A Blue Moon for Neil Armstrong
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
By Karen Thompson Walker
This is a very imaginative coming of age novel.
Julia is dealing with the usual drama of adolescence. However, along with the social order of peers, issues of falling in love, and parental drama, she has bigger concerns.
The news reports that the rotation of the Earth seems to be slowing down. Time has shifted, causing the clocks to use the 24-hour system. Kids are going to school in the dark. Time crawls.
Beautifully written, this novel makes the reader think. It also makes you feel for a young girl who is trying to make sense of changes within herself, those around her, life, and a world that is somehow spinning very wrong.
Monday, August 27, 2012
By Lydia Netzer
This is an extremely unusual debut novel. While not my usual genre, I am glad I was given the opportunity to read and review it.
Maxon and Sunny are a young couple, raising a family in the suburbs. However, they are not your typical couple. He is a genius, on a space mission. His goal is to colonize the moon with robots. Back at home on Earth, pregnant Sunny is raising their autistic son. She is also caring for her terminally ill mother. She wants Maxon home, where he is needed. Stress is pushing their marriage to the edge.
Suddenly, the powers of the universe shift. Maxon is stranded in space. Everything is different; nothing will ever be the same.
Being raised in the developing space travel era, I watched Neil Armstrong’s legendary first steps on the moon. Even at age ten, I worried about the astronauts being stranded in space. I couldn’t help but think of David Bowie’s song “Space Oddity” and the fictitious Major Tom in the song.
Wildly imaginative and creative, this story is still intelligent. Lydia Netzer has written an emotionally charged, very unique first novel.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
~Life with the World’s Biggest Dog
By Dave Nasser, with Lynne Barrett-Lee
Giant George is an unprecedented seven feet long, almost five feet tall (at 43”), and almost 250 pounds. The Guiness Book of World Records has acknowledged him as the world’s tallest dog. It wasn’t always this way for George. He started as the smallest in his litter, even called “the runt”, when he was born in 2005.
Relocating back to his native Arizona, Dave Nasser promised his new bride Christie a puppy. It was initially a bribe of sorts. After the huge costs of the big Great Dane puppy and his super-sized supplies, Dave almost reconsidered. However, after “paws for thought”, they realized not only was George rapidly growing, so was their love for him.
Giant George has appeared on TV shows, YouTube videos, and is on Facebook. This is truly a wonderful story full of love and devotion between a dog and his people. This is how it is supposed to be.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Truth be told:
we would have no flowers or garden
without Bill and his hard work.
Bill was gifted with a green thumb,
which was nurtured by his mother
(also gifted with a green thumb).
Continually moving & going to eleven schools,
I did not grow up with gardening.
I used to help, when I was able.
However, it is Bill who is responsible
for any beauty here.
With the end of this long, hot summer,
I would like to share some of
these beautiful flowers.
Deep Purple Petunia
Exotic Asiatic Lilies
Rose of Sharon
I am very thankful for Bill,
his efforts, and the beauty
I am able to both enjoy and share
because of them.
Thank you, Bill.