Friday, September 26, 2014

Author Acrostic ♥ Wheels of Change by Darlene Beck Jacobson

Big congrats to Darlene Beck Jacobson on her debut novel, Wheels of Change!

Racial intolerance, social change, and sweeping progress make 1908 Washington, D.C., a turbulent place to grow up in for 12-year-old Emily Soper. For Emily, life in Papa’s carriage barn is magic, and she's more at home hearing the symphony of the blacksmith’s hammer than trying to conform to the proper expectations of young ladies. When Papa’s livelihood is threatened by racist neighbors and horsepower of a different sort, Emily faces changes she'd never imagined, and strives to save Papa’s business--even if it means going all the way to the White House.

Watching what goes on in the barn is my favorite pastime.
Henry, Papa’s blacksmith, can make iron sing.
Erecting beautiful carriages is Papa’s business.
Every carriage Papa makes is a work of art.
Learning to be a proper lady is harder than bending iron.
Still, Mama tries to teach me lady-like ways.

Obsolete! Beatrice Peabody has the nerve to say that about Papa’s carriages.
Fear and ignorance make some folks do terrible things.

Charlie, my best friend, doesn’t think it’s dumb that I want to be a blacksmith.
He and I do lots of things that make Mama frown.
Automobiles are coming!
Nothing is going to be the same. G ot to find a way to save Papa’s business.
Ever wish you could stop the world from changing?

Hop on over to the next blog on the tour stop, my co-author extraordinaire, Charlotte Bennardo!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Treasures... a Spell Kit from a Friend ♥

Last week I read Tarot for my friend Jennifer Murgia at her launch party for her latest Young Adult release, Forest of Whispers (a good read indeed!). As a present, Jennifer gave me a spell kit, which I put to use for today's New Moon.

I love spell kits--making and using them.  Jennifer's held the basics: a circle of sacred space, a bit of each element to cast the circle, and a starter invocation. New Moons are for planting seeds, stating intentions, making wishes. Using the kit as the base for my ritual, I added some touches of my own: my wishes written out, and a little spell:

For my New Moon intentions,
I've made some of these before.
With the passing of each moon
The door opens a little more.
Swing wide!

Use today's Libra (balance!) New Moon to assess and address. Where have you placed your efforts so far this year towards what you want to accomplish? What still needs to be done? Write out your frustrations, intentions and plans--then take a deep breath, make a wish, and move forward!

Happy New Moon!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Everybody wants a piece of doggle-berry pie ♥

Yesterday, we adopted a dog!

Who's a DOG?! I'm a dog!
I spotted him on and filled out an application (that was, happily, approved quickly!). I encourage anyone who is thinking about bringing a dog (or kitty or bunny or...) into your life and home to consider adoption. I know sometimes it can be a frustrating process, but its so worth it as can be seen from Brokkr's story (more on the name below...):

He ♥s his ball...
Brokkr was found as a stray by the local animal shelter in upstate New York. When animals are taken in they don't have long to be claimed before they're put down. I'm guessing this is due to limited resources, a sad story all around. Anyway, the shelter posted notices for a week, but no one came to claim him--but before he could be put down, the Sullivan County SPCA stepped in to see if they could find him a home. He was listed on petfinder, and then the weekend that I filled out the application, he was taken to an adoption event where lots of people were interested in taking him home--HOWEVER--I was first in line :)

Noses and eyeses...
When I came to pick him up I heard a little more about "Shorty's" story. He wasn't sick or starving when he was found--so he must have belonged to someone not too long ago. He's friendly and housebroken, and as for "Shorty," he didn't respond to the name (another hint that he had a previous, loving home). We batted a few ideas around, and finally, (based on our recent Vikings binge) settled on Brokkr--half of the master-craftsman dwarf duo who made Thor's hammer. Of course, I can't leave a name alone, so poor Brokkr will also be...

Brokk-Brokk Dog-Dog
And, of course, Brokkle-berry-pie

There are so many great animals out there waiting for a home. Please adopt if you're looking for a pet!