Why would you apologize for what you read for pleasure? Every book read for pleasure should be celebrated. And novels that celebrate love, commitment, relationships, making relationships work -- why isn't that something to be respected? - Nora Roberts
Monday, June 17, 2013
Some years ago I read this column and it's stayed with me. You may enjoy it. I hope you do.
Will he hold your purse?
Saturday, May 25, 2013
There's no real recipe. None of my recipes have a recipe. Sorry. I'm a seat of the pants, what's in the pantry type of cook.
- Asparagus, trimmed or snapped free of woody areas, cut into bite-sized lengths and steamed or boiled for a minute or two, just to get the raw taste out and to brighten the color.
- Grape or cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quarters as you like.More than one color if you can find them.
- Some sweet onion, like a Vidalia or Walla Walla or even a red/purple onion if you soak it a few minutes in water to get the burny stuff out. About 1/4 of a medium onion, sliced thin to point of transparency.
- A dozen or so fresh basil leaves, chiffonade - although you could probably use dried
- Combine this all with your favorite vinaigrette. I normally use a lemon vinaigrette for this with just a touch of honey, but the hostess used a red wine vinaigrette and it was very nice indeed.
- Serve room temp or chilled. I think it's better if it can sit for an hour so the flavors get married.
Monday, April 15, 2013
I feel terrible about not reviewing the 2-3 books I had left from NetGalley and Edelweiss but it's likely that the world will continue to spin.
I'll miss you.
Be well. Read some wonderful books, and a few stinkers so you appreciate the good ones even more. I'll hope to see you in a few months.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
It is more fun to read than it is to clear away 60-plus years worth of books, dividing into piles of Keep, Throw Away, Give Away. Especially when the Keep pile must be kept very small, a quantity of books that will fill one small (3 foot by 4 foot) and rather shallow bookcase. I am currently occupied in measuring out my life in book-width inches.
I am through the D section. (My books are arranged alpha by author, or by the subject if it's a biography.)
I remember buying nearly every one of these books. Remember why I picked it up and how I weighed it against other obligations and chose it, the book, and in my early years often chose it over food. Remember the nervous-tummy butterflies of anticipation.
It is fun to remember how many books I "couldn't part with" but then I joined paperback swap and parted with them cheerfully, knowing, in the way that one knows people by computer, that they were going to good homes. It was easier to give them away one at a time to someone I knew would enjoy them, and I cut my population of books by greater than one-half that way. http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php
It is fun to see how many little obsessions I've developed over the years with odd areas of life and the world. Everything available about a certain type of button that was made locally 100 years ago. Everything I could find on the Triangle Factory Fire. A rather startling amount of reading on the Black Death.
It is fun to see the gloms and mini-gloms: Anne Perry, Sue Grafton, Nora Roberts as Robb, Charlaine Harris, Laurie R. King, Martha Grimes, Sayers, Anne Tyler, Leon Uris, Vonnegut, Oliver Sacks, Helene Hanff, Norman Mailer, Dianne Day.
There are some books I have now in e-book form, but still I weigh the book in my hand, reluctant to part with the memory of selecting it, buying it, reading it for the first time. Then I look at the size of the print, the yellowing pages, the dust I can never seem to stay ahead of, and I *feel* the weight in my hand, and I'm grateful for the e-book. (Something some people do not recognize is the value of e-books for people with dust and mold allergies.)
On the whole, though, I'd much rather be reading books and talking about them here than to be picking up each one, each with a story, dusting and inspecting for mold or wildlife, culling and judging whether they are important enough to continue to be a part of my space.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Here. I'll even make it easy for you.
Amazon non-affiliate link: Big Boy
Barnes and Noble: Big Boy
Kobo: Big Boy
Mandy has about as much pressure on her as a person can have. She's raising her recently-deceased sister's baby, she's teaching American Studies and under some pressure at work, not just the day-to-day of teaching, and she has almost no social support. She's grieving, she's coping, she's learning, she's working, and she has not one minute for herself except:
One night a month she meets a stranger, a man, the same man but with a different name and story each time they meet, and they role-play in a train museum. They talk, they laugh, they stay in character, and for a few hours they are someone else.
How I ached for the characters! Doing the best they can, seeing how they fall short - because nobody is perfect and no amount of love will make us perfect - and just coping. Getting through the day, one foot, next foot, with this little bit of something special and rare to look forward to just often enough to keep them sane, just enough of a taste of what life could be to make them hungry for more.
Of course I wanted more book. Ms. Knox could have doubled the page count to make us happy, but she could not have told us more story than she does in about 60 pages.
This - this! - is the quality of storytelling this author is capable of. These are real characters, so real I think I know how they take their coffee and would recognize them from their step.
Kindle formatting perfect, grammar fine. Ends at the 89% mark on my Kindle. It's an A-minus.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Link to publisher's website: http://curiosityquills.com/published-authors/nina-post/danger-in-cat-world/
Monday, March 25, 2013
Nephew changed the commenting thingie here so that you have to sign in some way in order to leave a comment. I'm sorry about that because there are a couple of valued commenters here who prefer to be anonymous, but the spam was getting too much for him to want to deal with, Blogger was letting some of it through, and I was concerned that someone might click on one of those links. Several of them looked legit if you only looked at them quickly and I was nervous for you. So - he changed the setting and I have had no further spam in the comments.
I'm hoping as the spambots find the door closed, my URL will fall off their lists and I can go back to totally open comments. I really, really don't want to require Captcha again. [I was on my eye doctor's new website awhile back and was quite surprised to note that they have Captcha. Of all the things to put on a website for people with low vision. It didn't have the audible option, either. Bizarre.]
I've done quite a bit of reading, but cranking out reviews is something else again. I've read some decent time-passers and a couple of real skunks and will review them soon.
I just wanted to thank you for the good wishes and for hanging in there with me. Thank you.