October 2011 archive

Little America – Book Review

How good it feels to drive a car you didn’t steal. How good it feels to have a stomach full of food. How good the little breeze, flowing through the cab.  – from Holy Sisters, page 31 – Diane Simmons has given readers a lovely and poignant collection of short stories where characters travel across …

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Mailbox Monday – October 31, 2011

Welcome to this week’s edition of Mailbox Monday. This month Mailbox Monday is being hosted by Serena at Savvy Verse & Wit. In November Mailbox Monday moves to the dedicated blog for the meme. You can check that blog to see the complete tour schedule in the left hand sidebar. Make sure to visit Serena’s …

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Sunday Salon – October 30, 2011

October 30, 2011 Is it really the end of October? Wow, this month flew by and I have missed two Salons in a row. My sister was here from New Hampshire and we had a wonderful visit which included a whirlwind of visits to various quilt shops in Northern California and Southern Oregon…and together we …

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Love at Absolute Zero – Book Review

He knew the way to find the right person. He should use the same approach that had always served him well: the scientific method. Use the scientific method for love. – from Love at Absolute Zero, page 30 – Gunnar Gunderson is thirty-two years old and has just made tenure. His entire focus has been …

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A Little Bit About Me (or…More Than You Wanted to Know)

Me at 3 Years Old Thanks to Leah at Amused By Books who shared this meme. Age: 51 Bed Size: Queen Chore that you hate: Dusting and cleaning the bathroom – ugh. Dogs: Are you kidding me? Of course! My current dog is the rascal Raven – almost 3 years old and full of the …

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Solitaria – Book Review

Revisiting my childhood is like standing on the shores of a turbulent sea: achingly beautiful and dangerous – the thunderclap of breakers, the foamlicks of crests, the way swells undulate, graceful as pregnant women, the boil of froth through sand in a rip tide. And I, who never learned to swim, long to submerge myself …

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Love at First Bark – Book Review

It was always nice to get a great little dog who was easy to adopt out, but the special ones – the old ones, the sick ones, the blind and deaf ones the pregnant ones – they really needed someone to help them. – from Love at First Bark – Julie Klam is a sucker …

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Giveaway: DVD/Book Bundle of Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Academy Award® Winner Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson On Blu-ray and DVD November 1 LIFE IS THE MOST SPECTACULAR SHOW ON EARTH Thanks to the generosity of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, I am thrilled to be able to offer one lucky reader to my blog a DVD/book bundle of …

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Water for Elephants – The Movie

I read the novel Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen way back in 2007 and thoroughly enjoyed it (read my review), so when I got the opportunity to preview the movie (due for release on Blu-Ray/DVD November 1st), I took it. The producers of this film (starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon) have been incredibly …

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The Marriage Artist – Book Review (and Giveaway)

When he thought of Wind, when he thought of Aleksandra, when he thought of his father – when Daniel thought of anyone he had known who was now dead – what survived of them was not only love. What survived also were the echoes of all the resistance they had thrown up to life (and …

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