An Amish Summer, a 4-novella collection including one by author Kelly Irvin

Disclaimer: I don’t normally read Amish fiction. But, a while back, I discovered the writing of Kelly Irvin. I enjoy her books, not because they about the Amish, but they are well-written, and interesting. Irvin does not write about the Amish as if she wears rose-colored glasses. She brings it, warts and all. Also, she […]

Evidence Not Seen, by Carlene Havel

I recently read this novella and want to give it high praise. Remember this name: CARLENE HAVEL. Why? Because her writing is superior: enjoyable, deeply layered, nuanced, fun, and intersting. Not to mention, well-written. I enjoyed that the book was set in the 1980s. I was alive then, and she “nailed it” as far as […]

Thrifty Tip for gently used Aluminum Foil

This is just a little tip I picked up somewhere: When you have a nice piece of foil left from something you baked (maybe it covered a casserole and is pretty clean) fold it, clean side out, and use it for a spoon rest. When it has done its duty, dispose of it. Susan Karsten […]

Thrifty and Easy Rhubarb Jam

The large pot pictured above has a double batch of rhubarb jam in it. The recipe below is easily doubled. 5 Cups finely chopped Rhubarb 2 cups sugar 1 pack strawbery jello Placed chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pot, stir, and let sit overnight. Bring to a boil, boil and stir for 10 minutes. […]

Never Give Up, by John Mason

Happy to review this book. Slim, yet serious and thought-provoking, this gentle confidence-boosting book goes far beyond platitudes. I was blown away from the first page. The author is like a surgeon, with his delicate, subtle probings into the human spirit. Now, some people say I am picky, and that may be true, but this […]

Guide to the Empty Nest, by Rainey & Yates

This. Wow, tears fell as I drank in the support and validation provided by this book. It was like they were reading my mind and speaking it back…understanding why it’s hard — even when you’ve launched your children well. Ambivalence…Things are good and not so good at the same time. That about sums up the […]