Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Finding Borrowed Beauty In Cape May


Most of us know Cape May, New Jersey, has beautiful beaches and stunning Victorian homes. But I'm going to let you in on a big secret known only to birders: some of the area's finest views and wonderful wildlife can be found without crowds or touristy prices.

Here are three places not to miss:




 

Stop in at the Cape May Bird Observatory Office/Northwood Center. For less than $40 you'll become a CMBO member and have access to The Beanery as well as bird walks and special classes. 

 My coveted Cape May souvenir (my first binoculars sticker).

And while you're on vacation, don't forget to stop in at the local library. For a small fee you can get a temporary library card and load up on endless borrowed beauty for the entire family.


To see my birding photos and additional Cape May fun, follow me on Instagram.

 xoxo Michele

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Imperfectly Perfect

"Like a mother loves a daughter, imperfectly and without roots." ~ The Language of Flowers


If you only read one book this summer, this should be it. Thank you, Rosie, for recommending this great read (you're the prettiest pink rose to me).

Okay, now I'm really out of here for two weeks. 

xoxoMichele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Riding Shotgun


We wouldn't dream of going on vacation without the library. 

To Kill A Mockingbird on CD for the car trip. Bird books (I'm so excited about this one) for the beach. Greek myths for evening reads. Bible stories for breakfast. Science and math experiments for possible rainy day fun. Fiction for everyone.

Spend less and share more on your vacation, the library has you covered.

I'll be back in two weeks.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Our Fate. Their Courage.


Happy Birthday, America.

xoxoMichele

David McDreamy discusses 5 Lessons Every High School Student Should Learn.


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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Top Ten Rainy Day Reads


(10). “What I say is, a town isn't a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it's got a bookstore it knows it's not fooling a soul.” American Gods by Neil Gaiman

(9). “The father’s job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it’s necessary to do so. If you don’t get that from your father, you have to teach yourself.” 

(8). “Common thistle is everywhere,” she said. “Which is perhaps why human beings are so relentlessly unkind to one another.”  

(7). "Very depressing birthday party today at home of Lilly’s friend Leslie Torrini. House is mansion where Lafayette once stayed. Torrinis showed us Lafayette’s room: now their “Fun Den.” Plasma TV, pinball game, foot massager. Thirty acres, six garages (they call them “outbuildings”): one for Ferraris (three), one for Porsches (two, plus one he is rebuilding), one for historical merry-go-round they are restoring as family(!). Across trout-stocked stream, red Oriental bridge flown in from China. Showed us hoofmark from some dynasty. In front room, near Steinway, plaster cast of hoofmark from even earlier dynasty, in wood of different bridge. Picasso autograph, Disney autograph, dress Greta Garbo once wore, all displayed in massive mahogany cabinet."

(6). “I can't believe anyone would voluntarily run 26 miles. Sometimes I sit on the couch cross-legged because I don't feel like walking to the bathroom.”  
Read anything by Jen Lancaster 

(5). “But since then I've learned to just go ahead and take fairness out of the equation. If you do, things stand the chance of making a whole lot more sense.”

(4). “Love makes you want to be a better man. But maybe love, real love, also gives you permission to just be the man you are.” 

(3). “People ask every day, "Why was I put on earth?" As if there is perhaps one reason. The truth is that there are too many reasons to count, and each reason and each soul connects to every other.” 

(2). “When I say that evil has to do with killing, I do not mean to restrict myself to corporeal murder. Evil is that which kills spirit. There are various essential attributes of life -- particularly human life -- such as sentience, mobility, awareness, growth, autonomy, will. It is possible to kill or attempt to kill one of these attributes without actually destroying the body. Thus we may "break" a horse or even a child without harming a hair on its head."

(1). “Libraries really are wonderful. They're better than bookshops, even. I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts.”

Lots of reading going on here in North Rainolina. Are you in the heat wave or the flood watch zone? 

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.
 

 

Monday, July 1, 2013

Finding Nectar


Finding nectar is harder when the flowers are hidden. That's how I feel about Google Reader going away. I'm now following my favorite blogs through email, and hope you will continue to follow me by email as well. 

See that "Follow By Email" box to the right? Just put your address in there and hit submit. Fast, easy, and free! 

Great news! The nectar of the library, like flowers, is in plain view. We are spending less and sharing more of their sweet summer reading programs for every age.

Hope you'll land back here soon.


xoxo Michele


Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.