Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie — The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary (Reblog)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. PREVIOUS TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPICS: August 18: Books that Should be Adapted […]

Top Ten Tuesday: Halloween Freebie — The Book Lovers’ Sanctuary

Animal Encounters — tanja britton (Reblog)

Meetings with animals wild and tame make me happy.  And while birds touch my soul most profoundly, I’m always grateful for opportunities to observe and photograph other creatures. All of the following pictures were taken this summer, except for the last one. I had to chuckle when I came across these slightly uncommon pets: not […]

Animal Encounters — tanja britton

*Gerald Durrell’s books about animals in Corfu are fantastic.

Book Review # 204: After the Banquet — The Pine-Scented Chronicles (Reblog)

Of Love and Politics Japanese literature is one of the vastest and most diverse in the world of literature. Its influence extends beyond Japan and has been in existence for centuries. Lady Murasakami Shikibu’s The Tale of Genji is recognized as one of the earliest published novels. Two Japanese writers – Yasunari Kawabata and Kenzaburō […]

Book Review # 204: After the Banquet — The Pine-Scented Chronicles

*Fascinating, I should know more about Japanese literature. Find this book here.

… but this is also interesting — and this.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: Mighty Jack and the Goblin KingSeries: Mighty Jack #2Source: LibraryPublished: 2017 Summary Maddy has been taken by a giant! Now it is up to Jack and Lilly to save her. But, when the two get separated, Jack will have to figure out how to complete his mission on his own. Review Mighty Jack […]

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Reading at any age is a good thing. This book looks like a great adventure.

A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife (Reblog)

A September of Demento- Today’s song is “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins” by Leonard Nimoy- aka Spock from Star Trek. I have always thought it curious that both Nimoy and Bill Shatner in the wake of their Star Trek fame recorded albums- Shatner always seemed to be doing his Rolling Stones to Nimoy’s Beatles [in […]

A SEPTEMBER OF DEMENTO- “THE BALLAD OF BILBO BAGGINS”- LEONARD NIMOY — slicethelife

Smorgasbord – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapter Seven- Snow and Favourite Things by Sally Cronin — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine (Reblog)

By special request I am sharing Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story and I hope those of you who have not read his adventures will enjoy… Last time  we had the sadness of new kittens who were not with us very long and it is now time to share some happiness with Sam’s favourite things… Chapter […]

Smorgasbord – Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story Chapter Seven- Snow and Favourite Things by Sally Cronin — Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

*What would we do without our animal friends?

Fable by Adrienne Young (ARC Review) — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions (Reblog)

Information Goodreads: FableSeries: Fable #1Source: ARC from publisher giveawayPublished: September 1, 2020 Summary Left years ago by her father on an island of thieves, seventeen-year-old Fable has had to fend for herself. But she has a plan. She is going to work her way off the island, find her father, and reclaim what is hers. […]

Fable by Adrienne Young (ARC Review) — Pages Unbound | Book Reviews & Discussions

Milly Reynolds’ first book, ‘The Woolly Murders’

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The prologue and first chapter of Milly Reynolds’ first book, The Woolly Murders.

 

Haiku: Stories

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Still the good earth lives
Who was put here to keep it?
More than a story

copyright Francis Barker 2020

Haiku: The Burning Question

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Will we ever learn –
watching all the world burning?
Did we start the fire?

Copyright Francis Barker 2020

Poem ‘Bede’

Bede

It wasn’t at Jarrow where I sensed you
but on Bamburgh’s raging shore,
among the seaweed and razor shells
on gull peppered sands,
its castle brooding behind me
like a huge chiseled tomb.

North waves were scrambling,
spilling memories of guttural voices
disguised in flushing sound;
cries of songs, harps and old tales lost,
fragments I could almost hear
when I turned my head into the wind.

And who was the black figure
bent against the breeze,
absorbing sharp light
on that blinding beach?
I struggled through the dunes,
the little islands of sparse grass
and pygmy flowers —
but you were gone,
extant only in memory,
my boundless imagination,
and in your books
which carry me through centuries
on a primal wave,
each time I read your words

Poem and image © copyright df barker 2012