June 2013 archive

Sunday Salon – June 30, 2013

June 30, 2013 Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. I have not posted to the Salon since June 9th! But I have a good reason. My sister arrived from New Hampshire and we had a wonderful two week visit …

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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls – Book Review

I was still more child than adult. I was not a monster but a confused, wronged girl. It would be years, though, before I would understand. In those two weeks at home, Mother had been angry, Father mainly mute, as if there was nothing to be said. They blamed me. And so I came to …

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The Dinner – Book Review

If I had to give a definition of happiness, it would be this: happiness needs nothing but itself; it doesn’t have to be validated. “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is happy in its own way” is the opening sentence of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. All I could hope to add to that is …

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Still Midnight – Book Review

Despite herself, her interest was piqued. She could feel it happening: facts, disjointed, irrelevant, being card-indexed and filed away in her mind, the familiar private landscape of deduction. All the niceties of politics, personal or professional, eluded her always, but she could do this. It was the one absolute certainty for Alex Morrow. She was …

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Vintage Modern Flower Girl Quilt

*Click on any photo to enjoy a larger view This is my most recent quilt finish – a bright, happy, summery quilt which uses Camille’s wonderful Flower Girl pattern and Bonnie & Camille’s collection of Vintage Modern fabrics (with a few other lines mixed in). I won a fat quarter stack of Vintage Modern for …

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Mailbox Monday – June 17, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Bellezaa at Dolce Bellezza this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here are the wonderful books which arrived at my house this week: My friend, the ultra talented Beth Kephart, sent me …

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Mailbox Monday – June 10, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Bellezaa at Dolce Bellezza this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what arrived at my house this week: Hachette Books sent me Still Midnight by Denise Mina which is the …

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Sunday Salon – June 9, 2013

June 9, 2013 Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. Well, I don’t know what’s happening in the rest of the country, but out here in California we’re breaking heat records. Yesterday’s temps soared to 115 in the valley, and …

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A Hundred Summers – Book Review

I wish I could remember more. I wish I had taken down every detail of Nick’s appearance, his expression, his outline against the gray buildings of the station, because I was not to see him again until the summer of 1938, the summer the hurricane came and washed the world away. – from A Hundred …

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Beth Kephart Giveaway Winners!

I am delighted by the wonderful response to this giveaway. Beth Kephart’s books NEED to be read – she is such an amazing writer, and so the fact that so many of you entered to win one of them makes me so happy. I’ve chosen two winners randomly…but first I thought it would be fun …

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