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Currently Reading…My Southern Journey

Rick Bragg's book My Southern Journey will make you laugh out loud and cry until your eyes are bleary.  Every Southerner should own this incredible work. I recommend reading this with a glass of bourbon on your favorite porch.

Let Rick Bragg take you home with My Southern Journey… This book takes me to places familiar: It takes me to lazy evenings rockin’ on my grandmother’s porch. It takes me on truck rides down back country roads on misty mornings. It takes me to oyster bars in Charleston and a barstool in my favorite …

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The War in Syria

One of my personal resolutions this year is to appreciate everyday beauty, and for me that means noticing and being grateful for the little things in my life as well as the big things.  With the recent coverage of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, I have been reminded just how lucky I am to have these …

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A Healthy Eating Philosophy via Michael Pollan

Read Food Rules by Michael Pollan to help you develop a healthy eating philosophy. You will be inspired by his food rules to eat clean and develop healthy eating habits.

Don’t let dieting advice and convoluted nutritional science keep you from creating a simple, healthy eating philosophy. Healthy eating – it is an American obsession. We pursue complicated diets, telling us to eat this not that. We pour over food labels and nutrition guides. We rely on scientific experts to tell us what is healthy …

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Summer Reading: The Girl from the Savoy

Summer Reading Review of The Girl from the Savoy on penderandpeony.com

This book had all of the right elements: Jazz Age London, the aftermath of World War I, romance, and an aspiring actress with a humble and sweet personality. It had the potential to hit every one of my buttons. But in the end, I am seriously ambivalent about it. The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel …

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Summer Reading: The Museum of Extraordinary Things

Summer Reading: The Museum of Extraordinary Things. Read the review at penderandpeony.com

The Museum of Extraordinary Things is a slow burn. You know almost from the beginning that the two main characters, Coralie and Eddie, are going to meet and fall in love. Hoffman follows their life paths through flashbacks and diary like entries as these characters mature and slowly, ever so slowly, draw closer and closer …

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