Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

There is a little private car parking area outside my son’s home through which I pass every day. Today I was weeding his driveway and, casting a glance around me, realised that the parking area is once again becoming carpeted with plant. It is not long ago that it was cleared, but weeds have reclaimed the gravelled area and painted it green.

At first glance, in an area of neat gardens and lace curtains, it just looks a bit of a mess. Unkempt and uncared for …almost derelict… in spite of the best efforts of the neighbour who has chosen to undertake its upkeep.

It takes a second glance to realise what you are really seeing; the unstoppable force that is Nature, exuberant with all the energy of summer, expressing itself in miniature.

These are not ‘just weeds’… they are wildflowers and garden escapees that have gone feral. Untamed Nature …

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Wiping Out Illiteracy

Notes from An Alien

Last year I wrote about a major reading initiative in the post, Promoting Literacy by Putting It in World-Crisis-Solving PerspectiveProject Literacy

I recommend all readers, writers, and publishers absorb that post for one important reason:

“Illiteracy affects over 757 million people worldwide and has an impact on global development. Although it is a largely invisible issue, the repercussions of this can be seen in everyday struggles such as poverty, gender inequality, and access to basic civil rights.”

BTW, 757 million people is about 1 in 10 folks who can’t read…


Four days ago, Project Literacy sent me an email—it was to alert me about their Annual Report.

Two basic facts about Project Literacy:

It’s a global campaign founded and convened by the learning company Pearson.

And, if you go to their About Page and scroll to the bottom you’ll see image-links to their 55 collaborating partners…


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How Not To Pack For A Holiday.

Some Words That Say What I Think

I live in UK – a country that is notorious for having bad weather.

However, I would argue that problem with the weather in the UK is not that it is consistently bad but that it is not consistent at all.summer_LI

In summer, the idea of travelling abroad in search of more consistently nice weather becomes very appealing, especially as the internet provides us with access to thousands of websites advertising exciting holiday destinations.

This year, however, the number of travel destinations available to me has been somewhat limited by the amount of money in my bank account.

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I have decided to stay at home this summer which is probably for the best because I am not very good at preparing to go on holiday.

This is mainly because I have a tendency to pack significantly more than I need in order to compensate for a range of (often completely…

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THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine They: A Review


An old Proverb states that “Truth is the Daughter of Time,” and it is a search for truth that is the premise for this novel. We find Alan Grant, Scotland Yard detective recuperating in an extended hospital stay from a freak accident. When the book opens, he has been inactive for a period of time, and is B O R E D.  Marta, an actress friend, brings photos of faces to distract him, for studying faces and having a knack of determining whether a face is that of a “good guy” or a “bad guy” is his prime talent, earning him a reputation at the Yard. He becomes fascinated by a portrait of Richard the Third, the “unscrupulous murderer of the Little Princes”–or not!

Carradine, Marta’s “wooly lamb,” called this because of his ungainly tall and curly-haired blonde looks, becomes Grants researcher and is soon caught up in the legwork…

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17 Secrets Only Book Lovers Are In On

Capital Nerd

Are books your therapy? Do you prioritize reading over sleep? If so, you’re a true book lover, and you can likely relate to these literary truths. Here are 17 things that only book lovers will understand.

1. A good book is worth losing sleep over.

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2. And they always get good when you need to be somewhere.

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3. In the eBooks vs. paper books debate, eBooks are winning.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

4. But nothing beats the feeling of holding a good old-fashioned book.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

5. That’s because books are cheaper than therapy.

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6. Books make you happy…

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

7. … and give you a good excuse to cry…

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8. … and to explore your soul.

17 Things Book Lovers Know for Sure

9. Another thing books save money on: plane tickets.

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10. Because books let you daydream from home.

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11. That makes them the perfect form of procrastination.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

12. And one of the few forms of procrastination that will make you smarter.

17 Things Book Lovers Knows for Sure

13. Books are also a…

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5 Best Places in NYC to curl up With A book

Capital Nerd

Living in New York City means it’s hard to get away from the hustle and bustle. But it’s not impossible. We’ve picked the five best places to curl up with a book. So grab a cup of coffee and a seat on the couch because it’s time to finally crack open that book you’ve been meaning to read.

(credit: Facebook/GroundedNYC)Grab a spot on the couch at Grounded in the West Village and make yourself comfortable because you’re going to want to stay a while. This cozy café is a great alternative to your living room with a skylight above, oversized chairs, and bookshelves in the back. Make sure to grab a cup of organic coffee before opening up your book. Vegetarians will love the breakfast and lunch menu — it’s filled with fresh, healthy options like Portobello mushroom sandwich on ciabatta bread with arugula, gorgonzola and balsamic or the hummus sandwich with tomato, alfalfa, sprouts…

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How To Apply Makeup Like A Writer #SundayBlogShare #ASMSG #AmWriting


As the readers of BlondeWriteMore know I have covered writer fashion on my blog so I thought it was high time I covered how a writer approaches putting on their makeup.

If you are thinking about becoming a writer or just want to try being one…for a day (*sigh*)I hope you find these handy hints and tips valuable.

Here are some things to bear in mind when applying makeup – writer style!

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