Wednesday, September 21, 2011

City of Veils by Zoe Ferraris- Review

City of Veils: A Novel (Nayir al-Sharqi, #2)City of Veils: A Novel by Zoë Ferraris

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A young Muslim woman is brutally murdered in Saudi Arabia. The investigators include Katya, a woman who works in the forensics lab. For me the mystery was secondary to the unique setting and point of views in the story.

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Index Card A Day

I have been having a great time participating in the Index Card A Day challenge over at She provides lots of examples and great ideas. For someone who doesn't consider themselves very artistic, the 3x5 size of the cards is very managable. I've tried using some different art supplies and different techniques. I'm not quite ready to share my creations with the public, but I'm having fun!

Monday, August 22, 2011

The Burning by Jane Casey

I won this book as a Goodreads giveaway and it was a good read. Maeve Kerrigan is a young, female detective trying to make her way up the ranks. She hopes her current case, the brutal murders of 4 women is her "big case". Instead she is assigned to another case, the murder of Rebecca Hayworth which appears to be a copycat murder. The story is told in alternating chapters by Maeve and Louise, Rebecca's friend. The initial murders take a back seat to Maeve's investigation into Rebecca's life and death. The solution to the final mystery isn't a big surprise, but the author kept my interest until the end.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Moon Over Manifest

Having been disappointed by Newberry winners the last couple of years, I was reluctant to try this book. After hearing Clare Vanderpool speak about the book,the characters and all the research that went into writing it, I decided to give it a try. While other reviewers have called the pacing slow, I thought the story moved along well. Each new revealation made me want to find out more.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


I have to admit I've fallen behind on "Walking in this World". The one part I have kept up with is walking--walking every day. The days are getting noticeably longer. It's almost light when Lily and I walk in the morning. The birds are up and about and singing loudly.

Today was one of those wonderful days in the Midwest, when you start believing that Spring may actually come. Sunny and almost 50 degrees felt like a heat wave. All over the tulips and daffodills are poking their heads up through the ground and the crocuses are blooming. And the perfect day for a walk. It was a chance to catch up with my daughter, help the dog lose her winter weight and to let go of all the stresses and drama that occurred during the week. So, with a clearer brain, I can pick up Julia's book, read the next chapter and set my artist's date for next week.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Walking in this World week 2

I walked every day with Lily the dog. The birds are singing in the mornings and the tiny tips of the tulips are just starting to poke through the earth--Spring may come afterall. We went to the dog park on Saturday, yes it was cold and muddy, but it was so uplifting to watch the joyful expressions on the dogs' faces as they chased each other around. It helped me forget the gossip, drama and stress at work, which provided most of the fodder for my "evening" pages. I missed my artist's date this week, so maybe two next week?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Heroes and Villains

I finished these two very interesting books this week.It made me wonder why some people turn out to be heroes, while others become villians. I thought I knew all about Benedict Arnold. Benedict Arnold=Traitor during the American Reveloution, right? Turns out that at the beginning of the war Arnold was considered to be a popular commander and a brilliant soldier. His invasion of Canada and his daring at the Battle of Saratoga saved Washington and allowed the Revolution to continue. Yet his own huge ego, the need for money and all sorts of slights, real and imagined led him to betray his county.
Louis Zamperini was also impetuous, had a huge ego and was in trouble with the law. Yet, he survied unimaginable cruelty and suffering at the hands of his captors during World War II. After a lost period of drinking to erase his terrible nightmares, he found God and became a respected member of society.
Two facinating men, two very different lives.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Artist's Date

Had a fantasitc Artist's Date today to The Paper Source. They have the most beautiful selction of handmade papers, as well as stationary, stamps, embellshments-you name it. It is also an extremely dangerous place because you simply have to have all these beautiful things. We were pretty good and only bought some ink and embossing powder. The "bridal powder" creates a lovely pale sparkle effect. Can't wait to play...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Walking in This World

It's March 1 and almost spring. I'm joining Kristin at Journaling Saves for a creative jump start. We will be using the book "Walking in This World" by Julia Cameron. I checked my copy out at the local library.
The walking part will be easy. Dog=multiple walks.
Today was a great day for a walk. First of all I had the day off, so we could walk in the sunlight. Secondly it was around 45 which felt positively spring like after our recent snow storm. And most of the snow is melted so I didn't have to wear boots!
Now I have to turn off the voices-internal and external- that tell me I do not have a creative bone in my body. I've got to turn off the perfectionist gene which tells me unless I'm going to be an award winning novelist or painter it's not worth it. I'm channelling my inner child to enjoy the process not the product.
So let the creative process begin....