Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The ladies who raised and inspire me

Since my poor husband has been sick, I've had to take up doing more things so he can rest and get better; and I'm pleased to say that he is doing better. As a result, I've been getting up earlier than had become usual for me; and I'm getting quite good at it. Today was trash day, so I needed to take the garbage bags out to the curb, as he's not able to yet.

Then when I finished that chore, I migrated into the office, to get online, with a bowl of caramel, peanut butter oatmeal. When I got on facebook, in running through the posts on my home page, I ran across a post by a writer that I'm friends with; and no, I'm not giving his name. He bragged about how he cussed and how the characters in his books cussed, and encouraged people to brag about how they cussed. 

I didn't care for his post, and I posted the following comment on his post:
Well, I'm from Kentucky, and I grew up in a day and age when cursing in ordinary speaking was frowned upon and discouraged. If you dropped a hammer on your toe it was one thing, but your ability to curse wasn't something you advertised nor were proud of. Like I said, I grew up in a different day and age when folks were still taught and practiced manners and etiquette and such. Sad that such things have become extinct in modern day society.
That moved me to send him a private message, sharing my thoughts on his post, and letting him know that now I definitely wouldn't be reading and reviewing any of his books. (Note - I do run a book review blog and am always reading something.) But then I moved on from that. I got to thinking about the 3 ladies who taught me what manners and etiquette mean. 
They are:
My mother.
Momma and me when I was 1
My grandmother on my father's side.

My grandmother on my mother's side.

These are the 3 ladies who helped shape me into the person I am today. Yes, there were other factors and people who influenced me and affected who I would become, but these 3 ladies were my three main influences.

And have no doubt, they were ladies. I can't ever remember hearing any of these 3 ladies say even one curse word, and they discouraged it in others. In fact, in their presence, others just didn't curse. 

This all has set me to thinking, about the person that I want to present to this online world of today. And I want to honor those 3 fine ladies and their influence upon me. I put up the following post on facebook:



There was a time when you didn't hardly see a woman out in public in pants, and she certainly didn't use curse words. The emphasis on being a lady was taught to the young women of society. Back then, being a lady was about a lot more than just cursing. It was a way of acting, of carrying yourself, of dressing, of being.

In today's society, we've lost that to a great extent, among the female society; which is sad. Our President's wife is a great example of a woman who is a lady.  Unfortunately, public examples of ladies are few and far between today. One only has to check out the headlines about comedian Kathy Griffin to find an example of the total other end of the spectrum, far removed from the term lady.

So I'm going to endeavor to take a step back in time, to be the lady that these three fine women taught me to be. To regain that elegance and grace, that way of speaking and acting, that is mostly lost in today's society. It may not change anyone else, but it will change me; and I'm good with that.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Update about The Leisure Zone blog

Just an update on my book review blog, The Leisure Zone.

Wanted to share some updates about my book review blog.
  • We currently have 2 reviewers: one full time, me, Jacqueline - and one part time, Shadow.
  • We did away with the review team about a year or more ago, as it just wasn't working out for me.
  • Currently we have a backlog of reviews to post.
  • Because of that, I'm taking a break from my read and review list until we get worked through the backlog of reviews.
  • So naturally, I'm not adding to my read and review list right now.
  • Shadow's status is pretty much unchanged.
  • In order to get caught up on my review posts, I'm going to start scheduling posts to automatically be put up each day in the blog.
  • Posts will go up at 10:00 a.m. central time, each day in the blog, except for Sunday.


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Friday, April 7, 2017

Some of my 'take a break' reads

Right now, I'm taking a break from my read and review list for my blog, The Leisure Zone, and I thought I would share some of my reviews on Goodreads, of the books I've been reading.
So, here they are:


Dragon Rose (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms, #2)Dragon Rose by Christine Pope
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book. The author has managed to write a fairy tale story, in the classic tradition of many other much older fairy tales. I loved it. It's an awesome book, very well edited, with a great story and awesome characters. You'll be mesmerized from start to finish. There is no violence or graphic sex scenes. But there is a most awesome story. If you're a fan of fairy tales, then this is a book you'll definitely want to read.

Montana Snowfall (McCutcheon Family, #7)Montana Snowfall by Caroline Fyffe
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a good book, but, it is most definitely NOT a stand-alone novel. It's part of a continued series, and it reads like one. There is a lot of characters in this book, and bits of story here and there about them. Yes, there is the story about the 2 main characters, but about 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is about these other characters. It has a definite continued series feel to it. There are stories started but not finished in this book, and you're left with the feeling that they were continued from a previous book, and will be continued in a following book.

You should not read these as stand-alone novels, even though they are billed that way. They are really not. It's a continued series. From this one book I read, it seems to be a well written series; but you should start with book 1 and read through the whole series, rather than pick up one book from the middle and read it. I enjoyed it all right, but it would have been much better had I read the whole series.

Wild AngelWild Angel by Miriam Minger
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book and I really enjoyed it a lot. It has a rich story and characters, and is very well written. It's an excellent book. For some reason, it no longer seems to be available on amazon in ebook format, which is a shame. A wonderful story with great characters.

Date Night on Union Station (EarthCent Ambassador #1)Date Night on Union Station by E.M. Foner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very good book, and I enjoyed it a lot. It's got great characters and a fascinating story. Purely great science fiction. If you're wanting a fun and fascinating science fiction read with a great story and great characters too, check out this book.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Newly rechristened

Formerly this blog used to be just a general posts blog of mine, but this month, I have decided to rechristen it as strictly a books and writing blog. Stay tuned for more posts.