FIRST LINE FRIDAYS

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Hoarding Books hosts a meme where bloggers/readers copy the first line of a book they are reading to give a “feel” for what the book is about. Can one decide from the first line whether she/he wants to read the book? Read my Friday Firstliner from Kate DiCamillo’s Beverly, Right Here:

“Buddy died, and Beverly buried him, and then she set off toward Lake Clara.  She went the back way, through the orange groves…she saw her cousin Joe Travis…[who was] nineteen years old. He had red hair and a tiny little red beard and a red Camaro…Beverly didn’t like him all that much.”

This is not just the story of a runaway. It is an excellent character study set in a complex plot with poignant relationships at stake. YA author DiCamillo is well known by readers everywhere in grades 5- high school, and doesn’t disappoint in this excellent tale.

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TUESDAY TEASER

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The idea of the Tuesday Teaser is to tease another reader into looking into your current read as a possibility for their TBR list. Mine today is from Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Words on Fire, categorized as a Middle-Grades Read.

“My name is Audra. In my language, Lithuanian, it means storm. But my language had become illegal. If the soldiers we passed on the road heard us speaking it, we could be whipped on the spot and arrested. Or in some cases, we might disappear. That happened sometimes.”

And so we enter the world of Russian Cossacks, underground book smugglers, and rigorous political control as we enter this outstanding YA historical novel. It promises to be an exciting, emotional read.

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Her Last Hurrah

No one knew for sure, but she did. This would be her last hurrah. Bold and bright and full of expectations she didn’t mean to hold onto. But how could she not? This was her purpose: to grow, to blossom, to bloom…big. If not that, then what?

Photo + Musings ©2019, Jen Payne. For similar reflections, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

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Senseless Sunday Sarcasm : Nope…just…NOPE!

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Things found on social media that are just one, giant, NOPE!

Nope, this isn’t hard at all!  If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times:  I’ll cross that bridge when it burns behind me.

Image may contain: bridge and outdoorIt’s such a sad, sad world when your hero gives up.

Can I get a triple NOPE NOPE NOPE for this travesty!   Amazon sold this shirt and pulled it after the ensuing outrage.  They missed a great way to rid the world of pedophiles: Trace the B@$tards who bought it and jail them! 

‘Daddy’s Little Slut’ kid’s shirt pulled from Amazon amid backlashI can’t imagine the horror of going through this!  After two days without chocolate, hell…I’ve lost my mind

You don’t want me to sing.  Another giant NOPE

Image may contain: one or more people and textAnd at the end of this senseless sarcasm post, is my Christmas message.  Why?  Because Santa looked at my life took away my presents, and said, “Nope.”

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Senseless Sunday Sarcasm : Nope…just…NOPE!

Two on a Rant

Things found on social media that are just one, giant, NOPE!

Nope, this isn’t hard at all!  If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times:  I’ll cross that bridge when it burns behind me.

Image may contain: bridge and outdoorIt’s such a sad, sad world when your hero gives up.

Can I get a triple NOPE NOPE NOPE for this travesty!   Amazon sold this shirt and pulled it after the ensuing outrage.  They missed a great way to rid the world of pedophiles: Trace the B@$tards who bought it and jail them! 

‘Daddy’s Little Slut’ kid’s shirt pulled from Amazon amid backlashI can’t imagine the horror of going through this!  After two days without chocolate, hell…I’ve lost my mind

You don’t want me to sing.  Another giant NOPE

Image may contain: one or more people and textAnd at the end of this senseless sarcasm post, is my Christmas message.  Why?  Because Santa looked at my life took away my presents, and said, “Nope.”

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Cape Cod Sunrise, Almost

The sun’s gone missing, darling,

and you, two thousand miles away right now,

are missing too

and yet there we are

walking that Gulf Coast beach

pitch dark, single file, you in the lead

as always

pulling me along

as we giggle stumble across the shell-full sand

that one angel feather
……..that stabs itself between my toes

before we find a place

to lay down our blanket,
……..sip hot coffee,

knee against knee and

arm against arm

like sisters

quiet and waiting

waiting for the start of a day
……..that never comes, save for

gray against gray and

pearl against pearl

until we make our way back

holding hands and laughing at the folly

For D, xoxo. Photo ©2019, Jen Payne. For more poems about life reflected in nature, please purchase a copy of my new book WAITING OUT THE STORM. Click here for details.

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TEASER TUESDAY

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Tuesday Teaser, hosted by The Purple Booker, asks readers to copy at random a sentence or so from a current read. This provides a sneak peek at a book one might want to add to their TBR list. My Tuesday Teaser for 11/5/19 is from a middle grades novel, Each Tiny Spark by Pablo Cartaya. The selection begins after an especially contentious school board meeting where the adults were fighting redrawing the lines for school distribution because they didn’t want “those people”/riff-raff attending school with their children. Often times, the children have the “best” perspective on things and here is what Emilia Rosa, the main character says,

“I read at the library about how towns used to be divided by train tracks…Living on one side could mean a person was ‘on the wrong side of the tracks.’ Like they weren’t as good as the people living on the ‘right’ side…The…

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