The most interesting bloggers tag James Cudney at his blog, This Is My Truth Now, and his answers are equally as interesting and quite revealing to the point where I now feel I know him well and count him as a friend. His latest answers to a tag, Who Am I? sounded like a lot of fun, and after taking a whole bank of quizzes (links available on his site–search for the post “Tag-Who Am I? and click away.  I guarantee you will learn things about yourself you didn’t know), I will now share who I evidently am. If you would like to answer this tag, I recommend you do it from his site, or just answer a few of the questions in the comments section here.

  1. What does my name mean? My English grandmother emigrated to the US at the age of twenty, and when she came through Ellis Island as Rachel Figgenboam, the officer told her that her name was too long to fit the blank and she’d have to shorten it.  Since she thought he meant both names, she became Rae Figgins. My middle name, Evelyn was the name of both my father’s mother and his wife.  How Freudian is that? Mason is a very respectable Scottish name of the Cambell clan.  In fact, my grandfather on my father’s side was Angus Marion Mason.  Longest is a strictly English name which I married into.
  2. What is my Myers-Briggs personality type? (see link) I am a “Counsul” 88% extrovert, 12% introvert, which would not surprise any of my friends!
  3. What is my sign?  For years I have described myself as a Scorpio, which never seemed to really fit.  Today, I learned I was “born on the cusp” of the sign (My   birthday is on the 21st of November, and Sagittarius begins on the 22nd. Incidentally, I was born at 8:00 p.m. so I really was almost born on the 22nd.)
  4. What is my Hogwarts House? Hufflepuff, according to the quiz, which would label me as loyal, dependable, and hard working.
  5. What is my learning style? These quizzes were quite revealing and sometimes the opposite of what I assumed about myself. Visual 0/Aural 5/ Read-Write 8/ Kinesthetic 3.  I  also have left brained dominance, 75% left brained.
  6. What career am I meant to have? Of course, I answered, teacher.  Interestingly enough, the quiz said I would be a good judge! It said, “You were meant to bring this world a little justice.”
  7. Another personality quiz lumped me in the Candor category: honest  I think many times I carry this to a fault.
  8. What is my birth order?  Firstborn, and all the labels fit.

Have fun with this one, if you don’t have the time to take the quizzes or simply can’t find them, think about yourself and how some of these tag questions apply. Please reply either to James’ tag or in the comments box at the end of this post.



This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

Kristen Twardowski

Orange_County_Public_Library_Bookmobile,_circa_1965.jpg Photo courtesy of Orange County Archives, “Orange County Public Library Bookmobile,” ca. 1965, via Wikimedia.

I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books.

In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to find enough money to continue operating local government services. In order to balance finances, the county commission voted to cut funding for the bookmobile and other programs. If this budget was implemented, the people of Wellington would have had their chances to find and read new books drastically cut.

This horrified one local book lover, 10-year-old October Hamilton, who leapt into action.

“We don’t have a library,” October told KSL reporters. “And the bookmobile is the only book…

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Smorgasbord Laughter Academy – Expect the Unexpected

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

I am at the dentist as you read this.. some of us might as well have some fun!

The woman walked into the butchers and selected a chicken. She prodded and poked it. Lifted one wing and sniffed beneath it. Lifted the other wing and did the same thing. Finally she looked at the chicken’s rear end and gave it another sniff.

‘This chicken is not fresh,’ she declared.

‘Lady,’ said the shopkeeper, ‘do you think you could pass the same test?’

A fifteen year old Amish boy and his father were in a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and then slide back together again. The boy asked, “What is this Father?” The father (never having seen an elevator) responded, “Son, I have never seen anything like this in my life, I don’t know what…

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As per instructions from the Purple Booker, shared on Brainfluff, grab your current read.  Copy a couple of sentences at random and tempt us to read what you are enjoying now. No spoilers or plot give-aways, please.

Today, I quote from The Leavers by Lisa Ko, a 2017 publication:

“Unable to decide whether to hate Vivian or be grateful to her, Daniel had only been able to take the envelope and say ‘Thank you.’

He dug his heels into the dirt and walked slowly downhill, down the park’s curved side, slow at first, getting faster, a grace note as his legs bounced upwards.

He would go home. He would call Leon. Propelled, he was almost in flight.”   (Can’t you just feel him accelerating, picking up speed as he left? Such marvelous skill with words.)

Daniel is a young Asian boy, placed in foster care by his mother’s friend Vivian, many years ago who has just been told as a young adult that Leon, his mother’s then boyfriend knew the whereabouts of his missing mother and the answer to why she had mysteriously left him all those years ago.  After this follows part two of the book. I can hardly wait to get back to it!

I Regret to Say…

…that the on-line book club, Powerful Women Readers (PWR) is folding due to busy schedules and work obligations on the part of many of its members. THIS BLOGGING SITE, however, WILL CONTINUE. To be sure you get posts, reviews and other cool stuff included here, be sure to click “follow” if you haven’t already done so.

The last few get-togethers of the PWR book club were sparsely attended, and although the food and fellowship has been great, sadly many of our members simply do not have the time to read or at least to read “assigned” books.

It is with a sad heart that I bring to a close the book club originally established back so many years ago as an offshoot of the Alvin Chapter of AAUW, but I hope you, dear friends, will keep in touch through e-mail and perhaps through following this blog at https://powerfulwomenreaders.wordpress.com.



THE DAUGHTER OF TIME by Josephine Tey: A Review

An old Proverb states that “Truth is the Daughter of Time,” and it is a search for truth that is the premise for this novel. We find Alan Grant, Scotland Yard detective recuperating in an extended hospital stay from a freak accident. When the book opens, he has been inactive for a period of time, and is B O R E D.  Marta, an actress friend, brings photos of faces to distract him, for studying faces and having a knack of determining whether a face is that of a “good guy” or a “bad guy” is his prime talent, earning him a reputation at the Yard. He becomes fascinated by a portrait of Richard the Third, the “unscrupulous murderer of the Little Princes”–or not!

Carradine, Marta’s “wooly lamb,” called this because of his ungainly tall and curly-haired blonde looks, becomes Grant’s researcher and is soon caught up in the legwork Grant cannot do himself. Together they uncover Tudor cover ups and despair at the unreliability of traditionally “accepted” untruths and “facts.” The New York times calls this novel “one of the permanent classics in the detective field.” Here is Grant’s first entry as he pursues the mystery involved in the “case”:

“CASE: Disappearance of 2 boys (Edward, Prince of Wales;Richard, Duke of York) from the Tower of London, 1485 or thereabouts.”

Unlikely as it may seem at first glance, the book is a lively read, definitely intellectually stimulating, and even humorous at times. I thoroughly enjoyed this deliberate, yet fast-moving read.


Jo Jo Moyes’ PARIS FOR ONE And Other Stories: A ReviewJo Jo

This 2016 novelette with eight other equally delightful shorter stories was an impulse pick up at the local Library, partly because it was in big print, and partly because our Third Tuesday Book Club had read Jo Jo Moyes once (maybe twice) upon a time.

Nell, who is twenty-six years old plans a mini-trip, more of a romantic weekend, to Paris for her and her boyfriend, only to discover upon arriving at the airport that he is a no-show. She has never traveled out of the country and has never traveled anywhere alone. Nell decides to go it alone, and we follow her on the “most adventurous weekend of her life. Like many of Moyes’ novels there IS a “happy-ever-after-ending” but not necessarily the one the reader expects, and the plot takes many twists and turns to get there.

The other stories were equally as good, some extremely short, and not all had “happy endings.” My favorite was “Crocodile Shoes,” which posited that just as “clothes make the man;” shoes make the woman.”  Some stories were ones of long-time married women given the chance at something “more,” and the decisions of whether to grab them are varied and interesting. The book is “funny, charming, and unmissable,” just as advertised on the cover. It is Moyes at her best–a MUST for fans.  Clever!