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How does a family cope after loss?  Beloved son and brother, Leo, was captured and killed while working in Iraq as a journalist and his parents are bringing his siblings, their families and his widow and son together for a memorial ceremony on the Fourth of July a year later at their idyllic summer home in the Berkshires.  But the reunion is all but idyllic.  Leo’s death has crazed the veneer of normalcy and each character brings extra emotional baggage to the gathering.  The family dynamics Henkin illuminates ring true and are as explosive as the backdrop of the fireworks on the cover image.  Although I began to feel mired in the middle, I woke up early to finish this great summer novel.  To see what else I have been reading visit my book blog at myreadinglife.blogspot.com.

Irish Ramble 2011

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by Lackey in My Traveling Life - (0 Comments)

Here is a link to a very detailed account of our trip to Ireland in 2011 –

http://irishramble.tumblr.com

It all started with vision.  Making wedding gifts by adding oilcloth liners to vintage picnic baskets.  First objective – find baskets at antique shops.  The search began on spring break in Charlotte, NC. where we happened upon Fifteen Ten Antiques.


Two baskets met my specifications.  And got my creative wheels turning.  Knowing I would have to wait until summer to begin designing was hard!

A few more baskets brought home from Massachusetts and Vermilion and I suddenly had a reason to get busy.

After taking criticism and suggestions from friends and family, I decided the perfect liner would be a removable unit with handles that fit perfectly inside of the basket.


 


This design and basket will be the first wedding gift of the season.  I like the pockets and elastic straps for wine glasses on the side.

And, of course, seeing my little hand-drawn logo label!

So today I wrote down all of the dimensions, and started fresh after deciding the carry straps should be on the long sides of the bin.

 


My Book Blog

July 29th, 2012 | Posted by Lackey in My Reading Life - (0 Comments)

I have a book blog at www.myreadinglife.blogspot.com

We Retired

July 29th, 2012 | Posted by Lackey in My Teaching Life - (0 Comments)

Now that we are retired, we can smile First Day of School 2011-2012

Read all about it in our local paper – http://www.cleveland.com/strongsville/index.ssf/2012/06/retiring_teachers_reflect_on_t.html

Here is a link to a very detailed blog about our road trip through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas to study the literary, historical and musical heritage of the region.

http://bluesandlit.blogspot.com