Photo Phriday

Christine Keleny:

Beautiful photograph K’lee L. did of the Port of San Francisco

Originally posted on Obzervashunal:

San Francisco, sky, Port of San Francisco, sun, water, sea, ocean, morning, outdoors … and so it is said clouds must always give way to sun. Nature would have it no other way. – K’lee L.

I was grateful enough to get this shot spotlighting The Port of San Francisco. The gull winging his way seemingly over the top of the Bay Bridge was an added bonus! K’lee L. © 2015

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Published in: on April 17, 2015 at 11:26pm04  Comments (2)  
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Old Tune Tuesday Celebrates!

I’ve picked this tune because I need to celebrate.

I am a finalist for the Midwest Book Awards!

The 25th Anniversary Midwest Book Awards has recognized “Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand Up” as a finalist in the category of Historical Fiction.

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Winners will be announced at the Midwest Book Awards Gala to be held on May 13, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Olson Campus Center at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The competition, sponsored by the Midwest Independent Publishing Association, is judged by experts from all aspects of the book world, including publishers, writers, editors, librarians, teachers and book designers. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence.

Now dance with me! :)

Old Tune Tuesday

For those Wisconsin basketball fans out there. This one’s for you. :(

(I couldn’t find a live version I liked)

Published in: on April 7, 2015 at 11:26pm04  Comments (4)  
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29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati

Do you agree with this list?
I don’t agree with 50 Shades – I heard the writing was not good. A book has to have good writing to make any reading list I think is worthwhile.

How many of these have you read?
I’ve read 11.

29 Books That Will Enrich Your Inner Literati | TIME.


Published in: on April 2, 2015 at 11:26pm04  Comments (11)  

Children’s books are never just for children



I don’t know if my Agnes books will last (yes, they will be a series) , but one can only hope (and work very hard to write a good story!).

What are you favorite children’s books?

Children’s books are never just for children | Books | The Guardian.


Old Tune Tuesday

This isn’t a peppy tune but I like it all the same – “Longer Boats”
It’s a live performance by a very skinny Cat Stevens.

I’m not sure the converted Stevens would sing this song now.


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Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

game of tI thought I should read this because it seems like everyone else has. Because it was so long, I decided that listening would be a better plan.

Genre: Fantasy (medieval)

Stats: 835 pages, which translates to 27 CD’s, first published in August 2005 (ok  – so I’m really late for this party)

Blurb: (from Goodreads) Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

What I liked: Overall it was a good story, mostly because of a few key characters: Ned AKA Lord Eddard Stark, his daughter Ariel, his bastard son John, Terrian the dwarf son of a king, the evil Rob and a few others. The sections where these characters  were front and center kept my interest most. I’m sorry to say I didn’t write the narrator’s name down before I had to take it back to the library. I think he did a nice job but his accent made him hard to understand at times.

What I didn’t like: Keeping track of all the names and families and lands and feuds and… was very difficult, especially since I was listening and not reading the names. And I think there were places that definitely could have been edited. Martin would go on about the oddest thing, at times, (all the rooms of the Stark castle that Ned’s son (sorry, forgot his name) would run around in and on top of is one example – it was too confusing in the end to even bother trying to picture what he was saying – making me wonder if later it would be significant, but it wasn’t.

Will I read or listen to the next one? I’m not sure. It sure ended weird or interesting depending on how you look at it (I won’t say how for those who haven’t read it). This book also won a lot of awards, which is interesting to me. I haven’t read a lot of fantasy/sci-fi but  enough to feel that there were too many things that could have been improved upon for this to be high on my list of award-winning fantasy/sci-fi books. Maybe if I watched the HBO series it would help, but then I’d have to get HBO.

Rating: 3.5/4

p.s. Why does Martin have two middle names?

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Photo Phriday

A nice wish of spring!

An oriental Dwarf Kingfisher

birdcam italia

birdcam italia

Published in: on March 6, 2015 at 11:26pm03  Comments (3)  
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Suess’s Birthday

tumblr_m8k6lasSYr1r8tiowo1_500Today, in 1904, Theodor Geisel or who most people know as Dr. Suess was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He took the name Suess from his mother, Henreitta Suess.  Geisel died September 24th, 1991

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Old Tune Tuesday – Let It Whip!

I had heard this song but didn’t know the Dazz Band. Enjoy!

Published in: on February 25, 2015 at 11:26am02  Comments (3)  
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