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The Diversion by Ryan Dodde II M.D.

In recent years, Grand Rapids, Michigan has hosted a wonderful celebration each fall called ArtPrize. Artists from all over the world display their art all throughout the city. Natives and tourists alike are invited to explore the city and vote for their favorite pieces. This past year, my cousin Ryan submitted a bronze sculpture called […]

The SuperBowl Sunday Salon

Welcome to my first Sunday Salon on my new URL!  I can’t tell you how excited I am that you’re here with me.  Taking this live new site live has certainly been an adventure.  In many ways I wished that I had done this a year ago, but I wouldn’t have made the investment in […]

Inauguration Day Memories and What Would Martin Say? Giveaway

On January 20, 1977, I was just over 5 years old.  I was in kindergarten that year and what I remember was the parade.  What I remember is sitting on the carpet in front of the TV in our first family home in Sparta, MI.  I am not sure if I was watching the original […]

#133 ~ The Sister

The Sister by Poppy Adams, read by Juliet Mills Virginia Stone, a 70 year old spinster, lives alone with her moths at Bulburrow Court, her family’s mansion.  She is an eccentric old woman who grew up during WWII and its aftermath.  She is peculiar, most especially about time and tea.  To say she is set […]

Christmas Picture Outtakes

As many of you probably already know, trying to make your rugrats look well-behaved, cute and lovable in Christmas pictures for friends and relatives can be an interesting experience.  Last night we decorated our Christmas tree and I thought I would use that opportunity to take a nice picture of the girls to send out […]

We’re All Sick and/or Tired

Hello everyone.  I haven’t been very prolific in my blogging or my commenting this month because ever since Thanksgiving one or more of us have been sick.  Danny has been sick since Thanksgiving.  Allison has had a cold/congestion last week that kept Danny and I up a couple of hours a night for a few […]

#124 ~ Midwife of the Blue Ridge ~ Book Review and Giveaway

Midwife of the Blue Ridge by Christine Blevins Maggie Duncan lost her family as a very young girl during a massacre between the British and the Scottish.  Her destiny falls into place when she helps a injured man find his way home to his wife, Hannah.  Hannah, a midwife and local healer, realizes almost instantly […]

#117 ~ Janeology

Janeology by Karen Harrington Janeology, Karen Harrington’s first novel, opens after Jane, young mother of toddler twins, who suffers from depression following a miscarriage, turns manic and drowns her son Adam and nearly drowns her daughter Sarah as well.  This novel, however, does not tell this story from Jane’s perspective.  Instead, it is told from […]

#115 ~ Constitution Translated for Kids

Constitution Translated for Kids by Cathy Travis If there is ever a time that the American government and its processes our on our minds, it’s during an election year.  Although this nation’s founding and its history are taught in every school and university throughout this nation, the Constitution is much discussed, but not fully understood. […]

#113 ~ Capote in Kansas

Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story by Kim Powers It is my great honor and pleasure to be the host of Kim Powers’ last stop on his absolutely fabulous book tour for Capote in Kansas, which is sponsored by TLC Book Tours.  For more information on this tour, please click on the TLC logo to […]