|Bookish Meets Boy|
by Dianna Dann
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Wayward's Mini Reviews
Heart Spring Mountain by Robin MacArthur
A missing mother, family secrets revealed, quirky characters. This was beautifully written, but on the dull side much of the time. I skimmed a lot. I got the distinct feeling at one point that the author read The Grapes of Wrath as a teen and just had to have "a scene like that" in her own story.
My Goodreads rating: 3 stars
The Puma Years: A Memoir of Love and Transformation in the Bolivian Jungle by Laura Coleman
A wildlife rescue with, among other animals, big cats in the middle of the jungle. Imagine walking a puma! I thought it was boring in certain parts, but it has stayed with me. This was quite an amazing time in the author's life and after living through it with her, I feel inadequate--I could never do what she did. I applaud her.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
Sand by Hugh Howey
A post apocalyptic world covered in sand. Thrilling, engaging, and not a boring moment in it.
My Goodreads rating: 4 stars
The Tent, the Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy
After watching the first and only season of The Kennedy's, I had to have more. This was ridiculously hilarious. and apparently all true.
My Goodreads rating: 5 stars
Wayward on Words
More crazy words from my page-a-day Forgotten English calendar by Jeff Kacirk.
Grimgribber: A lawyer, the technical jargon used by a lawyer. From James Halliwell's Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words, 1855.
Tillyvally: A word used formerly when anything said was rejected as impertinent. As in "Tillyvally, dude, that's nonsense."
Clish-ma-claver: Silly talk; nonsense. From William Patterson's Glossary of the Counties of Antrim and Down, 1880.
Blutterbunged: Sharooshed, taken aback, surprised; disappointed, disgusted. From Harold Wentworth's American Dialect Dictionary, 1944
Rackapelterly: Riotous; noisy. From Edward Peacock's Glossary of Words Used in Corringham, Lincolnshire, 1877. There's a whole dictionary of words used in Corringham, Lincolnshire!
For more explanations of these words with related historical info, get the calendar! It's fabulous.
By Michael Earls
(For John McCormack)
June of the trees in glory,
June of the meadows gay!
O, and it works a story
To tell an October day.
Blooms of the apple and cherry
Toil for the far-off hours;
Never is idleness merry,
In song of the garden bowers.
Brooks to the sea from mountains,
Yea, and from field and vine:
Rain and the sun are fountains
That gather for wheat and wine.
Cellar and loft shall glory,
Table and hearth shall praise,
Hearing October's story
Of June and the merry days.
The Surprise at the End!
|This adorable kitty was photographed by Allen Watkin |
and the picture made available via Flickr
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