Humbled by this book review

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Although it was a cloudy morning things began to glow when I received notice that my most recent publication,  The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works earned a 5-star review.

Thank you Red Headed Book Lover for your awesome recommendation! And so, without anymore fanfare here is an excerpt from her review.

“Anthologies are soon becoming my favorite type of reads, why? They are the perfect books to pick up and get lost in if ever you are having a busy day. I adore anthologies but only if they are written flawlessly with each story being supremely well developed with a wealth of information. The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works is just this; a perfect anthology book that has flawlessly written stories written throughout it that will compel, intrigue and excite you from beginning to end! Nanette L. Avery, the talented author of The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works, is an incredible writer whose work needs to be recognized and read by all readers so, please book lovers, if you adore anthologies and books with brilliant stories then you will love this! If you are not entirely convinced just yet then read the rest of my review to learn more about this exceptional book! ….

The Fortune Teller and Other Short Works is, of course, an anthology (a collection of short stories) and so the readers get to experience many different stories and witness many different lives and circumstances, however, all of the stories are written from a woman’s perspective which I think is brilliant! Each story in this excellent collection is unique and different from the other one. They never once sound similar, and that is a hard quality to achieve with an anthology, so already I have to applaud Avery for her talent to write original, creative stories! ….”

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The entire review can be read on her wonderful book reviewer’s site “The Red Headed Book Lover!! 

Happy Reading!

 

 

 

Sacrificing for fashion

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One only has to look at the annals of history to see the changes in fashion. Styles have dictated the lives of both men and women for as long as we have chronicled human accounts.  Hemlines have gone up and down, fabrics have gone from cotton to synthetics, and all the while we have been addicted to what the fashion designers have charged as “in style.” However, our intentions of being “fashionable” have created a negative impact; our desire to look our best has often been at the expensive of the most vulnerable creatures that share the planet…the animals.

The use of bird feathers in fashion had become an established trend for women in Europe and the United States. The millinery industry in the past centuries supported and encouraged what was vogue. In the 1880s on average, the millinery trade’s demand for plumage and skins resulted in the destruction of as many as fifteen million American birds annually, from songbirds to waterfowl.

Around 1900 it could be said to be the pinnacle of glove-wearing. To satisfy all the varieties from evening gloves, winter gloves, and even driving gloves, they were made from wool, cashmere, silk, kid, doeskin, and cape (a sheepskin leather) for both men and women.   The 1600s was nothing short of devastation for beavers; Europe had all but extinguished their population. Its fur was used to fashion hats and trim coats. Hunters turned to North America to supplement the appetite of the fashion mongers creating the beaver to become nearly extinct here too.

Boots, shoes, belts, jackets, coats, handbags, hats and wallets produced from reptile skins were supplemented for the fashion industry. By the 1950s, demand for hides and uncontrolled hunting in the southeastern United States had almost wiped out the species of alligators.  Even the whales were not left behind. In the 19th century, “whale baleen” (the plates in the whale mouth used to sieve food) was an important fashion tool. Flexible and strong; dried baleen was used in the manufacturing of “tight structure” in clothing, such as corsets.  And we all know the impact furs have had on the extensive array of animals; seals, fox, vicuna (relative to the llama), otters, spotted cats (such as jaguars and tigers).

Sadly, the list goes on and on. So the next time you are in the Florida Everglades consider yourself very lucky if you happen to see a Roseate Spoonbill. Although it is slowly making a come-back, it is a rare site since its ancestors’ beautiful feathers once adorned so many hats.

Today’s esteemed thinker is not relegated to one person in particular, but to those who uphold and protect the Endangered Species Act of 1973. When it was passed by Congress “it recognized that our rich natural heritage is of “esthetic, ecological, educational, recreational, and scientific value to our Nation and its people.” The law prohibits any action that causes a “taking” of any listed species of endangered fish or wildlife. Likewise, import, export, interstate, and foreign commerce of listed species are all generally prohibited. The act provides a program for the conservation of threatened and endangered plants and animals and the habitats in which they are found.

Good-bye old friend

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Winter in St. Louis, Missouri… The year was 1976…It was cold…how cold…cold enough to need long underwear. The snow was piling up on the sky light and the battery in the car froze. Too cold and too far to walk to a store when between the pages of the Sears and Roebuck Catalog there they were… Women’s long underwear; I ordered a top and bottom in pink. Not a very monumental order, but at the time it saved my “hide”… literally.

… Fast forward to today… I just read that Sears will close its last store in Chicago, a city the retailer has called home for over a century. A part of me is feeling sad…perhaps it’s nostalgia… As such a tribute to Sears and Roebuck Company seems in order… it wasn’t the most glamorous place but it sure fit the need of many.

And so we say good-bye to a friend; a mail order company started in the 1880s that came to the rescue of many small towns. An American staple like apple pie, it grew into a retail chain of stores that feed the buying appetite of a growing nation.

A little help from our friends

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Labor Day is a time to reflect on those who came before, those who worked in conditions that were feeding the demand of a society at a time the country was embarking on a revolution… the Industrial Revolution.

Labor Day is a celebration for those who stood up and fought for the rights of all workers, and although we continue the battle for equal wages and protection for all workers, Labor Day is a reminder and a time to say, Thanks for your hard work.

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The 21st century has changed our lifestyles in many ways; from the virtual world of social media to the free form spaces where we work. And not only have humans seen a change, but the communities we live in are much more animal aware catering to our pets. We have dog parks, comfort animals sitting on planes, and even daycare for our fur babies.

Today’s work place for some have become a bit friendlier, to pets that is. There are those who spend their day in the office with the companionship of their best friend… which is often not human. So, just to drive the point home, I have taken time to draw you a picture…literally… !

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Take your cat(s) to work day!

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Take your dog(s) to work day!

A whale of an idea

 

Who among uswhale of a shower_small can resist the beauty of water; it takes a multitude of forms and allows our senses to go through as many sensations and emotions as there are ways. The oceans’ shores are mesmerizing with their soothing churn of the tide… where eyes gaze out onto a distant horizon line and then our curiosity leaps over and steps beyond. The thunder of the river foams as though boiling in anger, crashing and cascading over rocks pounding and pummeling all in its path. The misty rain can be as gentle as an atomizer or as harsh as a hailstorm of pebbles. It can put one to sleep or wake us out of a sound dream.

And so, water holds great power over humanity, although most do not think much about it taking its existence for granted that it will always there, available, and clean…yet like all things in nature, the Earth is in a constant flux; changing ever so slightly as with erosion or with one grand natural disaster, as in an earthquake. Nevertheless, what does not change is the simple fact about water… we are beholden to it…

It’s in the wild

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It’s summer, the season for vacation, hanging out on the beach, sunning with friends, or just plain reading.

It’s also time for this author to bask in the satisfaction of  having completed another book and more so, to see it in the wild! Here’s to summer!

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