Saturday, April 22, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

Chapter 1 of
"Minutes From The Great Women's Coffee Club
Timeless Wisdom From Remarkable Women" #
by Angela Beasley
[nonfiction]
there are 12 chapters, and I
plan to read one a month.
I will blog my reason next week.

"The Naughtiest Girl Saves The Day"
"Well Done, The Naughtiest Girl!"
by Anne Digby
(authorized additions to Enid Blyton's "Naughtiest Girl" series)
[children's fiction]

"Understanding Kim"
by Pelagie Doane
[children's fiction]

"The Great Brain"
"More Adventures of The Great Brain"
by John D. Fitzgerald
[children's fiction, historical, 1890s]

"Dear Pen Pal"
"Pies and Prejudice"
(Kindle books)
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]



"Intimate Practices: Literacy and Cultural Work in U. S. Women's
Clubs, 1880-1920" 
by Anne Ruggles Gere
[nonfiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"Perfect Or Not, Here I Come" #
by Kristi Holl
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
Kristi Holl also wrote three
of the books in the
todaysgirls.com series


"Anne of Green Gables"
by L. M. Montgomery
[fiction, historical, 1870s]

"Herbert's Homework"
by Hazel Wilson
[children's fiction]

So Judgmental, And So Wrong

Remember this scene from 7th Heaven?  Honestly, how judgmental can people get???? Did it occur to anyone that
Lucy might have been babysitting?  Did they consider that she might actually have been telling the truth?
I loved it when she told that woman off!

Yes, I realize it was just a tv show, but things like this also happen in real life.  My niece was well into her teens when her
baby sister, and, a year later, her baby brother, were born.

And I, myself, had a similar experience years ago, when I was fourteen.  I was buying a book of baby names (I've always been fascinated by names and their meanings) when a woman asked me, "Is that for your mother, or an older sister?"
"It's for myself," I answered.
She then asked my age, and I  told her that I was fourteen.
"Why," she gasped, "you little slut!"
I glared at her and said, "I am NOT PREGNANT, and YOU have a FILTHY MIND!"
"If you're not pregnant," she demanded, "why did you buy yourself a book of baby names?"
"I don't owe you an explanation. You owe me an apology!"
Yes, I could have told her why I bought the book, but at the time I didn't think it was any of her business.  I still don't think so!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"Carol's Side Of The Street"
by Lorraine Beim
[children's fiction]

"The Naughtiest Girl In The School"
"The Naughtiest Girl Again"
"The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor"
"Here's The Naughtiest Girl"
by Enid Blyton
"The Naughtiest Girl Keeps A Secret"
"The Naughtiest Girl Helps A Friend"
by Anne Digby
(authorized)
[children's fiction]


"The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
"Much Ado About Anne"
(physical copies)
"Dear Pen Pal"
(Kindle book)
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step"
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)


"Portraits of Little Women:
Beth's Story"
 [children's fiction, historical, 1860s]
prequel to Louisa May Alcott's book
"Who Were They Really?
The True Story Behind Famous Characters" #
[children's nonfiction]
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
(openlibrary.org loans)

"Herbert"
"Herbert Again"
"More Fun With Herbert"
by Hazel Wilson
[children's fiction]

Addiction and Avoidance

One of my online friends recently began playing Candy Crush Saga... and now, like so many others, she is addicted to the game.  
As for me, I've scrupulously, carefully avoided the game, which I, too, love, during Lent.  I've also made sure not to read any books with the word "Chocolate" or any other sweets/treats in the title.
Those Cadbury Creme Egg commercials are more than enough!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better

"Elin's Amerika" #
by Marguerite De Angeli
[children's fiction, historical, 1600s]



"The Mother-Daughter Book Club"
by Heather Vogel Frederick
[children's/YA fiction]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"How To Be A Clubwoman"
by Helen Cowles Le Cron
and Edith Wasson McElroy
[nonfiction]
(This title makes me laugh.  The way I see it,  any woman who
belongs to at least one club IS a clubwoman.  Perhaps a
better title would have been, "The Clubwoman and Her
Club(s)"

"Donna Parker
A Spring To Remember"
(physical copy)
"Donna Parker In Hollywood"
(openlibrary.org loan)
"Donna Parker
Mystery At Arawak

(physical copy)
"Donna Parker Takes A Giant Step"
(openlibrary.org loan)
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]

"Heidi"
by Johanna Spyri
[children's fiction]

"All Those In Favor,
Say Something!"
by Runa Erwin Ware

[nonfiction]

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Winky Knew

It was around noon on Easter Sunday when all of a sudden Winky began meowing in a way he had never meowed before.
I knew right away that something was wrong, but Winky did not seem to be having any physical distress.
"Winky, what is it?" I asked.  "What's wrong?"
He looked at me and meowed again.
Two hours later, Kathryn and Paul came to tell me that Mom had passed away... at around noon.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[Protestant nonfiction;  anecdotes, recipes]
(April chapter only)

"Caddie Woodlawn"
"Caddie Woodlawn's Family"
(original title: "Magical Melons")
by Carol Ryrie Brink
[children's fiction, historical, 1860s]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)


"Donna Parker at Cherrydale"
"Donna Parker, Special Agent"
"Donna Parker On Her Own"
by Marcia Martin
[children's/young teen fiction]

"Rupert Piper & the Boy Who Could Knit"
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
[children's fiction]

"Heidi"
by Johanna Spyri
[children's fiction]

Interference By An Animal

Awhile ago, a package I was expecting was delayed due to, and I quote, interference by an animal.  No details were given.
Well, I know all about interference by an animal.  Quite often, when I'm on the computer, Winky will just take over. He'll try to grab the mouse, or he'll walk in front of the computer screen, completely blocking my view.
Or I'll be reading a book... and all of a sudden I'm "reading" a cat!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.


"Dream On, Amy" #
"You're Fab, Rachel" #
"Nice One, Tara" #
"Fight It, Alex" #
by Kate Andrews
[children's fiction, "Making Friends" series]

"A  House Of Children" #
by Joyce Cary (a man)
[fiction, autobiographical]


"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)


"Children of The Series and How They Grew;
or A Century of Heroines and Heroes, 

Romantic, Comic, Moral"
by Faye R. Kensinger
[nonfiction]

"Puritan Adventure"
by Lois Lenski

[children's fiction, historical, 1600s]


"Hannah and the Snowy Hideaway"
"Chelsea and The Alien Invasion"
"Roxie's Mall Madness"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, denomination(s) not specified, series]




"Fast Forward"
by Bob Darden
"A Time To Belong"
by Vicki Grove
in What Would You Do? series, originator unknown
[teen fiction, Protestant, multiple choices
and endings]

He Could've Been on "I've Got A Secret"

Remember the old tv show, I've Got A Secret?   Well, my stepfather, who was a contractor, and did a lot of work in people's houses, could have.... and I think should have.... been on that program.  But as far as I know, he never tried to get on.
And Dad had a doozy of a secret to share.  He once installed a shower door for someone who later starred in an iconic tv comedy which to this day is seen in reruns.
Here is a clip from my favorite episode of her show.

Monday, March 20, 2017

The First Saint I Ever Heard Of (Reposted)

Slightly adapted from a post in one of my old blogs

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary. (Transferred because yesterday was a Sunday in Lent.)  People love to quote the saints, but we cannot quote St. Joseph. None of his words have been preserved.
I take that back about not being able to quote St. Joseph. We cannot quote his words, but we can, and should, "quote" his devotion to Jesus and Mary.
St. Joseph was the first saint I ever heard of, but that was because of the children's aspirins! LOL!
I like simple, homely {homely as in homelike, not, definitely not, as in unattractive] images. I love to think about St. Joseph walking the floor when the Baby Jesus was teething.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"A  House Of Children" #
by Joyce Cary (a man)
[fiction, autobiographical]

"Fast Forward (What Would You Do?)"
by Bob Darden
[teen fiction, Protestant, multiple choices
and endings]


"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"Two Sides Of A Coin"
by Miriam Elias
[children's fiction, Jewish]

"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"More About Little Pear"

by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
[children's fiction]


"Norah and the Cable Car"
by Rita Shields
[children's fiction, historical, covering the year from 
St. Patrick's Day 1873 to St. Patrick's Day 1874]
(openlibrary.org loan)
I like to read this on St. Patrick's Day, and
I'm going to order my own
copy, just in case someone

else has the book checked
out next St. Patrick's Day.

"Mystery At Bellwood Estate"
"Hannah and the Daring Escape"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, denomination(s) not specified, series]

Announcing A Name-Change

So, am I changing the name of this blog?
Nope!
Then is it my own name I'm changing?
Again, nope!
Well, what about the cat's name?
Actually, I already changed it when we first got him.  Winky's original name was Mr. Winkler, but it didn't sound like the right sort of name for a cat.
However, I did not want to call him Henry, for two reasons.
1: It wasn't close enough to his then-current name, and might
have confused him.
2: There was a character named Henry on As The World Turns,
and I tend to talk to... or yell at... the characters on my soaps.
(And I know I'm not the only one who does that! For example, my Baba did it all the time. As for Mom... somehow the soap-viewing gene passed her by.)
Okay.  Enough rambling.  Enough digressing.
What I'm changing is the name of one of my collections. Henceforth, my Break-Off Collection shall be known as my
Detachments Collection.
[The preceding announcement could have been quite easily expressed in one sentence.]

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week





Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"The Little Sisters
or Emma And Caroline" #
Author unknown. Published
in 1840 by Sidney Babcock

[children's fiction, chapbook]
(free online book)


"Andy"
"Polly"
(openlibrary.org loans)
"Sarah"
(Kindle book)
"Mandy"
[physical copy]
"Annie"
(openlibrary.org loan)
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish/Mennonite, "Ellie's People" series]

"Fast Forward (What Would You Do?)"
by Bob Darden
[teen fiction, Protestant, multiple choices
and endings]


"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"The Heart Is Half A Prophet"
by Ruth Tessler Goldstein

[fiction, Jewish themes]


"Travelers Along the Way"
by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
[collective biography/autobiography, Catholic]
(Kindle book)

"Little Pear"

"Little Pear and His Friends"
(openlibrary.org loans)
"Little Pear and the Rabbits"
[physical copy]
by Eleanor Frances Lattimore
[children's fiction]
these books are among my
childhood favorites


"The Sugarbush Family" #
by Miriam E. Mason
[children's fiction, historical, 1890s]
(openlibrary.org loan)


"A Made-over Chelsea"
"No Friends For Hannah"
"The Secret Tunnel Mystery"
"Tough Choices For Roxie"
"Chelsea's Special Touch"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, denomination(s) not specified, series]

"The Interior Castle"
by St. Teresa of Jesus
[Catholic nonfiction]

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week


Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"Olivia and the Little Way"
by Nancy Belanger
[children's fiction, Catholic]

(Kindle book)

"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[Protestant nonfiction;  anecdotes, recipes]
(March chapter only)

"Andy"
(openlibrary.org loan)
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish/Mennonite, "Ellie's People" series]


"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"All Because Of Raizy"
"Families,  Etc."
"Thanks To You!"
by Miriam L. Elias
[children's/young teen fiction, Jewish]

(in "A Classic Trio, 3-in-1, second volume)


"The Art Spirit"
by Robert Henri
[nonfiction]
(Kindle book)

"Who Is My Shelter?"
(Kindle book)
by Neta Jackson
[Protestant fiction, Yada Yada House of Hope series]


"Harold and the Purple Crayon"
by Crockett Johnson
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)


"A Candle In The Mist"
[children's/YA fiction, historical, 1870s]
by Florence Crannell Means

"Hannah and the Special 4th of July"
(openlibrary.org loan)
"Roxie and the Red Rose Mystery"
"Kathy's New Brother"
"A Made-over Chelsea"
(physical copies)
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Christian, Protestant, denomination(s) not specified, series]

"The Interior Castle"
by St. Teresa of Jesus
[Catholic nonfiction]

Working on A Very Personal Fic

I'm working on a very personal piece of fan fiction right now.  It is based in part on several incidents from my childhood, but is set in the present.  I will also be adding some things that never actually happened, some words that were never really said.
I don't know how long it will take me to finish the story, because I've found that I have to work on it slowly; I can't handle too much of it at once. It's  like woodcarving, and I'm both the wood and the tools.
So why am I writing it?
Years ago, when I was a school girl being scolded and shamed in front of my classmates for things like poor handwriting, a part of me seemed to split away from the scene that was taking place.   I could see it as if it were happened to another person.  Yes, I'd be humiliated, and angry, and crying, and yet in a tiny corner of my mind, I was wondering how to write about it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Books Read In The Past Week



Books read for the first time are marked with a #
Books are listed by author (or series creator),
 and not necessarily in the order read.

"My Daily Spiritual Companion"
by Marci Alborghetti
daily devotional reading for 2017
I liked the book I used last year better.

"Watch Out, Sky" #
by Kate Andrews
[children's fiction, "Making Friends" series]

"Olivia and the Little Way"
by Nancy Belanger
[children's fiction, Catholic]

(Kindle book)

"Happy Little Family"
(openlibrary.org loan
by Rebecca Caudill
[children's fiction, historical, 1870s]

"Butter At The Old Price"
by Marguerite De Angeli
[autobiography]

"Try For a Dream"
"And Then There Were Four"
"Goodbye My Friends"

by Miriam L. Elias
[children's/young teen fiction, Jewish]

(in "A Classic Trio, 3-in-1, first volume)


"The Art Spirit"
by Robert Henri
[nonfiction]
(Kindle book)

"Who Is My Shelter?"
(Kindle book)
by Neta Jackson
[Protestant fiction, Yada Yada House of Hope series]


"What I Really Think Of You"
by M.E. Kerr
[YA fiction] 


"Two!" #
"Three!"
written and illustrated by Tia Perkin
[picture books]
(read for free on Kindle) 

This Week's Fan Fiction

Follow Your Heart
an AU Another World fic.

This is a story that I wrote and posted on fanfiction.net some time ago, but then I realized that it wasn't quite right... it needed something, but I couldn't figure out just what.  
And then, suddenly, I knew.... and it was so simple.  A slight change to what Felicia says near the end of the story has made all the difference.

Surprise In A Book

I found something very special in a used copy of Marguerite De  Angeli's autobiography, Butter At The Old Price.  I ordered the book as a replacement for the copy that was lost when I moved.
This is the way the book was described:
"Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. 
ISBN: 9780385068130 
Binding: Hardcover 
Book Condition: Good"
When I received the book, I found that it was autographed by Marguerite De Angeli "For Marilla, with  much love."
That, however, is not what made this particular book extra-special.  The real treasure I found was two note-cards with personal messages to this same Marilla.
I thank God for these bonuses.  I'm even thankful that I lost my original copy of the book.  After all, if I hadn't, I wouldn't have needed to replace it!