The Year of Loving – by Traci L. Slatton

Sarah Paige’s life is stressful. She has two daughters, and has very strained relationships with both of them. Her youngest, Alex is a high schooler who is constantly in trouble. Her oldest, Dani, is in college and seems to want absolutely nothing to do with her mother.

Sarah believes that her cantankerous, narcissistic, ex-husband, George Calhoun, is intentionally trying to turn their daughters against her. His attitude probably has something to do with Sarah’s second ex-husband, Clifton Perini, whom Sarah left George for. It feels like he wants to “make her pay” for that humiliation.

Clifton, on the other hand, gets along with Sarah. His beautiful, realist, paintings are the centerpiece of her art gallery. Her love of art makes her very selective about what she will display. The modern stuff other galleries sell simply will not do. As such, her gallery is on the edge of grave financial difficulties.

Out of the blue, Sarah accidentally meets a handsome man – in the goofiest “meet cute” I’ve ever read. There is an instant, smoldering, attraction between them. This impromptu moment turns out to be the start of Sarah’s “year of loving”.

The Year of Loving is what I would describe as a romance novel wi...

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Health Policy Valentines

The best thing about Valentine’s Day, in my opinion, is that it inspires people to create poetry.  One would expect the topic  of the poems to be love, or lust, or something about romance.  That’s not what happened on Twitter this year.

There are many people in the United States that are very freaked out, and rightfully so, about what will happen if the Republicans in Congress repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) without replacing it with something else.  On the other side of the pond, some are concerned about what will happen if the government privatizes the National Health Service (NHS).

Put this all together, and you end up with a multitude of #HealthPolicyValentines.

I decided to select the...

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Candy Crush Saga: Holiday Hut

Episode 19 of Candy Crush Saga is called Holiday Hut.  This Episode is, without a doubt, the Candy Crush Saga Christmas Episode.   Holiday Hut features a Gingerbread Woman who has a problem that she hopes that Tiffi, the little girl character that seems to be the heroine of Candy Crush Saga, can solve for her.

I just so happened to start Episode 19 in December, so that worked out nicely. Unfortunately, the levels in Holiday Hut were extremely difficult for me.  Every level has Candy Bombs in it that players must get rid of before their timers go off.

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Heroes of the Storm: Winter Veil 2016

Heroes of the Storm had a Winter Veil 2016 event that began on December 14, 2015, and ended on January 4, 2017.  I didn’t get around to playing it until a few days before the end.  The last time I played Heroes of the Storm (HotS) was over a year ago.  I’m giving the game another try, so maybe I should start paying attention to the in-game events a little more closely than I had been.

The thing that made me interested in playing HotS was the Festive Treasure Goblin Mount.  The screenshots you see in this blog were taken on January 3 and January 4 of 2017.

Blizzard ma...

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Neko Atsume: Xerxes IX

Xerxes IX is one of the “Rare Cats” in Neko Atsume.  The only way to get a “Rare Cat” to visit your Neko Atsume yard/home is to place an item that a specific “Rare Cat” likes.  In general, you will have to wait a bit between when you place the item and when the cat you wanted to attract appears.

Xerxes IX only likes one item – the Royal Bed.  It is a rather glitzy bed that looks quite a bit like a throne.  Several other Neko Atsume cats will use the Royal Bed, too.

The Royal Bed is the fanciest bed in the ...

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Pokémon GO: Medals

When Pokémon GO first introduced Medals into the game, they were the game’s version of Achievements.  The Medals were a nice acknowledgement that you had done something significant in-game.

In October of 2016, Niantic changed what the Medal notifications looked like – and changed how the Medals worked.  They were still a nice recognition of things you had achieved.  Now,  some of the Medals are also something a player could earn that would improve his or her gameplay.

In this blog, I have screenshots of the Medals I earned back when they functioned like Achievements.  I also have added what the “new” Medals look like.  I will add to this blog whenever I earn a new Medal.

I’m going to start this...

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Flight Rising: Blazing Goblin

Flight Rising is a fun game where players get to control a Lair full of dragons.  Each dragon can have its very own Familiar (which is sort of like a pet for your dragons).  You can collect treasure by clicking on the Familiars every day.

There are special holiday festivals every month where players can obtain special Familiars.  The 2016 Flameforger’s Festival took place at the end of August of 2016.  It honors the Fire Flight.  The Blazing Goblin was the special Familiar for that festival.

All of the artwork in this post is copyright of Flight Rising.

I lik...

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Farm Heroes Saga: Episode 11 – Sunshine Savannah

Farm Heroes Saga is a “match-three” game that is made by King.  The goal is to match up certain types of “Cropsies” before you run out of turns.  I’ve been playing Farm Heroes Saga on the King website.

Episode 11 – Sunshine Savannah – was fun.  As you might expect from the name, this Episode involves jungle animals that a player can collect and add to their Farm Club.  My goal is to get 3 stars in every level.  There were two levels where I settled for less than 3 stars.

So far, there has been something new adde...

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My Year in Books – 2016

Goodreads is a social media site for book lovers.  People who use it can opt-in to a yearly challenge called “My Year In Books”.  It is a reading challenge that encourages people to read more books.  Each person gets to choose for themselves how many books they want to have read by the end of the year.

I like that this challenge is individuated.  You pick your own goal.  You spend the year competing against yourself to complete that goal.  One of these years, I hope to be able to successfully complete the challenge.

The first t...

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Candy Crush Saga: Delicious Drifts

Episode 18 of Candy Crush Saga is called Delicious Drifts.  It features a Polar Bear who is sad because the fish he wanted to eat is frozen inside a block of ice.   It makes sense that a Polar Bear would want to eat a fish.  This little story line works better than the one in the previous Episode of Candy Crush Saga.

The little girl drops by and asks, “Why so down, Mr. Bear?”  This makes it clear that the Polar Bear is male.

Somewhere along the way, I figured out that the little girl has a name (other than “little girl”).  Her name is Tiffi, and she and her sister were adopted by Mr. Toffee.  I think the sister is in a different game.

Episode 18 starts out w...

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