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I'm a literacy specialist at a large high school. I vegetable and flower garden, have grown kids and two grandchildren. I love to read mysteries. I like seeing what's new on Lunch.

reviewed In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare .... March 19, 2011
In the Bleak Midwinter (A Rev. Clare Fergusson and
Julia Spencer-Fleming's first mystery introduces her sleuth Claire Fergusson, an Episcopal priest in up-state New York, also a helicopter pilot in the National Guard. She has an attraction to Chief of …
reviewed Hearst Castle. February 28, 2011
Main House Hearst Castle
The Hearst Castle, owned by the state of California, is a fabulous place. Although the more than 100 ornate rooms and detailed ceilings, gold leaf floor designs in the crazily gorgeous indoor pool, …
reviewed Friends of the Elephant Seals at Pied.... February 28, 2011
According to the Elephant seal website, "The Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris, is an extraordinary marine mammal. It spends eight to ten months a year in the open ocean, diving 1000 …
reviewed Christmas Mourning. December 27, 2010
Christmas Mourning
I really have liked the Margaret Maron series of mysteries about Judge Deborah Knott with its North Carolina setting. This new one, which has very little to do with Christmas, really,  deals with …
reviewed Residence Inn - Long Beach. August 19, 2010
residence inn long beach
   Recently, we and our extended family spent about 5 days at the Residence Inn in Long Beach, California. I liked the idea of the kitchenette because I thought we'd be buying bread and …
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Quick Tips
posted a Quick Tip about Galen Moses Bed and Breakfast. August 12, 2011
Galen Moses Bed and Breakfast
Hosts Jim and Larry took the shell of a wonderful historic home, restored it meticulously, filled it with antiques and now open it as a bed and breakfast. I was lucky enough to spend the night there. …
posted a Quick Tip about Maine Maritime Museum. August 12, 2011
maine maritime museum
If you are in Bath, Maine, or on the coast "downeast" of Portland, take a day to see the Maine Maritime Museum. We took about 5 hours for a tour of a late 1800's boatyard, a boat trip on the Kennebec, …
posted a Quick Tip about Downton Abbey. January 10, 2011
downton abbey
Downton Abbey on Public TV's Masterpiece Theater is great fun for those who like period pieces about the Victorian era. The setting itself is worth watching. Although it's not a mystery, the show reminds …
posted a Quick Tip about Spider Bones. October 15, 2010
Spider Bones
This latest in the Bones series is a good, not great, one. I like the mixture of science with mystery. I think some of the plot lines were dropped at the character traveled to Hawaii, and the addition …
posted a Quick Tip about MasterChef USA. August 23, 2010
masterchef USA
I'm enjoying Masterchef USA and, apparently, it's having success with ratings, but I'm not learning a thing about improving my OWN cooking. Does the show ever add some of the successful recipes to a website …
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April 07, 2010
I gave the book away from Christmas and haven't bought my own copy yet (I cheated and pre-read a bit of the book before gifting-- oops, caught!). This summer looks like a better time to try a slow book. I'll get back to you -- thanks for asking.
April 06, 2010
Hey Joy! Just stopping by to see whether you ever picked The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo back up for a second try and, if so, how you're liking it. As of this time, I've decided not to move forward with the rest of the trilogy as I've heard some of the same "slowness" comments about the next one.
April 01, 2010
Thanks so much for joining the Cafe Libri Lunch Community. I look forward to reading and featuring your reviews! Let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to move over any previously written reading or reading related reviews (including micro reviews and lists) if you have some that you want to share with Cafe Libri Community members. I can walk you through that process if you need help too. :) 
August 11, 2009
Hey Joy! Here's our Gardening Community you were asking about. If you ever have a question as to if something's a community, click on the Interests Tag in the upper right hand side of your page, look up your specific interest, click on it and if it's a community, it will automatically connect you to it! Let me know if you have any other questions and have fun...
May 02, 2009
Hey Joytur! I enjoyed your reviews and its great to see that you've been making your way around Lunch. I have been an avid organic food buyer since reading an article about the amount of chemicals found in our everyday produce! Here is a review by @HostessTori- Organic Fruits and Vegetables Also, @HealthyRache has some great reviews on natural foods. I think that you will enjoy this one-HFC's Natural? What's Next Organic Big Macs Let me know if you ever have any questions- I am here to help! Looking forward to getting to know you better!
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