Personal updates

Books — our best friends

I love to read.  I have to admit, there's nothing better on a cold winter's day than to curl up on the couch with a good book, your dog snoozing beside you, a crackling fire in the fireplace, and a bowl of chocolate pretzels on the table within easy reach. I sure miss my dog!

Advertisements
Personal updates

Fire! Fire!

Review of Fire Country by David Estes - FIVE STARS I couldn't put Fire Country down and ended up reading until very late. I loved Siena's character. Her strong voice resonated with me. As the conflict was rising in the story, I kept thinking, "Siena, what are you waiting for? Get out of there!" But… Continue reading Fire! Fire!

Personal updates

And the Oscar goes to…

Last night we watched the Academy Awards, the event where the who’s who of Hollywood pays tribute to its own for excellence in film, the MC cracks tasteless jokes, and we see the amazing results of plastic surgery and Botox. The best part of the evening was when the cast of Les Miserables came out… Continue reading And the Oscar goes to…

Personal updates

The Joy of Creating

People have an inborn need to create. It’s not about how much money you can make from it or how good at it you are, you just HAVE to do it. You have a driving NEED to paint that painting, or play that song, or write that story, or decorate that cake, or grow beautiful… Continue reading The Joy of Creating

Personal updates

On Tragedy

Warning! Spoilers ahead! Along with a great number of other people, I’ve been sucked into the TV drama, Downton Abbey. I cried when Sybil died in childbirth. But when Matthew died, I was so mad I wanted to throw my shoes at the TV. I couldn’t believe it! He and Mary were so happy. They’d… Continue reading On Tragedy

Personal updates

Live Laugh Love

Last night we watched the 2003 movie, Freaky Friday, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. It was so funny! Dr. Tess Coleman and her teenage daughter, Anna, don’t understand or appreciate each other. When an encounter with magic fortune cookies makes them switch bodies, they… Continue reading Live Laugh Love

Personal updates

For a Cold

Oh, oh. I feel a cold coming on. You know, that scratchy throat-stuffy nose-brain barely there kind of feeling? You know what they say: the best thing for a cold is to take vitamin C, drink plenty of fluids, and rest. That sounds like a perfect excuse to curl up in bed with a stack… Continue reading For a Cold

Personal updates

True Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! Some legends say that the original Valentine was a third century priest who lived in Rome, who was imprisoned and eventually killed when he refused to stop performing marriages (Emperor Claudius II had outlawed marriage for young men who were soldiers). Still others say that Valentine fell in love with a girl… Continue reading True Love

Personal updates

World Peace

Have you ever watched a beauty pageant where the contestant is asked what she wants, and she says, ‘World peace’? Do you really want world peace? Then read to a child. There is no experience that quite compares with having a little child settle his soft weight on your lap, book in hand. “Read me… Continue reading World Peace