Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wondrous Words

Magpies are birds of
the corvidae family, including the black and white Eurasian magpie, which is one of the few animal species known to be able to recognize itself in a mirror test.

"All I can think of is how embarrassing it would be if Janu came back to find me in his room. I'd feel like a magpie stealing into his nest."

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Teaser Tuesday

"This was the house of your grandfather and your greatgrandparents," says Janu. "I come here sometimes to look at the carving on the door. The finest example in this area. I study it and try to make my own carving beautiful like this."
The tears well up with no warning. To be standing outside the house where Granddad used to live is the weirdest sensation. A bit of me is happy that he never saw the house in this state, so he could keep his memories just as they were. But, for me, this crumbling house is still holding on to the stories that once happened inside it--like the building is guarding the secrets of the past."

First Chapter First Paragraph

"The Irish breakfast--more properly, a resplendent banquet on a plate--was the culprit. He had tried to restrict himself to three such repasts during their stay in County Sligo, but ended up devouring seven, two of them out of view of his wife. He didn't know about Saint Paul, but the grim baggage of diabetes was definitely this cleric's thorn.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman

This is a lovely book for children. The cover is bright blue with a boy and girl jumping rope. I like the painting. The painting will relax a child who might feel afraid of prayer. He or she can relate prayer to playfulness and lightheartedness. It will help them know God is not an old, old, mean God up in Heaven  who likes for them to get scolded or get a spanking or a time-out.

Each prayer is a delight to read. The prayers are about broken toys, baby brothers, bad moods and daddies who work long hours. This is only a few of the prayer themes. There are so many types of prayers in this small book. Candle Prayers for Kids by Claire Freedman will help a child know that there is nothing wrong with their feelings. The book also helps a child to see that there is something positive to do with their negative feelings. They don't have to feel ashamed or guilty.

Candle Prayers for Kids also helps a child learn to praise God and say thank you God. This small book also is a way to teach a child about the wonders of nature. It makes a lovely gift on a holiday or just on an ordinary Tuesday or Thursday. Whenever it's given, the child will definitely be a happy camper, and his or her parents will feel happy too. This is a courtesy copy from Kregel.

Book Beginnings

"A tall willowy blonde stood silently in the doorway to my office. She was wrapped, all six feet of her, in one striking color. Bright pink flip-flops with matching toenail polish. Hot pink jeans and jacket over a tiny pink bandeau. Shocking pink sailor's cap tipped at an angle above her white-blondbangs. How long had this vision of raspberry sherbet been standing there?"

Friday 56

"Onstage, the dancers were doing all sorts of outrageous things with their fiery swords. By now they had two flaming knives each and were performing some intensely crazy maneuver where they placed one blazing knife in their mouth while jabbing and thrusting at each other with the other. The drums beat incessantly, pounding a furious rhythm. We all felt the heat of the fire each time a flaming knife swung by, as we were seated so close to the stage, and with just enough alcohol in one's blood, one could imagine one was on a primitive beach in ancient Samoa, enjoying a night out with the tribe."

Weekend Cooking with BethFish

Samosas Product Details

Mmmmmmmm--delicious samosas are being dropped into bubbling-hot oil. I open my window and the tempting smells hit my nostrils and travel down to my belly, which rumbles greedily. I realize I haven't eater for hours....."

A samosa /səˈmsə/ or samoosa is a fried or baked pastry with savory filling, such as spiced potatoes, onions, peas, lentils and sometimes ground lamb, ground beef or ground chicken. They may or may not also contain pine nuts. The samosa originated in the Middle East (where it is known as sambosa[1]) prior to the 10th century