Monthly Archives: January 2012


I Feel Good

Today is Primary Day here in Florida. So, bright and early this morning (okay, not so bright but definitely early) I pulled my car into a spot at the polling place in my precinct. I was one of the first few to arrive on my way to work. I saw a few really early people exiting [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00January 31st, 2012|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: The Hunger Games (Trilogy) by Suzanne Collins

This trilogy of books (Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay) is best read one right after the other. Each book ends with a cliffhanger that leaves you anxious to read more!  The country of Panem has replaced the USA. Panem consists of the Capitol and thirteen distinct districts. Some seventy-five years prior to the beginning [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00January 30th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

Time:   The not-too-distant future. Place:   The United States Problem:  Overcrowding of prisons Solution:  Chroming  In a country turned Puritanical, religious zealots hold the populace in a tight grip.  A multitude of things, from wearing short skirts to questioning a man's opinion, are all accountable actions. Hannah Payne has been deemed guilty of murder when she [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00January 30th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments

A Quiet Time

January and February are like the deep breath we collectively take after the Christmas holidays have come and gone. With our houses now empty of the holiday decorations, our lives hopefully have settled into a normal routine once more. During these cold winter months we would snuggle into an afghan or old quilt while we [...]

By |2012-01-22T22:39:12+00:00January 22nd, 2012|Valley Memories Articles|0 Comments


Each of us has traditions that we've grown up with. Some are family traditions that have stayed with us since childhood. Others are traditions that we've created with our own family. And then there are the things that have always been done in a traditional manner.In the short span of time from the beginning of [...]

By |2012-01-18T21:17:52+00:00January 18th, 2012|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lost, Found, Lost Again

Why is it that family members feud? I can understand immediate family members sometimes don't get along. But what annoys me is when something happened a generation or two back and folks carry on because 'we don't associate with that side of the family'. I knew from an early age that we (mom, dad, and [...]

By |2017-05-18T21:35:38+00:00January 9th, 2012|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: North and South Book #1

Although this series has been available for quite some time, I have finally undertaken the reading of this epic story. When I saw that the first book had 883 pages I almost swooned. So much for a quick read! thought I. But I chipped away page by page and was soon finished. I must credit [...]

By |2012-01-06T14:21:08+00:00January 6th, 2012|Book Reviews|0 Comments


Homonyms are words that sound alike yet have different meanings. Now, before you decide that organizing your sock drawer would be a better use of your time, hear me out please. Consider this: you find yourself about to make a trip to the grocery store when you realize that it is almost time for your family [...]

By |2012-01-02T19:50:24+00:00January 2nd, 2012|Blog Category, Uncategorized|0 Comments