WWW Wednesday – My Reading Life

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.
Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life – I read some, but not as much as usual:

What are you currently reading?
I am still reading: (will I ever finish these??)
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Poke the Box by Seth Godin

I’ve started:

The Rainbow comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

Reflection Point by Emily March

 What have I read this past week?.
This past week I read more of the series by Emily March. I’ve read:

Lover’s leap

Nightingale Way

  I also read:

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber – most enjoyable

a Christmas ebook novella: A Family for Christmas by Mona Ingram

  What do you plan to read next?

I hope to continue the Stephanie Plum series with:   Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
And, continue to read more of the Emily March series

 

WWW Wednesday – My Reading Life This Week

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.
Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life:

What are you currently reading?
I am still reading: (will I ever finish these??)
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
I have decided to return Sixty: A Diary of my Sixty-First Year by Ian Brown (the book is due Friday at the library and I know I won’t be able to finish it. I do want to read it – will have to reorder it later)

What have I read this past week?.
This past week I started a new series by Emily March and am enjoying the books so far. I’ve read:

Angel’s Rest

Hummingbird Lake

Heartache Falls

I finished the series by  Hope Ramsay, reading:
Inn at Last Chance

Last Chance Family

Last Chance Hero

 I also read:

The Christmas Box Miracle by Richard Paul Evans

a Christmas ebook novella: Guarding Christmas by Jenny Schwartz

And 3 picture books.  I loved Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer

 What do you plan to read next?
I still want to read this:  The Rainbow comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
As well, I hope to continue the Stephanie Plum series with:   Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
And, read more of the Emily March series

 

WWW Wednesday – My Reading Life

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.
Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life:
What are you currently reading?
I am still reading: (will I ever finish these??)
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
Sixty: A Diary of my Sixty-First Year by Ian Brown
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Christmas Box Miracle by Richard Paul Evans

I have also started reading:
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
What have I read this past week?
Just like a child, once I get hooked on a series, I want to keep reading until I’m done, That happened with the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and with the Gamache mystery series by Louise Penny.
I am now reading two new series – one by Hope Ramsay and the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.
So –this past week I’ve read:
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

4 books by Hope Ramsay. These have really been fun, quick reads as I have been at the hospital while my husband was in, from Friday til Tuesday. Thankfully he is out but he has a bit of a recovery.
Home at Last Chance
Last Chance Beauty Queen
Last Chance Christmas
Last Chance Book Club

Temptation by Sherryl Woods

What do you plan to read next?
I still want to read this asap. The Rainbow comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt
Three to Get Deadly by Janet Evanovich
Last Chance Knit and Stitch by Hope Ramsay

WWW Wednesday – My Reading Life

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.

Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life:

What are you currently reading?
I am still reading:
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
Sixty: A Diary of my Sixty-First Year by Ian Brown

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich

I have  also started reading:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Christmas Box Miracle by Richard Paul Evans

 

What have I read this past week?

Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Christmas in Eternity Springs by Emily Marsh

The Four Doors by Richard Paul Evans

 

As well I reada couple of  e-books:

Must Have Mistletoe by Christie Ridgway

What Child is This by C. J. Carmichael
What do you plan to read next?
The Rainbow comes and Goes by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt

I’ve got a huge pile of TBR books – I aim to tackle as many as I can before the end of the year.

 

 

WWW Wednesday- My Reading Life

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.

Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life:

What are you currently reading?
I am still reading:
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
Sixty: A Diary of my Sixty-First Year by Ian Brown

I also started:
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Again the Magic by Lisa Kleypas

What have I read this past week?
How I Write by Janet Evanovich
Christmas Under the Stars by Karen Swan (first one by her and loved it)
A couple of e-books:
A Yorkshire Christmas by Kate Hewitt
Twelve Days by Teresa Hill

What do you plan to read next?
Midnight Crossroad by Charlene Harris (Still hope to get started on this series this week)

I am also determined to finish a couple of books I started months ago:
The Hobbit
The Magic of Tidying Up

WWW – Sharing My Reading This Week

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Each Wednesday at “Taking on a World of Words”, we are asked to answer the 3 Ws about our reading.

Here’s a glimpse of my current reading life:
What are you currently reading?
I am still reading:
GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) by Debra Dixon
How I Write by Janet Evanovich
Kindred by Octavia Butler
Sixty: A Diary of my Sixty-First Year by Ian Brown
I really must finish these – as the last three are library books and I have already renewed them twice.
What have I read this past week?
Old Friends from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg – really enjoyed this – I hope to use the exerciese to help with writing my memoir
One for the Money by Janet Evanovich – what a character! Really enjoyed this first in her long series
I shouldn’t visit Costco as I bought two Christmas books and read these over two days:
The Christmas Town by Donna Van Liere
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
I also read 3  ebooks about Christmas as well. (Already getting into the Christmas mood!)
Cowboy, It’s Cold Outside by Katherine Garbera
Unwrapping Her Perfect Match by Kat Latham
Unwrapped by Katie Lane
What do you plan to read next?
Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
Midnight Crossroad by Charlene Harris (Hope to get started on this series as well this week)

Day 31: ONLY – 31 Days of Writing

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Hard to believe it is the last day of the 31 Days of Writing. Although I still have several prompts to finish and journal pages to complete, I felt this round went well. I still need to explore many of the other bloggers who participated and hope to do so through November.

But November brings NaNoWriMo and I am planning to participate.

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The last prompt for the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes is ONLY.

I think I spent almost all of my time thinking of and rejecting ideas. So my piece is shorter than usual.

 

IF ONLY….

How often have you said that?

If only I had enough money?

I only I was older/younger?

If only I had finished school?

If only I had a bigger house/car/different job?

But the trouble with “if only” – you are looking at the future , seeking something different, and not living in the present, accepting what your life is in the here and now.

We need to stop wishing away our lives, accept who and where you are and move forward.

Day 30: Cut (& Day 19:Notice; Day 22: Off) – 31 Days of Writing

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Today is Day 30 of the 31 Days of Writing challenge. For 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes, the theme is CUT.

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Cut it out!
Cut!
Shortcuts
Make the cut. You didn’t make the cut.
Cut class.
Cut in.

We use the word cut in so many ways.
We can cut paper with scissors and cut people out of our lives. We cut in front of people in line and end a scene during filming with the word “Cut!”.
It seems so final – cut – and even a bit aggressive.
I use scissors a lot when I create a collage. The act of cutting is precise, gets the job done and is enjoyable as I create. I have the piece I need, in the size and shape I want, to place on my collage.
Too many do cutting in a more horrific way – to cut themselves, to ease the pain.
We can take a shortcut on our way home, but can we take shortcuts when trying to do a good job?

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For Day 19 for the 31 Days of Writing challenge, the prompt was NOTICE.

To see (notice) a world in a grain of sand
And Heaven in a wild flower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour

These words by the poet William Blake have always struck me as impossible – but so beautifully written.
When you look closely and really think about the words on a deeper level, we have the opportunity to see so much more if we only notice the world around us.
Each day there are miracles all around us – the beauty of a glorious sunrise, the blossoms in our gardens, the delicate wings of a colourful butterfly, the smile of a young child. We are witness to so much if we only take the time to see, to hear, to feel. We need to stop and smell the roses over and over again – to notice our world with new eyes each day.

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The prompt for Day 22 of the 31 Days of 5 Minute Free Writes was OFF.

On/off
Run-off
Off kilter
Off to the races
Feeling off

When I read the word for today, the phrases above came to me first.
Switch on, switch off. This makes me think of how easily some people are able to switch their feelings, their thoughts, even their beliefs. We seem to switch on when we are in company and then switch off when we’re alone.
Why does it take others to change our feelings, change how we act? Why can’t we just be consistent – whether alone or in a group?

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Day 29: Date – 31 Days of Writing

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Today is Day 29 of the 31 Days of Writing – with the prompt from 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes – DATE.

20-2-e1473705920896In early 2000, I met my present husband through ICQ. After several months of emails, separation and then phone calls, we finally arranged to meet for a first date in Lindsay. It was the half way point for the both of us and a neutral spot. I figured a big mall was a safe bet, especially at noon.

I was nervous, and a bit late, even tho we had gotten to know each other quite well by then. I believed he had been truthful and I know I was. We had shared pictures so I knew what he looked like.

As I walked through the mall, I saw him sitting on a bench, with his back to me. Yes? No? I hesitated briefly and then moved forward. We greeted each other and then went to the restaurant, where we ate and talked. All these years later I cannot remember our words, but I do remember feeling safe and appreciated.

I had to get home but had some grocery shopping to do. Bill went with me and at the checkout, he paid for my groceries. A thoughtful act indeed, for this single mom.

I returned home, thinking about the gentle, kind man I had finally met.

Though I had been firm to tell him I was not interested in marriage (and neither was he he said), here we are 16 years later, married for 14 years and still together, supporting and loving each other.

 

Day 28 – EAT: Five Minute Friday/ 31 Days of Writing

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Today is Day 28 of 31 Days of Writing and the prompt for Five Minute Friday is EAT.

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“Eat well – live well.”
Just as I was beginning to write, I heard this phrase on TC. Talk about synchronicity.
I hadn’t been sure what I would write about – food I enjoyed eating? Seemed kind of dull. For five minutes I could just write a list.
This phrase though made me aware of just how lucky I am – I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from or whether I will even have enough food for my family.
Hunger affects too many people. How soul destroying to have so little to eat, to always be hungry, to not have enough for your children.
We live in a world where too much wealth is concentrated in the hands of too few hands. There is absolutely no reason for there to be poverty or famine at all. Something really has to change.
Too many go to bed hungry. Too many rely on food banks.
As a teacher, I kept crackers, juice and fruit cups for those children who had little for lunch. Most schools have breakfast clubs so children can start school with food in their tummies. No children should go hungry – it does affect their learning.

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