“Fear is a bitter vile enemy – it will rob you of today’s joys and steal your strength to fight for your purpose.”– Elizabeth Abbott, “The Governess of Penwythe Hall” Sarah E. Ladd tipped her hat to the series "Poldark." She picked the location of the Masterpiece drama as the main destination for characters in… Continue reading Review of "The Governess of Penwythe Hall"
I love word games and recently have gotten hooked on Words With Friends (WWF) on my Kindle. My strategy as a player has enjoyed some progress. I love when I have a strong opponent. I haven’t been able to play with my Facebook friends though. Every time I try to click on link that takes… Continue reading Words With Scammers
I scan between two stations when I drive: KLOVE and Air1 Radio. Both are inspirational, Christian music stations. Dave and I support them financially. We’ve seen the difference the music and messages have made in our lives and in the lives of so many countless others. I’ve noticed trends in topics too – almost like… Continue reading Songs for the journey
My hubby Dave was settling back into the old routine before his workday that Thursday, Jan. 2. The holidays were over. The trash can and recycling were set out. As he sat down in the driver’s seat of the Escape, he couldn’t catch his breath. I thought he had forgotten something when he came back… Continue reading Close call
I was so excited today to learn that I can loan out books I own on my Kindle. I can have an e-lending library -- Woo-hoo! If you haven't seen this, let me share. Here is a screenshot of one of the books I just reviewed: See in the top line that says "You purchased… Continue reading I can have an e-lending library!
Thanks to Bookbub I squirreled away some free Christmas stories from this service emails of the latest deals on books based on my chosen genres. I thought I’d get to those before Christmas. That didn’t happen. Holiday preparations mixed in with the usual suspects slowed my reading pace. I have only read two so far… Continue reading Christmas Novellas
I was searching online for a book using search terms: “how to talk to people book.” Malcolm Gladwell’s latest work, “Talking To Strangers” was shown among the titles and remembered he also wrote the book, “Blink” that I wanted to read. But “Talking to Strangers” was NOT a book about becoming a better conversationalist. The… Continue reading A review of Gladwell’s “Talking To Strangers”
This weekend I finished Max Lucado’s "Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World." I saw on his website that he “writes books for people who don’t read books.” I liked the layout of the study on anxiety as well as the short chapters and brisk pace. I found myself quoting this book often… Continue reading How to be ‘C.A.L.M.’ in a chaotic world
I decided to start a review as I start reading “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s one I’ve read before, so I know the story, but sometimes I read to escape without much reflection. I might notice something in passing, but I don’t always delve deeper. This novel was Gaskell’s third novel that was… Continue reading A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell
As a Christian, I have had periods where I wrestled with whether I was a true believer. I would go through periods of great depression and anxiety and question my faith. I would come out of the other side of that valley knowing Jesus carried me, but still wonder why I questioned my faith. I… Continue reading Help My Unbelief!
While I read Catherine Taylor’s debut novel “Beyond the Moon,” I remembered two other novels where main characters switch bodies and lives hundreds of years apart from each other. In Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,” Courtney Stone was drunk on Absolut, wearing her wedding dress, as she despaired of her broken… Continue reading Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”
I requested Catherine Taylor’s first novel “Beyond the Moon” after reading that it is time-travel fiction. Time travel in books and film is one of my most favorite themes in fiction. The “how” and the “why” questions of time travel find their way to the surface often as I read. Even though my imagination is… Continue reading A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel
I love Pinterest. I find so many great hacks, decorating ideas, and recipes. But it wasn't until recently that I started creating a board for books I am reading. I got the idea from authors I follow who do this when planning and writing their books. They will pin pictures and information about time periods… Continue reading Reading with Pinterest
Available now for release this fall, Lynn Cullen’s The Sisters of Summit Avenue is a story for those who like suspense-filled historical novels. Set in the 1920s and ‘30s, Dorothy is the daughter of a butler and housekeeper for the Lambs, a well-to-do family, not unlike the Granthams of Downton Abbey. She has two daughters,… Continue reading Review of The Sisters of Summit Avenue
I just finished re-reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book, “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way." When I started reading this book with my women's Bible study, I found myself grabbing my pencil and highlighting so many gems. I could hear TerKeurst’s voice long before seeing the DVD of breakout sessions. It wasn’t long before I thought… Continue reading A review of “It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst
“What does it mean to see?” Christy Lefteri asked this question working on her first novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo.” A daughter of Cypriot refugees, she was drawn to volunteer work for a UNICEF-led refugee center in Athens. The people she worked with wanted to tell their stories despite the language barrier, and she became… Continue reading A review of Christy Lefteri’s upcoming novel “The Beekeeper of Aleppo”
I'd been dragging myself around the house the last two weeks with a sinus infection so checked out “Where’d you go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. I remember seeing this title in a list of book club favorites. I saw that Cate Blanchett is on the Kindle dust cover -- Yay! She will play title character… Continue reading Review of “Where’d you go, Bernadette”
This week I finished reading an uncorrected proof of Glenn Packiam’s “Blessed, Broken, and Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus.”* I did see a few places where two words stuck together, but overall I couldn't tell this was a proof. (Hopefully someone catches that, but those words might have run… Continue reading A review of “Blessed, Broken, and Given” by Glenn Packiam, an ARC
I'm tired of the many times I’ve left conversations thinking: “Why did I say that?” I went on a search for an inspirational work about how to have better conversations with people. The book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman caught my eye for the clever cover. Ehman is part of the Proverbs 31 Ministries… Continue reading A review of “Keep It Shut”
Looking for a new-to-you historical fiction series to read? Consider the three novels in the “Tales from Ivy Hill” series by Julie Klassen. I just finished book 3 and want to share with you some of the highlights of these novels. I wrote on Goodreads early on that I was surprised how well multiple points… Continue reading A review of “Tales from Ivy Hill”
I didn’t realize it at the time, but I gained a piece of information during visits at Pain Relief of Dayton that would help me when I thought I didn’t need help. I was seeing a psychotherapist already while receiving treatments so I thought I was squared away when Dr. Buenaventura told me about a… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3a
In my previous posts, I have focused on medications used to prevent or treat migraine. In the next few posts I will focus on alternative methods of treatment my doctor recommended to prevent migraine and also to attack the problem of my dueling disturbances of fibromyalgia and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). I must say that… Continue reading Approaches to treating migraine 3
I've been seeing memoirs from those living with migraine and realized I don't really write on this condition I've lived with for 35 years. I sometimes distance myself from migraine. I don't want that to define who I am, but it's probably the biggest part of my life. Most people who know me know I… Continue reading A review of my life with migraine
Imagine a world without fairy tales.
While every culture has developed it’s own tales and fables through time, the success of fairy tales can be traced back to a small group of people.
Four of the most prolific and important of those authors were French writer Charles Perrault, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.
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