where to get books

May 23, 2014 at 11:57 am (Uncategorized) (, , )

I always  used  libraries.  There  was a brief period in time where it  was difficult  to get  to a  library ,  but we  will remember  that  with a small shudder  and forget  it.   I have always bought books. I  am  in a  horrid  place  right now  where I  have no local  book store to  buy  new books.   Over  time  I  have become … invested /enmeshed  in Amazon.


First  it  was  Amazon  Prime- 2 day  shipping for  free- good  for  someone  that forgets to send things out to family  and friends.  Then when I could  borrow  ebooks  from the library I  got  a  kindle. And then I  found out I can borrow  a book a  month  from amazon for  free.   And  there are free ebooks – perfect for checking  out  a  new  author ( an getting me  hooked on  a  series) .  And since our  DVD  player  and TIVO  died –we  use   the streaming  video  a  bunch.


But  I  have  been  hearing  about this. Amazon blocking and slowing sales from certain publishers- because they want more from the publishers. I can’t tell you if this is fair – but I can tell you it might not be wise. Because there are still a number of places to order a book- I don’t have to go to Amazon.

Am I going to give up on Amazon well, some of my favorite authors only do ebooks through amazon ( no physical copies) so the answer is no. But I am more than happy to use my nook ap on my ipad or buy a book from another source.

So if you cant get the book you are looking for – just do a web search – there is probably some place you can buy it

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smoothies, green smoothies

April 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

Smoothies are tasty. of course, that pack a lot of nutrition into an easy to swallow meal. If you make them at home, you can make a lot of choices about what goes in them. There is also a little magic. If you have read about green smoothies – you know that you can add leafy greens to a smoothie and not really know they are there. ( spinach being the green that is used most)

I have found that once a week – when I work the later shift – that is a good day for a smoothie . I am not really hungry , but I might not get a chance to eat before 5 , so I need something. However, I have diabetes and if you look at how most smoothies are made – it is fruit, fruit juice, leaves, yogurt and sweetener. While tasty, it doesn’t work for me. Too many carbohydrates at one meal and depending on the smoothie , maybe too many for one day. Also, because of diabetes, I have spent a lot of time trying to train my palate to prefer less sweet foods. So I am looking for ideas for more veggie-based smoothies.

Today tried one that is part fruit/part veggie. 1 cup of blueberries ( 30g carbohydrates aprox.) ( which is the top end of what I want) 2 cups spinach , 1 cup water, large spoonful greek yogurt (1/4 cup?). With that mix you get a fair amount of green flavor,and blueberry – which goes together well. It is not sweet but not overly vegetable juice. The recipe ( I know,smoothie recipe) had no yogurt – so it might have been more vegetable-juice like. It also had ginger, which would have been tasty. It was a successful experiment.

So I am on a quest for veggie smoothie ideas – any ideas?

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april national poetry month

April 3, 2014 at 3:41 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

When I was a child I wrote poems. I grew up with poetry: Mother Goose, Robert Frost , a. A. Milne, Robert Service, Lewis Carroll, and Robert Burns are the earliest poems I remember. In books, on playgrounds, in school, and at the dinner table. So I wrote poems. Once I learned to write, and learned that I could write a poem, I did. Somewhere in my teen years, I stopped. I know I was hyper-critical of myself back then, but I also knew I was writing sappy, sloppy, somewhat ridiculous stuff. I tried again in college, but it wasn’t good.

I know what happened in college. I studied too much about symbolism, and more importantly, I was not willing to expose myself. My poetry had me hiding behind words. It is hard to express things when you hide behind a wall of words.
The worst thing about not writing poetry was that I stopped reading it. It stopped talking to me. It was no longer part of my life.

Then came the internet. Youtube, and Blogging and Facebook. Part of my job in the library was to post stuff. April is national poetry month which gave me something easy to post. Lots of classic poetry read by beautiful voices. And on Youtube, there was spoken word. Real, honest, accessible, emotionally strong words. new poems.

Poetry is back in my life . Here are two of my favorite spoke word artists.
Sarah Kay and Shane Koyczan

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just contemplating

February 19, 2014 at 3:59 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

So I’ve  been  thinking  about  the  Zombie  apocalypse,  as  one  does.   What  would  I  need and  what  would  be  the winning item to  have  the corner on.   I  have a  cold  ,  so  my  first  thought  was guaifenesin.  But  then I  thought ,  the  person  that  corners  the market  on  steam is  the  winner.   It  is  good for  colds and asthma and  sore  muscles  and  cold  weather.   It  is  also  really good  for  cleaning,  especially  if  you  have a microfiber  cloth.   And  of  course  it  can  be  used  as a power  source.   I’m pretty  sure  with the current  tech in  plastics  and metals  we  could  do  stuff  that  was  more  useful  than  early  attempts  at  steam  power.

just  contemplating

( and no,  I’m  not  so  worried  about  vampires –  they  are  smart  enough to  know  they  need people – so  they  will do  what  they  can  to keep  the  cattle  happy )

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december 2013

January 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm (Uncategorized) ()

No Angel Helen Keeble (LB) funny ya — I don’t read Angel fiction, but this was funny – even though I’m sure I missed some of the jokes. – but I did get the ‘twisty passages looking all alike ‘ reference.

Undead / Kirsty McKay(LB) zombie stuff . parental betrayal . ok I have the second book , but not sure I want to read it

Steelheart / Brandon Sanderson (LB) great. through an event ( which I forget ) people have powers . Or some people do . And those with powers – use them to control the rest of the world. When he was 8, David watched his father be killed by an epic. David wants to kill the Epic that killed his father.

Witchy Business (Witch Detectives #1) [Kindle Edition] blah. short . witch doesn’t know the strength of her powers and finds out from a man.

Cabinet of curiositiess Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child reliable fun adventure tales

Life’s a Witch (Witches of Karma) (Karma’s Witches) short – big time jumps a lot more tell than show

Loud, awake, and lost Adele Griffin (LB) desk skim – after the physical recovery from an accident – Now you have to recover your life.

Extraction Douglas Preston and Lincoln Childs (KS)short …so I happen to be on a kick.

Reliquery Preston and child -(LB) monsters in the sewer of NYC

so 8 in December so 81 for the year.

I know I’ve missed writing some down this year

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november books

December 2, 2013 at 3:56 pm (Uncategorized) ()

em>Eat, brains, love Jeff Hart (lb) YA A couple of high school seniors, become zombies and eat a bunch of their friends in the lunch room. But they have some of their own brains left so they escape the government agency that is out to kill /study /destroy zombies. ( that no one admits is real ) . One of the zombie hunters is a teen girl with mind reading abilities. and it gets complicated. and gross. and not great

 – Sean Maguire ( KS) finished — Sooooo good. I read for stories – which I can’t define very well. But since this was a story about stories….Excellent – go get it.

The coldest girl in Coldtown / by Holly Black (LB) Holly Black writes edgy urban fantasy. There is nothing comfortable about her books. no happy endings. this one is her first vampire book — and it explores the current fascination and romanticism around vampires – with the reality of creatures that need blood and can live almost forever. There is room for more, but I hope there is never a direct sequel….

The tollgate Georgette Heyer (my book) needed lighter – an old favorite, but not quite as light as I remember. ( death , murder, robbery mixed with romance)

Gnomes on the Range
Jennifer Zane (kb) romance /mystery light fun, despite the mystery being truly dangerous.


Curtsies & conspiracies / Gail Carriger (LB) 2nd in the finishing school steam punk series . Victorian era girls learning to be spies and assassins in a steampunk world

so that is 6 so 73 so far …

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