Monthly Archives: August 2013

Wine and Words 2013 (The recap)

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Over the past 6 months you may have heard off and on this blog about Wine and Words.  This was a small idea as a fundraiser for our Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library that went from a “maybe” to a full-blown event, largely part of my absence from the blogesphere. 

We held the event on Friday August 23rd with 5 wonderful authors gracing us with witty conversation and peaks into their mind about their latest book, writing, and life as an author.

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William Kent Krueger and his wife joined us and wow…. what a down to earth fun guy.  I have never spent time with him before and found him to be humble and delightful. He wowed the crowd.  He spoke about his newest books, Ordinary Grace and Tamarack County (which just released a week ago today).

 

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Lorna Landvik emceed our evening and we could not have picked a better person to wrap our event with humor and great intros of our authors.  She was a gift as once she started the program – I was free to do whatever was needed as she totally had this. 

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Sarah Pekkanen (SSSQQQUUUEEEEE!) and Wendy Webb were awesome!  Sarah’s newest book, The Best Of Us came out in April and Wendy Webb’s The Fate Of Mercy Alban (centered around the Glensheen mansion in Duluth MN) was an author you wanted to hear more about. 

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Sandra Brannan always sweet always so down to earth you cant help but love her was a fun addition to the group.  She talked books and bloggers (YAY!) and she had the Bookies stand up (they adore her!)

Our goal for this evening out at the Beautiful Arrowwood Lodge was 100 people.  That night we had 177 excited women and men join us for our debut event.  The room was filled with book lovers. 

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We had so much fun!  We had dinner, listened to the authors, a silent auction, and we sold ducks for $5 for people to see who was the “lucky duck” and won a Kindle Fire. Free wine was offered during the social hour.

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One of my favorite moments of the evening was when we were done with the event and Gail (my right hand in this venture) and I made our way to the bar area to check on our authors and we found them all together in a booth chatting away like old friends.  I nudged Gail and said “Oh look!  They are bonding!!!”

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The numbers are still coming in, we did receive 20% of the book sales that night.  And I think we are safe to say we cleared over $5000.  😀

I have been tired all weekend – but good tired.  Cant wait to see what is going to happen next year!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. While I am no longer offering up the giveaway incentive, I do hope you will still see the value of visiting other participants and seeing what they are reading- be warned though… this meme tends to add to your reading lists :D

Well Wine and Words was this past Friday and it was a HUGE success! I was hoping to post about it earlier today but I have hardly been home in a week and between catching up on house duties and groceries and then spending time with my neglected husband, that post will have to wait until Tuesday.  Cant wait to share it with all of you! 😀

I believe that now that the big time consuming all brain cell engaging event is complete I can turn back to this neglected blog.  I did read a bit this week and I finished an audio book.  Mmmmm hmmmm… all by myself.  I did it. 😀

Reviews should return this week, morning meanderings should return this week…. I am super hopeful that I will be an online presence again.  So that said, “Hi, my name is Sheila.  I was once a great blogger and then I ran out of gas…errr… or time….or something.  😀  Anyhoo… welcome back to me 😀

Again, I have no reviews this week so I want to know what you are reading these days.  Please add your Monday What Are You Reading to the link below and I as well as others will pop in to see what is happening in your corner of the world.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 200th addition

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I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. While I am no longer offering up the giveaway incentive, I do hope you will still see the value of visiting other participants and seeing what they are reading- be warned though… this meme tends to add to your reading lists :D

No excuses.  I was hoping to celebrate the 200 edition of IMWAYR at this post but it is not happening today.  Full steam ahead is still on the agenda and this week is the final planning and the Wine and Words event.  Our goal for this first year was 100 tickets.  As of this typing, we are at 169 tickets.  It is both thrilling and a little “anxiety causing” as we work together this week to get all the little details in place.  It has been a lot of work but we have a great team.

I am giving you the link to sign up with what you are reading, my reading is pretty much at a stand still at this time.  I am at camp the first few days of this week so hopefully I have a little reading and blogging time.  In the mean time, this 200th celebration is going to have a pin in it.

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See you this week!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. While I am no longer offering up the giveaway incentive, I do hope you will still see the value of visiting other participants and seeing what they are reading- be warned though… this meme tends to add to your reading lists :D

Another super busy week has passed here.  I was out of town at a work conference on Thursday and Friday, at a Vikings Game in the cities Friday night and ran a 7K mud run in Wisconsin on Saturday before returning home.  I planned a nice post for today as this is the 200th IMWAYR, but I am busy with prep work for upcoming events, cleaning my house, and I have a book club book to read that I have barely cracked the spine and the review is Tuesday.

Basically… the same thing is going on here that has been the story for the past two months.  Life is busy – all is well, I am just not around the laptop that much these days.

I have nothing new to report for what I am reading as I am still working on the same audio books and the same books.  Tomorrow afternoon I will be listening to audio while I mow the lawn so hopefully I will get close to finishing something… The White Princess and The Twelve are both nearing completion.

Below is the link for you to add what you are reading.  I really hope to get a chance to stop in and visit some of you this week.. believe me – its not from lack of trying 😀

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For those of you that read mainly middle grade and childrens books, be sure to also link to the younger version of It’s Monday by using the link below!

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Next Sunday – lets plan on that celebration.  The library book sale will be over and I should be ready to roll out a good post prior to going to camp on Monday. 😀

Morning Meanderings… New Books!

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Good morning!  I am still here!  😀  I just got home yesterday afternoon after a two day summit in the cities on Thursday and Friday for work.  Friday night I went to stay at my cousins house to go to the Muckfest on Saturday morning and we wound up going to the Vikings game which was fun!

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The Muckfest was in Wisconsin which was a 45 minute drive from their house and we had a blast at that too… heres a sample pic but I think I will save the rest for a post sometime soon:

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Yup… thats me… hanging around.  😀

Anyhoo… books have showed up in the house and here they are:

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Fun titles!  Love Does and Courageous Leadership were books I purchased at the summit I was at and they both come with a free audio download which I am excited about!  We heard the authors speak and it was a lot of fun.

I am currently posting on my hubbys laptop as mine bit it this past week.  I think the battery dies and I have yet to look into the costs of replacing the battery or just going new.  Hubby said I can have his laptop as he rarely uses it but I am not a fan… it works differently than mine, does not resize my pictures and Pic Monkey (which I use all the time) it will not let me save my pics… I have to do it a different way. 

Anyhoo – I am off – full day of activity and lots to do now that I am back in the house!  Hope your Sunday is incredible!

A Place At The Table by Susan Rebecca White

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When you see the differences in one another and learn to embrace them rather than exploit them… you become whole.

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A cafe in Manhattan.  Bobby, a gay man from Georgia, young and trying to find his way as his family pulls from him.  Amelia, money has never been a problem for her but finds she can not buy her way out of a family secret that has the power to change everything.  Alice, African-American and knows that life can be cruel but finds her way through the day-to-day by looking ahead and using her great gifts in cooking to reach others…

All three have been uprooted from their pasts and they all migrate towards cooking, hungry for companionship, understanding, and acceptance.  As the book starts in 1920’s where slaves are being freed, to the AIDS epidemic of the 80’s, all three know the true meaning of sacrifice in order to find authenticity.

 

Why did I want to read/listen to this book?  The synopsis sounded powerful.  The three protagonists of the book were all so different, I wanted to know what would bring them together.

Even as I write this review I find myself settling into a state of melancholy, and maybe that is not the right word, but I feel a longing for these characters a sense of wanting more yet saddened that as I write this, they are already a part of my past.  Does that make sense?

A Place At The Table was fulfilling, much like the table at which they all sat.  While food fills them, it is the relationships that fill them up and that imagery that Susan Rebecca White paints is one I want to hold on to.  I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration of Robin Miles (she also narrated The Last Original Wife which I LOVED!), George Newbern, and Katherine Powell.  The book flowed smoothly from one scene to the next which I can imagine was no easy task, yet it mixed so well together to create a book I will recommend to others.  This would be a great discussion book for book clubs and  I will be recommending it to my book club for sure!

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for the opportunity to listen to and review this audio

Morning Meanderings… Checking In/ Life Eruptus

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Good morning!  My goodness it feels great to sit here this morning and actually type up a morning meanderings.  For the record, I miss you… I miss our chats, and our book discussions and as I said in yesterday’s post I am not leaving, I am just moving at the speed of light right now. 🙂

Wine And Words, the big event for our local Friends Of The Brainerd Library has taken off beyond my goals and it is both exhilaration and a little frightening all rolled into one.  Our goal was 100 tickets to be sold and we are currently at 132.  Two weeks of ticket sales left to go – I am thrilled with our turn out!  😀

Between plans for that event, a mud run this weekend, the Brainerd Library sale in a week and a half… all is looking fantastic.  I hope you are all as well enjoying your summer.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#199 epic fail!)

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I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. While I am no longer offering up the giveaway incentive, I do hope you will still see the value of visiting other participants and seeing what they are reading- be warned though… this meme tends to add to your reading lists :D

Egads…. I have never been so late on this post.  Seriously.. . this is my 199th Monday What Are You Reading Post and as you can see it almost didn’t happen.  Life has taken over my life.  It’s all good, but things around here are quite a juggle right now.

This weekend I was biking two days for Camp Benedict.  150 miles of awesomeness and awesome people.  Last night, honestly I just wanted to sit on my deck with my husband and not think or do… and that is what I did.  This morning, I was up and on the road by 5 am to do my 6 mile run, worked until 10:15, meeting at the library ar 10:30 – 12:15, lunch with a friend from 12:30 – 4m went grocery shopping hope and writing the post.

Yeah… that about sums it up.  I know I have been mostly absent since June.  I do not plan on leaving, I am just experiencing juggle technicalities and to be honest – the summer sun is winning right now. 😀

Thank you for sticking with me and your patience – here is the link up below- my Sunday is open next week so my post should be beautiful and timely for Monday What are You Reading #200.  Perhaps… we will have to celebrate 🙂

 

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