Friday, September 02, 2016

One Novel


Black Iron Mercy by Eric Schlehlein. 1881 in small town Wisconsin and Civil War veteran Arlis wants to forget the war. When others start telling falsehoods about the war and his infantry unit Arlis has to step forward.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Three Novels and Lynyrd Skynyrd


Rushing Waters by Danielle Steel. A romance. I guess. I still have never read a Steel novel. At least not that I know of. Maybe Steel penned something under another name and I loved it. I used to read the shoot'em series by Andy McNab and all those were ghost written. A couple of them were very, very good but I do not know the names of the real writers.

Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke. It's been a while since I've read one of Burke's novels. I haven't read any of his daughter's novels either.  She shows up in my Facebook feed sometimes when someone else I am "freinds" with comments or shares her posts. I think she lives in NYC.

A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny. This series has been a big deal ever since the first book came out in 2006. I read that novel, Still Life, but not enough to continue the series. I should try it again. These are set in Quebec. I have been to Quebec. Oh, wait! I have been to NYC if the airport counts. I had a plane transfer when I was traveling to Finland as an exchange student.

Long Ago Recorded Music Is Manipulated By Computers Into Slightly Different Sounds and Recorded Onto Plastic Discs That Carry the Digital Encoding That Allows Fancy Machines to Play Those Sounds Through Speakers

Lynyrd Skynyrd by Lynyrd Skynyrd. Floridians sings songs of rock'n'roll. This is a three disc set we split into separate discs. There are studio tracks, live tracks, and demo tracks.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Cooking, Marl Crilley, and Other Things


How to Build Bookcases and Bookshelves edited by Scott Francis.  Woodworking projects with directions.  Including the "four-hour bookcase". In Gerard Time that means "24-hour bookcase". Especially if I have to cut dados and rabbets.

Mastering Manga 3: power up with Mark Crilley. I met Crilley when he visited my library system in Arizona. I really enjoyed his Akiko series of graphic novels. This is an instructional guide. He also does instructional videos online. I don't draw, I just ran across the videos once.

From Tweens to Teens: the parents' guide to preparing girls for adolescence by Maria Clark Fleshood. Incorporating rituals into your family life to help girls succeed and age.

Programming Arduino: getting started with sketches by Simon Monk.

Best Dollar Saving Dinners by Monica Sweeney. Page 50 says, "Preheat the oven to 450°F."

The Confident House Hunter:a home inspector's tips for finding your perfect house by Dylan Chalk. Page 156 says, "Buried oil tanks my be present - this was a common heat source."

The Chocolate Lover's Cookbook by Christina Dymock. Page 48 says, "Add the sugar and beat well."

Everyday Cakes, Pies, and Cookies by Gooseberry Patch. Page 190 says, " Top with remaining apple pieces."

The Science of Parenting, 2nd Edition by Margot Sunderland.  Page 133 says, " Point out the wonders of the world."

Make-Ahead Kitchen by Annalise Thomas. Page - What?! No page numbers?!

A Bunch of Education Books


Preschool Math at Home: simple activities to build the best possible foundation for your child by Kate Snow. Multiple activities for counting and learning numbers.

50 Successful Stanford Application Essays by Gene and Kelly Tanabe. I know a kid who was seriously bummed when his early admission app was turned down by Stanford a couple years ago. He was in a funk for a couple months. He then visited M.I.T. and loved the place and the people. Now he rarely goes back home - even for Christmas and summer.

Ultimate Guide to America's Best Colleges 2017. Let's look up Gustavus Adolphus. Holy Mackerel! Tuition is $39,550. Zoinks!

SAT 2017. DO you remember your SAT score? I sure don't. I suppose it was an OK score, but obviously not good enough to remember.

ASVAB Premier 2017-2018. Six practice tests. I have never taken an ASVAB exam. I am tempted to try a practice exam but fear getting a low score and feeling like a fool.

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2017. Including the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards Program (p.201) and Polish National Alliance Scholarship (p. 643).

ACT 2017. I do not remember my ACT score either. It was decent but not great.

How to Get Money for College 2017.  I randomly opened a page and found the listing for Linfield College. I applied for a library job there almost 20 years ago. A few years after applying for that job I found my introductory letter in an old computer. Wow, was that letter a stinker; just plain awful.