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About Children's Books as Gifts

Well, the photos show my psychic cat Lizzie reading a book and falling asleep on it. That’s okay. I do the same. but the words are about my youngest grand daughter reading.

I’ve been enjoying the best time browsing through children’s books on Amazon, looking for books to suit my granddaughter Rachel’s age and subjects that she likes. It brings me closer to her, even though I live far away. It forms a connection. I found out that she likes horses. Well, of course, she does now, at 8 years old. That’s about the time I came to love horses and soon after began building a beautiful collection of them over the years. I bought a lot of them with my hard earned babysitting money. In my art class in Hamilton High I made a gorgeous, ceramic black horse head.

Anyway, I ordered some books from Amazon and had them mailed directly to Rachel for her birthday.  But for Christmas I wanted to see and hold these books I was buying for her. Become familiar with them. What about content, paper, sketches; wanting to know what children’s books of today look like and feel like. Plus I wanted to wrap them in Christmas paper and write DO NOT OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS on the outside envelope, hoping her mom will not give in to any plea Rachel may give. So, I’m having a lot of fun in this early holiday season. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt a youthful giddiness. Of course, books are involved. My love for them goes back a long way. I won’t say how long. Hahaha.

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About books as gifts. . .

Books make great gifts that are kept close to forever. Readers don’t toss their books out when they are finished reading them. They keep them on the shelf to return to for either reference, research or just have a friend on the shelf nearby. Books signed by the author make great, personal Christmas gifts. When I had my used book shop, I often came across inscriptions, sometimes by the author and sometimes by the gift giver. Nearly always dated. Ah, geez, I loved reading those and holding the books in my hands to gain the loving energy still left in that book. The love almost leapt off the page. Some were obviously from Mom, some were to Dad. Others were from friends or lovers. How sweet is that?

Think about giving books as gifts this year. Choose them with the person in mind; maybe challenge them to read a different genre than they usually read. Think of the discussions you can share later.

Those of you in Bordentown, if you have friends who moved away from town for whatever reason, job, family, retirement,-send a book on Bordentown. The Arcadia series are such good books to have on the shelf.

Major Fraser’s is nearly out of print. I’m thinking of updating it and maybe expanding more about the Fraser family. Anyone have any opinions on that? Let me know if you do. That house looks as new as it did when it was built way back when.

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POETRY IN THE VINEYARD

Come To our first Poetry in the Vineyard Open mic afternoon

Read your poetry or prose Or just listen

In the Beautiful Rosemont Vineyards Rain or shine

Sunday, November 24 3 to 5 pm

Bring a snack to share (finger food only, please)

Wine available by glass or bottle

Host: Arlene S. Bice arlenebice1633@gmail.com

No Cost At: Rosemont Vineyards

1050 Blackridge Road La Crosse, VA 23950

Exit 4 off I-85 Hwy 903 to Blackridge Road

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More Ghosts Along the Border

The excitement within me bubbles up and nearly explodes trying to get out when I open the first box of my new books. It is exhilarating!!! You’d think it was my first published book. No, it’s my 14th book that still feels like my very first one. My hand runs over the smooth, glossy cover. My fingertips feel each individual letter and picture. My name jumps out at me and shouts, “I did it!! I’m published! My words are in print to share with the world!” I open the book and smell the ink and think of Benjamin Franklin with his references to printing ink and the published work. I vibrate with joy!  Along the Border, from the afterlife! True stories from people you may know from both sides of the border between Warren County, North Carolina and Southside Virginia.   

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Poetry in the Garden Menu

Garden at Clyde’s Backyard Birds

Sunday, Sept 15 from 4 to 7 pm at Clyde’s Backyard Birds

***Menu*** Barbeque Chicken, baked beans, & slaw, vegetarian quiche, cake, & ice cream, too ***specialty coffees & herb teas***available for purchase

Open mic evening ***Read your poetry or prose***Sing a song *** Or just listen***In the Beautiful Garden *** Rain or shine***

3410 Hwy 903  *** (driveway abuts Sunoco Station) Exit 4 off I-85  Bracey VA

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Ghosts Along the Border, from the afterlife

WHO SAID IT’S ABOUT TIME?

Look for the Ghostly Spirit in the Mirror

Yes, spirits woke me at 3 a.m. and said, “C’mon, get up and write the story!” I ran into friends who said, “Is the book finished yet?” So, I’m announcing now, “YES, the latest book on ghostly experiences from our neck of the woods (Warren Co.NC & Southside VA) is ready for you!

            This time the book expands to share stories with you about messages from those who have passed away into the afterlife and sent signs back to the loved ones they left behind. What a joy! To know that your mom, dad, friend, family member, etc. is doing fine in a place you don’t know about yet.

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Great Little Bordentown, New Jersey

Arcadia has published Bordentown books with great pictures that have a vast amount of its history showing the integrity of the town that continues to be so. Read about the Quakers who first settled the town. The Quaker Meeting house still stands and is in use!  Bordentown’s history reads like a great story of adventure! Occupation by the British and Hessian’s, burning of Colonel Borden’s house while his wife sat in a rocking chair and watched. A library so well respected that it was left intact even though it belonged to a Signer of the Declaration of Independence.  Thomas Paine never purchased property anywhere that he lived but he bought a house in Bordentown, and it still stands today.  And there is so much more. Good Stuff!

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