Posted in Saturday Snapshot

SATURDAY SPARKS: MORE FAMILY FUN

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

Let’s showcase the small fry in the family.  Here is my great-niece America, who will be eight on September 11.  Great name for her, right?  She lost a tooth…

 

 

America - front tooth missing

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Let’s take a look at another shot of her….her family lives in the mountains…it’s gorgeous there!

 

 

America at play - April

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In South Dakota, my twin step-great-granddaughters are having a pretty good time of it, too, posing…and playing…Here’s Lilly….

 

 

Lilly twin

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Now let’s take a peek at Bella….She looks unhappy, doesn’t she?  Well, she’s had a cast on for a few weeks.  It’s coming off soon (it probably already has!)….

 

 

Twin Bella

 

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I like this photo of Fiona…she looks like she is overseeing something….but I think that’s a rat on her shoulder…EWW…

 

 

Fiona - a fun day

 

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That’s it for this week…here’s one of my favorite tables, with books, photos, and other goodies…and a cup of coffee in one of my fun mugs.  Note:  the little girl in the sunflower frame is Fiona, eighteen months old, and behind that one….Fiona and her brother Dominic:

 

 

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What are you sharing this week?  I hope you’ll stop by….

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TUESDAY SPARKS: “LIES & OTHER ACTS OF LOVE”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is a book I hope to start reading soon:  Lies & Other Acts of Love, by Kristy Woodson Harvey, a new novel about what it really means to tell the truth . . .

 

 

 

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(Annabelle) – Storm Chasers

My grandmother, Lovey, says that there are two types of people in the world:  the kind who flee to the shelters at the first threat of a hurricane, and the kind who wait it out, hovering over their possessions as if their fragile lives offer any protection against a natural mother that can take them out of the world as quickly as she brought them into it.

I come from a long line of the hovering kind.

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Teaser:  It disturbed me how much I wanted to know.  But I also got those nervous butterflies in my stomach because I hoped he knew I wasn’t going to sleep with some guy I just met, no matter how taken with him I was. (p. 73).

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Synopsis:  After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

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What do you think?  Are you as intrigued as I am?  Would you keep reading?

 

 

 

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Posted in Saturday Snapshot

SNOW SPARKS: THE EYES, ETC.

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

I wasn’t sure I would participate today, as I’ve joined in the Dewey’s Readathon…but I’m on a break, so here goes, with some photos of family, etc.

Here’s a shot of my niece Amy…her eye, actually.  Artistic, right?

 

 

Amy's eye

 

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And now for Fiona’s eye:

 

 

Fiona - Eye - april

 

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And, back a year or so ago, a weird Fiona eye:

 

 

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Here is Fiona again, not as weird…a few years ago….

 

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So, the eyes have it today.  What are you sharing?  Oh, and just a little reminder of my Readathon today, coffee and books:

 

 

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What are you sharing?  What does your day look like?

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TUESDAY SPARKS: EXCERPTING “TERRIBLE VIRTUE”

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Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea; and Teaser Tuesdays hosted by Books & a Beat.

Today’s feature is a book I am just starting to read:  Terrible Virtue, by Ellen Feldman, a provocative and compelling story of one of the most fascinating and influential figures of the twentieth century: Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood—an indomitable woman who, more than any other, and at great personal cost, shaped the sexual landscape we inhabit today.

 

 

 

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Intro:  (Chapter One)

Once, on a train going God knows where, to give still another speech, I awakened in the middle of the night nauseated.  Oh, no, I thought, pregnant again.  It didn’t seem fair.  I’d been so careful.  Then I calculated the timing.  I couldn’t be pregnant.  To calm myself, I raised the shade of the window above my berth and looked out.  I was just in time to see the sign marking the station fly by.  CORNING.  Even after all those years, merely passing through the town could make me sick to my stomach.

I can’t remember a time that I didn’t dream of escape.  When the neighborhood brats made fun of me, I told myself I’d show them someday.  When Miss Graves drove me out of school, I swore I’d never return.  How old was I then?  Fifteen?  Sixteen?

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Teaser:  As the lights began to go on in the windows across the way and shadows struggled toward another day, I made up my mind.  I’d had enough of treating the symptoms of the disease.  I was determined to find the cure. (p. 62).

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Synopsis: The daughter of a hard-drinking, smooth-tongued free thinker and a mother worn down by thirteen children, Margaret Sanger vowed her life would be different. Trained as a nurse, she fought for social justice beside labor organizers, anarchists, socialists, and other progressives, eventually channeling her energy to one singular cause: legalizing contraception. It was a battle that would pit her against puritanical, patriarchal lawmakers, send her to prison again and again, force her to flee to England, and ultimately change the lives of women across the country and around the world.

This complex enigmatic revolutionary was at once vain and charismatic, generous and ruthless, sexually impulsive and coolly calculating—a competitive, self-centered woman who championed all women, a conflicted mother who suffered the worst tragedy a parent can experience. From opening the first illegal birth control clinic in America in 1916 through the founding of Planned Parenthood to the arrival of the Pill in the 1960s, Margaret Sanger sacrificed two husbands, three children, and scores of lovers in her fight for sexual equality and freedom.

With cameos by such legendary figures as Emma Goldman, John Reed, Big Bill Haywood, H. G. Wells, and the love of Margaret’s life, Havelock Ellis, this richly imagined portrait of a larger-than-life woman is at once sympathetic to her suffering and unsparing of her faults. Deeply insightful, Terrible Virtue is Margaret Sanger’s story as she herself might have told it.

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What do you think?  Do the excerpts draw you in?  Would you keep reading?  I know that I’m enjoying it thoroughly.

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Posted in Musing Mondays

IGNITE YOUR BOOK LOVE: MUSINGS

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Let’s join with Jenn, at Books and a Beat, to muse about books, etc.  Here are some  prompts:

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION:  What is your favorite “comfort” read?

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There are many books I am eager to get my hands on, but today’s feature is one that I can actually download in the near future.  The Obsession, by Nora Roberts, is being released on April 12.  Yay!

 

 

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Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes.

Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton.

Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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Sounds good, right?

What are you musing about today?

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Posted in Saturday Snapshot

SPARKING FAMILY MOMENTS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

I have missed a few weeks of this event, and in the meantime, I’ve been gathering together some family moments to share.  Below:  My Three A’s, home for Spring break…(Alec, Aubrey, & Aaron).

 

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The Three A’s again, with their dad:  my son Brett….

 

My Awesome son & Three A's

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Here are Lilly & Bella, my step-great-granddaughters, celebrating Birthday Number Two!

 

 

Lilly & Bella - Two!

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Last weekend, I went to the movies to see “Hello, My Name is Doris,” and beforehand, had lunch and this lovely Blushing Geisha drink at the neighborhood Dai Bai Dang.

 

Blushing Geisha drink

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A little vignette created on my pub table:  Quirky Madeleine Hatter…and a cute mug from my daughter:

 

Married to Books with Friend

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What are you sharing today?  I hope you’ll stop by and leave your links…

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Posted in Musing Mondays

MONDAY SPARKS – IGNITE YOUR MONDAY MOOD

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It’s been a while since I joined in to muse about my week, my books, etc.  Join us at Jenn’s Books and a Beat to chat a little.

 

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

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Last week was Bloggiesta and A Day in the Life.

Click my links to read those posts.

Today I’m almost finished reading If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home Now, by Claire LaZebnik, a book that has been on Pippa since May 2015.

 

 

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The book is engaging, but my feelings about the MC have changed as I turn the pages.  I was sympathetic in the beginning, but now I am tired of her behavior and her various attitudes.  I hope she will make some changes.

Do you ever get frustrated by the characters in your books?  Silly question…of course, you do.

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What are you reading, doing, or thinking about today?

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Posted in Saturday Snapshot

FAMILY & INTERIORS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

Today I’m grabbing photos from the past, as well as current ones.  In the photo below, we see my granddaughter Fiona, center, with two of her five brothers:  Jake, left, and Kevin, right.

I think Fiona was about four in this one, which means Jake was nine and Kevin, almost eleven.  Funny how kids love making silly faces during photos.

 

Fiona, center, and two of her five brothers

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Here is the adult version of Fiona, off to college classes recently.

 

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Left, my other granddaughter, Aubrey, with a friend; also enjoying spreading her “college girl” wings…

 

Aubrey & friend- college girl down time

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Now for a glimpse of my interiors; below, my Peter Pan figurines.

 

Fairytale images

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Another view of my favorite bookshelf, the pub table, and a peek of the hall tree at the front door.  Notice the various Disney figurines, along with books, dolls, hats, etc.

 

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On Monday, after running a few errands, I settled in for French Onion soup, a Pomegranate Martini, and Pippa, my Kindle….

 

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Fiona received her artistic twist from both branches of her family.  Below, check out one of her mom’s artistic expressions….

 

 

Sara's art (Fiona's mom)

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What did you capture today?  Come on by and share!

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Posted in Musing Mondays

MONDAY SPARKS: MUSING ABOUT BOOKS

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Welcome to Musing Mondays, hosted now at Jenn’s site, Books and a Beat.

We have some prompts to guide us:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

 

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What was the last book you didn’t finish? Why?

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I’m going to tackle the random question.  I don’t often set aside a book unfinished, and the one I recently DNF seemed okay initially.  The characters were two sisters trying to make it without any parental guidance.  But the story dragged for me, and went on and on about extraneous characters that did not interest me.  I was sadly disappointed, as this was my first from the author, and I had been looking forward to it.

Lucky Us, by Amy Bloom, was the winner of my recent Sad DNF award.

Some readers raved about the book, while others, like me, didn’t quite connect.  That’s how it goes sometimes, though.  Often it’s as simple as not liking enough about the story or the characters to keep plodding along.

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What about the rest of you?  Do you have some DNF stories to tell?

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Posted in SATURDAY SPARKS

ASSORTED MOMENTS: SATURDAY SNAPSHOTS

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Welcome to our regular feature, Saturday Snapshot, our opportunity to showcase photos we or friends and family have captured.  The event is now hosted by West Metro Mommy Reads.

Here are some assorted photos, showcasing family, home, and moments…

On the right, Aubrey and friend are kicking back at the university she attends.

 

Aubrey & friend - college days

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Fiona is having a melodramatic moment…with stripes.

 

 

Fiona with stripes in dec

 

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Earlier this week, I decided to celebrate not having a disastrous visit with the tax accountant…Mac & Cheese, a salad, and a Pomegranate Martini…

 

Iunch in feb - mac & cheese, salad

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Back home, I am enjoying some time in my office…this is the part of the room with couch, TV, etc.   I hardly spend any time on this sofa…since I’m usually on the computer, in my little nook, which isn’t visible in this photo.

 

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My usual hideout in this room…I’ve shown it before….

 

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My granddaughter Fiona loves to create art…and this is a rendition of hers, a self-portrait of sorts….sparks anyone?  To me, it seems to ignite something.  Notice it on my header today, too.

 

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That’s it for today…what are you sharing?

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