Sustainable Tuesday; Library Advantages Part 2

A couple of things first. My backspace key isn’t working so…  I hope I don’t just give up on making this readable. Also, the name of this post is a little odd, it doesn’t really fit what this post will be. This will be a book post.

So last Monday/Tuesday I read Bringing Books To The Ozarks A Branson Adventure by Kathleen Van Buskirk

It was amazing. A hundred or so years ago a study club in Branson Missouri decided that learning about the rest of the world would be easier if they had a library. So everyone agrees to donate their books. And then they have to find a space for these books. It is a constant battle for the club to keep finding space for the books. Then they just buy land and become a business. (Not that they weren’t doing business before this, but…)

The history in this book. It’s rare. I guess I’ve just never read a book about fundraising in the past before. I got a great fundraising idea or two. Jitney Pizzas anyone?

Also, I really enjoyed hearing about how the library grew and changed with the times. At one point they had 500,000 books checked out in a year. They added a computer portion in the early nineties. They rented out the recent bestsellers. They fixed books for fifty years because they couldn’t spare money to replace the old ones.

I just felt like book lovers should be inspired by this book. If you have books you should donate them to the library. Volunteer your time. Give your money. This means your library will be bigger and better.

A Large Year End Post

I don’t know what happened this year, but I was busy. So skip what you like, but kindly pay attention to the first section.

Social Media

I started an Instagram. It’s smallish. I mainly post about Fashion, Sewing, and Life.

I started a Bookstagram. It’s a bit bigger.

I started a Youtube Channel. It will be primarily about books. I also plan on doing fact sections. My goal with it is to have five thousand followers by the end of the year. I know this is crazy as most people don’t care about the books I love at all. YAY!

I also have a Ko-fi account. This month I haven’t done much on it, but I plan on doing more in 2020.

I have a Reedsy account. I haven’t done much with it, but I could…

I use Pinterest off and on. Yeah, skip it.

Writing

I participated and won both Camp Nano’s and Nanowrimo.

I wrote some this year. I finished my novella/middle-grade novel Aleah Ash. Now it just needs a few readers, a bit more editing, and then I may see about publishing it.

I worked on plotting my steampunk trilogy. Literally.

I got a good way into the rough draft of Containsia book one. I plan on finishing it soon. My hope is to start work on book two next Nanowrimo.

I also have written a few recipes for my cookbook, but write now I’m struggling with how serious it should be. (Strange Humor or Mostly Sensible) I hope to get further along with it.

Blog

This year I grew as a blogger. I did well and learnt lots. I got rid of a bunch of pointless subscribers. I participated in blog tours.

Family and Life

January

I don’t know what happened. I visited Arkansas. Don’t have plans

February

Wrote my 100th blog post. Designed a floor plan. Still no plans

March

It happened. G-pa’s turning 90

April

Made myself a silk skirt. Participated in Camp Nano. It started raining. Maybe go to NY and Camp Nano

May

M’s best friend got married. I was part-time photographer. No plans

June

Went camping. Took a trip. Saw two weddings. Visited Canada for the first time in my memory. Explored a tornado aftermath. (Do you want to hear about that?) Went swimming. No plans

July

Turned 20. Did Camp Nano No plans Camp Nano

August

Is in the past. Plans???

September

Started Sustainable Tuesday. Started planning on my sister’s leaving. No plans

October

Planned for Nanowrimo. Had a crazy dream. Pattern tested. Got a job. Got a second job. No plans

November

Sisters left. Did Nanowrimo. Got a Niece. Updated my room. Got a third job. Saw Niece. Nanowrimo. (visit Israel???)

December

Was busy. Got left behind. Spent a week by myself. No plans.

Reading

Yes that is one hundred and seventy seven books. This year I plan on reading 500 books at least.

The British Are …

I asked my friend Caz if it was okay if I make fun of Brexit, I possibly should have included the British as well, but I think that was a little bit implied.

So let me talk a bit about the British trying to leave the EU. It’s not just been months, it’s been years since it first started being something to think about and we haven’t gotten much past thinking about it.

The British are coming, the British are coming.

Famous lines, from when a country was first leaving the British Empire. The start of the end. Even if some countries left much more peacefully or less completely the British Empire grew super small, indeed it stopped existing.

That was right around when the EU came along and made England part of a different kind of Empire. One that grew and grew and seemed like it would never stop.

Then the shocking day came, Britain declared it was considering leaving the EU. The country that had been left and left and left was now saying it would leave?

Maybe we’ll see if they can do it.

Here is my advice. Just do it. If they have to pull out their water pistols (because the don’t have real guns) and say we are leaving or else. Do it.

If they need to go to Germany and have peaceful protests (I’d say France as it’s closer, but they’ve had enough trouble with protesters). Do it.

If they still think that politics can do it, good for them, but now that they’ve said that they’ll leave I want them to. Do it.

The British are leaving, the British are leaving.

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PS

I recently got Grammarly for Firefox and it does not think this is funny at all. I know my sense of humor is odd but didn’t you at least smile.

 

A Heart Pocket History,

Back in 2014 Mom made me a skirt. She used upside-down huge blue jean legs for the main part and a pair of darker blue pockets for pockets. To make the skirt longer and prettier she added a pink ruffle to the bottom and matching pink hearts on the pockets.

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At P’s graduation, just after it was made

I loved it. I wore it all the time, so naturally the ruffle wore away super quickly.

Thankfully the rest of the skirt was still good, so it was a matter of a few minutes to change out the ruffle. This time I cut up a skirt I had made years before in a sewing class. It was a lovely ruffle.

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Pardon the ugly face. At a family reunion, after falling in a river.

This ruffle lasted longer, but the day came that it could no longer serve. Unfortunately I have no pictures of what happened next to this skirt. I was wearing it one day when someone mentioned I had a whole in my skirt. I was expecting it (I had been wearing the skirt year round for four years), so sad as I was I retired the body of my skirt.

The pockets were still good though as was the ruffle so I made a new skirt body and put them onto it.

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Tada!!!

Sadly though now one of my pockets has a hole in the bottom, so when this wears out I will only have pictures and scraps. I love this skirt and I’m glad that I put reminders of it on my blog. It’s been a staple for a long time.

The Land I Lost By Huynh Quang Nhuong

This was a very interesting book, in my opinion. Usually when I read about cultures I know little about they are tales of Christians surviving persecution, missionaries coming in, the first real contact with Western Civilization, or all of the above. I frequently read about learning the new language, figuring out how to write it down for the first time. Adapting to a new culture. That sort of thing.

The Land I Lost: Adventures of a Boy in Vietnam
As per usual this cover comes from Goodreads

It was so different and interesting to read about a character that came from the culture. It was so strange to read about a culture that has had for a very long time it’s own writing system and school system, even though to me it seemed as strange as cultures with only recent contact.

Was the story a little gruesome at times? Yes.

Did it have horrifying tales of Monkey See Monkey Do? Yes.

Do I recommend it to any one over the age of ten? Yes.

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Also feel free to check out my Instagram to see my actual copy of the book.

The Reluctant Communist

My Desertion, Court Marshal, And Forty Year Imprisonment In North Korea – Charles Robert Jenkins

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As per usual for book cover this comes from Goodreads

Honestly the main thing I didn’t like about the book was the subtitle. ^ It sounds like the court marshal happened before the forty years, when really it was after. This is by no means the only book I found the title to be annoying. I recently read a book title Hiking Westward, in which they did no hiking. Also the book Six Months To Live was more poetic than the truth. But it isn’t a really big deal.

The book starts  by explaining the authors childhood and young adulthood. It’s a fascinating reminder of how much America has changed.

Then he gives an explanation of how and why he deserted.

As the story progresses you get to see just how crazy and awful North Korea truly is. It is a world without sanity, not just a world of cruelty.

My first thought was that this book reminded me of Captain America, but for a shorter amount of time, and like not fictional. But the more I thought about it the more I realized it reminded me of The Man Without A Country which you can find here or there.

If you want to find out what I thought about the mention of sex in this book look no further than this.

Spoiler Alert: The S Word

I finished a book this past Tuesday and (spoiler) I thought it was great. I plan on doing a full review on Sunday. I wrote a short five star review for it on Goodreads saying I thought anyone who could read and was interested should.

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Then I remembered there is a small scene where the word sex is thrown around like five times. I thought  “drat, I bet most people would not like that scene,” so I added a comment to my review.

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Then I thought about it some more. I finally came to the conclusion that any child old enough to read the Bible themselves. (especially if they have had most of the Bible read to them before) is old enough to read that book, because

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There are certain scenes in the Bible that need no added dramatization from Hollywood to make them R rated.

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