Mirror: More Than Meets the Eye Part 1

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Mirror

 

A trick of the eye, a slant of the light.  It’s an amateur photographer trapped in a vase. gah!

It’s dual image is free of this ghostly apparition. Is that fair. If my reflection is going to haunt one image, it shouldn’t just go half way. pfft.

Remembering B rated movies of the ’60s,and wondering of ‘ghostly apparition’is too redundant,and that,is my best reflection, apparently, my friends.

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Something Rare The Humble Sunflower

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Has it really been 3 years since I planted the seed. It’s memory is firmly rooted in my mind.
Fall flowers, particularly the sunflower. Look for it before the pumpkin gets fat, and hold it in a jar on all hallows eve.

The humble sunflower stands tall, head and shoulders above the rest. Chummy with the scarecrow, sharing sunflower grace.

A jewel. A celestial sigh, for the living. A balm for the soul and seed for the birds.

The last of summer’s kiss. A bowing of its crown before a long winter ahead.

August Reading Must Haves

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Historical Fiction

Orphan Train , New York times best seller, written by Christina Baker Kline. It is a historical novel, portraying the experience of Vivian, an Irish immigrant, who as a child rode the orphan train after losing her parents in a tragic accident.

More than 120,000  abandoned children were placed in homes between 1853 and the early 1900’s. You can read more about this part of American history at The Children’s Aid Scocity.org

 

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Historical Fiction

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia.An amazing  author to inspire children and adults alike. One crazy summer is a Newbery Honor novel.

From the back cover; “One Crazy Summer is a heartbreaking, funny tail of three girls who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 in search of the mother who abandoned them.”

 “I just took the box and nodded, because that’s how you treat crazy people. You nod and count down twenty-seven days for crazy to come to an end.”
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer

 

 

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Inside Out & Back Again by Harper Collins

A Newbery Honor book. Inspired by the author’s childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama.

From the back of the book;”For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope.

This is the moving story of one girl’s year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one  country to another, one life to the next.”

I love to read. I especially love to read historical novels.  I learn something new. I might understand something better. I can empathize more fully and hopefully become a better person because of it.

 

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Military Techno-Thriller Time


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Before I begin, and just for fun, try saying techno-thriller trilogy, 3 times really fast.
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A little about me

I am an avid book reader. I love paper books. I love the smell of new ink and paper. I like the physical feel of books and I have  too many books on my wish list for a lifetime but I downloaded the free Amazon desktop app.  Visiting Amazon today, I see a 99 cent trilogy. I am very tempted to download it how many book lists does one person need?

I can’t ignore my  itchy  trigger finger. You know what I’m talking about. The temptation that says,” You can have a trilogy for under a buck, and they’re good.” “Why Not?”

According to the reviews, I can’t go wrong. So what am ‘I’ waiting for. Here I am blogging about it. I didn’t blog about the car salesmen who sold me a car for more than I’m worth.

They say Libra’s can’t make up their mind and can’t make a definitive decision. Is that really fair?  Maybe it is self-preservation. Maybe if I order one cheap e-book, then I won’t be able to stop?

Like the car salesman, I’ve got to have someone forcing my hand, apparently.

The trilogy I want is called,  Plague Wars: Infection Day:  by David VanDyke  A military , techno-thriller, apocalyptic page turner. Yes, it’s true, Patchouli Flowers likes the apocalyptic genre, not exclusively, but yeah, totally readable. When the world is a little crazy, it’s good to read something crazier. You feel like,” Yeah, I got this.”

I just saw a reviewer compare the character Skull to Jack Reacher! I hope they are reaching because I’m not a fan of Reacher. Just say’in. I suppose if you are a Jack Reacher fan, you’ll like this. There is another reviewer who thinks the author’s writing style is  compared to Tom Clancy. It is quite a leap between Child and Clancy, don’t you think?

By the way,I wonder if it annoys the authors to be compared to other writers? I would want to be singular, and run the risk of seeming ungrateful, and not a very gracious receiver of a compliment.I think authors want to be respected on their own merits, but what do I know about fame or recognition? Nothing.

Lastly,I don’t see many bad reviews, and the issues I did see were not writing style, but a placement in time, and genre label. I think I can deal with that. It’s fiction and exciting to most people who read it.

I think, I’m going to do it.I think I am going to buy it. I did it! I got my e-wallet out and I downloaded Plague Wars Trilogy for .99    I’m so excited!

I should mention, if you don’t want to pay the .99, you can get a free trial of Kindle unlimited for one month, and even schedule the disconnect right on the website. I already participated in the unlimited trial, and it was great and easy to do. Easy to cancel too. No problems.

The free link is here. Enjoy!
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8/14-16 Update:
Last night,I did indeed download Plague Wars. I fell asleep before I could read it, but I know I will like it.  I hope everyone enjoys August’s attic, as much as I do finding fun things to share.

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The Casual Bicycle

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For a couple of years now, I’ve seen bikes that evoke memories of my bike as a child. Do you remember the bikes with banana seats? Room enough to ride two? When I was a kid, my cousin and I would ride twosome down the street, to the corner A&W and bought something. I can’t remember the treats, but I do remember the bike ride, and the way we would outmaneuver the neighborhood dogs, that thought to nip on our heels.

I am ashamed to say it, but the bikes I had as a teen and young adult, with all those speeds that meant nothing to me over, 3rd gear, hunched over looking at the concrete, or straining your neck upward to see where you were going, not to mention the man rail. Did never love THAT bike.

Lately,seeing the market changing to accommodate the casual bike rider, it seems I am not alone in my apathy for the bike that offers too much. Instead, here is a bike that features a step through frame with one speed, or no speed, that’s my thing.I thought,” This is a bike I could see me riding.”  I live in a suburb, so there isn’t anywhere to go, unless I want to gawk at other peoples houses, but it’s nice to know, that if  ever wanted that nostalgic feeling again, ( minus the dogs nipping at me) there is a bicycle marketed for me!

 

 

“Date A Girl Who Reads” By Rosemarie Urquico

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

Rosemarie Urquico