Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 9, 2010
At an early age, Abraham Lincoln watched his mother die from the dreaded "milk sickness" but it wasn't until later into his teens that he learns the truth. She was killed by vampires to keep Abe's father under the vampire's control. He makes a pledge to pursue vampires, no matter the cost. His legendary height and strength are advantages that Abe is able to use in his quest to rid the United States of vampires. He finds himself partnering with some unlikely partners and they are able to make a dent in the vampire population but the vampires have had years to create political strongholds in the country's info structure.
Abe narrowly makes it into the Presidential office in spite of the vampires attempt to assassinate him to prevent it. He is not able to personally hunt vampires while in the White House and he is tormented by nightmares about the vampires pursuit of him and his loved ones. Through his political power granted him by his position, Abe is able to weaken the vampire's power. Part of the war against the vampires is waged on the battle fields of the Civil War. Abe is finally assassinated by Booth to stop the damages the vampires are taking from the power that Lincoln held.
This book is well written and I came away with a feeling of plausibility. This is one story that i think would translate well to the big screen.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I remember vividly the scavenger hunt 16 years ago when I decided that jalapeño poppers would be a great dish to pass. I had never handled jalapeños before. What a crazy day. Learning how to handle those peppers, then stuffing and breading them. Baking them to perfection only to learn we were going to eat AFTER the scavenger hunt. The poppers went cold and no one ate them. I was crushed.
One of the recipes I found in my experimentation became a big hit and I was asked to do it often. It is a simple dish involving graham crackers, pudding and Cool Whip. I would take it when I was asked to, but it was begrudgingly. It squelched me desire for new, different dishes. I was thankful when that dessert was forgotten and I could break out the cook books again.
Last night I decided to make Lemon Squares from scratch. I do realize that there is a box in the grocery store but I really wanted to make them from scratch. I executed planning the recipe badly. I had already run to the grocery store certain that I had enough of the staples from the recipe; i.e. butter, eggs and sugar. After running to the neighbors for eggs, calling my husband to buy butter on his way home and substituting powdered sugar for granulated, I had the dish ready to put into the oven. I also forgot to factor in the baking time. I pulled the dish out of the oven in time to dash out of the door. We were 5 minutes late with a steaming hot pan of Lemon Squares. I do have to admit the pan came back almost empty and the few bars that were left are gone now but I really need to learn better food planning. The stress I create for myself by experimenting combined with procrastinating is a little much.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
This child began her life of loss at 6 years old when one of her best friends was killed in a playground accident. It has continued through a couple of family deaths but the past few years have been more difficult. She has had at least two close friends move out of the area each summer for the past 4 years. On top of that, she had two friends killed in a car accident this school year. Each of these losses has come with a fresh period of grief for her. And we as parents, are powerless to help.
This month we learned about another instance of a state relocation as well as a two year extension to another friend's dad's job out of the country. These two newest instances have caused me to reflect on how frequently I have seen this daughter saddened by the loss of another friend in her life. I am beginning to see how strong she really is as she works through her grief. I am also convinced that God has a purpose for her life that will utilize these losses for His glory. Or as my mother pointed out she will have many places to stay as grows up and wants to travel the world.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Friday, July 2, 2010
I am trying to be very cautious to not give away and of the plot when I do a book review.
I have always been a Stephen King fan and this book did not disappoint. It was a little daunting at 1074 pages, but right away King's characters had me in their grasp and I had a hard time taking breaks from the story.
An invisible barrier has come down around a little town, resting right on the town borders severing them from the rest of the world. Set in the small town of Chester's Mill, this story portrays what might happen if a small pocket of society were suddenly cut off from outside contact. The dome not only causes problems politically, relationally, and emotionally for those affected by the dome, it also causes some environmental impact on the area that is cut off. The citizens of Chester's Mill fight along with the United States Army to try and figure out a way to get rid of the dome, while some corrupt people trapped beneath it take advantage of the isolation to increase the tyranny that have been inflicting on the small town all along.
King does such a good job of character development throughout the story, I found myself reacting emotionally to the storyline as if it were happening to me. I cannot tell you the last time a character in a story mad me as angry as the villain in this story did. And even at the end of the 1000+ pages I was still wanting more.