Monday, December 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

"If we can allow ourselves to step off the hamster wheel from time to time, maybe even go somewhere to get away from the craziness that swirls around us, I think it can be enormously beneficial.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.
I am reading Once We Are Brothers by Ronald H. Balson.
I am also reading The Rejected Stone by Al Sharpton.
This is an autobiography.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Quote It Sat

Curtain Call

 Hurried and worried until we're buried,
and there's no curtain call, Lifes a very funny proposition after all.
- George M. Cohan

Friday, December 27, 2013

Friday 56 / Book Beginnings

Friday 56

"This is our home, we told him. There are over three million Jews in Poland. Are we all supposed to leave, to run from the lawless violence? Cardinal Kakowski said he would take the matter up  with his superiors and see what he could do."

Book Beginnings 

"Ben Solomon stood before his bathroom mirror fumbling with his bow tie. He was eighty-three years old and getting dressed for Judgment Day. Years had come and gone since he had last worn his tuxedo, but then, Judgment Day was a black tie affair."

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

"And I'm doing some home repairs trying to make a grand dream come true with a handyman's special house, if you get my drift. Which now has wall damage I need fixed up."

"I didn't say anything. I had experienced the aftermath of death plenty but had never stared it in the face before, and I was struck dumb by the simple mystery of the process. One minute, life had been coursing through August's body, and the next, he was as still and somber as snow....I found it hard to believe that he wouldn't rise up in a minute or two, brush off his trousers, and wink at us all."

Monday, December 23, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.
I'm reading
and Black Nightingale by Julie Buss, and The Little Tiffany Baker.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Book Beginnings/Friday 56

"Technically speaking, I guess you could say I killed Robert Morgan, but I did it only because he insisted on it, and because death had clearly already gotten its mealy hands on him, and because I knew the very act of asking must have made him madder than hell."

"I was used to plenty of people staring at me, but no one had ever paid such deliberate attention to me before. My father saw me only through the haze of his evening beers. Serena Jane mostly ignored me. Brenda Dyerson, busy with a hundred things in her falling-down house, kept me pinned firmly in her peripheral vision, along with Amelia, who was always so close to me that we could touch hands without blinking but who never said a word, just smiled from time to time, offering me her broken toys when she was done playing with them.fredasvoice

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wondrous Words

wondrouswordssnowflakesDendrites – “The snow is falling so thickly, crystals and dendrites and ice particles at once, that one Dutch Colonial, the last home on the street, seems to rise from it all like a dream.”
Dendrites – tree-shaped mineral: a mineral crystallized in the shape of a treebermudaonion

caipirinha - "I was buying....of Brazilian rum and dumping tablespoons of sugar in glasses and topping with ice and drinking the rum.....fancying myself a connoisseur of the caipirinha, three nights a week."


Definition of CAIPIRINHA

:  a cocktail consisting of lime, sugar, and rum

Sunday, December 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Claire of theSea Light by Edwidge Danticat.
Now I'm reading The Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker.
Also readingMen We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward. It's nonfiction, a memoir.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Merry Ex-Mas by Victoria Christopher Murray

Teaser Tuesdaymerry ex-mas“Even if you can get a cab today, your car will still be here. How are you gonna get it home?”…It was a good thing that Angel was doing all the thinking right now….All I wanted to do was close my eyes, even for just a few minutes. That would be the best Christmas gift right now.”shouldbereading

Monday, December 9, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished No Ordinary Noel by Pat G'orge Walker. It's really a laugh every moment. Her novels are so much fun.

Now I'm reading Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat. The setting is Haiti. So far it's very sad. The little girl's mother died in childbirth. The father finds it necessary to find another woman to raise his girl child.

I am also reading Merry Ex-Mas by Victoria Christopher Murray. It's really a reality based holiday novel. Three women friends find themselves facing very challenging situations with their ex-husbands. It's hard to put this one down.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Wondrous Words

wiwaxias One of the many incredibly unique creatures discovered 
  • Wiwaxia fossil
  • This particular preparation also contains a fossil of Marrella at the upper left.
during the excavation of the Burgess Shale is  Wiwaxia, 
a creature which even today has not been classified into 
any existing animal group.   http://sci10/wiwaxia.html

The easiest way to tell an arthropod from any other animal is to see if they have:

1) A segmented body.

This means that they will have a body made up of more than one part.  Spiders have two segments and flies have three segments.

These words are from a poem. The poem is written by Stephen Edgar. Title is Contents Page.

The weird wiwaxias, worms and arthropods.......

epiphytic   A plant, such as a tropical orchid or a staghorn fern, that grows on another plant upon which it depends for mechanical support but not for nutrients. Also called aerophyte, air plant.freedictionaryEpiphytic

ostentatious show.
finery; gaudy or showy things: a fashionable dandy and his gaudery.

The python dines among an epiphytic gaudery......

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

"This was pure foolishness, and I didn't have time. Especially since this was the Saturday before Christmas, and although I'd finished my gift shopping for everyone else, this was when I loved to shop for myself. I loved being in that mix of confusion with all the last-minute shoppers. All of that pushing and shoving--that was the real spirit of Christmas."

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wondrous Words

a person who returns.
a person who returns as a spirit after death;
 "Claire Limye Lanme was a revenan, a child who had entered the world just as her mother was leaving it."

Dengue fever What is dengue fever? Dengue (say "DEN-gee" or "DEN-gay") fever is a disease caused by a virus that is carried by mosquitos. Mild cases cause a rash and flu-like symptoms. Some people, especially children, can get more serious forms of the illness, known as dengue hemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. What causes dengue fever? Dengue fever is spread through the bite of mosquitoes

"Already he was worried that mosquitoes and sand flies might bite her, that she might get malaria or dengue fever. "everydayhealthdengue-feverbermudaonion

Saturday, November 30, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I finished Brida by Paulo Coelho.
I finished The Tulip Eaters by Antoinette Van Heutgen. 
 Now reading No Ordinary Noel by Pat G'Orge Walker.bookjourney

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

First Chapter First Paragraph

"November 1980

Nora balanced the grocery bag on one hip and inserted her key into the lock of the door leading from the garage into the house. This was the best moment of every day. Rose. Her beautiful baby--almost six months now. Every little thing she did was a revelation. How she raised her tiny hand to Nora's face as she held her. How her wide eyes, the deepest of blues, reacted to the slightest change of tenor in Nora's voice. How the warmth of her small body nestled into Nora's when she took her into her arms. When she held Rose, Nora didn't know where her own body ended and her daughter's began."

Monday, November 18, 2013

Teaser Thursday

"After a few moments of probing, he slid something out--a small photo. He studied it and then rose and handed it to Nora. She looked at a worn sepia photo and stared at a slender young man holding onto the camera. He had dark, expressive eyes. Nora turned the photo over. Only a date: 1940."

"When you come from a childhood as shattering as mine was, you have to be honest about your insecurities and your burning questions. Whatever process you come up with to deal with these issues, whether it's prayer or meditation or a therapist's couch, you must step into that den of painful self inquiry and find some answers for yourself."

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saturday Snapshot

Autumn is my favorite season. Rushed out to take a few photos.:)