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The Best Books I Read In 2012

The Best Books I Read In 2012
In 2012 my reading took me into the lives of Japanese-American women during WWII; introduced me to a fascinating family on the edge of an Indian Reservation in North Dakota; chilled me with the harsh Minnesota winter of a nineteenth century logging town; opened my eyes to the horror of labor service camps in Hungary, civil war in Sierra Leone [...]

A New Year, A New Plan – Readin...

A New Year, A New Plan – Reading in 2013
I am happy to welcome 2013 and it is my goal to make reading more enjoyable with less stress this year. Twenty-twelve was a tough year for me personally with the loss of my dad and my sister back in treatment for her cancer. I found myself craving “me” time and wanting to do the things which brought me a sense of accomplishment an [...]

2012 Reading Wrap-Up

2012 Reading Wrap-Up
It is the last day of 2012…and so I feel compelled to crunch the numbers for a reading wrap-up! Twenty-twelve was an interesting year for me with personal challenges and losses and a new focus on my latest obsession: quilting and sewing. I read 38 fewer books and nearly 10,000 fewer pages than in 2011, but the quality of my reading was [...]

Mailbox Monday – December 31, 2...

Mailbox Monday – December 31, 2012
Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Suko’s Notebook this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the  meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what showed up at my house this week: White Dog Fell From the Sky by Eleanor Morse (January 7th, 2013) arrived from Viking. Set in Botswana,  Publishers [...]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!
It is Christmas Eve day and I wanted to take a minute to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, wherever you are! I hope your Christmas is filled with family and friends, delicious food, good music and conversation, and….great books! FB.XFBML.parse(); Tweet

A Year in Sewing – 2012

A Year in Sewing – 2012
  1. VintageHoliday.Folded0001, 2. TahitiToteInGiraffes.Detail, 3. Swoon.Label, 4. BlushQuilt.FrontHanging, 5. MamasChina.Crumpled0001, 6. CompanionStarFriendship.OnRail, 7. RockinRobin.Front, 8. ColorsOfSpain.FrontOnRail4, 9. FreshPalatteSummer.Quilt Binding, 10. GardenSteps.Label and Back Reveal, 11. TahitiToteInElephants.FrontDetail, 12. K [...]

The Coffin Factory – Review of ...

The Coffin Factory – Review of a Literary Magazine
The Coffin Factory serves as a nexus between readers, writers, and the book publishing industry.  Our mission is to provide great literature and art to people who love books, including those who do not usually read literary magazines. We believe that quality literature and art are essential for the existence of an intelligent society.  In ord [...]

The Invisible Bridge – Book Rev...

The Invisible Bridge – Book Review
One and a half million Jewish men and women and children. How was anyone to understand a number like that? Andras knew it took three thousand to fill the seats of the Dohany Street Synagogue. To accommodate a million and a half, one would have had to replicate that building , its arches and domes, its Moorish interior, its balcony, its dark w [...]

Mailbox Monday – December 17, 2...

Mailbox Monday – December 17, 2012
Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Suko’s Notebook this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the  meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what showed up at my house this week: The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (January 2, 2013) arrived from Harper Collins. This book is a Barnes &am [...]

A Quilt Finish for Christmas: Mama...

A Quilt Finish for Christmas: Mama’s China
*Click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view I am really happy to finish this bed quilt just in time for Christmas. With its cream background and lots of red, it strikes me as a holiday quilt. I used Sweetwater’s wonderful Mama Said Sew collection (I used a jelly roll plus some yardage), and their pattern (Mama’s China [...]
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