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An Interesting Article on Social Media

Here’s another interesting article about social media and how it is “addicting.” I have seen other articles that talk about how people who spend a lot of time on social media are often depressed because if you view the world through facebook, it’s going to appear that EVERYONE is happier, wealthier and more active than you are! This happens because people tend to post their good news–vacation pictures, eating out, athletic victories and so on. It’s the ultimate in watching that high school clique form and feeling like you aren’t one of the “in crowd.”

I don’t know if things are as dire as the article states, but I do know that checking email is addicting…and a great way to procrastinate getting things done. I don’t have a smart phone so when I’m outside gardening or grocery shopping or cooking, I’m away from my computer and it’s great. When I used to take vacations, I felt like I had to have email with me because what if an agent or publisher wrote while I was away (this actually happened. The one time I had an agent, she contacted me when I was on vacation, lo, these many years ago!) It turns out that I’m really not very important and I can do without email. I know I can do without facebook!

If it isn’t too hot in your part of the world, step away from technology. If you can find anyone still gardening, smell the roses!!!

Posted: August 10, 2017

Bargains: Mysteries

This one sounds rather thriller paced. What She Knew

In a heartbeat, everything changes…

Rachel Jenner is walking in a Bristol park with her eight-year-old son, Ben, when he asks if he can run ahead. It’s an ordinary request on an ordinary Sunday afternoon, and Rachel has no reason to worry—until Ben vanishes.

Police are called, search parties go out, and Rachel, already insecure after her recent divorce, feels herself coming undone. As hours and then days pass without a sign of Ben, everyone who knew him is called into question, from Rachel’s newly married ex-husband to her mother-of-the-year sister. Inevitably, media attention focuses on Rachel too, and the public’s attitude toward her begins to shift from sympathy to suspicion.

As she desperately pieces together the threadbare clues, Rachel realizes that nothing is quite as she imagined it to be, not even her own judgment. And the greatest dangers may lie not in the anonymous strangers of every parent’s nightmares, but behind the familiar smiles of those she trusts the most.

Where is Ben? The clock is ticking…

Fatal Fiction – an interesting cozy. Sounds like this could have a little more depth than usual.

Charli agrees to sell off the family bookstore, housed in a barn, and settle her estranged dad’s debt—if only so she can ride into the sunset and cut ties with Hazel Rock forever. But the trip is extended when Charli finds her realtor dead in the store, strangled by a bedazzled belt. And with daddy suspiciously MIA, father and daughter are topping the most wanted list . . .

Forging an unlikely alliance with the town beauty queen, the old beau who tore her family apart, and one ugly armadillo, Charli’s intent on protecting what’s left of her past . . . and wrangling the lone killer who’s fixin’ to destroy her future . . .

The back to school deals have started at Amazon. Who knew that backpacks could cost as much as $221?? (free shipping with Prime or 25 dollars).

Not to be outdone, Walmart has their school deals as well. (Free shipping at 35).

Posted: August 10, 2017
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