CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — MAY 26

Sparks are flying around the blogosphere again today, as we join in with Alyce, At Home With Books, to showcase our Saturday Snapshots.

This week, I’m taking advantage of the Great Outdoors in sharing these shots of my niece Amy and her family at Soda Creek Falls, Oregon.

The first shot shows Amy with Gavin (left) and Lucas (right).

Amy and Family at Soda Creek Falls

Next we have a shot of little America, who will be four on September 11.

Horsing around

Amy, Rick, and America

 

It looks like a good time for all!  Now…what are the rest of you showcasing this week?  I can’t wait!

THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES — FRIENDS — MAY 24

Welcome to Thursday Sparks, where we celebrate bookish events.  Today, let’s shout out about the friendship theme, as we join Kavya, Reading Between Pages, for Theme Thursdays.

Theme Thursdays is a fun weekly event that will be open from one Thursday to the next. Anyone can participate in it. The rules are simple:

  • A theme will be posted each week (on Thursday’s)
  • Select a conversation/snippet/sentence from the current book you are reading
  • Mention the author and the title of the book along with your post
  • It is important that the theme is conveyed in the sentence (you don’t necessarily need to have the word)
    Ex: If the theme is KISS; your sentence can have “They kissed so gently” or “Their lips touched each other” or “The smooch was so passionate”

This will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

FRIEND , Buddy, confidant, comrade etc.

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I’ve grabbed a book from next week’s stack:  Ocean Beach, by Wendy Wax, the story of women who become accidental friends in the first book (Ten Beach Road) and now are putting on a reality show about do-overs.  My copy of the book is an ARC, so the final print may be slightly different.

Wendy Wax, author of the “warm [and] wry” (St. Petersburg TimesTen Beach Road, returns with a novel of three women in need of a second chance…or is it a third?

Unlikely friends Madeline, Avery and Nicole have hit some speed bumps in their lives, but when they arrive in Miami’s South Beach neighborhood, they are all hoping for a do-over. Literally. They’ve been hired to bring a once-grand historic house back to its former glory on a new television show called Do-Over. If they can just get this show off the ground, Nikki would get back on her feet financially, Avery could restart her ruined career, and Maddie would have a shot at keeping her family together.

At least, that’s the plan – until the women realize that having their work broadcast is one thing, having their personal lives play out on TV is another thing entirely. Soon they are struggling to hold themselves, and the project, together. With a decades-old mystery—and the hurricane season—looming, the women are forced to figure out just how they’ll weather life’s storms…

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In this snippet, Nicole is enjoying a luxurious bath and thinking about what lies ahead:

Burrowing deeper into the warm water, Nicole reached for the waiting loofah.  Tomorrow she’d meet up with the women who’d so unexpectedly become her friends.  Together they’d do their best to make Do Over a success.  p. 8

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Now I’m off to see what the rest of you have found!  Happy Thursday!

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — MAY 19

Sparks are flying around the blogosphere again today, as we join in with Alyce, At Home With Books, to showcase our Saturday Snapshots.

Since last weekend was Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to share some photos from my family time.

First, at my youngest son’s house, the star of the show was Eddie:

Begging and seeking the attention of all around him….

On Sunday, I was happy to join my daughter and her son Noah for a Mother’s Day brunch.  Afterwards, I shot this photo of the two of them.

Now I’m off to check out your snapshots…and to read your stories! 

THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — MAY 17

Welcome to another day of bookish delight, as we celebrate two events.

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages, is all about finding themes in the books we read and enjoying the writing styles of the authors we explore.

Booking Through Thursday is like a conversation amongst bloggers in response to a prompt issued each week.

Come on by and join in the fun!

Themes:

Our themes offer a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

Today’s Theme -

MOM , Grandmother, aunt, teacher (an elder women who deserves respect)

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Mine today is from the same book I excerpted last week:  Reel Life, by Jackie Townsend, a story about sisters and family life…and escape.

Blurb:  Sisters are meant to always be there for each other, or are they? In the glare of reality, clashing views and acts of betrayal can form unbridgeable gaps, and the fabric of sisterly love must be rewoven from whole cloth. Reel Life, the debut novel by Jackie Townsend, charts the story of two sisters who must call upon the past to forge a new and meaningful connection. With iconic moments of cinema as its driving narrative thread, this finely-wrought, absorbing work will cut straight to the heart, and reveal the intricate emotions that come together to form a family. Exploring themes of motherhood, body image, ambition, and love, Reel Life offers a poignant close-up of the most intimate of relationships that move, confuse, haunt, and heal. Surging with drama interlaced with subtle irony, Reel Life will shock, surprise and move anyone who understands that sometimes, escaping reality offers the clearest path to emotional truth.

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Snippet:  (The children are watching The Wizard of Oz, when something happens to the TV):

“It’ll be OK Mom,” they both instinctively blurted out, as their dad limped into the room just behind her.

“I specifically asked you girls not to touch the TV.”

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Booking Through Thursday:

abookandashortlatte1 asks

If you had to choose to live within a novel, which would it be?

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Wow!  This is difficult, because I often read books that are thrillers….and I really don’t want to live inside those books, no matter how exciting they are.

And the family dramas are often sad, with emotional twists I have already experienced and I don’t want to go there again.

But I might enjoy living in some stories with beautiful settings, like The Tapestry of Love, by Rosy Thornton. (Click the titles/covers for my reviews).

Or The Violets of March, by Sarah Jio…gorgeous settings.

Or how about a good beach read?  There’s Summer Rental, with fun, adventure, and some beautiful settings.

You get the picture…I don’t want too much drama, but lush settings and the possibility of a little adventure.

What about the rest of you?  What kinds of books would literally “draw you in”?

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — MAY 12

Sparks are flying around the blogosphere again today, as we join in with Alyce, At Home With Books, to showcase our Saturday Snapshots.

Happy Mother’s Day weekend, for all the mothers in the blogosphere.

As a grandmother, I often share shots of my grandkids; today will be more of the same, with the “then and now,” theme.

But before I do that, I’d like to show off my toenail bling…yes, that’s what I said!

Tiny glitter on the big toes….

 

To make me feel a little more festive for Mother’s Day…lol

And now for granddaughter Aubrey, who is fifteen, like Fiona.

Aubrey at 6 weeks

 

I have many toddler photos, but this next one makes me smile:  it’s a doll created from a toddler photo of Aubrey and given to me one year at Christmas.

Aubrey doll next to the stack of books

 

Finally, here’s a shot taken a few months ago, in which Aubrey is showing off her baby brother Silas dressed up in his fancy duds.

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Now I’m eager to visit all of your snapshots, so please leave your links!

THURSDAY SPARKS: THEMES & BOOKING — MAY 10

Welcome to another day of bookish delight, as we celebrate two events.

Theme Thursdays, hosted by Reading Between Pages, is all about finding themes in the books we read and enjoying the writing styles of the authors we explore.

Booking Through Thursday is like a conversation amongst bloggers in response to a prompt issued each week.

Come on by and join in the fun!

Theme Thursdays:

Our themes will give us a wonderful opportunity to explore and understand different writing styles and descriptive approaches adopted by authors.

DRINKS , tea, wine, beer, water (anything liquid)

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I’m excerpting today from Reel Life, by Jackie Townsend.  Sisters are meant to always be there for each other, or are they? In the glare of reality, clashing views and acts of betrayal can form unbridgeable gaps, and the fabric of sisterly love must be rewoven from whole cloth. Reel Life, the debut novel by Jackie Townsend, charts the story of two sisters who must call upon the past to forge a new and meaningful connection.  Reel Life offers a poignant close-up of the most intimate of relationships that move, confuse, haunt, and heal. Surging with drama interlaced with subtle irony, Reel Life will shock, surprise and move anyone who understands that sometimes, escaping reality offers the clearest path to emotional truth.

Snippet:  (2003:  Jamie is on her way to Thailand from LA)

The plane hit some bumps, and she gripped the armrest with one hand, while waving the steward over for some champagne with the other.  Turbulence never used to bother her, but it had been two years since she had flown, and alcohol seemed to help.  p. 15

(My go-to drink when flying!)

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Booking Through Thursday – (Prompt):

Heidi had an assortment of questions to ask:

Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

That’s not so easy to answer.  Years ago, I would have said “introvert,” but then I had a career in social work, in which I had to put myself out there; I had to approach strangers in tricky situations and win them over.  Gain their trust.  And then I had to keep doing that over and over every day.

It got easier, but even though I hung in there, doing that for more than three decades, I have always preferred quiet, bookish events….or my own company, along with a good book.

I guess I have a split personality!  lol

Did I manage to move out of my comfort zone?  I definitely did that, and most people I know have a hard time reconciling that person with the quiet “hermit” they now see in my free lance life.  But these days I’m doing what truly brings me comfort and joy.

But I emerge from my office cave every now and then to socialize, and I even enjoy it.

Interesting question…what about the rest of you?  What is your style?  Where are you most comfortable?

CREATIVE SPARKS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOT — MAY 5

Sparks are flying around the blogosphere again today, as we join in with Alyce, At Home With Books, to showcase our Saturday Snapshots.

Instead of my recent theme of “then and now,” today I’m highlighting spring moments. 

First, here’s Fiona at the prom, photographed with a friend.  We saw her before in the dress without the hairdo and other accessories; now we see her dolled up.

Left, Fiona; Right, Friend

 

Here are a couple of photos of Fiona with her nephew, Logan, at the river:

 

Do you think he’s enjoying it?  I’ll bet he is….

And here’s my patio, ready for spring and summer days, with a cold drink and a good book.

That reminds me…since it’s Friday, I’ll have to go out there again and sweep up the leaves and blossoms left by the gardeners!

What are you reading this weekend?  I’m reading these two books:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come on by and leave some links…I can’t wait to see what you’re showing this weekend!