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Books for Prisoners

April 28, 2009

I was going from place to place online this afternoon – I can do that right now, ‘cuz I’m on VACATION! If you can call a weeks worth of organizing, laundry & garage cleaning (pics coming soon…) “vacation.” Anywhoo, I went to Hey! It’s Free, one of my daily visits – when I remember – and clicked a link for free “Nature’s Source Cleaner.” After filling out the form, I was offered a coupon for $1 off as well. I’m all about dollars off!

You: “ How exactly does this have anything to do with books or prisoners..?”
Me: “I’m getting to that, just don’t get your panties in a wad!”

Now, where was I…oh yeah, it wanted me to download a coupon printer, which I didn’t want to do, so went back and clicked on a link that said “7 ideas for recycling your clutter. One of the suggestions (you’ll hafta go yourself if you want to see the rest of the suggestions) was to donate books – there’s a link for donating to soldiers, and one to donate to prisoners. The one to donate to soldiers wants you to fill out a PAPER form and MAIL it. Now I’m not paranoid, not much anyways, but really? Why do I have to fill out a paper & send it to the government in order to donate books..? I’m just sayin’…

So I went to the other one, where you can donate to prisoners. (No paper form required!) and at the top of the list – ok not THE top, but the top of the Fiction & Others list – I saw a request for Pagan books…in bold even. So I thought I would put it up here so my three readers (yeah YOU) can consider going through your shelves, and maybe donate…just a thought…





Books Needed

Books To Prisoners is a Seattle-based, all-volunteer, non-profit group that sends free books to prisoners in the U.S.


Book donations needed!

Books To Prisoners needs the following paperback books.

Note: Please limit box weight to 15 pounds maximum.

Most needed books

  • Dictionaries (English and Spanish/English)

  • Thesaureses

  • Small business and real estate – Running and starting a business

  • Law dictionaries and legal self help

  • Trades (plumbing, electricity, carpentry, construction, auto mechanics)

Reference and text books

  • Dictionaries (including English, Spanish, French, German, Swahili)

  • Dual language dictionaries (particularly Spanish/English)

  • Almanacs (non-current year still great!)

  • Foreign language textbooks (particularly Spanish)

  • Biology, chemistry, and physics text books

  • American Sign Language manuals

  • Legal self-help and legal dictionaries

  • GED prep and high-school level textbooks in all subject areas

  • Vocational, technical, and "how to" books, such as electrical repair, home repair, etc.

  • Small business guides or handbooks (including management)

African-American and Hispanic studies

  • African-American non-fiction (including Black Panther and related material)

  • ANY Mexican or Latino non-fiction (including  Mexican Revolution and Aztec history)

  • World history, especially ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, and military history

Fiction and Other

  • Wiccan, pagan, mythology, and occult materials

  • Westerns

  • Mystery, thriller, and horror

  • Fantasy

  • True crime

  • Classic literature

  • Philosophy

  • Blank journals/diaries (some pages ripped out is fine)


Three Days – Is it A Record?

April 3, 2009

So, I’m posting again, but again, nothing major. I will say, this child is about to drive me nuts. To start with I am sick & tired of being woken at the butt-crack of dawn, every morning. We all know what a morning person I am….well, apparently every living person except my boy. He IS a morning person.

Let me also say I wish he had never learned to tell time. Now I get a minute by minute play by play whenever he wants to do something. “Mom! It’s 9:58. Are you about ready to get dressed?” “Mom! It’s 9:59 are you about ready to get dressed yet?” “Mom, it’s 10:00 are you about ready to get dressed now?” He’s on Spring Break. He gets to go to Alec’s every day during spring break. So every morning we start the “Mom!?! Are you ready to get dressed yet?” at about oh, I dunno 8:00. And we’re off. For the next 3 hours.

And now it IS time for me to get dressed. Lucky me. I get to go to work. Again.

Did I mention I am quitting smoking..? Probably not. And I probably just jinxed it by mentioning it, that’s how it usually works…But I have done fairly well so far. Since 10:00 Wednesday night, I have had 2 cigarettes. Both were at work – go figger. As long as I don’t have any, I don’t want any. Truly. No urges I can’t control. No urges at all, really. I have thoughts about em, and occasionally catch myself reaching for one, out of habit (like when I get in the car), then laugh at myself for doing it.

My boy gets me frustrated & wanting one. But since I don’t have any, it’s no biggie. Work drives me batty some days – rude people, making things personal, hateful, nasty, foul-mouthed…all over TELEVISION. And that’s the crux of it. It’s TV..! How can you be that fricking angry over TV? The worst onesare the ones that say “I have three kids! What am I supposed to do with them until you come fix it..?”" Ummmm…I dunno – go to yhe park? read a book? go outside? PLAY with your kids, pay attention to them? teach them how to make a paper airplane..?

*Sigh*  Ok gotta go..

See ya l;aterzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Fate’s Acquittal

May 11, 2008

Hey y’all. I know I’ve been slacking off… between being sick, and “stimulating the economy (read – shopping *grin*) I haven’t posted much here in a few days. I have every intention of remedying this lapse…soon…I have tried to keep up on my other blog, as it has a more “structured” layout. I have however, managed to pretty well keep up with the blogs I “follow” – it takes much, much less time to read than it does to write…lol.
One of my favorites is Fate’s Acquittal. Now, I’m not a blog reviewer, or even remotely qualified to be one – Hell, I just learned they existed about 2 or so months ago! But, I do read. A lot. A whole lot. On average I read 3-4 books a week. Sometimes more, occasionally (like when I’m sick and can’t even see, let alone read) a bit less. I’m also pretty set in what I like – Historical Fiction, preferably very historical, like oh, I dunno, no less than 500 or more years ago..I am also a huge fan of Fantasy, not to be confused with Sci-Fi. If it involves Magic & doesn’t contain sky-scrapers or cars, or any of that modern-type stuff, I’m all good. Swords, horses, spells, wandering the world on foot or by boat – these are the things I love. It doesn’t have to be “our” world, just so long as there aren’t spaceships or lasers involved in getting there.
I also have a affinity for Horror. But finding good horror, that I haven’t read, is becoming increasingly difficult. Anne Rice was a favorite for a long time, as was Steven King, but as the years have passed they have both “changed.” Now as a rule, change is good, but don’t mess with my reading material! King lost me when he “sold out” so to speak. I was sorely disappointed by the loooooong wait for the next Gunslinger book (we’re talking yeeeeaaaarrrrsssss here), but he didn’t lose me completely until he did the “novelettes.” You know, take one good book, turn it into 6 little books, and sell each one for $9,99? Yeah, that was the end for me. I’m a bit of a cheapskate to begin with, especially when it comes to books. Not that books aren’t worth it, but to spend $9,99 on something I’m going to read completely in an hour or two..? I don’t think so. Don’t misunderstand, I buy books – I buy lots of books, but they are nice, thick, going-to-last a-couple-of-days books.
*Note: If you look closely, you’ll see that almost every shelf on this case has at least two, if not three rows of books on it. This is only the books from one room of our home…every room (even the bathrooms) contains books. I have read 95% of the books I own, the other 5% being reference material, and I have sold, traded or lost, at a conservative estimate, 25 times this many – what you see has been accumulated in only about 5 or 6 years, with a few rare exceptions.

As for Anne Rice, apparently she has suffered some sort of “conversion.” Because I loved her previous works, I did buy & read her (at the time) latest book, Christ The Lord : Out of Egypt. While it isn’t my preferred subject matter, it was well written. But I won’t read the next one. It’s no secret that I am not a Christian, but that’s really not the reasoning. It is important, to me, to know about many different views and beleifs, but I don’t want it in my fiction – I want it where it belongs in non-fiction!
But one day, as I am trolling thru BlogExplosion trying to gain viewers (‘cuz I have this need to be read – and acknowledged!) and find interesting stuffs to occupy my mind, I stumbled on Fate’s Acquittal and started reading. Now, I’m not what you would call naive – haven’t even been close for about, uhhhh 40 or so years…but I fell for it. I didn’t know there were such things as “fiction blogs.” The more I read, the more I enjoyed Tom & Ed’s adventures…those two are nuts! But fun!
What a life! Finding out it is fiction (at least I think it is fiction…) was a bit of a let down, but not much, it’s still good reading. And waaaaaay off the beaten track for me. But I keep going back, over and over. And I will continue to do so, as long as he keeps writing it!
Who am I to judge? Take yourself over there and try it on for size. What have you got to lose..? 5 minutes of time..? LOL
Ok, I gotta go. I have a whole bunch to write about – cars & stimulation and faucets, but I am out of time for the moment 😦 If only I could type as fast as I read, we’d all be in business! I keep hoping KMart will put “Fingers That Know How To Type” on bluelight special so I can get me a coupla sets, but no such luck, so far…So, the physical world calls, and I must answer my Mistress…
See ya laterzzzzzzzz!