MamaT: June 2011 Archives

Five Minute Friday

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I have been reading a wonderful blog called The Gypsy Mama. Every Friday she does a really cool thing--she gives you a writing prompt and tells you to go at it for 5 minutes. No hesitation, no editing. Just GO for 5 minutes. I think this sounds like a wonderful idea, so I'll be trying it out over the next few weeks.

Today's prompt is: HOME.




Home,home, home. So many sayings, so many memories.

I've been going through boxes of pictures. And I means big old honking boxes of pictures. They were Mom's and she just saved EVERYTHING. But I've been most interested in trying to look *into* the photos. To see what my childhood home looked like. See if I could remember what it felt like, smelled like, tasted like. It's almost like peering around the corner of the pictures and stepping into that world again.

I remember my childhood home's kitchen. The push buttons on the stove. The washer and dryer running. The piles of papers everywhere because not one of us ever learned how to clean as we went.

Evaporative air conditioning, so that it was only cool if you sat right under the vent. One telephone with a LOOOOOOOOONG cord that reached into the bedrooms. The piano in the living room that everbody ran their fingers along as they walked out the door. First boyfriends who sat on the couch and watched TV with us and shyly pecked me on the cheek on the porch when they left.

Oh, home. And all that it means.......



What does home mean to you?

Booking Through Thursday

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Today's real question on BTT is about e-books, and I am still cogitating about them, even though I have, and love, my Nook. That's for another post. Since we haven't done a BTT entry in, like, forever, I decided to take an earlier week's question:

Do you ever feel like you're in a reading rut? That you don't read enough variety? That you need to branch out, spread your literary wings and explore other genres, flavors, styles?

Yes. Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes. That's why I'm always listening for what other people are enjoying that they are reading. I have a younger friend who is into fantasy in a big way, and it's not a genre that I've ever been particularly drawn to--other than, say, Lord of the Rings or Narnia, if those count as fantasy.

When she put a fantasy novel in my hands and said, "Want to try this? I really liked it." I was tempted to say no. But she is such a dear, and we really share a lot of the same perspectives on things (albeit mine are more staid and OLD!). So I took a flyer on it and completely enjoyed the book.

I still don't read fantasy. But a good book is a good book, and I'm happy that someone opened my eyes to something that was out of my box.

What about YOU? Read anything I should be reading lately???



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