Them Old Cotton Fields Back Home

Well, we are home everywhere we go since we take our home with us.

Yesterday we took an excursion into Memphis to see some sights. We got up late due to not being able to sleep well the night before. By the time we got there and found the downtown welcome center it was almost noon. We had stopped at the travel center earlier and picked up some brochures of local interests. One of them had a rather extensive list of things to do, places to see, and restaurants. Maps were at the back of the brochure showing the trolley routes.

Due to a late start and taking the time to decide what we wanted to see first, which trolley to catch, and what direction it was going, we didn’t get to the Cotton Museum until 2:00.

We took the tour and learned a lot. Tourists are allowed to take pictures, which is nice. We didn’t get to the upper floor but were told it has been preserved in its original 1930’s appearance. The upper floor was the cotton exchange. The history is rich and vibrant, with many displays of the various uses of cotton. Did you know that our currency is made from cotton fiber? Some of our paper is made from cotton.

It was interesting to see and feel the trough with the recycled denim being used for household insulation. It is better for the environment and much gentler to handle than its fiberglass counterpart.

Mannequins displaying various types of clothing made from cotton adorned one display case. Some of the clothing was vintage 1930’s. One was a military uniform. Other display cases housed artifacts used in bygone eras which were used to produce and weave cotton.

There were four computer stations with headsets included to watch and hear video presentations on the subject.

Upon entry into the first section of the museum a large LCD screen may be turned on to enable hearing the history of the Memphis area and the impact the cotton trade had on its growth and development. The video highlighted the types of people involved in the industry and their impact on society.

The second room had displays showing the progress in harvesting the cotton, the modern weaving processes, and a couple of games to test your knowledge.

Tomorrow’s post will highlight the downtown area.

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What every writer wants for Christmas #amwriting #books

These are such cool ideas! I love them all. Thanks for sharing. Re-blogged on TheKingsKidChronicles from

Well, its that time of year again where we start thinking about writerly gifts🙂

1. Pencils!

Sit down and get Writing! – Thesepencils aresure to increase your productivity!


2. Mugs!

The best literary mugs- you know you want one!


3. Cushions!

Bibliophile Cushion Designs- bookish cushions and pillows- perfect to throw at anyone who interrupts your reading time!


4. Kindle Covers!

Kindle case book covers– If you don’t have a real book – fake it! …and pretend you are reading something far more literary than 50 Shades of Grey!


5. Soap!

Soap for writers block– all you need is a shower and your writers block days are over!


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Amazon Further Tightens Review Rules

Thanks, Nick. This is so helpful. Sure do appreciate your willingness to keep authors updated on Amazon’s policy changes. Re-blogged from

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Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image:

My reviewer friend, C, aka the happy meerkat, recently notified me of some further tweaks in Amazon’s review policy. Most of them make perfect sense, yet a couple raise concerns. The new rules can be read here in their entirety but here are the new points:

  1. If your review is removed or rejected because it does not comply with our guidelines concerning promotional content, you may not resubmit a review on the same product, even if the resubmitted review includes different content.
  2. Reviews may only include URLs or links to other products sold on Amazon.
  3. Customers in the same household may not post multiple reviews of the same product.
  4. Customers can submit 5 non-Amazon Verified Purchase reviews each week, starting on Sundays.
  5. When we find unusually high numbers of reviews for a product posted in a short period of time, we may restrict reviews…

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New Cover

Hello, friends,

Wow! It sure has been a busy couple of months here in southern Alabama. I apologize for not keeping up with my blog and leaving you all stranded. Keeping up with three teen grandkids, helping their mom after surgery, and trying to keep up with church activities and trying to spend time with the other three (younger) grandkids is a full time job. Don’t look at my house. I drop things off and they sit until I have the energy to pick up after myself and my husband. But life is great and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Anyway, I’m writing today to let everyone know that I have changed the cover of “Mending Fences” back to the original drawing and am going to attempt to get it in paperback in the next couple of months. (I know, I’m behind schedule.) I’m going to use Amazon’s Create Space. Their site says they can take a drawing and make it look professional so I’m going to give it a try. I really believe the cover of a book should give the reader a glimpse as to the story’s content. Plus I think my brother-in-law, who is a professional artist, did a great job creating a scene to my specifications.

I wanted to do another giveaway in time for Christmas but now Amazon wants me to spend a minimum of $100 for the promotion. Although that’s not a bad price, it’s not in my budget so please forgive me for not doing another one right now.

Blessings to all.

Aleta Kay



Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki, Finland

Now the design of this church definitely took some creative intelligence!. A church underground, surrounded by rock, with only the dome showing above ground. Check out the pictures of both the inside and the outside. Re-blogged from Find this blogger on Instagram too. The link is on his blog page.



In the Töölö neighborhood of Helsinki, Finland, in the middle of an ordinary residential square, a scene from the Steven Spielberg’s movie War of the Worlds appears to be unfolding. A giant alien machine has just woken up from deep slumber and is pushing its way out of the ground, where it had been lying dormant for millenniums.

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Pictures of Isolated Places Without Human Presence

I love nature photography and these photos capture nature without human presence, though some of them show the effects of previous human tresspassing. Re-blogged from


French photographer Guillaume Tomasi shows us his new series called Ce qu’il restera (What remains). He presents the vision of isolated places without human presence. He shows with poetry the link that exists between the human and nature and how we degrade our environnement.

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8 Living Memorials Shaped Out of Trees

It takes a lot of time, love, devotion, creativity, mathmatical ability, and determinaiton to create accolades from forest designs. These are prime examples. Re-blogged from


Building a memorial out of stone and concrete is one way to pay tribute to a person, but a truly unique and symbolic way of memorializing somebody or commemorating an event is to plant trees. A stone monument may last longer, but trees are a living legacy that will grow bigger, stronger, and more mature year after year.

Here are eight examples of living memorials from different parts of the world.

Pine Forest Shaped Like Italycastelluccio-italy-1

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The Beauty of Italian Architecture

Ahhh, the fascination of rich, ornate architecture and decor, the flamboyance of the wealthy. Elegance can be extreme: pleasant to look at but the cost of upkeep? Desirability is in the eye of the checkbook holder. Re-blogged from


1Hunting Lodge (Rotunda), Stupinigi Palace, Piedmont, Italy

David Burdeny captures the stunning architecture of the Italian peninsula. From north to south, Burdeny’s sharp eye takes the viewer into unique spaces, some still private residences, others transformed into museums, others shuttered permanently and falling into decay.

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The Solis House

If you’re looking for unique layouts and designs for a home, look no farther than This one is called the solis house. Unique is good.


Known as Solis, the Hamilton Island house was designed by Renato D’Ettorre Architects. Solis was created from concrete, stone, block work and glass resulting in a succession of dramatic volumes incorporating aerial living spaces and private roofed outdoor zones.

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CreateSpace – Final Things to Check

If you’re a writer and wondering how to format your print book for to publish on Create Space, this is very helpful information. I huge, hearty thank-you to Rovonvan for posting this on his website at

Lit World Interviews

So you’ve finally got your page numbers right. Check that you’ve Justified your text for your CreateSpace book. I know that some authors choose not to justify text in their eBooks (not me), but a paper book really must be justified or it’s going to look messy. Choose your font and font size. You have lots of fonts that you can use in your paperback, but it’s a good idea to stick with something plain, other than for dropcaps or chapter headings.

Decide what trim size your book is going to be and set your manuscript’s size accordingly. From the Page Layout tab, click on the little arrow to the right of Page Setup, then select Paper from the three tabs at the top of the page setup box. Change the Width and Height settings to 6” x 9” or 5” x 8” or whatever size your book will be…

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