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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

People Reading...Charles Dickens


Charles Dickens reading to his daughters.


Saturday, August 10, 2019

Weekend Reflections 8/10

Looking outside...it's sunny, but we had thunderstorms last night, and we may have more this evening. The Little Miss doesn't like thunder, lightning or fireworks.

Listening...we are in the office this morning, so I can hear The Doctor talking with a patient in the exam room and the sound of the ocean. It's what The Doctor has playing in the office instead of music. 

Loving...time with my family. Our boys are becoming good men and I am proud of them. They bring me joy. They make me laugh. 

Thinking...It's been a year since my last Weekend Reflection. I need to get back into writing my reflections and thoughts. There are so many thoughts and feelings rolling through my head--political, religious, literary. It's time to start writing them out for processing.


In my kitchen...dishes in the sink. Always. Not sure what is for dinner. Standard refrain.

Wearing...denim skirt, black and white striped tank, red cardigan, black flats.

Reading...I couldn't tell you the last actual new book I read. I have so many in my Kindle and on my bedside table, but mentally, it just takes too much effort right now to concentrate on something new. 

Today...we have patients this morning. We need to replace the ceiling fan in our bedroom and do some things around the house. I'm feeling the need to purge and minimize.

Quoting...the band Queen has lyrics that resonate with me all the time. Love them. The words to Is This the World We Created have been swirling through my mind these last few months.


Just look at all those hungry mouths we have to feed. 
Take a look at all the suffering we breed. 
So many lonely faces scattered all around,
Searching for what they need.

Is this the world we created? 
We made it on our own. 
Is this the world we invaded, 
Against the law? 
So it seems in the end. 
Is this what we're all living for today? 
The world that we created.

You know that everyday a helpless child is born, 
Who needs some loving care inside a happy home. 
Somewhere a wealthy man is sitting on his throne 
Waiting for life to go by. 

Is this the world we created? 
We made it on our own. 
Is this the world we devastated, 
Right to the bone? 
If there is a God up in the sky 
Looking down, what must He think of what we've done 

To the world that He created? 

Is This the World We Created?
~Brian May & Freddie Mercury

Feeling...tired, but I'm always tired. Reflective. I've been reflective a lot this last year and that hasn't changed. I haven't written much and I do so much better emotionally when I can write. 

Planning...this next week. The Artist graduated from high school in May. He was going to go to school this fall, but has decided to push it out until Spring, so we need to get some paperwork and tasks done to finalize those plans.

I'm looking ahead to next week's patient schedule and what needs to be done, prepped, and so forth. This last year has not made me love healthcare more. 

Gratitude...for caffeine this morning, for patients who make me laugh, for air conditioners in the summertime

From my world... 




Did I ever share that we brought a puppy into our family last year? We did. She is a beautiful silver lab named Cocoa. She is a challenging joy. I am not a dog person. I never have been. I grew up terrified of dogs, but this little girl completes our family. I have come to understand love so much more because of our Little Miss. To be greeted each day, by something that loves you so much is incredible. She exudes joy and love. We call her "wiggle butt" because she can hardly walk at times from her tail wagging so hard with excitement. So, while I have not become a "dog person", I am a "Cocoa dog person". 

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

Thursday, February 21, 2019

#CoverCrush: The Lost Letters of William Woolf

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 letters. So a book about letters? I am so there. Love this cover. The letters in a folder, tied with string. Who are they to? Who sent them? 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 Historical Fiction Reader. 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, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

#CoverCrush: the summer cottage

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 winter over summer. I know, I'm weird. But, I also adore the ocean. And by February, at least in Idaho, winter is gray, so the idea of a summer cottage on the beach is appealing. And this cover? I want this cottage with its porch, hammock and gorgeous views. Who is this woman relaxing on the porch? 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 Historical Fiction Reader. 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, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

#CoverCrush: The Whispered Word

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.


Scones with butter and jam. Books, a key. A library. How could you resist a cover like this? It's scrumptious. 

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

Cover Crush is a weekly series that originated with Erin at Historical Fiction Reader. 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, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

#CoverCrush: The Neverland Inn

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 brick wall. Tree trunks and an outdoor light. Where is this inn. The name evokes Peter Pan. Who stays there? 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 Historical Fiction Reader. 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, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

#CoverCrush: The Last Suppers

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 woman's fading image. A watch tower and barbed wire fence. A prison? A concentration camp? 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 Historical Fiction Reader. 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, Historical Fiction Reader, A Bookaholic Swede, Layered Pages, A Literary Vacation.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Childhood Favorites...Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

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.

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle probably taught me more about good behavior and manners than any human adult in my life ever did. And she lived in an upside down house! How cool is that?


I don't remember when I first discovered Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, but she was awesome. I read her books over and over again. I loved her way of teaching life lessons to children. The little girl who wouldn't take a bath? And suddenly grew radishes in her arms and legs? That's still one of my favorites along with the little boy who was selfish and didn't want anyone to play with his toys.

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