Truths Lie As Extraordinary As Grass

Our Souls at Night reviewed

Word herding

Our Souls at Night is the final novel by American author Kent Haruf, published after his death from cancer in 2014. It’s a gorgeous book, deceptively simple in style, and the work of someone with a clear insight into what matters in life and what does not.

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Haruf’s writing is stripped bare, the resulting book concise and profoundly truthful. The story immediately cuts to the chase – as does 70-year-old widow Addie Moore, a regular, respectable lady in small-town Holt [a fictional Colorado town which was the setting for all of Haruf’s novels]. In the opening pages, she pays a visit to her widower neighbour Louis Waters, who she knows only vaguely. She explains that she finds the loneliness of her empty home too much to bear and proposes an arrangement – that he come to her house and sleep with her at night, strictly to keep one another company:

I’m talking about getting through the night. And lying…

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7 Blogging Misconceptions (5 min read)

Millionaire's Digest

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Donatella Petitti

Founder & Owner of:Ciao Donatella

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Blogging and Successful Living Writer

You may not notice the things that are holding you back from being a great blogger and you would be quiet surprised as to what they are!

Misconception #7: You Need To Have A Narrowed Down Niche

Think of your blog like yourself, are you just one thing? NO! So why should your blog be? We can like many things such as sports, photography, writing, reading, beauty or fashion all at once so why can’t our blog be like that? Now for some bloggers it may be a bit more important to stay true to the niche, but at the end of the day write what you would like to write about and your readers will read it. Pick a niche for your blog but don’t feel restricted, weekly…

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Stencilling Furniture

The Vintage Sunflower

I finished this piece well before Christmas and am just now blogging about it!   Sometimes life and illness get in the way.


I bought this piece from someone I know who had good intentions of refinishing it but she never got to it.  It had been painted with several layers of paint-brown, green and white. The white was some kind of shiny lacquer paint that was horrible to sand through but as usual, Sunflower Husband sanded it for me!


Once it was sanded, I stained the top with General Finishes Java Gel Stain 1/2 Pint and sealed it with Polyvine Wax Finish Varnish Dead Flat Pint / 500ml.

The next step was to give it a couple of coats of Ball Jar Blue paint from Heirloom Traditions. I aged it using 80 grit sandpaper.


Once that was finished, it was time for the stencilling.  I was fortunate to…

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“I don’t want life to imitate art.  I want life to be art.”
Carrie Fisher


The Magic of Middle-Grade

Written Word Worlds


Molly’s mother is not like other mothers: she rides a yellow bike and collects herbs and makes potions, perhaps even magical potions. Molly wants to be normal, like her friend Ellen, and watch television and eat food that comes in packets. But when Molly’s mother accidentally turns herself into a tree, Molly turns to the strange and wonderful Pim for help. And as they look for a way to rescue her mother, Molly discovers how to be happy with the oddness in her life.

Martine Murray’s new illustrated middle-grade novel Molly and Pim and the Millions of Stars is a whimsical story about friendship and individuality and learning to see the freshness and wonder in the world.

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