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Inspired

3 Nov

by “Elm Creek Quilts” the book series by Jennifer Chiaverini

I photographed each quilt from my stash.

These were gifts from paternal great grandmother as well both paternal and maternal grandmothers.

This thimble collection is a great pairing with personal quilt collection. It is is combination of utilitarian, simply pretty, souvenirs, even local election thimble “give-aways”. I found Mom’s silver thimble. ūüôā

Book Review: The Winding Ways Quilt

26 Sep

 

I have had quilts all my life…gifts from both grandmothers and a bonus from Great grandmother Hall (photo on the “About” page).

Until I browsed the aisles of the Used Book Store in White Pine, TN I did not know there was a series of books on quilts and quilting. ¬†I bought four of the series by Jennifer Chiaverini. ¬†Jennifer is delightful…delving the reader in the process of quilt making, choosing fabrics, patterns and the network of friendships that develop along the way.

Other books by Jennifer Chiaverini:  An Elm Creek Quilt Sampler, An Elm Creek Quilts Album, Circle of Quilters, The Wedding Quilt, The Giving Quilt, The Winding Ways Quilt and The Aloha Quilt

Of course on my return trip to the Used book store I find two more authors…

Jan Cerney and Arlene Sachitano both with multiple titles.

 

White Pine Used Books, 1703 Main Street, White Pine, TN

Q…

25 Aug

Having spent 2018 posting my progress reading the Bible in one year (for the first time), I am taking the liberty of sharing several new to me Biblical subjects brought to my attention by Qanons.

 

Many or most messages on the Q board on 8chan have multiple meanings. ¬†For example,¬†one possible meaning of “Q”¬†is¬†high level security clearance.

There is also The Lost Gospel “Q”, the Original Sayings of Jesus. ¬†The appendix of this book shows nearly 50 researchers working on this subject in the 1990s. ¬†Historians of the synoptic Gospels in Germany in the 1830s (p 26) referred to content shared by the gospels of Matthew and Luke as “Q”…short for the German word “Quelle” or “source.”

The Book of Enoch is not canonical/included in the Bible. Enoch is identified with Genesis 5:18.  Enoch was the great-great-great-great-grandson of Adam.  Curiously, there are lessons for us from Enoch forthcoming from a Qanon.

AND…

Interesting research captured in this Twitter thread.

(https://twitter.com/40_head/status/1154352780611444737?s=03)

The link above includes the entire thread.  Sample content of first of a stream of tweets below:

Book Review: A Drop in the Ocean

11 Aug

Jenni Ogden skillfully juxtaposes:  University based health care research scientists and Wildlife researchers in the Great Barrier Reef.

Perhaps one could say Jenni developed a matrix juxtapositions of scientists and researchers in settings of…

Island life where supplies are delivered every two weeks…no utilities or ground transportation in the Southern Hemisphere contrasting with one of the oldest communities in Europe…Unst, the northern most inhabited island in the British Isles.

Book Review: The Miraculous Fever Tree-the Cure that changed the world

27 May

 

“Absorbing and SUPERBLY researched” with my emphasis on superbly. ¬†I agree with Miranda Seymour! ¬†Rocco¬†is an award winning investigative journalist. ¬†Her interest in medicine began with her grandparents in Africa in the 1920s. ¬†They were blessed to get quinine tablets made locally because cinchona seeds/trees from Peru had been planted there decades earlier.

World history over four centuries is told from

  1.  Tragic loss of life due to malaria in Europe, Africa, Panama, South America, Middle East, India and Asia.
  2. The cure identified by Jesuits in Peru in the 1600s as quinine (so bitter tasting, people thought they were being poisoned) written documentation in early 1630s.
  3. Theories challenged!  Treatment changed!  (Malaria DNA dates back to 5th century.)
  4. Rocco accessed original records from 1624 and more periods…exquisite documentation, details that enrich readers with life, times, goals, accomplishments of key figures.
  5. “Tree of Fevers” published in 1713 in Madrid
  6. The narrative fully immerses the reader wars, exploration, building the Panama Canal, challenges of exporting seeds and cinchona tree to other continents to save thousands of lives globally.

Enjoy reading!

 

 

Book Review: In the Blue Hour

8 May

 

Elizabeth Hall is my maiden name. ¬†I like seeing my former name on book covers ūüėČ ¬†I have also read Miramont’s Ghost and The Music of the Deep.

In The Blue Hour multi-generational grief found peace of mind and healing.  The story unfolds in the cultures of New Mexico with a compelling connection to Olalla, Tennessee.

Reference: ¬†Consulting mediums is condemned and forbidden in the Bible. ¬†Deuteronomy 18:10‚Äď11 echoes Leviticus and expands it, including diviners, sorcerers, witches/wizards, anyone who casts spells, and anyone who practices child sacrifice. ¬†This link is a concise summary from GotQuestions. ¬†https://www.gotquestions.org/what-is-a-medium.html

However, there is an engaging exchange, point/counter point to rationalize “hunches” and explain the journey. ¬†BONUS: ¬†Recommendation of Spook: ¬†Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach

Peace of mind calls for knowledge and connections in spite of 1000s of miles distance and decades of time lapse.

 

 

News plus flashback

23 Mar

Kenny Rogers, singer, songwriter and photographer passed away.

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2020-03-21/kenny-rogers-10-best-songs-islands-in-the-stream-gambler-easy

‚ÄúThe Gambler,‚ÄĚ the Grammy-winning story song penned by Don Schlitz, came out in 1978 and became his signature song with a signature refrain: ‚ÄúYou gotta know when to hold ‚Äėem, know when to fold ‚Äôem.‚ÄĚ ¬†In my humble opinion, that line applies in life to more than card games. ¬†(I have been known to quote it.)

https://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/actor-singer-gambler-kenny-rogers-dies-81-69724237

Another personal note: ¬†1987 I was astounded by an interview KR did promoting a recently published book. ¬†Amazing professional photography, KR included personal notes about the photo shoots and subjects….80 leading citizens. ¬†Three subjects are former U.S. Presidents.

Woo!Hoo!  My sister was in Atlanta that year and got an autographed copy for me.

One of the joys of having a personal library.  RIP KR

Book Review: The Bookshop of Yesterdays

5 Mar

This is an amazing book! ¬†The setting is LosAngelos, which didn’t appeal to me until the storyline developed fully. ¬†Short quotes from classic books (of different genres starting with Shakespeare) expertly punctuated the narrative. ¬†Cause of death and paternity was a mystery for Mira, who had been misled. ¬†She also processed the enormity of inheriting a struggling bookshop 3000 miles from her new home and teaching career on the east coast…learning the financial record keeping, personnel/staffing, business cycles and plan to turn a profit.

Anyone involved with handling an estate with a significant number of books will appreciate this novel!

Books Review: Seven Days in Utopia, Golf’s Sacred Journey and The Sequel

18 Feb

We saw the movie.  I knew I needed to read the book, bonus found the sequel.

The movie starring Robert DuVall and Lucas Black is warm, genuine and inspiring. ¬†In my youth, I took golf lessons and followed tournament play. ¬†As an adult, I played in a golf league after work. ¬†I’m fond of movies about baseball…Field of Dreams, A League of Their Own, The Natural… ¬†Frankly, it never occurred to me that there were great stories and lessons to be told about golf. ¬†(I don’t count¬†Caddy Shack.)

Seven Days in Utopia narrative differs between the movie and the book. ¬†(Both are equally time well spent.) ¬†The book has more details on honing technical golf skills. ¬†There is an opportunity loss, if practice is dominated by driving range parameters. ¬† Improving skills means practicing with up and downhill lies, behind trees, bare ground, deep grass…and more…

What is extraordinary about the lessons?  The originality, experiential and spiritual nature of the situations.  Watch or read for yourself.

 

 

Book Review: The Alice Network

3 Oct

Brought to my attention by Qanon @llcoolja17.

 

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies: ¬†The Alice Network by Kate Quinn is extraordinary, compelling, historical, revealing, healing…

The narrative of The Alice Network alternates between 1915 and 1944 chapter after chapter skillfully telling the story of female spies in WW1 and WW2 in Europe with an amazing amount of historical accuracy.  Europe did not have a chance to recover from WW1 before they were reliving the tragedy of another war.

My husband and I had the opportunity to go to four reunions with Marines who survived Iwo Jimo (with Dave’s Dad before he passed in 2018). ¬†There are many layers to war stories. ¬†It is personal for veterans. ¬†To also have the insights of women patriots as told in the The Alice Network is a blessing.

As a second personal note, 2015 was the 100th anniversary of Allison Transmission where I worked for 36 years…2015 was also the 100th anniversary of Tennessee Tech University where I graduated in Industrial Engineering…2015 was also the 100th anniversary of the town of White Pine TN where my parents have lived for the past 40 years…2015 was also the 100th anniversary of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard near where we lived in the early 1970s. ¬†Many enterprises, schools, communities, government facilities do not last 50 years (or lost their original identities). ¬†

So… four entities I am very familiar with were all founded in 1915…that is before World War I. ¬†What an interesting coincidence! ¬†I added a web page with a tab above because I was unaware of this common denominator until 2015.