Week-End Review, 10/16: Travels across the Blogiverse this week

Week-End Review, 10/16: Travels across the Blogiverse this week

 Tomorrow, my family and I will be walking a few miles  to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association at the 2009 Memory Walk in Thousand Oaks, California. We do this every year in remembrance of my mother, who passed away ten years ago this month. I’ve had a donation widget in my sidebar for a few weeks, and I’d like to say a big, public THANK YOU to everyone who has supported our […]

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Book talk: “Goldengrove,” by Francine Prose – TLC Book Tour

Disclosures: I was provided with a paperback copy of this novel for review by the publisher, via TLC Book Tours.  *The purchasing link at the end of the review goes through my Amazon Affiliates account. Goldengrove: A Novel Francine Prose Harper Perennial, 2009 (Paperback) (ISBN 0060560029 / 9780060560027) Fiction, 288 pages First sentence: “We lived on the shore of Mirror Lake, and for many years our lives were as calm and transparent as its waters. […]

Awards and ABC’s

Awards and ABC’s

I have been seriously negligent in acknowledging a few awards that have been generously bestowed on this blog, so I’d like to atone for that right now! I have already updated the “Awards Shelf” link at the top of my blog header to include them. Rather than pass these along at this late date, I invite you to visit the wonderful bloggers who shared these awards with me, and get to know them if you […]

At the movies: “The Invention of Lying”

At the movies: “The Invention of Lying”

**Disclosures: My husband and I purchased our own tickets to see this movie. The purchase earned reward points for a free movie admission on a future date, through my husband’s free membership in the Regal Cinemas Crown Club.** The Invention of Lying 2009, comedy (rated PG-13) If you’ve ever thought that the world would be a better place if people were just more honest with each other, The Invention of Lying might make you reconsider […]

Whose day? Columbus Day! Or just another Monday? (Weekend Assignment #288)

Weekend Assignment #288: Columbus Day seems to have become a largely disregarded and maligned holiday in recent years, as the dark side of the explorer’s legacy has made inroads in the public’s perception. Do you think that the voyages of Christopher Columbus still merit a national holiday? Why or why not? And if not, what holiday would you propose to replace it? Extra Credit: Did you even get Columbus Day off from work or school […]

Sunday Salon 10/11: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and other bookishness

Sunday Salon 10/11: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and other bookishness

If you’re visiting The 3 R’s for the first time via the Sunday Salon feed, welcome, and please take a look around! While you’re here, why not take a few minutes to enter one of my three 1000-Post Celebration Giveaways? They’re still open for a few more days – the last day to enter is Wednesday, October 14! Here’s what you could win (you may enter only one giveaway): #1: ARC Fiction Package These Advance […]

Week-End Review 10/9: Travels around the Blogiverse this week

Week-End Review 10/9: Travels around the Blogiverse this week

Have you entered one of my three 1000-Post Celebration Giveaways yet? They’re still open for a few more days – the last day to enter is Wednesday, October 14! Here’s what you could win (you may enter only one giveaway): #1: ARC Fiction Package These Advance Reader editions have only been read once, and are in good condition. The links are to my reviews. Restriction: The winner takes them all – no picking and choosing! […]

In Memoriam: On an anniversary, remembering a birthday

In Memoriam: On an anniversary, remembering a birthday

In connection with the American Cancer Society’s recently-launched “Campaign for More Birthdays,” members of the Silicon Valley Moms Group of regional blogs participated in a “Birthday” Topic Day on August 31. Birthdays are a big deal to me, and I decided to write about one that was particularly significant (although cancer isn’t part of the story).  My mother died of complications related to early-onset Alzheimer’s ten years ago today. I’ve written about that before, and […]

Book talk: “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway

Book talk: “The Cellist of Sarajevo,” by Steven Galloway

Disclosures: I received the paperback edition of this novel for review from the publisher, via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program. It’s been in bookstores since the Spring of 2009, so this review is far from early. *The purchasing link at the end of the review is through my Amazon Affiliates account. The Cellist of Sarajevo Steven Galloway Riverhead, 2009 (trade paperback) (ISBN 1594483655 / 9781594483653) Fiction (historical), 256 pages First sentence: “It screamed downward, splitting air […]

Ten on Tuesday: I can haz that? No, cuz I dont haz money

Ten on Tuesday: I can haz that? No, cuz I dont haz money

I haven’t really been inspired by Ten on Tuesday recently, but I thought I could have some fun with the prompt “Ten Things You Want, but Can’t Afford.” What made it especially fun is that it also inspired Tall Paul to make a list of his own and post it on the long-dormant Blogenstein! (Blogging hasn’t taken hold with him like it has with me, but he’s on Facebook much more than I am and […]

Moving right along…where to? (Weekend Assignment #287)

Moving right along…where to? (Weekend Assignment #287)

Helping a friend move inspired Karen‘s writing-topic assignment this week: Weekend Assignment #287: Do you tend to settle in one place and stay there, or do circumstances or inclination dictate that you move fairly often across the street or across the country? Do you feel you’ve found your “forever” locale, if not your “forever” home? Extra Credit: To the best of your recollection, how many times in your life have you moved? EC first, because […]

Sunday Salon #1: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and more

Sunday Salon #1: Bookkeeping, Bookmarks, and more

I’m excited to be participating in my very first Sunday Salon, after enjoying reading so many other people’s Salon posts for such a long time! If you’re visiting The 3 R’s for the first time via the Salon feed, welcome, and please take a look around! While you’re here, why not take a few minutes to enter one of my three 1000-Post Celebration Giveaways? Tuesday Thingers, hosted at Wendi’s Book Corner: “Have Your Books Been […]

Just in case you missed it…

…the (slightly re-titled) Weekend Review was posted yesterday, and has officially moved to Fridays. Beginning tomorrow, I’ll be participating in the Sunday Salon, which is where you’ll find my reading-related links and updates now. Hope to see you tomorrow, and enjoy your Saturday! Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

The Week-End Review: Travels across the blogiverse this week

The Week-End Review: Travels across the blogiverse this week

(Well, it’s nearly the end of the week, and we’re getting ready for the weekend, aren’t we?) I’m changing up the schedule around here a bit, since I have decided to join the Sunday Salon as of this weekend, which means that Saturday will become my regularly scheduled “day off” from posting. Therefore, I’m relocating the Weekend Review links post to Fridays; Bookkeeping and Bookmarks links will be included in the Sunday Salon posts. **In […]

So far to go: a travel-themed Weekend Assignment (#286)

So far to go: a travel-themed Weekend Assignment (#286)

Karen once worked for a travel agency, and travel is on her mind for this Weekend Assignment: Weekend Assignment: #286: What is the #1 place you’d like to visit that you haven’t been to yet? Do you think it’s likely that you’ll ever get there? I really don’t have big ambitions to see the world, which is pretty sad when I think about it. There are a few European countries I’d like to visit some […]