Many of you got up at some unearthly time this morning to start your Christmas shopping. And for the next month or so, it is going to be go –go –go with more shopping, cooking, parties, children’s Christmas programs, and visiting relatives, leaving you with very little time to sit down and read. Of course you can buy the books you want to read, and after the holidays have a lie in and pamper yourself- there is definitely nothing wrong with that. But I like reading around the holidays. Many of the stories seem kinder, gentler, and filled with family.
What I do like is that holiday stories tend to have a lot of my favorite plot devices- like friends to lovers, pets, babies, and extended family. I am not saying that I want the stories to be sugarplum sweet, which I […]
I have to admit that my passion, ire and wrath about publishers and eBook pricing has been more about how it affects me as a consumer. But now that things seem to be turning around I have lost some of my tunnel vision and realize that our libraries have been through the wringer as much as we have(if not more, quite frankly), and they still don’t have a viable resolution yet.
Oh, I have talked about it before in this blog but it is not something that I followed religiously. One reason is that as a Kindle owner, library lending wasn’t an available feature for a long while since Amazon didn’t have any type of agreement with libraries. And finally when they did add this feature, I found a very limited collection of books available. Almost all major publishers such as Macmillan Publishing, Simon & […]
Found some music that I enjoy. Hope you do too!
– – Leigh AAR
Yesterday was Veterans’ Day but many will be off work to celebrate it today. Veterans Day always falls on November 11. If I knew why we celebrated on that day, then I had long forgot it. On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month came word that guns of World War One had stopped firing; the war that ripped Europe to pieces had come to an end. Originally, November 11 was called Armistice Day Per Wikipedia in 1945 WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. In 1954 President President Dwight Eisenhower, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954 and Congress amended […]
While it says vote 2008, make sure you vote 2012 too!
And the message in a different way! […]
The title is a little over the top, I admit, but this past week, I did something outside my comfort zone and it invigorated me, and gave a big old boost to my self- esteem. I installed a new garbage disposal.
One of my favorite days of the year is coming up, the Sunday that we fall back, and I gain an extra hour. Before I stated working weekends this extra hour was extra time spent sleeping or doing just nothing. Now on Saturday night I enjoy going to bed knowing I have an extra hour to sleep before my alarm clock goes off for work or if I am reading a good book, I know that I can stay up a little longer.
LinnieGayl’s comfort food blog and the recent colder weather started to remind me of dishes I typically eat during the winter. One of the first dishes I turn to is beans. With my parent’s southern roots, even living in the west, I grew up on a lot of pots of beans. Pinto beans, and great northern beans with a ham bone were big favorites of my mother and I don’t really remember those dishes being seasonal. However when it turned cold my mother turned to a big pot of chili or stew.
I don’t do the stew but always turn to chili. In fact, I am probably going to make chili today. I don’t have any special recipe and to be honest sometimes my dish is good and sometime it is average. So I thought maybe I need a more definite recipe instead of a little bit of this and that.
The Today Show had a chili cook-off and I […]