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Something I Can Do

Hey Ali,

You know the other day when we posted about books, we added this line?:

*We love our public libraries and independent bookstores.
If you are interested in these titles, will you search these locations in your hometown?

I believe that. I live in a little bitty town, and I actually know the people who are impacted if I don’t shop local. So I do try to think about that before I drive an hour to the Big Town to buy stuff at big stores.

However, this is one case where I choose to think differently. Next week, I will be driving to the Big Town to OfficeMax, for the third year in a row. OfficeMax has this sale on. I will go and buy two of the nicest backpacks I can find. When I check out, I will be sure to use my MaxPerks card, and I will also make sure that the backpacks I selected are part of the promotion. I’ll probably spend close to $100 on the two backpacks.

I usually like to drive straight back to the Christian Ministry in my little bitty town that makes collections of school supplies for needy back-to-school children in my town. It gives me great pleasure to present brand new unused sporty backpacks. There’s a lot of need out there, Ali!

My kids don’t need new backpacks, but they will be very glad if I send them some printer cartridges in late September. I’ll buy those with the $100 that is credited back to my MaxPerks account – and those two backpacks will have only cost me 2¢!

Nancy says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Hey Nancy,

Awesome idea. It really is simple to be generous.

Ali says: All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.

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Reading for Oxygen

Hey, Ali!

I found a link to this blog post by Sarah Bessey. It looks good, but this line says it all:

I’m a book devourer (it’s official because it’s on my bio page, you know). I have always read for oxygen, my only punishment as a child was to have my books taken away from me.

Yep. I read for oxygen, too. (And, in all seriousness, my mom did take away my books and make me go outside for punishment. I can remember sitting on the front steps as angry as a person can be.)

Nancy says:  Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Hey Nancy,

Humm. So many thoughts, so many questions, so many wonderments. Maybe I am suffocating? I am sort of between books so it is possible…

Ali says:  All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.

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Feast of the “Gaurdian Angles”

Hey, Ali!

I subscribe to an iCal calendar of Episcopal Feast Days. This means that in my personal computer calendar, all these random holidays show up. I can’t edit them, or anything – I can either show them or not show them.
I was checking my October Calendar and saw this.
I DEFINITELY think we need to celebrate!

Nancy says: Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Oh, Nan!
My Gaurdian Angle is definitely obtuse!

Ali says: All is words, and all shall be words
and all manner of thing shall be words.

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Book Hang Over

Hey, Ali!

I saw this on Facebook:

I suffer from this mightily. Almost every single day the husband and I sit down to rehash the day, telling stories. I list what I might have heard (or stalked online) about the two kids. I might have a story or two about e-mail conversations with friends. And in the middle I start to tell him a book plot as if it really happened and then remember, “Wait! Not real. Fiction…..”

Nancy says:  Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Oh, Nancy!

Don’t I know that plot in my own life! I find that my lapse into literature happens more in a group discussion where I start with, “I have this friend that one time…” In my mind, it is totally honest. I can’t really remember how I know them, or who they are, but they are a friend–I’m sure–and what happened to them fits perfectly with the event in the present conversation. On a few occassions, I’ve been enlightened when a listener tilts their head, wrinkles their brow, and says, “You know that character?”

To me, this is the highest praise for any writer…when we bring their story into our story.

I wonder? Do we ever do that with movie or tv characters?

Ali says: All shall be words, and all shall be words,
and all manner of thing shall be words.

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Pocketbook…

Hey, Ali!

So I saw this pocketbook online … but I don’t know what brand it is or where to find it or anything.


So I decided to use Google’s image search for the first time.

They pulled up the blog where I saw the picture, no problem. In other words, Google correctly identified the place where I lifted the picture.

 I was HOPING they’d find it other places, like “Gucci Purse Store” or something, so I could scrape up my spare millions and buy it. Here’s what Google identified as “visually similar”:
Nancy says:  Y colorín, colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.
Hey Nancy,
How did Google know you have a dog?
Hahahahahahaha.
Ali says: All shall be words, and all shall be words, 
and all manner of thing shall be words.

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