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I mean, as a female person, I loved her long hair. But she does look great with the shorter cut as well, and seriously, who - other than your mother when you were a teen - critiques your hairstyle choices like that?
Obviously not the same as someone who had recently survived the Shoah, but there were obviously many compelling factors for people to leave their families and familiar surroundings to start a new life with someone they barely knew in a strange country.
Unfortunately, my grandmother's marriage story did not end up being a happy one, but she was away from the privations of Ireland and England, to a place of relative safety and peace... and plenty of food. I'm sure that was a big factor for many.
But you're right about how it can be a bit dissatisfying searching for things in Google. I managed to find something useful with "how to save file with a different name word 2013" - try and include the version of Word you're using next time you do a search.
As for stuff you don't know, I've been a systems administrator for 17 years, and all I use Excel for is sorting things by fields and maybe adding up columns of numbers. I think I've done a VLOOKUP like once. Years ago, I had a partner show me what CTRL-C and CTRL-V do, after I'd been working with Word for at least a few years.
The main point is "a developed hydraulic civilization maintains control over its population by means of controlling the supply of water". Substitute the Spice for water, and there's your story. Substitute oil for water in our world economy, ditto. Also, shenanigans around retaining an oil supply are not confined to the 70s and later - it was a significant part of the WWII strategy, and quite a large number of political machinations around the Middle East in particular afterwards. Such as when the Brits and Americans helped install the Shah of Iran in the early 50s (when the previous elected prime minister nationalised the oil industry).
The main drawback for the Starfarers books was how they kind of wandered off in the middle. I wonder if it was originally supposed to be a shorter series (maybe a trilogy), and then had to get spun out a bit. I also got a bit tired of the family dynamics and Stephen Thomas's constant pouting (about something he did to himself) - I completely failed to see what every other character found so attractive about him.
It's kind of appalling to realise how many decades later we still have such a dearth of alternative relationship paradigms, and so little diversity in character casts (although definitely improved from back then!) in so-called "speculative fiction"