Posts Tagged: reflections

Jul 09
Celebrating a Life: Bas the Gator Hunter

Celebrating a Life: Bas the Gator Hunter

Seven months ago today, we lost Bas aka the Gator Hunter and my heart still aches. I didn’t do his Celebrating a Life post because it just hurt too much. It still hurts a lot, but he was so loved! He came into my life in late 2008 when my sister adopted him. I still remember going to pick him up with her. The Albuquerque City Animal Shelter has a small shop in one of the local malls and they rotate animals from the shelter to the mall location in hopes that someone will adopt them while they shop at the mall. His name was Charlie and he was a cocker spaniel mix. My sister changed his name because we already a Charlie. He had been rescued from people who… Read more »

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Mar 09
Blogging Extravaganza: Interview with Myself

Blogging Extravaganza: Interview with Myself

Rachel over at Beauty and the Bookshelf created Blogging Extravaganza and it’s a short series of challenges to help bloggers think outside the box. I know I’ve written a few posts regarding my blogging slump and I’m hoping this will help get that mojo back. The first challenge, An Interview with Yourself, started today, but you can still join if you’re interested. Since this is a book blog, I decided to take a few questions I ask in my Books Ahoy! feature and apply them to me. My favorite book as a child: I drove my parents crazy with Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. I really liked that book! I also loved Scott O’Dell’s The Island of the Blue Dolphins. It’s based on the true story of Juana Maria,… Read more »

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Nov 11
Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

On Monday, November 02, 2015 we had to put our oldest cat, Kaos to sleep. He was about 13/14 years old and came into our life as a wrecking ball. At the time, our only cat Kitty, was an outdoor cat and every evening, I’d go out to the front and call her, “Kitty! Here Kitty, kitty, kitty.” Sometimes she’d come right away and other times we’d go inside and then come back for a second round of calling. That night, my sister and I called for her and we heard meowing but she wasn’t around. Then all of sudden this little white ball of fur came running out of the bushes and we go into the house screaming! He was named after two members of boybands: Lance Bass from… Read more »

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May 03
Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Shortly after 2 am this morning, we got a phone call that the Husky’s blood pressure and sugar were falling and they were working to save her. About five minutes later, we got another call that she passed. And I am devastated. The Husky came into our life as a big fur ball. She was born on September 15, 2002 to my aunt P’s huskies and a month or so later she became a member of our family. Originally P was going to keep her and give us a cinnamon type pup but my parents fell for the Husky. I remember the first evening she was home: my parents and sister went to dinner and I stayed behind so she wouldn’t be alone. I heard some crying coming from their… Read more »

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Dec 08
Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

It’s been rather quiet around here and I wanted to explain why. Four weeks ago, we were notified that my grandmother was ill and probably wouldn’t see the end of the year. I prayed and hoped for a miracle, but someone upstairs wanted her to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with them. On Thursday, December 4th, my grandmother, Elena, died. She was born in 1927 to a family of well to do farmers. During the Great Depression, her family did not experience the hardship and hunger that many families did and in fact many neighbors often came to her father where they would barter work for food. My grandmother often told the story of her family knowing Mexican Revolutionary General, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Rumor has it; he… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed, it was easy to keep up and see what was going in the world. Now? Not so much. I feel so guilty when I miss book related events in the… Read more »

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Apr 10
Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Eeek! I’m not one to make a HUGE fuss over birthday celebrations and since I’ve decided to be a little more open so you all get to know better, celebrating a birthday should be known. Right? So many moons ago on an extremely hot day in El Paso, Texas I was born and the next day apparently brought snow to the area! I was delivered by a Doctor Love and yeah I always get a kick out of seeing his name on my birth certificate. As part of you all getting to know me, here are some random facts (this post is totally inspired by Gillian over at Writer of Wrong’s post because I had a different post made up and decided this was more fun). 1. I have a… Read more »

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Mar 13
Encountering Your Profession in Books

Encountering Your Profession in Books

I always find it interesting how others perceive one’s own profession and it’s even more daunting at times when reading a book that mentions it. I have a master’s in medieval history (my primary area is the legality of war and the law of arms with a focus on 14th century England) and at some point I do have plans to get a PhD (it’s more of a personal goal than a need). Lucky for me I don’t encounter very many medievalists mentions, but once in a while I do and I have to scratch my head. This one is from Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and I laughed so much because it was so odd to see a medievalist described in such away. Are we nuts?… Read more »

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Mar 05
Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

In the February wrap up post I mentioned doing a bit more personal blog posts and this is one of them. I wish I was adventurous when it comes to my palate. I’ve often thought I’d be that person who wouldn’t turn up her nose at some foreign dish, but alas I’m not. I’m not going to be that girl who announces “I’m ordering Ethiopian for lunch. Do you want anything?” You may be asking yourself what brought this on and it was yesterday’s lunch. A co-worker was saying he was craving a sandwich from this Vietnamese restaurant that another co-worker took him to. Being the admin assistant for a non-profit means I’m often stuck having someone pick up an order for me if I forget lunch or wait until… Read more »

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Oct 25
Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Contracts Between Authors and Readers: What Are We Owed?

Warning: links contain spoilers. Click on them at your own risk! They say breaking up is hard to do. And when an author ends a series a particular way or kills a beloved character is trust broken? Some readers believe the contract between the author and reader is broken once this happens. Reading is personal and we bring a character to life in our own mind. We have ideas on what they look and sound like. We are emotionally tied to a book or a series and form an attachment. Books allow us to experience a variety of feelings while we read. So when an author decides to kill a character then it’s perfectly normally to feel angry or disappointment. It’s difficult for readers of a series because these characters… Read more »

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Jan 28
An Open Letter to Jane Austen

An Open Letter to Jane Austen

Alyssa Goodnight and Stiletto Storytime teamed up to host a Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Hop. There are over 70 blogs participating and I encourage everyone to check out the participants since each post will be slightly different and a few are hosting giveaways as well! How do you plan to celebrate the occasion? Dear Jane: Congratulations! Today marks 200 years of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. 200 years in which girls have fallen in love with Darcy and wishing we had our own. Generations of women have formed friendships because of their love for the book. Mothers and daughters bond over discussions and of course seeing the adaptations. One cannot forget the first time we read Pride and Prejudice nor can we forget our very first screen Darcy (mine… Read more »

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