Saturday, August 1, 2015

Most of Us Own A Time Machine (Check Your Bookshelf!)

Saturday Spotlight Series #30
This is my 30th and last Saturday Spotlight Series post for a while - at least until the fall. August promises to be a busy month for me, and I need to cut back on my weekend posts a bit. 

Since I began publishing my List of Fabulous Finds posts on Fridays, I have been feeling like there is a lot of similarity between that series and this one. It could be that one of them is enough. I would love to know your thoughts - if you prefer one series to the other, or if you think I should continue with both.

In this post, my “Saturday Spotlight” shines on a time machine - one that is readily available to us all!.

But before I get to that, here's a thought of my own: 

I think that everyone who loves traveling of any kind needs to own a globe!

Orion Relief Globe - Illuminated with Non-Tip Base                      
We already have a nice globe, but I think this one is wonderful because it can be used as a night light! Wouldn't it be pretty as an accent light in a study or a living room? For more details, click here: Orion Relief Globe - Illuminated with Non-Tip Base 

The Time Machine: 
We don't really need a time machine like the one in the "Back to the Future" movie to travel forwards or backwards in time. Reading can transport us through the centuries, and really good writing can make us feel like we are a part of whatever time period the characters are living in. I recently had this experience while reading Beware the Little White Rabbit.

Beware the Little White Rabbit

"I'm late, I'm late, for a very important date.” 

Does that rhyme go through anyone else's mind when they are running late for something? It has become a well-known part of the song sung by the White Rabbit in the story Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Alice in Wonderland was written in 1865, and has become a classic piece of literature. This year marks its 150th anniversary. To celebrate, Leap Books published an anthology of thirteen stories (all by different authors) about Alice, the White Rabbit, and new Wonderlands.

While I do love parts of it, Lewis Carroll's story has never been one of my favorites. Therefore, I was a little sceptical of how much I might enjoy the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit

One of the thirteen short stories was contributed by a friend of mine whose writing I really admire. Because of this, I decided to give the book a chance. I ordered it to my Kindle on Amazon.

I am so very glad that I did!

Click on this image for more details or to purchase your own copy.

I could hardly put my Kindle down! I read the book, pretty much start-to-finish in one night! The stories are all vastly different from each other, even though each is about an Alice and a White Rabbit.

I may be biased, but my favorite of all the stories was Rabbit Fever, by my friend Jackie Horsfall. The historical details were so well woven into the story that I felt like I was actually in the fifteenth century while I was reading it. An interesting a time period, but not one where I would have wanted to stay!

The nice thing about using fiction as a “time machine” though, is that as soon as you close the cover of the book (or turn off your Kindle!) you are back to the present!

I highly recommend reading all the stories in the anthology, Beware the Little White Rabbit

Later this month, I will be telling you about my favorite travel blog. It is always so much fun to visit other places, but remember: when you cannot travel by car, train, plane or boat - you can always read a book!

Are you a world traveler or an armchair traveler?
Have you read Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll?

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Friday, July 31, 2015

Week # 8: My List of Fabulous Finds

It is Friday, so that means I get to share with you some of my "Fabulous Finds" from the past week.

I really love writing this post, because it gives me an opportunity to read and think about all of these things again myself!

I don't have a link to share for this - but one of the more fabulous things I came across last week was at our local Saturday Farmer's market. We purchased some really beautiful golden beets and lovely eggplant. In an upcoming blog post, I will share my delicious recipe I used to cook these vegetables. Yum!

One of the really nice things about golden beets is that when you peel them they don't stain your hands the same way that red ones do!

Just a reminder of the reason for this series:
 There is a lot of really helpful, captivating, and entertaining information available on the Internet. It can take a lot of time however, to sift through and find the articles that interest you. 
If you read this blog, I suspect we have similar passions. If I find something to be fascinating or useful, I think you might as well.  
In this series, I share the links to some of the “fabulous finds" I have discovered on the Internet throughout the week. I hope you enjoy and benefit from these links!

Here are links to some of what I came across this week:

This Week's Fabulous Finds:

~ ~ Plastic roads!
This idea for using recycled plastics sounds pretty smart to me, and I love the conversation in the comments that this article has generated. All the pros and cons mentioned will need to be explored - my question would be what kind of traction will these roads offer in snow and ice?
~ ~ This sounds like an exam for a cook. Would you pass?
I am including this link for my own well-being as much as yours!  With it here, I will be able to find it right away whenever I am cooking any of these foods! 

Some of the techniques suggested here are new to me - and they sound like they could be just the trick to take these staple menu items from good to great!

~ ~ Do you know the difference?
I think I usually use these abbreviations correctly, but it was helpful to review this rule. This article explains this bit of tricky grammar perfectly!

~ ~ How to be prepared.
A few weeks ago I published a link to an article about the possibility of a large earthquake on the west coast of the United States. Rather than just share cause for alarm, today I'm providing a link to the information the CDC provides regarding earthquake preparedness. 
~ ~ It can wait
Have you heard of the #ItCanWait AT&T campaign? Their commercials warning of the danger of being distracted by an electronic device are a pretty powerful reminder that "it should wait."


Wishing you a safe and wonderful week. 

Do you cook much with eggplant or beets? 
What is your favorite way to prepare them?

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Coffee Date and Cathedral Windows

This is Part 7 of my fiction story about Mindy, an adorable compulsive shopper and hoarder of cleaning products.

To catch up with the story so far:
Like the first six parts, I wrote this segment of Mindy's story using the word prompts from the Words for Wednesday challenge, being published by River this month on her blog, Drifting Through Life

When you are ready, here is Part 7 ...


A Coffee Date and Cathedral Windows

Cathedra, Santiago de Compostela, Windows

Mindy glanced at her watch, and realized that she and Ryan had been deep in conversation for almost two hours. She now understood that when she first met Ryan and he had appeared so surly

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's Never “Mostly Flat with a Bit of Downhill” in Montana!

"It should be mostly flat, with quite a bit of downhill." This is how my husband described a hike he wanted me to do with him. It may not have been intentional, but he lied.

There was a time when I was up for any hike my family wanted to do. But over time, my husband and kids have become more adventurous, and I have become more cautious! Recently, I've left the taller peaks to them.

My family, on our way up to the top of Casey Peak (elev. 8512'),  June 2013
Despite our late-morning start and the fact that it would be a ten-plus mile hike, it sounded doable. I agreed to go.  I should have known better though. Where in Montana can you go down - but not up?

We got to the trail head (25 minutes from our house) about 11 am, and parked the car. The beginning

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