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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter S

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter S #AtoZChallenge 2018 S

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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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“Shut Up and Eat Your Snowshoes!”, by Jack Douglas is a really fun book to read. I read it long ago, then several times after. The author, his wife and young son, and their menagerie of animals, decide to move from the city, to the wilderness backwoods of Canada. He duly wrote down, in hilarious fashion, all the adventures and misadventures they had. Being city slickers knowing nothing of how things worked out in the boonies, is his true fish out of water story.

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“Serpent in Paradise”, by Dea Birkett, is the author’s journey back in time. She travels to tiny Pitcairn Island, to find out what happened to the ancestors of the mutineers who sailed with Captain William Bligh, on the ship called Bounty.

She chronicles her own voyage to the island, cut off from civilization for all these years, and talks with the villagers, while she learns how the survivors managed to live in such isolation, after that ill-fated, and famed event with the mutiny on the Bounty.

This book is easy to read, even as it tells the history of the times, but in a personal story kind of way.

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Join the MB Chickens on Monday (no post on Sunday) for the opening of the next book title box. The letter will be T.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter R

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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 Ruins”, by Scott Smith, is a book I’ve read more than once, and I’ve seen the movie made of it, and it was good, too.

Starting out, we see the characters on a lovely vacation trip in Mexico. When one of their friends goes missing, they go look for him, which leads them deep into the jungle. They come upon some ancient Mayan ruins, and this is when their nightmare begins.

This book is so good, and yes scary! It sure makes you look at your garden plants in another way, after reading this book. The vines…omg…the vines!

If you like horror tales, check it out!

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“Roller Girl (Totally True Tales From the Track)”, by Melissa “Melicious” Joulwan, is a fun book to read. It’s all about the sport of competition roller skating, as in Roller Derby.

As a founding member of the Texas Rollergirls Rock-n-Rollerderby the author takes us on a wild ride, telling us how Roller Derby works, how she became involved, and some of the long, fascinating history of the sport. She takes us to the competitions, and also talks about her life when not on the rink.

I like hearing about the names she and her team mates choose for themselves, and the fun and funky costumes they wear, too. All this takes place in Austin TX, and there are photos included.

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Mystery Box Chickens

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow, and they will open the next book title box. The letter of the day will be S.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter N

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A to Z Blog Challenge – Letter N

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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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“Not Taco Bell Material”, by Adam Carolla is a book I haven’t yet read. I’ve had it for a long time, because it still sounds like an interesting book to read, and I’ll get to it one of these days, I’m sure.

Adam Carolla is a TV and radio personality. This is his story of how he came from a poor background, and with determination, he found success in his life. There are numerous personal photos in the book, also.

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“Nickel and Dimed”, by Barbara Ehrenreich, is the author’s journey into the world of the working class poor. Wondering how anyone could manage to get by on low wage jobs, she joined them to find out. She traveled to many cities, and took on many different jobs, and records her experiences and thoughts on working conditions, welfare, and more. She sees what goes on behind the scenes, and hears personal stories from her co-workers.

This book is very well balanced between her own hands on reality of the situations she finds herself in, and statistical facts and figures.

I enjoyed reading this one, as I had no idea of what really goes on concerning this subject.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the unveiling of the next book titles. They will be for letter O.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter K

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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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“Kabul Beauty School”, by Deborah Rodriguez, is an eye-opening look at one woman’s personal journey in Afghanistan.

Traveling to the war torn country with a group of humanitarian aid workers, she wasn’t very sure of what she could help out with, but she found her calling after all. Being a professional hair-dresser by trade, she realized that the Western workers, and the Afghan women alike, welcomed her expertise in fixing hair.

The author eventually opened her own beauty shop/school in Kabul, in 2003, with the help of sponsors. As she began to know more and more women, they began to tell their own personal stories, some quite tragic. This community of women formed the bonds of friendship, and learning of each other’s cultures, in spite of adverse circumstances.

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“Killer Stuff”, by Sharon Fiffer, is just one of the books in a whole series with the main character. Jane Wheel is her name, and she loves to go to estate sales, flea markets, and auctions. She buys stuff for an antique dealer to re-sell, but keeps a lot of it for herself. She just can’t help it. Along the way, she always finds some kind of crime to be solved. For some reason, she falls into the mystery and must help solve it. She has a funny family, which we see in all the books, too.

If you like mystery solving, yard sales, and very funny incidents, you’ll like this series. I’ve read them all, and wish there were more.

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Mystery Box Chickens

Join us tomorrow when the MB Chickens will open the letter L box of book titles!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter H

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter H 2018 A to Z Challenge

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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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“Heads in Beds”, by Jacob Tomsky, is his personal, inside look at the hotel industry. He worked in all kinds of hotels, doing all kinds of jobs, and tells all. He pulls no punches with his revelations, the good, the bad, and the ugly. He meets all kinds of customers, all kinds of celebrities, and all kinds of bosses, and fellow employees. Follow the author as he navigates around his chosen career.

This is  a very eye-opening book, and I liked it a lot.

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“Hush Little Babies”, by Don Davis, is a true crime story. It happened right here in Texas.

It’s the story of how a suburban housewife, Darlie Routier, was accused and tried for the murder of her two little boys. The book describes the events that lead up to the murder, the trial, and the consequences.

What’s weird, is that there is a local connection we have to this story. The accused grew up and attended school in our town. It seemed she was from an affluent family, living in an almost mansion here. I’ve seen the house, myself. (the murder didn’t take place here, though).

Another weird connection is that when my husband was in training for Correction Officer employment at our local prison, he, along with other trainees, were taken to the Gatesville Prison for some further orientation. They passed by Ms Routier’s cell, and she hissed and growled at them.

If you like true crime stories, this one is very thorough in the account.

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Now, just for fun!

“Hatched”, by Sloane Tanen, and photographed by Stefan Hagen,  is such a funny book. The pictures are hilarious, and I kept laughing so much at the book store, I just had to buy it.

It uses toy chickens to portray what it’s like to be pregnant, and then becoming a mother. They have the funniest comments the chickens are saying about it all.

I’m pretty sure this is where I got my idea to use the little chickens (Mystery Box Chickens), on my A to Z posts. 🙂

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Join the MB Chickens tomorrow for the opening of the mystery book box. The letter will be I.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter D

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A to Z Blog Challenge 2018 – Letter D 2018 A to Z Challenge

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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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“Dr. Mary’s Monkey”, by Edward T Haslam, is such an interesting book. It delves deeper into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This book is just one of many that tries to make sense of that horrible, historic day. The author has some great points to make, as he researched very carefully the events that led up to this day. This book explores how a secret lab, monkey viruses, government cover-ups, and more, are tied in to the assassination of JFK.

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“Dishwasher”, by Pete Jordan, is a fun book to read. The author has a goal of traveling the U.S. to wash dishes in as many restaurants as he can. He tells of his adventures, and misadventures, and gives a behind the scenes look at what goes on in the restaurants we eat at, and have no idea of.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow for a look into the box for books with titles beginning with letter E. 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018 – Letter C

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A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018 –  Letter C 2018 A to Z Challenge

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/2018/03/master-list-sign-ups.html

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The above links are to the main information page for A to Z, and to the list of participants, so far, to the letter of the day, “C”.

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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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“Comic Epitaphs, From the Very Best Old Graveyards”, by the Peter Pauper Press, is a pretty funny look at what people had engraved on headstones. Most all of them are short, and very humorous, stating something about the dear deceased.

It’s actually pretty fun to come up with some for yourself and people you know. My daughter and I did this one time, while we were visiting an old cemetery. Some old headstones can be so interesting to read what was written on them.

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“The Cactus Eaters”, by Dan White, is a very good book. It is subtitled, “How I Lost My Mind – and Almost Found Myself – On the Pacific Crest Trail”.

The author and his girlfriend decide to hike this 2,650 mile trail, from Mexico to Canada. If you like true stories about hiking adventures, with lots of humorous incidents, too, this is a great one to read.

I started reading this while traveling by air. It sure made the trip feel shorter. The only thing was, I caught the flu on the way back home, and was running fever, and had chills, but kept on reading. It was hard to put down this book, sick or not.

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“Confessions of a Shopaholic”, by Sophie Kinsella, is a wonderfully funny novel. It’s the start of a series, featuring a British girl who has a little problem of spending way too much money. She gets herself into all kinds of hilarious situations, then has to work her way out of them. Her family and friends are tolerant to a point, but wonder if she’ll ever learn.

I’ve read all the books in the series more than once, and even the other books the author has published. They are just as good. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorite authors, and I know reading her books will be just like being there with the character and her escapades.

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Now, as a bonus, here are a couple of books I have not read. They belong to my husband, and he probably would say these books are very good. He’s read pretty much everything published by the author, and grabs the next new one as soon as it comes out. I’m not real sure what they are about, except maybe espionage, politics, intrigue… ?

So, sticking with letter C, here are:

“Crescent Dawn,” and “The Chase”, by Clive Cussler.

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Join the Mystery Box Chickens tomorrow, when the letter of the day will be D.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

 

 

 

 

A to Z Blog Challenge – 2018 – Theme Reveal

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a-to-z theme reveal 2018

It’s that time of year! Today we have our Theme Reveal for the A to Z Blog Challenge. A to Z starts up on April 1st, and this time will be my 5th year of participating. It’s lots of fun! If you’d like to join in, just click the above link for details. The challenge is to blog something every day in April, except for Sunday. You don’t have to have a specific theme to join in, but it makes it easier, I think. So, go check it out, see how it works, and also read other entertaining blogs.

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My theme this year will be about books, and daily quotes about books and reading. Every day I will feature one or two books. This will not be a book review, but just a tiny bit of information, and whether I liked them or not. They are all books I own, have read, want to read, or in my stack of to be read soon books. Hope you’ll join me on April 1st for my first post for A to Z 2018!

The Mystery Box Chickens will be back, too, of course! They still think they are the stars of the show! 😉

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

Entry for 5th Annual Contest of Whatever

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Entry for 5th Annual Contest of Whatever

The Fifth Annual Contest Of Whatever!

Last Call!

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This contest post is brought to you by the suggestion from Evil Squirrel! There are some weird and wacky things over at the ‘Nest’, but always entertaining! Go visit! Click a link and find out what the heck this is all about while you visit, but come back here to let me know what you think! 😉

We were challenged with 3 random photos to interpret into our post. Click on one of the links above to see these photos.

This is the 1st time I’ve entered this contest, and it’s been fun! Thanks ES!

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you can enlarge photo by clicking it  – how many squirrels can you find?

The gang have gathered for a party!

Tiger is all too happy to take a dip in the lotus flower hot tub, and give hugs to his friends!

Mario & Luigi, aka Bud & Weasel, have dropped by for some fun!

 

The Mystery Box Chickens have gift wrapped goodies for everyone!

The squirrels are having a blast just hanging out with their friends, and doing entertaining acrobatics for the talent show!

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Wait…was there supposed to be a story?! Uh-oh!

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2018 BS

A to Z BLOG CHALLENGE 2017 – REFLECTION

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The Mystery Box Chickens and I would like to take a moment to reflect on the A to Z Blog Challenge 2017.

This year in April was the 4th time I’ve joined in on the challenge. ( 2nd time for the Chickens)

Instead of random A/Z posts about whatever, I did have a theme. It was to feature music videos with the titles being for the letter of the day.

I enjoyed finding the music, and keeping any commentary short and simple. I hope you enjoyed listening.

Thank you all so much for stopping by this month. I appreciated all your visits, likes, and comments! You are all champions to me! 🙂

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“We Are The Champions”, by Queen, was released in 1977. This single from the album, “News of the World”, is on the labels, EMI (UK) & Electra (US). It was written by Freddie Mercury.

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Thanks for visiting! Peace }i{

© 2017 BS