May 2012 archive

The Elephant Keeper – Book Review

Only an Elephant. As if a creature as noble and brave as an Elephant, as fine and beautiful and intelligent as an Elephant, were worth no more than a common frog, or bird, or beetle, or rat. I gazed at her, the sack of carrots in my hand. ‘When you say she is only an …

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Mailbox Monday – May 28, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf. Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. I got a treasure trove of wonderful books this week: Simon & Schuster sent me The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos …

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Sunday Salon – May 27, 2012

May 27, 2012 Good morning and Happy Memorial Day weekend. I took Friday off, so I’m enjoying a four day weekend of sleeping late, and doing nothing except what I want to do! This week I finished three books (wow – that hasn’t happened for quite some time) and am about half way through a …

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Buddha in the Attic – Book Review

On the boat we were mostly virgins. We had long black hair and flat wide feet and we were not very tall. Some of us had eaten nothing but rice gruel as young girls and had slightly bowed legs, and some of us were only fourteen years old and were still young girls ourselves. – …

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Make It Stay – Book Review

But Tilda’s smile would always – as long as we were to know her – be broken, distant, holding to itself some gritty knowledge, something we could not then guess at, however much we tried. There was mockery in it. There was hatred in it. These were not observations you could prove, or defend. – …

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Mailbox Monday – May 21, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday which is hosted this month by Reviews by Martha’s Bookshelf. Go to the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. This week two books arrived at my house: The good folks at Random House sent me a copy of The Unlikely …

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Overseas – Book Review

“You said you had the feeling we’ve met before. That’s not exactly true, but it’s not exactly false either.” “What do you mean? When did we meet?” “You asked me my last name before. I told you I couldn’t tell you, because you wouldn’t believe me. Possibly you still won’t.” “Why wouldn’t I believe that? …

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Sunday Salon – May 20, 2012

May 20, 2012 Good morning – welcome to the Sunday Salon! If you are interested in other Salon posts, visit the Facebook page to get links. We are having gorgeous spring weather here in Northern California…and yesterday I finished up a scrappy table runner to brighten up the dining room table a bit. I had …

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Scrappy Spring Table Runner

*All photos in this post may be clicked on to enjoy a larger view. What do you do with inspiration from here… And this: And this: You start cutting, and stitching, and moving things around on your design wall until you have this – a spring, scrappy table runner which measures about 15.5″ X 38.5″: …

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A Trip to Oregon…and the Cascades Raptor Center

*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view. On the southeast edge of Eugene, Oregon, nestled among tall trees, sits the Cascades Raptor Center (CRC). Visitors to the center pull into a gravel parking lot and are greeted with the haunting calls of eagles, hawks, osprey and falcons. Kip and I …

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