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Do You Believe You Have a Soul Mate? Soul Sessions Book Review

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 19, 2019 | Categories: Books, Reviews

I realize I order a lot of books from Amazon. Sometimes in Kindle version, sometimes in book form… I’m still a bit old school and love the feel of holding a book and turning the pages and the smell of a book. While perusing Amazon recently I ordered just such a book — one in […]

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Dark Hope: Book One in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy by Monica McGurk #DarkHopeBook #CleverGirls

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 28, 2014 | Categories: Books, Reviews

I am an avid reader. Yet, I’ve never done a book review on my blog before. There are several reasons why, but the main one being that if I love a book, it is difficult for me to be concise. My husband laughs at me because I’ll tell him about a book I read and […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss and National Read Across America

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 2, 2013 | Categories: Books, Children, Education
Read Across America - Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat

As a child, Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors. And today, I still have him high on my list. Theodor Seuss Geisel had a gift of making reading fun. Kids of all ages enjoy his books. His imagination was nothing short of genius. I found this photo from when Cody was in Kindergarten […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 26, 2012

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 26, 2012 | Categories: Books, Education, Holidays and Observances

The concept is simple — pick a favorite poem, fold it up and put it in your pocket. Then throughout the day, share it with your family, friends, co-workers, anyone who will listen. I won't literally have a poem in pocket, though… I will have mine on my iPhone. I love modern day technology. Whether […]

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Read Across America Day: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 2, 2012 | Categories: Books, Education, Holidays and Observances, Inspirational

Dr. Seuss books are definitely some of my all-time favorites. Even today, as an adult, I enjoy reading 'Cat in the Hat', 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', and my favorite, 'Fox in Sox'. No other author has brought so much fun and imagination to young kids across the world, as Dr. […]

National Reading in the Bathtub Day!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 9, 2012 | Categories: Books, Fun, Holidays and Observances

Source: flickr.com via Donna on Pinterest   Two of my favorite things are reading and taking long relaxing baths. When I can do both of these things at the same time… heaven. Did you know there was a National Reading in the Bathtub Day? Well, there is. Today, February 9, 2012, is National Reading in […]

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30 Days About Me Day 4: I was to think of these days many times.

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 5, 2011 | Categories: Books, Favorites, Health and Fitness, Series

Wow, it's day 4 of my 30 Days About Me challenge. If you've been reading along, I've joined in the fun started by Toni over at A Daily Dose of Toni. I've enjoyed revealing more about me and especially loved learning more about my fellow bloggers.  And it's not too late to join this meme. […]

Confessions Of A Waiter – ‘Waiter Rant’: How To Avoid Spit In Your Food

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 31, 2008 | Categories: Books, In The News, TV

Waiter Rant is the name of the book by Steve Dublanica, a.k.a. The Waiter.  The books is an account of what is really cooking in restaurants.  This morning, July 31, 2008, The Waiter appeared on the Today Show. The thing that bothers me about this book and Steve Dublanica's publicity touring on the talk shows, […]

Beatrix Potter – Peter Rabbit Author… Happy Birthday

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 28, 2008 | Categories: Books, Education, Holidays and Observances, In The News

On July 28, 1866 Beatrix Potter was born.  She was an illustrator, mycologist, and conservationist, but she will always be best known as the writer of the Peter Rabbit books. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which she illustrated herself, was published in 1902. It was an instant success and was followed by a series of […]

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"What Shamu Taught Me About Life, Love and Marriage" by Amy Sutherland – A Double Standard?

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: July 23, 2008 | Categories: Books, In The News, Random Thoughts and Conversations

Ladies, would like to train your husbands or significant others to be neater and pick up after themselves? Well, now there is a book by a woman who studies and writes about animal training and she had a great idea to apply what she learned from training animals to her husband.  The book is "What […]