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Book Review: The Wishing Rock Theory of Life by Pam Stucky

The people of Wishing Rock, WA have returned!

In Pam Stucky’s second book we pick up right where the first book ended.  The style of narrative takes the form of emails, text messages and one or two old hand written letters from the past.  The story captivates you from beginning to end with the witty and heartwarming conversations of this community who all live in the same building on a little island in the middle of Puget Sound.  The women of the community set out on monthly activities: dancing, boot camp (I sympathized with that one), and going to a lovely spa for mud baths, massages and all sorts of relaxation. While the men set out to look for a ‘buried treasure’ only to also learn a little about some of their pasts in the process.  We meet a few new members and visitors to the community and get to imagine exactly what some of the distillery’s new flavours taste like.  There is a bit of a mystery and we learn more about everyone on the Island.  The book also has a few recipes that the community share with each other.  If you enjoy funny, heartwarming and an engaging story you should pick up a copy of  The Wishing Rock Theory of Life.

All I know is I wish I could move to Wishing Rock. I can’t wait for book three!

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It’s About Seaweed!

I love music, when I was a little girl I was always singing in the car. I am fairly certain it drove my mom and dad nuts because I made up my own songs – I was five and six so I can’t remember those songs now. I also used to listen to all the records we owned over and over, I remember once when I was listening to Paul Revere and the Raiders and I spent an hour listening to just one song as I was trying to figure out the bleeped word in one of their songs. So now as an adult I still enjoy music.  I tend to gravitate towards independent artists, which as I have said in a blog before is because I grew up in Seattle and folks up there tend to be more free thinking in their tastes.

One of my favorite groups is Celtic Thunder, although group is so the wrong word to call them.  A whole blog could be written about that topic alone.  Their newest CD and DVD have been released and is titled Voyage.  I love the opening medley, Atmos, Druids, Deus Meus & Dulaman.  It is all in Gaelic and Latin (I am pretty sure I heard some latin in there.) and it is very intense and masculine sounding.  The lyrics for Dulaman are traditional Irish folk music.  It sounds really intense and in Gaelic it even looks pretty.

 A’nion mhin o sin anall na fir shuiri

A mhathair mhin o cuir na roithlean go dti me

Dulaman dulaman, dulaman na binne bui

Dulaman na binne bui Gaelach

Dulaman dulaman, dulaman na farraige

Dulaman na binne bui Gaelach

But the English translation just sort of leaves nothing to the imagination.

Oh gentle daughter, here come the wooing men

Oh gentle mother, put the wheels in motion for me

Seaweed from the yellow cliff, Irish seaweed

Seaweed from the ocean, the best in all of Ireland

There is a yellow gold head on the Gaelic seaweed

There are two blunt ears on the stately seaweed

The Irish seaweed has beautiful black shoes

The stately seaweed has a beret and trousers

Now I know the song has a lot of meaning, it is about the tradition of gathering the seaweed during lean times since seaweed is so nutritious.  But when you see the manly men of Celtic Thunder singing this song well my mind doesn’t go to that though at all.

Celtic Thunder Voyage – “Atmos, Druids, Deus Meus & Dulaman”

I still love the song, I just am less interested in remembering what it means in English.  After all who wants to wax romantic about seaweed?

July 21 Update:  I see folks looking for the translation of Atmos, Deus Meus.  Deus Meus is Latin for My God.  The translation of Atmos is still being researched, but it could mean Vapor in Greek.

Music Review – Heartbreak Yellow – Andy Davis

At Christmas I finally was able to download a CD I have waited for, Andy Davis was finally finished with his new CD – Heartbreak Yellow and I am going to tell you it is amazing. I have always enjoyed Andy’s music.  I found him on MySpace, back when that was THE social network.  His piano playing reminds me a bit of Billy Joel with all the strong playing.  Andy’s voice is unique and doesn’t sound like all the other mass-produced music out there, this would be my Seattle roots showing – I grew up enjoying music that didn’t sound like everything else.  On his new album he expresses himself so eloquently with his new music.  Andy and his background singers/band create this jazzy fusion which makes you focus on the music and the songs you don’t get stuck thinking you might have heard the song from someone else, they are completely original sounding.  My favorite songs are “Solution to Run” which had me imagining the opening credits to a James Bond film, “The story Just starting” is basically Andy solo and it is sublime, and I also really enjoyed the joy filled music behind “Sweet Lorraine”.  The entire album is a must buy get it!

Andy Davis Online

Book Review: Letters From Wishing Rock

I bought this book to support a new writer who I know of. I knew her writing would be good and that I would enjoy the book, but I didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to put it down until the very last page.  It was a delightfully entertaining story about a young woman who relocates to an Island in the middle of Puget Sound and how she learns to trust in love again. I giggled through a great deal of the book as a result of the witty writing.  Now this book isn’t written in the usual prose format, the author uses the form of emails and texts from different characters to tell the story of Wishing Rock. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a well written book of fiction.

You can find it at online retailers in many formats.  I would visit Pam’s website to find out what formats it is available in. http://pamstucky.com/

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