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text 2014-10-24 05:04

Ya know what?! There ARE great, thoughtful, kind, and generous souls STILL residing in this world, a world where we are too busy to show a small courtesy to a stranger. A simple hello. A little smile. How hard could it be, right?! One never knows when the simple gesture of a smile or one tiny act of kindness will lift the spirit of a stranger, another soul so desperately needing that smile, that comfort. You just never know. 


Here's what got me thinking: Tonight, me, my husband, daughter and son-in-law went to Tokyo Live for dinner. We were the last to be seated at the large Hibachi table. A young father and mother sat across from us with their 4 1/2 month old baby boy. The dad was celebrating his bday. ADORABLE BABY, btw!! ((and so quiet)) Then, sitting to our right was a man, his wife, and I am presuming, their 21-year old daughter. Perfect strangers all of us!! But we had an AMAZING time!! After a wonderful dining experience, I asked for the check. The waitress shook her head NO and pointed to the gentlemen in the red shirt, the man to my right. HE HAD PICKED UP EVERYONE'S BILL and PAID FOR ALL OF IT!!! About $500.00 worth of food and spirits!! No questions!! No airs!! He didn't even want his generosity acknowledged. He just wanted to enjoy his evening out and to celebrate with the ENTIRE table!! Of course, we thanked him profusely!! His generosity did not stop at us either. Our waitress was also gifted and happy!! She expressed her surprise and appreciation. She said she had NEVER witnessed any such thing before. I know I haven't. Because people just don't do this kind of thing anymore. It's rare. We barely look up from our laptops and cell phones to say hello to our own families, much less a stranger. I'm not saying that I expect perfefct strangers to spend a fortune on one another. That's NOT my point. My point is this: One small act of kindness and a bit of generosity goes a long way. That man has no idea how happy he made everyone at our table. How unselfish! How thoughtful! How wonderful!! We were all perfect strangers!! Just absolutely made my day. And the only way I can think to repay this kindness is to PAY IT FORWARD. I probably won't be picking up a $500.00 tab but somehow, someway...I'm going to pass that kindness on. We all should. Every one of us!! Who knows?! Maybe kindness is catching and with everything going on in our world, perhaps it's something worth spreading.


So, here's to you awesome guy at Tokyo Live!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!! You have no idea the good cheer you spread tonite. Well played!! Your kindness and generosity meant the world to us!! And you brought a table of strangers together. A great time was had by all!! 


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url 2014-10-22 01:01
Battle of the Trolls (From Salon.com)

An interesting look at how divisive the relationship between authors and readers can become. Kathleen Hale is a nutcase (as the writer agrees), but there are some fans and reviewers out there who have done some pretty horrible things, too.


I'm sad that this article revealed that Alice Hoffman, one of my favorite writers, once put the phone number of a reviewer online in retribution. It wasn't even a negative review, just a tepid one. I also unfollowed Anne Rice (another favorite) today for her ridiculously blind support of Hale's "bravery" in revealing her behavior to the world and confronting "abuse" online.


This week is depressing me terribly.

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text 2013-11-12 16:10
Goodreads "Best" of 2013
Tangled - Emma Chase
Beautiful Bastard - Christina Lauren
Real - Katy Evans
Entwined with You - Sylvia Day
The Longest Ride - Nicholas Sparks

I just checked out the Goodreads Semifinalists for Best Romance of 2013, and oh, boy, am I ever out of step with "popular opinion," if that list is anything to go by. I managed to read only one of the nominees cover to cover -- Emma Chase's Tangled, which I hated and wrote a feminist rage fueled one star review about. Two others I DNF'd because it was clear so early on that I would have nothing good to say about either book: Beautiful Bastard and Real. I did not even try to read Sylvia Day's Entwined With You because I hated the first Crossfire book and quit the series (and it's hard for me to break up with a series), and I've never liked anything by Nicholas Sparks so I've got no interest in The Longest Ride. 


So, of twenty semifinalists, the only five I know anything about I have extremely negative feelings about, which does not lead me to believe that the other fifteen choices would appeal to me at all. Am I really so out of step? If this is truly the direction in which the genre is heading, stop the world, I want to get off!

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