Ick

I have a problem with parasites. I think most people do. I would HOPE that most people do, but there is this one person that has said to me more than once that parasites have plagued her family, yet the kids are still in school and nothing is done to remedy the situation. I am talking head lice, and bed bugs. Yep. Paints a nice picture doesn’t it?

Can a person really be THAT ignorant? She thinks it is a pesky problem, but not a big deal. A little itching.. some sores. Is she nuts?? I just about came unglued. Even if you take the other kids out of it, how can it be okay that your own kids are uncomfortable? Also, parasites are not choosy.. if her kids are infected..I am sure she is too. That made me cringe as I was standing a mere 2 feet away from her. To make matters worse..this has happened more than once.

I say this all the time.. “you can’t fix stupid” and it is so true!

Ti

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I, Mona Lisa by Jeanne Kalogridis

I just finished our book group pick for this month. It was readable but left no surprises. The story is told by Mona Lisa herself and although the characters seemed quite rich, the plot left a lot to be desired. Here is the synopsis from Barnes & Noble:

“Florence, April 1478: The handsome Giuliano de’ Medici is brutally assassinated in Florence’s magnificent Duomo. The shock of the murder ripples throughout the great city, from the most renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, to a wealthy wool merchant and his extraordinarily beautiful daughter, Madonna Lisa. More than a decade later, Florence falls under the dark spell of the preacher Savonarola, a fanatic who burns paintings and books as easily as he sends men to their deaths. Lisa, now grown into an alluring woman, captures the heart of Giuliano’s nephew and namesake. But when Guiliano, her love, meets a tragic end, Lisa must gather all her courage and cunning to untangle a sinister web of illicit love, treachery, and dangerous secrets that threatens her life. Set against the drama of 15th Century Florence, I, Mona Lisa is painted in many layers of fact and fiction, with each intricately drawn twist told through the captivating voice of Mona Lisa herself.”

Read it if you are a fan of historical fiction and enjoy a bit of mystery strewn in with romance.
Ti

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