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Spring Reading Ideas

Hi All,

The green is appearing once again in Minnesota so its time to bring some Spring reading ideas.

Here’s the latest from one one of my favorite authors:

Lindsay’s Book Chat

I’m enjoying a mystery thriller that makes you think of things that go bump in the night and laugh out loud at some at Kathy Reichs’s witticisms in her book “Deja Dead”. I like the audiobook so the narrator Barbara Rosenblat is also a favorite of mine. It’s like listening to a one woman play very well done.

Smile Amazon Deja Dead Book Link

If you use Amazon and audible for your audiobook purchases remember to link to Smile.amazon.com where you can pick the charity of your choice while getting much enjoyment from all the products available on Amazon.

Take some time today to begin a new book and take an arm chair journey to places near and far.

Reading is fundamental to leaning about the world around you and the many personalities all around you.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

Share Love of Books and Enjoy Wonderful Accommodations at Inn BoonsBoro

Hi All,

I’ve had the beautiful opportunity of staying at the Inn BoonsBoro in Boonsboro, Maryland, last September, 2017.

The rooms celebrate some the great literary works of our times. In keeping with the book stylizing, the guest rooms stay true to the building’s original function and design as an Inn for travelers from 1700 Maryland.

They also have modern conveniences with free refreshments, baked goods and common area activities from games to movie/TV viewing to chatting about what we all love that visit Boonsboro for Book Signing events – books and those that make them possible the authors.

Next door you can get 5 star food at Dan’s Restaurant and Taphouse or across the street is a really terrific pizza or pasta place at Vesta Pizzeria and Family Restaurant.

For me I found the Inn a wonderful place to rest and share my love of books and have some freshly backed chocolate chip gluten free cookies, after a long hike at Antietam and the National Civil War Cemetery. Both National parks are within a 15 minute drive from the Inn. To see pictures from my September trip follow this link to my photo blog: September, 2017 Maryland Vacation Trip Highlights In Pictures 2 – Antietam National Cemetery 150th Anniversary & Inn Boonsboro Stay

The bathroom facilities were awesome too, 5 headed showers with a rain head – just like being in a gentle rain. They also had a full bath with a place to prop your book while you soaked away the days cares.

I hope to go to the Inn again in 2018. It’s a magical place attracting book and history loving people. Maybe I’ll see you there some day.

Check out this link: InnBoonsBoro 18th Century Inn and More for more event information for the Spring and you can sign up for their Newsletter too. A bit of peace and dreaming for your weekend reading.

Below are some pictures from my stay in September, 2017. Sincerely helpful staff and beautifully appointed guest rooms and shared areas make for a wonderfully restful visit. There’s a special Gifts Inn Boonsboro Inc right across the street – so be sure to stop in and get some special art, pottery or nicknack to remember your visit. All very well done and worth the trip.

Enjoy.

“Leonard”

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“Leonard:  My Fifty-Year Friendship with A Remarkable Man”

By William Shatner with David Fisher.

I recommend this book as a journey of life encompassing a shared career and friendship between actors that I enjoyed growing up.

Listening to Mr. Shatner’s excellent narration to share his love of Leonard Nimoy was a privilege and a priceless gift of insight into what makes a career and friendship.

I am a Star Trek fan growing up and in my 55 years of enjoying Mr. Shatner and Mr. Nimoy in all their many roles I found this book a gift that helped me to see the beauty of pursing a career and how it impacts living life to the fullest.

I’m thankful that I took the time to listen to this well written book.

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Turn The Page Book Signing Event September 16th

Turn The Page Book Store Cafe Website

Hi Book Lovers,

Above is a link to the next Turn The Page Book Signing Event coming up on Saturday, September 16th, 2017.

The list of best selling authors attending is awesome with:

All excellent writers with local authors that are always interesting.

This book signing is also on the same weekend of the 150th Anniversary of the Antietam National Cemetery. See this link for more information on this event: Antietam Battlefield Post on Facebook

See this link also for those not on Facebook:

National Park Service Website

The Antietam National Cemetery is a short 15 minute drive from Turn The Page Bookstore Cafe in Boonsboro, Maryland.

I was just at Nora Roberts July Book Signing event which inspired me to return for the 150th Anniversary events at Antietam as well in September. I’m glad both the book signing and the Antietam events are on the same weekend. I was also able to get reservation for Nora’s Inn in Boonsboro too for the Antietam event.

After visiting the sites and authors in Boonsboro area I’m heading over to Parkton Maryland to see the Ocean and the Assateague State Park. Here’s a link to learn more about the park:

Assateague State Park

There’s so much to do and see in Maryland and the surrounding states, I hope you all will be able to swing a trip soon. I’m grateful to Nora Roberts for sharing her knowledge of Civil War history in her books and her book signing events. Not only is she an excellent fiction writer but she does great travelogues too follow this link to find out about her latest trip adventures:

Nora Roberts Website

Turn the Page Bookstore is a worthy vacation spot. Great displays of books, helpful service and friendly staff make every moment a special one.

I hope to see you in Boonsboro Maryland the weekend of September 16th, 2017.

Sincerely,

Melissa Blanchard

I Recommend “All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel


Hi All,

I had the opportunity to listen to the audiobook, "All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel".

The writing is fabulous. To see the world through the experiences of a blind girl is unique and inspiring.

The author also brings out the struggles of orphans and how one boy, full of potential, wants more than mining for a life long career but finds he must choose good over evil at a very young age.

The narrator, Zach Appelman, did an excellent job reading with the emotion of each person in the novel while keeping faithful to the emotion of every scene. His voice is a comfort even when it must convey the horror of the inhumanity in many of the tableaux of evil and death.

In order to tell the story, there's a need for violence in this book, but the joy and perseverance in the beautiful people in this novel out weighs those that do violence and bring about death and humiliation.

As in art, there are many shades needed to bring out the beauty of a sunrise so to this book brings to this reader the value of seeing the full picture before making a decision. I hope you find the beauty in the telling of this story. There's so much about strength of character documented in the blind girl and her father – the true love shown brings healing to the heart and mind.

Sincerely,
Melissa Blanchard

Life goes on…

Thank you for sharing your journey. I’ve learned it important to stay connected with positive people and the best way for me has been to give uplifting feedback to others. You made me very happy today liking my blog posts. Many times its the little things that make the most difference in a life. May you find peace and healing in affirming all the goodness within your spirit and soul. Thanks for being you. Sincerely, Melissa Blanchard.

cancer killing recipe

A year ago I found this great job – [See my Post “One more try” – August 15 2015] – live in companion for 95 yo Lady.
Mary is nice.
Money is good.
Job is not very difficult.
But I have to quit.
I can not do it any longer.
I’m burned out.
The pain in my joints…
The monotony of each day…
Only blogging keeps me alive.
But, as you notice,I can’t even write anymore.
I can’t inspire.
I’m loosing my sense of humor.
I have this feeling that I’m in the wrong place.

Someone said: “If God need you somewhere else, he makes you uncomfortable.”

And someone else said:”Change is painful, but nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong anymore.”

And this what I said on the last page of my book:
THE END
But only of this book
Life goes on
So do…

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Getting smart.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom. Keep on blogging.

cancer killing recipe

I’m back! I’m sorry. I didn’t write a post for very long time – 41 days!
I don’t count Nov.22 post, because I just rebloged those great vegetarian recipes to wish you happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

I could not write!
I developed something like a mental fog or writers block.
But not that usual writers block that you have nothing to say.
That kind,that you have a lot to say. but you can not find the right words to say it.

Somebody say: ” It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it that counts”.

Mark Twain explained it best: ” The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s difference between the lightning bug and the lightning “.

So, again, I did some research and I found a remedy – Gotu Kola.
They say that Gotu Kola can…

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I Recommend Lindsay Townsend’s Historical Fiction

0aa3dbd8-1486-4da0-b2f8-34d7d9619a80-2384-00000684cd29b34b_tmpLindsay Townsend has several 99cents books check her writing out with these .99 cent titles:

Sir Baldwin and the Christmas Ghosts, Night of the Storm, The English Daughter, Voices in the Dark, A Christmas Sleeping Beauty.

Lindsay writes historically accurate fiction with interesting characters and plots. I enjoy her writing style.

Lindsay has a new book coming out on March 17, 2017 www.lindsaytownsend.com

An Open Letter to Whoopi Goldberg….We most certainly WERE Listening

Thank you Becky. I’m in Health Care too, a Technical Analyst that helps Nurses and Doctors and Instrument Technicians use software to improve patient care. I know first hand just how much compassion, strength and courage each nurse I’ve worked with posses and all the heart they bring to patient care and keeping the patient safe. I also have friends that nurses and they love and hug and accept as no other friend I have. God bless all that choose this profession and stand up when one of their own is disrespected. Thank you. Sincerely, Melissa Blanchard Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis MN.

Rebecca's Ramblings

Since I saw The View’s so-called “apology” clip on social media, I’ve given this post a tremendous amount of thought. My first instinct and knee-jerk reaction was to sit down with my laptop and blast them with full force…unload my anger  and outrage onto the page…err…computer screen…so I could purge it and get all of that negativity out of my system. I’ll admit, I even got about a quarter of the way through that piece, when I stopped to re-read it. It was a scathing, searing diatribe that quite frankly, made me ashamed of myself. It sounded like something that the View Crew would say…it was petty, spiteful, angry and distasteful. That’s not who I am as a person, a writer or more specifically, a nurse. Quite frequently, I end my blog posts with a sentence urging my readers to be kind to each other. I am a tireless advocate for tolerance, peaceful coexistence and doing…

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10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com Check out Regina Puckett’s writing at this link.

Melissa Blanchard Book Corner

10 Christmas Lights – Linkis.com.

Check out this poet – she’s the best:) Regina Puckett’s writing moves the soul and spirit.

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