An interesting look at places to see, eat, and shop in New Mexico.
There are not many websites included, and a couple of places say "No Phone", which mAn interesting look at places to see, eat, and shop in New Mexico.
There are not many websites included, and a couple of places say "No Phone", which makes traveling to these spots a little questionable. Still, I did learn more about the state, and discovered some places that I would like to visit, someday.
Having read this, I can say that New Mexico is not at the top of "Must See" states for me. I am not really into the "Old West", the whole Roswell thing is a turn-off, and I'm not really into Southwestern style architecture or food. However, I loved reading and learning about how "Truth or Consequences" got its name -- we used to do (don't know if we still do) a booming Interlibrary Loan (ILL) business with their library.
I also liked reading about Hot Springs (and how it is related to Truth or Consequences).
Also, did you know that Smokey Bear Historical Park is in New Mexico? It opened in 1979 in honor of the bear cub found with burned paws after a disastrous 1950 forest fire in the Capitan Mountains, which became the symbol of forest fire prevention. After living at the National Zoo in DC, Smokey was returned to his home and buried, here.
A very interesting look at the Ohio and Erie canal and the path it took from Cleveland to Portsmouth. I have to admit that because of the area I liveA very interesting look at the Ohio and Erie canal and the path it took from Cleveland to Portsmouth. I have to admit that because of the area I live in, I knew a lot about the northern third of the canal and bits and pieces about the rest.
It was fascinating to see pictures and learn more about this valuable piece of Ohio's history....more
A good listen, although I don't think that MacLeod Andrews' differentiates enough between the various male voices.
Warning: Spoiler Alert!
This storyA good listen, although I don't think that MacLeod Andrews' differentiates enough between the various male voices.
Warning: Spoiler Alert!
This story was different than Coulter's usual formulation -- The secondary story with Davis Sullivan and Perri (sp?) Black do not develop a romantic relationship during the story. Also, Sullivan is "introduced" to Perri's mom, first, and a story begins to develop there, first.
Coulter usually has two stories going in her books -- something with Sherlock & Savitch and then something with an "outside" character and another FBI agent in the unit.
This book had multiple stories going -- Blessed Backman, the attempts on Natalie Black's life, the attempts on Perri Black's life (not related), a minor story that has Nicholas Drummond working his way through the FBI Academy (with a big tadoo graduation at the end of the book)....more
So not my type of book, and it took me a long while to not just toss it aside, but it is one of our book discussion books so I knew I had to stickWow!
So not my type of book, and it took me a long while to not just toss it aside, but it is one of our book discussion books so I knew I had to stick with it.
Anyways, the story does get better, but it takes awhile. I don't want to give anything away, but I think the end of the story might have been my favorite. I knew something was going to happen, but that was even more extreme than I thought!
This title was recommended to me by one of my friends who thoroughly enjoyed "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". Since I hated that book,This title was recommended to me by one of my friends who thoroughly enjoyed "Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time". Since I hated that book, I wasn't real sure that I wanted to try this one, but she assured me that this was a good read ... and she was right!
This is a story about Max, a child with Asperger's, who spends some of his time in his regular elementary school classroom with Mrs. Gosk and the rest of the time with Mrs. Patterson in the Learning Center, but this is also a story about Budo, Max's imaginary friend and really, imaginary friends, everywhere.
The story is told from Budo's perspective. Budo sees it as his job to protect Max, so imagine his surprise when he sees Mrs. Patterson taking Max to places where he knows Max is not supposed to go, and ultimately "kidnapping" him because she believes that she is the best person to care for Max.
Using a team of other imaginary friends, Budo must race to save Max, but with his efforts comes a price.
Check out this book to see what that price is!
A super sweet book that towards the end, reminded me a little bit of Emma Donoghue's "Room".
Also, I'm not sure that Mrs. Patterson is as developed as she could have been, but then again, I'm not sure that she needs to be. ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about this specific and very special section of Arlington National Cemetery. Also, if you are going tI thoroughly enjoyed this book and learned a lot about this specific and very special section of Arlington National Cemetery. Also, if you are going to read this book, have the tissues handy -- I guarantee that you are going to need them.
A few intriguing points?
The Gold Star Mothers of America, founded in 1928 for those who had lost sons in World War I, now represents all families with loved ones killed in wartime. Following a tradition begun in the last century, Gold Star families often hang a star in their windows as a symbol of their sacrifice.
No other country goes to the effort the United States does to honor its fallen warriors, a national obsession that has its origins in the Civil War. That war, still the deadliest conflict in the country's history, claimed as many as 900,000 lives, with almost half of those going to their graves as unknowns, often without religions rites, a proper coffin, or permanent tombstones, To make up for the debasement suffered by so many in that war, a reunited nation made a conscious decision to do better in the next conflict.
I loved reading about everything that goes into providing "final honors" for our soldiers. The dedication that these soldiers shows is unwavering. However, there is more than what sometimes is perceived as a hard-edged martial atmosphere at these funerals. For more than half a century, this environment has been somewhat softened by the presence of the Arlington Ladies, a volunteer force who, dressed as if they were heading for an afternoon tea, turn up at every funeral with a consoling words for surviving friends and family. Often (especially for soldiers whose remains are found long after the conflict in which they served), an Arlington Lady is the only other attendee at these funerals, but it doesn't matter if there's one attendee or 50, the honor guard assigned to each funeral strives for perfection every single time they go out because that deceased soldier deserves this honor.
I am one of those weird & strange people who read EVERYTHING in a book -- the quotes at the beginning of each chapter, the acknowledgements, the appendix, etc. I would like to mention that a portion of the profits from this book will be donated to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization with NO government affiliation that has been helping the surviving friends and family of service members for 20 years -- with a suicide prevention hotline, grief counseling programs, and workshops. To learn more about TAPS, visit their website at: http://taps.org/WaysToDonate
Finally, a huge THANK-YOU to all of our veterans, and especially to those who did make the ultimate sacrifice!