December 16, 2009 | 1 Comment

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a time to give

December 16, 2009 | Leave a comment

Library Destroyed by Fire Needs Donations

Friends–Since Lakeshore Christmas, a love story about saving the library, was published, I’ve been a magnet for stories like this. The problem is all too real. Please give what you can. –Susan
Burned books (2) by Huntsville Madison County Public Library.

On Sept. 20, 2009, the Triana Public Library (Triana, AL) was destroyed by a fire caused by an electrical problem. The entire collection was lost to either fire or water damage. As it is in every library system in America, funds are sadly limited. The library would very much appreciate book
donations to help rebuild their collection.

All genres of books are welcome – romance (and all its subgenres), YA, SFF, mystery. you name it. Books should be sent to the address below for processing into the library’s system.

ATTN: Susan Markham, Extension and Outreach

Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

915 Monroe St.

Huntsville, AL 35801

Please include a note that your donation is for the Triana Library.

Links to news reports and a Flicker photo stream of the damage are posted below. Should you have any questions about donating or wish to verify that this is a legitimate request, please feel free to contact me as listed below or Susan Markham directly at smarkham.

Links: _


a blessing

December 14, 2009 | 6 Comments

I have posted this little text before but it’s been a while. I got it again in today’s e-mail and was reminded of why I like it so much:

Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us.

the smoking dobie

December 10, 2009 | 1 Comment

Barkis loves getting out there early but he hates the cold. I’ve been sewing him little fleece jackets but he’s not spoiled. Nooo, spoiled? MY dog???


December 09, 2009 | 2 Comments

the swimming pool this morning
doesn’t look so swimmable, eh?
the mosaic fish are happy, though. Just including this shot because they’re so pretty, created by Raquel Stanek:
Barkis isn’t used to sunshine in December
Sunshine? What the heck is that?
showing off my handsome profile and natural unclipped doberman ears.

sign of hard times

December 08, 2009 | Leave a comment

It’s not the worst problem of the economic crisis, but something I see every day. The Washington State Ferries are the pride of the state, but lately, well, see for yourself. I suspect the maintenance budget is getting thinner and thinner…. It’s still a great ride, though!

feel-good music

December 07, 2009 | 1 Comment

Just listen. Trust me, it’ll do you good.

a new viral video

December 05, 2009 | 4 Comments

It’s already gone viral. The company that makes the gloves is donating money to Providence in Portland to pay for Mammograms for women in Portland.


Stay well!