I'll take my money now, thanks

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By Becky Cassell, Editor


The CKNJ Bookmarks reading group had a great meeting on Sunday - with several new faces in addition to familiar ones.

If you enjoy reading, give us a try. We meet once every three months to discuss a book we've chosen. We know that everyone has busy lives, and that's why we decided to meet just four times a year. But we have a great discussion on those four days.

Our book discussion Sunday was on "The Lacuna," by Kentucky author Barbara Kingsolver. And, for April, we decided on "A God Who Hates" by Wafa Sultan. It was also suggested that at the same time we read Bernard West's "Islam and the West."

About Sultan's book ...

"From the front page of The New York Times to YouTube, Dr. Wafa Sultan has become a force radical Islam has to reckon with. For the first time, she tells her story and what she learned, first-hand, about radical Islam in 'A God Who Hates,' a passionate memoir by an outspoken Arabic woman that is also a cautionary tale for the West. She grew up in Syria in a culture ruled by a god who hates women."

If you enjoy reading and would like the chance to talk to others who have read the same book, we'd love to have you join us.

With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group meets once every three months. There is no membership or mandatory attendance; it's just a group of people getting together to talk about books.

Elaine Munday, librarian at Taylor County Public Library, says she will obtain several copies of the group's book selections. We also hope that those who buy the books will read them and pass them on to a friend, which will allow even more people to join in the fun.

If you're interested in joining us and want to be added to our newsletter, just drop me an e-mail at editor@cknj.com.

Our next meeting is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23 at the Extension Office. We hope to see you there.


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I received an e-mail last week from FBI Director Robert Mueller III.

Yes, I was impressed, too ... for about half a second, anyway.

I receive many e-mails each day, many of them from a list for all newspaper editors, and I assumed that's what this was - at first.

But with eight typos in the first sentence, I quickly realized it was just another spam e-mail, and I get tons of those each day, too.

But this one was amusing.

The e-mail stated that it was from the "Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C."

"We, office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) hereby write to inform you that we caught a diplomatic lady called Mrs. Vernon Wallace at (John F. Kennedy International Airport) here in New York with consignment box filed with united state dollars.

"Meanwhile, base on our interview to the diplomat she said that the consignment box belongs to you, that she was sent to deliver the consignment box to your doorstep not knowing that the content of the box is money. The diplomat also said that her first transit in the state was at Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport Ohio."


Even more amusing was the e-mail address to which I was supposed to reply to claim my "large amount of money" ... edr.ernest53@yahoo.com.

Yep, that sure sounds like an official government e-mail address to me. I'll jump right on that.