Friday, March 16, 2018

Book Review -Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly is another winner in his long line of Harry Bosch novels. You just can’t go wrong with this author’s character, plot, and writing. He has just the right twists and turns to lead to a satisfying ending.  Harry has his flaws, but he also cares so much about detective work. He’s retired, but still helping independently part-time. His intensity, thought process, and persistence are what make up a great detective. You want him on your side.

Two pharmacists were murdered in a robbery. Sifting through clues leads Bosch into “the dangerous world of prescription drug abuse.”  Undercover work proves eye opening and dangerous for Harry.
Meanwhile, an old case haunts him – “a killer on death row claims Harry framed him”.

Cover blurb – the Two  cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire. Along the way, Bosch discovers that there are two kinds of truth: the kind that sets you free and the kind that leaves you buried in darkness.

Two Kinds of Truth is fast paced and true to form. Once again a very satisfying read from Michael Connelly.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Movie Review Madness - A Wrinkle in Time

I had mixed emotions going into A Wrinkle in Time. I’d read the book by Madeleine L’Engle and really liked it (read as a girl and recently with an adult perspective – it is a classic for a reason). I had also read so-so reviews, but the previews, to me, looked promising.  Drum roll results – I give it a B-/ C+.  I believe Ava DuVernay, the director, had grandiose plans and she did okay. But there are a lot of buts – like at times the movie felt slow. I was ready to tesseract (space/time travel) into some new scenes.  I’m not going to discuss story line – read the book to experience a lot of grand ideas about science, and girls, and confidence, and empowerment.

I will say that Storm Reid, our heroine Meg, is quite good. I look forward to seeing her in more projects. She seemed “real”. As for the fairy godmothers of sorts – Reese Witherspoon was annoying, Mindy Kaling did not have much to do, and Oprah played Oprah. Her Mrs. Which is supposed to make pronouncements and help Meg see her strengths, etc. I was very conscious that  it was Oprah on the screen doing her Oprah thing well, and when was Dr. Phil going to show up? That’s a problem.  The younger brilliant brother, Charles Wallace (Derie McCabe) was too winsome and precocious. I kept thinking of the kid who plays Young Sheldon on television and I felt he would have been better in the role.  See, I had time to think about this random stuff while watching the movie.

But then some of the stuff would work, and I was certainly rooting for Meg to find her Dad (Chris Pine), to get confidence in herself, to realize that everyone has issues (even the mean girls in school), and to get out of her rut. I was happy with the final results and a lot of the special effects were cool. For my matinee dollars, I was entertained. However, I think this is a movie many will be happy to snooze through on Netflix on a Saturday night. Your own microwave popcorn is cheaper than the theater. So, I’ve saved you some dollars. Use them to buy the book and read it!! That’s the Wrinkle in Time to explore.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Monday Moment

oldies but goodies.  Last Monday I featured my maternal grandparents.  Now I'm featuring my dad's side of the family. His father died when he was young, so my grandmother (Julia Crowther) raised him (middle picture). His older sister kept track of him too. (she's far right in the bottom picture)
These pics were probably late 1970s, early 80s

Tuesday is my aunt's birthday - 92. She's sharp and clever as ever. Had to move out of her home, but still darn independent at the senior living facility.

 Happy Birthday, Aunt Janice!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Zoo World

 so, I should have written some book reviews, but I haven't.  Work is "killing me". I get home and do not want to type a bunch. Thus, I'm giving you some happy filler Friday from our lives.

For Valentine's I adopted a penguin in Ray's name.  Isn't he cute?  The Fort Worth Zoo has a nifty program - for a very reasonable fee, you adopt a penguin. In return, you get a stuffed penguin doll, a certificate, and a really nice picture. See below
See the family resemblance. Admittedly, our Rockhopper is a tad more dapper than Ray. However, so far he's behaving well and is not messy- yes, he lives at the zoo. However, I'm sure he's being fed regularly, gets a good night's sleep, and enjoys his habitat. We'll go visit him in the spring.

Meanwhile, adoption is the way to go to support your local zoo. Check it out and be a part of your community.  Zoos work hard to help wild life, do research, and save animals on this planet.

Happy Friday and weekend......I swear I'll type those book reviews!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Wordless Wednesday - Oh My Orchids

pictures shared by my sister from Longwood Gardens.  Orchid fest was astounding.
A feast for the eyes.  Spring hope to brighten still dreary winter days.


Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday Moment

 Quick Monday moment.
But first, back up to Friday - glorious day. Worked hard and we all got early dismissal - "just because it's too pretty out there".  I came home and our new diving board had been installed. The pool project is complete. New stone coping, new plaster, new board. Now we need some warmer weather. It was darn pretty out, but I'm not a polar bear swimmer.  Instead I raked gobs of leaves - our live oak is shedding its winter coat and green is popping out all over.
Saturday  - leaf project was done. Now on to my painting project in my pretty room (i.e. reading, no TV). New furniture arrived. I had put primer on my accent wall.  Now what color....our house leans toward muted colors. Time for a Wow! moment.  I went with "Exotic Sea". Sure pops, doesn't it?

So, guess I'm good for another twenty years (rather lazy, not big on tons of changes here)

Clear blue water under the diving board, blue exotic sea on the wall........I"m not feeling blue. I'm spring energized.  Happy start to the week.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Filler Friday

Last time I was in PA, I dug through some old photo albums. I'll share some pics through this year.
Here's one of my long gone Nana and Pop-Pop, my maternal grandparents - Elmer and Clarissa Shutters. Originally poor farmers from Indiana. I believe my grandmother did graduate from high school. He might have made it through eighth grade. Just solid, down home folks who worked hard, moved to PA, made a living, raised four kids - Lee, Jane, Juanita (my mom), and Richard - and were awesome grandparents.

My memory is him holding my hand as I skipped down the sidewalk. He ambled along and wore suspenders. She wore a house dress with an apron. And there was always candy in a bowl, that grubby little fingers could choose (even between meals!)

 I hope you have some hazy good memories of grandparents.

TGIF and enjoy your weekend.