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So many interests, like so many books, and so little time! That's why non-fiction books are usually my picks, because I try to keep up with my favorite subjects. As I heard once, "Act your shoe size!" We all need to slow down and see what there is to see. We need to reread some books, like Silent Spring. Sometimes it's children who help us grown-ups marvel at the wonders of the natural world, right in our own backyards. Stop and smell the flowers! But a good mystery is always interesting-for the other grey cells!
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It is hard to imagine natural history reviewed in such a small BUT exquisite book.
Ms. Ridley covers many topics with tales of interesting details AND some of the illustrations are from hundreds of years ago. they were scientific, detailed and beautiful.
there is real science here with tantalizing descriptions of remarkable structures that are found and made-by the natural world of-fungi, plants, insects, birds and more!
A book to relax with and dream along with the illustrations...
Watch a river: it flows-fast & slow, it's interrupted by rocks & plants and so it changes course. It deposits & carries away, but it keeps flowing.
Victoria's life is the same-as a river. There tragedy, hardship, unsettled family life and the love which comes unexpectedly & true.
And Victoria's life cycles again with tragedy.
what keeps her going is love of her family's peach farm, her trees, the mountains and hope-that one day she will find a special joy...
A sensitive & emotional tale telling the details of Victoria's life. Be prepared with tissues.
Author blends emotions, environment and LIFE-
Title: The Storytellers Rule
OH, poor Birdie. she has to write a paper for school but doesn't know what to do! where to start?
Luckily, her 'desk friends' come to her rescue with how to get started.
They have 3 Rules to help Birdie (or ANYONE) to begin writing.
1) pay attention-marvel at the world around you-things BIG & small
2) done is better than perfect-put some words down & keep writing
3) only YOU can write your story-keep ideas going!
Begin with wonder, imagination and YOU=Magic will happen!!!
Fans of Joe Pickett will want to read this book-quickly!
A body is found, in a strange building on a ranch-but then both disappear.
The rugged searching in bad weather, high tech business, political power and extremists make for an engaging read with high tension and heavy duty action-even with Joe's family on the front line!
Always a great read and always need a Nate Romanowski!
Gardeners are familiar with N-P-K for optimum plant growth. but where is the "P", phosphorus, coming from?
Guano of bats & birds, slaughter houses, a 'job' for grave robbers, dinosaur poop, industry waste & agricultural runoff.
Yes, we need it but 'we' have caused problems using too much & having the P entering our water systems.
think of detergents like Tide: for super clean clothes, phosphorus was added-washed into the rivers-making masses of bubbles. Algae blooms contaminated water-and the 'P' is long lasting in the soils.
We need it for agriculture & the growing population-food insecurity is REAL for all. But where is the balance?
"we have met the enemy, and it is us"-
Real science & people working on these issues. Very readable, interesting, some humor and timely solutions like, 'peecycling'!
Everyone's personal story is EXPOSED to the CORE! Lehane understands people and this emotional read is INTENSE! It's rough, sad, and filled with 1970's Boston problems. But what you'll remember are Lehane's words: "broken but unbroken", "broken can't be unbroken", "You'll have to leave something" and "Hope, Love, Change"
Title: OMFG, BEES!: Bees Are So Amazing and You're About to Find Out Why
What kind of a title is this for a book? It might be weird, BUT it is so 'right on'.
Folks are becoming more aware of the importance of pollinators, after all, we like to eat. Pollinators can take the form of many species, including many insects and mammals such as bats. the honey bee comes to mind but we have many busy bees including those cute, fuzzy bumbles.
This palm size book is downright funny and entertaining as the author puts all the facts out to you-about the life style of bees, the bee dance, why the honeycomb shape and so much more that you'll WOW your friends at the next soiree!
At the closing of the story, you will realize, that YOU are the one top help our pollinators & our environment for all humankind. Matt lists some simple things we can do, and should do, to help our local ecosystem-starting with our won backyard or patio.
This book is funny BUT not a joke. with language & illustrations that are unusual, this is about-serious stuff!
So, take heed, and join in the cheering for the amazing bees!!!
Title: Rocky Mountain High: A Tale of Boom and Bust in the New Wild West
I put Finn Murphy on a pedestal after reading his biography, The Long Haul, his life from college days to becoming a long haul trucker. I would read anything by him since was so sincere, kind, thoughtful, concerned, aware of the environmental changes and social problems as well as the economic situation of people & their stuff.
Rocky Mountain High is about a subject I didn't know anything about nor was I interested but Finn's writing and his research into details of the business was a mystery, [political intrigue, human nature and humor all in one.
The hemp business in Colorado was to be the great boom for agriculture and a source for a variety of [products from the industry.
Finn became involved, had his godson, Pierce, join him on this learning adventure, spent way too much money, became the business man and then it ended. He does remember his associates & workers and the current problems not with addicts but the business...
You will definitely learn about growing, processing and marketing hemp BUT I think the greatest part is Finn and his insight in to people. He does have a sense of humor & you'll laugh out loud. You'll also wish him well on his farm where his humanity is being shown in many ways.
Title: Dead Man's Wake
Mike & Stacey's engagement party with their families began peaceful. But being on a lake on a holiday weekend, it became a little noisy with motorboats.
What Mike & Stacey saw, changed everything and lead to a deep mystery of characters, deceit and murders.
What could you expect after seeing a 'boat hit & run', in an evening and then-finding an arm!
All law departments are called together & the search goes on for a missing body-or two with a complex story.
Another great Doiron Mike Bowditch mystery set in the outdoors.
You should begin with the first book: the Poacher's Son, as an introduction to Mike.
Whichever of the 13 books you read, you will get some of the backstory. All worth reading!
Title: Killing Trail
Dear Reader,If you like outdoor adventure, a K-9 special dog, a mixed group of police staff in this small town of Timber Creek PLUS a veterinarian with 2 young girls===all involved & supporting Mattie Cobb & her dog Robo read this!
This is the first in the series and you will learn how a community can function to solve mysteries AND so much MORE!
And Mattie & Robo will guide you thru the details to the end!
Title: Standing Dead
This K-9 mystery will bring Mattie Cobb's tragic past history to the town.
Mattie & her sister Julia are searching for their mother, long in hiding, in Mexico.
But what they find is continued trauma with their deceased father's, questionable actions AND someone set out for full revenge-in Timber Creek!
Danger touches everyone that Mattie knows & loves...so she takes the gamble to meet the 'problem' face to face.
Lots of action and the whole town works with the sheriff department for Mattie.
Title: Ins and Outs of a Locked Ward
Kevin O'Hara is a man with a BIG heart, a quick mind, and funny bones.
Being a psychiatrist in a "locked ward" is a noble profession. Kevin or "Kevlar" shares his history and his episodes with his career and roommate Ollie, "Fat Boy".
These episodes/stories keep Kev's pain in check and give Ollie time to reflect on his life...
Yes, 2 adults in hospital beds DO have adventures - riding an imaginary bus across the country!
Yes, Kevin had a bad back injury from intercepting a patient.
And the time with his roommate, Fat Boy, gave them both time to reflect and think about a future.
Sadness, hope, and humor gives the will to keep going.
Listen to Kevin, aka Kevlar, aka Kev!
Title: The Sunset Years of Agnes Sharp
Oh Agnes, aged does take some things away BUT for you, it certainly set you & your 'residents' into high gear!!!
Title: The Quickening: Creation and Community at the Ends of the Earth
Elizabeth Rush gets "up close" and involved with her environmental topics. Now she has joined a scientific team on a ship in Antarctica to find the changes with sea levels rising, how the water and ground below icebergs, and measuring the Twaites glacier (biggest). All of this because of the climate changes - and can we adjust in the future? But underlying her journalist job on the ship, her personal life is now threaded into the future: pregnancy! Does she want to bring a new life into a new and different world? Her participation with the science group is interesting, AND the personal feelings of all on board become intertwined with the future questions - that they are all thinking - what, when, and how?
Title: Home at Night
Exciting news for Mercy & Troy, now that they are married, in finding an old Victorian house with acreage, for them to settle!
Old houses can sometimes be mysterious & this one has a "current" body, talk about a treasure, complications with past residents and all with BIG DRAMA!
with the ongoing search for a killer, holiday activities all through town disrupting their routines of searching, time is quickly passing...
Danger seems to be everywhere-will all the law enforcement AND Mercy & Troy be able to continue searching???
Lots of action and bits of humor too.
Title: The Sisterhood: The Secret History of Women at the CIA
It may not have been your mother's job, BUT women working in the new CIA department gave their lives to hunt.
First it was the Cold War and political changes in the world increased disruption AKA terrorism, become an intense job to seek every piece of information about 'people' including bin Laden.
This is an eye opening book about the women who were taken advantage of and had their well researched reports disregarded by the 'ole boys club'.
Intense reading, lots of history or our times and the harsh reality of the political climate in our world.
Wonderful biographical pictures of some of these
Title: Entangled Life: The Illustrated Edition: How Fungi Makes Our Worlds
Under your feet live the oldest networks of life - the mycelium of all manner of fungi. You may just recognize part of this network as, the mushroom! It is a strange organism billions of years old, that has survived many forms of death to return, And it has no brain! These incredible forms rely on chemicals and an intense nervous system - to adapt and control their environment, and cooperation between a fungus and an algae called Lichen, another survivor. This fascinating science, still with questions and no answers! Sheldrake takes you on a learning adventure with extraordinary illustrations to tease you into seeing more and learning more of our ecology with organisms operating with active forces! and the examples you read about - truffles and zombie fungi - should stir your "little grey cells"!
Title: The Frozen River
There was as much drama during colonial times in America- and NOT just political. The population of women, still to this day, had no pay, no influence, no independence - except for Martha. Martha the healer, midwife, herbalist, knew everyone in this small town in Maine. She was also aware of the personal "goings on" and yet remained discreet, until the personal drama became a legal fight and the woman needed support. Martha was a detective of sorts as the goal was to find the truth and get justice. This is a fictional story about a REAL woman who knew the dynamics of the men and women of the town and she was NOT going to stand by without a fight for another woman's justice - great characters, real issues, and and action packed!