Originally posted on Tara Sparling writes: Sigh. Romantic heroes. They’re so bad, they’re good. They’re angry, but nobody else will ever love you the way they do. They’re filthy rich, tragically broken, and only?YOU can fix them. What it?would be, to live with a romantic hero! Sheer heaven. Sigh. But what really happens after ‘The… via … More

just be your self

(Part II… again sharing here with Marcia’s permission. Did I leave anything out?) by Kassandra Lamb I envy writers under thirty. Not for their youth, but because they have never known a publishing world where indie publishing wasn’t a viable alternative. But I’ve heard even some younger writers make comments that indicate they think indie […]

It’s still not the full set, but I’m so happy to have five of Tim Severin’s amazing books. Tim Severin is British explorer, historian and writer now in his 70s. These books confirm that first of all he is a passionate hands-on explorer. via New Books in Sea Library: — Beach Books Blog via — increase … More

In Vulture, book critic Christian Lorentzen suggests we dispense with terms like “postmodern” and “postwar” when discussing novels, and instead analyze them relative to the presidential administrations under which they were released. What will we mean when someday we refer to Obama Lit? I think we’ll be discussing novels about authenticity, or about “problems of […] … More

I’ve been hearing & reading a recurring sentiment since the election: I can’t read fiction right now. That I hear it most commonly from those I consider “serious readers” (those who don’t read fiction strictly for entertainment or diversion), is cause for concern — as I understand both the importance they place on reading and … More

What if we’re making the wrong assumption about the “testing” happening in the story of the binding of Isaac? What if the “testing” isn’t about Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac, but is about his willingness to engage with God about what he knows to be right? via The Binding of Isaac and a Call to Argue … More

From homemade toys to party decorations, these sites inspire visitors to add a touch of whimsy (and good design) to their everyday lives. via A Dash of Color: Four Crafts and DIY Blogs to Explore — Discover

It’s still not the full set, but I’m so happy to have five of Tim Severin’s amazing books. Tim Severin is British explorer, historian and writer now in his 70s. These books confirm that first of all he is a passionate hands-on explorer. via New Books in Sea Library: — Beach Books Blog

Every day it’s the same story. Every day it’s the same stride. Sometimes I think, why doesn’t it gets over. Why I have to just fight. This sets me thinking, to answer a questions a few. Why the raindrops fall And why the grass has dew. The answers that my heart gives are beautiful and […] … More

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson … More

Silence your own unforgiving spirit and extreme self-criticism, that can steal your joy, harm your health and stunt your personal growth. Give up microwaved solutions to challenges and shortcuts to success. You can’t pull up a plant up from its roots to make it grow. The things that really matter in life take purposeful planning, […] … More

Here’s an advance look at some of the “This Day in Geographic History” (TDIGH) events coming up this week. For each date, we’ve matched it with a map or visual, background information, and a classroom activity so you can plan ahead. Monday, February 6 TDIGH: African Americans Migrate to Liberia In 1820 the American Colonization […] … More

I heard a song on a radio this morning from the movie “Notting Hill” and remembered that scene with Spike in the kitchen, dressed in a red diving outfit. via Scuba Days — Beach Books Blog

New blogger? Welcome! Share a link to your first post, say hello to other new faces, and find your first few readers. via First Friday — The Daily Post

Wild Balsam Apple Seedpod — Computer Art by kenne A spiny seed pod Left hanging dry on the vine Wild balsam apple. via Wild Balsam Apple Seedpod — Hanging Dry On The Vine — Becoming is Superior to Being

Today’s post comes from tim 50 words is not a lot its more than 40 or 30 or 20 but by the time you get done counting them they are amazingly almost gone. you must do a good job of planning the way the message is going to present itself otherwise you may end up […] … More

Today’s post comes from tim 50 words is not a lot its more than 40 or 30 or 20 but by the time you get done counting them they are amazingly almost gone. you must do a good job of planning the way the message is going to present itself otherwise you may end up […] … More

Humor blogger Nicole recounts an unfortunate incident with her smartphone: “‘Stay with me,’ I pleaded with my phone. It didn’t respond.” via The Moment I Became an Adult — Discover