Aug 24, 2016

How to Make the Perfect Cup of Tea

"See that water boils full before you pour it," she added. 
"Most Yanks never can get a decent pot of tea made." 

Three Fates


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George Orwell’s 11 Golden Rules

After the recently examined history of how coffee changed the world, the most democratic thing to do would be to offer those of us who prefer tea a comparable treat — and what would be more appropriate than a reading of George Orwell’s his secret to the perfect cup of tea? The passage, which discusses “one of the most controversial parts of all” — the matter of the milk — is part of his altogether fantastic 1945 essay “A Nice Cup of Tea,”

Aug 23, 2016

Why Introverts Make The Best Leaders

She looked at him, then at Cleo. "Yes, I guess I do, but I intend to research if insanity
runs in my family. There’s a pull-out sofa in my office here. You can use that tonight."


"It isn’t free," she told Gideon and lifted the tea tray. 

"From this point on, I stop being a tool and become an active participant in this little ... quest."

Cleo smiled as Tia carted the tray into the living room. 
"Translated, Slick, the doc just informed you she’s your fucking partner."

"Yes, I did. Lemon or sugar?"

Three Fates


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When you think about a successful leader, I’m sure a reserved, 
unassuming introvert is not what popped into your head. 


"You never stumbled, Tia." Standing behind her, Malachi laid his hands on her shoulders. 
"You’ve been rock-steady, through and through."

"That’s a dream in itself."

Three Fates

Aug 10, 2016

Gone... Vacations!

Ryan lay baking in the strong sun. There was an itch in the center of her back, 
but she didn't move to scratch it. 
She lay still and let the heat soak into her skin.
She had spent a week on board her father's yacht off the coast of St. Croix.

This Magic Moment


Being Nora Bound goes to the Beach, to the Mountain, and to... Everywhere (which is my favorite place of all).

I will be back soon... lots of reading to catch up, family to cuddle to, myself to meet and find.

Wishing you - if that's the case - wonderful vacations or just happy and awesome days. Until we "meet" again...




For days now she had lain in the sun, swam and kept her mind a blank. 
She hadn't even gone back to her apartment after the taping. 
She had arrived in St. Croix with the clothes on her back. 
Whatever she needed she bought on the island. 
She spoke to no one but the crew and sent no messages back to the States. 
For a week she simply slipped off the face of the earth.

This Magic Moment

Aug 4, 2016

You’re Welcome

She dipped into the bag and pulled out a gold foiled candy box. "For Mom."
"Oh." Rachel's eyes took on the glow a woman's get when she looks at a lover—or a five-pound box of exclusive chocolates. "I think you just became my best friend."
Chuckling, Bess dug into the bags again. "Well, I know that people tend to drop by with baby gifts." She held out a box wrapped in snowy white with bright red lollipops scattered over it. "And, though I couldn't resist the tradition, I figured you deserved something really
sinful for yourself."
"I do." 

Convincing Alex


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11 Utterly Perfect Thank-You Gift Ideas For Every Occasion

You can never go wrong with these.


Gage considered a minute. “You guys are idiots. The appropriate Glad You Didn’t Die token is a hooker and a bottle of Jack.”

“We couldn’t find a hooker.” Fox shrugged. “Our time was limited.”

“You could give him an IOU,” Layla suggested.

Gage grinned at her. “All markers cheerfully accepted.”

The Pagan Stone

Aug 3, 2016

Transform Women Into Modern-Day Mermaids

He risked a glance, relieved she’d covered everything. “Mermaid fashion?”

“Yes. We like adornments, too.”

Bay of Sighs


Dazzling Crowns Adorned with Seashells

Floral crowns may be a staple for festivals and whimsical parties, but Chelsea Shiels is taking the world by storm with her mermaid-inspired, seashell-encrusted headdresses. 

The glittering designs are loaded with small conch shells, crystals, and gold accents that will make anyone wearing them feel like Princess Ariel. 

Shiels beautifully integrates her different findings, mixing and matching colors and textures to create multifaceted, wearable works of art that have a modern, bohemian vibe.