Currently Reading: Krakatoa

Good morning all you readers out there in WordPress land. I recently finshed Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, now I’m on to Krakatoa by Simon Winchester.

It’s Non-fiction November and I’m getting thru my initial picks for reading this coming month.

Winchester is one of my favs for his skill at opening up and explaining historical events and places with intelligent, insightful and gripping prose. I have several others by him that I’ve read and are still on my shelves. The first one I read by him and made me an instant fan of his writing was Korea – A Walk thru the Land of Miracles. Krakatoa is a book he did in 2003 shortly after the beginning of “The War on Terror” in 2001 and one my wife bought me for Christmas, yet I haven’t read yet. Sadly, I’ve read a couple of his others, as well as many other non-fiction books by other authors, since then. Now is as good a time as any to finally do the deed.

My hope is to finish these two books by the end of November and if I do, I’ll have a surprise book at the end to see if I can get to. What are you reading? Will you be reading only non-fiction this month? Why not have a go and share.


Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge: “Family”

Welcome back to Kia’s Friday Haiku Challenge. This is the return from being Sickies the last two weeks.
The rules are simple:

  • Either choose or take a picture related to the theme or word of the week, or feel free to use the Picture provided on my post
  • Create a HaiKu accordingly, three lines of poetry 5, 7, then 5 syllables in length.
  • Post to your blog, link to mine, and post the link to yours here in the comments below. You’ll have all weekend and up until the following Friday to enter.
  • With the next Friday’s post I’ll be doing a Round-up of participants with their links for readers to follow back to yours to enjoy and perhaps add to the fun with their own.

What fun we’ll have. Why not join in? Here is mine for this week… The word for this week is.. Family.

No, this is not my family

Who we grow up with

Those who grow up with us too

Part of who we are.


We are all a mix of the best and worst characteristics of our parents and family members we grew up with.

Our jobs as adults is to do the best we can at weeding out the worst and accentuating the best… for the rest of our lives… knowing that our lives are also the “templates” for our own kids and families.

All we can do is our best and trust that it’s good enough.

Well, there is my try for today. Why not give it a try? Do your own post and drop a link or just comment below. Let’s do this!!