Because of packing & moving things this week, this is short list of links again but if I find more later today/tomorrow, I'll add to it. My legs are sore after carrying boxes uphill to load on the truck, so sitting & surfing the net sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon.
Tisha - reviewed at Country Girls Read ~ I loved this book when I read it in college years ago. The blogger even found more information about Anne Hobbs (Tisha) & a link to Chicken, Alaska that shows the school where she taught. Kind of makes me wish I could take a trip to Alaska. :-)
What to do if you encounter a coyote while walking your dog ~ good tips here, especially keep your dog on a 6 foot leash, stand tall & keep eye contact with the coyote(s) & haze them. When we lived in the mountains we couldn't avoid walking on their trails, since they cruised through our yard and down the streets as they pleased so I always hazed them. If they didn't leave quick enough when I yelled & tossed rocks or pine cones at them, I would charge at them and then they'd run, even though I'm sure they knew I'd never be able to catch them. ;-)
We also tried this white BBQ sauce on the chicken my husband barbequed this week - pretty good, but next time I'm going to try substituting Tony Chacere's creole seasoning for the salt & hot sauce since we added Tony's to it at the table.
Saying of the Amen, Clapping, and Hand-raising in Worship 4 ~ I'm not big on clapping after choral or "special" singing in church so I found this interesting. To me, clapping usually seems to take the focus off worshipping the Lord and makes it about the person or people who are singing. (You can find parts 1 - 3 here, but at the time I'm writing this, I've not yet had time to read them.)
^^ News update: This came out after I had typed up most of this post but apparently Chandler & The Village church took the criticism of how they handled the whole situation to heart and have apologized. This sounds like very good news. Articles HERE and HERE. (Disclaimer: I don't know anything about the blog at the 2nd link so can't vouch for anything else there but so far they were the only two I saw.)
The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals are giving away several copies of Going Beyond the Five Points (see last weeks links) ~ don't know when they'll draw the winners names so hurry over if you want to try to win a copy
More links re Chandler/Village church (since they've made a public apology I wasn't sure if I still wanted to include them or not so have decided to put them at the very end of todays post:
Aaron Armstrong at Blogging Theologically is giving away two copies of the new Reformation Study Bible (ESV). It looks like a good study Bible and the giveaway ends tomorrow. You can enter to win a copy for yourself HERE. And good luck! =D
It's hard to believe that today is Labor Day & it's already September. Time really does fly. Since it is Labor Day though, I'm taking a few hours to relax, surf the internet and do a bit of reading. This evening I hope to write a few more letters - as long as the puppy dogs will comply. "Little girl" isn't happy that "Mr. C" isn't allowed to play or run around for a couple weeks because he finally got neutered and has to wear the cone of shame while he recuperates. Thankfully she takes lots of naps but they don't always coincide with my down time.
While surfing the net, I came across a few links to share:
Giveaway! Check out Sarah Sundin's blog for all the details for this blog tour and giveaway. for a chance to win a bundle or one of eight WWII-themed books. Several of the books have been getting good reviews & I had already added them to my TBR list and started watching for them to go on sale (sorry but anything over $4 is over my budget, especially for e-books). The giveaway ends next Saturday (September 6) so there's plenty of time to visit each blog and collect all the answers. Good luck!
On Writing Negative Reviews at Reading to Know. Boy howdy, do I ever agree with this post. Especially points #1-Money (in her first section) and (in the second section:) #2-Money & #3-Time. She also posted her reviews of the Harry Potter series, which I think are favorable but I haven't had time to read them yet so I may be wrong.
JStationery is giving away a Pilot Del Ful Shaker pencil along with an eraser and extra lead. The contest ends March 8th and you can enter here on their website or on their Facebook page. I love Shaker pencils and this one looks really nice Good luck.
There were 17 entries in my giveaway contest and Random.org selected number 8 as the winning number. Congratulations to Sarah H. in Oklahoma. I hope to get the book mailed off to you sometime tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest so you should have it by Friday or Saturday - just in time for The Month of Letters, if you're participating. Just for fun, and as a way to say thanks for following my blog and entering my giveaway contest, I decided to send a few consolation prizes as well and had the random number generator pick three more winners. It won't be much, probably just a small assortment of stationery &/or note cards from my stash but Helena C. in CA, Marji P. in WA, and Denise B. in TX can expect to see something in their mailboxes within the week.
John Hancock was born on January 23, 1737. You remember him from history class. He's the one who signed the Declaration of Independence with a large and famous flourish. You know, the guy who wanted to make sure King George (or the British Ministry) would be able to read his signature. :-) The guy whose name has become a synonym for signature. Established in 1977, January 23 was chosen as National Handwriting Day in honor of John Hancock and his signature. This year I didn't find much about it but did come across this press release, "Pilot Pen Celebrates The Art of Self-Expression on National Handwriting Day" with a brief history of the day and some ideas on how to celebrate it. Most of the ideas I already do on a almost daily basis so I've decided that rather than writing hurried and sloppy shopping and to-do lists, I'll get out my flex fountain pens and try to write my lists in the best Spencerian script I can manage as my way to celebrate. (Of course, that's not saying much since I don't practice the way I should but I'll write slowly and carefully with the Spencerian alphabet in front of me to make sure I'm forming each letter and word correctly.) If you don't want to hand write your lists, you might want to try one of the other ideas Pilot has thought of to celebrate Handwriting Day.
And don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already done so.
When I was little, I had several aunts and a Grandmother who wrote me letters, occasionally bought me stationery and one even bought me my first wax and seal, all of which I'm sure played a part in my love of letters and mail. But if I'd received a letter writing kit like this one as a kid, I probably would have been so excited I wouldn't have been able to contain myself. And while I didn't have any nieces, I have worked hard to turn my daughter into a letter loving, pen and stationery aficionado.
*************************************** Valentine's Postmarks If you send Valentine's Day cards and would like to get special Valentine's Day postmarks for them, you can do so by sending them (addressed and with appropriate postage) in a larger envelope or box to post offices in cities with "Valentine's" related names. Make sure you get them to the city of your choice about two weeks before the holiday to ensure they'll be re-mailed and delivered on time. And since most postmarks are in red, don't make the same mistake I did one year by sending Valentine's Day cards in red envelopes! The ones I sent to my hubby and daughter didn't show very well. ;( Send them to: Postmaster Valentinve Remailing City, State ZIP You can find an extensive list of city names and zip codes here but these are a few of the more common ones:
In past years it seems to me that National (or Universal) Letter Writing week coincided with National Handwriting Day, but this year they're a couple of weeks apart. National Handwriting Day is always on January 23 because that was John Hancock's birthday and National Letter Writing week is the second week of January. This site (which even includes a "how to write a letter video) claims that it's January 8-14 but this teacher's site says it's January 7-12. But it's basically the second week of January. Of course, it seems there are several letter writing days/weeks throughout the year, which is fine by me. Letters are such a wonderful way to connect with others, from family members and friends to complete strangers who can become good pen pal friends. And letters can help keep memories alive. The Chinese proverb it true, the faintest ink really is more powerful than the strongest memory! Another site promoting letter writing is The Month of Letters, hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal, where participants commit to writing and mailing at least one letter, note, or postcard every day that the post office is open for business during the month of February. This year that means mailing 23 items. Being that I like mail, I thought it would be fun to do something to celebrate all three letter/hand-writing events and do my part to help promote snail mail. So...I decided to host a giveaway.
But what to give away?
Well, I'm not really sure how I ended up with two copies of Just Write: The Art of Personal Correspondence by Molly O'Shaughnessy but I did. I suspect it was probably several years ago, when I had a job where I was working 60+ hours a week. Back then I was way too exhausted to do much pleasure reading so I probably bought, started, & forgot it (after all, I've loved all things letter related since I was a kid but when I was working those kinds of hours I didn't have much time for reading about or writing letters either), then bought another copy when I had more time to read. Recently I found my extra, long-forgotten copy while doing some sorting and cleaning. Since I definitely don't need two copies of the same book, I've decided to hold a giveaway for my second copy.
If you'd like a chance to win Just Write, here are the details:
Fill out and submit the form below.
This contest ends at midnight PST (aka California time) on January 26, 2013.
The winner will be picked by Random Number generator and I'll announce the winner on January 27. That way I can hopefully have it in the mail and on its way to the winner before February. If the winner's address isn't included on the form then he/she will have one week to respond to my email with their mailing address. If I haven't heard back by then, I'll have to chose another winner.)
Giveaway over, winner (& runners up) picked, and goodies mailed. Thanks to all who entered.
JetPens has a new fountain pen and it looks like it might be a good choice as both an introduction pen to give to friends and as an every-day-carry that you don't have to worry about losing. The Pentel TRFS Tradio mini only comes with a medium nib but that's okay because it's only $8.00, comes in 4 colors (black, blue, violet & pink) and best of all, takes (short) international cartridges. I'm curious to know how it compares to both the Pilot Petit & Platinum Preppy - & wish I could "test drive" one before buying. :-)
GouletPens is also hosting a giveaway. Prizes range from a Lamy Studio fountain pen to a couple different choices of bottled ink to GouletPens gift certificates. They have three ways to enter but since I don't Twitter or have a YouTube account, I signed up at this post where they have all the info.
This has been a very busy week so I don't have many links today. My husband went into the hospital on Sunday for surgery and was released yesterday, along with a grocery bag full of new medications with complicated directions on how & when to take them! Here are the few things I did find between driving to & from the hospital, talking to nurses & doctors, etc. I thought these were just too good not to post.
Books & Reading:
Earlier this year I read Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke and liked it so much that I've recommended it to several others. So when I came across this giveaway on the xxxxxxxxx, Ixxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xnew I had to help spread the news. Looks like it's open until July 26 so head on over and enter for a chance to win a copy. :-) Nevermind, she closed it early. Doesn't look like such a great blog after all - my bad for posting it here.
After coming across this blog post at Kristi Loves Books about this new book (& reading the first few pages of it) both my daughter & I have added Code Name Verity to our TBR list. (Will we be able to wait & suggest it at book club to see if we can read it there? I don't know, it might be hard to wait that long.) Anyway, wanting to learn more about both the book & author, I found this interview of Elizabeth Wein where she mentions several of the books that influenced her in writing Code Name Verity (just what I need, more books to make my TBR list even longer =D). I was tickled to see that one was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Pie Society since I won a (used) copy of it as a runner-up on one of Misty's (aka The Pen Thief) giveaway contests. (It's a good read too.)
Here are a few links that you may want to check out:
Cindy at "Letters from Midlife" has a delicious sounding recipe for St. Patrick's Day: Reuben Sandwich Casserole which I plan to try tomorrow. Having a teen who does not like Corned Beef & Cabbage but does like meals that include sauerkraut, Swiss cheese & Thousand Island dressing, I'm hopeful that this will be a St. Patrick's Day meal we'll all like.
Pam Gillaspie has posted a Video about her new series: Cookies on the Lower Shelf.
Theology for Girls is a blog I recently stumbled upon and like what I've read on it so far, especially her post highlighting JC Ryles' 7 reasons why Prayer is the most important subject in living the Christian life and No Whining, since I was reminded of this in both my BSF & Precept Bible studies recently - God's timing is amazing. *** After poking around her blog some more I discovered that she has some great links on her "Bible Study Resource" page. Many of them I already have on my Links & Resources but some are new to me. Looks like I'll need to update and rearrange my resources page. (^o^)
Today's Bible reading for those who started Grant Horner's plan on New Years day: John 8, Exodus 26, Hebrews 11, 1 Timothy 3, Job 14, Psalm 76, Proverbs 14, 1 Samuel 27, Jeremiah 10, and Acts 20.
Tim Challies has some great stuff on his "Free Stuff Fridays" today - good luck if you enter.
I'm not sure where to put this blog or how to classify it. This blogger is a daughter of a friend and while I'm pretty sure she's a Christian, it isn't a Christian blog, or books & reading or letter writing & mail art. It's basically about their travels so I'm putting it here for now: Jen's blog: 3toGo