Another Book Review – Oct 27, 2014

I write this review out of kindness, with respect for the feelings of the author,and compassion for her age, life story, and desire to share life experiences.
The book is a simple tale of murder and intrigue but little suspense. We’re dropped into the story in 1942 in an alley with a drunk and a naked girl. The story is about Ellie, but is written around her daughter Camille. The background is developed for Ellie, but then jumps to Camille.

The story doesn’t flow and the writing needs to be tightened up. I felt too much of the character development was left for the end. And the mystery twist never developed because the reader was told the entire plot before the main character discovered it herself.

Overcoming the obstacles placed in the story would require a complete re-write but could make a wonderful “who-done-it”.
A possible way to salvage the story, as it is written tastefully, would be to try and market it to the YA genre.
I will not post this to Amazon nor identify the book . If I did, I would have to rate it a 3*. One for effort, one for a wonderful plot line that could be developed into a great mystery, and one for the author’s interest in forgiveness, as we can’t move on until we forgive.

Until next time – – -


We are now only 13 days from closing our retail gift shop and it’s a little hard to comprehend what that will be like.  We’ve lived our lives around the store here in Escalante, Ut for the past 8 years and we’ve not had free time to stay up late, travel, write, read much or so many other things.

Now that’s it here, we’re both clinging to a dream yet not knowing what that will mean.  C.A. Brooks said it well in her post this past week – “Once again we are reminded to take a breath and honor the pause as a change in direction reveals itself. Vehicles do not instantly change from forward to reverse and neither do we.”

In the meantime time I’m doing a few price changes to make some items more ideal for travelers to take home and feature items that need to find a new home before we close.  I’m in the process of moving my jewelry studio home and I’ll spend the rest of the weekend doing just that.  That will pretty much empty four of eight rooms of “stuff”.  If you think you accumulate “stuff” at home over the years, retail operations are worse.  I’ve rooted out enough pencils, pens, and sticky notes to last the rest of our lifetime and then some.

It’s Friday – peace and joy to all for a pleasant fall weekend.  The Aspen have turned and the cottonwood are following along.  A beautiful weekend for a Sunday drive.

Until next time – – -

NCIS New Orleans – Needs Help!

NCIS New Orleans replaced my favorite NCIS: LA.  I’m sorry, but it’s not proven to be a viable replacement.  The actors and characters are fine, the stories are too lean and the best is the ME.

However, the biggest disappointment for me is the lack of connection to New Orleans.  I was hoping for links to the people and places of New Orleans.  The night life, the special foods, and the unique life after Katrina.  Places that were impacted and people that survived – their stories and how they got in trouble and why.  The outdoor market, the tables to get Beignets, the unusual historical places, the old churches, etc.

Built in stories and the sriters took us to Alabama, Miss. and god knows where or why.  Like I said – it’s a disappointment.  If you can’t make it better give me back LA please.

Art On Fire – A Book Review 10/4/14

Life of speudo-realism painter Francesco deSilva — 13 of her paintings hang side-by-side at the Francesco deSilva Memorial Museum in Turo, Mass.

An unusual genre for me, I’ve been exploring various writings with my oldest daughter in the LGBT literary category. Art on Fire is the story of pain, love, art and learning about ourselves and being proud of who we are.

Author Hilory Sloin used the 13 remaining paintings, after a horrorific fire, to tell her version of Francesca’s life as a painter, lesbian and recluse. Francesca lived in the attic of her parents stark home by choice and was always over-shadowed by her younger sister who eventually goes mad.

Francesca’s love life is explained using the author’s interpretation of her paintings. A unique way to write with a clear voice, gave me the opportunity to think about art in a different way. It’s also a window to the LGBT community and their pain and isolation in society then and now.

This well written story of life could and should be read by all who wish to understand a different way of life.

“How FUBU changed a World of Fashion, Branding and Lifestyle” – A Review

An entertaining read for those interested in the Fashion Industry, How to make a Million, and Black Culture. His purpose in writing the book seemed to be to share his story and how he stumbled into the Fashion Industry and hiked his way up the ladder.

After 40+ years of retailing, I was familiar with the fashion industry schedule, timing, competition and challenges. For me, growing up and spending most of my adult life in mixed race communities, I very much appreciated learning about Black Culture. And, frankly, more of that information should be taught in our schools if we’re really going to have respect for each other within our boundaries.

Daymond’s sharing of his family values, that shaped and molded his business ethics, showed his true self. The comments such as:

  • Focus on what you want!
  • Count yourself a success if you stay out of jail – that was the neighborhood standard
  • He stayed away from major crime because he respected his mother too much
  • Know your business from the ground up.
  • Be able to take over the grill at 6PM Saturday night when the chef walks out.
  • It’s harder and harder to recognize the world we actually live in up against the one we still imagine.

He really didn’t talk much about “power” during the heart of the book, but did finish it with his thoughts on power, and ended with this comment:

“It’s about knowing when and how to play your position in the jungle – be it lion or hyena.”

I appreciated his thoughts, experiences and knowing more about his community. I’m looking forward to a new year of “Shark Tank” to hear him differently.

Full Disclosure – Mr. John provided me a copy of his book via download. My review is my own opinion.