldn't be Friday without the Follies.'