Wise Words

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Published in: on July 26, 2014 at 11:26am07  Leave a Comment  
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Albert Einstein

Einstein quote

I knew there was a reason I liked this guy.

Published in: on July 24, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Leave a Comment  
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Old Tune Tuesday – Bill Withers

I can’t help it. I know I’ve featured Bill Withers before, but what can I tell you. I like the guy. And who doesn’t like “Use Me”?

Ready, Set, Groove.

Published in: on July 22, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Comments (1)  
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Photo Phriday with a C Major twist from I like to draw

By Aaron Keleny Parks

By Aaron Keleny Parks

For those of you who don’t know, my son, Aaron, is an art student. He is currently in art school in New York City – the land of artist. I was looking at his latest blog post and I really enjoyed his integration of the drawing (which I like), and the lyrics (which I like), and the youtube video of the song (which I liked). It is so creative.

Way to go Aaron! (And that’s not just a mom talking.)

C Major | I like to draw.


Published in: on July 18, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Comments (3)  
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J.D. Salinger Anniversary

catcherCatcher in the Rye was published 63 years ago today (in 1951 if you don’t want to do the math).

Published in: on July 17, 2014 at 11:26am07  Comments (2)  
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The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

alan bradleyThis was another one of my library guesses that really paid off. In fact, it’s really gotten me thinking about what I can do for my next book(s). I’m excited!

Stats: 307 pages, audio (which a did and recommend) 7 discs or 8 hours.

Genre: Flavia de Luce mystery series #6

Blurb:  (Goodreads) On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear.
Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd…
Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia? Back home at Buckshaw, the de Luces’ crumbling estate, Flavia puts her sleuthing skills to the test.
Following a trail of clues sparked by the discovery of a reel of film stashed away in the attic, she unravels the deepest secrets of the de Luce clan, involving none other than Winston Churchill himself.
Surrounded by family, friends, and a famous pathologist from the Home Office – and making spectacular use of Harriet’s beloved Gypsy Moth plane, Blithe Spirit – Flavia will do anything, even take to the skies, to land a killer.

What I liked: One of the best things of this book (but just one) was the narrator, Jayne Entwistle. The CD back says she is based in LA, but from her wonderful accent, I can’t believe she didn’t grow up in England. She was a wonderful Flavia. The book itself is worth picking up. The story was good, with a few exceptions, but the writing was wonderful. I’m a new Alan Bradley fan. I was constantly wondering how he knew so much of the lingo of the English, especially since this is set in 1950 or 51 depending on what you read. The bio on goodreads of Bradley says he’s from Canada. Again, I can’t believe it. He’s got the so much English lingo and slang in the book it’s hard to believe he’s not from across the pond. I really enjoyed the visualization of Flavia going up in the Gipsy Moth – an old English plane.  Through the whole book he’s got the 11 year old girl character down pat. Anyway, it’s a very entertaining read and I’d recommend it.

What I didn’t like: I don’t want to give too much away but Flavia has a scheme to bring her dead mother back to life. She is thwarted (thankfully) but I think it’s unreal that she isn’t upset or doesn’t try to try it a second time when she has to stop. If she really thought she could do this (and it seemed like she did) she would not stop until she was pulled, fingers digging in the casket’s side, away from her mother. But the author just has her give up without a fight. And what’s with that title. I imagine there is a reason for it, but I must be too ignorant to get it.  I understand that the author (or publisher my guess) likes long titles but relative to the story, I don’t get it. Also, she hands her father a will her mother wrote, which she found in the sealed casket.”How did you find this? Where did it come from?” Flavia’s father doesn’t run after her when she gives the long lost will to him and leaves the room. Again – unbelievable for a mourning husband not to want answers to these questions.

Rate: 4/5 . I’ll be reading book one of the Flavia de Luce series (The Sweetness of the Bottom of the Pie) for sure!

Old Tune Tuesday

Who doesn’t like Aretha. Here is one of her goodies. It’s a live performance from 1968. Love the hair and dress. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her at this young age.

Published in: on July 8, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Leave a Comment  
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The Eye of God by James Rollin

eye of godThe back blurb sounded good, so I picked it up. Another audio book.

Stats: Audio 15 hours, 12 discs, Narrator: Christian Baskous

Blurb: (Goodreads) The crash of a U.S. military research satellite in the remote wilds of Mongolia triggers an explosive search for the valuable cargo it holds: a code-black physics project connected to the study of dark energy, the energy connected to the birth of our universe. But the last blurry image from the falling satellite captures a chilling sight: a frightening look into the future, a view of a smoldering eastern seaboard of the United States in utter ruin.

At the Vatican, a mysterious package arrives for the head of Pontifical ancient studies, sent by a colleague who had vanished a decade earlier. It contains two strange artifacts: a skull scrawled with ancient Aramaic and a tome bound in human skin. DNA testing reveals both are from Genghis Khan — the long-dead Mongol king whose undiscovered tomb is rumored to hold the vast treasures and knowledge of a lost ancient empire.

Commander Gray Pierce, and Sigma — joined by a pair of Vatican historians — race to uncover a truth tied to the fall of the Roman Empire, to a mystery bound in the roots of Christianity’s origins, and to a weapon hidden for centuries that holds the fate of humanity

What I liked: It was fast-paced. Characters were mostly interesting, there is a happy ending, I guess (you’ll have to listen or read it to decide for yourself.) Rollins does this double ending thing that’s a little hard to understand let alone believe, but it is fiction after all, with relics of St. Thomas put in a cave by Genghis Khan so…

What I didn’t like: This time I wasn’t so thrilled with the narration. Baskous sounded like everything was “thrilling” so it was not as easy to hear what the real thrilling parts were supposed to be. And a couple of the female characters were Asian and their voices weren’t distinct enough to tell them apart, so even at the end I wasn’t sure who was who.  Also, the thing the Sigma Force was going to do this time was “save the world!” Really? Save the world? I little too unbelievable for my taste. Avoid some major world destruction, save Manhattan, maybe (everyone is trying to blow up Manhattan, aren’t they), but save the world – couldn’t really swallow that one.

Rating: 3/5

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

yellow wallpaperIt was Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s birthday day yesterday. She was born July 3rd, 1860 (100 years before I was!). She is best known for a short story she wrote called The Yellow Wallpaper, published in 1892. It gives you a glimpse of what they did when people where having psychological issues in days gone by. I was put onto this very creepy story by my daughter, who was put onto it by her teacher. It’s a wonderfully creepy short story, if you like that short of thing, make more interesting by the fact that the author had her own psychological issues, as the female protagonist in the story.

Published in: on July 4, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Comments (2)  
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This is NOT a Case of Getting What You Pay For

Christine Keleny:

Here is a free book I would really recommend. It’s a great read. Perfect for summer, and it’s free! Good on all counts! (Be sure to leave a review somewhere!)

Originally posted on Lorna's Voice:

I know if something is offered to me for free, I get suspicious.

Free to a good home. Interior in great shape.

Free to a good home. Interior in great shape.

You get what you pay for, right?

I suppose in some  many  most cases, that’s true.

But not in this case.

In this case, you’d be as crazy as dog trying to catch a bug not to take this offer AND tell everyone you know about it.

In this case, you’re getting a real bargain, and who doesn’t love a bargain?

shopping dog

Starting today and ending on July 5 (Saturday), you can CLICK HERE to download a FREE COPY of the second edition of my memoir, How Was I Supposed to Know? 

(You’ll need a Kindle App for your device if you don’t have a Kindle.)

Here is the new look for the second edition. I hope you like it!

Here is the new look for the second edition. I hope you like it!

Giving away free copies of your book is…

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Published in: on July 1, 2014 at 11:26pm07  Comments (3)  

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