Month: May 2011

Nina Simone Was Not A Man

Because Broadside and Oh My Words! wanted to know, here are 10 random, or maybe not-so random facts about moi: 1.  When I was a kid, I thought Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were married.  Because everyone who sang duets were married to each other.  Obviously.  I also thought Nina Simone was a man.   Because, well, just because. 2.  I was born in Dallas, was a kid in New York, and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland.  My accent is mine, and according to Sarge is ‘under several influences.’  Except when I’m on the phone with my mother, at which times it is back on Long Island. 3.  I have CP.  I am, by choice, a pretty-much-permenant wheelchair-user.  Unless there’s a party going on upstairs. 4.  When I was seven, I had various bits medically broken and stretched, all at once.  I have  ten scars that are so much a part of me; I don’t see them anymore. 5.  I lost all four of my grandparents within five years.  How and when they died has coloured the way I look at life. 6.  Growing up, my mental age was 40.  Now that I am 30, I feel that I’m actually my true age. 7.  I used to laugh entirely through my nose.  Now I laugh out loud.  I blame Sarge. 8.  I can have entire conversations using only...

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100 Books Or Bust: Playing Catch-Up

Last weekend I hit 25, which means I am 11 books behind my target of 100. I am still having fun, and have enjoyed all the books on one level or another, brain-candy or bubble-gum. Here be the first quarter, in reading order: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling The Lacuna – Barbara Kingsolver The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas A Very Private Gentleman: A Novel – Martin Booth I Was Amelia Earhart – Jane Mendelsohn Warm Bodies – Isaac Marion Summer Crossing – Truman Capote The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency – Alexander McCall Smith The Help – Kathryn Stockett Aloft – Chang-rae Lee Northline – Willy Vlautin Body Surfing – Anita Shreve The Snowman – Jo Nesbø The Yiddish Policemen’s Union – Michael Chabon The Piano Teacher – Janice Y.K. Lee The Hours – Michael Cunningham The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman Room – Emma Donoghue The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender The Devil’s Star – Jo Nesbø The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) – Suzanne Collins Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2) – Suzanne Collins Submarine – Joe Dunthorne The Autobiography of Alice B.Toklas – Gertrude Stein Working on 26-30! Other 100 Books posts of mine can be found here. What have you read this...

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Magic Coffee 3

Good After-morning!  What’s in there today? Featuring my current reads: A Visit from the Goon Squad Dr Zhivago What are you reading at the...

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