Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Contest

Today's Saying

If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

My book shelf is full and I've ordered seven new books. So I am going to try to give some away.

Today we run a contest to give away a book.
Your choice of these five:

Cross Country-By James Patterson

A Patterson style thriller

A is for Alibi- Sue Grafton

A Suspense Novel


Santa Clawed- Rita Mae Brown

A Mrs. Murphy Mystery

Dashing Through the Snow- Mary & Carol Higgins Clark

A Holiday Suspense Novel

A Lion Among Men- Gregory Maguire

Another "Let's wreck Oz" book

To win one of these books , your choice, all you have to do is leave a comment and be lucky.
Tomorrow I will enter the numbers 1 through the total number pf comments in a random number generator. The number it generates wins. ( No slips and no bucket)
You might wonder how a random number generator works. Well so do I. I think its some kind of magic.
But it works.

So leave a comment and the best of luck.

Today Pigeon Falls is filled with stories rising from the visit of the Arab and the green man. One story is that they were both aliens. The first needed the fertilizer to power his rocket ship and the second was after him for crimes on another planet. They felt the town was lucky there was no shoot out on main street.
Eino says that according to Homeland Security this Arab was an international terrorist. He came to Pigeon Falls because he felt there would be less suspicion here than in the big towns. He must have figured out he was being stalled that’s why he left. Homeland Security thinks he had a plane on some little air field somewhere that took him out of the UP. The green man was a federal agent with a fungus infection that made him look green. It was all very rational.
Some people were trying to plug this into Petrovich’s latest translated driblet. But they weren’t having much luck.
Speaking of the driblet a visitor named Jim said to Nancy "This is the mechanism of a swing. Here it is a porch swing. Always the riders are looking forward, then back with hope which will be fulfilled, only to be frustrated, ad infinitum, until balance, equilibrium, is reached and the swing stops."
Nancy says "I nodded but I was so confused. I couldn't figure out how you got the town on the swing. The problem is it's not a riddle but a prediction of our future."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The said quote is appropriate to enter the contest because I am very bad in reading books.

1:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOOT...another contest. :) I love today's quote and Pigeon Falls is giving me a head ache LOL

2:30 AM  
Anonymous quilly said...

A contest for books! I love books! But, but, but ... I don't know which one I want! I know which one I don't want. I already have A is For Alibi.

And are you certain Nancy's fancy talking visitor wasn't Amoeba? Sometimes he really confuses me!

2:52 AM  
Blogger Nessa said...

The pendulum swings back and forth. I love today's quote.

Wordless Wednesday - Now That's Scary

3:05 AM  
Blogger butterflies said...

OH am I too late?? your a day behind me..Im confused!
I love books;)

Your such a lovely kind man!

4:01 AM  
Blogger Diana said...

I just received my brand new "Lutheran Study Bible" and journal. I am so excited! But I would love another book as my husband is a huge book worm, I am a small book worm!
Love Di

4:48 AM  
Blogger Dulce said...

Well. This is getting interesting in a playful way again.
I must say I love the saying today. That's the best present of each day.

5:22 AM  
Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

I always never say no to a good book. I love contests as well, and haven't read any of these books.

6:26 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Good morning, Dr. John,

Mrs. Jim said I should bid for the mother and daughter Higgins Clark book. She hasn't read this one.
Thank you.

I am glad you didn't have me portraying one of those terrorists. Thank you.

The only place I terrorize is on the highway. And, well, my dogs know my rules of the house are enforced with an iron force or a long thin swishy tree branch.

We used random generators at NASA in some programs I wrote. We also used plug-ins, we didn't reinvent the wheel trying to figure them out. The Government likes to reinvent the wheel but we were contractors (Ford Aerospace).
The analogy of the swing is similar to the pendulum. Forward looking to the good but never reaching it because it reverses back into the bad. Finally it stops in misery.
I thought maybe the ups and downs of the swing might fit that model. Sorry to confuse.

7:11 AM  
Blogger Akelamalu said...

I've not read any of those books and I do like a good book! :)

8:16 AM  
Blogger Trudy said...

I do love the saying for today. There is such power in those words!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Lindy said...

Your saying hit home with me today! I absolutely cannot change the situation I am going thru right now but how I deal with it is totally up to me. Thanks Dr. John.

BTW, I wouldn't mind reading that Mary Higgins Clark novel.

Have a great one!

9:33 AM  
Blogger Jeni said...

The contest sounds really interesting. The statement of the day -excellent and I feel like it is meant just for me. I'm trying to change what I can!

4:10 PM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

I can leave a comment, but I'm not so sure about being lucky!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

ok, i want in on the to read. the saying of the on. pigeon falls was definitely thought provoking as well...hmmmm...

7:19 PM  
Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

The thing is, when it comes to Pigeon Falls, none of this is far fetched. I love it.

8:24 PM  

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