Aug 23

Playing With Code

Microsoft Virtual Academy has become my new source of entertainment. I signed up for a few upcoming live classes and added several prerecorded classes to “My Learning Plan”. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

What Do You Play?

One year at summer camp I took two weeks of guitar lessons and it was so much fun I wanted to learn more when I got home. When school started I went to the band teacher and said I wanted to play guitar… He gave me a clarinet. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 17

Marching to the Beat

Miss Muffin definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. So much so, in fact, that she has hinted that the drums are her next instrument of choice. I’m hoping that her guitar teacher can keep her entertained learning to play and write her own music at least until I graduated Tech. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 17

It’s Complicated

Life is complicated. There have been a lot of changes in my life the last few months. Some changes are really good, some changes are inconvenient, complicated and miserable, and some just require a little getting used to. School is in a holding pattern as I try to secure one semesters worth of aid or cash. Miss Muffin has started 7th grade, Grandma is doing well and the pets aren’t covered in fleas this summer. I’m even dating a really nice guy, I’d say more, but it’s complicated.

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Aug 16

Musically Inclined

My child has really taken to her guitar lessons. I credit her natural musical ability and an awesome guitar teacher for the progress she’s made since this winter. She’s even been working on writing her own song. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

Book Review – The Outcast

Calico Contemplates Books

The Outcast by Jolina Petersheim

The Outcast by Jolina PetersheimRachel Stoltzfus never imagined she’d be the talk of her Old Order Mennonite community until whispers stir the moment her belly swells with new life. Unmarried and refusing to repent by naming the partner in her sin, Rachel feels the wrath of the religious sect as she is shunned by those she loves most and eventually forced to leave – driven out by her twin sister’s husband, the bishop.
But secrets run deep in this cloistered community, and the bishop is hiding some of his own, threatening his conscience and his very soul. When the life of Rachel’s baby is at stake, choices must be made that will bring the darkness to light, forever changing the lives of those who call Copper Creek home. Read the rest of this entry »

May 15

Book Review – Defending Jacob

Calico Contemplates Books

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney for two decades. He is respected. Admired in the courtroom. Happy at home with the loves of his life, his wife, Laurie, and teenage son, Jacob.
Then Andy’s quiet suburb is stunned by a shocking crime: a young boy stabbed to death in a leafy park. And an even greater shock: The accused is Andy’s own son—shy, awkward, mysterious Jacob.
Andy believes in Jacob’s innocence. Any parent would. But the pressure mounts. Damning evidence. Doubt. A faltering marriage. The neighbors’ contempt. A murder trial that threatens to obliterate Andy’s family.
It is the ultimate test for any parent: How far would you go to protect your child? It is a test of devotion. A test of how well a parent can know a child. For Andy Barber, a man with an iron will and a dark secret, it is a test of guilt and innocence in the deepest sense.
How far would you go? Read the rest of this entry »

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