Sunday, May 30, 2010
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
By Frank Durham
Friday, May 21, 2010
This weekend is the city's centennial celebration. That's right. Our town was incorporated 100 years ago this Sunday. We have a huge party planned and I'm involved in that.
We kicked things off last night when the local museum put on a reader theater featuring folks who homesteaded the area 100 years ago. I'm the secretary of the museum board and one of the committee member for the play. Three of us researched, wrote, directed and produced the reader theater. We had so much fun!
Today, we'll be busy putting together a new display for the season opening tomorrow. We've designed a women's display that highlights nine of the original homesteaders in the area. One of them is my husband's grandmother, so this feels very personal to me.
The centennial celebration will take up the rest of the weekend, with lots of activities for young and old. Everyone is looking forward to it.
So, before today begins, I decided to take time out to do the Friday Fill-Ins.
And...here we go!
1. Children playing never fails to make me smile.
2. I'm looking forward to a busy, busy weekend of fun and activities.
3. The clock ticking on my wall is what I'm listening to right now.
4. Potato salad must have sweet pickles in it!
5. Part of a bottle of Gatorade was the first thing I ate (drank) today.
6. Today is the start of one busy, busy weekend.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finish the book I've been trying to get done, tomorrow my plans include helping open the museum for the summer season and taking part in the centennial celebration and Sunday, I want to be a part of the rest of the centennial party and then collapse!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
By Angela Roegner, LCSW, and Anita Wooldridge
From the book jacket:
“On June 25, 1998, Anita Wooldridge was taken from her parents’ home in broad daylight by a convicted rapist. For eight terrifying days, Anita was savagely beaten and raped by her captor, who locked her in a metal storage cabinet for hours at a time.”
This book is definitely not for the squeamish. With graphic detail and brutal honesty, Anita Wooldridge shares her story with the reader. She tells you exactly how it was for her as she spent eight days with a convicted rapist who had been let out of jail early for good behavior and because his elderly mother needed him to help take care of her.
As Anita shares her story, you cheer on the police officers who are doing everything they can to find her, which is no easy task given the fact her captor has taken her to another state.
The story takes us step by step through the eight days and we learn how Anita was able to stay alive while maintaining faith that she would be rescued.
Writing the book was a final step to healing for Anita and she did it with the help of her counselor Angela Roegner. These are obviously Anita’s own words and gives great insight into what she endured.
It’s an excellent book and if you are able to handle this sort of read, I’d highly recommend it.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
From the back of the book:
“Thoreau and the Art of Life presents a collection of eloquent passages from the writings of influential nineteenth-century author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Revealing Thoreau’s unedited feelings and illuminating insights, this book reflects his core beliefs and ideas about nature, relationships, creativity, spirituality, aging, simplicity, and wisdom.”
Roderick MacIver combines his own artwork with the unique words of Henry David Thoreau to create a beautiful little book anyone would love to look at.
Simple, yet elegant, the reader is taken back to the days when both art and literature were coveted by many people.
At the beginning of the book is a time table of Thoreau’s life. It includes some of the key events that shaped his life and introduces the reader to others he met along the way.
The book also includes some statements by those who were friends with Thoreau.
I also very much enjoyed the watercolors MacIver chose to illustrate the book. They are lovely scenes from nature and truly help bring the reader closer to the thoughts expressed.
The words of Thoreau are taken from his journals. The author chose passages that weren’t necessarily well-known by the everyday reader. For example, one line I enjoyed in particular was “The perception of beauty is a moral test,” which was written by Thoreau in his journal in September 1950. It somewhat sums up this wonderful book.
Monday, May 10, 2010
I hope everyone had a great Mother's Day. I didn't get to post my wishes to all my readers yesterday as we were busy out of town.
We made our annual trek to the Ronald McDonald House to fix breakfast for the families there. It's something we truly enjoy.
We love visiting with the folks staying there and watching the kids. They are so amazing! Full of life and ambition for ones so young and fragile. In fact, the staff there said they have had more chemo kids recently than they ever had.
After we were done there, we went to visit my mother, sister and brother-in-law. I hope you all had a nice day, too.
In my mailbox this past week, I received the following:
From Amberkatze's book blog, I won the books Werewolf Smackdown and X-Rated Blood Suckers by Mario Acevedo, along with a Barnes and Noble gift card.
I also received:
1. Jane Austen: Christian Encounters by Peter Leithart
2. Never Let You Go by Erin Healy
3. Slip of the Knife by Denise Mina
Have a great week!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
By Brian Cohen
From the back of the book:
“On the outside, Nick O’Reilly has it all: a high-flying legal career, as a partner of an elite Wall Street law firm, and financial security, with an apartment overlooking Central Park. Having grown up in a working-class family, as far back as Nick can remember this was his dream. But at the age of thirty-six, after several years of sacrificing his personal life for professional gain, Nick has started to ponder his future and consider the mark he wants to leave on society both professionally and personally – his legacy.”
Nick O’Reilly works for a law firm that expects its people to put their job first and foremost. Families, friends and a personal life are not important to the senior partners. If you’re going to be successful, sacrifices are expected to be made.
However, that attitude has also given the firm a bad reputation as being cold and impersonal (duh!). To change their image, they decide to designate a certain number of hours to pro bono cases. In other words, each lawyer is expected to do a case for free and work with the local legal aid to do that.
Certain of the senior partners seem to have it in for Nick. One in particular doesn’t like him and is always trying to make him look bad. So, guess which lawyer is the first to be assigned one of these cases?
Nick actually finds himself enjoying working to help others. It gives him an entirely new perspective and he begins looking at his life anew. Is the high-powered position worth it? Or are there more important things in life?
Along with this new attitude, Nick finds himself attracted to the client he’s been assigned to represent – a young woman who has been severely abused by her husband.
The book takes several turns and twists, including an interesting surprise ending. I found the story delightful and I thank Brian Cohen for asking me to review his book. He’s a wonderful writer and I hope to read more of his work in the future.
Monday, May 3, 2010
For a change, the weather report is accurate here in the Columbia Basin. That's not good!
We live in a little pocket where bad weather seems to typically go around us. We usually get the fringes of whatever is happening.
So, when I heard we were supposed to get nasty wind, I wasn't too concerned. Well, it's here. The weather warning said we could get gusts up to 60 miles per hour, with sustainable winds of 20 to 30 mph.
It's blowing like mad out there and it's soooo cold.
I grew up in the Midwest (in Tornado Alley), so heavy winds totally creep me out. Even though I know we don't get tornadoes here, I still get nervous and tense. I spent too many nights hiding in the basement as a child, I guess.
We don't have basements here. What do we need them for? Nothing to hide from, anyway.
Some of the houses have partial basements, but they were designed to be root cellars back in the days when those were necessary.
I'll just have to grit my teeth and face the wind when I head to the newspaper office this afternoon. It's a weekly paper and it gets put together on Mondays. I help with the proofreading and I write a story now and then, as well as a weekly recipe column titled Table Scraps.
For those who haven't read it, I do post it online at my Table Scraps blog. Stop by and check it out!
This past week, I received some wonderful books in my mail box.
1. The Handy Law Answer Book by David L. Hudson Jr.
2. The Crazy School by Cornelia Read
3. Lies of the Heart by Michelle Boyhjian
4. Foxy: My Life in Three Acts by Pam Grier with Andrea Cagan
If you get the chance, you should check out her blog. She does great reviews and has some fun giveaways. Here's what she sent me:
6. A Better View of Paradise by Randy Sue Coburn
7. The Castaways by Elin Hilderbrand
8. All We Ever Wanted Was Everything by Janelle Brown
9. Stray Affections by Charlene Ann Baumbich