Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Postcard: Alaska

Everyone I know has been to Alaska on a cruise except for me. I have been to Anchorage and I loved visiting. I hope I get to go on an Alaska Cruise soon, if not this year, maybe next year!! 




Monday, January 15, 2018

2018 Postcard: Vermont

All postcards this year will be from friends and family that have sent them to me, so sometimes the photos will reflect that, they are smudged with ink from the postal machines or they show definite wear. Sometimes folks will write on the cards, pointing out where they are or personalizing it in some manner. But I hope you enjoy the cards this year and if you sent me a card, it will probably show up!

 


Monday, January 08, 2018

2018 Postcard: Aloha from Hawaii

This year I am highlighting postcards that my friends and family have sent me for the past couple of years. I get lots of postcards (and everyone knows I love postcards!!) So if you sent me a card, you might see it here on my blog this year!!




Tuesday, January 02, 2018

2017 Reading List December


                                  Carl Larsson (Swedish)   Portrait of Dora Lamm, c. 1900


Eastern Sun, Winter Moon by Gary Paulsen (library) a Memoir by this children's author about his family time during and just after WWII. Not for children.
The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Hendrik Groen (library) I really enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone. It is a diary of a man who is living in an old age home in Amsterdam. My friends who love Amsterdam, please read, my friends who are staring old age in the face, please read, it is an awesome book. 
The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell (audiobook) This is what has been playing in my car while I go to and from work all month. It is about an explosion at a dance hall in the 1920's and chronicles all the victims and the aftermath of the event. I really enjoyed it. This author also wrote Winter's Bone. 
Lit Up by David Denby (library) About how current teenagers are not readers and what some teachers are doing about it. How they are inspiring young people to put down their devices and read for pleasure. I really enjoyed it. Total wake up call as to what is happening to this emerging generation. 

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner (library) I really enjoy this author and I am working my way through all her books. This one was about 2 sisters who were separated during the Blitz in London (WWII)
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (library) the latest Jack Reacher novel. He tries to trace the owner of a West Point ring, that he sees in a pawn shop window.
Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer
Theodore Boone: The Abduction
Theodore Boone: The Accused
Theodore Boone: The Activist by John Grisham (library) Grisham's young adult series of mysteries featuring a young man whose parents are lawyers, he wants to be a lawyer and he basically acts as a kid version of a lawyer for his friends. I have really enjoyed the series.
The Toxic Solution by Dr. Joseph Pizzorno (library) another book about how chemicals and pollutants are making us sick. Sorry guys, but this is a hot topic for me since we had those toxic uniforms at American Airlines. I am continuing to read up on this stuff.
See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt (library) a fictionalized retelling of the Lizzie Borden story. I enjoyed it
Cocoa Beach by Beatriz Williams (library) From driving an ambulance in WWI to dealing with bootleggers in Florida, this book spans a couple of decades and keeps you on your toes. I liked the Florida locale.



To Be Read:

Neptune Noir: The unauthorized investigations into Veronica Mars edited by Rob Thomas
The Oysters of Locmariaquer by Eleanor Clark
Shadowland by William Arnold
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower

Monday, January 01, 2018

2018 Postcard: Happy New Year from Hong Kong

Happy New Year and to start the new year off with a bang, I thought I would showcase postcards that have been sent to me over the years from all of you! My friends and family. These Hong Kong postcards remind me of New Year's Fireworks with all their bright lights and colors.