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January 17, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Winter in the Park

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January 15, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ January 15th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


Here’s what arrived in my mailbox last week . . .

New Arrivals

New York Station by Lawrence Dudley from Blackstone Audio.

A World War II spy thriller with a twist, based on a true conspiracy, with astounding parallels between then and now.

My Name Is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd from Dial Press.

In this riveting, heartfelt debut, a young woman assumes a new name to escape her dark past and find the redemption she desperately seeks.

Edmond: The Moonlit Party by Astrid Desbordes, Marc Boutavant (Illustrations) from AmazonVine.

Edmond the squirrel is shy and a bit lonely, but he nevertheless believes that his life is just as it should be.

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January 12, 2018 / Leslie

Why Dinosaurs Matter by Kenneth Lacovara

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Simon Schuster Audio | September 2017
Format: Audio Download | 4½ hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

World-renowned paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara reveals how understanding dinosaurs can help us better understand our own biology—and our future.

What’s it about . . .
People love dinosaurs. We are fascinated by them. The more we learn about them the more we realize that dinosaurs achieved feats unparalleled by any other group of animals. They were adaptable and fascinating creatures that deserve a lot more respect than we give them. They did not die out because they were too slow or stupid to adapt, but instead were wiped out by a calamitous event that left them little time to adjust and recover.

What did I think . . .
This was especially interesting to me because it delves into the subject of why birds are dinosaurs, and that dinosaurs are not truly extinct – they live on as birds. The author explains how birds are descended from the theropod group, also known as avian dinosaurs, the ones that had feathers.

This is a well written and interesting book by an author who is passionate about the subject. So why do dinosaurs matter? The lesson here is that no species lasts forever. Humans take for granted that we are invincible, when in reality our time on this planet could be just as fleeting; we are far more fragile than the dinosaur. And in the end, it was an asteroid crashing into the earth that took down a mighty species.

Audio production . . .

This was read with enthusiasm by the author – maybe a little too much at times! It was a quick, enjoyable listen, read in a manner that the entire family will enjoy listening to.

Audio Sample . . .

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January 9, 2018 / Leslie

Brewdog: Craft Beer for the People

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Mitchell Beazley | November 2017
Format: Hardcover | 240 pages

How to understand and enjoy craft beer, from one of the most exciting new beer brands.

This is an interesting look at the craft beer industry from Brewdog, a company based in the UK, that is aimed at the beer drinker who enjoys trying brews that are different and unique. In 10 years they have been very successful and have grown from 2 guys and a dog to 750 employees and a dog.

These guys are truly experts in their field and they make no secret of their dislike of corporate breweries marketing fake craft beer, or buying a small brewery just to get the name.

There is a lot of information in this book, everything from the proper way to taste beer to how to brew your own. There is even a section of recipes to pair with beers. The book has a nice layout with lots of color photos, illustrations, charts, and sidebars. Headings and points of interest are in bold type making it easy to flip through and stop and read a topic that catches the eye. The writing style is engaging, fun, and informative.

An Under My Apple Tree Rapid Review

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January 8, 2018 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ January 8th

Welcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
A couple of downloads from Simon & Schuster Audio . . .

New Arrivals

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson.
The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker.
Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

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January 5, 2018 / Leslie

Today is National Bird Day

National Bird Day - January 5th

What is National Bird Day?

The Avian Welfare Coalition’s National Bird Day campaign aims to reduce the suffering of birds by raising public awareness of the destructive bird trade, the realities of cruel bird breeding mills, and ways to improve the welfare of birds already in captivity.

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

From the Avian Welfare Coalition . . .

Exotic bird sanctuaries across the country are overwhelmed with hundreds of unwanted and abused birds in need of rescue and life-long homes, while thousands more languish deprived and ignored in their cages because their “owners” have lost interest in them. Others are simply released to fend for themselves; most of these birds will perish. Meanwhile, pet stores and breeders across the United States continue to treat birds like merchandise, peddling them into the pet trade.

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January 3, 2018 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Bird Bath

Almost wordless: No one is taking a bath in the below zero temperatures, but the birds and small animals appreciate the unfrozen water. You can just see the steam rising off the water.

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