Ben Hatke

His blog isn’t WordPress but he is a fantastic author and illustrator. My house ages 7 to 50 and we adore his books and graphic novels.  From Zita to Little Robot.  Barnes and Noble lists both his author works and his illustration work.  The Etsy is empty at the moment; he will add things now and then – original pages and artwork.  They sell out quickly.  Feel free to click around.  Follow him EVERYWHERE! He is really close to 1000 on FB

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Un-Screen to Un-Wind

Does your nightly routine leave time to unwind?  Do you simply double check the alarm on your phone, plug it in and turn off the light?

The challange placed before a lot of us is to put down the phone, tablet, laptop and/or turn off the telly at least 30 minutes before going to bed.  I have seen little interviews with “doctors” on TV stating that this is something that would be good for us to do.  Something about color light signal and communications in our brains effects getting to sleep and how effective the sleep you do get is….or something.  Persons smarter than me have been writing articles for years, apparently.  Like 6+ years – what can I say – I am a bit slow.

Electronics in the Bedroom   Technology and Sleep Continue reading “Un-Screen to Un-Wind”

How many books to read in 2016

It is a new year and it is a new Goodreads challenge.  I started late in May last year and set a goal of 50.  I hit 35 books by year end.  Not sure how I hit 35.  This year I decided to start with the challenge of 20 books for the year.  Some of you avid readers will scoff at the puny number.  I figure, when I get close, I will up the ante.  I am reading using any and all media necessary – Audio, Digital and Physical and my library card is simply on fire!  I am telling you – a library card can save your purse!  My local library also has e-books that I can read on my Nook.  Love it!

As usual I have found two series to start my year with – the first being The Mortal Instruments.  I know, I am a bit behind and after the first book I must say the movie was dreadful.  Book 2 and 3 are currently en route to my library.  While I wait – I am listening to “Confessions of a Shopaholic” by Sophie Kinsella and I am reading “The Tennis Party” also by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham.

I still go to the bookstore – But I usually end up scanning the bar codes into Goodreads and reserving them at the library!