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.