Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

"The second was the noise. Street vendors selling bread, brooms, and oysters were shouting hawking their wares, and trying to compete with the clatter of horse-drawn carriages barreling down the crowded cobblestone streets...Life outside the tall iron-and-gold gates looked hard."


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Wondrous Wednesday

 [ bṓləss ]   
  1. intravenous injection of drug: a rapidly absorbed intravenous injection of a drug
  2. large pill: a very large pill
  4. A small rounded mass of a substance, esp. of chewed food at the moment of swallowing.
"'On my Friday morning visit, I learned that my mom failed repeated swallow studies. The report said that she held the "food bolus in her mouth for more than ten seconds. Patient is not safe to eat.'" "'That statement also applied to oral medications. I pondered the next step.'"

Teaser Tuesday (Should Be Reading)

"With my professional background as a therapist, I knew firsthand what I should and, equally important, should not see, hear, or experience in a quality assisted-living center. Unbeknownst to the staff, I was always listening in on employee conversations, among themselves and with residents, watching for eye rolls and observing their touch when providing physical guidance to a resident. Nothing that occurred within my line of sight or earshot escaped me."shouldbereading2013/02/19/teaser-tuesdays-feb-19

Friday, February 8, 2013

Book Beginnings / Friday 56

"It was a week before Christmas.The tree was in its usual beautiful splendor, although at eight years old, I definitely cared more about what was under the tree than on it. My dad was at work, my older brother Jerry was off somewhere with his friends, and Mom was in the basement doing laundry. With the spies out of the way, I seized the opportunity to investigate my presents."

"One special Saturday afternoon, Mom and I went downtown where she often went shoe shopping. Mom had a very small foot, "a five and a half with a quad A heel," she would tell the salesman when he asked her size."

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wondrous Word

"I need socks,” Jamaica Kincaid said, standing in the doorway of her clapboard Vermont home, barefoot and clutching her laptop. She went upstairs to fetch a pair and asked that I wait in her living room, which was cluttered in a cozy way, the walls filled with books and every surface covered with tchotchkes—menorahs and tropical-colored paintings and miniature brass sculptures."

 tchotchkes chotch·ke
 [ chóchkə ]   
  1. trinket: a trinket or piece of bric-a-brac

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Teaser Tuesday

"'He moved within inches of Carl's face. Making a slicing gesture with his hand, Jeremiah spoke with contempt. "'I'm finished with you. I'm no longer your friend.'"