Archives for January 30, 2013


Wow, three days with our family down with who knows-what-they-call-it illnesses. It began with Apollo and spread through the family. So I missed work for two days and am scrambling to salvage my deadlines while still shaking whatever this thing that rushed in and took over our family. I would share a nice photo of my craft room today but it is so chaotic right now.  I will spare you the sight.

I did manage to photograph some new cards from my Valentine’s collection that will be up in the shop shortly and managed to write and post a new project – Belinda’s Book Nook  in the Projects section of this site.  I will be updating this section regularly or should  I say as fast as I can complete reading each book and share my thoughts and experiences with all of the books I manage to read this year.  I read a wide range of books so you will be sure to find one you will want to pick up yourself.

Well enough of my catch up for now, I am going to try and wrap up some more work before I have to go pick up the boys.

Have a blessed day.



Belinda’s Book Nook – Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

This book is a true story of one family, caught between America’s two biggest policy disasters: the war on terror and the response to Hurricane Katrina.

Abdulrahman and Kathy Zeitoun run a house-painting business in New Orleans. In August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina approaches, Kathy evacuates with their four young children, leaving Zeitoun to watch over the business. In the days following the storm he travels the city by canoe, feeding abandoned animals and helping elderly neighbors. Then, on September 6th, police officers armed with M-16s arrest Zeitoun in his home.

The conditions of the arrest and the details of the imprisonment were very hard to read. That while the world is watching in horror of this massive natural disaster no one knew what was taking place on the ground and in the criminal justice system.

I enjoyed this book for many reasons but one of the main reasons is that I watched Katrina like many of us, on the television.  What I saw was the devastation from the rooftops and some structural damage. But this book took me on the ground and allowed me to experience the devastation in a different way. I also knew nothing about the military presence and how it was structured during and after hurricane Katrina.  The book also exposed me to some of the flaws with FEMA that in some cases, failed many of the people.

Overall, I think it is a book worth reading despite the recent events surrounding the main character. Which I will leave you to discover on your own.

Happy Reading!


Welcome to Belinda’s Book Nook!

Welcome to my book nook!

I have been an avid reader since I was a child.  I love the ability to be whipped off your feet and taken away for a while.  Sometimes, I enjoy  just reading the feel good beach read and sometimes I enjoy a little science fiction to believe in the possibilities. Sometimes I put on my detective hat and read a good mystery to test my skills (shhh… not very good thus far!). But lately my love has been for historical fictions. When I was in junior high and high school (many eons ago) I found history classes dry and the idea of memorizing dates for tests, simply turned me off to history.  As an adult, I have found a new interest in history through the vehicle of historical fictions.  They engage the reader with story and infuse historical facts into them and before you know it, you found yourself learning a little history.

I have been in a few book clubs and enjoy the challenge of stretching to read something I might never of had an inclination to pursue or simply a book I never knew existed.  I am currently in a book club so I will be including many of the selections we read in addition to my eclectic bookshelf!

As I read them, I will share my thoughts and ensure you can reach for them too if you so choose by clicking on the book covers which I will connect directly to the bookstore.

I will also share upcoming books that I am sitting on the edge of my chair waiting for them to be published. Basically all things books will take place here. So please peek back often and do leave comments, I love to talk books.




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