Saturday, January 28, 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

"Wise Up, Alex"
(physical copy)
"Cool It, Carrie"
(openlibrary.org loan)
"Face Facts, Sky"
"Grow Up, Amy"
(physical copies)
by Kate Andrews
[children's fiction, "Making Friends" series]

"Rachel"
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish/Mennonite, "Ellie's People" series]
(Kindle book)

"Outnumbered!  Raising 13 Kids With Humor and Prayer"
by Mary Ann Kuharski
[nonfiction, Catholic]

"The Computer That Said Steal Me"
by Elizabeth Levy
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"That Boy Johnny!"
by Evelyn Ray Sickels
[children's fiction, historical, 1850s]

New Chapter Posted At Last!

After a too-long hiatus, I've FINALLY added a new chapter to my ongoing Another World fic, 23rd Precinct.   It feels SO good, SO right to be at work on my fan fiction again.

AAARRGGGHHH!!!!


One evening years ago, at a party in the Church Hall, (I forget what the party was for) a woman sitting at the same table as I was asked me what I did for a living.
Well, I had recently sold a couple of my writings... not, I'll admit, for a great deal of money, but enough to make me feel
like an almost professional writer.
I smiled and said, "I'm a writer."
"But what kind of work do you do?" the woman wanted to know.
"I write," I replied, resisting the temptation to add the word duh.
"Oh," my interrogator went on, wrinkling her nose, "then you don't work?"
I muttered under my breath, "Murder is a mortal sin, murder is a mortal sin, murder is a mortal sin...."

Saturday, January 21, 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

"Rebecca"
"Rachel"
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish/Mennonite, "Ellie's People" series]
(Kindle books]

"Our Library" #
by Phyllis Fenner
[nonfiction]

"Lulu Herself"
by Elisabeth Hubbard  Lansing
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Bayou Suzette" #
by Lois Lenski
[children's fiction]
(Kindle Unlimited loan)


"Jonica's Island"
by Gladys Malvern
[children's fiction, historical, 1660s]

"My Life With Mother Angelica"
by Sister M. Raphael, PCPA
[biography/autobiography, Catholic]


"Sadie Rose and The Impossible Birthday Wish"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Protestant,  historical, 1870s or 1880s]


"Bunny's House" #
by E. M. Walker
[fiction, Catholic]
(free online book)

Things That Drive Me Crazy

This is a more-or-less random list of things that drive me crazy, bonkers, nuts.  Some are more serious than others.

1: Hearing or reading about acts of cruelty to children, the elderly, the disabled, or animals.  This makes me furious, but, even more than that, it makes me sad.  Sad for the victims.  Sad for the abusers.

2: Potty-mouth parents who can't figure out where their kids pick up that language.

3: (Closely connected to the above)  Seeing the f-word in a children's book. I came across it once, years ago, and that is all I remember about the book.  I don't even remember the title or the author.

4: Reading a book and finding that there are pages missing.

5:  Having to type this list standing up because my cat, Winky, is asleep on the chair.

Saturday, January 14, 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

"Rebecca"
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish, "Ellie's People" series]
(Kindle book)


"A View From The Top" #
by Margaret Jensen
[autobiography, meditations, Protestant]


"Lulu's Window"
by Elisabeth Hubbard  Lansing
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"Shira's Summer"
"Shira's New Start" 
"Absolutely Shira!"
by Libby Lazewnik
[children's fiction, Jewish]
(in "3 Cheers For Shira!"
3-Books-In-One)

"My Life With Mother Angelica"
by Sister M. Raphael, PCPA
[biography/autobiography, Catholic]


"The Other Side Of The Story
Giving people the benefit of the doubt-
stories and strategies" 
"It Wasn't How It Seemed" 
by Yehudis Samet

[nonfiction, Jewish] 

"Sadie Rose and The Secret Romance"
by Hilda Stahl
[children's fiction, Protestant,  historical, 1870s or 1880s]


A Coincidence? Maybe... But Then Again...

In his homily this morning, Fr. Anthony mentioned a book, "The Hiding Place," by Corrie Ten Boom.
Later today, I was reading "A View From The Top," by Margaret Jensen, and she made reference to that very same book!
It could have been a coincidence, but then again, it could have been God's way of telling me that I should read this book.  Should read usually turns me off, but when it comes from God, that is a different matter.
I've just ordered a copy!

Saturday, January 7, 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


"The Home Has A Heart"
by Thyra Ferre Bjorn
[non-fiction, Christian (Protestant) themes,
anecdotes, recipes]
(January chapter o
nly)



"Ellie"
by Mary Christner Borntrager
[fiction,  Amish, "Ellie's People" series]
(Kindle book)

"First We Have Coffee
and then we talk"
by Margaret Jensen
[biography/autobiography, Christian (Protestant)]


"The Other Side Of The Story
Giving people the benefit of the doubt-
stories and strategies" 
by Yehudis Samet
[nonfiction, Jewish] 


"Mennonite Martha"
[children's fiction, historical, 1880s]
(physical copy)
"Class President" #
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
by Margaret Pitcairn Strachan


"More All-Of-A-Kind Family"
by Sydney Taylor
[children's fiction]
(Kindle book)

"The Miraculous Medal"
 by Mary Fabyan Windeatt
[biography, age 10 and up]
reserved for Sunday

Joachim and Anne

During this Christmas Season, I've been thinking, wondering, about Our Lady's parents, Joachim and Anne.   Were they still living when Jesus was born?  Did they know Him when He was little?  And, if they did, did they know Who He was... or did they just think of Him as their cute little Grandson?