Book Review: South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon

South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree San Diego Book Award Winner by G.J. Berger While fond of historical fiction, the Roman era is one I’m not typically drawn to, a concern pushed to the side by the blurb for G.J. Berger's South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon, and I …

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Book Review: Song of Australia

Happy Australia Day 2016!!! Song of Australia by Stephen Crabbe Growing up as many of us did, learning in history classes of German aggression against others, Stephen Crabbe’s Song of Australia is a departure, moving away from this into the stories of Germans—specifically German-Australians—who suffered discrimination and abuse based on their ethnicity. Set in the …

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Middle of the Night Musings: Earthquake Edition

Most of us probably met the shaking with the same response as usual: wait it out. Alaska typically has about 20 earthquakes a day, most of which can’t be felt. The ones that can are usually small and used as jumpstarts for stalled conversations. Some are taken slightly more seriously, and after they settle down and …

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Friday Night Flashback: A Novel Exploration: Stewy Bugs Otis

Once more our "Novel Exploration" series takes us back to a memory, in this instance of reading Beverly Cleary's Otis Spofford with my son, who at that time was in kindergarten. I'd loved the books myself as a child and had introduced Adam (his chosen non de plume at the time) to the neighborhood by way …

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Book Review: After the Sucker Punch (With Soundtrack)

After the Sucker Punch B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree by Lorraine Devon Wilke Perceptions can be tricky animals, especially when filtered secondhand, even more so when they involve those closest to us. What happens when we find out that what we thought others thought—of us—is way off base? That actually the reflections they’d been silently entertaining along …

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Book Review: When the Tide Turned

When the Tide Turned (Book II in the Mysterious Marsh series) by M.L. Eaton Attorney Hazel Dawkins has recently given birth to baby Jessica and after seven weeks is asked to fill in, temporarily, at her previous firm while one of the partners takes leave. Though reluctant at first—she is beyond exhausted—she eventually agrees, noting …

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Comfort Food: Stewed Apples on a Cold Winter’s Day

It’s still pretty cold outside, so this recipe might be a nice one to cozy up to at home. Hope you like it!

Frugal Days

My first entry on Frugal Days! I’m excited to be sharing here for the first time and hope you will enjoy my debut enough to try it for yourself. A piece of great news: It’s super duper easy and you can adjust it to suit your taste.

In this case I had come across a reference in passing to stewed apples in a book I was reading, Gloria Zachgo’s Never Waste Tears, a post-Civil War story about Kansas homesteaders. This is not unusual for me, that books lead me to recipes, and some even contain recipes as part of their plot line. This one didn’t have instructions but I did find a nice home recipe online.

So stewed apples sounded simply lovely—I envisioned a fire in one corner and a plateful of tender apples waiting on a cold prairie evening. I was lucky on this one because I already…

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Author Interview: Gloria Zachgo, Author of Never Waste Tears (With Giveaway)

Previously this week I reviewed author Gloria Zachgo's B.R.A.G. Medallion award-winning novel Never Waste Tears, and today we get a little glimpse into some background of the book and life of its author.  Gloria Zachgo is so kindly gifting a FREE COPY of Never Waste Tears to one lucky winner. For your chance to win, simply comment …

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