White chocolate raspberry scones

I never did make it to Starbucks to pick up a lemon scone, but I did run by the bakery and pick up some white chocolate raspberry scones on my way home. They are yummy, but not as good as the cranberry ones that are my favorites. Still, here’s a pic of one of them for you to drool over. Nom nom nom…

Lois Lowry — The Giver

I just finished reading this book by Lois Lowry. A friend of mine read it in his book group and told me that he thought that I’d enjoy it. According to Goodreads, it’s a Young Adult dystopian novel. I’ve read several books in this genre, but I wasn’t aware that the genre had a name until this week. Hooray for learning new things!

This book challenges the way we see the world. It asks us how far we’d be willing to go for peace, for sameness, for a controlled life where everyone has the same resources and opportunities and same amount of security. Would we even want that if it were an option? And at what cost?

This book is also, to a point, a coming of age novel. The main character, Jonas, grows from being a child to being a young adult in just a little over a year. His learning curve is sped up, as he struggles to come to terms with all the lessons about life that The Giver teaches him in just that short period of time.

My only disappointment with this book is where it ended. It felt like the story cut off at an unusual place. I would have liked for it to go a little bit further. I did, however, find out that there are 3 other books by Lois Lowry in this Giver series. One of the other books does, I think, pick off where this book left off.

All in all, it was a good read. I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars. If she had pulled the ending together a little neater, I would have given it a 4.5 or so. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys this genre.



all this talk about scones

I'm craving scones today. Just in the short amount of time I've spent
meandering around on WP, I've come across multiple references
to scones. One person made scones. Several other people love scones. 

All this talk about scones, and I want to try them again. 
It's been years since I've had a scone. If I remember correctly, 
cranberry orange scones are my favorite. 

The only thing I have left to do is decide whether I want 
to make them from scratch or use a boxed mix. I do believe 
a trip to the grocery store is in order. (:

inside my mind

late night and anger flashes 
fast as lightning, 
a steady staccato 
like a strobe light 
unnerving and disorienting

I am left 
with spots in my vision
left reeling and recoiling
damaged and distressed

I fight the demons
punching and kicking
pushing back 
against the fear 
that the nightmares inside me 
will win

late night 
and the monsters 
break their chains, 
fierce and teethed
with talons and fangs
they tear into me

and all I can do  
is keep fighting this battle
that blasts like thunder
inside my mind