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Thirteen Facts About the Justice League You Probably Did Not Know

By November 17, 2017 Everything Else, Memes

We are a family of super hero fans (well, all except my DH). When I mentioned to a colleague sometime ago that some of my favorite TV shows (well, actually my favorite!) include The Flash, The Arrow, and a whole bunch of other Netflix Marvel series, the first question was ‘do you watch them because of your kids?’. My answer – ‘my kids watch them because of me!’ So I must be one among the few moms (as far as I know, at least) past 40 watching and loving such shows and movies. I totally devoured all of the Avenger movies and as a kid, read tons of the DC and Marvel comics (it was a miracle that in our sleepy little town in the middle of somewhere, my dad’s friend had a wonderful collection!!).

Justice League November 2017

Image courtesy: Wikipedia – (fair use under the copyright law of the United States.)

So, while we have not yet headed to the theater to watch ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and it is movie time!!  Many super hero or more specifically, Justice League of America (JLA) fans are waiting for tomorrow – the release of the Justice League movie.  Here are some cool and random facts about the Justice League that you may not already know.

  1. The Justice League is not the first team of superheroes. It was the Justice Society of America which consisted of earlier versions of some of the current JLA members.
  2. Their first villain was a starfish named Starro. (Brave and the Bold #28)
  3. The Atom – one hero we really enjoyed watching on CW – attended meetings in a flying chair!!
  4. Malcolm Merlyn, the villain you(I) want to like, on ‘The Arrow’, is actually a JLA villain. He is now so much part of the Green Arrow world that it might be hard for fans to imagine something else.
  5. They had an annoying non-superhero sidekick in Lucas Snapper Carr (who had to give up his membership after he revealed their hideout to the Joker)
  6. Their hideout – a secret cave outside Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.
  7. Hawkeye is the only superhero who is in both the Avengers and the JLA.
  8. Many believe that the Marvel comics superhero teams, first the Fantastic Four, and later the Avengers, were created because of the success of the JLA.
  9.  Wonder Woman is one of the superhero characters who has successfully wielded the hammer of Thor.
  10.  Flash gave Aquaman his moniker.
  11.  Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine has the ability of ‘technopathy’ – the ability to communicate with technology around him
  12. Wonder Woman had to prove her worthiness on her return to the League after leaving for a brief spell by performing twelve trials comparable to that of Hercules.
  13. The upcoming (well here already) movie is based on the DC Comics relaunch – the New 52.

and one more before I sign off for the day, the JL also has Rex the Wonder Dog.

So, to my readers I ask: 1) will you be watching the movie in theaters? 2) who is your favorite superhero (if you enjoy reading/watching superhero related books/shows)?

And while you are here, have a look at my Holidays related posts for gift ideas and more (click on the Holidays menu link above) and subscribe to receive updates (no spam, I promise) once in a few weeks.

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The Spanish Shadorma (nothing to do with food or shawarma)

By November 15, 2017 Memes, Writing

Writer’s Digest is a place where I end up discovering wonderful literary and poetry forms and end up delighting myself by just being there. Today, I realized that they have a challenge ongoing currently called the 2017 November PAD (poem-a-day) Chapbook Challenge and while they are already halfway done, I plan to still use the prompts and write at my own pace.  Today’s poem does not fulfill any of the prompts from PAD so far but I will get to those soon. You can find out more about the challenge here (and per the rules, you can play catch up if you have a late start)

Today I discovered the shadorma, which is a Spanish 6-line syllabic poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively. And Robert has a beautiful example over at Writer’s Digest in the previous link. This is my attempt at the shadorma and working it up with the photo prompt for dVerse’s challenge by Lillian and ABC Wednesday‘s letter S.  You can link up multiple shadorma if you chose. This is a fun poetry form to work with, as I discovered. Check out the other entries for dVerse and ABC Wednesday as well as for PAD on Writer’s Digest by clicking on the links provided.



(un?)Comfortablorful Crown


though my crown may be

don’t you see

they’re prickly

they hurt me

and now I shed rainbow tears

hoping you will see

– LadyInRead (Vidya Tiru)


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Top Ten Reads I Would Like My Kids to Read

By November 15, 2017 Books, Memes

November 14th is celebrated as Children’s Day in India, on the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was affectionately known as Chacha Nehru (chacha means uncle). So this topic for today’s Top Ten at the Broke and the Bookish seemed just right.  Here is my list of the top ten books I would love for my children to read (some of which they already have, they are 14 and 11 years now). I had a similar list put up earlier for the same and that list is here. Today’s list contains some of those books (and authors) again so an overlap and some other books as well. Some that I read as a child myself and others that I have read in recent years.


1. Books by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Little Princess/ The Secret Garden

2. Books by Louisa May Alcott – Little Women / Little Men/ Jo’s Boys and more

3. Enid Blyton – The Famous Five, The Five Find-outers, The Adventure Series, Secret Seven, The Naughtiest Girl series, Malory Towers, and so many of her other books

4. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy series

5. Amar Chitra Katha

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak/Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

7. Tintin and Asterix series

8. Short stories by O Henry, Oscar Wilde, Saki

9. Dr.Seuss and Roald Dahl

10. Ruskin Bond and R.K Narayan

As always, I have cheated a bit by putting together some authors/books or by adding an author or a series instead of a single book 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? post on Tuesday!!

By November 15, 2017 Books, Memes, Reviews

Mi Gato, Mi Perro (My Cat, My Dog) – A bilingual book for younger learners (and also worked for me to impress my 14 yo who is learning Spanish in high-school and check his learning skills at the same time) which impressed with both the cute, colorful illustrations and text that repeated just the right amount to help learn. I had memorized most of the words used in the book due to the clever repetitions by the time I reached the end of the book! es un buen libro!!


Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) – Loved this book, it surprised me at the end and will without a doubt provide that sweet surprise to any reader of the book. I will be reading all the other books in the series. Harry the Happy Mouse is sure to delight!!



Harry Moon Halloween Nightmares – This book is about magic, and all that is good with a generous serving of adventure. Harry Moon and his family are very likable and believable too. I need to read the rest of the series now.
‘What all boys and girls are destined to become if they simply believe…….They become magic’



Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for digital copies of the Mi Gato, Mi Perro and Harry Moon books. They are all available on Amazon (affiliate links above)

All these books go towards It’s Monday! What are you Reading? KidLit hosted over at TeachMentorTexts. Join in and check the other links to find fascinating new reads and discover wonderful older ones too.

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Ode to Rain

By November 10, 2017 Art, Memes, Writing

rose buds rain

 Rose buds, puddles and rainbows galore,

Crystals on webs,hot chocolate and smores,

That wonderful smell of the earth all around,

Rain-boots splashing to joyous sounds,

Droplets that feel so refreshing on you,

Makes one feel singing in the rain is the right thing to do!!

 – Vidya (LadyInRead)

 Today, Frank is having us compose odes over at dVerse and ABC Wednesday‘s Round 21 is currently exploring the letter R





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So Many Wonderful Tomorrows

By November 7, 2017 Memes, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Once upon a time

your tiny kicks,

like bubbling whispers


danced upon my heart.

Soon no longer a dream,

your first breath

on my cheek

made me blissful


Today, your giggles, your grins

cue answering

sparkly shimmery


Tomorrow’s beauty is next.

There is so much a little girl can do – waiting to see what the tomorrows bring!! For dVersePoet’s Quadrille #44, where the word to be used this week is ‘kick’.

I can read this too - says my little girl

My little girl at age 2 1/2 letting us know she can read the map at Great America park:)


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Q is for Quiz

By November 2, 2017 Learning, Memes

It is that time of the year, when the paths where spooky ghosts and cute monsters prowled the streets a couple of days, were most likely filled with excited kids the next day!! It is November already, you realize, and then you walk into a store and exclaim, it is just the very beginning of November, when you see the Christmas displays everywhere! And Thanksgiving was there too – in a couple of smaller displays with pumpkin and turkey related items mainly. But do you know that it was unlikely that either turkey or pumpkins were part of that first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. Here is a quick quiz to test your Thanksgiving trivia (alliterative!!) (for ABC Wednesday).

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The Why Post

By October 28, 2017 Art, Everything Else, Food, Learning, Memes, Reviews, Travel, Writing

My previous(still actively current as well) blog

I started blogging years ago actually and as part of setting up this new blog earlier this month, I even imported content from there (excluding a couple more recent posts).. So you might be asking, why a why I am blogging post? This is more of a reinventing myself as a blogger post – of moving from a free blog to my own space on the world wide web. If then, why import all content from my previous blog? Because that is a part of me as well, and as part of reinventing, I also plan to refresh and redo some of my posts from earlier.

Writing Fuels me

Writing has been a treasured part of my life forever now (well, since I learned to write anyways, and before that, I made up stories to tell my little brother), and blogging is an extension of that.  As a child, I wrote poems, stories, and participated in writing challenges whenever I could. Everything I wrote, no matter what it was, gave me a sense of accomplishment that it energized me, made me happier, made me ‘me’, and that eventually led to a better me, which meant I was able to also help others (tutoring classmates the previous night before finals and all through the year was one of my first such experiences; mom would worry that I would not be able to focus on what I needed to study for, but teaching and sharing my knowledge made me better at it so it was all gooood!) (By the way, I also experience this same energy-up when I work on art or end up taking a really good photograph or somehow manage to have cooked up something yummy that is also healthy)

What was I blogging about?

My initial blog started out as my spot for my R&R – this could easily mean the traditional ‘rest and recreation’ or my little twist on the traditional ‘Recreation and Relaxation’ or my very own ‘Raving and Ranting’.  In the beginning (and even today), I read many blogs about blogging – and many of them had a central message – “pick a niche”. That led me to thinking – what is my specialty? I realized I am more of a Jack of Many Trades (with some level of mastery in a few) and it would be me being me, if I wrote about all of those passions and interests I have. So I have been writing about reading, travel, participating in memes, sharing recipes, tips, my poetry, and photographs, life’s magical moments, parenting and its many facets, reviews of books and products, and more.

And now 

All those varied things that I (plan to) write about inspired me to add the tagline for my blog – this is not a niche-less blog, but a blog(ful) of niches!!  I am still working on the theme, the logo, updating my older posts so they fall in place with my categories, and some more branding to make it more like home, a cozy place for readers to drop by and explore.

Today, I hope to keep doing all that and also include more posts where I can let my readers relax a bit, learn some more, and leave with a smile on their faces, facts in their brains, a spring in their step, and a desire to return (of course)!!…

So here is my question to my readers (old and new) –

what energized you today? Or made you smile? Do let me know in the comments!!


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Word…. Wednesday

By October 26, 2017 Memes, Writing

For Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What’s surprised you most about your life or life in general?

That life is full of surprises! And you never know when it can throw a curve-ball at you or shower you with gifts  – so take both in stride…

2.  Sweet potato fries, sweet potato casserole, a baked sweet potato, a bowl of butternut squash soup, a caramel apple or a slice of pumpkin pie…you have to order one thing on this list right now. Which one do you go for?

the soup for me!

3. What’s a famous book set in your home state? Have you read it? On a scale of 1-5 (5 is fantastic) how many stars does it rate?

With Steinbeck being a native Californian and having many books set in the state, there are many famous books just by Steinbeck alone – and I am ashamed to say I am yet to read any of them though I have at least three of his books in my home library (and my son just finished reading ‘Of Mice and Men’ for school; he has asked me to read it as he really enjoyed it so that will be my first Steinbeck). Based on my son’s review, it rates 5 stars!

4. There are 60 days until Christmas…have you started your shopping? How do you stay organized for the holidays?

Not yet.. will only start sometime November 🙂 Lists, lists, and more lists for me to stay organized.

5. October 26th is National Tennessee Day. Have you ever lived or spent any time in Tennessee? Is this a state you’d like to visit one day? The top rated tourist attractions in Tennessee are-

The Great Smoky Mountain National Park (Gatlinburg area), Elvis’s Graceland (Memphis), Birth of the Music Biz (Memphis and Nashville), Dollywood (Pigeon Forge), Tennessee’s Military Heritage (many battlefields), The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson’s home), The Parthenon (Nashville), Oak Ridge American Museum of Science and Energy, Chattagnooa and the Tennessee Valley Railroad, Downtown Knoxville, Lookout Mountain, The Titanic Museum (Pigeon Forge), The Museum of Appalachia (Clinton), and The Lost Sea Adventure (Sweetwater)

How many on this list have you seen? Which one on the list would you most like to see?

None yet. Have not been to Tennessee. Great Smoky Mountain would be first on my list.

6.  Insert your own random thought here.

Do you have times when an acquaintance chances up on you suddenly and stops to greet you (meeting after a long time, too) and you were in the middle of something else, so you do have a conversation that you hope was good.. and later, you recall things you should have made part of the conversation (maybe you saw on Facebook earlier about an award he or she won; or something else worth bringing up and making them feel good).. well, that happens to me every once in a while, and it happened today too…

For ABC Wednesday‘s Round 21 – Letter P, I have here an image

P is for Plumes – my son, as I have mentioned earlier in the blog too, is in his high school’s marching band. Marching band is loads of hard work, loads of commitment of time and energy, and loads of fun and learning in the process!! When they are performing in events and competitions in full regalia, the marching band looks and sounds awesome! As parent volunteers, we sign up for various jobs. One of them I signed up the last time was to insert these beautiful white plumes into their shakos (hats).

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The Tuesday of Children’s Book Week, 2017

By May 3, 2017 Books, Food, Memes
So, now that I completed two challenges in April, I realized I need the challenge of a challenge to keep me going, at least for now… So, while I was commenting on blogs for the April challenges, I noticed one of the bloggers was planning to take part in something called the 31 Day Writing Challenge over at WritersBra. Though the challenge started midway in April, I also noticed that Deanna of WritersBra also mentioned it would be OK to start it at anytime! So here is my Day One of that 31-day Challenge – Create a Cool Infographic.  It took a while to get an idea and then to learn how to do it – for the very first time, including figuring out the tool for it; but here it is:
 Tuesday on my blog, meant per my initial plan/theme, was for a Yummy Tummy Tuesday post featuring recipes tried, tested, and loved. It has been a while since I made an effort to write down such a post, though not for lack of trying out and enjoying new recipes! While I work towards actually getting recipes out here on my blog, today’s post will still be food-oriented and also towards my Top Ten Tuesday post.  And since this is Children’s Book Week (May 1 – 7, 2017), the Top Ten list today is geared towards children’s books (some middle grade as well)
Top Ten Covers of Children’s books featuring food covers all that I said earlier 🙂 
Have read and enjoyed:




Want/Yet to Read






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