Kristie Plank

Petanque VS Tropical Storm

The weather might have been a little questionable Saturday on June 4th, but 42 devoted petanque players arrived before the 9AM start time of the successful summer tournament. Teams were once again greeted with coffee, cocoa and donuts that were sponsored by WAWA’s.  Not only that, the teams were served cool refreshments of fruit cups,…

Animal Lovers Are Special People

Just as printed on the cover: “A novel of a small town, love, luck, and a pinch of fantasy along with one special fox…”.  Welcome to Fox Crossing (2022) by Melinda Metz came across my reading list just the day after a posting of a fox being spotted in our community.  I just had to…

My First Motorcycle Ride

Back about 1958 our circle of friends bought motorcycles and evening rides through the countryside were means of entertainment. My husband, Richard, and I did not own one but were always asked to ride along. Our close friend told us if we ever wanted to borrow his, we were welcome to. One long weekend we…

Sandwich Boards at the Clubhouse?

Sandwich boards? Hmm?  Maybe that would work outside the library door? It is not for promoting yummy food as is made in the kitchen next door, but for promoting yummy books for reading by our Tanglewood Residents. The idea was formulated, brought to the Committee, and  tossed around.  And then the project started taking shape. …

All Families Are Different

Welcome to the merry month of May.  Flowers and trees are starting to show their best.  A favorite month of mine and I hope yours too.  A perfect time to sit outside and enjoy a book.  Write My Name Across the Sky (2021) by Barbara O’Neal is a story of three creative women and family…

Heading South For April

Thomas “Zero” Clark is the first character you will meet in the Prologue to Catfish Alley (2011) by Lynne Bryant.  Please keep his adventure in mind as details will emerge later in this novel.  In Chapter 1 you will meet elderly Grace Clark who is fussing about an upcoming meeting.  Grace cannot just figure out…

A Trip South In April

Thomas “Zero” Clark is the first character you will meet in the Prologue to Catfish Alley (2011) by Lynne Bryant.  Please keep his adventure in mind as details will emerge later in this novel.  In Chapter 1 you will meet elderly Grace Clark who is fussing about an upcoming meeting.  Grace cannot just figure out…

That Was Then

Has anyone reading this review ever come across scrapbooks or photo albums that once belonged to your parents or grandparents?  If so, you may want to hang on to them.  You just never know how important they may become as a source of history for your family. That is exactly how Dust Bowl Girls (2017)…

Pack Up! Heading Out West!

Imagine you are 105 years old.  Nothing is really wrong with you besides being old.  In West with Giraffes (2021) by Lynda Rutledge you will read a fictional account of an actual event and you will become acquainted with Woodrow Wilson Nickel.  He has a story he feels he has to tell. Woody hurriedly began…

Brand New Contains The Old

The Reading List (2021) by Sara Nisha Adam.  Of course, I had to read this book based entirely on the title!  I jumped right into it and was caught up right away. You will meet two completely different characters, Mukesh and Aleisha, both of whom you would expect to have absolutely nothing in common.  And…