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Dog Drives Car, Man Bites Dog, Reader Discovers Truth

Another morning, another cup o’ joe, another Monday.

I spread open the Lifestyle section, and the newspaper headline grabbed me:

“Residents’ Pet Finds Paradise with Own Golf Cart”

This I had to read!

“Residents’ Pet Finds Paradise with Own Golf Cart”

In all seriousness, the article, read in its entirety, made it sound like this golf cart was set up such that the dog actually sits behind the wheel and tools down the road heading for his favorite pet store, with a stop at his favorite fire hydrant along the way.  No holds barred, no questions, no driver’s license.

Continuing on, it read like people in the neighborhood (“the residents”) added railings and a door on the golf cart.

It’s nice when neighborhood residents band together for a singular cause.  Camaraderie at its finest, pulling together for a canine cause célèbre.

In all truthfulness, this story and its headline were misleading.

The dog doesn’t have his own golf cart.  It isn’t his own mode of transportation.  His owners — not the nameless neighborhood residents — rigged it in such a way that lil’ ol’ Riley doesn’t fall out while they — one of the humans — are driving it.

I understand that it’s important to grab the reader’s attention in a story, but—

Happy Monday.  Life is humorous, so keep laughing, and be responsible about it.

(c)Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.

 

 


Time

This is a year of change for me. There are so many new, different, and maybe even unknown changes afoot, and combining all that makes for a busy life.

Some of these changes are purposely a part of my own creation. I’ve resolved to read more – a lot more – and my Kindle bookshelf holds nearly 400 books ready for my eager brain. I’m a big proponent of knowledge, no matter the subject. And, naturally, I’ll continue to share my reviews of the most memorable books.

I’ve been honored to read and review others’ books. In fact, I was sought out particularly by Cathy Kennedy to review her “Meeting of the Mustangs,” which you can read my review HERE ON GOODREADS. It’s a sweet young adult novel that I believe many of any age would like.

Currently, I started reading “Grounded” by Kate Forest. Again, she and her publicist contacted me to ask for a Read and Review.  I’m honored, and I anticipate my review will be written and done sometime in the next week.

I’m also looking forward to digging out my dad’s books on World War II. They are so old that they each cost less than a dollar. I found one for fifty cents. Wow.

Recently, we spent time away on vacation, and the change in scenery and weather was fabulous – and much, much needed. The morning sunrises were breathtaking, and once, when I took the dogs out at 4 a.m., the constellations were as clear as anything you could see out in the country without a speck of white light. We really needed that time away.

Part of this change included a very non-traditional Thanksgiving. We roasted a small Butterball turkey breast, steamed some butter beans, whipped up some creamy mashed potatoes, and ended with cherry Jell-O and canned whipped cream. I could have done without the canned whipped cream (bleh!), but I didn’t have the resources to have fresh.

Some of the change are coming out of left field.  I’m vacillating on the status of a friendship of many years.  My friend seems to have taken up with texting me every day, but not with “HI! Here’s what I’ve been up to . . .” but, rather, with multi-paragraph snippets of the “news,” sports scores, and unfunny editorials written in a voice reminiscent of the lame style you would find on a paper placemat at an out-of-the-way diner.  I’ve gently said I can find my own news topics, please get over your candidate not winning, and how are you doing?  Nope, they still come with a “Ting! Ting!” text alert.  Ugh.  I need to find the “unsubscribe” button on those texts.  I want to remain friends, but holy moly!

And here we are – the last day of November. It seems that summer was just here, and now the Holidays are inching forward. And before you know it, it will be 2017.

As fast as time is racing, I’m resolved to live in the day and savor each hour as best as I can.

©Susan Marie Molloy and all works within.


BOOK REVIEW: “The 20s Girl, The Ghost, and All That Jazz” By June Kearns

The 20s Girl Picture CoverStraight out of the box, I found this novel fun and delightful to read. Englishwoman Gerry discovers her Aunt Leonie left her half a share of a Texas ranch, and an inscrutable Texan, Cooper, is somehow part of the deal.

June Kearns does a wonderful job with moving the story along at a perfect pace, and she is clever with awakening all the senses by utilizing flawlessly written words. I saw the colorful silk dresses and felt their melting softness; I smelled the fruity-spiciness of Mitsouko perfume; I was curious, wary, excited, and thrilled at the ups and downs of the relationship between the exuberant Englishwoman, Gerardina Mary Chiledexter (a.k.a. “Gerry”,) and the enigmatic Texan-with-no-surname, Cooper.

At first, I was a little chagrined at June Kearns’ writing style. The half sentences and phrases threw me off at the beginning, and I wasn’t sure if this would be a good read. However, I continued, determined, and discovered that much of what she wrote is, indeed, thoughts that ran through Gerry’s mind, and that we ourselves think and converse in such a manner. Does anyone think to themselves, or even speak to other in complete, perfectly grammatically correct sentences? Not always. Sometimes. Mostly. Indeed. Let’s move along—

What I was impressed with was Kearns’ knowledge and obvious well-researched history and social aspects of the 1920s world. She was right on about societal conventions, clothing, fashion, and even right down to perfumer Guerlin’s Mitsouko. That perfume, indeed, was a fairly new scent (introduced right after World War I) and was popular, too.

Kearns’ descriptions of England and Texas are picturesque and authentic. I felt I was in the cool, green English countryside and in the dusty, stifling heat of Texas. Even the brief allusions to Gerry’s ocean voyage and the undulating feel was something to which I could relate.

The romantic scenes are tastefully written and leaves all the details to the reader. To me, that is a sign of a truly gifted writer. Bravo!

I warmed up to Kearns’ writing style as I turned each page, I actually grew to care quite a bit about all the characters, living, dead, human, and beast. There were funny scenes and scenes that made me giggle, and I grew so curious about Archie, that, well, I’d like to see his story in a future Kearns novel. I would like to get to know him better.

All in all, I highly recommend “The 20s Girl, The Ghost, and All That Jazz” by June Kearns for anyone who likes the 1920s era, loves a little sweet romance, and relishes a mystery and intrigue.

This is a novel that I’ll pick again off my shelf and read.

©Susan Marie Molloy, and all works within.


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