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Friday, January 19, 2018

Childhood Favorites...Queen Zixi of Ix: The Story of the Magic Cloak

Childhood favorites. Everyone has a favorite book or author from childhood. A book that touched them or changed them. A book that perhaps initiated their love of reading and put them on the path of libraries and learning.

Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past. 


Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.

I am not a fan of The Wizard of Oz. There. I said it. Out loud. I tolerate the film, I never made it through the book. I don't love Wicked (please leave your pitchforks at home) or the later stories written about the Oz characters.

But, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...no, just kidding. It was a long time ago, but it was only in California, which sometimes does seem like its own galaxy, but I digress.

My third grade teacher read to us each week. And one of the books she read to us was L. Frank Baum's, Queen Zixi of Ix: The Story of the Magic Cloak. It was originally written in 1905. I don't know how many people are even familiar with this book as it has nothing to do with Oz, but I loved it.


It's the story of a magic cloak that grants its wearer one wish. As the cloak passes from person to person, many wishes are made. Some are foolish, some are wise. Some are selfish and some generous. The cloak eventually falls into the hands of two children; an orphaned brother and sister who are living with their aunt in poverty. The resulting tale is engaging and funny and thoughtful.

I finally managed to get my own copy when I was in college.

What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

#CoverCrush: the canterbury sisters


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.


I love tea cups. Have I ever mentioned that here? I love stacked tea cups. And the colors here are muted and springy. Maybe I liked that because here in Idaho in the winter? It's gray and dreary. Is this a book about sisters? Do they drink tea? Have tea parties? Live a high life? What is their story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic SwedeLayered PagesA Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Weekend Reflections 1/13

Looking outside...it's clear and currently 33. The sun is shining and the sky is blue. We've had rain this week, which we need, but no snow since Christmas. I'm okay with that. The sun is shining. That's the most important thing.

Listening...to absolute silence. The boys are asleep. The Doctor is seeing some patients this morning.

Loving...time with The Doctor. I do enjoy being in the office with him and working together. I love hearing him talk and work with patients. I love seeing patients walk out of his office happy and feeling better.

Thinking...that I could use some solitude. I think we're overdue for a drive up the mountains.

In my kitchen...Crio Bru. We grilled burgers and brats last night.

Wearing...yellow minion jammies, black long-sleeved shirt and pink fuzzy socks.

Reading...Mmmhhhhmmm.

Today...who knows. We could all use some down time.

Quoting...
 
Feeling...tired and drained. Have I ever mentioned how much I despise health insurance companies? 

Thursday, I came home with a stress-induced migraine. Friday, I called one company trying to find out benefit information on a patient and I actually cried after ending the call. I miss the days when you could hang up on a person and they knew it.

I had a whole rant written a few minutes ago. I even named insurance companies. And then, I deleted it. There is no point in ranting today. I spend far too much time ranting.

I had a wonderful Simply Healed session last week with Melanie Newman. She's amazing. I've worked with her before and I had mentioned in passing that I wanted to do another session. My sweet husband listened and as one of his Christmas gifts to me, scheduled a session for me at the first of this year. I was touched that he'd listened. And my session with Melanie was wonderful. We released so many blocks and I came away feeling lightened and focused.

And then, I let the negativity of working in healthcare bring me down again. I haven't been focusing on my own positive energy, my own affirmations. I've been letting outside influences affect me instead of my making a difference to them.

So, I'm going to focus on myself this weekend. I'm going to work at raising my own energy and building better things within myself.

Planning...this next week. Looking ahead to Spring Break.

Gratitude...for the sunshine today.

From my world... 



I love these three men.

What about you? What are you reflecting on this week? How has your week gone?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

#CoverCrush ...The Colour of Milk


I will freely admit that I judge books by their covers. The cover is usually what first captures my attention when browsing Goodreads or Netgalley. Actually, in all honesty, it isn't just usually, it's pretty much all the time. The cover determines if I look at the synopsis and reviews.



I know nothing about this book. A friend shared it as part of a selection of books she'd discovered and added to her TBR. But, I loved the cover.

Who is this woman? Her clothes are worn and her boots servicable. She wears an apron, so she is possibly a servant or possibly lives on a farm. The title is curious.  Who is she and what is her story?

What about you? Any book covers capture your attention this week?

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Flashlight Commentary. If you want to check out some other terrific bloggers and what their Cover Crush posts look like, you can do that here: The Maiden's Court, Flashlight Commentary, A Bookaholic SwedeLayered PagesA Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.