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  1. Thanks for this, Kareni. I just got four of the titles listed.
  2. Thank you, VC :) And since we're talking food I'll expound on the lowly shallot. More refined cousin to the onion, small but more vocal than the leek or chive, the oft-passed over shallot is rocking my culinary world these days. I know it's a fave of cooks but as the past few years have seen my cooking go from innovative to pedestrian to keep up with the demands of a very active homeschool schedule involving lots of commutes so such refinements have been missing. Things have eased up a tiny bit in the commute/hs regard and I'm refinding my cooking chops. Latest fave is lacinato kale chopp
  3. Hi Friends, It's been a long while since I posted but something inspired me to return to TWT boards only to find it in the middle of a massive changeover. But here I am after chatting a little with some of my BaW friends who directed me to this thread. It's encouraging to see so many familiar names posting. I'm in a non-fiction mode right now, immersed in several at once. Witches and Pagans :: Women in European Folk Religion 700-1100 by Max Dashu. Lady of the Beasts :: The Goddess and Her Sacred Animals by Buffie Johnson The Runes Revealed :: An (Un) Familiar Journey by I
  4. Not much of a reading week for me. Finishing up with The World's Wife which I thoroughly enjoyed. Started Alphabet of Thorn and am liking it so far. Leaving you with a poem by Carol Ann Duffy from The World's Wife. Pope Joan After I learned to transubstantiate unleavened bread into the sacred host and swung the burning frankincense till blue-green snakes of smoke coiled round the hem of my robe and swayed through those fervent crowds, high up in a papal chair, blessing and blessing the air, nearer to heaven than cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, being Vicar of Rome, having mad
  5. Kindle daily deal at $1.99 is The Other Einstein. Just be aware that Audible has now automatically checked the 'include audio version' to each kindle book so if you don't want the audio version you need to manually uncheck each order. A bit sneaky on their part. Stacia, your book arrived :hurray: Thank you, my dear. Looking forward to delving in. Sigh, to be in a geographical position able to write such a phrase ;)
  6. It's a slow book week here. But the familia is thoroughly engrossed in the Merlin series. I imagine most of you have already seen it as it's several years old but we are new to it and it's proving to be good fun and something all of us enjoy. I am continuing to read The World's Wife by Carol Ann Duffy. A poem every few days. I didn't realize she was the first female Scottish Poet Laureate in its 400 year history. Her poem Mrs. Midas is wonderful, full of evocative and visceral images and phrases like, Now the garden was long and the visibility poor, the way the dark of the ground seem
  7. Finished two books last week, The Palace of Illusions, excellent. And Uprooted, very good but I need to go back and reread the last part. All of a sudden it became plot-driven at an alarming pace and I'm left a bit confused about a few things. Not sure what next. No energy to choose or post book covers. Dinner is in the oven for ds. He's currently memorizing his lines for Twelfth Night. Dh is at a friend's watching the Superb Owl as we don't have a tv. I've just been out with the pup for a hike on the ridge. Elements were wild with life force and power. Soaked it in while little pup
  8. I don't know, the Patricia Wrede books looked like YA to me and I believe that's her target audience. However I would have thought Uprooted to be YA until I got towards the end of the book and one scene in particular, likely the one that made you think twice about your daughter having read it. I'm looking forward to The Bear and the Nightingale. But what I like about Uprooted is that it doesn't feel formulaic despite being a "fantasy-fairy-tale". An amalgamation of tales perhaps such that there are lots of unexpected twists and turns.
  9. The Lyra Novels, all five of them--Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, The Harp of Imach Thyssel, Caught in Crystal, and The Raven Ring--are a kindle deal today, at $3.99 I'm in the homestretch with Uprooted which I'll likely finish today. Loving it!
  10. Prairie Song, my thoughts are with you and your family :grouphug:
  11. Imbolc Blessings to you all on this day to celebrate Brigid or Saint Brigid depending on your leanings, pagan or religious. She of the flame of inspiration, the maiden earth, spring buds and the forge. Ds and I made Brigid crosses the other day out of yarn since we didn't have any reeds handy nor even the more prosaic pipe cleaners. I love that my teen ds jumped in to the project with enthusiasm. Ooh, can't wait, thank you! I need to scan my shelves for something you might like. Our tastes are pretty different but there are a few lovely intersections. Speaking of which, I'm thor
  12. Ha! I have such fond memories of this stuff. My mom would make it in a blue and white Maxwell House coffee can, Boston Brown Bread it was called, sweet, dark, and moist from molasses. She'd only make it once or twice a winter and always with homemade baked beans and only when it was super cold. She'd put the beans on in the morning and set the bread to bake early in the afternoon and our anticipation would grow with the wonderful rich smell filling the house. I can remember one particular time having been out all day long in a sub-freezing Canadian winter wonderland, tobogganing, making snow f
  13. Ds just finished this and gives it two thumbs up as long as you've read the two books preceding it.
  14. Ha and thank you! This and a couple others of hers have been on my tbr list for awhile now after I heard an interview with her on onbeing. Will be interested to hear what you think. She mentioned her mother leaving her the journals and her reaction upon finding them blank. It's kind of a marvelous koan, really.
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