Lips Tell Who You Are

LipsLips Appreciation Day

Nothing says beautiful as a pair of gorgeous lush lips, with a sparkling wine color. Whatever your preference is for eyes and body, lips are the only time people agree that full and voluptuous is the hallmark of gorgeous in the flappers department.

The dictionary describes them as the fleshy part that is over and below the teeth and mouth. Lips have been exalted in literature, poetry and paintings. Nothing says I love you, like a plump pair of lips. [Read more...]

Vivaldi to Bust March Doldrums

The-Four-Seasons.jpgSpring fever starts to set in as this is March, when the weather becomes oppressive getting a teeny bit warm then gusts of cold air keep us indoors.

Today marks the birth of one of the most celebrated composers of the Baroque Era, Vivaldi. Best known for his famous Violin Concerto, The Four Seasons, which remains by far one of the famous concertos played many times over. Many orchestras with the most talented of Conductors have attempted this delightful Concerto. [Read more...]

Making You Happy Today

Happy-Day.jpgNo one can make anyone happy.

Probably for the short term never long term. No one can truly make anyone happy all the time.

If you want to be with a happy person, start with a happy one. You cannot change a rhubarb into a strawberry but you can mix them and get a great pie.

Here are some things that should help make someone happy, try all or some: [Read more...]

Lousy Books are Killing Trees!!

This week is National Green Week.

Now, I am not so much into the green thing when it comes to books. I may have books on Kindle but reading them on Kindle, well not so much.

Back to my point. So, if you are reading a book (and I will not mention said book) and you get to page 86 and you still did not get into the meat of it, then something is really screwy in this equation. Here is a waste of several pages that could have saved a tree.

Now, you try and stick to it since you are, after all, in the first pages of this mystery. Nothing so far has really happened and you are anticipating lots from the reviews and the hype. Still nothing.

When 300 pages into it, it starts to get a little better, you wrinkle your nose in disgust.

And here comes my Green Week suggestion. What if we all stopped this insatiable need to devour books in the raw and just buy online writing or even join the library. Would that be an acceptable solution to you all?

After all, if more than 80% of this book (which was made into a movie, by the by) is not getting you into the place where you cannot tear yourself away from it, what is the point?

You can put up with 20% of blah blah blah blah blah, but 80% is carrying the line too far where it is borderline garbage. You expect a mystery to grab you and not let you go. Not drag you along kicking and screaming.

If you think my idea of a library card or even online reading is valid, let me know. After all, we all have opinions like we have …… and they all stink.

10 Must Reads According To Me!

10 Books You Can Sink Your Teeth Into

My recommendations are all different and widespread in type and style. Good writing, varied and divergent.

VOX by Nicholson Baker
A man and a woman, call each other, over an adult phone line. They provoke each other sexually, they entice one another. This is a novel where we eavesdrop on them and listen in to their private conversations. Well written. Do not get offended.

Julie and Julia by Julie Powell
A charming, endearing novel of striving do what you can to succeed. A funny, quirky story of internet, city and married life. O, yeah, lots of cooking with Julia Child too.

Plainson by Kent Haruf
Haruf writes a wonderful story of coming together. A teenager who gets pregnant, a lonely teacher, two young sons left by their mother and their father, plus two older farmers who help. A heart warming story. Wonderful read.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
This is Setterfield’s first novel. Parallel stories of a lonely woman who gets hired by a mysterious writer, to write her life story. Intriguing and wonderfully written.

Fall on your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
This is an unbelievable story, spanning a few generations. Secrets, lies and secrets that could destroy them all. Compelling. Amazing. Unexpected, epic story, well written.

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
A poor Indian driver is hired by a rich family to drive their son around. Powerful imagery, strong sense of self preservation. Amazing story. Good read.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
15 year old Michael is rescued by a woman twice his age. They become lovers then she disappears from his life. Only to resurface years later standing trial for a heinous crime. Amazing. Wonderful read. Even better than the movie. :)

The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
Intricate story of a young woman who is made to marry despite being in love with someone else. The trials she goes through. Things are not what they seem is an understatement. Intricate and amazing. Excellent read.

I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
The story of a pair of twins who are not the same at all. An exciting story of love and caring. Interesting story and a wonderful read.

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
A book that was written and illustrated gets protected by many through the years. An amazing story of caring, intrigue and forgery. A great story. Great writing. Wonderful read. Amazing!