Aug 30, 2016

Bring Out Your Inner Artist

But she was already moving in, eyes wide and delighted. 
"You're an artist. This is wonderful. You sculpt."
The single room was nearly as big as the main area of the cottage. And much more cramped. A
worktable stood in the center, crowded with tools and hunks of stone, pots of clay. A half dozen sketch pads were tossed around. Shelves and smaller tables were jammed with examples of his work. Mystical, magical creatures that danced and flew.
A blue mermaid combed her hair on a rock. A white dragon breathed fire. Faeries no bigger than her thumb ringed in a circle with faces sly. A sorcerer nearly as tall as she, held his arms high and wept. 
"They're all so alive, so vivid." She couldn't help herself, she had to touch, and so she ran her finger down the rippling hair of the mermaid.

Ever After


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Cilla saw the gorgeous wide-planked chestnut floor, the beautiful tall windows and the wide,
glossy trim. “
"What a wonderful room."
“"Big. It was designed as the master bedroom, but I don’t need this much space to sleep.”"
Cilla tuned into him again, and into the various workstations set up in the room. 
Five large, and very ugly, filing cabinets lined one wall. Shelves lined another with what seemed to be a ruthless organization of art supplies and tools. He’d devoted another section to action figures and accessories. She recognized a handful of the collection, and wondered why Darth Vader and Superman appeared so chummy.
A huge drawing board stood in the center of the room, currently holding what she assumed to be the panels he’d talked about. Spreading out from it on either side, counters and cubbies held a variety of tools, pencils, brushes, reams of paper. Photographs, sketches, pictures torn or cut out of magazines of people, places, buildings. Still another leg of the counter held a computer, printer, scanner—a Buffy the Vampire Slayer action figure.
Opposite that, to form a wide U, stood a full-length mirror.
"“That’s a lot of stuff."”
"“It takes a lot of stuff."


Aug 29, 2016

People Who Hate Working Out Are More Intelligent

"I guess the bastard elliptical is doing its job. How do you keep in shape?"
"I use the gym three or four times a week, play basketball, that sort of thing."
She sent him a slitted-eye, accusatory stare. "I bet you like it. The gym."
"Yeah, I do."
"So does Parker. I think you're both sick."
"Keeping in shape is sick?"
"No, liking what goes into keeping in shape is sick. I get doing it, but it should be considered a chore, a duty, a necessary evil."

Bed of Roses 


By Gesundheitshuette - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Those with a steadfast commitment to the couch potato lifestyle may be onto something after all. According to a new study published in the Sage Journal of Health Psychologypeople who will find any excuse to skip the gym have higher levels of a trait called “need for cognition,” or a “tendency to engage in and enjoy effortful cognitive endeavors,” according to the researchers. In other words, those who lack any sort of athletic ability may make up for it in intelligence and a general love for deep thinking.


They'd passed mile three with Del taking the lead when Mac dragged herself in.
“There it is.” She bared her teeth at the Bowflex. “The enemy.” 
She scowled at Parker, who finished up her session with basic yoga poses to stretch out. 
“You're already finished, aren't you? I can tell by that smug look on your face.”

Savor the Moment

Aug 25, 2016

Beans & Rice

"They're wrong. You know that, Dec. You're not tossing anything aside. 
You're just picking up something different. Relax and enjoy it. 
You're in New Orleans now, or close enough. We take things easy here. 
We'll wear some of that Yankee off you soon enough. 
Have you doing the Cajun two-step and 
stirring up some red beans and rice on wash day."

Midnight Bayou


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Aug 24, 2016

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

"See that water boils full before you pour it," she added. 
"Most Yanks never can get a decent pot of tea made." 

Three Fates


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George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules

After the recently examined history of how coffee changed the world, the most democratic thing to do would be to offer those of us who prefer tea a comparable treat — and what would be more appropriate than a reading of George Orwell’s his secret to the perfect cup of tea? The passage, which discusses “one of the most controversial parts of all” — the matter of the milk — is part of his altogether fantastic 1945 essay “A Nice Cup of Tea,”

Aug 23, 2016

Why Introverts Make The Best Leaders

She looked at him, then at Cleo. "Yes, I guess I do, but I intend to research if insanity
runs in my family. There’s a pull-out sofa in my office here. You can use that tonight."


"It isn’t free," she told Gideon and lifted the tea tray. 

"From this point on, I stop being a tool and become an active participant in this little ... quest."

Cleo smiled as Tia carted the tray into the living room. 
"Translated, Slick, the doc just informed you she’s your fucking partner."

"Yes, I did. Lemon or sugar?"

Three Fates


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(], via Wikimedia Commons

When you think about a successful leader, I’m sure a reserved, 
unassuming introvert is not what popped into your head. 


"You never stumbled, Tia." Standing behind her, Malachi laid his hands on her shoulders. 
"You’ve been rock-steady, through and through."

"That’s a dream in itself."

Three Fates

Aug 10, 2016

Gone... Vacations!

Ryan lay baking in the strong sun. There was an itch in the center of her back, 
but she didn't move to scratch it. 
She lay still and let the heat soak into her skin.
She had spent a week on board her father's yacht off the coast of St. Croix.

This Magic Moment


Being Nora Bound goes to the Beach, to the Mountain, and to... Everywhere (which is my favorite place of all).

I will be back soon... lots of reading to catch up, family to cuddle to, myself to meet and find.

Wishing you - if that's the case - wonderful vacations or just happy and awesome days. Until we "meet" again...




For days now she had lain in the sun, swam and kept her mind a blank. 
She hadn't even gone back to her apartment after the taping. 
She had arrived in St. Croix with the clothes on her back. 
Whatever she needed she bought on the island. 
She spoke to no one but the crew and sent no messages back to the States. 
For a week she simply slipped off the face of the earth.

This Magic Moment

Aug 4, 2016

You’re Welcome

She dipped into the bag and pulled out a gold foiled candy box. "For Mom."
"Oh." Rachel's eyes took on the glow a woman's get when she looks at a lover—or a five-pound box of exclusive chocolates. "I think you just became my best friend."
Chuckling, Bess dug into the bags again. "Well, I know that people tend to drop by with baby gifts." She held out a box wrapped in snowy white with bright red lollipops scattered over it. "And, though I couldn't resist the tradition, I figured you deserved something really
sinful for yourself."
"I do." 

Convincing Alex


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Gage considered a minute. “You guys are idiots. The appropriate Glad You Didn’t Die token is a hooker and a bottle of Jack.”

“We couldn’t find a hooker.” Fox shrugged. “Our time was limited.”

“You could give him an IOU,” Layla suggested.

Gage grinned at her. “All markers cheerfully accepted.”

The Pagan Stone

Aug 3, 2016

Transform Women Into Modern-Day Mermaids

He risked a glance, relieved she’d covered everything. “Mermaid fashion?”

“Yes. We like adornments, too.”

Bay of Sighs


Dazzling Crowns Adorned with Seashells

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The glittering designs are loaded with small conch shells, crystals, and gold accents that will make anyone wearing them feel like Princess Ariel. 

Shiels beautifully integrates her different findings, mixing and matching colors and textures to create multifaceted, wearable works of art that have a modern, bohemian vibe.

Aug 1, 2016

"My Baby Just Cares for Me" ~ Happy Ever After

Finally, she assured somebody named Michael that both he and his fiancé, Vince, 
still had time to learn to swing dance, and rattled off the name and 
number of a dance instructor.

Happy Ever After



“Got it. Now, why do Michael and Vince need to swing dance?” 

“They're getting married in February, and finally decided on a Big Band-era theme.They're wearing zoot suits and spats.” 

He took a moment to absorb it. “You're not kidding.” 

“No, and I happen to think it'll be fun. So naturally, they want to swing, and particularly well for their first dance.” 

“Who leads? That's a serious question,” he said when she gave him a bland stare. “Somebody has to.” 

“They can flip a coin, I suppose, or leave it to the instructor. I think Vinnie because Michael's the one who's worried about it, and Vinnie's pretty gung-ho.”

Happy Ever After