Each day I encounter new authors and new books. I want to take a minute to brag about Felix J. Palma, who I do not know personally (but wish I did). His novels fell into my lap thanks to a GoodReads giveaway. They combine all the things I love (time travel, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy) with some amazing twists. His Trilogia Victoriana series just blows my mind! I was thrilled to be able to get book #3 while I was in Canada earlier this year. Yes, Mr. Palma is one source of breaking my #ShelfLove Challenge this year. Palma’s books definitely make me a dreamer. They also make me a hunter. A hunter for more quality novels that challenge my perception of time and space. I’m appreciative of novelists like Mr. Palma. Thank you to all the writers in my life for making me dream. My life is forever changed because of your words. Taken on May 22, 2011 in Marion, IA with a Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd. View this quote on flickr. “Writers perform an extremely important role: they make others dream, those who are unable to dream for themselves. And everyone needs to dream. Could there be […]
Category: Scenic Sundays
James A. Owen is currently offering the first book in his Mediations series for free for a limited time. It’s well worth the read. I found it inspiring. Get the book on Amazon.com today. As we creep closer and closer to Christmas, I keep thinking of the huge number of negative things that have happened to me in the past during the winter months. It’s hard, as the days get shorter and darker, not to dwell on those events no matter how many times you tell yourself not to; it’s not worth it. It becomes difficult to change the cycle and think about the positive events that have happened, but each time I see this quote from James A. Owen, I’m reminded that no matter how many bad things have happened I survived. That one bad event is not the whole story, it’s only a chapter. And like my favorite heroes, I survived. Maybe with a few battle scars, but I survived. I am a survivor.
Pictures of me on vacation are rare. This year I tried to relinquish my fancy pants camera a few times to my husband. Like me, I believe he takes the best shots of people when they aren’t looking. Or perhaps, I’m just not a fan of looking directly into the camera and smiling. Either way, here’s a shot of me, taken by my husband, at Niagara Falls earlier this summer.
“There is an odd synchronicity in the way parallel lives veer to touch one another, change direction, and then come close again and again until they connect and hold for whatever it was that fate intended to happen.” Ann Rule This quote made me think of my wonderful hair stylist, Melissa. We met many years ago when I dropped by a local Great Clips to take advantage of their $5 haircuts. Melissa and I talked for only a short time; my haircuts usually only take 20 minutes. I paid her and went on my way. Then just a few years ago, I decided to try to find a hair salon to get my hair cut. Usually I shy away from salons as I usually get charged $40+ for my simple haircut. Seemed a silly waste of money when I could get the same cut with the same results at Great Clips or Cost Cutters. I took advantage of a local Groupon for a hair salon and by some twist of fate, the stylist hosting the deal was Melissa. It took us about 10 minutes to realize that she had cut my hair before. Before the end of the cut, we […]