Sunday, February 7, 2016

atheist paradelle #1

sunday noon in the xtian midwest
sunday noon in the xtian midwest
wrong time for atheists out for coffee
wrong time for atheists out for coffee
for midwest the wrong xtian time
atheists coffee sunday for noon out in

the righteous in their best sunday clothes
the righteous in their best sunday clothes
shouting about g.o.d. or the superbowl
shouting about g.o.d. or the superbowl
clothes shouting or the g.d. best o.
in righteous about superbowl or the sunday

worse when they talk intolerant politics
worse when they talk intolerant politics
hatred masquerading as pious virtue
hatred masquerading as pious virtue
virtue worse when they masquerading
politics hatred as intolerant pious talk

Judith Ann Jennings

Note: *A paradelle is a poetic form that started as a joke. Former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins published a poem titled “Paradelle for Susan” footnoted to claim the paradelle was a demanding French form from the 11th century. He later admitted it was a parody of strict forms like the villanelle. His hoax resulted in an anthology published by Red Hen Press in 2006 with an introduction by Collins.
(This information taken almost word for word from Robert Lee Brewer’s column Poetic Asides in the Writers Digest October 2015)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fred the drag queen recommends a movie...

Once there was and once there was not a water bottle named Fred. Fred looks like a vodka bottle. It amused me endlessly to drink water from Fred because people would think I was drinking vodka.

Then one day I was driving down the road the only way I know how - too fast - and drinking water from Fred and I happened to think - what if a policeman saw me. He would never believe this is water I am drinking.

So I put Fred aside in favor of other water bottles.

Work has been very stressful lately and I have taken to keeping cut flowers on my desk to try and improve the energy around me. To that effect I bought a hydrangea bloom the other day. I stuck the bloom in Fred for safe transport. And I liked the look of it. Except it was top heavy. So I added some colored rocks that I had. Still top heavy. I covered the colored rocks in pennies.

I took Fred to work and he amuses me endlessly. He looks like a drag queen at a Vegas show with a big headdress.

I thought you might like to be amused also. Here's Fred the drag queen:

Are you smiling?

But what does that have to do with a movie? Well, Fred didn't actually watch the movie with me. He's at work on my friend Becky's desk amusing her on my days off. I just thought combining the two topics made for a good blogpost title.

A WALK IN THE WOODS is a really good movie. Years ago I enjoyed the book by Bill Bryson when it was read aloud on PBS's reading radio show.

It is not a comedy as such but there are a couple of laugh out loud places. It is a true story of Bill's walk on the Appalachian trail with his friend Steven Katz.

If looking at Fred isn't enough smiling for you - watch A Walk In the Woods!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

BOOKS; books; b00ks and more...b.o.o.k.s.

When Robena Grant asked me to read her latest, Bachelor Island, I wasn't sure what I was in for. This is Robena's first light contemporary romance. I did know I would probably be ready for light because of the book I was currently reading - more on that later.

As usual, Robena did the opposite of disappointing even though, for me, there were some obstacles in her path. First off, the book is set behind scenes of a reality tv show. With a few exceptions I hate reality tv shows. But I forgot that pretty quickly and got engrossed in her characters and her story.

Second, the male love interest is a cowboy. I know women fantasize about cowboys but they seem unreal to me. Could Robena write a cowboy I would believe and love? Why yes, she could. I love her Texas cowboy, Wyatt, and even really liked her Hawaiian cowboys, Buzz and TJ.

Her heroine, Corey, a disillusioned tv producer, is lovable, quirky and the perfect match for Wyatt.

All in all a very good book that I recommend for anyone looking for a light romance for whaterver reason.

It's due out Feb 12th and available for pre-order right now.
So what book had me knowing I'd be ready for a change to light contemporary romance- Kristen Ashley's fifth and last book in her Unfinished Heroes series, Sebring.

Ashley likes to bookend. Her first in this series was Knight. Nick Sebring is Knight's little brother and he is definitely unfinished. He is a raw, hard core alpha male. He meets his match in heroine, Olivia Shade.

Theirs is a happily-ever-after but it is not for those looking for light-hearted reading. Hard stories and hot sex in the way Ashley does best is what this book contains. When I write that last sentence I am amazed at how much I love KA. Whatever she writes.

It's out now.
Next up for me is a book by Jana Deleon that has been out since July 5, 2015, Malevolent. It is the first in her Shaye Archer series which I missed somehow. The second in the series, Sinister, came out 2 days ago.

If you aren't familiar with Deleon, based on reading and loving her Ghost-In-Law series, and her Miss Fortune series, and her stand alones, I am expecting a funny book with a strong, tight plot. Nothing is funnier than Fortune and the ladies of Sinful, Louisiana.

Look closely when you buy, though. For some reason amazon mixes the work of people writing fan fic about her characters amidst Deleons books and it can be confusing.
Do you know what I am looking so, so forward to? Deborah Blake's latest in her Baba Yaga series that I absolutely love, Wickedly Powerful, comes out Feb 2. JUST DAYS AWAY! Back into the world Deb has created and I am tingling with anticipation.

If you haven't read this series so far I suggest you buy the 3 book package and the novella Wickedly Ever After, out yesterday, which I will be reading next, next, and get reading so you are caught up when this one comes out. Although, frankly, Blake writes each one so well that you could read them stand alone or in any order, if, that is, you aren't ocd like me.
It is no secret to anyone reading this blog that I adore all things Jenny Crusie. She has not released anything new lately, much to my sorrow, but someone has put together The Jennifer Crusie Collection for kindle (probably other ereaders, too, but I don't know their details). An electronic collection of seven of her books, Tell Me Lies, Crazy For You, Welcome to Temptation, Fast Women, Faking It, Bet Me and Maybe This time.

Mind you I have all of these books in paperback, hardback, or both. I even am proud to say I have a signed hardback edition of Maybe This Time.

Still I pounced as soon as I saw the collection. Now I can take 7 Crusie books with me everywhere I go. In between my other reads, I just finished re-reading Fast Women and I fell in love with Nell and Gabe all over again.
Hopefully I've added to your books to be read lists. Mine is too many books to count.

A'int life grand?