28 Mar 2020, 5:27am
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Cornucopia: Brooks and Streams

Brooks and Streams

By Kate Chamberlin

 

The billabong efflux originated on the Fairfield University Campus, ducked under Wakeman Road, sluiced through the culvert, and gushed into the brook traversing Nana’s Fairfield, CT backyard. She dubbed us the Eager Beavers, because, we had re-arranged the stones from the bottom and sides of the brook to dam up the stream. The resulting mini-pond riffled with little frogs.

I sprawled on my belly in the verdant, green grass under the lush grape vine. Slender blades of Red Fescue tickled my nose, but My 8ine-year old brother told me I had to stay stock still or he wouldn’t let me play the game with him. So, I dared not sneeze or squirm; not an easy feat for a 5-year old.

Behind me, the lawn stretched to the steep rise to the chunky granite steps up to my Grandmother’s back porch. My brother hunkered down on my right, beside the wheel barrow Pappy had left near the grape vines. The little black dog, Cindy, on my left, was poised to pounce and intently stared at the quarry. Could we catch it?

after waiting still and silent like statues for ages, my brother and the dog lunged at the same time. My brother grabbed at a frog, Cindy charged in front of him to snatch the snake that had been hiding in the grass with us.

Our Game of Frogs lost its appeal. We returned the stones to the banks, allowing Nana’s brook to babble on to become the neighbor’s plashing stream.

 

 

28 Mar 2020, 5:26am
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Kate’s 2¢: “Beat the clock: Amelia Bedelia & friends, book 1” by Herman Parish

“Beat the clock: Amelia Bedelia & friends, book 1” by Herman Parish

 

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

I remember how my 3rd Graders loved to read Amelia Bedelia; then, my own children enjoyed her misadventures and, finally, my grandchildren groan with the literal interpretations of Amelia Bedelia.

It’s still fun to share Amelia Bedelia’s life and times. Thank you, Herman Parish for picking up the pen to salute Amelia Bedelia.

 

From the website:

Herman S. Parish III is an American children’s writer, the current author of Amelia Bedelia children’s books and the nephew of the series creator Peggy Parish.

Having grown up with his aunt’s tales of Amelia’s humorous misadventures, Herman decided to carry on the legacy after his aunt’s death in 1988.

Herman Parish was in the fourth grade when his aunt, Peggy Parish, wrote the first book about Amelia Bedelia. The lovable, literal-minded housekeeper has been a member of his family ever since. Peggy Parish died in 1988.

 

From NLS/BARD/LOC:

Beat the clock: Amelia Bedelia & friends, book 1 DB97332

Parish, Herman. Reading time: 1 hour, 13 minutes.

Read by Brittany Pressley.

 

Friendship Fiction

School Fiction

 

In celebration of the one hundredth birthday of Oak Tree Elementary, Amelia Bedelia’s town throws a party. They even plan to dig up and open a time capsule that was buried for an entire century!Commercial audiobook. For grades 2-4. 2019.

27 Mar 2020, 7:50am
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Cornucopia: Quarantined (acrostic)

Quarantined (acrostic)

By Kate Chamberlin

 

 

Quietude of profound solitude

Understand the necessity of social distance

Ask myself and answer Philosophical questions

Re-edit old stories and poems

Anxious about other family members

Need to have accurate information to allay fear

Thankful for husband’s companionship

Internet down-load of books to read for my blog

Nine months from now, another baby boom?

Early detection of breast cancer

Death by cancer or Covid19?  Eeny, meeny, mynee, moe.

 

27 Mar 2020, 7:49am
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Kate’s 2¢: Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson

“Land of Wolves” by Craig Johnson

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

“Land of Wolves” is set in northern Wyoming, where Walter Longmire is sheriff of the fictional county of Absaroka. The descriptions of the snow covered Big Horn Mountain views and environs are impressive.

The voice of the narrator, George Guidall, certainly lent audio to the physical and mental pains the semi-hurt/healing Walt was feeling. The “older” voice added credibility to why Walt’s wound hurt and the contemplation about when to retire.

This is a well-crafted narrative arc that keeps the reader trying to fit the clues together to solve the suicide, or was it murder?

 

From www.craigallenjohnson.com

Craig Allen Johnson is an American novelist of mystery novels set in the West. His series is the Walt Longmire series.    Johnson became a published author in 2004 when he began the Walt Longmire series with The Cold Dish.

 

From NLS/BARD/LOC”

Land of wolves DB97044

Johnson, Craig. Reading time: 8 hours, 11 minutes.

Read by George Guidall.

 

Mystery and Detective Stories; Western Stories

 

Still recovering from the harrowing events in Depth of Winter (DB 92275), Sheriff Walt Longmire investigates what may or may not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd in Absaroka County, and he becomes more and more empathetic towards an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

 

26 Mar 2020, 5:11am
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Cornucopia: Chores Are Fun

 

Chores Are Fun!

by Kate Chamberlin

I’m a little robot,

Short and squat;

Here is my start button,

Here is my solar battery.

Just bop my head,

I’ll  vacuum the floor,

scrub the tub,

and dust the hall.

Chores are such fun.

I Toot my horn,

Blink my lights,

and squeak my wheels.

May my chores  never be done.

 

 

26 Mar 2020, 5:10am
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Cornucopia: Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

By Kate Chamberlin

 

The rain splats across the window,

Thunder rumbles ominous and low.

Pull the covers back up to your chin,

It will be a good day to stay in.

The plip plopping of a rain drop

Cascading from flower anther to leaf top,

Is like the lively volley of the tennis game

That will be postponed -what a shame.

Fill your mug with tea and cream,

Enter a realm of thought and dream.

Reach for the long forgotten book,

Curl up in a warm, cozy nook.

25 Mar 2020, 4:07pm
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Kate’s 2¢: “Don’t Eat Me” by Colin Cotterill

“Don’t Eat Me” by Colin Cotterill

 

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

Just as “The Wolf and The Watchman” by Niklas Natt och Dag opens with the Watchman pulling a torso out of the polluted water  and the hunt is on, “Don’t Eat Me” begins with the discovery of a skeleton, who we just heard whimper, “Don’t Eat Me”.

How’s that for a good hook!?

The story takes place in Laos, a country whose culture, values, and ethos are not well known. It took me a little bit to distinguish who the various characters were, as the names and pronunciation  of them  were similar.

A very engaging story with suggestions on how to assist in several of our world’s major issues, such as the decimation of tigers, the illegal sale of other exotic animals, children into the sex trade, and discrimination against people who are different.

 

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Colin Cotterill (born 2 October 1952) is a British-Australian novelist of crime fiction, as well as being a cartoonist. He writes the Dr. Siri Paiboun and the Jimm Juree series. Colin was born in London, but has worked as a P.E. instructor in Israel, as a teacher in Australia, a counselor…He spent several years in Laos, initially with UNESCO and wrote and produced a forty-programme language teaching series; English By Accident, for Thai national television.

Cotterill became involved in child protection in the region and set up an NGO in Phuket which he ran for the first two years. After two more years of study in child abuse issues, and one more stint in Phuket, he moved on to ECPAT, an international organisation combating child prostitution and pornography.

 

From NLS/BARD/LOC:

Don’t eat me DB96084

Cotterill, Colin. Reading time: 7 hours, 58 minutes.

Read by Clive Chafer.

 

Mystery and Detective Stories

 

Between getting into a tangle with a corrupt local judge and discovering a disturbing black-market business, Dr. Siri and his friend Inspector Phosy already have their hands full. Then the skeleton of a woman appears under the Anusawari Arch in the middle of the night. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

 

25 Mar 2020, 4:06pm
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Kate’s 2¢: “Many A Twist” by Sheila Connolly

“Many A Twist” by Sheila Connolly

 

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

A gentle read with interesting characters.

 

From the Web:

Connolly was born in Rochester, New York, and since then has lived in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, California, and Massachusetts. In 1972 she graduated with honors from Wellesley College, then earned a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Harvard University. When art history jobs proved elusive, she obtained an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has worked as an art historian, a municipal financial advisor for U.S. cities and states, a non-profit fundraiser for institutions and two statewide political campaigns, and a professional genealogist. She has included elements of all of these in her mysteries.

Connolly is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

The Glassblowing Mystery series was written under the pen name Sarah Atwell.

Currently she lives in southeastern Massachusetts.

 

From NLS/BARD/LOC:

Many a twist: County Cork mystery series DB96033

Connolly, Sheila. Reading time: 8 hours, 25 minutes.

Read by Amy Rubinate.

 

Mystery and Detective Stories

 

Pub owner Maura Donovan hasn’t seen her mother for more than twenty years, until she returns with a job at the Crann Mor hotel. But when the hotel’s owner is found dead–dumped down the hillside behind the hotel–Maura must investigate to clear her mother’s name. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2018.

24 Mar 2020, 5:44am
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Kate’s 2¢: “The Wedding Gift” by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

“The Wedding Gift” by Marlen Suyapa Bodden

 

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

 

 

   Initially, this story seems to be a trope of man’s inhumanity to man, where the mean white plantation owner misuses and abuses his Black slaves, the spoiled rich, white girl gets everything she wants, the mulatto childhood playmate is given to her half-sister as a wedding gift to be her maid, and eventually, the plot twist includes vengeance.

   It is amazing to hear how many voices Jenna Lamia brought to reading “The Wedding Gift”. She portrayed the very Black dialogues to the Brown patois, to the White’s careless southern drawl.

I enjoyed this book as a fictional record of the American culture that shouldn’t be repeated. Will we ever learn that all humans bleed red blood?

 

from www.marlenbodden.com

Marlen Suyapa Bodden is a lawyer at The Legal Aid Society in New York City – the nation’s oldest law firm for the poor – and an anti-war activist. She drew on her knowledge of modern and historical human rights abuses to write ARROWS OF FIRE, her second novel, and THE WEDDING GIFT, an international Wall Street Journal bestseller. Marlen is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Tufts University. She enjoys hiking and climbed to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Marlen was born in Honduras and immigrated with her family to the U.S.A. She was raised in the Bronx and resides in Connecticut with her husband, Timothy Rogers.

 

From NLS/BARD/LOC”

The wedding gift DB98159

Bodden, Marlen Suyapa. Reading time: 10 hours, 38 minutes.

Read by Jenna Lamia.

 

Historical Fiction

 

Sarah Campbell is an enslaved woman who has been given as a wedding present to her half-sister Clarissa Allen and Clarissa’s new husband. But Clarissa’s husband sends them back home to avoid scandal, upending the family’s standing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2013.

24 Mar 2020, 5:43am
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Kate’s 2¢: “The life and adventures of Frank Grouard chief of scouts USA” by Joseph De Barthe

“The life and adventures of Frank Grouard chief of scouts USA” by Joseph De Barthe

(Not to be confused with Bendell, Don “Chief of scouts Books 1-3”)

 

Kate’s 2¢: There is a plethora of in-depth biographies of authors and reviews of their books, that state the title, author, published date, and genre; as well as,     describing what the book is about, setting, and character(s), so, Kate’s 2¢ merely shares my thoughts about what I read.  I’m just saying…

 

I’m glad to be living in this day and age.

 

From the web:

Well, I found a lot of books by Joseph De Barthe, but nothing about his life.

 

NLS/BARD/LOC:

The life and adventures of Frank Grouard, chief of scouts, U.S.A. DB20061

De Barthe, Joseph. Reading time: 13 hours, 33 minutes.

Read by Ken Kliban.

 

Biography

U.S. History

 

First published in 1894, an account of the courageous life of Scout Grouard. Captured by the Indians for a long period, he recorded the long history of the Sioux nation. Classics of the Old West.

 

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