I quote Saturdays – Children

Children speak, nineteen to dozen, we listen, whatever their space, their day brings, it is always a story. If you listen carefully, there is in fact a lesson, something they’ve learned. I used to ask how their day was, they preferred to say it was okay, fine or just normal. I  don’t ask now and…

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I Quote Saturdays – Thinking

I like to think; deep thoughts, meaningful and kind thoughts, sometimes annoyed ones pop in like a bad penny. Most often my thoughts are positive, a few are negative and some in-between. I think, then over think, I plan, then think some more. Over thinking isn’t so good. It’s better to do, than think. Granny…

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I quote Saturdays – Being Still

Being still is not an easy feat, the mind wants nothing more than to jump from March to May. To watch, observe and listen, opens the mind to awareness. Awareness leads to less stress, good health and happiness. If we could all just “be,” we would learn the true nature of ourselves. Eckhart Tolle’s books…

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Book Review – The Art of Unpacking Your Life by Shireen Jilla

Connie is blissfully unaware her life is about to change in the wildly stunning Kalahari. With brilliant sunsets seeping bright color into every nook and cranny, humans and wild life try to co-exist without crossing silent boundaries in this extraordinarily beautiful part of the world. As Connie arrives with her best friends from university, and everyone seems…

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I quote Saturdays – Mindfulness

When I began as meditating mummy, I wanted to create a space that was an extension of my mindfulness practice. I am all about trying to abandon yesterday and tomorrow, just being here today, in the moment, finding inner peace( being mindful is such hard work – er I think about my kids and making…

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I quote Saturdays – Reading

I loved this quote as soon as I saw it. I was a child who imagined characters based on the voices my mum used, to read to me. I am now an adult like this. When I read, I am often aware of character voices and how it appeals to my children. I then watch…

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I quote Saturdays – Books

I collect quotes like I read books; little bits of paper filled with quotes like to flutter around my desk. My Pinterest habit – so glad I have one – helps me feed that need. Sounds like a caffeine habit. Um, in my case there’s always chocolate So I thought, why not post a quote…

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Review -The Awakening of Miss Prim By Natalia Sanmartin Fenollera

San Ireneo de Arnois  is a tiny village with one foot placed firmly in a bygone era – a welcome change from the modern vicissitudes of a big city life, where courtesy, community, and well-being matter much more than material gain.  It’s charm lies in lush land, locally sourced produce, high quality boutiques and a…

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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker – A review

This début novel by Helene Wecker is one you seek when you want an intellectual challenge. When you have questions about existentialism. When you wish for a novel so extraordinary, It falls into your hands on an ordinary sort of day. It is that one book you hope to find in a small mysterious book store,…

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Books, Films and Friends – a year gone by

A beautiful time of year where torrents of rain( the drought gods heard us) muddy running trails and end of year goodbyes take over. A school play to celebrate and a new-found love of drama challenged the inner actress of a certain 11 yr old in my house. House all done up, warm and cozy,…

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Book Review: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

I had imagined numerous ways ‘The Book of Life’ – Part III in the All Souls Trilogy- might end. So much so that I had this sudden urge to check if I had developed magical abilities. If I could have summoned the book into my hands, I would have done it. Two seconds of a…

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Why Sherlock Holmes stirs my mind..

I am obsessed. No, it isn’t Colin Firth. Although I could talk about him if you’d like. I haven’t in a while. This is far worse, I’ve watched it three times already and I am going back to read the books. I am obsessed with Sherlock Holmes. Season three finale was on again last night….

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Ode to my favorite literary romances

In honor of Valentines day, I wanted to celebrate some of my favorite literary pairings. Now er, romantic pairings that are syrupy, and border on the syrupy, are not my cup of tea. Although, if you hand me some really dark chocolate, I would succumb to the cocoa bean rather than read syrup. Either that,…

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Book Review :The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh

Heather Walsh’s the Drake Equation with its most alluring cover, intrigued me immediately. In astronomical terms, The Drake Equation is the scientific argument that questions whether active intelligent life might exist in our galaxy, based on Frank Drake’s theory. The book, is an intellectual look into human nature;  a true meeting of minds. Walsh’s characters…

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Book Review: Bridget Jones – Mad about the Boy by Helen Fielding

I watched Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason last night. I could watch it many times over, a  bit like Pride and Prejudice, that one. I needed to see that proposal one more time, particularly since things/dynamics have changed in this new book. That last kiss – one that gave us hope of things…

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Interview with author Jane Odiwe

 I am thrilled to welcome author and artist Jane Odiwe as part of the Blog tour for her new book Project Darcy. Jane is also the author of Lydia Bennet’s story and Willoughby’s Return and has written two of my favorite Austen sequels to date – Searching For Captain Wentworth and Mr Darcy’s Secret. Jane has a fantastic…

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Book Review: Project Darcy By Jane Odiwe

cover photo provided by Jane Odiwe Author Jane Odiwe’s latest novel Project Darcy is a beautifully written story inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Exquisite imagery accompanied by an intriguing tale of a modern-day heroine and her travels into the past, embodying the life of Jane Austen in the Winter of 1796, gives the…

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Book Review : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

I had a sense of déjà vu when I opened Me Before You. It is inexplicable. I felt such a keen connection with the characters and yet, that connection was strange for I knew nothing about the author. I knew not to expect an epic finale, one of those mind altering, shivers down your spine…

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Book Review:The House at the End of Hope Street By Menna van Praag

    With her intriguingly beautiful name, Menna van Praag invited me in. She opened the door to The House at the End of Hope Street. “at night the house looks like a Victorian orphanage housing a hundred despairing souls, but when the clouds part and it is lit by moonlight, the house appears enchanted. As…

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Book Review: The Casual Vacancy By J.K. Rowling

J.D. Salinger said ” What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you would call him up whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much though”… My first thought – well, I had…

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Ode to Jane Austen – Celebrating 200 years of Pride and Prejudice

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” – Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Chapter One. So begins Jane Austen’s brilliant novel, perfectly cast, with sharp wit and characters we all love, loathe and know, even in our own lives….

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Book Review: Blood of Flowers By Anita Amirrezvani

When I met the heroine of this story,  She had spark and spunk. She was unique and intelligent. Her passion and talent for the art of carpet making left an indelible impression on me. Turquoise will forever be magnificent. This particular hue in the story is a version of the color she learned to make…

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Author Jane Odiwe Surprised Me

I had to post today because I’m excited. Well, I am counting down to Downton Abbey in approximately five hours, West Coast time and the expectations are extremely high. However, I am even more thrilled to share with you that the author of Searching For Captain Wentworth, Lydia Bennet’s story, Willoughby’s Return and Mr Darcy’s…

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