26th Feb2015

From Where I Stand {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

From Where I Stand #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Disclaimer: It’s really really really cold outside and I’m a total weather wuss, so these photos are in no way shape or form recent. In fact, I think most of them are from Spring/Summer 2014. My general rule for life is once I can see my breath I only go outside when it’s absolutely positively necessary.

Sky #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks} (1)

When we first moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just knew I wanted things to be different from the way they were in Pennsylvania. I wanted to get out and learn the community, meet some people, and take pictures. One of the first things that captured my attention was the sky. I kept telling The Hubs that the sky here just seems so much more expressive. The clouds are always swirling, the colors are always changing, there’s just something always going on…

Then I noticed the river. The Mississippi River, to be specific. This became the place where The Hubs and I would go to walk and talk, to solve problems, to just sit and be still.

Street Performers #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Or listen to music…

Dynamite Coffee #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dynamite Coffee Owners #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Britts, Owners of Dynamite Coffee

Or grab a cup of coffee from a locally owned coffee bar…

Sloan and Themis #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Sloan and Themis Owner #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Ms. Bruce, Owner of Sloan + Themis

Or purchase a piece a vintage jewelry from a locally owned shop…

Horses #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks} (3)

Cows #OurProject52 #VisitCape {Living Outside the Stacks}

Or just enjoy nature on the drive home.

What do things look like where you stand?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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19th Feb2015

Love {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

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I have often said that the best gift The Hubs has ever given me is my Nikon D3100 and that includes the children. I honestly never knew how much I enjoyed being behind the camera until he said “Here, have fun.” I’d been taking pictures with my cell phone and then with a GE Power Pro X500 {a bridge camera} but I was ready to move to the next level, I just wasn’t ready to pay that price. So he paid it for me… *swoon*

Week 7 Love {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

Along with photography, I have a love for all things old vintage. I think that’s part of the reason why I enjoyed teaching American history so much, I enjoyed sharing the stories behind the people and the events. For most people, history is just a bunch of dates and old dead guys. For me, it’s a story that was created by people, shaped by events, and enhanced by things.

Week 7 Love {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

 

And one of those things that helped shaped the global story is the camera. Think of the pictures this camera has taken — weddings, births, deaths, every day life… In this box is history.

Week 7 Love {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

Love is The Hubs going to my favorite antique store and buying this vintage camera for me because he knew I’d love it. I cannot wait to find the perfect spot for it in our new home.

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16th Feb2015

My Week on Instagram {6/52}

by Daenel

This past week was all about selling the house. We spent time cleaning and staging the house. I spent time hanging out in a hotel room and in the park and at the mall just to keep the dog away from house hunters. But, hey, you do what you gotta do, right? I’m praying we get an offer soon.

Side note: if you’re in the market, come take a look…

Day 46 Open House

Day 46 Dog Jail {Living Outside the Stacks}

Day 46 Starbucks Chocolate Mousse {Living Outside the Stacks}

Today was our first Open House, which meant we had to be out of the house so the realtors could show people around. Squeekerz spent that time in puppy jail, we spent it eating Chocolate Mousse from Starbucks.

Day 45 Happy Mail

Day 45 Sseko Love {Living Outside the Stacks}

A few weeks ago, Flourish Magazine published an article about me; in it, I talked about my love for Sseko sandals, so they showed me a little love. I cannot wait for Spring!!

Day 44 Reflection

Day 44 Reflection {Living Outside the Stacks}

The theme for the 52 Week Project: 2015 Edition was “reflection”. I had a really hard time with this one, not sure why. I ended up taking a quick snap shot while I was at the hotel with Squeekerz. It’s not the best but I kinda like the off kilter focus.

Day 43 Open House Prep

Day 43 Prepping for Open House {Living Outside the Stacks}

We spent most of the week prepping for our first Open House. Seriously one of the most stressful things ever. Well, maybe not, you know, when you consider all of the other stress-inducing things that can happen, but this was not fun. At all.

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12th Feb2015

Eyes {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Eyes without Glasses #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

I got my first pair of glasses when I was about 7 or 8 years old…

Leaves {Living Outside the Stacks}

I remember walking out of the doctor’s office, standing on the sidewalk, looking up at the trees, and being gobsmacked. Trees had individual leaves. I mean, I’d seen leaves, or, at least, the fuzzy outline of single leaves on the ground but I’d never seen them on trees before. To me, they’d always looked like a giant green mass on top of a brown stick.

Eyes with Glasses #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks

Of course, I didn’t always appreciate the specs. I suffered for years with dry, red, strained eyes because I wanted to wear contact lenses even though every optometrist I saw advised against them. Oh, Vanity, you are a manipulative one…

Glasses #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Now that I’m ahem older and wiser, I don’t mind them. That much. This year I decided to get funky with my frames and go with purple and pink frames instead of my usual safe brown or black ones. It’s a decision I don’t regret. In fact, I think my next pair may be even bolder… Red, perhaps?

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05th Feb2015

Motion {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Squeekerz #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

This is Squeekerz, a Jack Russell Chihuahua mix. He has owned us for about eleven years now. We love him dearly. We’re not quite sure how he feels about us. We think he likes us, but most of the time we think he just tolerates us because we provide food and shelter.

Week 5 Motion #OurProject52 {Liiving Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz ran away from home about three years ago and it was the longest week of our lives. We put up posters, walked the neighborhood, checked local animal shelters, put his picture online… We searched everywhere for that dog. And nothing.

When he finally turned up, it was with a pregnant cat. Kid you not. You can read all about it here. One of the kittens now lives on our front porch and is, of course, a full grown cat now.

In the interest of full disclosure, I had to go to the archives for these pictures. We’ve spent the last week prepping our house to go on the market, so I didn’t get a chance to use my camera. However, these pictures were all taken in 2015, so that counts for something good, right?

Do you have a pet?

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02nd Feb2015

My Week on Instagram {5/52}

by Daenel

You guys, this has been quite the weekend! Our house is officially on the market, the magazine article about me came out, and I got a Fitbit. OK, the last one may not seem like a big deal to you but it is to me. My weight has gotten out of control. I know I’ve discussed my weight issues here before but The Hubs and I have decided that we want to include health and fitness in our new lives in Georgia. I just want to begin now. So if you have a Fitbit, send me a challenge!

I can’t believe January is already over. Do you realize that means with the posting of these pictures, I have already ticked off something on my “complete” list? Remember my One Word for 2015? I’m so excited! imagine me doing a happy dance

So here you go, my pictures from the last week in January:

Day 31 On Top

Day 31 On Top {Living Outside the Stacks}

This month, I’m the cover girl and featured woman in Flourish, a magazine for women in Southeast Missouri. Do you know how overwhelming, gobsmacking, and all around crazy it is to see your face staring at you from a magazine? I have to send a shout out to Robyn Gautschy for the opportunity.

Day 30 Favorite Food

Day 30 Favorite Food {Living Outside the Stacks}

Squeekerz’s favorite food is the “frosted” cookies from Mississippi Mutts. Seriously, he snacks better than we do!

Day 29 Winter

Day 29 Winter {Living Outside the Stacks}

So far winter has been relatively mild here. That’s not to say we haven’t had some cold days, we have, but it hasn’t been all snowy and icy. I hope it lasts…

Day 28 Strange

Day 28 Strange {Living Outside the Stacks}

My obsession with monkeys is strange. When I was a kid, I wanted to have a child and a monkey and raise them together. I know…

Day 27 Morning

Day 27 Morning {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every morning I like to share a cup of coffee with my friends and family on Facebook and Instagram. Please join me if you get a chance.

Day 26 Three Things

Day 26 Three Things {Living Outside the Stacks}

As we prepare to move to Georgia, Sharpies will be my best friends for the next few months.

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29th Jan2015

Blue {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Week 4 Blue {#OurProject52}

It may be safe to say, that so far this has been the hardest prompt for me. I mean, other than the sky, there really isn’t a lot of blue in my life.

I thought about using blue to describe my winter mood, but then I realized that I’m more like Blanche Devereaux {The Golden Girls} and I’m more magenta than blue.

So I had to go with nail polish.

Blue #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

I know, why do I have blue nail polish? Well, I was playing around on Pinterest and I ran across a multicolored manicure that I just had to try. And I needed blue. You can see my interpretation here. Not something I’d do on a regular basis, but for fun? Yep!

Blue #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Truth be told, my favorite nail polish color is black but I adore all vampy shades. For whatever reason, blue doesn’t last long on me. My tips always chip. No matter how many layers of top coat I put on. If you have tips, please share…

Do you have a favorite nail polish color? How about a least favor?

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26th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {4/52}

by Daenel

How was your weekend? Mine was nice. I spent most of the weekend cleaning and prepping the house to go on the market next month. I also did a bit of reading, this is the last week of January, so we’ll be discussing War Brides on my Facebook page. I’m pretty stoked about that… Hope you can join us, the goal is to read/discuss a new book every month.

I also managed to keep up with the #fmsphotoaday challenge that hosted by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. Are you participating? Leave a link in the comments below, I’d love to see your pictures.

Day 25 Black and White

Day 25 Black and White {Living Outside the Stacks}

I love black and white photography. I think I’ll do a series in March, my birthday month.

Day 24 Play Time

Day 24 Play Time {Living Outside the Stacks}

You’d think that he’d been playing hard. In reality, he barked at my daughter. Once.

Day 23 Something Far Away

Day 23 Something Far Away {Living Outside the Stacks}

Taken at the Bollinger Mill Covered Bridge. Beautiful, right?

This picture was selected by Chantelle for the Fab Four! I’m beyond thrilled. If you’d like to see the other three choices, click here.

Day 22 Collection

Day 22 Collection {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dried roses from the bouquet The Hubs gave me for my birthday last year.

Day 21 In a Row

Day 21 In a Row {Living Outside the Stacks}

Books, in a library.

Day 20 Window

Day 20 Window {Living Outside the Stacks}

So glad God loved me enough to rescue me from the depths of darkness and bring me into the light…

Day 19 Handmade

Day 19 Handmade {Living Outside the Stacks}

The Boy made those boxes during his senior year of high school. I have a couple of bigger ones at home sitting on my dresser.

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22nd Jan2015

Guilty Pleasure {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

I can’t remember the first time I had one but I knew the minute that I bit into it’s warm ooey gooey goodness that I would never ever be able to get enough of McDonald’s Specialty Pies. Well, not the holiday one because, ummmm, no. What’s in that thing anywayBut the strawberries and cream or the peaches and cream pies? Even the cherry pieGet in my belly now.

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

My favorite one is whichever one they’re currently selling. Right now, our McDonald’s is selling the strawberries and cream. Oh. So. Good. Add a mug of coffee and I’m in my happy place. My kids have been known to bring me pie {even the apple version} before they spring any you’re doing what with your life/hair/education news on me.

Guilty Pleasure #OurProject52 {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yeah, I definitely have a thing for McDonald’s Specialty Pies. For the record, I do not share.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

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19th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {3/52}

by Daenel

Hey, you guys! How are you? I’m doing well. I’m back and home and catching up laundry. Seriously, don’t you always need a vacation from your vacation? Anyway, if I learned nothing else this week, it’s that I’m ready to move to Georgia. Yes, it was cold and rainy the entire time I was there but I saw shoe stores on just about every corner.

Shoes + Coffee = A Happy Daenel

Yeah, there will be a significant increase in my shoe wardrobe. :-)

So you’d think that I have a lot of pictures from my trip to Georgia, right? Bad blogger. I have one. No, I’m not kidding. And that one was taken in the airport the day I arrived. I don’t have any excuses, it just is what it is.

But I do have other pictures from last week. I’ve been following the prompts provided by Chantelle at Fat Mum Slim. Are you participating in the Photo A Day Challenge? If so, leave a link in the comments so I can check out your pictures.

Day 18 Today Is…

Day 18 Today is {Living Outside the Stacks}

All about relaxing, after yesterday’s flight home.

Day 17 Jump

Day 17 Jump {Living Outside the Stacks}

I promise I won’t continue to be this lazy {yep, it’s from the archives}, but, come on, is this picture not perfect?!

Day 16 Landscape

Day 16 Landscape {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Taken three years ago in Pennsylvania. I just love it.

Day 15 Old

Day 15 Old {Living Outside the Stacks}

An “old” picture from my archives. It makes me laugh.

Day 14 New

Day 14 New {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

An initial necklace. It’s big and girly. Totally not me, but I heart it.

Day 13 Lucky Number

Day 13 Number {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

I don’t believe in luck, but I do like the number 5 because I have 5 wonderful kids.

Day 12 Bright

Day 12 Bright {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Pilot Precise V~5. My favorite pens. I buy them in bulk.

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15th Jan2015

Morning {#OurProject52}

by Daenel

Morning {Living Outside the Stacks} #OurProject52

I’m in Albany {house hunting, yay!} for the week, so my mornings have been, ummm, different. I’m sleeping a little bit later, waking up a bit discombobulated, and stumbling to find my stuff…

The only consistencies have been coffee and time spent in the Bible with the ladies from Hello Mornings.

How do you maintain your routine when you travel?

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12th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {2/52}

by Daenel

Hey, you guys! How was your weekend? Mine was exhausting… The Hubs and I arrived in Albany, Georgia around 1 PM and slept til 7 PM. Kid. You. Not. You would’ve thought we walked here. I’m not sure why we were so exhausted. So far it has rained and been kinda chilly since we arrived. I’m not happy about this. At all. This is Georgia, I expected sun and warmth. I’m going to need this to change before I arrive permanently…

Day 11 I See

Day 11 I See {Living Outside the Stacks}

Some very cool measuring spoons that’ll be making their way into my new home. Yep, I’m shopping already. Although I keep bouncing between styles. I’m so totally digging the stuff that Chip and Joanna Gaines do on HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Have you watched that show? Love it.

Day 10 Hello

Day 10 Hello {Living Outside the Stacks}

Yay, I’m in Albany! I’m all kinds of excited about this new stage in our lives.

Day 9 Pattern

Day 9 Pattern {Living Outside the Stacks}

Every day I stare at the weave on this basket across from the desk. For the next week, instead of this view, I’ll be visiting the place I’ll be calling home in the next few months: Albany, GA.

Day 8 Landscape

Day 8 Landscape {Living Outside the Stacks}

The library stacks look all mysterious when they’re blurry, don’t they?

Day 7 Currently Reading

Day 7 Currently Reading {Living Outside the Stacks}

It’s not too late to join us for #TeamLOTSReads. You can find out more information here.

Day 6 Round

Day 6 Round {Living Outside the Stacks}

Round things at Bollinger Mill.

Day 5 Square

Day 5 Square {Living Outside the Stacks}

Dice are squarish, cubish, fun…

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05th Jan2015

My Week on Instagram {1/52}

by Daenel

So, how was your first week of 2015? Can you believe we’re even saying “Twenty Fifteen”? It doesn’t even feel right… I dunno, I always kinda thought the two thousands would look like a mix of Leave It to Beaver and Star Trek but, ummm, shinier. I’m not really sure what that means but that’s what I thought. What’d you think the world would look like in the year 2015?

My favorite pictures from last week:

War Brides by Helen Bryan

War Brides by Helen Bryan {Living Outside the Stacks} | follow me on Instagram @DaenelT

We’ve started reading War Brides by Helen Bryan for our first #TeamLOTSReads Book Club. If you’d like to join us, simply pick up the book, and then join us on Facebook for questions and discussions.

Join Me for a Cup

Join Me for a Cup of Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

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A Pouty Pup

A Pouty Pup {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

Squeekerz was upset because The Boy had company which meant that he had to stay upstairs on a leash. Ya know, if he’d just be nicer…

DSLR Basics: Focus Points

DSLR Basics {Living Outside the Stacks}The ladies at A Beautiful Mess are offering a DSLR Basics course and I thought why not? I like their photography style, it’s so bright and airy. My own photography leans more towards dark and, dare I say, heavy. Anyway, the first lesson was to practice using the different focus points. This gave me an opportunity to bring out my Bratz doll.

What was the highlight of your week? What’re you looking forward to this coming week?

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02nd Jan2015

{52 Week Project} Week 1: Good Intentions

by Daenel

Good Intentions {Living Outside the Stacks}

Edited to add:

I recently found out about the Our 52 Week Project hosted by Lipgloss and Binky and Everyday Eyecandy and I wanted to participate because, well, I heart these ladies. And since I wanted to stay in the week, I’m going to link up this post with them and then get a fresh start on the themes this week. If you’d like to know more about me, check out 100 Things About Me

But for those of you who are in a hurry: I’m first and foremost a Jesus lover. And serious coffee drinker. I have the research skills of a librarian, the preservation skills of an archivist, the organizational skills of a soldier, and the domestic skills of a Stepford wife. 

I’ve been married for almost 20 years to The Hubs, we have five children, four grandchildren, and a dog who may be a cat…

Make sure you check out the hashtag #ourproject52 to meet the other ladies who’re participating.

I’m not a big maker of resolutions. I have a hard time keeping them, which means I usually end up totally frustrated with myself by the end of the year. The Hubs says it’s because I pick difficult goals. I think it’s because I allow little things to derail me. You know, I quit running because the weather’s bad. Or I don’t pick up my DSLR because I have my cell phone. Excuses, excuses. No matter how you slice it. Excuses.

The 52 Week Project: 2015 Edition theme for this week is “good intentions”. I so much rather prefer “intentions” to “resolutions”, it sounds less harsh and intense, don’t you think? Less like I’m due for some sort of punishment if I fail.

I know it’s only been two days, but I really wanted to sit and think about my intentions {whether they’re good or bad is up for debate} for 2015. We’ll have so much going on with the move and the kids becoming a bit more independent that I didn’t want to set myself up for failure. You know, like The Hubs thinks I do. And, since I know he rarely reads my blog, I’m going to say I’m inclined to agree with him. But, please, if you see him walking down the street, promise you won’t tell him that I said that.

So, here we go, my intentions for 2015:

  • complete a Bible study {feeling so spiritually disconnected}
  • help The Hubs settle in to our new home {cannot wait to start decorating}
  • learn to use my camera {I want to create the images that I see in my head}
  • start running again {I miss the hour of “me time}
  • finish a book {can’t remember the last time I finished/enjoyed/recommended a book}
  • find a new job {something fulfilling with an edge of creativity would be nice}
  • settle on a word for the year {those seem to be very popular and I’m a bandwagon jumper}

From time to time I plan to revisit this post, you know, to see how I’m doing with my “good intentions”.

What are your intentions {good or bad} for the year? Please share in the comments below.

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30th Dec2014

Favorite Coffee Pictures of 2014

by Daenel

Favorite Coffee Pictures of 2014 {Living Outside the Stacks}

You guys know I love sharing a morning cup of coffee with you. It’s an opportunity to start my day with friends and a smile.

Since I’m not doing my traditional year~end blog post round up, I thought I’d share my favorite coffee pictures with you and invite you guys to join me each morning in 2015 for a cuppa and a smile.

So, if you’re on Instagram, give me a yell. I’m @DaenelT. I’d love to share a cup and see your life in pictures!

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22nd Dec2014

My Week on Instagram: Day 15 Through Day 21{And the Book Reveal!}

by Daenel

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Hi! Are you ready for Christmas? Seriously, didn’t the holiday just sneak up on us? It feels like one day we were complaining about the heat and the next folks were complaining about the Hallothankgivmas decorations. Now it’s almost *gasp* 2015!! Dude. So. Not. Ready. So let’s take some time and look back on last week’s happenings…

Day 21 A Breakfast Date

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The Hubs and I celebrated the beginning of his two week long vacation with coffee at one of our favorite local spots. He’s been traveling since October, so this is a much needed break for him and some much needed family time for us.

Day 20 Sugar Paper Planner

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Usually, I rely on my phone for keeping appointments, but next year {*gasp* 2015} I’ll have so much going on that I decided to try keeping a planner. I wasn’t ready to make the big leap to one of those expensive life planners, but my dear sweet blogging friend, Katie from Creole Wisdom, let me know about this Sugar Paper planner at Target ($9) and now I’m all sorts of happy and ready to take on the year {*gasp* 2015}.

Day 19 Top Instagram Photos

Coffee, naturally… And, hey, if you’re on Instagram, leave a comment below with your name so I can give you a follow! I’m @DaenelT.

Day 18 Click and Blossom Coffee Mug

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Are you a blogger or a photographer? Then you’ve got to check out the line of products from Click and Blossom. Seriously, the cutest bags, mugs, and tees ever. I received no compensation for this, I just love love love my mug.

Day 17 Origami Bird

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Someone left little origami birds on the study tables at the library. So very cool…

Day 16 #FrostyVoxBox Reveal

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Day 15 The Book Reveal: War Brides by Helen Bryan

War Brides by Helen Bryan {Goodreads}

Yay! We finally have a book for our first book club! To read the “official” synopsis, simply click the picture and it’ll take you to my profile on Goodreads. I’ve read some of the reviews and they look pretty good.

I’m definitely looking forward to the reading and the discussions. I’ve had a fascination with war brides and, to be honest, the whole era between World War I and World War II since I was a teenager. I think it’s because it seemed like a such a study in contrasts ~ women were expected to be delicate and feminine, yet they had to hold down practically the entire nation while still staying in their places. Then you had the undercurrents of race issues ~ African American soldiers fighting for freedoms that they didn’t yet have in their own country. And, to be honest, Danielle Steel may have played a small role in my romanticizing of the period

Are you a fan of this era? Whether you are or not, I hope you’ll join me on Facebook for the reading and discussion.

So here’s the plan: we’ll start reading the book during the first week of January and discuss throughout the entire month. I’ll post questions and, hopefully, you’ll post questions and we’ll have a nice discussion. This is is my first time doing this, so there’s going to be a learning curve but I hope this’ll be fun!

If you’d like to know more about #TeamLOTSReads, click here.

Be happy,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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