Wondrous Words #392

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I discovered a new phrase while reading the first paragraph of a book on the Book Club Librarian’s blog. The book was The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor,. Here’s the sentence and the phrase:

post hoc, ergo propter hoc: Later, in weaker moments, Lovell Hall reminded himself of the logical fallacy that young scientists so often committed: Post hoc, ergo propter hoc.

The author goes on to define the phrase, but by that time I had stopped to figure it out on my own. (That’s what all these weeks of searching new words has done to me.) I already knew a few things: I recognized this as a Latin phrase and I knew the word “ergo” meant therefore and “post” meant after. Now, what do the reast of the words mean. I looked it up and found out this:

Post hoc, ergo propter hoc means after this, therefore resulting from it.

The phrase is used to show that a causal relationship has erroneously been assumed from a merely sequential one. In other words, just because one event follows another event, you can’t assume that the second event was caused by the first event. It’s a pretty clear assumption, but I love that the idea has its own Latin phrase.


That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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What Am I Reading? Mercy Falls

I’m currently reading Mercy Falls by William Kent Krueger. This is the fifth book in the Cork O’Connor series. I’m really enjoying working my way through this series. Here’s the first paragraph:

The Morning-Beverage Measure

After picking up a set of pistol suppressors from a nine-fingered armorer n Las Vegas Evan Smoak headed for hoe in his Ford pickup doing his best no to let the knife wound distract him.
The slice on his forearm had occurred during an altercation at a truci sop. He usually didn’t lie to get involved with anything or anyone outside his missions, but there had been a fifteen-year-old girl in dire need of help. So here he was, trying not to bleed onto the console until he could get home and deal with it properly. For now he’d tied off the cut with on of his socks, using his teeth to cinch the knot.


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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My Week . . .

I had a lovely week in Portland with my eldest daughter and her family. At the end of this post I’ll share some  of the events of the week. I had a nice trip up and back on the train. I’ve said it before – I really enjoy the soothing rock and roll of a rail car. I don’t even mind – to0 much – traveling all night. The only negative is the occasional addition of rude people – those who don’t think of others – those who talk and make other noises when it’s sleep time. Oh well, it doesn’t happen every trip. One thing that helps is a good audiobook. With my headphones on I don’t mind or hear those rude people.

What I Read This Week:

The Bookshop On the Corner by Jenny Colgan. When four very noisy passengers got on the train car in which I was traveling and it didn’t look like they were going to quiet down, I put on my headphones and started my iPod. I was in the midst of the first chapter of this book and it was the perfect distraction. I forgot about the noise-makers and felt myself moving all the way over to Birmingham, England and then Scotland with Nina.

Nina is a quiet, non-assertive librarian whose job is about to be fazed out. The problem is that Nina isn’t built to do anything else. She’s the quintessential reader, one who has always had a book in her hands and has read widely. In addition, she has the ability to match people with books she somehow knows will change their lives.

Nina has always had the dream of owning her own bookshop, but doesn’t have the funds to make it happen. Nina does have enough money to buy a used van, fill it with all the books she owns and create her own mobile bookshop. When Nina finds the perfect used-van for sale in Scotland, it turns out there are a bunch of readers in the area who encourage her to stay right there. Its a wonderful adventure for Nina and the reader as well. There’s even a little fun and romance. This is a book created by an author who loves to read for her fellow bookaholics. The audiobook was about 9 hours long – just right for a long train ride.


A Quiet Life In the Country: Lady Hardcastle Mystery #1 by T.E. King. The time period is the early twentieth century and Lady Emily Hardcastle and her faithful ladies maid, Florence Armstrong, have just moved to the country. It appears they’ve had a mysterious and treacherous life in both China and India. They have decided they need the peace and quiet of country life.

The two women are barely moved in when they discover a dead body while walking in the woods. They make excellent amateur sleuths because they are quite nosy and very good at getting people to gossip. They are also very good at deduction. All of this is good because they soon have three more murders that need investigating. I really enjoyed the subtle humor in this book. The two main characters are enjoyable enough for me to want to come back for book two.

While I Was In Portland:

One of the biggest events of the week was Prom Night for my oldest granddaughter Q. She’s such a beautiful girl and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing her all dressed up and ready to have a good time.

Portland is about four to six weeks behind northern California when it comes to the arrival of Spring. I love Spring, even though my allergies go crazy. In a place like Portland, with so much moisture year round, you can imagine how green everything is. And then when the Spring flowers and trees bloom, its just incredible. Here’s a sample of local beauty. Pictures are courtesy of my generous daughter, Candice.

That’s it for me this week. Happy Spring and Happy Easter to you and your family..

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Wondrous Words #391

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I found this word in an article on the Washington Post:

ubiquity:  “ . . . and that means a majority of people since most still get their news about what’s happening in Washington from TV, despite the ubiquity of digital.”

Ubiquity (yo͞oˈbikwədē) is a noun that means the fact of appearing everywhere or of being very common


I found this new word in Politico:

pyrrhic: “Even if the GOP repeal bill passes the House, it will be a Pyrrhic victory.

Pyrrhic  (ˈpirik) is an adjective  that refers to a victory that is won at too grerat a cost to have been worthwhile.


That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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What Am I Reading? The Bookshop On the Corner

I’m featuring The Bookshop On the Corner. I saw the book cover on a table at the library and knew I wanted to check it out. The book starts off with “A Message To Readers” and I felt an immediate connection with the author, Jenny Colgan. She writes about all those great places one can enjoy reading: in bed or a hammock, on the bus, while taking a walk and so on. It’s definitely a book for book-lovers.

Here’s the first paragraph:


Chapter One

The problem with good things that happen is that very often they disguise themselves as awful things. It would be lovely, wouldn’t it, whenever you’re going through something difficult, if someone could just tap you on the shoulder and say, “Don’t worry, it’s completely worth it. It seems absolutely horrible right now, but I promise it will all come good in the end,” and you could say, “Thank you Fairy Godmother.” You might also say, “Will I also lose that seven pounds?” And they will say,”But of course, my child.”


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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This Week . . .

Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I’ve had a big week all the way around. I took the train up to Portland for another short visit. I really enjoy Portland as its such a vibrant and beautiful place to be. Their Spring season is about a month behind ours in northern California so its lovely to see those blooming trees and early flowers all over again. And, of course, I love being with my charming and fun granddaughters and their parents too.

Reading-Wise: I finished that giant trilogy of Greg Iles. Mississippi Blood and reported on it Tuesday. And then I read two more books while riding the rails.

I read But For the Grace by Peter Grainger. Its the second book in the D.C. Smith series — a character I have a “crush” on and am learning to love. He has the kind of sense of humor that I love, a lot of it under his breath. The first novel only hinted at problems that D.C. has had in the past. This second novel gradually reveals just a little bit more. This, of course, makes me want to go find book #3. Before I do, let me tell you about this one:

An elderly woman has died in a nursing home. Everyone knows this is normal, but a new doctor and a couple of other people raise their eyebrows. Its just enough to ask the police, D.C. Smith among them, to check further. An autopsy shows a large amount of heroin in her stomach. This is not normal so a full investigation follows. When D.C. learns  of similar deaths, it gives him pause. Was this a murder pact or could it have been suicide? It’s a beautifully told story.


After a long week of murder and violence, I felt the need for something light. I downloaded an audiobook of an Amish Romance, The Scent of Cherry Blossoms. This is actually  the story of an Old Order Mennonite woman, Annie, and an Old Order Amish man, Aden. They enjoy being together and, as they fall in love, Aden begins to lose his embarrassing stutter.

The conflict comes via the two families and the two religious groups. They cannot marry unless one gives up they church and joins the other. It’s a rough road filled with pressure from both families. However, as in all good Romances, there is a happy-ever-after ending. It’s why I read a good Romance.


What I’m Watching:

Our local PBS station has been working on their fund-raising drive. I always love the special guests and special shows they run during this time.

Here’s one that surprised me: Agatha Raisin. Agatha is a British amateur detective and this show is based on the novels by M.C. Beaton. Agatha Raisin is played by a clever and stilletto-wearing Ashley Jensen. She portrays Agatha a bit different than when I read the novels. A nice bonus is all the scenery and buildings in the Cotswolds.

I’m hoping and planning to visit Europe next year. But, even if I weren’t going, I always enjoy the hours Rick Steves visits the PBS studios and shares all the amazing things a visitor can see and do in that wonderful continent. The film that really captured my heart was the one about the Netherlands. He showed us how the surrounding sea is way above the land, but they have very little flooding. They’ve done a superb job of designing and building dikes and other innovative devices. I’d like to see that.

That’s it for me this week. I’ll be heading back home on Monday. I hope to share some pictures of Portland with you next week. Until then, have a great weekend.

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Wondrous Words #390

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I only have one new word this week. I found this word in the New York Times Book Review. It was in an essay written by Margaret Atwood about her book The Handmaid’s Tale.

parturition: “ . . . the Handmaids wear red, from the blood of parturition, but also from Mary Magdalene.”

Parturition (pärCHo͝oˈriSH(ə)n) is a noun which means the action of giving birth to young; childbirth.


That’s all for me this week. Don’t forget to visit Kathy for more Wondrous Words Wednesday.

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What Am I Reading? But For The Grace

I’m featuring But For the Grace, the second book in the D.C. Smith series by Peter Grainger. I really enjoy British murder mysteries. D.C. Smith is my latest “crush” in the detective ranks. His sense of humor is priceless.

Here’s how the story begins:

Chapter One

     “Hello? Do I have the right number for Sarah Bradley?”
     “Yes, you do.”
     “Could I speak to her?”
     “Not at the moment.”
     “It’s rather important that I do. If I ring back in a few minutes?”
     “Afraid not — she won’t be back until tomorrow afternoon. Who is this?”
     “Irene Miller, from Rosemary House. That’s Mr. Bradley, isn’t it?”
     “Hello Miss Miller — yes, Tony Bradley. Has she had another fall? What’s she broken this time?”


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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An Exciting New Book On Tour: Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

I have been excitedly waiting for this book to arrive – and now it is finally here. This is the exciting conclusion to the Penn Cage Trilogy and I’m so happy to say that it did not disappoint. When I began read the first book, Natchez Burning, I was blown away by the depth of the characters and the wide-ranging plot.

The second book, The Bone Tree, expanded my opinion on this masterful storyteller. Now with the third book I can assure you that the author, Greg Iles, did not run out of steam. He gave his readers edge-of-the-seat excitement while answering questions and tying up every single dangling thread in this massive 2000+ page trilogy.

Mississippi Blood is Southern Drama with capital letters, but it’s also a mystery, a thriller, a legal/courtroom drama, a little history, a little love story and so on. It’s been my pleasure to read all three of the books, to be a part of the TLC Book Tours and to feature the books on Joyfully Retired. And now let’s take a closer look at book #3.

About Mississippi Blood

ï Hardcover: 704 pages
ï Publisher: William Morrow (March 21, 2017)

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn’s experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations–preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son–Penn’s half-brother–who sets in motion the murder case against his father.

The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi’s violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Tom Cage’s murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. Unable to trust anyone around him–not even his own mother–Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father’s case. Together, Penn and Serenity–a former soldier–battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making. Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.

Purchase Links

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About Greg Iles

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devilís Punchbowl. Ilesís novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.

Find out more about Greg at his website,†follow him on Twitter, and connect with him on Facebook.

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