Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Going Home" by Sue Ellis, is published by MUSED, Bella Online Literary

MUSED - Bella Online Literary, published
Going Home, by Sue Ellis, in their Summer 2014 Volume 8, Issue 2. Ellis' story gives life to a house built on the Palouse in 1909 while weaving into it the vagaries of raising a family in Waverly, Washington. She also portrays the vintage home in it's new life today.

Readers who are familiar with Ellis's charming stories won't want to miss this one in which she outdoes her usual superior evocative and charming style.

Another recent story, a very short piece of fiction, is published in the Short Takes at Persimmon Tree, where you'll need to scroll down to read her story about a tree-faller, enticingly titled
Burned Pancakes. 

Enjoy Sue Ellis' stories that have been highlighted here in past issues:

Life on the Palouse History - A Bucket of Dirt Clods, published in Poor Mojo's Almanac(k) Classics 2000-2011.

Living On The Edge, published at Blue Lyra Review.

Friends a delightful poem about her great-granddaughter Mici and a year-old Labrador pup.

Poetry and Short Stories by Sue Ellis Published , includes links to a few of her delightful stories, published at a variety of venues.


Friday, June 20, 2014

Don't Let Mushrooms Endanger Your Children ~Teach Them Caution

Keep your children safe by teaching them to not mess with mushrooms they find in the playgrounds, parks and vacant lots in and around your community!

Amanita magniverrucata mushrooms with their exaggerated warts on the cap are certainly spectacular enough to attract attention from curious kids.  The large erect warts on the cap set it apart, making it look like a white pine cone or a glob of meringue. Buttons (emerging mushrooms) resemble a puffball, and the two buttons, found near this pair of mature older Amanita magniverrucata in the Seed Company Park in Rockford, Washington, resembled rounded puff balls with no warts appearing yet, and the gills on the underside were pinkish.
Known also as Pine Cone Amanita they can be found growing gregarious under pine trees, or solitary like this pair found close to the pine tree at the southwest corner of the playfield ~~ far enough away from the swings and ball diamond to not attract attention from youngsters who frequent the park.
The specie develops slowly and persists for weeks without decaying. Edibility is reported in "Mushrooms Demystified" by David Arora as "Unknown--do not experiment! It belongs to the Lepidellas, a subgroup of Amanita that contains poisonous species."

Like most mushrooms, this specie are often difficult to positively identify without a microscope but they should not be eaten, and if handled, hands should be thoroughly washed with soapy water so as not to transfer toxins to other foods.



Thursday, May 15, 2014

Digital Bookmobile National Tour Opens to the Public in Spokane May 21-22, 2014

Spokane County Library District will provide two opportunities to learn about digital books. A 74-foot long community outreach vehicle—a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile— the Digital Bookmobile National Tour showcases the free eBook download service from Spokane County Library District (SCLD) on: 
  1. Wednesday, May 21, from 9am-3pm at CenterPlace Regional Event Center
  2. Thursday, May 22, from 12pm-6pm at the North Spokane Library.
The vehicle is equipped with Internet-connected PCs, high definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players, all of which help visitors explore SCLD’s download service.

Library card-holders can also check out and download digital titles anytime, anywhere by visiting

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Is Your World in a Spin? You May Have Rocks In Your Ears

While Balance Awareness Week isn't until September 15th-21st, 2014, three physicians recently said they frequently tell patients complaining of dizziness,
"You have rocks in your ears."
When my daughter said those words to me on Easter Sunday I thought she was kidding. It didn't help that she was also laughing. However, she was right. I was suffering from "rocks in my ears" that had actually begun days earlier.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the medical term.

In my case, every time I laid my head down the whole room went into a dizzying spin ~ but only for a few moments. However, when I stood up, I had the same sensation. It lasted only moments, was most disconcerting, and left me fearful of falling.

Vestibular Disorders Association is a reliable resource where you can learn about the many things that disturb balance, and what can be done.

The good new is, BPPV can be remedied. Fortunately, I sought medical help the following Monday. Medics remedied my malady in short order, and without drugs.

So don't delay if your world spins. Consult your doctor. You may have "rocks in your ears"!