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When Does a Book Become “Literature” or a “Classic”?

Hubby and I stopped at Savers yesterday. We like to pop in now and again, a habit that has carried over from our business, when we were looking for mid-century modern housewares and décor to clean up for resale. My favorite part of the store, no surprise here, is the book section. I typically wind up finding (relatively) current fiction to purchase. Yesterday’s find was “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell, a book that was recommended…

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art family history reading

Seventeen – Another Novel Based on History

I posted a few weeks ago about a novel I read, “The Art Forger,” that was based on a historical event, the theft of numerous works of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Since that time, I have read another novel based on a historical event. This one is called “Seventeen” by Hideo Yokoyama. I found a hardcover copy at a local dollar store and was so taken with the cover art and description…

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ideas observations

Resume on Wheels

Hubby and I were out and about yesterday, running some errands. At one point, we were stopped at a traffic light, waiting for it to turn green, sitting behind a pickup truck. The tailgate of the black pickup was filled with text. Quite a lot of text. In columns even. It appeared to be a documentation of the owner’s entire time in military service, where they served and what years, along with the training they…

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family process recipe tips

Swedish Meatballs with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Substitutions

Swedish Meatballs with Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Substitutions From the kitchen of Jan Warner With gluten-free & dairy-free substitutions and additional instructions by Erik & Mary Warner Ingredients 3 pounds ground beef 1 ½ pounds ground veal or lamb 1 ½ pounds ground pork 2 eggs 1 finely chopped onion Crackers or breadcrumbs (use gluten-free bread, like Canyon Bakehouse, or cooked quinoa as gluten-free substitute) Milk (use oat milk or almond milk as dairy-free substitute) Nutmeg to…

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family health

The Mother of All Sore Throats

It started with a scratchy throat, nasal congestion, and a bit of a cough last Tuesday. Have y’all noticed during this pandemic that anytime you come down with symptoms that seem like a cold, the flu, or allergies, surely you’ve got Covid? Even though I’ve been vaccinated and boosted, with the Omicron variant running around, I figured I’d better take a test. We had a box of at-home tests, so I took one and tested…

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