Monday, February 21, 2011


Wow, it's not like me to talk about anything "serious" on this blog, but I've been thinking alot lately about the differences between the people I know in the UK, and the people I know here.  I think it's safe to say that I know more religious people here than I've ever met in my life........and that's not an exaggeration.

Just about everybody I know goes to church, their kids are actively involved in church youth groups and Sunday School and many of my friends often quote the Bible on Facebook, and others have a biblical quote as their signature in emails.  I'm not afraid to admit that it was abit disconcerting when we first moved here - it's SO different to the life I had before (yes, I lived next door to the Padre, but apart from his family and one over the road.............not a sausage) that I wasn't really sure what to make of it - how crazy is that!

It was only after I was invited to join a bible study group, and the girl who had asked didn't decide I wasn't worthy of talking to after I declined that I realised it really doesn't matter!!!  We all breathe, we all want to have fun and enjoy ourselves, we all want health for our friends and families...........who cares if everyone but us (and the Aussie family, so we're not alone!) goes to church.

BUT.................I have a couple of friends (much older than me) who are EXTREMELY religious (A friend told me recently that they could be described as "religionist" = whereby they are against anyone not of the Christian faith - I love this word!) and I have so far been able to avoid talking about my views with them.  I know on certain subjects we couldn't be further apart in where we stand yet I don't want to get into it with them as it would potentially lead to some unpleasantness and I don't want this.  It led me to think though - why is it seemingly ok for them to proclaim their views and tell stories loud and proud, yet I am keeping quiet..........there has been more than one occasion where I've wanted to tell them what I think (after all, they tell me often enough) but haven't.

Anyway, that's it.  Just some musings from me....................oh, the other thing I've noticed is that anyone in the public eye HAS to be of faith.....politicians, rock stars, athletes etc.  It almost seems the kiss of death if anyone wanting to get anywhere in this country doesn't go to church or talk about their faith.  It just doesn't happen in the UK the way it does here...................and finally - if I feel abit conflicted about dealing with certain people over this subject, is it any wonder that religion is the main cause of most conflicts and wars around the world and throughout time?

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Wicked Appetite - Janet Evanovich

Seven Stones of Power. No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. 

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long -- Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues' gallery of power seekers. He's an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire. 

That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle's bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it's suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat. 

The first in a new series by the creator of Stephanie Plum.  In true Evanovich style, there are some weird and quirky people, and some crazy happenings.  Unlike the Plum universe though, this is set in Salem and has a magical/mystical element to it.  However, I'm not too sure about it - when my favourite character is a monkey it makes me wonder...............and even though I've finished it and laughed out loud in some places I'm still not 100% sure on the plot, where it was going and what they were doing......never a good thing in my opinion!