Come to the Fairgrounds

My little home in the country!

My little home in the country!

I have always been proud of my little town and marvelled at how fortunate I was to set down roots mere steps from one of the more popular antique markets in the country.  Now it seems that the big publishers are finding us as well and agree that secondhand is the way to go!

Check out this great photoshoot in my Fair City.

http://tinyurl.com/sandwichantiques

Maybe I’ll see you at a booksigning there!

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Go to the Library

Celebrating Banned Books Week

Celebrating Banned Books Week

You! Yes, I mean you! It’s time to visit an old friend. Get off the couch, unplug the phone, put down the remote, step away from the net, and take a walk down to your local library. It’s time to reconnect with some old pals.

http://www.loc.gov/index.html

Raptors in my neighborhood

The Eyes See Everything

The Eyes See Everything

I have been blessed to have as neighbors now for the past two years a triplet set of Cooper’s hawks setting up a nest just across the street from my house. Their amazing calls and magnificent acrobatics in flight have humbled me and made me step back for at least a few moments a day to truly appreciate Nature’s beauty at its best. They’ve been a joy to watch as they go about their lives just meters from my window, soaring and plunging, hopping in branches, and even playing tag with a squirrel when they were youngsters. I don’t think that the squirrel knew he was in danger, and he and the hawk just chased each other around and around some bushes and up and down tree branches. This was last year, and while the baby hawks may have been having more fun than truly intending on eating little Rocky, my suspicion is that this year it’d be more of a case of “playing with their dinner,” as my fellow birder, Donna, remarked.

How often in our busy lives do we stop even for a second or two to listen to the wind rustling through the trees, the call of a happy robin, or look beyond our perimeter of interest to truly see the magnificence around us? I am honored and touched to share my little world with these gorgeous creatures and am grateful to them for reopening my hawk eyes.

If you ever should be so fortunate to have these raptors as aerial companions, you may be interested in hearing their recorded cries to help identify them.

http://tinyurl.com/coohawk

Published in: on 2009/07/26 at 2:41 pm  Comments (4)  
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Thrift Store Newbie

Your Treasures Await

Your Treasures Await

You need to read this article. As more and more folks venture into thrift stores for the first time, this sense of “shock and awe,” will only spread. It is possible, even logical, to travel down roads previously hidden to discover ways to improve one’s life and preserve the income!

http://tinyurl.com/thriftstorehaunt

Published in: on 2009/07/21 at 9:04 pm  Comments (1)  
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The Shadow Effect

We all have one

We all have one

 

http://tinyurl.com/shadowefect

 

This is one of the most amazing videos I have ever seen. We’ve all got one, like it or not, and hiding from our shadows only hurts us. Facing it is an act of bravery and transcendence. Join Debbie Ford as she traces the origins and meanings of the shadow effect.

 

To purchase the DVD
The Shadow Effect Movie DVD

To buy the online version:
Watch The Shadow Effect Online

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/debbie_ford

Featuring as guests in The Shadow Effect
Deepak Chopra
Website:  http://deepakchopra.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/deepakchopra

Marianne Williamson
Website: http://www.marianne.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/marwilliamson

James Van Praagh

Website:  http://www.vanpraagh.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/JamesVanPraagh

Mark Victor Hansen

Website: http://www.markvictorhansen.com

Published in: on 2009/07/20 at 12:09 am  Comments (1)  
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Wands at the Ready

I get mine at Ollivander's

I get mine at Ollivander's

I just stood in line with 300 of my fellow Potter-lovers and saw the sixth instalment last night. It was amazing, if not too short for my liking. The filmmakers simply cannot crunch enough of Jo Rowling’s imagination into one film to satisfy any of us fanatical readers. Were they to do it, it’d be a 5-hour movie, and while I’d sit through it, I am not sure many movie houses or production companies could afford such an epic.

My sorting hat’s off to you, Ms Rowling, once again for enchanting millions and leading us into a world of fantasy, intrigue, and ultimately hope and love. We are all fortunate to have been able to tap into your brain and see the wonders within.

Now if I could just have some of her good writing fortune! Maybe I need my wand or some of that felix felicis potion!

It is Done

The book is done. I finished the last chapter, “Final Thoughts,” the other day and sent it off to the interested publisher. Now I must remove myself from the process and just Be. Harder to do than I thought. If it is the Right thing, it will come to fruition. It’s hard to grow up!

My own Great American Novel (actually nonfiction)

My own Great American Novel (actually nonfiction)

Published in: on 2009/07/15 at 12:06 am  Comments (2)  
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The Wave is Continuing

 

Hey' how'd my kid get stuck in this beast?

Hey' how'd my kid get stuck in this beast?

 

It’s a phenomenon. Thrift store shopping is the only way to go! Check it out…

http://tinyurl.com/greenbaythrift

Published in: on 2009/07/12 at 5:30 pm  Comments (1)  
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