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Be Kind. Do Good. Love is a Verb.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Whimsy Wednesday: Just be able to read...


How nice it would be to just sit in a field and be able to read with a light breeze in the air rustling the pages of your book.

Source.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Weekend Reflections 9/16

Looking outside...it's sunny but cool. Blessedly cool. Currently 48 with a projected high of 67. I am in heaven.  

Listening...to The Artist and The Doctor in the office together talking. The Boy worked late and is still asleep.

Loving...the cooler weather. Bliss. Absolute bliss.

Thinking...that I'm not thinking. 

In my kitchen...We are going out to dinner with friends, which means the boys likely get pizza. 

Wearing...black skirt, tan shirt and green SWEATER!!!!!

Reading...what's that again? 

Today...some laundry. Some billing for the office. The Doctor is taking the boys to get haircuts later. I'm thinking about a nap.

This morning we went and helped clean our church building. We have the opportunity to that a couple of times a year. It's always early on a Saturday, but it's a privilege to serve and I love serving with people I know and like.

The Artist has lawns to mow later, once the morning dew has dried on the lawns.

Quoting...“I am Groot". -- Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy

Feeling...Tired. 

I am so tired of politics. I am so tired of people looking for ways to be offended. I am tired of the media spinning news and misleading headlines. Why is it that we focus on the negative? Why is it that we always look to complain? Why is it that we look to find fault?

Look for the good in the world, in other people. Don't assume there is an angle. Don't take offense when there is likely none meant.

Be kind, do good. Love is a verb.

Planning...there is always something on the horizon. There is always something to work for and look forward to.

Gratitude...for cooler weather and sweaters. For sons who kiss my forehead and give me random hugs in the kitchen. For laughing together. For my family. They are my world. 

From my world... 



The Doctor's birthday is tomorrow. There is so much I appreciate about him. The Boy helped me change up our hanging Scrabble board to reflect him.

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

Friday, September 15, 2017

Childhood Favorites...Tisha

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 loved Tisha when I read it as a teenager. I wanted to be a teacher after I read it. That goal didn't last long, but my appreciation for the story did.


Anne Hobbs is a wonderful heroine. She goes to Alaska in the 1920s to teach school and as she tries to befriend the people of Chicken, Alaska (what a funky name) she finds that the white people don't like it when others of their kind mix with the Indians. Anne befriends and teaches the Indian children and falls in love with an Indian man. Her strength and character are amazing.

The children couldn't pronounce "teacher" so it came out as "tisha".

I love stories about strong women. And stories based on fact and real-life women are the best.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Cover Crush: The 9:45 to Bletchley


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.


Stark black and white with red. It doesn't get much more classic than that. The font and the clothing style give it a definite vintage feel--likely some time during World War 2. The title gives that away as well, because Bletchley figured strongly during the war. Who is the woman? Why is she looking back at the soldier? 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 CourtFlashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Cover Crush: The Hope Chest


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.


When I was a teenager, hope chests were something a teenage girl was given in preparation for her getting married and leaving home. It was a place or her to keep the items she had collected to help furnish her future home. Some of my friends had them, some didn't. I didn't and neither did my sisters. But the idea is sweet.

This gorgeous cover shows pretty linens with an old iron key. Is the key to the hope chest? Is it to something else? To whom does the chest belong? Who are the two girls walking along the top of the page? What is the 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 Swede, Layered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Books I Have Forgotten

Each month I revisit some of my past reviews. One of the reasons I started this book blog was to remember what books I have read. My memory isn't the greatest anymore and I found that I would read a book and then not remember if I liked it or what it was even about.

Maybe one of these will prompt you to seek out an older, but amazing book. Or, if you've read one of these and your review was different, please share!

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The Sugarless Plum by Zippora Karz
3/5 Stars
1/2010

"This was a memoir I thoroughly enjoyed. I love ballet and while it's not a "tell all" book, the insiders look into the world of the New York City Ballet was fascinating. Zippora's account of the perseverance it took to become a prima ballerina is inspiring: the hard work and hours of practice; the pressure to not only excel, but succeed to the expectations of greats like George Balanchine."

I don't remember anything about this and if I liked it so much, I wonder why it received only 3 stars?

The Grief of Others by Leah Hager Cohen
9/2011
3/5 Stars

"Beautifully lyrical, but with moderate, unnecessary profanity. While this isn't necessarily a book that I would re-read, it's a compelling story about life and family heartbreak and how tragedy has the ability to both bring us together and divide us forever. "

I have no memory of this one.
Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie
4/5 Stars
9/2011

"This is an exciting, entertaining story with a charming heroine and handsome hero. While I found myself annoyed at times with Kendra's instant ability to jump to the wrong conclusions, I admired her gumption. And with evil villains and scoundrels, Dorian was the perfect hero, always rushing to the rescue. Along the way, though, they both learn the importance of God and family."

Apparently I enjoyed it.

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What about you? What are some of the books you've read in previous years?

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Weekend Reflections 9/2

Looking outside...it's sunny with a smoky haze from fires burning in Montana. Current temp is 72 with a projected high of 97. I'm so ready for fall.

Listening...to the boys watching Guardians of the Galaxy. The Doctor is taking a nap, because he was up late last night and then up uber early this morning for the Balloon Classic.

Loving...that school has started and The Artist is doing well. Junior year is fun because he gets to take lots of electives. He has Theater, Theater-tech, Photography and Art, in addition to English, Seminary and Library Aide. 

Thinking...that I will likely go watch the movie with the boys. 

In my kitchen...I think we'll do Shepherd's Pie for dinner. I only put the potatoes on half of it and then it's fairly Keto friendly for The Doctor. I'm having a Crio Bru right now. Love that stuff.

Wearing...denim skirt and tan shirt. No shoes.

Reading...what's that again? 

Today...some laundry. Some billing for the office. Picking up a birthday gift for my niece.

This morning we went over to The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic. It was early, and still dark when we left, but so worth it to see the balloons launch. My cousin and her family met us there. So many beautiful colors and designs and it was stunning to see 30+ balloons all rise at the same time. Just breathtaking. And so many pleasant people out with their families.

Quoting...“Bad things do happen in the world, like war, natural disasters, disease. But out of those situations always arise stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” ― Daryn Kagan

Feeling...Tired. 

I've had to deal with healthcare organizations this week and it's been incredibly disheartening. "Yes, we made a clerical error that will cost you an extra $300+ this month, and I am so very sorry, but we can't change it." I appreciate that you "escalated it as far as I could" and I believe you when you say, "I am so sorry", but that doesn't help me in this moment. You escalated it to people who sit in their little gilded offices and don't care about the people they are, in theory, supposed to help. 

How do you work for a healthcare company and still have ethics and morals and care about others? I honestly don't think it's possible if all you do is sit in an office. Doctors and nurses on the front lines? Yeah, they see the people and they care. You sheltered people in your pretty offices have no freaking clue. You just care about money.

I'm also heartsick for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. It's so devastating. I am frustrated at those who insist on politicizing natural disasters. It doesn't matter what kind of shoes the first lady wore to get on the plane and any reporter who made it into a story just drove home the idea that journalists are biased and not to be trusted. 

It doesn't matter that a man of one race rescued a woman of a different race. What matters? What matters is that the south was hit with a devastating hurricane. There are people who lost everything. And the important thing is that communities and people came together to help and serve each other, which is what good people do. 

We don't need to point out the assumed political party of those responders. We don't need to post pictures and make obvious comments on the race of those helping and those being helped. Who cares? Seriously. Who cares? What difference does it make? It should make no difference.

The best thing to come out of this is what I expected. America is great. America is full of great people who may disagree politically, but who can still get along and look past any perceived differences and only see their fellow men and women. Not everything is as it is portrayed by the media, by relatively few people who give peaceful protesters a bad name. 

With this disaster, America proved again that we are strong when we work together, and America proved that journalists and loud mouths on social media don't try to show that strength as a rule. They just want to sow discord and improve ratings to further their twisted agendas. On both sides.

Planning...plans for the upcoming week. Plans for business opportunities. 

Gratitude...for air conditioning, for family, for time together. For friends. For good people in this world who outnumber the bad.


From my world... 



I think this will become a new, annual tradition.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Trimming the TBR

Today there were 2879 books on my To-Read list in Goodreads. Last time I purged, I end up with 2831, so obviously I added more...

This time around I purged a bunch of homemaking, home living books.


It's All Too Much and Open Heart, Open Home


The Hidden Art of Homemaking and Keeping House


A Life That Says Welcome and The Art of Romantic Living


For the Family's Sake and Passionate Housewives Desperate for God


Practicing Hospitality and Manners Made Easy


Made from Scratch and Simply Living Smart


Making Work at Home Work and Making a Family Home


Organized Simplicity and An Everlasting Meal


Living Well, Spending Less and The Life Giving Home

These 18 books are about housekeeping, homemaking, family life and simplifying. I don't remember adding many of them to my list. I'm sure they are all good in their own way. I find humor in books that teach you how to simplify. Really? You need a book to tell you how to get rid of clutter or things you don't use or need?

A couple of these books talk about how to be a hospitable host. Really? Think about the places you've stayed and how you felt or were treated. Do that or don't do that. Be kind. Provide your guests with a comfortable place to sleep and clean towels.

If you like flowers, pick up a bouquet the next time you shop. Stick them in a vase on your table. Easy peasy. It doesn't have to be fancy or elaborate.

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I ended this purge with 2825 books and obviously I didn't list every single book that I deleted here. I'd like to say that it's progress, but let's be honest. I'll be adding more, we all know it!

What about you? How many books are on your TBR? Do you ever go through and clean it out?

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cover Crush: The Woman Next Door


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.


A gorgeous back yard patio. A table set for two. Who will be dining? Are they friends or family? The title would suggest that they perhaps are neighbors. Who is the woman next door 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 CourtFlashlight CommentaryA Bookaholic SwedeLayered Pages, indieBRAG, A Literary Vacation, Of Quills and Vellum.