Jul 13, 2018

“Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one thou must dive for it.” Chinese Proverb

“And the pearls?”
“These.” He lifted a finger to trace them. 
“A symbol of family, endurance, innocence. They suit you very well.”
“They— I know I should have found a way not to accept them, but when Suzanna 
put them on me upstairs, they felt as though they were mine.” 

Megan's Mate


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Use Pearl when you need a boost of happiness in your life

The Meanings and Myths of Pearls

Jul 12, 2018

How to Get Rid of Hiccups

Picking up the glass, she drank while running her
finger in circles over the bottom.
"What the hell are you doing now?"
"Getting rid of the hiccups. Surefire." 
She set the glass down and
waited. "See? All clear." 

Loving Jack


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Home Remedies That Actually Work

Hiccups come at the most inconvenient times, and when you're in public, you might need to use some very subtle methods to control them. Here are seven time-tested techniques to get rid of hiccups in a hurry.

Jul 10, 2018

Birds are wicked smart, despite their small brains

Seconds later, a shrill wolf whistle sounded from inside, followed by a muffled scream. 
He was grinning by the time Bird squawked out his invitation: “Hey, sugar, buy you a drink? Here's looking at you, kid.” When Bird began to sing a chorus of “There Is Nothing like a Dame,” the children collapsed into fits of laughter.
A few minutes later, Megan carried out a tray of drinks. Bird's voice followed her. “'Give me a kiss, and to that kiss a score!'“
She arched a brow as she set the tray on the deck. “Bogart, show tunes and poetry. That's quite a bird.” 

Megan's Mate


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Crows and ravens are really smart. Parrots and cockatoos are very intelligent. Magpies, macaws, jays and parakeets ... all brilliant birds. But how is it that these avian animals are so clever when their brains are relatively small? After all, isn't it our big brains relative to our body size that makes us humans so amazingly smart? Turns out, not necessarily.

Jul 9, 2018

Love for Rome grows with each visit

"Have you ever been to Rome?"
"No." He thought he heard just a trace of wistfulness in her voice. "I haven't been to Europe at all."
"When you do, come to Rome. It was built on grit."
Her mind drifted a bit as she thought of it, and her smile remained. "I think of fountains and marble and cathedrals."
"You'll find them—and more." She had a face exquisite enough to be carved in marble, he thought. A voice quiet and smooth enough for cathedrals. "Rome rose and fell and clawed its way back up again. An intelligent woman understands such things. A romantic woman understands the fountains." 

Lessons Learned


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Love is lovelier the second time around, Frank Sinatra told us.
It's much the same with Rome.

Jul 8, 2018

My husband is at it again

Now it's Angels Fall...

I'm feeling very smug with his suspictions and his who-did-it-?-... first  it was Doc, then he tried to enter Nora's mind and said it could be Brody... today the finger, and mind, points to Mac Drubber...

It's never who's in plain sight 😉

Jul 5, 2018

Reasons You Should Spend More Time Alone

"Will you stay?"
"No." Meg pulled the drapes, spoke into the shadows. 
"I don't hate being alone. And I need to be."

Northern Lights


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There are a multitude of studies that tout the benefits of solitude. Here are just a few science-backed reasons for spending time alone:


Nathan had been perfectly happy catching up on his back issues of Architectural Digest. He burrowed in his office, content simply to be there with the warm paneled walls and the faded Persian carpet. Terrace doors opened onto the patio and out to the garden. It was his
refuge, with the faint scent of leather from books and the sharp light of sun through etched glass. If a man couldn't be alone in his office, he couldn't be alone anywhere. 

Loving Jack

Jul 4, 2018

Prepare Your Child to Handle an Emergency

Owen turned the truck around, started toward the road. “I’m going to get a dog.”
“Dogs are good.” Liam nodded wisely. “You can play with them, and you have to feed
them and teach them to sit. They keep bad guys away. A bad guy came in our house, but
the dogs were just puppies.”
Owen debated a response. He wasn’t sure how much the boys knew about Sam
Freemont. “You have good dogs.”
“They’re bigger now, but they’re still puppies. But they’ll keep bad guys away when
they grow up. The bad guy came in and scared my mom.”
“I know. But she’s okay, and the bad guy’s in jail.”
“Beckett came and stopped him. And you and Ryder came, too.”
“That’s right.” If Liam needed to talk about it, Owen concluded, it worried at the kid.
“You don’t have to worry, Liam. We’ve got your back.”
“’Cause Beckett and Mom are getting married.”
“Because of that, yeah, and just because.”
“If the bad guy tries to come back, and Beckett’s not there, Harry and I will fight him,
and Murphy’ll call nine-one-one, then Beckett. We talked about it. We practiced.”
“That’s smart.” 

The Last Boyfriend


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The very idea of your child being forced to deal with a scary and strenuous emergency situation is probably downright repellent, but as a parent, one of your most important jobs is making sure that they’re properly equipped to handle anything life throws their way. Even though she may not ever have to put the knowledge to use, simply knowing that your child is prepared to handle an emergency can give you immeasurable peace of mind.


Owen relayed the conversation to Beckett.
“Bite him in the dumb ass. Kid’s got a way. Clare and I talked to them after it happened.
Played it down, but played it straight. Still, they heard stuff at school. So Harry called a
powwow, and they came to me about it.”
“Keep the women out of it?”
Beckett glanced toward the stairs. “Maybe that’s not politically correct, or even correct,
but it feels right in this case. They need to know we’re covered, and that I trust them to
help take care of their mom.”

The Last Boyfriend