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review 2017-09-19 19:03
Rain Dance (Tulsa Thunderbirds) Catherine Gayle
Rain Dance (Tulsa Thunderbirds Book 5) - Catherine Gayle


She pushes hot buttons, tortures your heart and inspires devotion, Catherine Gayle is good at getting noticed.  Just when it seems that your emotions cannot stand another blow, Rain Dance entrances your soul.  Ethan is no hero, but he is a good man and an ever evolving parent.  Natalie wants to be happy.  She longs to be loved, yet her choices keep holding her back.  Ethan and Natalie will leave you emotionally spent, but yearning for more.  The baggage is heavy but the reward is worth the load. (4.5 stars)

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review 2017-09-11 17:58
A Dance of Cloaks: Book 1 of Shadowdance - David Dalglish

Aaron is Thren Felhorn's son, the son of the head of a Thieves' Guild, a guild determined to be the only one and to wield power like a sword, but Aaron may be following his dad's lead, he may also be about to change everything. Thren may not want Aaron to find any freedom...

It wasn't a bad read, Aaron was an interesting kid, Thren was a little moustache twirling-esque.

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review 2017-09-02 18:25
Book 52/100: The Blue Jay's Dance - A Birth Year by Louise Erdrich
The Blue Jay's Dance: A Birth Year - Louise Erdrich

The postpartum period after giving birth to my first son seems like the perfect time to reread Anne Lamott's "Operating Instructions" -- unfortunately, I gave my copy to my best friend when she was pregnant, having no idea that my own pregnancy was so close at hand. I thought Erdrich's book might serve as a good stand in, which it did to a certain extent.

Unlike "Operating Instructions," this is not really a journal or a traditional memoir but rather a series of loosely connected essays written in the year after the birth of Erdrich's third baby. As a new mother, this format makes total sense to me -- when you are writing in snatches grabbed while Baby naps or you pawn him off on someone else for half an hour, you learn to write "small" or not write at all. While this is undoubtedly part of Erdrich's personal style, I found myself bored by how often she wrote about nature and wanted her to write more about parenting a baby, since that is what drew me to this book. And when she does write about new motherhood, her writing is beautiful, aching, and insightful, whether she is delving into postpartum depression or the travails of sleep deprivation. I always was left wanting more in these sections, as well as in the sections where she wrote about the challenges of maintaining any sort of writing practice at all with a new baby in your orbit. In these moments, I had that wonderful feeling of being fully understood, of having someone give voice to questions, feelings and experiences that I was in the midst of grappling with and not yet able to articulate.

Unfortunately, this comprised only about a third of the book. In addition to the musings on nature, stories about her cats (which I didn't mind in the least), and brief glimpses into the rest of her family life (also interesting), she includes quite a few recipes. I skimmed these because most were far too involved for me to consider making them, but I understood their inclusion because food takes on a whole new level of meaning when you are pregnant and breastfeeding, especially when it is prepared by someone you love.

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review 2017-08-25 13:51
40 DAYS AND 1001 NIGHTS by Tamalyn Dallal
40 Days And 1001 Nights, One Woman's Dance Through Life In The Islamic World - Tamalyn Dallal

Living 40 days in a different culture helps you understand the culture.  These are small vignettes of Tamalyn Dallal living in five countries that are with large Islamic populations.  Within each culture, Islam has been changed to take in the local customs that existed when Islam came into the area.  I thought she would live with one family for the whole 40 days but she lived in hotels, apartments, rented rooms, etc. instead of spending all her time with one family.  She met many different people.  I learned much about the cultures and countries, such as where some are and where they are near.  It is interesting and worth reading.  I just wish she had lived with one family 40 days and immersed herself in their daily lives.  

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text 2017-08-22 15:05
Mark Tompkins Sec on Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is an expressive dance style that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet, contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation. Contemporary dancers like Mark Tompkins Sec strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dancers focus on floor work, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. Most artists are dedicated to harnessing the discipline necessary to realize their most daring, far-out ideas.



Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music and it is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dancers like Mark Tompkins Sec believe that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings. That’s why contemporary dance developed in a rebellion against the hierarchy and restrictions of 19th-century classical ballet. It was conceived as a heightened, kinetic form of self-expression in which each artist was at liberty to determine his or her own creative path.


From the 1970's onward, before contemporary dance existed, we had the postmodern dance (1960-70's) and, prior to that, modern dance (1920's-1960's). The big shift in dance technique between ballet and modern-dance lay in the use of the torso, body weight, and the use of the floor as a valid surface to perform on with the whole body, not just the feet. These aspects shaped dramatic alterations as to how the dancer’s body was trained.


The torso was used with greater flexibility and the center of gravity of the body was worked lower to the floor through deeper knee bends, giving modern dance styles a more grounded presence than ballet. But as soon as these modern dance styles became as codified as ballet, the move was on again to challenge the modern dance establishment and discover new territory for the creative impetus’s of dance as an art form.


After all these years of research and work, Mark Tompkins Sec is now glad to share his understanding and professional experience. His goal has always been to gather the tools, information, and experience that would allow people like him to make a living out of dancing.

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