April 30, 2011

Saturday Memes

SATURDAY

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Hosted by Danielle at There's A Book
From Danielle's blog:
We all leave our “footprint” on the world, in one way or another. We each, individually, do something or are someone that makes the world a little better just by being here. I created this weekly meme to get to know the blogging community I love just a bit better. To know what makes them tick, outside of books, that is. Each week I will post a question to be answered in the following week’s “A Bit of Me(Me)”. Check back each Saturday to get the info for next week’s post and link up with your current post right here.
This week's question:  If your house was on fire and you could only grab 3 things before leaving, what would they be? (Other than family or pets.)

Read more: http://www.theresabook.com/2011/04/a-bit-of-meme-the-things-that-go-bump-in-the-night/#ixzz1KLtwqFf8
This week's question really made me think, to the point that I walked through my house trying to decide.
As many photo albums and tapes that could be carried.  That is definitely something that can not be replaced.  To lose pictures of my boys growing up would be devastating to me.
FORBEYON ALBUMS

All important documents
Important Papers by Brad

The third item was hard to decide.  And I know I would have to leave some behind and only choose a few.  But items that have sentimental value to me, like the Crucifix in our bedroom given to us by my husband's cousin who married us, collectible items in my curio cabinet, items that have been passed down as the notebook filled with my grandmother's recipes written in her handwriting and signed books.



April 29, 2011

Friday Memes

FRIDAY

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Hosted by An Island Life
  From An Island Life:
  In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.
  If you’d like to participate, visit An Island Life answer the question and then post your own question on your blog and leave your link below. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!



MY QUESTION:
What is your desktop background?
MY ANSWER:
A picture of my 2 sons and their girlfriends.


April 28, 2011

Thursday Memes

THURSDAY

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Hosted by Lori from Dollycas's Thoughts
From Lori's site:
It struck me recently how much time I spend on this computer every day, blogging, chatting or playing games on Facebook, emailing friends and relatives, making cards and calendars, etc. etc. etc.
We depend on each other for book reviews, giveaways, encouragement, friendship, but how well do we really know each other?
So that is what this meme is all about, getting to know each other.
Enquiring Minds - April 28  Questions

What is your show size?
Size 7
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
hmmm...let's not share this with hubby..but....a whole bunch.
Shoes for dress up/special occasions, shoes for business casual and shoes for hanging around.
How many do you actually wear regularly?
Depends on the season.  Winter when I am home, I usually can be found wearing my slippers or sneakers and in the warmer weather, and again, if I am home it's either slippers, flip flops, or sneakers. 


April 27, 2011

W.W.W. Wednesdays

WEDNESDAY

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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?


What do you think you’ll read next?






April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday

TUESDAY

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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
*Grab your current read
*Open to a random page
*Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
*BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
*Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Maybe she destroyed some records before she died," I suggested as I flipped through the pages.  She never would have wanted us to know about this."  I came to a page that was completely obliterated by a black marker.



April 25, 2011

The Vincent Zandri Vox: Mommy Blogs More Powerful than The New York Times

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GIVEAWAY ENTRY PAGE "ART & MADNESS" ENDED

APRIL 25th to MAY 12th, 2011

ART & MADNESS
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by ANNE ROIPHE

SYNOPSIS:
  Luminous and intensely personal, Art and Madness recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe’s twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself to the magnetic but coercive male artists of the period.
  Coming of age in the 1950s, Roiphe, the granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, grew up on Park Avenue and had an adolescence defined by privilege, petticoats, and social rules. At Smith College her classmates wore fraternity pins on their cashmere sweaters and knit argyle socks for their boyfriends during lectures. Young women were expected to give up personal freedom for devotion to home and children. Instead, Roiphe chose Beckett, Proust, Sartre, and Mann as her heroes and sought out the chaos of New York’s White Horse Tavern and West End Bar.
  She was unmoored and uncertain, “waiting for a wisp of truth, a feather’s brush of beauty, a moment of insight.” Salvation came in the form of a brilliant playwright whom she married and worked to support, even after he left her alone on their honeymoon and later pawned her family silver, china, and pearls. Her near-religious belief in the power of art induced her to overlook his infidelity and alcoholism, and to dutifully type his manuscripts in place of writing her own.
  During an era that idolized its male writers, she became, sometimes with her young child in tow, one of the girls draped across the sofa at parties with George Plimpton, Terry Southern, Doc Humes, Norman Mailer, Peter Matthiessen, and William Styron. In the Hamptons she socialized with Larry Rivers, Jack Gelber and other painters and sculptors. “Moderation for most of us is a most unnatural condition . . . . I preferred to burn out like a brilliant firecracker.” But while she was playing the muse reality beckoned, forcing her to confront the notion that any sacrifice was worth making for art.
  Art and Madness recounts the fascinating evolution of a time when art and alcohol and rebellion caused collateral damage and sometimes produced extraordinary work. In clear-sighted, perceptive, and unabashed prose, Roiphe shares with astonishing honesty the tumultuous adventure of self-discovery that finally led to her redemption.

THANKS TO LIZ AND THE KIND
PEOPLE FROM DOUBLEDAY
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I HAVE TWO (2) COPIES OF THIS
INSPIRING MEMOIR TO GIVE AWAY.
HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO WIN.
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Monday Memes

MONDAY
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Hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading
This week's question:
Do the members of your family read? Do you think it was passed down to you? ((or, if you want you can answer this: Who do you think influenced you as a reader?))

My answer:
Unfortunately, not one family member reads.  However, my Mom takes full responsibility for me always having a book in hand.  As she tells it, she would give me a book when trying to "potty train" me or when I was in my "playpen" in front of the TV (this was in the 50s when these upbringing rituals were not taboo.  As for my sons, I don't know where I went wrong.  I would read to them EVERY night and many times during the day.  We would take walks to the library, had them signed-up for "library school" classes before they went to Kindergarten and anytime we were at a mall, we HAD to stop in the book store and we all got to pick out a book.  When they were younger, they had a few sets of series (can't remember the title) that they HAD to read, which they did, until they entered HS and reading for enjoyment stopped.  That is why when I found this community of book blogging I was so excited that I found people that loved books as much as me and that I finally could discuss books that I had read and see what other's thought on the same book.


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April is being hosted by Amy from Passages to the Past
Mailbox Monday was created by Marcia of A girl and her books and is now on tour.
According to Marcia, “Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.”
First I would like to thank Amy for hosting this month and doing such a wonderful job.  Thank you Amy!!
                                                                    Saturday  04/23
For review from The Cadence Group