On Writing: The Pros and Cons of Writing in Your Head

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Part One – The Pros

Are you tired of sitting sedately in front of a computer while you write?  Why not do what I do and spice things up a bit.  For instance, as I write this post, I’m applying a new coat of paint to the guest bedroom.  I also like to write as I dust and mop, while I’m gardening and especially during long stints of ironing. Now why, you might ask, would anyone want to complicate matters like this? Why not sit down at your desk and focus on writing, instead of trying to do two things at once?  There are two answers to this question: Continue reading

Writing In You Head: Part Two

Part Two – The Cons

As stated before, you can write in your head any time and anywhere, which brings me to the one disadvantage of this activity.  If you get too into your thought process, it’s easy to forget where you are or what you’re really supposed to be doing. Example – astounded by the dazzling descriptive passage that has just flashed into my brain, I feverishly attempt to commit it to memory. Neurons race and synapses click until finally the process is complete.  Mission accomplished, I blink and realize that I’m standing in front of an open refrigerator, but haven’t a clue as to why. Beware; with this level of potential distraction, one must take precautions. In other words, there are good and bad times to write in your head. For example – Continue reading

Library Lady Book Review: Nothing to Envy, Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Nothing To Envy by barbara Demick                                             Nothing to Envy, by Barbara Demick

Are you sick of the debate over Obama care, of Anthony Weiner, and Congressmen who can’t agree on the time of day?  I have the cure for what ails you.  Read Nothing to Envy Ordinary lives in North Korea, and you’ll appreciate the country you’re in, unless of course,  it’s North Korea. Continue reading

Rosie Bear Book Review: Children Just Like Me

children just like meHave you ever wondered what   Finnish children eat for dinner, or what a Vietnamese child’s house looks like?  What are your hopes and dreams if you live in Tanzania? Children Just Like Me is a fascinating look into different cultures and lifestyles from around the world.  More importantly, while making note of our differences, what becomes apparent is how similar we really are. This delightful book is fascinating, and fun to read aloud to little ones as it prompts lots of interesting questions.   A great read for homeschoolers.  Rosie Bear rates this – “a furry good book”.

Humor: They Can Hear You

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The other day I was running errands with my daughter.  We decided to make a quick stop at the local Starbucks, and pulled up to the drive-in window.  Over the intercom we heard a polite voice say, “Thank you for coming to Starbucks, we’ll take your order in a moment.” Then the speaker clicked off, and we settled in to wait our turn.

My daughter it seems has inherited my warped sense of humor, and to pass the time, she regaled me with a dead on impression of her teachers annoying throat clearing tic. I couldn’t help but laugh, and followed up with a reenactment of a co-worker’s heart stopping sneeze – I swear her head will fly off one of these times.  By now we were both laughing so hard we were crying, especially after my daughter threw in a few well-timed snorts to up the ante. Continue reading

Life: Night at the Museum

I recently spent an evening at the Utah Natural History Museum.  It was library night for our summer reading club and I got to help.  Hundreds of children read thousands of books this summer, and received a free pass to the museum as a prize.

The kids had a blast. So did I.  it was like being bounced around in a sea of enthusiasm.  It was fun to see tiny tots hauling their parents up the stairs, anxious to make dinosaur hats and have their pictures taken with Tyrannosaurus Rex. Then on to the simulated earthquake and the dinosaurs bones! Oh the joy! Continue reading

Night of the Tarantula or, The Spider Transport Theory

My son believes all creatures have the right to a long and happy life, and that even spiders who have wandered into the house should be gently transported back to the yard or garden from whence they came.

While I don’t always agree with this theory, I’m not entirely hard-hearted either. Largely due to repeated readings of Charlotte’s Web as a child, I’m willing to do my part to for the insect world and am happy to alert my son if a spider needs rescuing. I don’t intentionally step on ants, and I’ve been known to hold the door open and shoe flying things outside rather than resorting to more violent methods of dispatch. But even I have my limits, and these were sorely tested on the night of the tarantula. Continue reading

Library Lady Book Review: Walking Salt Lake City

I love to see new places.  My motto – have money will travel.  The only problem with that is the have money part.  As we are experiencing a slight shortage of the green right now , my husband and I, along with the Lambs – our travel friends – have decided to explore our own corner of the world.

For Christmas last year one of my sons, gave me a book by Lynn Arave and Ray Boren entitled, Walking Salt Lake City.  In it are 34 walking tours, covering everything from urban paths, to historic downtown architecture. There are places listed in this book that I’ve never even heard of, and I’ve lived here 22 years. Time to see the sights.

For starters we took the “East South Temple: Time Traveling On Brigham Street, route.  It started on State street, took us up South Temple  to 13th East and back again.

One of the first places we visited was the Cathedral of the Madeline. Simply said, it’s magnificent.  Majestic and moody on the outside with gargoyle water spouts lurking above, the interior of this gothic edifice takes your breath away. The sun sparkling through gorgeous stained glass windows, gives the carved wooden alters and painted murals  an other-worldly quality, and to add to the moment, we happened in during a music rehearsal. A  bass baritone and his accompanist gave us an  impromptu opera, which showcased the building’s acoustics.

Also on the agenda were several  beautiful  homes and stately mansions. The tastiest stop on the tour was the Sawadee Thai food restaurant, where we paused for lunch, and for dessert we headed to Mrs. Backers Pastry Shop.  On one of her glass display case was a sign that said:

A great many things can be solved with kindness, even more with laughter, but there are some things that just require cake.Photo0063 I agree.

 Mrs. Backer offered many fine examples of this great problem solver.

All in all, our tour was great fun.This book includes step by step directions for each walk, and detailed histories of every stop. The authors have obviously done their research, and I look forward to spending much more time Walking Salt Lake City.

Library Lady Book Review, The Fever Tree

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The tale of The Fever Tree begins in mid-century England, but soon transports the reader to the diamond mines of South Africa.   Frances, our heroine, is a naive young woman, a hothouse flower living a life of privilege.  After her father’s reversal of fortune and untimely death, she is left with few options – work as a virtual slave to a harridin aunt, or marry a man she does not love. Continue reading

Rosie Bear Book Review: The Princess and the Pig

princess abd the pigThe Princess and the Pig, by Jonathan Emmert / Polly Berantene

What happens when a baby princess is accidentally exchanged for a piglet?  I dare you not to laugh as the families of both babies try to cope with this unexpected turn of events. In this spoof of a fairy tale, almost everyone lives happily ever. Moral, a princess can be something of a pig, but a pig cannot be a princess, (or, heaven forbid, a bear).

Rosie Bear rates this: A Honey of a read.