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Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 24, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

This word came from “My Family’s Slave” by Alex Tizon in The Atlantic.

1. vassalize – “I had a hard time watching Lola vassalize herself to another person, especially someone like Ivan.”

Vassalize means to make a vassal of: bring into a condition of subordination to someone or something.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

May 22, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Monday

Wednesday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.19.2017

May 19, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

50 STATES: OUR AMERICA by the Editors of TIME for Kids magazine with John Maher III gives a brief overview of the history of the United States before giving the history of each state.  I really liked the way the book showed the way Native Americans have been treated but, for the most part, I found the book rather dry.  Each state’s page includes a map, a colorful photo, and key facts about the state.  Also included are Washington, D. C. and a brief overview of U. S. Territories and Commonwealths as well as regions of the country.  This middle grade book should appeal to young history buffs.  (Review copy provided by Blue Slip Media.)

I was lucky enough to sample some food from THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK by Mary Kay Andrews when I attended a party at her home on Tybee Island during last year’s SIBA trade show so I was very excited when the cookbook showed up in my mailbox.  This cookbook is unique in that recipes are arranged by events rather than courses.  Most of the recipes are fairly simple and feature food your family will eat.  Andrews begins each “course” with a personal story and sprinkles some family photos throughout the book so it feels like an old friend is sharing her beloved recipes.  I flipped through the cookbook as soon as it came and saw lots of recipes I want to try.  I’ve made the Cheesy Beer Bread, substituting a good brown ale for light beer and was very pleased with the results – the bread was eaten so quickly, I didn’t get a photo of it.  THE BEACH HOUSE COOKBOOK is printed on high quality, glossy paper and includes a photo with each recipe.  Be sure to pick up a copy of this delightful cookbook!  (Review copy provided by Tandem Literary.)

Mary Alice Monroe takes readers back to Isle of Palms and Lovie’s beloved beach house in BEACH HOUSE FOR RENT.  It’s the story of two very different women trying to fight their way through adversity.  Heather suffers from anxiety and rents the beach house for the summer to work on her paintings when tragedy strikes Cara and she finds herself floundering.  Together, the two women discover they have more strength than they imagined.  As usual, Monroe weaves environmental issues into the story and writes with much heart.  I thought this book was terrific and was drawn to it right from the start.  This is the fourth book in the Beach House series but it’s not necessary to read the others to enjoy it.  I hope the series continues with more of Heather’s story!  This is the perfect beach/summer read and you won’t want to miss it.  (Review copy provided by Simon & Schuster.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

Wow, has this been a crazy season on Dancing with the Stars!  Who could have seen Simon and Sasha going home before the finals?  Except for that unexpected elimination, I enjoyed this week’s show.  I think Normani is the best dancer of the three finalists but, this season, I’m wondering if talent really matters.

 

Off the blog

  • Carl and I were married 38 years ago today!

  • I’m at the beach with my mom and my sister to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Our trip was delayed almost a week because Carl’s dad had been in the hospital.  He’s home now and recovering nicely.
  • Since Carl was at his dad’s, I worked extra and didn’t get much reading in.
  • Remember that new Maytag washer we bought in January?  It started making a horrible grinding noise this week.  Maytag said they’d have a repairman out today but the repairman called and said he couldn’t make it until Tuesday.  I guess Maytag repairman aren’t that lonely after all.   I find it upsetting that we’re having problems with it already and that their first response was to try to sell us an extended warranty.
  • I played trivia with a few friends and we came in first.
  • I walked at least three miles every morning and averaged over 18,675 Fitbit steps a day.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 17, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I haven’t found any words in my reading lately so I had to rely on my Word-a-Day calendar this week.

1. elysian – “The summer, in some climates, makes possilbe to man a sort of Elysian life.” — Henry David Thoreau, WALDEN

Elysian is an adjective that’s often capitalized.  It means blissful or delightful.  There’s a brewery named Elysian that was purchased by AB InBev.  The fact that they’re owned by AB InBev makes them anything but blissful or delightful to me but that’s a topic for another day.

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2. cliometrics – “Using cliometrics, the researchers categorized and analyzed the statistical data they had amased.”

The application of methods developed in other fields to the study of history.

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3. nosocoial – “Mariah was told that she had developed a nosocomial infection that would need to be monitored by the hospital staff for at least another 24 hours.”

Nosocomial means acquired or occurring in a hospital.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?

Mailbox Monday

May 15, 2017

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, a meme started by Marcia and now hosted on its own blog.  I found these goodies in my mailbox last week:

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

What did you find in your mailbox?

The Week in Review: 05.12.2017

May 12, 2017

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Between the Covers

Finished last week:

I don’t give up on a book very often but I did just that with INTO THE WATER by Paula Hawkins.  I listened to 3 of the 9 CDs and had no idea what was going on.  I’m not sure if it was the British narrators (I struggle with them) or if it was all the different perspectives but this book just didn’t work for me on audio.  Have you read it?  Should I pick up a copy in print?.  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

THE BREAKDOWN is another winner from B. A. Paris!  Cass takes a shortcut home one stormy night and sees a car by the side of the road.  She stops for a moment but continues on when the driver doesn’t indicate she needs help.  Imagine her alarm when she learns the woman was later murdered in her car and that she actually knew her!  She decides not to tell anyone she saw her and is tormented by guilt.  When odd, creepy things begin to happen Cass feels like someone is watching her.  I didn’t think this book was quite as good as Paris’s previous book, BEYOND CLOSED DOORS, but I still thought it was great.  This book was tense and creepy without being scary and I couldn’t put it down.   If you’re looking for an addictive, psychological thriller, be sure to grab a copy of THE BREAKDOWN when it comes out in June.  (Review copy provided by St. Martin’s Press.)

ASHES TO ASHEVILLE by Sarah Dooley is the story of sisters Fella and Zany and their attempt to fulfill one of their mothers’ dying wishes.  Mama Lacy passed away about six months ago and the family’s grief is pulling them apart.  Zany knows she didn’t want her ashes sitting on the mantle and decides to take matters into her own hands and take the ashes back to Asheville to scatter.  Fella tags along and they embark on the road trip of a lifetime.  I just loved this wonderful middle grade book told from younger sister Fella’s perspective!  It is full of heart and humor and addresses same-sex marriage in a sensitive manner.  I was emotionally invested in the story so it made me laugh and cry.  This is a great book for middle grade readers on up!  (Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.)

 

Currently reading:

 

On the Screen

I enjoyed this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars and agreed that Bonner was the right one to go.  Of those who are left, I think David is the weakest dancer but it sure is hard not to like him.  I still  favor Rashad and Emma but will be happy with any of the remaining stars as the winner.

 

Off the blog

  • My friends and I played trivia this week and didn’t even place.  We were in the running until the third round.
  • We walked 3 miles every morning and I averaged just over 17,400 Fitbit steps a day.
  • Ants got in our neighborhood’s Little Free Library so Carl and I cleaned it out and sprayed it down.  I’ll return the books today.
  • The weather has finally settled down and it was gorgeous all week.

What’s going on in your corner of the world?

Wondrous Words Wednesday

May 10, 2017

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I found one more word in GEORGIA by Dawn Tripp.

1. mudra – “The Buddha’s hand.  A mudra.”

A mudra is a symbolic or ritualistic gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. Some mudras involve the entire body but most are performed with the hands and fingers.

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What words do you want to celebrate today?