Book Review – #Toots by Linh Le James

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441758985_star_rating_system_2_and_a_half_stars Anyone who’s been keeping up with my Sunday Rundowns of late will know that I’ve been making painfully slow progress with Shakespeare: The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson. So, when I was approached by Linh Le James to read her novel #Toots for a review, I decided it would be a good excuse for a break from my current read. And, thankfully, it was a quick read that proved to me it’s not that I’m in a slump that Byrson is taking so long. It’s just the book itself. So, I’m now wondering, still being only about halfway through at 2.5 weeks, whether it’s worth carrying on with it. I don’t want to give up considering how much time I’ve put into it but it feels like this uphill struggle is never going to end. I mean, there’s only so much pleasure you can take reading the history…

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Family Recipes and Memories: Potato Pie

Everyone Has a Story

Family Recipes and Memories

“Potato Pie”


“Potato Pie”

What do you do when you too many potatoes… you make Potato Pie or as some call it…”frittata”. I remember my mother in law calling it a pie… so pie I call it. Whatever you call it, it’s super delish… and can easily become a complete meal… and don’t forget to add a few slices of Italian bread. And like a potato chip… bet you can’t eat just one slice… no matter how big you cut it!


  • eggs (I used 9 for my large pie)
  • parsley… a shake or two… or more
  • 1/2 cup grating cheese – abt.
  • salt & pepper
  • potatoes (abt. 4-5 large potatoes) chopped in bite size pieces
  • onion (half a large onion – cut in thin slices)
  • cast iron pan cooks the best crusty edges!
  • olive oil or vegetable oil
  • extras… anything extra you’d like!

Let’s Put…

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Art Gowns Gallery Project

Art Gowns

Where can I take the Art Gowns?

{Painted canvases are atop, the original pics are below.}

It would take someone savvy to wear an Art Gown. Fact is, some of the back tails are 7′ long. There can be side tails and front tails. Of course, I can tame tails for a fashion show.

 Well, I had 10 of the photos I took for their blog printed on canvas. Then, using iridescent acrylic paint, I high-lit,  filled and/or embellished the canvas.

Of course, with the iridescent paint, one needs to view the paintings from certain angles in various lightings.

I have done 10 paintings in this “Art Gowns Iridescent” collection.

I entered them in an art show, but have never heard anything back. Friends say I am too, niche, more unique than they can sell.

 I’ll be doing a second 10 piece collection. The chosen Art Gowns will be printed…

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Conversations with Mama: You never know what she will say and more… #49

Everyone Has a Story

Conversations with Mama: You never know what she will say and more… #49

Lawson Mckinley with family clip

My grandmother, Ola Askew McKinley holding mama’s brother Leroy!

July 29, 2018: I called… “whatcha doing?” I’m just laying in the bed watching TV. Boo’s in the bathtub. It seems to be his favorite spot lately. I guess it’s cool in there.” “ Me… “going to be a lot of cat hairs in that tub.” Mama, “Oh, I’ll rinse out.” Me… laughing “No you won’t!… “I went to a book sale today and found Ella a lot of Wizard of Oz books. She loves theat movie! Also found them a King Kong DVD, that’s Nina’s favorite movie. I mailed them a box the other day with videos, books and odds and ends plus letters. Rose said they loved the box and took the letters first to read, and already…

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Treading The Uneven Road by L.M. Brown


Treading The Uneven Road

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. It will be released Friday 15th March.

Synopsis from GoodReads:

“The stories in this linked collection are set in a small village in the Northwest of Ireland in the early 1980’s and 90’s. A by-pass around the village has rid them of their once busy traffic. The residents feel forgotten by the world. The need to reach out and be heard is explored in every story, from the young woman who starts to have phone conversations with her husband’s gay lover, to the dyslexic man who confronts his cruel teacher years later. 

The collection is not only about the characters need for salvation but it is about a society that is unraveling. In Amends, we hear about the Bishop who has fathered a child. A priest is beckoned by a dying man to be mocked…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Fire

Dutch goes the Photo!

Welcome to Week 39 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.  First of all, a great, big thank you to all of you wonderful participants who made week 39 the biggest and best week yet!  Clearly, the theme of Cold grabbed each of you in one way or another and tickled some creative instinct to produce such wonderful entries!

Of course, the logical progression in themes after all this cold work would be to opt for hot, but that might just be a little too straightforward for this creative crowd!  So, this week’s challenge is Fire!  Keeping in mind that this doesn’t have to be physical fire, but could be allegorical or cleverly imagined in any of many ways, go out and create something novel.

To kick off your creative processes on this one, here’s something a bit abstract that may just bring forth the fires of creation in a galaxy…

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 39

Dutch goes the Photo!

While the chill may be continuing off an on in New England, I was not surprised that this past week’s Tuesday Photo Challenge Theme of Fire lit up the responses!!  Our weather may be all over the place, but the level of creativity in your entries into this challenge has been steady and very high!  Thanks to all for participating and making this so much fun for me.

I strongly encourage all of you to check out each of the posts, as you’ll be both entertained and educated, while enjoying the lovely creative thoughts that are in the responses!

Here’s another little bit of fire to warm your hearts…

_dsf0689Chestnuts Roasting

I captured this rather wintry scene with classic tones (actually, they were roasting marshmallows 🙂 ) during our visit to Tower Hill Botanic Gardens in Boylston, Massachusetts this past December.

The following were this week’s participants in the challenge…

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