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Hello, and welcome to imagic reflections!

Here, we talk about books, history (actual and alternative), the latest discoveries in archaeology, music, movies, and just life in general.  Whatever catches my interest at the time.  Occasionally, I’ll post a scrap kit for you to download.  This doesn’t happen as often as I’d like anymore, but that’s life.

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Waxing Nostalgic

For some reason, this Saturday morning has me waxing nostalgic about Saturday morning cartoons.  Don’t y’all miss those?  The good ones they no longer show anymore.  The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, for example.

Hell, until the Cartoon Network weekend lineup was changed, I still watched the Looney Toons every Saturday morning.  There’s just something about watching a coyote’s desperate quest for a juicy roadrunner or an alien reject from the Roman army abducting rabbits and abominable snowmen that starts the day off right.  :)

See, now I want to veg out in front of the T. V. watching cartoons!  Netflix is seriously calling me name.

I also loved Goof Troop, The New Adventures of Winne the Pooh, Garfield, Tom and Jerry (something else watched on Cartoon Network until recently), The Smurfs, and Alvin and the Chipmunks.  Oh, Duck Tales, Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck, too.  Those last three also came on weekdays after school.

Yep, definitely need to plan a date with the T. V., the Wii, and Netflix.  Or the laptop and YouTube.  Maybe both.

 

Yiaourti

Dannon-OikosOtherwise known as Greek yoghurt.  Yes, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.  This is a huge surprise to me because I don’t like regular yoghurt.  It’s too sharp.  You know the sharp, musty smell of moldy bread?  That’s what yoghurt tastes like to me.  No matter the brand, no matter the flavor.  So, to say I was reluctant to try Greek yoghurt is an understatement.  My sister, however, had no such compunction.  She bought a couple cups of Oikos® Traditional Greek to try.  The verdict?  Too sour.  Not sharp, but sour.  Curious despite myself, I opened up some Key Lime and fell in love.  To my taste buds, it’s tart, not sour.  Rich, creamy and tart with a slight tang in the background reminiscent of sour cream.  I just love the stuff.  Lemon Meringue is even better.  You better believe I’ll be trying the other flavors.  Except for Raspberry.  I can’t stand raspberries.

Outlander Summer

This is an awesome summer for fans of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.  Outlander-STARZ-PosterIn June, we finally got our eager, greedy little hands on book eight, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood.  There’s a complete series re-read in my future, y’all.  With the long interval between An Echo in the Bone and Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, my memory on certain plot points is a little fuzzy.

But that ain’t all.   As you probably know by now, our favorite Highlander and his time traveling wife are coming to the small screen next month.  The STARZ series premiers here in the U. S. on  August 9th.  I can hardly wait!

I’ll admit that I, sometimes, find Claire annoying, but I don’t know who could read these books and not fall at least a little in love with Jamie Fraser.

Library Reads: August 2014

library_reads_logo_websiteLibrary Reads has come out with their August list and four in particular have caught my interest:

One Kick by Chelsea Cain
August 19

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom
July 29

Lucky-Us_Bloom“My father’s wife died. My mother said we should drive down to his place and see what might be in it for us.”

So begins this remarkable novel by Amy Bloom, whose critically acclaimed Away was called “a literary triumph” by The New York Times. Brilliantly written, deeply moving, fantastically funny, Lucky Us introduces us to Eva and Iris. Disappointed by their families, Iris, the hopeful star, and Eva, the sidekick, journey across 1940s America in search of fame and fortune. Iris’s ambitions take them from small-town Ohio to an unexpected and sensuous Hollywood, across the America of Reinvention in a stolen station wagon, to the jazz clubs and golden mansions of Long Island.

With their friends in high and low places, Iris and Eva stumble and shine through a landscape of big dreams, scandals, betrayals, and war. Filled with gorgeous writing, memorable characters, and surprising events, Lucky Us is a thrilling and resonant novel about success and failure, good luck and bad, the creation of a family, and the pleasures and inevitable perils of family life. From Brooklyn’s beauty parlors to London’s West End, a group of unforgettable people love, lie, cheat, and survive in this story of our fragile, absurd, heroic species.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
July 29

Big-Little-Lies_MoriartySometimes it’s the little lies that turn out to be the most lethal. . . .  A murder . . . a tragic accident… . . . or just parents behaving badly?  What’s indisputable is that someone is dead.   But who did what?

Big Little Lies follows three women, each at a crossroads:   Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.   New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar
August 19

19144598From the critically beloved, bestselling author of The World We Found and The Space Between Us, whom the New York Times Book Review calls a “perceptive and . . . piercing writer,” comes a profound, heartbreakingly honest novel about friendship, family, secrets, forgiveness, and second chances

An experienced psychologist, Maggie carefully maintains emotional distance from her patients. But when she meets a young Indian woman who tried to kill herself, her professional detachment disintegrates. Cut off from her family in India, Lakshmi is desperately lonely and trapped in a loveless marriage to a domineering man who limits her world to their small restaurant and grocery store.

Moved by her plight, Maggie treats Lakshmi in her home office for free, quickly realizing that the despondent woman doesn’t need a shrink; she needs a friend. Determined to empower Lakshmi as a woman who feels valued in her own right, Maggie abandons protocol, and soon doctor and patient have become close friends.

But while their relationship is deeply affectionate, it is also warped by conflicting expectations. When Maggie and Lakshmi open up and share long-buried secrets, the revelations will jeopardize their close bond, shake their faith in each other, and force them to confront painful choices.

How about y’all.  Anything on the list intrigue you?

Off topic, anybody else find it ominous that the meteorologists are talking about polar anything in July?

Summer Yumminess

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July is National Ice Cream Month.  Like we really need an excuse to eat ice cream in July.  Ain’t nothing better than cold ice cream on a steamy, hot summer day.  My personal favorite is strawberry.  Has been since I was a kid.  I also loved those orange sherbet push-ups.  Oh, and Mickey Mouse pops.  Y’all remember those?  A Mickey Mouse shaped popsicle with a vanilla face, chocolate eyes, nose, mouth, and ears.  And the ears were coated in chocolate.  So good.  What I really miss from those days in the Creamy Burger.  It was an ice cream sandwich with Neapolitan ice cream, sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies, and the whole thing covered in chocolate.  Talk about yummy!

Oushine-Fruit-BarsNow, as a grown-up (sort of :) ), I’ve just discovered Outshine Fruit Bars.  They actually have little bits of fruit in them.  My sister saw some at the grocery store and bout some.  She raved about the pineapple ones.  Me, I love the coconut.  Next, I’m thinking I’ll try the strawberry.  Or maybe the peach mango.  Tangerine also look really good.  :)   My sister’ll probably go for pomegranate.

What’s your favorite ice cream?

Happy 4th of July, y’all!

Arthur, the overachieving Category 2 hurricane that was forecast to be a Cat. 1, is heading out this morning.  It made landfall on Shackleford Banks last night, a barrier island famous for its wild horses.  We’re far enough inland that we didn’t get anything too bad, although I won’t know how many tree limbs I’ll have to pick up until the sun comes up.  It’s just starting to get light, now, and I don’t see too many, so, yay.  :)

Other than hurricane clean up, my plans for the day include hanging out with family, watching the World Cup, and pigging out on ribs.  How about y’all?