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Sunday Salon: Ch ch ch changes!

Happy Sunday!  We had a very blustery week weather wise so this afternoon we'll be cleaning up the yard.  The inauguration is over and Trump is finally ensconced in the white house.  I am cautiously optimistic and open minded and looking forward to the future.  I'm willing to give him a chance, unlike a lot of folks out there who are afraid of change.  

The marches this weekend reminded me of the 70's ERA and feminist movement and all the bra burning and the them against us rhetoric.  I'm turned off by Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Madonna and other celebrities.  I'm turned off by the p**sy parade.  Let's take a word that doesn't belong in pubic and shout it from the rooftops. They are offensive, more so than Trump.  People forgave Bill Clinton for his white house indiscretions and his semantics on is.  All the things folks want to affect  - the double standard, lack of respect, racism - they are all guilty of. The I'm right, you are wrong attitudes.  Plus…

Alexandria Link by Steve Berry

First sentence:  "George Haddad's patience ended as he glared at the man bound to the chair."

From the first sentence, Alexandria Link is nonstop action.  Cotton Malone's son has been kidnapped and if Malone doesn't find the lost Library of Alexandria within 72 hours, Cody will be killed.  Mercenaries are out to destabilize three major religions - Jewish, Christian and Muslim. The Library of Alexandria contains the documents that show the old testament was mistranslated from the Hebrew and prove the covenant land did not lie in Palastine.  Interesting theory.  Berry's writing is better than Patterson, but not as great as James Rollins.  

Birthstone Bookology - G A R N E T

Sunday Salon: What's on my nightstand

Happy Sunday! Our rain deluge has passed and once the morning fog burned away, we had a bright and glorious day Saturday.  I'm getting back into the swing of blogging and thanks to a timely mini quest from the Bloggiesta crew,  am taking the opportunity to spruce up the joint!   

Book wise, I've finally organized my reading plans, which are quite flexible, because I never quite know when the mood will strike to dive into a comfort read or challenge myself with something heavier.  Since it is a prime year, I decided to shoot for 107 books which encompasses the Birthstone Bookology reads as well as A to Z read by author and/or title.   Are you a monogamous reader or have multiple books going at once?  I used to read one book at a time, but no longer.  Half the time I'llstart an ebook in the midst of reading a print book.  Then there's the bathroom book which right now is KonTiki by Thor Heyrdahl.  I'm working my way through my dusty shelves and my selections for Garne…

Spartacus: The Gladiator by Ben Kane

First sentence:  "When the village came into site, at the top of the distant hill, a surging joy filled him."

I don't read a lot of historical fiction so am very picky.  I'd never considered reading Spartacus's story.  However, after reading Kane's Forgotten Legion series, which are rich and detailed re-imaginings,  I decided to give it a try, though I knew it wouldn't be an easy read.  Kane does an excellent job making violent subjects of the past not only palatable but interesting.  Not an easy subject, nor for the faint hearted considering the violence of the times involving mass killings and rapes.  

Birthstone Bookology - G A R N E T 

Welcome to 2017: A prime new year

It's a bit dusty in here, so give me a moment to clean off the table, set the easy chairs upright and unpack the tea cups.  There, that's better.  Hello 2017!  I have high hopes for 2017 since it is a prime number.  I started blogging 10 years ago in 2007 which isn't prime, but a fine year all the same. When My Two Blessings began, I never stopped to consider how long I would continue or where it was going.  Sometimes in life, you just jump in with both feet and don't worry about where you are going. Much has happened over the years with a lot of ebbs and flows, talkative times along with long silences.  If you've been with me for most of the ride, I appreciate it.  

Once again I'm contemplating the one word thing to focus on for the year and all I hear in the background is me. Sounds a bit selfish and narcissistic in a way.  However....

Honesty is the best policy, right?  Then I'll be honest.  I've lost  my writing mojo.  Over the years, I got involved i…