Crew painters t-shirts -- white, black, dark green. Flip flops, and the aforementioned gold hoop earrings. Rachel Maddow. She would want to be my best friend and move out to Northern California so we could go for walks every day, and talk on the phone, all day every day. I love being exactly where I am, and the era and age I am at -- or in. I'll be 56 on April 10th, and it's fabulous. Except for the knees. I give up a lot of things for a short nap most afternoons.
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I don't hit men -- if sufficiently provoked, I grow teary, and won't eat. I lie on the couch and read in lieu of hitting men and taking spa vacations. I would love spa vacations if there weren't other people there, and if they didn't skip so on the butterfat. At one time or another, I have been seriously addicted to one or more of these sacramental elements.
Now, however, I'm only compulsive about going to movies — and eating movie popcorn. Also those little white bags of movie candy from the bins, where you can mix and match four shovelfuls of different kinds of chocolate candies. Then I eat each piece individually, with bites of popcorn in between. But you've got to believe me, it is not addictive.
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Nothing could be further from the truth! Even though I do it twice a week, every week, rain or shine. With the popcorn, and the little white bags of candy. For about 15 years. But who's counting? I like things very quiet which is why I just got back from ten days in India, oops. I live in a semi-rural, hippie-health-food, half-hour out of San Francisco town, and it is my favorite place in the world. I grew up ten miles from here.
My uncle and cousins live five minutes away, by foot. We scattered my mother's ashes half a mile away. The stunning hiking trails of Mt. Tamalpais, sacred to the coastal Miwok, are also five minutes by foot.
I grew up hiking these trails with my father and brothers. Yet there are also a lot of movie theatres within a minute drive, and my church is 25 minutes away, toward Sausalito. So everything and everyone I need is nearby. I can't talk about it yet!
Are you nuts? Do you know what bad Ju-Ju it is to discuss your next book while waiting for your current book's publication? This could only lead to a catastrophic change in one's fortunes, or a complete mental collapse. Probably both. Continuing our celebration of PopMatters' 20th anniversary, we revisit our 10 picks for the best debut albums of It turns out our selections were prescient as many of these artists have gone on to storied careers.
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Travel back to and see them again for the first time. PopMatters turns 20 years old this October and we're beginning to celebrate our history by taking you back in time a decade ago. Obama was in the White House and the musical times were very good indeed. Revisit through its best albums. Electronic rockers Swoll craft a powerful song in "Shudder to Think" that moves beyond boundaries. M83's follow-up to 's ambient collection Digital Shades Vol. I've a penchant for WWII lit and jumped into the novel without thinking twice, but I made it only a few chapters before realizing I'd picked up something I wasn't going to enjoy.
My first issue was the characterizations or more accurately, the lack there of. Cookie cutter character drive me up the wall and there was simply no depth to Catherine, Jonathan or Arthur. They appeared to be going through the motions, but there was nothing genuine about their sentimentalities which made it incredibly difficult for me to buy into the relationships they were meant to experience. My second issue was the structure of the novel. The story unfolds chronologically, but as a reader I found the presentation awkward.
Why bother to illustrate the relationship between Catherine and Jonathan when you intend to rip them apart? It's a bloody waste of ink, especially since anyone who has read the blurb knows their wedding never takes place. Honestly, the book should have started with Arthur meeting Catherine and followed their relationship as he sought to unravel the mystery that haunts her heart. Last, but not least, is the lack of historic detail.
Jul 23, Leslie G. Different and original! How wonderful to see Catherine as a young woman and to share her version of the story. A worthy prequel to the excellent novel The Thornless Rose. I received an advance copy in return for an honest review. Thank you. Jul 05, Carolyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: o-neill-morgan.
Great back story to how they got together and events leading up to and after that event. In , a man disappeared into thin air Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn't just handsome—he's everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he se In , a man disappeared into thin air Yet behind Catherine's sparkling green eyes is a haunted look—the look of a woman who has known loss.
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Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry. But the truth about Jonnie's disappearance is far stranger than fiction Review: I loved reading the story of what happened between Catherine and Jonathan before he disappears and "The Thornless Rose" begins. I am so glad that they wrote this prequel, after reading Anne and Jonathan's story I was intrigued by Anne's grandmother, Catherine. This story shows the burgeoning romance between Catherine and Jonnie and what happens to Catherine after he disappears. There are quite a few times in this story that I felt myself wanting to cry for Catherine, for me it was a very emotional story.
You think you found the love of your life and then he just disappears when you are supposed to be married. Then Catherine is lucky enough to find love again and she almost throws it away over her guilt. I think they did a wonderful job of giving a backstory and working the two stories into a cohesive series. This is a heart-warming story and while it maybe low on the sizzle scale it made my heart melt.
I heard there is going to be a third book and I cannot wait to see what happens next. A very engaging period romance. I know that it is a time-travel romance, but since Jonnie is the only one time-traveling and Catherine and Arthur do not, I am not sure I would necessarily call it that. It is a great WWII romance. A bomb strike as she and her co-workers are on their way home leads to tragedy and love, as she meets Dr. Catherine and Jonathan plan a life together—but he disappears, opening the way, eventually, for Catherine to meet her true soul mate, Arthur Bertrand Howard, a British attorney, or solicitor, and former intelligence officer.
Her characters are charismatic and unforgettable, and the reader will look forward to meeting some of them again in The Thornless Rose. Enter the dashing and determined Arthur Howard, who helps her find answers, as well as happiness. I loved this prequel to The Thornless Rose very much. The heroine is strong, even during the darkest days she faces, and Arthur Howard reminded me so much of Doughlas Fairbanks, Jr.