The Healer and the Pirate

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Reviews/Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy Blog Tour

I participated in the Christian Science Fiction Fantasy blog tour on my other writing blog, for the Kinyn Chronicles.  I have a review of Matt Mikalatos' Night of the Living Dead Christian and My Imaginary Jesus. Also a revelation that I am, in fact, a robot.

Anyway, I've been working on a short story and when it's done and edited, Maggie and I are hoping to give it away for FREE!  We'll see what happens.

Monday, March 26, 2012

How to Use Freegal from your library

OK, one of my friends was having trouble figuring out how to use Freegal so I thought I'd put up some visuals. Your library may work slightly differently, but this should be the basic method.

1. Go to your library's website and find Freegal.

2. At my library, you go to the "My Library" menu, and then choose "Freegal."

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3. Enter your library card number and library PIN.

4. Enter in the artist (or other search criteria) of your choice. You can download 3 free songs each week.

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When you've downloaded your 3 songs you will see a message "Limit Exceeded." That just means you have to come back next week (Monday at 12:01 AM Eastern time) for more music.

I have a list of some of the Christian artists on Freegal here.

Look! I saved you $3/week! You know what you can do with $3/week? Buy my book. Or more seriously, pocket it or give a couple extra bucks to charity/your church. Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Relaxing, 1922 style

I still think old ads are one of the best ways to see what life used to be like back in the day.

--The Colville Examiner (Colville, WA) March 25, 1922

Imagine going out and buying a record for the night's entertainment. Just a few years later, people would imagine relaxing by the radio, not the Victrola. And a few decades after that, people would watch a black-and-white TV with the family. Now I relax with the TV on and hanging out online.

I also have trouble imagining a day when women had to do the backbreaking work of laundry once a week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

More notes on collaboration

So all my writing blog (as opposed to blog writing) energies for the past few weeks have been on the blog for The Healer and the Pirate. We've been talking about collaborative writing. Some interesting stuff over there, and I believe this Saturday we will be posting on Maggie's Rule.

Collaboration posts!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday, Pirates of the Caribbean!

Pirates of the Caribbean is 45...yesterday!

It's nearly impossible to get a good photograph inside the ride without a high-end camera.

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.

(As long as I don't have to hurt anyone or steal anything.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

1920s Washing Machine

I've said it before and I'll say it again--my great-grandmother would be so ashamed to see me think complaints about doing laundry. This seems to be the most modern machine of 1922, which does sound pretty much like ours nowadays.

Suppose you could wish a washing machine!

"Wouldn't you wish for a machine that would never require you to put your hands in hot, sudsy water to rinse, blue, or dry ?"

--The Columbia Evening Missourian, March 11, 1922

The ad on this page explains pretty much how it works.

You'd still have to hang the laundry on the line, of course. I saw an ad for a 1920s dryer once, but out in Arizona I'm sure they did not sell well.

As a woman who hates cleaning, I've got to say I'm glad it's not 1922.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Bible on Kindle

A friend of mine recently mentioned she wanted to buy an electronic Bible so she could just search for words easily. I suggested she buy a Kindle instead and get a Bible program for it. My reasoning is that a Kindle is a lot more flexible and can hundreds of books (religious or otherwise).

Looking at, most of the electronic Bibles look similar to my cell phone, which is something between a smart phone and a dumb phone. (And most cell phones can run a Go Bible just fine.)

On my Kindle I have the English Standard Version, which appears to be a pretty good translation. It is fairly easy to navigate, and it is currently FREE!

I also downloaded the HCSB--I'm not the biggest fan of this version, but again…free!

So you can get 2 translations for the price of a Kindle. Other translations range from $0.99 to at least $19.99.

Even in the easy-to-navigate ESV version, it's still faster for me to thumb through my regular Bible. I don't use the Kindle for church. But for personal Bible study I find it valuable. I don't know of any good notetaking apps on Kindle, but I downloaded the app Notepad for 99 cents and use it to type in my prayer requests.

Anyway, I think the Kindle might be worth the price if you JUST wanted to use it for reading the Bible. If you want it for other books, too, then it's a great purchase.

If you have a Nook, here are some free Bibles you can probably load into your Nook (and possibly other readers).

Thursday, March 1, 2012

1922 Calendar and Furniture

So 1921's calendar matched up perfectly with 2011's, and 1922's matched...until February 29. LEAP DAY! ARGH!

Interesting, though--Disneyland and Walt Disney World had a promotion, "One More Disney Day" (where Disneyland and The Magic Kingdom were open from 6 AM on February 29 through 6 AM March 1).

So when I did a search of the papers from February 28-March 1, 1922, what did I find?


--The Democratic banner, Mt. Vernon, Ohio, February 28, 1922


Note they appear to call daybeds (?) "bed davenports." And a $100 bed davenport costs $75.

Here's a cool picture of Hoover-Rowlands.