Saturday, June 30, 2012

Baby Boomer Author and Review

Sometimes a book comes along that deserves more than just a review. When that happens I will generally head to my profile on the Squidoo platform to create and publish a lens (web page) for the book in hand.

Growing Up In Boom Times warranted more than a book review from me. That said, you can read all I have to say about this baby boomer gem of an author and book by visiting Growing Up In Boom Times by Author Chris Brockman.

I will, of course, be updating this lens frequently. In the meantime, I would appreciate your thoughts in the comment section here and/or on the lens itself.

Have you read the book

This being my newest Squidoo lens, I will be linking this post up with HOP and SQUIDOO over at Marsha's Spot. If you Squidoo, blog hop along with us!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Horse in Heat

I am almost finished with the reading of "Horses Who Eat Potatoes: And Other Truer-than-life Stories of "The Other Family Doctor" but thought I would share another excerpt with you before writing my book review. (Which should be posted over the weekend.)

Sharing 100 words from page 154 of the chapter "Beyond the Book":

"...There is an injection in horses that will bring them into "heat" so that they can be bred. It will also cause an early loss of a baby, if given in the first few weeks of a pregnancy.
     A "friend" of mine called and said her stallion had gotten loose with the neighbor's mare and she wanted me to come give this injection. As the story unfolded, I began to get the uneasy feeling that she was going to want me to come out "on the sly", without the mare owner's knowledge, to give the medication.
     I told her I..."

  • Did the mare receive the injection?
  • What would you do in this situation?
  • Did you know there was an injection to bring a horse into heat?
  • How do you feel about the use of this medication for horses?

Previously shared WoW 100 Words from this same book:
Horses Who Eat Potatoes

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Pearl of Wisdom

Today I wish to share a pearl of wisdom with you, found amid the re-reading of my favorite of the classics. There are ever so many gems penned within the covers of this book!

I share exactly 100 words from page 37 of my faded and worn copy of The Pearl by author John Steinbeck.

"...But now, by saying what his future was going to be like, he had created it. A plan is a real thing, and things projected are experienced. A plan once made and visualized becomes a reality along with other realities—never to be destroyed but easily to be attacked. Thus Kino's future was real, but having set it up, other forces were set up to destroy it, and this he knew, so that he had to prepare to meet the attack. And this Kino knew also—that the gods do not love men's plans, and the gods do not love success unless..."

Published in 1947; still, Steinbeck's words of wisdom ring timeless and true.

What is your favorite book title of the classics?

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Horses Who Eat Potatoes

Horses who eat what? Yes, I said potatoes! Well, I did not say it per se, Corry Key, D.V.M., said it. Key is the author of Horses Who Eat Potatoes: And Other Truer-than-life Stories of "The Other Family Doctor".

It is with great pleasure that I share with you a few words from this treasure of a book. I will be sharing 100 words from page 22, midway through the book's title story of veterinarian Key's collection of stories...

     "Oh, she don't kick," I heard her owner say.
     (Now, if I had a dollar for all the times I heard that lie over the years, I'd be a rich woman today.)
     I reached for the tail again, slower this time, and both hind feet came up, not in warning, missing my right knee by a fraction of an inch. I managed to see that the mare had a tear in her perineal area (the area just under her tail) from the birth of her foal. Well, I thought, there is no way I can work on this horse in these conditions!

Sounds like the same old "My dog doesn't bite." tale many of us have heard a time or two!

As a registered book reviewer for, I received a free copy of Horses Who Eat Potatoes from the author in exchange for my honest review and while the full book review will be forthcoming, I did want to share a bit of my reading of the book with you.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Books Make Great Tips

Previously a server I often received some great tips; some monetary and some worth more than mere money. A few months ago one of my guests was reading while eating his breakfast. Of course, I inquired about the book he was reading and friendly conversation ensued. When the guest left and I was clearing the table I was delighted to see he had left me the book with a couple of dollars tucked inside like a bookmarker. Books make great tips! (Especially when the bookmarker is cash!)

Sharing 100 words from Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love by Valetta Steel Crumley, page 151 of chapter 8, "Reasons of the Heart":

Another Valley, Another Victory, Another Love
"As I share my testimony in churces, homes, and at women's retreats, the question I am most often asked is: "After all you've been through--losing a child to leukemia, a husband to Hodgkin's disease, the sudden death of your two remaining children in an automobile accident--after all that, how can you retain your faith in a loving God? How can you go on smiling, praising the Lord, talking about his goodness? It doesn't make sense."
I answer that nowhere in Scripture are we told that because we are God's children we will be spared the harsh realities of human life."


What are your thoughts on belief or non-belief of God as pertains specifically to the topic of the suffering of humanity? Do life happenings test your faith in a god?


Do you think books make great tips? Have you ever given or received a book as a tip for sevice?


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