Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

From our house to yours -

Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day Challenges

I heard about this group a couple years back, and was intrigued. So I did it for awhile, loved it, but then stopped. Then joined another photo group, loved it, but then stopped. I'm thinking it might be fun to do this again.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

More reasons to vote -

Do you still need more reasons to vote this year?

Still think voter suppression is a myth?

via Seth Reeker - -  Ruthelle Frank is a resident of Brokaw, Wisconsin, where she has served on the Village Board since 1996. She was born at her home in Brokaw in 1927. She is an eligible voter registered to vote in Wisconsin. She has no accepted form of photo ID under the photo ID law and lacks a certified copy of her birth certificate, which she needs to prove citizenship to the Wisconsin DMV. Though she has never had a birth certificate in her possession, the state Register of Deeds has a record of her birth and can produce a certified copy of her birth certificate, but at a cost. The record on file, however, has an incorrect spelling of her maiden name: Wedepohl, and is consequently an unacceptable form of identification. The process to correct the birth certificate is lengthy and costly, with some reports suggesting it might require $200 or more. She has voted in every election since 1948 and intends to vote in Wisconsin again next year.

ACLU has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court on behalf of ‪#‎Wisconsin‬voters like Ruthelle Frank. She will be unable to vote if the state's voter ID law goes into effect so close to the upcoming election.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Birthday to Pat Conroy

Last year, just in time to celebrate my birthday, Pat Conroy did a book signing in Charlotte.  It shouldn't surprise anyone that I was first in line.

Today's his birthday . . .

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Why I Vote

I was #289 in line the first day of early voting

This is one of the reasons why

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Leslie Gore's "You Don't Own Me" Redux

Leslie Gore recorded this song in 1964. 

We're once again fighting for the same things we were fighting for then. 



Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley

My pal, Lesa Holstine, has introduced me to a lot of books I would never have discovered on my own.

If you're not familiar with her blog, you really really really need to check it out. Here 'tis:

One she recently shared with us on her blog was Christopher Morley's "The Haunted Bookshop."

I'm stunned that I had not heard of it, or it's companion book - "Parnassus on Wheels." (which I plan on reading next). "The Haunted Bookshop" actually continues the story of Roger Mifflin, the book seller introduced in "Parnassus on Wheels."

It's not a novel of the supernatural as might be assumed from the title. It refers, instead, to "the ghosts of all great literature," to quote Roger Mifflin.  The story is actually a spy thriller with some romance tossed in.

It was published in 1919, is set in Brooklyn and takes place during the end of World War I, and we get to listen in on some of the discussions the characters have about war, as well as play witness to some surprisingly timely views shared by Mr. Mifflin.

Two, in particular, struck a chord with me:

"The first thing needed is to acquire a sense of pity. The world has been printing books for 450 years, and yet gunpowder still has a wider circulation. Never mind! Printer's ink is the greater explosive: it will win."

There are many others, but here's just one more:

"But I tell you, the world is going to have the truth about War.  We're going to put an end to this madness.  It's not going to be easy.  Just now, in the intoxication of the German collapse, we're all rejoicing in our new happiness.  I tell you, the real Peace will be a long time coming.  When you tear up all the fibres of civilization it's a slow job to knit things together again.  Yu see those children going down the street to school?  Peace lies in their hands.  When they are taught in school that war is the most loathsome scourge humanity is subject to, that it smirches and fouls every lovely occupation of the mortal spirit, then there may be some hope for the future.  But I'd like to bet they are having it drilled into them that war is a glorious and noble sacrifice."

Thought provoking?  Especially when keeping in mind when it was written.

The book is also quite charming with its many references and allusions to other books and authors.  Many were mysteries to me, some were not.  Those that were mysteries had me scooting to Google to see what they might be all about.  

Like many readers, I'm a fool for books about other books, and was thoroughly captivated by this one.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Polly's Iyer - A Place at the Table

My friend Polly Iyer has written a terrific piece about self-published vs. traditionally published authors on The Blood Red Pencil.

Those of us who are self-published are holding tight to the hope that one of these days there will be no "versus" involved. Any of you think that's possible? 

Hop over and read Polly Iyer's piece, A Place at the Table. -

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall at Our House

Fall in the mountains is beautiful in the fog or in the sun.  Here's some of both around our house and around the neighborhood.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Wedding Bees: A Novel of honey, love, & manners by Sarah-Kate Lynch

I loved this book to the moon and back. Fun quirky characters living in a delightful old house turned into apartments in Alphabet City, NY, along with good food, and even a taste of the south. All things I love. And some hysterical dialogue.  It's a gentle read bringing  comfort and some smiles.  It's a funny story without trying too hard to be funny. It's sweet without being overly so. I think it's "just right." And the bees! Oh my, I fell totally head over heals in love with the bees. 

I think this was the first books I've read by Sarah-Kate Lynch, but I'm going to take a look at what else she's written.

The story reminded me a great deal of books written by Barbara O'Neal and Sarah Addison Allen, two more favorites.

Disclaimer: I purchased this book.