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Dare to Dream

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Dare to Dream

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And you must dare to do as many things as you dream of… ~ Nastassja Kinski

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This is a dream I had this morning, November 27, 2018.

I was at a library with my daughter and grand-daughter. Not sure where what library it was…never seen it in real life, but it felt familiar.

I’d turned in some books, one of which was called ‘Dare to Dream’ or something like that. There was another name similar, but can’t remember it now. Anyway, it had pink on the cover, and was sort of like those ‘for Dummies’ books, or along those same type of books. Maybe it was ‘Dare to Dream for Dummies’? I’m thinking it was a book on the subject of using your imagination when putting together scrap books. (I’ve actually been trying to get back to my scrap book making, but my imagination has been on the low end lately. I guess the book would help?)

Well, I’d turned it in, but then decided I wasn’t done with the book, and wanted it back to re-check it again. But, I couldn’t find it. I went to the shelf where it was supposed to be usually, but it wasn’t there. I looked all around, but nope, not there anywhere. So, I asked the librarian about it. They said it had already been transferred to their other library across town, and I could probably find it there.

So, we went over there. For some reason we were walking in this downtown area that may or may not have been a real place I’ve seen before. I get the feeling I’ve had dreams about this downtown before. There are tall and old buildings, empty sidewalks, it’s cold and gray, and the wind is blowing. It’s kind of dark and spooky, but still day time. It’s just the buildings, and being in the shade of them that makes it that way.

Well, we finally get to the other library, and go down a cement ramp to get to the door. Just as we get there, a guy comes out pushing a library cart with books on it. He’s actually the guy who does the story time thing for kids at the library (a real person I’ve seen before). I say we were going in just for a minute to find that book I was looking for, but he says they are closing already. Since he was sort of a friend ? he says he’ll let us go on in, but just for one hour. So we do go in, while he busies himself in the office with paperwork.

I look at all the shelves in this library, and finally, finally find the book, and take it from the shelf. Yep, it’s the one…’Dare to Dream’. It’s the same pink cover and everything.

That was all of the dream, but somewhere in there, and I don’t know why, my grand-daughter was sitting in a high-chair.

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I have a lot of recurring dream about libraries (and thrift stores). Do you have many of the same subject dreams? Mine most always have some spooky element to them, too. How about you? I’d love to hear about them! 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

2 Christmas Books

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2 Christmas Books

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There are 2 books that I just have to read and have re-read every Christmas season. I dig them out of the far corners of my bookshelf, and can’t wait to start reading them again. I mean, it’s been a whole year since I last read them. I haven’t gotten tired of them, even though I know what they are all about.

Here are the 2 books. They are both a lot of fun to read. Both of them are laugh out loud funny, too.

First is, “Skipping Christmas”, by John Grisham.

It has also been made into a very good movie, which I’ve seen, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and Tim Allen. You may have seen the movie, “Christmas With the Kranks”, which follows the book very well, but as with all books made into movies, there’s extra fun in reading the original books.

 

The next one is, “An Idiot Girl’s Christmas”, by Laurie Notaro. She’s one of my favorite authors, as I’ve read all her books, and this one is just as good. She writes short essays of her true life adventures, and they most all have a humorous take on her life. This one is all about the funny things that happen at Christmas time.

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Anyway, just thought I’d share a couple of fun reads with you, for when you have a little time to settle in with some laughs. 🙂

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Number 3 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Point

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Number 3 – Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Point

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 3/18

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “point.” Open a book on your lap, close your eyes, and put your finger on the page. Whatever you land on, whether it be a word, a phrase, or a sentence, write about it. Enjoy!

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This is where we let it all hang out on Saturday…the SOCS. Linda gives us a suggested prompt to write to, and we can take it in all kinds of fun, informative, and weird directions. Join in, why don’t you. The link to the details are above. Thanks, Linda!

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So, we’re to find a book of ours, close our eyes, point to something on a page and start writing. Hmmm…

First question? Which book? Any book? The book we’re currently reading, or a favorite book, or hocus-pocus just grab something from the bookshelf?

I thought about it for awhile, and picked 3, because 3 is the magic number, right? You get 3 wishes, you turn 3 times, 3 on a match, bad/or good things come in 3s, and so on. So…three (3).

My books are:

Favorite book – “Lost Souls”, by Poppy Z. Brite

…word/sentence chosen with eyes closed – page 49 (ooh 4 + 9 = 13) – ‘The locusts were still singing in the trees and in the long weeds by the side of the road, but their song grew sad, the harbinger of another summer’s end.’

Old Favorite Book picked from the bookshelf – “The Survival of Jan Little”, by John Man –

…page 141 – (ooh 1+ 4 + 1 = 6 & 3 + 3 = 6)  – The forest was silent, except for the electric hum of some nearby insect’.

Current Book I’m reading – “Glitch”, by Heather Anastasiu

…Page 43 – (ooh another number with 3 in it) – ‘Images from our textbooks flashed in my mind as I struggled to hurry down the stairs.’

My conclusion is that all of these were picked at random (eyes closed) and all had something to do with the number 3, two were something about trees, woods, forests, and insects, and well, the last one…stairs & textbooks. And, I got the last book at the library book sale recently, and we had to go down the stairs to the basement part of the library where the sale is held. Along with all kinds of books, there are also textbooks for sale.

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Does this have any Point to it? No, but it was fun to see what happened with using this prompt. It was a lot of fun!

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This post brought to you by the number 3.

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Happy Weekend!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Books I’ve Read Lately

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Books I’ve Read Lately

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Just thought I’d show the covers of some books I’ve read lately. They were all really good, in my opinion.I got them at the library book sale last month. My daughter and I go every year, and find lots of good books at bargain prices.

These are maybe classified as YA young adult, or teen? I don’t know, but I do like reading these kind of novels. All three of these have sequels to them, so I need to find them pretty soon.

I do like reading a series, if the books are good. I never know if the next ones in line are going to be as good as the first one, but I always hope so.

I hadn’t heard of these authors before, but will read more of their books, if possible.

Do you like reading a series by the same author?

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~also posted for NanoPoblano2018~ nanopoblano2018-notrim

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Guilty Reader Book Tag

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Guilty Reader Book Tag

Guilty Reader Tag

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So, I saw these book tag questions over at Orangeowldiaries, and they sounded fun. Thanks, Tabby!

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1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been gifted?

I haven’t passed on a gift book as a new original gift, but I do lend or give books that I’ve read, to others.

2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?

Probably, by mistake. I might have forgotten that I didn’t read it, especially if it is similar to others I’ve read.

3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?

Yes, if they say they don’t want it back. Also, I’ve borrowed books from the library, then lost it, so it didn’t get returned (I paid for the book, though).

4. Have you ever read a series out of order?

Yes, by mistake, or that I just couldn’t find the first one. Lots of times the next book in a series will mention what happened in a previous book, so you can tell what happens first.

5. Have you ever spoiled a book for someone?

I hope not, but sometimes they want you to tell them all about it, before they read it.

6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?

Yes, I used to do this all the time with my own books (not other peoples or library books). I now use a book mark. I don’t write in books, either.

7. Have you ever told someone you don’t own a book when you do?

I don’t think so, at least not intentionally. It’s the other way around…I might say I do have a book, when I forgot that I don’t have it any more, or I can’t find it.

8. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?

Yes, I do that quite often. When there are so many long descriptions of mundane things, or repeating parts, or it’s just boring. Just get to the conversations! That’s the best part for me in fiction, anyway. I once had a librarian lady, who knew I read a lot, say I read like she does…skip the boring parts.

9. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually liked?

No, why would I do that? If I like a book, I talk about how good it was.

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Well, that was fun! Thanks again, Tabby for bringing this book tag to my attention!

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Anyone else want to answer these questions? Go ahead…I’d love to read your answers! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Reflection #AtoZChallenge reflections logo 2018

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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The month of April is finished, and so is my A to Z 2018 blog posting. I had lots of fun, and I hope everyone enjoyed seeing all the book titles with a little bit about each book. Several people told me they did find some interesting books to add to their ‘want to read’ list. Wonderful! 🙂

Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by for a visit. I sure do appreciate it, and had fun talking a bit about books with you.

Now, the blog challenge itself…

  • This year, 2018, was the 5th time I’ve participated in the A to Z Blog Challenge.
  • Each year seems to get easier, but all have been fun.
  • I’m so glad I had a definite theme to my posts. It helps so much to know what you’re going to do each day.
  • This time I actually had a few posts ready to go ahead of time..not all the alphabet letters, but when you have some done, then you can keep working on the next ones, and hopefully not falling behind, or needing to hurry and catch up.
  • I had all the books A through Z picked out ahead of time, and also had written down all the quotes I’d be using.
  • I took the book photos a few days ahead of each post they’d appear on, and as I posted the photo, I’d write about that book. Some of them I hadn’t read in a long time, so had to refresh my memory about them, though.
  • I found I wanted to re-read a lot of them, myself!
  • The books I shared were only a very few of all the books I have around here. There were lots more I could have used for the challenge, but didn’t want to overload my talking about them.
  • I enjoyed visiting y’all’s blogs, to see what you were featuring for the letter of the day, too. They were all so interesting. Thanks for sharing your fun blogs!

I’m trying to remember what I did on the previous A to Z challenges.

I know the very first year I did this, I hadn’t heard of it before, and signed up only the day before it started! And…I did it on both my blogs…with no theme to either one! Whew!

So okay, no theme X 2 for the first year.

Second year – Daffy Definitions (real words I never heard of – my silly guess at the meaning, then the real definition)

Third year – no theme

Fourth year – Music Videos

Fifth year – Books & Quotes

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All in all, I love this challenge, and plan on doing it again next year!

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Mystery Box Chickens

The Mystery Box Chickens thank you for stopping by for a visit, and wish you a happy year ahead! They will take a little break, then will be hard at work on next April’s A to Z! See you then. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Z

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter Z

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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Well, we made it to the last letter in the A to Z Blog Challenge 2018.

Thanks so much to all that stopped by for a visit, and a peek into the mystery box of book titles. I appreciate all the likes, and comments you’ve so generously left here. 🙂

I’ll be doing a wrap-up/reflection post coming up soon.

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Zombie Haiku”, by Ryan Mecum, is a really funny and unique book. I sort of have read it. I mean, I have seen it in the book store, and stood there reading some pages, on more than one occasion.

The pages are done in the Haiku poetry form, and tells the story of how the main character first becomes a Zombie, and what happens to him after. Some of it is pretty gross, but funny too, and if you like Zombie stories, you’ll get a kick from this one. I know I laughed a lot while reading some of them.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens again next April, for something new in the mystery box. I know they will be busy thinking up a fun theme! 😉

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter Y

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter Y

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“The Yadayada Prayer Group”, by Neta Jackson, is one I haven’t read yet. I’ve had it a long time, and it looks like a fun to read book, though. It says there are twelve women, from very different backgrounds, and life experiences, who go to a conference, and are assigned to the same prayer group. After getting to know each other, they realized they wanted to keep up their friendship, first by email, then in actual get-togethers.

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“You Are Being Lied To – The Disinformation Guide to Media, Distortion, Historical Whitewashes and Cultural Myths”, by Russ Kick, is a hard and informative look at what we would now call ‘Fake News’. In the book they tell about the whitewashing and false facts, about all kinds of things, from politics, science, medical, religion, and every day kinds of news and beliefs. It’s astounding how many things we believe to be true, are just not, at least according to this book.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens on Monday, for the very last mystery box to be opened. The letter will be Z.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter X

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter X AtoZChallenge 2018 X

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Welcome to the 2018 edition of the A to Z Blogging Challenge!

All through the month of April, the challenge asks us to blog every day (except Sundays), and to go through the alphabet A to Z, connecting our posts to the letter of each day.

My idea for this time, my 5th to participate, is to showcase a book or two each day, and provide a tiny bit of information about them. These will not be a full book review, but just saying what it is about, and if I liked the book or not.

These books are mostly books that I already have on my shelves, and have read, or are on my to be read stacks. There will be a very few of them that I don’t already own, or have read.

I will also post a quote each day that has something to say about books, or reading.

Hope you enjoy, and maybe see a book or a few that you might want to read, too.

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“Xenocide”, by Orson Scott Card, is the third book in the ‘Ender’s Game’ series. I haven’t read this one, or if I did, I don’t remember it. I thought I’d read quite a few of this series in order, but some further down the list, I do remember. Anyway, the books say the planet the people live on is in peril, and they have recruited Ender, and a lot of other children/teens to become proficient in computer war games, training for the real war to come.

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I know , the letter today is X, but lots of times you see the word Xtra, so this will have to do, as I couldn’t find any more book titles starting with X.

“Extra Nutty! Even More Letters From a Nut”, by Ted L. Nancy, is another of the books he wrote about writing funny, and outrageous letters to businesses. He wanted to see what response he’d get, and he did get a lot. All the letters are in the book, and are so hilarious.

 

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for book titles that are ready to pop out with letter Y!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS