Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I read and read and read some more

So it was a long weekend and I spent it reading.
I finished Graveminder
Hop over to my Book Chat tab to see what I thought
And I read a book by one of my followers Elliot Grace
South of Charm

and it was good!
 I don't say that with surprise I say that because it was good!
I picked it up on Friday and did not put it down until yesterday (Monday) afternoon
The story is about a ten year old boy who is forced, along with his four year old sister, to watch his parents’ marriage disintegrate
His mother starts acting completely out of character....I won't tell you why you will figure it out on your own
Most of the story is told from his perspective and I found it both sad and interesting to look at the violence and abuse parents can sometimes inflict on each other through the eyes of their child. You will want to think some parts of the story seem unrealistic...but pick up any newspaper and you will realize that the sad truth is this is probably happening everyday in your own town.
On a happier note
I love that there is a baseball aspect to the story...cause its summer time and baseball is the king of summer
Go Phillies!
Although the little league coach is a complete jackass.
I found myself yelling at the characters which is a good sign....if I care enough to show how crazy I am without caring who is looking at me....well then, that my friend means the book and characters
are well written.
Normally my reading leans towards the Horror, Mystery, Paranormal type novel but South of Charm
was a nice break from that and it really made me think...which sometimes I like to do.
I have a little bit longer review of this book under my Book Chat tab.

******I would like to include a disclaimer******
I am not saying I like this book because Elliott is a follower.
I promise you I will never do that.
If I say I like something well then you can take that as the truth.
If I didn't like his book I just would never have mentioned reading it at all.
I won't hand out fake praise...I hate when people do that.
I'm keeping it real
Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Friday, May 27, 2011

True Blood HBO Series

Hi where the heck have I been you ask?? I really have no awesome answer for that question.
I have been busy preparing my house and our pool for summer. I have been busy cheering my daughter on....she was a contestant on our local radio station all week hoping for a chance to be their summer intern. She didn't win but more about that later.

Anyway I am back and today I am once again over at Stacey's blog http://wearnailpolish.blogspot.com/
Today we are talking about the HBO Series True Blood
Hope on over and read what we think....come on you know you want to.

Here is a picture of Alexander SkarsgÄrd for your viewing pleasure

******Also side note******
Although I have been absent from posting on my own blog this week I have visited all of you and for some reason on certain blogs like http://mumugb.blogspot.com/ and http://strangepegs.blogspot.com my computer would not let me leave a comment....I don't like this and I need to figure out why but I wanted to put it out there because I received and email myself from a few people saying they couldn't leave comments and I had to change my setting to fix it.

Have a Very Fabulous Friday 
and a 
Happy Memorial Day to my fellow Americans!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Writing Sheds

This might be my favorite picture. I love the colors 
 I love the New England Cape Cod colors 
In a dream world I use this as my writing shed.

There are many famous writers who had little writing sheds

  Roald Dahl's writing hut - this was his private space where he wrote all of his books.
No one else was allowed in his writing hut.
I love the yellow door!
Virginia Wolf's writing cabin
the little path leading to the door makes this cabin very enchanting

Mark Twain's writing hut
The roof is amazing. This looks more like an enclosed Gazebo but whatever it is its where Mark Twain did his writing.

George Bernard Shaw's writing shed.
Not much to look at but it actually was on a swivel thing so that it could be turned for the best light or view. That's pretty cool.

Very inspiring...These are beautiful examples of personal writing spaces. You can actually look these up on line and some of the sites will show you the inside of the shed which to me is very interesting to see what these writers surrounded themselves with.
So what do you surround yourself with when you are being creative?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Top Ten Stephen King Short Stories/Novellas

I thought today I would list my favorite Stephen King short stories or novellas. I have always been a big fan of the short story and Mr. King who is master of the writing universe.....as far as I'm concerned....has some of the best short story collections. I am not going to include his latest collection Full Dark, No Stars because I have not finished reading all of them.
So here you go I hope you enjoy the list and maybe find a King short story you haven't read yet.
These are in no particular order

1. Strawberry Spring (Night Shift)
synopsis: An article in the newspaper causes the narrator to recall a time when he was in college and several students were killed.
why I loved it: I don't want to give anything away but the build up of this story for the twisty ending is so intense. This is a story that you will think about long after you close the book.

2. The Last Rung of the Ladder (Night Shift)
synopsis: Larry returns home from Los Angeles to find a letter waiting for him from his sister.
why I loved it: This story is so well written you can almost feel the pain Larry feels over the loss of his sister.

3. The Body (Different Seasons)
synopsis: Four rambunctious young boys venture into the Maine woods and in sunlight and thunder find life, death, and intimations of their own mortality. 
why I loved it: whats not to love? So well written, amazing characters, adventure, life lessons...what more could you ask for?

4. Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (Different Seasons)
synopsis: --the most satisfying tale of unjust imprisonment and offbeat escape since The Count of Monte Cristo.
why I loved it: The characters in this story are wonderfully written. It is impossible not to root for Andy the wrongfully imprisoned man. His eventual escape is the most satisfying ending ever. The movie is awesome to by the way!

5. Jerusalem's Lot (Night Shift)
synopsis: Charles and his companion, Calvin McCann, have gone to live in the house, which is called Chapelwaite. Almost immediately Charles and Calvin noticed strange things about the house. First, there are the strange reactions of the people in the nearest town when they learn where the gentlemen live.
why I loved it: Vampires at their best. Fabulous creepy house with strange noises=awesome!

6. Home Delivery (Nightmares and Dreamscapes)
synopsis: Maddie Pace is a young, pregnant widow whose husband recently died in a fishing boat accident. When reanimated dead bodies start attacking the living, the only defense is to destroy the dead and burn the pieces. It isn’t long before Maddie must confront the zombie of her dead husband and decide if she is strong enough to watch him die all over again.
why I loved it: ZOMBIES enough said.

7. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away (Everything is Eventual)
synopsis: A man checks into a Lincoln Nebraska Motel 6 to find the meaning in his life.
why I loved it: Alfie collects bathroom graffiti...he writes the ones he finds interesting into notebooks....how cool is that? However he is struggling with life changes and I think we can all relate. The story ends with him counting down to either writing a book or killing himself.

8. Children of the Corn ( Night Shift)
synopsis: In an attempt to save their marriage, Burt and Vicky Robeson, a bickering couple, are driving to California for vacation. As they drive through rural Nebraska, the couple accidentally hit and run over the body of a young boy who ran into the road escaping unseen assailants.
why I love it: Kids are creepy! This story scared the bejesus out of me....If you have only seen the movie which is Great! you should read the story....so much scarier.

9. The Gingerbread Girl (After Sunset)
synopsis:  Em, who after suffering a devastating loss, starts running. Soon Em runs from her husband and her home all the way to the airport. Looking for solace, Em's running takes her to the Florida Gulf where she settles into the loneliest stretch of Vermillion Key. Once there Em keeps up her running until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?
why I loved it: Sometimes I want to run from my husband.....just kidding...ahem....Em is a great character who deals with her loss the best way she can that is why I like her and this story. Pickering is a creeper and he gets what he deserves in the end.

10. The Sun Dog (Four Past Midnight)
synopsis: A young boy receives a Polaroid camera for his birthday. There's something wrong with his gift, though. Every picture features a menacing dog that approaches the foreground in each subsequent photograph.
why I loved it: This poor kid gets the camera he has been wanting and the damn thing is defective. Honestly the idea of the dog coming closer and closer in each photograph he takes is really scary as hell!

So there you have it! Are there any you would like to add?

Have A Fabulous Friday!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Charlotte Tries Again

Charlotte made another attempt to make friends with my son..
Here is what happened.

First she thought she would try reading Harry Potter. Charlotte knows he loves Harry Potter and is eagerly anticipating the final movie in July. So she climbed the tall bookshelf and chose the last book in the series. She even put on her glasses....Harry wears glasses so maybe this would make him like her.

It didn't work. She forgot she can't read.

Next she tried learning how to play one of his video games.
 After he left for school she snuck into his room and brought down his handheld game.....
This wouldn't work either because you can't use the controls when your fingers are all molded together.

She decided to ask the smartest person she knows....
But he just looked down and her and said
"Please step away from the books Madame"

Disappointed she climbed onto her favorite window seat with her dog.
While sitting there petting him and looking out the window she came up with a brilliant idea

He loves Perry so if she could get Perry to like her
Well than for sure the boy would!

She found Perry sitting in his usual spot waiting for him to come home from school

But Perry, he was a little afraid of Charlotte too.
Feeling this was definitely the way into the boy's heart, Charlotte went into the pantry and took down the box of doggie treats

At first he was nervous but once he realized she wasn't going to hurt him
he took the treat

And now he loves her....dogs are so easy Charlotte thought to herself

Now it is time to show the boy.......

Tune in next time to see if her efforts paid off.
Until then.......
Have a Thoroughly Awesome Thursday!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Blog Reviews

I have noticed a lot of the author blogs I follow post the blurbs that people have written after reviewing their upcoming novels. Being that I do not have a novel to be reviewed I thought I would post some unsolicited reviews I have received from family and friends about my blog.

“There is something wrong with you”
-          Michael

“Why are you so weird?”
-          Anne

“Please use your maiden name. I don’t want anyone to know you’re my wife”
-           Chris

“Thanks now everyone who thinks I am lying asks to see my tongue. We are in a fight.”
-          Amber

“Aunt Jenn you have too much time on your hands”
-          Kevin

“Hey Jenn I love your blog. It is entertaining, personalized, interesting, fun and real. Thanks for sharing”
-          Cheryl

“Jenn I read your blog every day I Love it”
-          Debbie

“You’re not weird your eccentric”
-          Tish

“I’m pretty sure you were adopted. There is no way we are related”
-          Mark

“There is something wrong with you”
-          Kevin Sr.

So there you have it.
Its family and friends like these that really motivate a person!

Have wonderfully weird Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Lazy Girl

My lovely darling sweet little girl has returned from college.
I counted the days until she would be back....eagerly waiting for
the laughs
the talks
the reading
the laughs....yes we laugh a lot some might say too much **ahem Chris***
the movies...Mamma Mia, Pride and Prejudice, The Lost Boys, Harry Potter
the TV shows...Glee, Bones, The Office
the help? yeah right!
I missed her
Now that she is back
She is driving me crazy
Never has there been a lazier human being
When I leave for work she is tucked snuggley in bed sleeping soundly
When I return from work she is still in bed. Blankets wrapped around her. Headphones on. Laptop on lap.
Cell phone within....not even reaching distance cause God forbid she have to stretch her arm
And I want to strangle her!
Some days I come home and feel like I could collapse from exhaustion. And there she is laying in bed watching the episode of Bones that I haven't found the time to watch yet.
I know its not her fault my job sucks
I know she doesn't mean to make me want to kill her
I know she might even wish I had a minute to sit and watch Bones together
But....I still want to walk into my room and quietly disconnect the wireless just to make her suffer
Does that make me a bad Mom?

She posted this pic on my facebook page....I love it!

Have a Terrific Tuesday

******disclaimer- I don't actually want to kill my daughter or strangle her....well maybe srangle**********

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Review of Dead Reckoning

I added a review of Dead Reckoning the latest Southern Vampire Series under my Book Chat tab...Check it out!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Top Ten Scary Ass Supernaturals for Friday the 13th

First of all blogger has me really irritated because my Pet Peeve post is gone! So annoying!!!

Anyway....I am doing another co-post over at my BBF (best blog friend) Stacey's blog http://wearnailpolish.blogspot.com/. Its our top ten Scary Evil Supernatural Women in books.
You should check it out....and read Stacey's blog.....and follow her on twitter and follow her blog.....but don't try to steal her as your best blog friend....
cause she is my best blog friend!

Go check it out....

I'll wait here.....

unless of course blogger decides to delete this post too

One last thing I will be reviewing the latest Southern Vampire Series
Dead Reckoning
look for a post about it under my tab Book Chat this weekend!
Until then my Friends

Have a frightfully fabulous Friday the 13th

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Book Pet Peeves

I am in a foul mood today!
So I thought I would vent a little.....I hope you don't mind
It's just that no one else will listen to me
but I know you....my blog friends will

I have some book pet peeves I will list them in no particular order of annoyance

Dust Jackets - I hate them. As soon as I bring the book home I immediately take it off. I have no idea why I find them so annoying but I just do. Why does the book need a jacket is it cold? If the book is going onto my bookshelf it isn't the jacket of the book that gets dusty its the top of the pages.

Cover Art that doesn't match the book - Don't put a girl with bright green eyes on the cover if there will  not be a bright green eyed girl in the book. I will wonder throughout my reading when I will meet this mysterious green eyed girl and it will drive me crazy when the end comes and she never shows up. I understand the cover art does not have to literally reflect the story....like if there are flowers on the cover I don't expect the story to be about flowers....its just when you put a person on there I expect to see the person somewhere in the book.

Misspelled words - I know this is completely nit picky but it drives me crazy. Especially with the number of times the book has been read and edited and then reviewed by an editor.

Leaving out part of the story - Please do not introduce a storyline to me if you are not going to finish telling me the story. A prime example of this is the book In the Woods by Tana French.
Here is the book synopsis
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled shoes, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox – his partner and closest friend – find themselves investigating a case with chilling links to that long-ago disappearance. Now, with only snippets of buried memories to guide him, Rob has the chance to unravel both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.

Okay so you would think at some point we would find out what the heck happened to this kid and his friends but guess what.....YOU DON'T......it never tells you! not in an epilogue not in the last chapter not anywhere.
In truth it was the mystery of what happened to those kids that led me to continue reading....not that I didn't care about the other murder but I kept waiting for a flash back or something to tell me what happened. I have not read another of Tana's books even though many people have recommended that I do...I am vindictive like that.

Characters I don't care about - I can love a book that has a poorly written story if I love the characters. I have a really hard time when the author fails to make me care about the characters...even if its just a minor one I still need to feel something.

Too much description - I know this is probably weird but sometimes I don't feel like reading about every detail.....Is it important for me to know that the moon appeared blue against the black sky and a blue bird flew by while singing a sad song before landing on the dark branch of a nearby tree whose green leaves lit up the night? If it is then by all means elaborate but otherwise  I don't need you to describe every scene in detail....let me use my imagination a little bit.

This is actually not a book pet peeve but rather a pet peeve against e-book readers - Stop complaining about paying more then 99 cents for every e-book. It drives me crazy when you look at the reviews for a book and there are twenty people just complaining about how much the e-book cost. If you are buying a self published work then yeah I guess 99 cents is good but if you are buying the latest James Patterson or Stephen King or someone like that why the hell would you think you should only pay 99 cents? Just stop it! And if you don't think this persons creative work is worth the 5.99 or 12.99 or whatever then don't buy it. Or go to the store and buy the hard cover for 24.99 or 28.00 or whatever. Geez....cheapo

Well I probably could go on in my current mood but I will stop before I lose you guys and that would be devastating to me right now.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Movie Review Water for Elephants

I hope everyone had a nice Mother's Day
It was a beautiful day here in Pennsylvania very sunny and warm
Usually my sisters and I take our Mom out to antique stores after our brunch
but this year we decided to go see the movie
Water for Elephants
We all loved the book written by Sara Gruen
Unfortunately we could not all go so it ended up being my sister Judith, My Mom, me
and Amber (who has returned from her first year of college YEAH)

 Here is the synopsis from movies.com

A handsome veterinary student falls for a married circus performer in this romantic drama adapted from author Sara Gruen's best-selling novel, and directed by Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend). When Jacob (Robert Pattinson) meets Marlena (Reese Witherspoon), it's love at first sight -- their shared affections for an extraordinary elephant stirring profound feelings of compassion within both of them. Theirs is a love that could span lifetimes, though the wrath of Marlena's dangerously domineering husband, August (Christoph Waltz), threatens to spell tragedy for all involved.
Here is what Judy thought
Good but a little slow.
Here is what Amber thought
Robert Pattinson is hot. The film work was great.
Here is what my Mom thought
Very good I loved it.
Here is what I thought
Absolutely beautifully filmed. The movie from the first scene has such an epic quality. The sets, costumes and music were so enchanting it truly is very magical. I loved the older man who played Jacob in the beginning he really set the character of Jacob up perfectly in his brief time on the screen. I was okay with Robert Pattinson as young Jakob although I am not a huge fan. Reese Witherspoon as Marlena I thought was an odd choice when I first heard she was going to play the part....I love Reese but I kind of found her to be a little too old. I have no idea what the age difference is between the two actors but it had a very Mrs. Robinson feel to it. The actor who plays August plays the part of an abusive jerk very well. You will hate him.
There is a scene...I don't want to give anything away but there is a scene with the elephant and it just really upset me.
 In all I enjoyed the film....I think ticket prices are outrageous but I do think this film is meant to be seen in the theater...unless you are lucky enough to have one of those home theaters in your house.
I would say it is worth putting the money out and i don't think you will be disappointed.
Have a Magical Monday

Friday, May 6, 2011

My Top Ten Friendships in Novels

I have not posted in two days....life came and hit me over the head
It took me hostage and made me work extra long hours
Life is really cruel sometimes
But I am back and today I am going to list my top 10 Friends in Books

I try to make my picks as varied as possible but sometimes I have to use some obvious ones
So here we go

1. Ron, Harry and Hermione - Harry Potter
Obvious choice for me as I am a Harry Potter geek but I do think that these three are a wonderful example of true friendship. They are so comfortable with each other that they have no problem saying exactly what they think without fear of losing their friend. Throw in the fighting to save each others lives and you really can't ask for anything better. It is their love and friendship after all that gives them the power to fight against the Deatheaters and Voldemort.

2. Gordy, Chris, Teddy and Vern - The Body (aka Stand by Me)
One of my favorite Stephen King novellas has four friends who go off in search of the dead body of a kid who was reported missing. The friends think that by finding the body they will be heroes and become famous. While on the adventure they learn a lot about themselves and each other. Sadly the narrator tells us that they drift apart through their high school years but he still looks back on their friendship fondly.

3. Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget - The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
I really enjoyed the friendship shared between these four girls. They each have their own drama going on but when that call or email comes through they are there for each other. Throw in some magical jeans that fit everyone perfectly, who the hell would want some magical jeans?, and it makes for a great story about friendship.

4. Wilbur and Charlotte - Charlotte's Web
A pig and a spider become friends. Truly one of my favorite stories of all time. Charlotte saves Wilbur from being slaughtered with her awesome web word designs. I am not a huge spider fan but if the ones in my house would spin cool words into their webs maybe I wouldn't call for their death when I see them crawling along the wall. Anyway the friendship between these two animals makes for a lovely story that ends sadly with Charlotte's death.

5. Lennie and George - Of Mice and Men
Brought together by their dream of owning a farm Lennie and George are unlikely friends. The other migrant workers do not understand their friendship but George protects Lennie and he knows Lennie is one of the only people who truly cares about him. Of course in the end George shoots Lennie but it was for his own good.

6. Emma and Harriet - Emma
Emma decides that she needs to find her new friend Harriet a proper husband. In this search she loses site of what is really best for her friend. Luckily in the end the two make amends and both marry happily.

7. Bella and Alice - Twilight series
I thought I would throw all of those Twilight fans a bone and include Bella and Alice. The friendship that grows between Bella and Alice is my favorite part of this series. Alice is a perfect friend for Bella as she brightens the sullen attitude and teen angst filled pages. Some of the best parts of the book are the interactions with Alice planning the wedding and Bella giving into Alice's plans.

8. Edgar and his dogs - Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Edgar is a mute twelve year boy whose family raises dogs. After the death of his father he runs away with three of the dogs and travels in the hopes of making it to Canada. The dogs understand Edgar more than anyone and his friendship with these dogs are what help him survive the many dangers of traveling alone threw the forest. He and the dogs become a pack protecting each other and giving comfort when one is hurt. Great story. If you have not read it, and you like dogs, you should pick it up. 

9. Vivi, Teensy, Neice, and Caro - Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood
I fell in love with this book and the friends inside from the first page. Their friendship really is a sisterhood. The secrets that they have kept and the love they share is truly inspiring. the movie is good but as is with pretty much every book to movie the book is ten times better. You learn more in the book about how they came to be friends and that back story to me is very important in understanding their friendship.

10. Dave, Sean and Jimmy - Mystic River
If you have not read this book...stop reading now and go out and buy it. It is so good. These three friends  lose touch after one of them is abducted by a child molester. Fast forward 25 years later one is now a cop (Sean), one is an ex-con (Jimmy) and the other (the one who was abducted) is a lost soul(Dave). When Jimmy's daughter disappears the three friends are brought together again when Sean is placed on the case and Dave becomes a suspect. This novel is about lost friendship and the trust and affection you keep even when you have not maintained the friendship for many years.

So those are my choices! How about you? Have any you would like to add?

Have a Fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Friends In Movies

I love movies. My movie knowledge is like a super power.
It's embarrassing because I would totally pick mind reading as a super power but instead I got
 Movie Knowledge
Anyway that was a weird and long way to say I like movies!
I will watch anything....action, horror, romance, comedy, thriller
I don't care for the overly gross slasher type films made strictly to shock
Buddy films and movies about friends are some of my favorites.
I love the line from Sleepless in Seattle when Meg Ryan's character and Rosie O'Donnell's character are talking and Meg Ryan says
"She looked like someone we would be friends with"
I love this line because I was thinking the same thing about Meg and Rosie's characters.....
they seemed like someone I would be friends with
Add it to my list of weird because I have on more then one occasion imagine myself inserted into a particular movie as the other friend

Don't even get me started on Sex in the City I would totally be a part of that group....
if I lived in New York, had a cool job, made lots of money and of course they were real
The friendship between Carrie and her friends is amazing....the scene where Charlotte stops Big from coming any closer to Carrie after he leaves her at the altar is so emotional and protective I cried.

The young girls in the movie Now and Then remind me so much of myself and my friends growing up

I could go on with this all day but I want to get to my "Blog Friend" of the day

Today I want to talk about Stacey over at http://wearnailpolish.blogspot.com/
Stacey is funny, irreverent and awesome
She has admitted to saying this that should not be said and this is what makes her blog a great read
You never know what Stacey is going to blog about....it could be running a marathon it could be nail polish that changes color with your mood. She has touched on serious subjects but mostly her blog is FUN!
We have done co posts which are great because we love to see the sameness and the differences in our choices.
In my real life Stacey is referred to as "My Best Blog Friend" or " BBF"
as in "I see you and your bbf did a joint post again"
If you are not already reading Stacey's blog I highly recommend you do!

So do you have a favorite friend based movie you would like to share? Or a BBF that maybe I am not yet following? If so let me know!!!!

Have a Tantalizing Tuesday!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Friend Week!

Were your ears ringing on Saturday?
 Because I was talking about all of you!
My son made his First Holy Communion on Saturday and at his party my family and I were talking about
"my blog friends"
They were sort of mocking my loyalty and blog love
but you see they don't have a blog so they have no idea!
Which is what I told them.........
They still made fun of me

I realize that I do talk about my "blog friends" an awful lot
but you are all such a great bunch of people with interesting and funny things to say

Then I had an Awesome idea

I decided to make this week Friend Week here at Serendipity's Library
All week I will talk about friendship..... in movies, books and in life
In each post I will feature a "blog friend" and explain why I read their blog posts everyday.
So to start off blog week I would like to talk about

Muriel is a French Mom living with her family in London.
I find her to be smart, funny and very interesting. She does posts on parenting as well as posts on life as a French woman learning to understand the culture of Britain. Recently she has discovered some old newspapers in her home which she has been sharing with us. I go to 40 blogspot everyday to read about Muriel's life in London because I enjoy the honesty in  the way she writes....it's like catching up with a friend. I love reading about the culture of both France and Britain.....of course now I think I am an expert much to the chagrin of my co-workers and family.
I think you will find 40 blogpost to be a must read for its aunthentic look at life, children and family.
In my circle of friends and family Muriel is referred to as my French blog friend as in....
"I read your French blog friends blog today"
So go check her out over at 40blogspot.... you can thank me later

One last thing I try to keep this blog light...there is enough anger and hatred in the world
but I would like to say to all of the families of those killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11
 I sincerely hope bin laden's death has given each of you some sort of closure.
God bless you and God bless America.

Have a Magical Monday

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