September 23 – 29 is Banned Books week, a week celebrating the freedom to read, drawing attention to banned and challenged books, and highlighting persecuted individuals or groups. Each day this week, I’ll countdown the top ten books most often challenged or removed from schools, universities, or libraries across the United States. Continue reading “Banned Books Week – #10 & #9”
It’s been a month since I’ve shined a spotlight on the glorious weirdness found in thrift stores and in that month, I’ve been gathering new photos. Creepy animals, dead-eyed dolls, and clowns. So many clowns. All odd in the way only thrift store finds can be odd. Today’s spotlight, both in weird ephemera and in book recommendation, focuses on an assortment of animals. Continue reading “Thrifty Thursday: Animals”
I was hoping to get this finished on Friday, but I ended up going in a totally different direction so here we are: a Flash Fiction Friday post on Sunday. Whatever. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ For this short, I grabbed one of Chuck Wendig‘s list of random titles. I’d thought to use The Bridge and the Rose, but after mulling it over I gravitated to The Reaper’s Rope and this story evolved. Fair warning, it’s kinda dark (What is it about Chuck’s FFF prompts that make me kill people?) but I hope you enjoy! Continue reading “Flash Fiction: The Reaper’s Rope”
Once more, I’ve braved the local thrift stores to bring you the interesting and bizarre. I’ve found creepy clowns, more porcelain dolls than a single haunted house could ever contain, and… angels. So. Many. Angels. Christmassy angels, cherubic angels, and (quite frankly) terrifying angels. Naturally, I snapped photos of the best (worst?) of the bunch to present to you! I’ll pair them up with a pair of thrifty books containing angels and their natural enemies, demons. Check it out. Continue reading “Thrifty Thursday: Angels and Demons”
In what I hope to become a regular feature (if I don’t wander off again), I’m combining two of my favorite things: thrift store finds and book sales. A note for those who aren’t familiar with me. I love thrift stores, adore them. I buy stuff there as gifts for others, supplies for crafts, clothing because… c’mon, $3 for a shirt with the tags still on it?, and books. All the books! So, when I poke fun at the stuff found at thrift stores, I’m not trying to be mean or making a comment on those who shop there out of financial necessity. However, if you’ve ever gone to a thrift store, you know there are always a few… shall we say unusual items. Those are the true gems and what I hope to target. So… today, I focus on shoes!
Continue reading “Thrifty Thursday: Shoes & Shifters”
2017 has been hard. Hubby’s job fizzled and he was stuck searching for a job without warning in a very expensive area to live. When none of the possibilities moved fast enough, we had to leave the PNW that we loved to return to the southeast (which isn’t quite so beloved). Even reading wasn’t easy. Most of the books I read were re-reads of previous favorites while the new books failed to wow me. Continue reading “Monday Mumbles: End of Year Recap 2017”