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April Snow Showers bring May Snow Showers!

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on May 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday April 30th we hit a high of 85*F, well Thursday May 2 brought record snowfall.

Check out these pictures!

 

 

 

 14.5" of snow and it's still coming down!

 

 

During the snowstorm early this AM!

 

 

 


 


 

 

 

 Callie when she went outside this AM and only about 5" of snow here!

 

 

Just a neat view at midday.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Can anyone say snow angel time with a snow ball fight thrown in?

 


Library Edition ~ 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on December 24, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas 

  (Library Edition 2012)

  

 

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Library not a romance, a murder nor chaotic mayhem crept across the shelves. Not a page was flipping.  Nor was a mouse surfing the web.  The doors were locked up tight and the computers were all powered down, as if in bed.  Down the street a solitary car drove by, the driver intent on getting into a nice warm bed and catching some sleep, when a sudden flash filled the Library’s windows with a faint luminous light.


“What could it be?” would have been the common refrain, but alas the Library was empty with no one to ask or to care.  But empty it wasn’t, for at the online catalog was that right jolly old elf.  His snowy hair hidden beneath a trimmed, draping old hat, but his beard was snowy and reached down to his belly.  His face was cheery with a wide, pleasant grin.  His coat was thick and velvety, a rich cranberry red.  He scanned the computer looking for just the right book; after all he had a long night still ahead and as yet nothing to read.


But what book was right for a night like this?  After all Christmas Eve comes but once a year, and his choice must satisfy him for the coming year.


Did he want something funny?


Or something sad?


A sweet little romance?


The latest reading fad?


What could be had?


With a sudden sparkle that lit-up his eyes, inspiration struck as if he was struck by an arrow.  With a flash of his hand that was too quick to be seen, he pulled out his e-reader and downloaded some ebooks that were sure to please.


Now what did Santa borrow you may be asking yourself?  The reindeer told me, if you want to know….


First Santa chose Dying to Read to satisfy his craving for murder, humor and romance in a single read.


Second on his list was Candlewax because Fairrier Cats and the power they have over the destructive Trodliks yet remained a puzzle to him.


Last on his list was How To Build A Time Machine: The Real Science Of Time Travel because 72 hours on Christmas Eve would be better than just 24 next year.


But this was a secret I wasn’t to share, so please don’t tell anyone what Santa’s reading this year!


Shhhh, till next year!

 

 

Clipart came from Dover Publications



Merry Christmas CD-ROM and Book

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on November 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Happy Thanksgiving

 

 

 


 

 

 

 


Kris Kringle's Magic ~ Blog Tour with Interview

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on November 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

 

Kris Kringle's Magic

 

 

by Diane Stringam Tolley

 

 

 


 

 

The STORY of a boy who became a LEGEND

 

 

 

Meet the boy who became the Legend.  See Santa as you've never seen him before Kris Kringle's Magic is a new addition to the legend Santa and one that will touch and stir your heart.

Kris Kringle lives in a world that devalues a group of people simply because they are different.  Elves are felt to be sub-human and on a level very slightly above livestock.  Dienes, as all elves are called regardless of their name or gender, are subject to abuse and beatings at the whim of their employers.  

But in this world Kris takes a stand, a stand that others can't understand.  Kris takes time to get to know the elves.  He visits them in their homes and works alongside them in their day-to-day tasks.  

Kris influences a young girl named Rebecca who over the years changes her views of elves thanks to Kris helping her see from the elves point of view.  As Kris helps Rebecca to learn to think for herself they come to care for each other and eventually they marry.     

With the help of the elves and Rebecca's father, Kris begins helping out of the poor children that are ignored by the upper class. But prejudices are hard to overcome and the elves are continually subjected to the baseless fears of those they serve.  When an accident caused by unsafe work conditions results in death, Kris and the elves decide that they can no longer stay where they are and so they determine to move somewhere without people, somewhere they can work and continue to share with those less fortunate.

Though set in the past the message of love, respect, standing firm in the face of wrong are important lessons that we can use today in the here and now. 

I was provided a copy of this title by the author for the purpose of this review, all opinions expressed are my own.

 

 

 

 ~ Blooming with Books' exclusive interview with author Diane Stringam Tolley ~

 

 

 

First off Diane, I'd like to thank you for taking the time from must be a busy schedule with the release of Kris Kringle's Magic

 

 

 

1) With Carving Angels and Kris Kringle’s Magic you must have a great love of Christmas and all it represents, so what makes you want to use Christmas as the setting for your books?

During the Christmas season, there is a feeling that one simply does not find at any other time of the year. A great pity, in my opinion. Love of mankind, kindness and generosity seems to exist everywhere in the buildup to Christmas. It cannot last long enough for me. I want to live in that time and extend it to last throughout the year. The one way I have discovered I can do that is to write stories. Stories that keep me immersed in the Christmas spirit year round. It's a perfect world!

2) What did you use as inspiration for your description of Santa's house? Is it a house you've known, or did you actually make a trip to the North Pole and get an inside tour with Mrs. Santa?

Oh, to get an actual tour!!! I collect Scott Gustafson paintings and his setting for Snow White is the interior of a cabin built by men who use their hands to make their living. It is exactly how I picture a home built by someone who makes toys as a profession. Full of colour and simple, exquisite work.  Filled with beautifully carved furniture and hand-hooked rugs. Mmmmm.

3) Why did you want to show the prejudice against the elves and their subjugation and Kris's championing of them?

My first reason for writing Magic was to explain how Kris Kringle and the Elves ended up at the North Pole. There had to be a reason that an entire nation would flee to a place as inhospitable as the North Pole. Let's face it, it isn't the premier vacation destination of choice . . . Therefore, the people who settled there had to do so, either because they are basically masochistic and love to suffer, or because they were fleeing something so horrible that even the wastelands of the frozen north looked wonderful. I chose the latter. That they had become so oppressed, their only choice was to flee. Rather like the Israelites in Egypt. It was also a way to illustrate some of Kris' finer qualities. His courage. His kindness and his great love.

4) Do you feel that open minded observation can change fears and prejudices that a person is raised in? Or do the changes occur because beneath everything the person is actually open minded to begin with and just needs the opportunity to express this?

Look at the children. Those who have so recently come from their Heavenly Father. With very little encouragement, they love anyone and everyone. Each of us has this same divine core. I believe that, at this core, we want to be open-minded. To love and understand each other. The world and the situations in which we are individually raised coats this core more and more deeply beneath layers of greed, ambition, prejudice and ignorance. I believe that changes in our fears and prejudices can occur if those divine roots can be uncovered. If, through interaction and education, we can begin to know and understand each other. We just need the opportunity.

5) What is your favorite part about writing?

I get to create worlds. It gives me a brief glimpse into eternity.

6) Where do you get your inspiration from?

Occasionally from dreams. (I have some doozies!) But mostly, my inspiration is drawn from observation. For example, I was looking at a picture of Santa Claus, coloured by one of my grandchildren and I thought to myself, “I wonder who made his sleigh?” Carving Angels came from that. I was camping in the Great Outdoors last summer and, while shivering in my sleeping bag, wondered who on earth “would live anywhere colder than this?” My thoughts turned to those who do live further north and under much more 'shivery' conditions. And the reasons that would make them do so. Kris Kringle's Magic was born.

7) Is any character in Kris Kringle’s Magic based on anyone you know?

The character of Kris is based on my Husband. He is the kindest person I know. And has personal integrity and courage. And is very opinionated about how other peoples are and should be treated. And Rebecca is me. But better.

Again thank-you for your time, Diane, and for letting us get to know the soul behind the book.  I hope your readers find Kris Kringle's Magic as enjoyable and enlightening as I did!

 

 

 

Election 2012 Thoughts

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on November 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful -- don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer. 

 It is your job to vote.  It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege.  This is a right that we have fought for throughout our history as a nation - the right to choose our government representation.  

I will not tell you how to vote, only that if you can vote you should.  A single pebble tossed into a pond can send ripples across the entire pond.  Just imagine how one vote can change the future of a nation!

Will you change the future?

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on July 4, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

W
ishing you a Happy July 4th!
The words below should be taken to heart by all who live in theUnited States of America and call it MY COUNTRY whether by birth or by choice.  We are the United States.  We are not the divided states
 

What difference if I hail from North or South
Or from the East or West?
My heart is filled with love
For all of these.
I only know I swell with pride
And deep within my breast
I thrill to see Old Glory
Paint the breeze.
Excerpt taken from This Is My Country; words by Don Raye.
Let this fourth be a chance to join with your friends and neighbors and return to what has made us strong.  Remember the warning given in Mark 3:24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. (NIV)

 

A Thought for Today

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on May 28, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)
May your Memorial Day be one of Remembrance...


A Thought for today - share a book

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on April 23, 2012 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)

"A person who won't read has no advantage over one that can't read."  ~  Mark Twain


Share a book today with someone you know in

celebration of World Book Night.


The gift of reading should be shared.

Celebrate the Gift of God's Earth

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on April 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Celebrate the beauty of God's creation on Earth Day and everyday. 
 It is His gift to us to enjoy!

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"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and God saw that everything He had made was excellent."  
Genesis 1

"The heavens tell the glory of God; and the earth declares His skill."
Psalm 19:1

 

National D.E.A.R. Day

Posted by bloomingwithbooks on April 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you know what April 12th is?

It is National Drop Everything And Read Day!

 

What is D.E.A.R. you ask?

 

National D.E.A.R. Day is a special

celebration to encourage families to

make reading together on a daily

basis a priority.

 

Show your support and spread the love

of reading to your family and friends!

You can visit www.dropeverythingandread.com for D.E.A.R. tips and activities.

 

Reading opens doors that may otherwise be closed.

Open a book and you'll open the world before your very eyes.