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Jasper, Alberta, Canada – Part 2 – Introducing our granddaughter to the Rocky Mountains


As children, my husband and I were fortunate to spend many holidays with our parents in Jasper. We made sure to take our children to the mountains often over the years. This trip was the first for our granddaughter. She loved it there as much as we did. And we loved sharing our experiences with her. We stayed at Miette Hot Springs,   Hiked to the source, Enjoyed a dip in the hot pool and built a fire to roast marshmallows. In the town of Jasper, we spent a couple of hours scouring the gift shops (the munchkin had money burning a hole in her purse). Bear Hugs from Jasper and another couple of hours at Athabasca falls watching the rapids and falls and then crawling through the canyon at the bo...
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Jasper, Alberta, Canada — Part 1 – the safari


Within an hour of arriving in Jasper we saw a bear, and mountain goats, The next day we saw mountain sheep, And elk, not to mention the numerous squirrels and marmots that moved too fast for my camera, And — ta da! — a grizzly!  Unsurprisingly, bear-proof garbage cans and recycle bins were everywhere. More of Jasper and Miette next week.   http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com Original link
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From the sea shore to the Rockies

On our way to Jasper, Alberta, one of our favorite places. Will post pictures next week. Original link
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Anxiety”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Anxiety” “Don’t tell anyone.”“Your mic’s live.” I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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A Funeral for an Owl – Jane Davis

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Question: What is Jane Davis? Answer: A writer who weaves intricate plots with compelling, fully developed characters. I have now read five of her books. Each time I think, “Wow, this is the best yet.” Then I read another and think, “Wow, this is the best yet.” Question: What makes her books so riveting? Answer: Simply put, Jane is gifted. Not a single word is out of place whether she’s describing the setting, reaching into the characters’ soul, engaging her characters in dialogue…. The reader is never tempted to scan or skip portions. In fact, one is more likely to go back and re-read bits, whole chapters, or the whole book. Question: What does Jane write about? Answer: People. Ordinary peo...
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Jasper, Alberta, Canada — Part 3 – Look what I found.


Me: We’re taking the munchkin to Jasper for a few days. My ultra ursaphobic friend: Watch out for the bears. Me: Hey, girl, I know you’re terrified of them, but don’t worry. We have bear bells. My ultra ursaphobic friend: Bells! Ha! They’re just an invitation to dinner.   Tell me this isn’t the perfect shirt for her!!! http://www.darlenejonesauthor.com   Original link
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Discovering Jesse Stone

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We have just discovered—and  fallen in love with—the Jesse Stone movies. Do not ask where we’ve been all this time. But, thank you for asking why we like them so much. Big city (LA) cop (who drinks too much) is now police chief in small town Massachusetts. The wonderful, laconic Tom Selleck (we’ve been fans for years) stars as Jesse Stone.  At first glance, nothing much happens. Just like the British shows we enjoy, we are not subjected to car chases, or scenes splattered with blood and gore even though there are some killings, or young over-confident know-it-all police officers…. Uneventful as the movies seem, we can’t stop watching because we simply must  know how it will all turn out. Plu...
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The Inspiring Muse Award – June & July 2019

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#JIRogers #IndieAuthor #Inspiration #Muse #Award #Blog #Poet #Share #Motivation #Writing #Art #Awesome #Humanitarian Neil Singh The Brief History of ‘The Inspiring Muse Award’ I’ve been ‘Shamelessly Promoting Someone Else’ for as many years as I’ve been online and I decided to take it one-step further. Despite the internet’s reputation for trolls, I’ve found that I interact with a brilliant collection of people on a daily basis. Each offers a gift whether it’s art, knowledge, a story, or just a well-timed joke. I wanted a way to thank them for inspiring me that was more permanent than a typed ‘thank you’. This is a personal award that I bestow on people who I feel are excellent examples of d...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “AI”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “AI” “Access denied.” Airlock opens; atmosphere vents. I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Educated – Tara Westover

Educated by [Westover, Tara]
  Mental disorder (bipolar?) + Religious fanaticism + isolation + lack of education = a life well beyond dysfunctional. Tara Westover’s life story in her book “Educated” proves to be a harrowing read. How the emotional and physical abuse affects Tara, her siblings and her mother is often beyond belief, yet as we read we come to realize that the most insidious abuse of all is the hold her father has over everyone. Tara, despite her brilliance and academic achievements, is continually drawn back seeking support and acknowledgement of the abuse from her parents, and most importantly love and acceptance from her father. “Educated” is a difficult read, yet a book you just can’t put down. Note: Th...
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These Fragile Things – Jane Davis

These Fragile Things: A Novel by [Davis, Jane]
    I’ve been a Jane Davis fan ever since I read “Smash all the Windows” and I intend to read all of her books. So far each lives up to the high standard I came to expect after reading just one of her books. Davis has a brilliant talent for placing her characters in unusual circumstances that show us the vast array of human emotion and reactions to life and the intricacies of friendship and love. I will not rest until I have read all of her work. PS She has a wonderful way with words and a laugh out loud sense of humor in her FB posts. BLURB As a London suburb reels from riots in neighbouring Brixton, Graham Jones finds fatherhood a frightening place. How can he protect his family from the o...
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#Vegan in #Prague


Two big surprises for me in Prague. Everyone knows it’s a cultural city, steeped in history both ancient and modern. Even before the Slavs occupied Bohemia in the 6th century, there were Celts and German peoples living there. The city became a hub for culture, science, arts and the Hapsburgs over the centuries. Upheavals during the first and second world wars and a mix of feelings over Communist rule until the Velvet Revolution of 1989 saw through many changes. Ironically, the city kind of stayed the same, physically, since then. That is, the buildings, streets, trams, bridges, the large student population and an esprit de corps inhabit the city like a warm glow. First surprise is the abunda...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Mythic”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Mythic” “From ashes, life flares… smolders. Extinguished.” I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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6 Degrees of Separation – connecting books


Inspired by Davida Chazan’s post, I decided to give this a try. See her chain here The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog — Davida writes, “This is a monthly link-up hosted by Kate at Books Are My Favourite and Best. Each month a book is chosen as a starting point and linked to six other books to form a chain. A book doesn’t need to be connected to all the other books on the list, only to the one next to it in the chain.” See the graphic below. FIRST DEGREE — I start my chain with a favorite, Mixed Marriage by Elizabeth Cadell (1963), a book I’ve read many times for the sheer pleasure of laughing out loud. Written in diary format, sometimes with incomplete sentences (befitting a diary, of cou...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Claws”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Claws” “The scratching and scrabbling grew closer.” I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Housegirl – Michael Donkor

Housegirl: A Novel by [Donkor, Michael]
  I didn’t like Housegirl as much as I wanted to. Set in Ghana (where I have been), it ticked all the boxes. The sample did too as it depicted Belinda’s life working as a housegirl for a wealthy family. But, for me, it broke down when the setting moved to London, where Belinda was sent to sort out Amma’s problems. As the story progressed I felt sympathy for Belinda and the young friend she left behind, but didn’t care enough about the other characters and had to force myself to finish the book. That said the writing is strong with some exquisite phrasing. eg “A loud child was silenced with a sweet that crackled out of its wrapper.” I believe this book has appeal for others, just didn’t work ...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Past”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Past” “Vivid lives… voices. Just echos now.” I look forward to your responses. Cheers, J. I. Rogers Original link
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Valli by Ben Nayanar (link in post)

Valli: Personal Journal of Valli Pillay, a Living Dead Pandemic Survivor. by [Nayanar, Ben]
  Why every young teen in North America should read Valli Now imagine you live on the island of Mauritius. I’ll give you a minute to look it up on Google Maps. Found it? Good. Imagine a peaceful life with family and friends, speaking French with your cousin because her attempts and Creole and English are funny and hopeless. Imagine you were, as your mother said, Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate brown, but now, after seven years of surviving outside, facing the elements you have a dark chocolate hue like your dad’s. Imagine your idyllic life on that tiny island you loved demolished because of a pill. Imagine killing your boyfriend by stabbing him in the head with a wine bottle opener. Imagine fle...
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Six-Word Story Challenge – “Change”

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#6wordstorychallenge #sixwordstory #writing #scifi #fantasy #mystery #adventure #romance #thriller Today’s challenge is “Change” “Cocoon spun. Transformation. Butterfly, or moth?” I look forward to your responses.  This challenge has a hidden message in it. I’ve been considering updating my site and using a static page with my book information on it as the front page. I would still post the ‘daily six-word story challenges’, and monthly ‘Inspiring Muse Award’, I’m just not certain of how things will update or if you’ll be notified when the new posts go up. Are you willing to let me try the experiment, or do you think I should leave things well enough alone and just meddle with the menu? Your...
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Excerpt from SUPPOSE WE


From Chapter 12 in SUPPOSE WE Science fiction novella by Geoff Nelder Setting: An exploration mission from Earth on Kepler-20h goes wrong. Their ship, Alt cover for Suppose We by Peter Baldiccino Suppose We, crashlands and they need local assistance but are ignored. Their commander becomes unhinged during the 1062 years hibernation sleep and their AI has become weird too. French science officer befriends an alien butterfly and he can’t help quoting the Flying Crooked poem by Robert Graves and yet, unbeknown to him the butterfly is a virtual part of the planet’s most ancient Kep (a few thousand years old) and not the infant Kep the Frenchman thinks he is. Scene: alien planet. The four humans ...
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