Author Archives: Jessica Bates

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I can't stop changing all the time.

I miss you guys!

Hello book friends. I am getting a little sad that I’m gone! First it was exciting, and now that I’m getting settled, I want nothing more than to come to the next book club meeting and chat with you beautiful ladies! I’m looking for a book club here, but job hunting has taken priority over that for a while. Everyone, please send positive job-hunting vibes my way. I will return the good vibes to each of you, I promise.

If anyone wants to see what I’ve been up to, check out the blog I keep for my family and friends here: —  Blogs all over the place, I know, right!

Also, I hope all of you read the book, because I have a feeling Ginny’s going to be more serious than I was. Just kidding Ginny! I will be thinking of you all tomorrow night. Have a great time and a lively discussion.

Love from the wild West!


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Miami Going Green Earth Day Festival 2010

Hello! I hope at least some of you are reading and enjoying The Red Tent. Info coming soon on when/where the next meeting will be. For now, I wanted to share this really sweet event with you.

Miami Going Green Earth Day Festival 2010 is Saturday, April 24. It’s FREE at Bayfront Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be seminars on local food, green parenting, green transport in Miami, recycling, etc. There will ALSO be a clothing swap (I can only imagine how giant and awesome it will be). I know a few of us have talked about trading clothes at a swap before, but why not benefit from the potential of thousands of closets across Miami? For bikers, there will be a free bike valet (I’m probably just going to walk, though). Also, if you have any old electronics to recycle, there will be a recycling team on staff to take these hard-to-recycle items.

Anyone interested in joining me? I’m totally going, and I’m looking forward to freshening up my closet! I’ve really been itching for new clothes!

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April Book

We’ve been a little off track lately with book club. Everyone is so busy these days! So, hopefully no one will mind, but a few of us went ahead and picked an April book. I’ve read it before (but I’m going to re-read it because it’s been a long time), and I can say that it’s a very good read. I think we’ll have lots of great discussion topics, and I hope you enjoy the book.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

A few of us will be going to free yoga at Bayfront in the morning if anyone’s interested in joining! I hope everyone is having a great week. Love!

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I miss you guys!

I think it’s about time we got together to talk about Perfume: The Story of a Murderer. (Mark and I got the movie on Netflix. If you like the book at all, I recommend the movie. It was pretty visually interesting…) Here’s a picture from the film to pump you up for the meeting.

Tuesday, March 23, seems to be a good day. I’m not sure what time we’ll get together yet, but most likely it will be either 7 or 8 p.m. I’m also not sure where we will have it, but I will let you know in an email!

I just got a gig at an art gallery in Miami, and I would love for you all to check out the website! (See it here: Artrageous Gallery) — I will be working in the Brickell location very soon, so I hope you all can stop by and say hello! Also, if anyone needs fine art (or knows someone who does), let me know and I will do my best to help.

I miss you all! I’m looking forward to our meeting! Come with suggestions for the next book. 🙂


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Interview: Ursula K. Le Guin

Hey there. Remember the book we read – The Left Hand of Darkness? The author, Ursula K. Le Guin, is severely opposed to Google Books and its quest to download books in a limitless library and undermine copyright laws. The article/interview can be found here – it was written by Clare L. Evans and published on her blog Universe. It’s a pretty interesting read, if you have some time.

When asked what she wanted to happen to her books when she died, Le Guin answers:

I want them to be available, I want cheap paper editions of them, I want them to be continuously downloaded in forty different languages, I want them to be read, I want them to be argued about, I want people to cry over them, I want unreadable dissertations written about them, I want people to get angry with them, I want people to love them.


Happy hump day!


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this and that

Hello ladies. I’ve seen some of you recently, and I was wondering how everyone is liking the book. Let me know what you think so far! I’ve finished, and it sure has made me think about smells more than I usually do. Hah.

I’m not sure what everyone’s schedule is like. I know February is over today, and next week might be crazy, and then UM’s spring break (which affects Ginny and me, via Mark) is coming up in March. Maybe we can squeeze a meeting in the week of March 7-13? Maybe Tuesday or Thursday? I will put up a poll soon, but for now, please just comment on the day of that week that would work best for you. If you have multiple days, please list them, so I can maximize the amount of people at the next meeting! I’m really excited to talk about this book; I think it will be a good discussion.

And, for your lazy Sunday, here’s a video of a lady I went to high school with. She’s living in NYC, trying to make her dreams come true. I really enjoyed this song, and I wanted to share it with you all. Have a great day, and enjoy!


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Lucky Strike, etc.

The ladies that bowled last week had tons of fun! We played one game, and I won! (I say that as sportsman-like as possible.) Next time we  should have the whole book club come! I think it would be even more fun with more people.

If you want to read my Hello Miami review, you can view it here. You may notice the pictures are repeats.  🙂

And about the book – has anyone started? What are your thoughts? Do you love it? Hate it? When should we have the next meeting? I’m thinking the last week in February…

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