Saturday, May 28, 2016

What I've Been Reading

Holy moly, Mama, I've missed most of the month of May! Time seems to pass so much more quickly than it did when I was young. Some days I enjoy that phenomenon; other days, not so much.  

May has been a busy month--if one doesn't equate busyness with productivity. I've done a lot of genealogy housekeeping, a lot of TV-series-finale watching, and (the best part) a lot of reading.

Let's look at the books and call this a post:

Out of the Shadows
by Diane Greenwood Muir

Vignettes - Out of the Shadows
by Diane Greenwood Muir

Unexpected Riches
by Diane Greenwood Muir

A Funeral for an Owl
by Jane Davis

Finding Jake
by Bryan Reardon

The Dirty Parts of the Bible
by Sam Torode

by James Patterson and David Ellis

The Mermaids Singing
by Lisa Carey

The Abduction
Mark Gimenez

Homesick (non-fiction)
by Sela Ward

The Drowning Game
by LS Hawker

The Avalon Ladies Scrapbooking Society
by Darien Gee

To read a description and reviews of any of these books,
click on its description above.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"The days were sweet, our nights were warm..."

Today's Saturday Song Selection is more than twenty-five years old, but it's new to me; I'd never heard it before March of this year. This one plucks a few of my heartstrings.

I've lived more than half my life within half an hour's driving distance from US Highway 90, both in Texas and Louisiana, though never near the parts of Texas where bluebonnets grow. I especially relate to the lyrics about a wife who stays home while her husband goes away to find work. I've lived through separations like that. Those were hard times. The separations would have been unbearable had we not believed we were sacrificing time together in the name of building a better future.

The song reminds me of what might have been--and what was for a period of years. I never counted on getting used to the months apart. On enjoying the peacefulness of them. On acquiring a taste for solitude. I guess that would be a whole 'nother song.

The song is "Gulf Coast Highway," performed by Emmylou Harris and Willie Nelson. Thanks to toshiboss for posting the video and lyrics on YouTube.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Little Bits of Weirdness

It doesn't take much to amuse me. For example, I get tickled every time I think of these recent telephone conversations:

Glad I Didn't Inconvenience Him:

A ringing phone roused me from sleep early one morning. "Hello, is this Ms. James?" the male caller asked.

"No," I replied. "I believe you have the wrong number."

"No problem," he said and hung up.

The Lo Mein Test:

Ever since a particular Chinese restaurant opened several years ago, we've been ordering takeout once a month or so. Without fail, each time we've called to place an order, the Asian lady on the other end of the line has asked one final question: "You know we on Highway 73, right?"

Last time she surprised me with a slightly different question: "You know wheah [where] location?"

"Yes," I assured her. "I sure do."

After a moment's hesitation, she spoke again in a doubtful tone: "Wheah? Which highway?"


Hahaha! People! You gotta love 'em.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

What I've Been Reading - Big Batch o' Books 121-132

These last twelve titles finish up the long list of books that carried me through the past nine and a half months. Through intense pain and depression, through surgery and rehabilitation, through physical, mental and emotional healing, books were there to make my life better. God bless writers and the readers who motivate them.

  1. The Devil's Deep - Michael Wallace
  2. Come Away with Me - Ruth Cardello
  3. The Third Life of Grange Copeland - Alice Walker
  4. Blood Moon - Jana Petken
  5. Dark Shadows - Jana Petken
  6. Blue Molly - M. D. Grayson
  7. Safe Harbor - Antoinette Stockenberg
  8. Dust Tracks on a Road - Zora Neale Hurston - (non-fiction)
  9. Ask Him Why - Catherine Ryan Hyde
  10. Criminal Intent - Sheldon Siegel
  11. After I'm Gone - Laura Lippman
  12. Vignettes-Bellingwood Book 11 - Diane Greenwood Muir

What I've Been Reading - Big Batch o' Books 81 thru 120

  1. The Serial Killer's Wife - Robert Smartwood
  2. The Funeral Dress - Susan Gregg Gilmore
  3. Judgment - Carey Baldwin
  4. The Diary - Eileen Goudge
  5. Tidewater - Antoinette Stockenberg
  6. The Crossroads Cafe - Deborah Smith
  7. Flowertown - S. G. Redling
  8. The Secret Daughter - Kelly Rimmer
  9. A Memory of Violets - Hazel Gaynor
  10. Amber Light - Virginia McCullough
  11. Angel Falls - Kristin Hannah
  12. Brailling for Wile - James Zerndt
  13. Dance Upon the Air - Nora Roberts
  14. Dark River Road - Virginia Brown
  15. Flowers in the Snow - Danielle Stewart
  16. Kiss in the Wind - Danielle Stewart
  17. Heaven and Earth - Nora Roberts
  18. Stars in a Bottle - Danielle Stewart
  19. Garden of Lies - Eileen Goudge
  20. Look Always Forward - Diane Greenwood Muir

  1. Lowcountry Boil - Susan M. Boyer
  2. The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove - Susan Gregg Gilmore
  3. Mountain Angel - Suzie O'Connell
  4. Only Time Will Tell - Jeffrey Archer
  5. Power Play - Catherine Coulteer
  6. Shelter from the Storm - Tony Dunbar
  7. Staggerford - John Hassler
  8. The River Rolls On - Diane Greenwood Muir
  9. You Only Get So Much - Dan Kolbet
  10. Worthy - Catherine Ryan Hyde
  11. Pawnbroker - Jerry Hatchett
  12. Far From Perfect - Barbara Longley
  13. Saving Grace - Pamela Fagan Hutchins
  14. Thanksgiving 1942 - Alan Simon
  15. When You're Ready - J. L. Berg
  16. Lifelines Kate's Story - Vanessa Grant
  17. An Unexpected Grace - Kristin von Kreisler
  18. Accused - Mark Gimenez
  19. The Case Against William - Mark Gimenez
  20. Painting the Moon - Traci Borum

Friday, April 15, 2016

What I've Been Reading - Big Batch o' Books 41 thru 80

Forty more:

  1. Tomorrow's Promises - Diane Greenwood Muir
  2. Through the Storm - Diane Greenwood Muir
  3. Pages of the Past - Diane Greenwood Muir
  4. I Shall Be Near You - Erin Lindsay McCabe
  5. Irreparable Harm - Melissa F. Miller
  6. Miracle Boy Grows Up - Ben Mattlin - Non-fiction
  7. The Hurricane Sisters - Dorothea Benton Frank
  8. Megan's Cure - Robert B. Lowe
  9. The Color of the Soul - Tracey Bateman
  10. Once in a Blue Moon - Eileen Goudge
  11. Wish You Well - David Baldacci
  12. The Truth About Butterflies - Nancy Stephan - Non-fiction
  13. Fall From Grace - Clyde Phillips
  14. Blindsided - Clyde Phillips
  15. Sacrifice - Clyde Phillips
  16. Unthinkable - Clyde Phillips
  17. The Casual Vacancy - J. K. Rowling
  18. Natchez Burning - Greg Iles
  19. The Bone Tree - Greg Iles
  20. Replacement Child - Judy L. Mandel - Non-fiction

  1. The Fixer - Joseph Finder
  2. Closure - Randall Wood
  3. Conspiracy of Silence - Martha Powers
  4. The Good Lawyer - Thomas Benigno
  5. The First Lie - Diane Chamberlain
  6. Whiskey Beach - Nora Roberts
  7. The Lost German Slave Girl - John Bailey - Non-fiction
  8. The Watcher - Jo Robertson
  9. Love Will Find a Way - Barbara Freethy
  10. Kimimela - Donna Mabry
  11. Special Circumstances - Sheldon Siegel
  12. The Right Society - Donna Mabry
  13. Two Dogs and a Suitcase - Sarah Jane Butfield - Non-fiction
  14. Meely LaBauve - Ken Wells
  15. A Stranger in Town - Cheryl Bradshaw
  16. No Cry for Help - Grant McKenzie
  17. Loose Ends - Terri Reid
  18. Unforeseen - Nick Pirog
  19. City of Beads - Tony Dunbar
  20. The Reluctant Midwife - Patricia Harman