Yearly Archives: 2012


Do You Remember….

As students in the 1950s we were given a set of school books at the start of each school year. Each book had a number written on the inner front cover and our school nuns would dutifully make note of what numbers each of us were assigned. We were then charged with not only the [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00November 19th, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|1 Comment

BOOK REVIEW: The Heavenly Road Trip by Fiona Linday

A Short Anthology written for young adults. I felt this anthology would be highly suitable for adult readers as well. Highly readable at a mere thirty pages. Off The Beaten Path Young Yuliya prays daily for deliverance from her life of servitude to her family. She dreams of going to college and one day marrying [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00November 14th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: The Long March Home by Zoe S. Roy

When teacher Meihua Wei is torn away from her newborn daughter and sent to a labor camp for seven years, she fears that she will never see her family again. Her crime? In the eyes of Communist China she is condemned as an 'anti-revolutionary' simply because her mother is an American. As Meihua labors away [...]

By |2012-11-09T20:20:48+00:00November 9th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing - that's what every author likes to think their book(s) will be. Who knows, maybe you or I will be the lucky author! We are blog hopping our way through some new reads. For those who aren't familiar with a blog hop, it's kind of like a treasure hunt. Once you [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00November 7th, 2012|Blog Hops|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: A Soldier’s Wife by Margaret LeRoy

Vivienne de la Mare is the mother of two daughters; daughter-in-law to an elderly woman in the throes of Alzheimer's; and wife to a soldier from whom she is emotionally separated. With her husband off fighting the war, Vivienne is responsible for feeding and caring for her small family as well as protecting them. Guernsey [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00October 22nd, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

Impressive Air Travel

While perusing the internet I came across this article on Yahoo about what air travelers consider to be the poshest of business class travel. Being an economy-class traveler myself I can only dream about the wonders of these business class accommodations and wonder how much a ticket costs. To read the entire article - click here. To [...]

By |2012-09-28T15:04:20+00:00September 28th, 2012|General Observations|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  If Death wanted to tell you a story, would you pay attention? That's just what you'll do when you pick up The Book Thief. Death is a busy fellow (although he's not gender specific we get the feeling he's male). But the large scale events that keep him busy don't often give him time [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00September 22nd, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: The Siren by Tiffany Reisz

Take one book editor (male) with demons from a guilty marriage, add one (female) author who is considered the queen of erotica running from demons of her own. Mix until there are no lumps. Fold in a younger (male) assistant who is hopelessly in love with the female. Put over high heat and watch the [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00September 21st, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

One of the Five Best Days of My Life

Yesterday I was privileged to be a guest of Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, FL. The Reading Classes of Mrs. Hensley and Ms. Duffy were filled with wonderful students who were kind, respectful, inquisitive, and curious about what makes an author tick. At first I was kind of nervous being in front of [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:33+00:00September 15th, 2012|General Observations|0 Comments