November 2013 archive

After Her – Book Review

It was the place we found out about everything, that mountain. Animal bones and deer scat. Birds, flowers, condoms. The bodies of dead animals, the bodies of men. Rocks and lizards. Sex and death. – from After Her – It is a hot, dry summer in Northern California.  It is 1979. Rachel is thirteen – …

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Ade – Book Review and Giveaway

It was like nothing penetrated until I began making my way toward him. And then it was as if I had been dying of emptiness, so readily did the world bleed into me. – from Ade, page 10 – Farida is an American college student when she decides to journey overseas with her friend, Miriam. …

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Mailbox Monday – November 25, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Crystal at I Totally Paused. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Also please note: Marcia is looking for someone to take over the running of this meme – see her most recent post …

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Sunday Salon – November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013 Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of The Sunday Salon. Visit the Facebook Page for links to other bloggers’ posts. The last time I posted a Salon post was way back on July 7th. This year has been one of ups and downs and lots of distractions. My reading is …

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Quiet Dell – Book Review

He took from his pocket a white linen handkerchief and removed his round gold spectacles. He cleaned the lenses carefully and folded the handkerchief, replacing it in his front suit pockets so that one corner crisply protruded. He regarded himself in the driver’s rearview mirror and smoothed his bow tie. Then he got out of …

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Chasing the King of Hearts – Book Review

If she hadn’t visited Mateusz (she wanted to warn him that the vice squad would be enquiring about her), she wouldn’t have learnt that the postman had been there. That he had delivered a letter. That her husband was asking for food. And that he had sent a new address. Mauthausen, Block AKZ. In short, …

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Reindeer Grove Pillow

*click on any photo in this post to enjoy a larger view I have been having a little fun and getting in the Christmas spirit with my sewing lately. I am continuing to sew along with the Threadbias group, Pretty in Patchwork Holiday Sew A Long and this month we were challenged to make the …

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Nonfiction November 2013: Become the Expert

Have you seen what Kim of Sophisticated Dorkiness and Leslie of Regular Rumination are doing this month? They’re dedicating their reading to nonfiction and hosting a series of weekly discussion topics to get us all involved. I missed last week, but thought I’d join the discussion this week. Be the Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert: Share a …

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Mailbox Monday – November 4, 2013

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Crystal at I Totally Paused. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Also please note: Marcia is looking for someone to take over the running of this meme – see her most recent post …

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What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs – Book Review

I’ve grown more comfortable working with the dead. With parts of them, really. A few teeth, a vertebra, a piece of carpet that lay underneath a body. One of my German shepherd’s standard training materials is dirt harvested from sites where decomposing bodies rested. Crack open a Mason jar filled with that dirt, and all …

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