Tour Guide: #weeklyphotochallenge

 

 

 

 

I live in a small town surrounded by other small towns. There are things to do in Ohio.

  1. A reservoir close to Clyde, Ohio.
  2. A drive-in movie theater in Tiffin, Ohio
  3. A mull covered bridge near Fremont and Old Fort, Ohio. (Possibly The smallest town in the world.)
  4. Kalahari
  5. The beach at Cedar Point. Sandusky, Ohio
  6. Cedar Point. Sandusky, Ohio
  7. The library at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio
  8. McPherson monument in Clyde, Ohio. The McPherson museum in across the street.
  9. The local library
  10. A record store in Clyde, Ohio. I think they also have dart boards and dart equipment.
  11. There’s a bar downstairs.
  12. Toft’s Dairy. Sandusky, Ohio
  13. The Boy with the Boot. Sandusky, Ohio
  14. White Star Beach. Gibsonburg, Ohio. They have an area for scuba diving. I swear I’m going to go do it this summer maybe. . .
  15. There’s an abundance of farm animals.
  16. Sherwood Anderson lived around here for awhile. Clyde, Ohio

 

P.S. There’s also a roller skating rink and an ice skating rink within 20 miles of where I live. 🙂

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Shadowshaper: #bookreview

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Shadowshaper is an urban fantasy novel by Daniel Jose Older. Sierra Santiago has been hired to paint a mural at a Brooklyn junkyard. She enlists the help of Robbie to get the mural finished.

Sierra learns that she and Robbie are shadowshapers. They can use their power to make their paintings come to life. Sierra’s mother doesn’t want to discuss it. Her grandfather is unable to speak about it. Her brother knows very little. So it’s up to Sierra to figure out how to use her power.

Time is running out and she needs to defeat her adversary, Dr. Johnathan Wick, before he ruins shadowshaping.

This book had really vivid imagery. You can imagine the paintings coming off of the walls.  At first, I couldn’t remember what it’s called when the writer writes like people talk. (Seriously, I had to Google it. The answer is voice.) The characters in this book definitely use their voice.

There is some discussion in the book about racism; however, it’s a Latino and black conversation. Sierra is Afro-Puerto Rican. She gets a lot of crap from her aunt about her hair and skin. When Sierra starts dating Robbie, who is Haitian, she has an argument with her aunt. Sierra stood up for herself. I was really proud of her. Then I remembered that she wasn’t real.

 

So it’s fair to say that I enjoyed this book. I was so happy to see that there is a good chance of the book being made into a movie.

 

 

 

 

 

Related links:

Shadowshaper on Amazon

Daniel Jose Older’s website

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Yo Soy Afro-Latina on HuffPo

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Caroline Rose

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Caroline Rose’s new album, Loner, will be released on February 23, 2018. So run out tomorrow and get it. I know, people don’t really go to the record store to buy music like they used to back in the day.

Anyway, the album is available online in case you don’t want to leave your house.

So far, I’ve only heard “Money” and “Soul No. 5.” If those songs are any indication of what the rest of the album is like, then it will probably be a good time. Both songs are rank high on the danceability scale. I’d give it a 4 out of 5. (It’s not a real scale but you will probably dance or at least tap your toes.)

There are no guarantees in life. I like the songs but not everyone like catchy tunes. If you’re looking for something soulful with depth, then this is not the album you’re looking for.

Check out her music on the internet and see what you think.

 

Caroline Rose on Twitter

Caroline Rose on Bandcamp

Caroline Rose website

 

 

 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Michael Kiwanuka

 

 

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This review is more of a spotlight than an actual review. Most of my music reviews are suggestions. “Listen to this album. It’s amazing.”

Love & Hate is one of the best albums that I’ve heard in the last few years.

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka was released in 2016. It’s still better than anything on the radio today. I read somewhere that he used to open for Adele.

I love his voice. It breaks my heart and then puts it back together. It’s the blues with a little soul, baby.

“Cold Little Heart” is one of my favorite songs – even beyond this album. It has a long intro but sometimes we need to be a little bit patient. I’m probably responsible for a large percentage of the Youtube views.

“I’ll Never Love” is also a great song. It makes me want to smoke a cigarette and stare longingly out of a train window. I don’t even smoke.

If you want to hear an album that will make you feel all of the feelings, then Love & Hate is a good place to start.

 

Cold Little Heart Video on YouTube

Michael Kiwanuka

Love & Hate on Spotify