June 2010 archive

Promises to Keep – Book Review

Looking around the table, Steffi sees pain, and grief, sadness and loss. And yet…and yet…there is love, and laughter, and life. – from Promises to Keep, page 336 – Steffi is living in New York City, a thirty year old free spirit who cooks for a restaurant during the day and parties at night – …

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The Secret Lives of People in Love – Book Review

Love reveals the beauty of seemingly trivial things – a pair of shoes, an empty wine glass, an open drawer, cracks on the avenue. – from The World Laughs in Flowers, page 48 of The Secret Lives of People in Love – Simon Van Booy weaves tales of ordinary people and makes them extraordinary in …

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Mailbox Monday – June 28, 2010

Another Monday…and another Mailbox Monday (hosted each week by Marcia at The Printed Page). No matter how disciplined I try to be, books keep finding their way onto my shelves…and this week was no different. Here is what arrived on my doorstep over the last seven days: I requested Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman  …

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Sunday Salon – June 27, 2010

June 27, 2010 7:00 AM I am up bright and early this morning. I love this time of day before the heat settles in – a light breeze is blowing and the birds are singing their hearts out. Yesterday Kip and I had a busy day of yard sales and going to the Tuscan Heights …

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The Quickening – Book Review

Children are a way of keeping things, or so I once believed. They plant you to this earth, give you roots to stay a while.  – from The Quickening, page 5 – The Quickening is the story of two women, their connection to the land and to their children…and ultimately to each other. Set in …

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The Outside Boy – Book Review

And it seemed to me that we was like seafarers, and the tober was the ocean. We was passing the landlubbers by. We gawped at each other, us from our ships, and them from their shores, but the gap between us was so big we couldn’t cross it. It was high tide or low tide, …

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I’m a Magic Wand…

You Are the Magic Wand You are imaginative and idealistic. You believe that anything is possible, and you don’t leave room for doubt. You think that there is too much hopelessness in the world. People need more optimism and hope in their lives. You know that change isn’t as easy as the flick of a …

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Feeling Antsy?

It is officially summer which makes me think of all kinds of things: hiking, swimming, hot weather, cloudless days…and insects. So when I turned on NPR the other day and heard they would be interviewing entomologist and author Mark Moffett about his latest book Adventures among Ants: A Global Safari with a Cast of Trillions, …

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Quilts for Kids – Finished!

As part of the Social Justice Challenge in May, I decided to make a quilt for an organization called Quilts for Kids whose mission is: Transforming discontinued, unwanted and other fabrics into patchwork quilts that comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse. I finished this quilt over the weekend and mailed it off …

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Mailbox Monday – June 21, 2010

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday hosted every Monday by Marcia at The Printed Page. I got some real gems this week. Beside the Sea by Veronique Olmi and Stone in a Landslide by Maria Barbal both arrived from Peirene Press thanks to Meike. I discovered this small press through a post by …

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