Thursday, March 23, 2017

#CatThursday - #Cats, computers, technology!


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Quick post here! We're leaving for Mammoth Cave in Kentucky today. I haven't had a chance to visit your posts from last week, as I was sick last week. Went to the doctor on Monday and I'm finally feeling better. Thank goodness! Anyway, enjoy today's funnies and I'll stop by your posts early next week. Happy Spring!







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Monday, March 20, 2017

2017 Spring #Bloggiesta


As always, I'm in. Not sure how much I'll get done, or even if I plan on doing a whole lot. I was sick with some respiratory problems that (thought) I had finally kicked last weekend, but it came back Thursday with a vengeance. I've decided to go to urgent care later today if I don't feel much improved in the morning. I DO NOT want antibiotics, as I'm allergic to everything so let's hope it's not pneumonia or some other infection. The boys are on Spring Break this week and we're going to Mammoth Cave in Kentucky on Thursday. I need to feel better!

Anyway, I digress. Here's my list. I will add to it, if I see fit.

  • make button for Spring into Horror Readathon
  • draft and publish sign-up post for Spring into Horror
  • .....
  • ....
  • ....

I'll try to visit some blogs as well. 😀

Happy Bloggiesta!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

#CatThursday - Overconfidence and seeming innovation #cats


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Friday, March 10, 2017

The Classics Club Spin (15) #ccspin


My spin is...The French Lieutenant's Woman by John Fowles (this has been on my TBR for years!).

I chose my list by using Random.org
  1. Orlando
  2. My Cousin Rachel
  3. The Turn of the Screw
  4. The Mayor of Casterbridge
  5. Of Mice and Men
  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  7. Tom Jones
  8. Rob Roy
  9. The House of Mirth
  10. Mrs. Dalloway
  11. Frankenstein
  12. The French Lieutenant's Woman
  13. The Mysteries of Udolpho 
  14. The Collector
  15. The Master of Hestviken
  16. The Picture of Dorian Gray
  17. Silas Marner
  18. Rabbit, Run
  19. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall 
  20. The Bell Jar


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Thursday, March 9, 2017

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (60) Gloria Steinem


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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), or pictured with a cat(s).

In honor of National Women's History Month, our author this month is Gloria Steinem. 


Gloria Marie Steinem (born March 25, 1934) is an American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist who became nationally recognized as a leader of, and media spokeswoman for, the women's liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s. A prominent writer and key counterculture era political figure, Steinem has founded many organizations and projects and has been the recipient of many awards and honors. She was a columnist for New York magazine and co-founded Ms. magazine. In 1969, she published an article, " After Black Power, Women's Liberation", which, along with her early support of abortion rights, catapulted her to national fame as a feminist leader.


Kitty on the coffee table

In 2005, Steinem worked alongside Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan to co-found the Women's Media Center, an organization that works to amplify the voices of women in the media through advocacy, media and leadership training, and the creation of original content. Steinem currently serves on the board of the organization. She continues to involve herself in politics and media affairs as a commentator, writer, lecturer, and organizer, campaigning for candidates and reforms and publishing books and articles. (from Goodreads)

I read her book, Revolution from Within: A Book of Self-Esteem when I was going through a tough time in my early twenties. It really helped me. I've always admired Steinem.


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Thursday, March 2, 2017

#CatThursday - The birthday girls #cats


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As promised, pics from Alice and Arya's respective birthdays. Friday was Alice's 10th birthday, and Tuesday was Arya's 6th birthday. I'm so blessed to have such wonderful cat daughters. They are part of the family and we love them so. 😻

We didn't get as many shots of Arya with the boys. She's still not completely comfortable being held by them. She's a mama's girl.













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Thursday, February 23, 2017

#CatThursday - Internet, we thank you for all the #cats


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There is no limit to the cat funnies on the internet. Makes my life complete. 

Next week, I'll be sharing pics from the girls' birthdays. Alice's is the 24th and Arya's is the 28th. We're not sure of Arya's exact birthday and I was previously celebrating both of theirs jointly, but Gabe decided they should have their own separate, special birthdays. I guess that makes sense. 😺






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Thursday, February 16, 2017

#CatThursday - A little cat-levity #cats


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We need a little cat-levity in these trying times. Go forth, kitties, and make those frowns turn upside down. 😻








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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Q & A with author Barbara Crane #Giveaway Signed paperback of When Water Was Everywhere


Q&A WITH BARBARA CRANE

Where did the idea for your novel come from?

My novel emerged from days of crisscrossing the Los Angeles Basin by automobile—sometimes putting 15,000 to 20,000 miles a year on my car during my work as an independent writer and corporate trainer. As I crossed overpasses high above the land, I often turned north toward the soaring transverse range. Known in our time as the San Gabriel Mountains, they ring the Los Angeles Basin. I wondered, “What did the first people on this land think about living in the shadow of these magnificent mountains?”

I crossed over the Los Angeles River, saw it encased in its concrete channel, and wondered what the rivers looked like when they ran freely. I drove along the coast and imagined ships full of adventurers, explorers and holy men who came to California as early as the 16th century, changing the landscape, people and culture forever. I began to infuse my imaginings with the people who lived here when Los Angeles was a pueblo. Those people—a few Mexican and American settlers, the indigenous Tongva Indians, and the Spanish missionaries people my novel.

Is this a true story?

When Water Was Everywhere is historical fiction. Although the story is fiction, most of it is historically accurate because it is based on more than a decade of research on the pueblo of Los Angeles and the lives of the Tongva/Gabrieleno Indians in the early 1840s. I researched the padres and Indians at the California missions, specifically the Mission San Gabriel. I especially enjoyed delving into the history of our two historic ranchos in Long Beach, particularly Rancho Los Cerritos, where a good deal of the action in the novel takes place.


Are the characters based on real lives?

One of the four major characters is inspired by John Temple, a wealthy businessman and owner of the first store in the pueblo of Los Angeles. Don Juan Temple, as he was called, bought a part of the original Nieto land grant that borders the Los Angeles River on the west and, today, the San Gabriel River on the east. Today, those 325,000 acres that constituted the Nieto land grant have become seven cities. John Temple purchased Rancho Los Cerritos, which comprised 27,000 acres of the Nieto grant in 1843. Much of the action in When Water Was Everywhere takes place as Temple’s (Rodrigo Tilman’s) ranch house was being constructed.

Who are your favorite writers?

My favorite novel is Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. I’ve read it nine times. I love Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Nadine Gordimer, Jonathan Franzen, Jumpha Lumphiri. Holly Prado Northup, Louise Glück and W.S. Merwin are some of my favorite poets. I read writers from all over the world--Japan, Africa, Nepal, Costa Rica, Mexico. I want to know about other places and other people, and I think books are a good way to know them.


Barbara Crane is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Her 2016 release, When Water Was Everywhere, won a Beverly Hills Book Award. Her 2001 novel, The Oldest Things in the World, was a ForeWord magazine Book of the Year. Crane’s short stories and nonfiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Sun, Birmingham Arts Journal, and the Outrider Press Black and White Anthology series. Barbara has enjoyed careers as a business journalist, teacher, and corporate communications consultant. A native Los Angelino, Barbara took her degree from UC Berkeley. She lives in Long Beach with her husband.

Visit Barbara's website: www.barbaraecrane.com

Find out more about When Water Was Everywhere: www.whenwaterwaseverywhere.com

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