A ROSE PETAL, A BOY SOLDIER, and LEMON CAKE…

What’s the connection?

The book launch of LOST BOYS, a middle grade historical fiction novel by début author (and friend) Darcey Rosenblatt.

LOST BOYS is a captivating coming-of-age story of friendship, hardship, and hope. Twelve-year-old Reza is an Iranian boy who loves music and spending time with friends until the day he becomes a soldier and eventually a prisoner of the 1980’s Iran/Iraq war.

Reza’s story honours the strength of the human spirit. It is a tribute to every child who has managed to survive the horrors of war, as well as to the many who did not make it through. LOST BOYS is a heartfelt début novel. I only have one word of caution (well, maybe three): keep tissues nearby.

I wish I’d had a handkerchief on hand for Darcey’s book launch, too, where a packed house of warmhearted family, friends, and book lovers of all ages gathered to celebrate her and the release of LOST BOYS at our phenomenal local independent bookstore, Book Passage.

The line for book-signings measured at least forty feet –
snaking from the prominent spot next to the podium *

to the luscious celebratory lemon cake lying in wait at the back of the room

As for the rose petal reference?
It’s Darcey’s last name translated into English.

Check out DARCEY’S fabulous website for more on the real lost boys and an awesome interview at Kidlit 411 where she shares more about herself and her journey from the moment she was struck by the idea, complete with goosebumps.

One last word:

“Rosenblatt’s debut is fiction, but rooted in fact: the plight of ‘lost boy soldiers’ was all too real. Thanks to careful research and a well-written narrative, Rosenblatt brings their stories to vivid and memorable life. The lost boys, at least here, are found.” ―Booklist

Or maybe thirteen:

BUY IT – BORROW IT – READ IT
(and please remember to review it here)

photo credit – someone other than me

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JELLIES vs. WELLIES – An Elemental Conundrum

There’s a jelly near my welly
Is it a he or she?
Not the welly,
but the jelly,
Either way,
I’ll flee!

But wait… Continue reading

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HIGHLAND HIGH-JINX

With the weather taking a turn, I ditched the broom and opted for United Airlines. Once we reached our cruising altitude, the skies turned friendly, reflecting the lovely crew members’ cordiality, making my journey to Scotland if not completely comfortable (22F had its challenges) at least sociable, swift, and safe. Even if they had been rude, nothing could have spoiled my excitement over a reunion with friends I’d only visited with separately during the last nine years.

Sadly, our fortnight together last month has already come and gone, but for now, while I sort photos and stories, I want to at least share with you a few Highland and Hebrides highlights with the added texture of a limerick that we cobbled together as we neared the end of our adventure ~

Three mavens from far points are we
In a house so cozy and wee Continue reading

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iConic BRIDGE – Can U Guess?

Not yet?
How about now? Continue reading

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A NOTEWORTHY DRIVE BY SHOOTING

Ready, aim, fire! It’s no use taking careful aim, though. By the time I catch my subject dead center between the crosshairs, it’s too late – a blip in the landscape – gone faster than you can say, “Gotcha!”

Snap – Snap – Snap – Speeding along at 70 mph, the sound of the shutter ticks me off for not being better prepared to shoot the burst of color I’d set out to capture only a moment ago.

But then this happens,
Whoa!
– a quantum physical moment –
Continue reading

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A TALL ORDER

The Daily Post Photo Challenge this week is titled ‘ORDER’. It didn’t speak to me at all until I took a walk with a friend and noticed that sneaky theme had secretly tagged along. It had attached itself to a friendly picturesque porch and wagged its wooden finger


at the uniformed symmetry waiting for us just around the bend, Continue reading

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REFLECTING ON MOTHER’S DAY, 2017

You know the question. We’ve all heard it. We’ve all asked it. Whether we’re chatting with our neighbor sitting next to us in the window seat, standing serpentine in a line at the grocery store, or sipping cocktails at the hippest place in town, me? yeah right! ninety-nine point nine percent of the time someone asks, “So, what do you do?”

 

When I was a Stay-At-Home-Mom the guilt over not having an ‘outside’ job in addition to my familial responsibilities left me sputtering like a dying carburetor. Out loud, I’d hem and haw about how my adventures with the frantic four left little time for anything else, but inside I was asking myself how the focacchia did my mom-peers find the time to be welders, bio-chemists, lawyers, and artists between changing diapers and cleaning up barf? And why was I feeling like I should be keeping up with them?

I get it though. Heck, before I had children, I too used to wonder what a mother did at home all day without going insane. How many times could she blow on a boo-boo, clean a toilet, or fill the washing machine?

For years, I felt like a slacker. I could see that same thought reflecting back at me in people’s eyes, too. Or at least I thought I did. Thankfully, that did change when a now, dear friend innocently asked that loaded question, only this time ending it with “all day.” Armed with an answer that had been stockpiling for years, I shot back, “Well, typically, once the children have been taken to school, I change into turn of the 20th century lounge wear, grab a good book -preferably one with little or no plot- drape myself across a plush divan, Continue reading

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