Showing posts from July, 2013

Recent Reads

In the Castle of the Flynns: A Novel by Michael Raleigh (2002).  Highly Recommended.  This is the August discussion selection for my work book club.  The story revolves around an Irish Catholic Chicago family in the 1950s.  Live, love, and learn with Daniel, a seven-year-old who goes to live with his grandparents and bachelor uncles after his parents die in a car crash.  I laughed out loud more than once, and I hope that's true for the other book club members.

Dear Rockstar by Emme Rollins (2013).  Recommended.  Sara's working on getting her high school diploma at a second-chance school when she meets Dale, a younger twin for the rock star she adores to the point of obsession.  Rollins deals with some serious issues while creating a sweet romantic relationship for her characters.  I enjoyed the setting of the late 1980s, too--nostalgia!

Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (2013).  Recommended.  Thought-provoking portrait of Jesus in the context of the p…

More July Photos

A foot each from Maya, Shon, and Heather.

Cannonball while at Star City Shores with Keli and Heather.

Tiger face painting while at the local zoo for my annual employee picnic.

Incoming Mail--Sherri Kay

Teddy bear card from Sherri Kay in Wisconsin.

Incoming Mail--Claudia

Mail from Claudia in California of Moncy3.  I'll be sharing a recent purchase from one of her Etsy stores later this week, too.

Incoming Mail--Tone

Letter from my birthday twin, Tone, in Norway.

Star City Shores--July 9, 2013

Keli, her niece, and Maya at Star City Shores, a small local water park, yesterday.
Photos and photo collage courtesy of Keli, who braved the humidity with the girls.

Incoming Mail--Wanda

Card from Wanda in Canada.  Very Zen!

S'mores--July 6, 2013

Maya and her friend, Heather, enjoyed a campfire and s'mores last night.

Incoming Mail--Mom

Postcard my mom sent during a stop in Wyoming on their way to Colorado.  The Wyoming Indian Paint Brush is very vibrant!

Recent Reads

Surviving Raine by Shay Savage (2013).  Highly recommended.  Bastian, captain of a charter ship, and Raine, one of his passengers, survive the sinking of his ship.  Then the real fun begins, as food and water are issues, along with Bastian's alcohol withdrawal and surly attitude.  Told from Bastian's POV, the story is intriguing, especially as he's a very dark sort of hero.  My only regret is reading the epilogue, as the ending seemed perfect, only to have the epilogue leave me waiting anxiously for the next installment in the story of Raine and Bastian.  Ugh--down with series!

The Lemon Orchard by Luanne Rice (2013).  Recommended.  When Julia agrees to housesit for her aunt and uncle, she has no idea she'll find love with Roberto, the man who oversees their lemon orchard.  Part of their bond is based on shared grief, as Julia's daughter and the husband she was about to divorce died in a car accident five years earlier, at the same time Roberto's daughter disapp…

Happy Fourth of July!

Maya at her godmother's Fourth of July party.


Happy seventh birthday to FairMail, a company based in The Netherlands.

From their About FairMail section on their site:

"The photos on FairMail cards are taken by Indian and Peruvian underprivileged teenagers. On the back of every card you see the face, name and age of the photographer. FairMail offers this youth photography training, part-time work, medical insurance and guidance in making their future plans. The teenagers get 50% of the profits of the sale of their own photos to finance their housing and education."
Access their site to see the photo items, including cards, bookmarks, and calendars, created from the work of their young photographers.  Different photos cover beautiful, touching, funny, and unique.

Send your letter friends something different while also supporting a great cause.  Happy shopping!