Wednesday, July 1, 2015

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The Jackson County Library Services has summer reading programs for children, teens, and adults. Children and teens earn a free book and all age groups have other prize opportunities. Sign up at any of the county's library branches. I've already read my first four to turn in my log; my fifteen year old daughter is starting her fourth book.

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I finished the Beyonders 3-book series by Brandon Mull, just finished Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and will soon start the second book in the Cinder series by Marrissa Meyer.

 Goodwill Industries of Southern Oregon

Being a shipping clerk is great--all those books and wide array of stuff. An alligator purse with the legs still attached, for instance. Hmmm. Check out what's available at

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Join me at the Ashland Author and Book Festival at SOU's Hannon Library on Saturday, October 3.

Monday, May 11, 2015

What's new?

Just finished:

Front Cover by Natalie Lloyd

Front Cover by Nikki Grimes

Just started:
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
The Luck Uglies

AND a new job!
I am an e-commerce clerk with Goodwill Industries. And I get to work with books! among various other things. Today I boxed up a fishing rod. Check out what's available at

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

 The crocus have long past bloomed and the lilacs are just starting to open. When I was growing up in rural North Dakota (it is NOT all flat), I would walk in the pastures, hoping to see the first crocus of the season.
Image result for lilacs The grove of trees behind the house had many lilac trees, mostly purple, but also a few white. Roses are pretty and smell lovely, but lilacs, in my book, beat out roses.

Back to looking for a job after not being chosen. It's so discouraging to get those 'thanks for applying, but . . .' responses. The hope is something better is waiting for me.

Now reading How to Steal A Dog by Barbara O'Conner and Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull, the first a several books in the series.
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 Just finished Better to Wish, first book in the Family Tree series by Ann M. Martin. Set in the 1930s it is a story of a simpler life for a girl growing up. The hard part was how the father dealt with his young, retarded son. It made me once again think of my daughter with autism and her future.

And always, read a book, and, in my case, keep writing.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

What's next? No clue.

 I spent two weeks learning job-seeking skills, two more weeks learning more about Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Earned a half dozen OPACs (Office Proficiency and Certification). Applied for multiple jobs and have gotten only "Thanks for applying, but . . " responses. The only job with potential has nothing to do with all the computer stuff I just completed. So what's next? Answer is still, no clue.

So, I think I'll just write.
 Everything else is too much to deal with right now.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

There's nothing quite like a real book

A lot of work went into this . . . all for the love of books.

I found this on the Ashland, Oregon, Book Exchange website:

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Love of a Mother is Like No Other

It is worth the effort to copy and paste to view this video.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

A new year means new possibilities

Accomplishments I hope to attain:
1.  write more, post on blog more often 

2.   read more

3. try to organize my stuff/life

4. Image result for stress free images reduce stress by being more mindful rather than mind full

5.  find a job that I'm good at and can earn a living doing

6. take a cue from Rosie the Riveter: I can do it!