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Coffee and Conversation #141 – Celebrate DEAR Day!

Good morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #141!

"Drop Everything And Read!" it's a great day to celebrate! Grab a wonderful new (to you) book to dive into, get nice and comfy and settle down. A good book can take you places and introduce you to new friends or cultures or ideas. Better yet, read a book with a friend and you'll be amazed at where your conversations will go!

Did you read as a child?


When I was a little girl, it was all my mother could do to get me to put a book down!

Seriously, I LOVED to read! I have memories of (almost) whole summers spent in the air-conditioned quiet of the children’s reading room in our neighborhood library. It was only a few short blocks from our house, and I could almost get there with my eyes closed!

When I finally had children of my own, many years later, I have more wonderful memories of reading to them, too. As babies seated on my lap on our rocking chair, or curled up on the couch or among the pillows on my bed, or on a blanket outside with a cool spring breeze gently ruffling our pages, or at the beach while we dug our toes into the sand.


So of course, today – D.E.A.R. Day – is a natural holiday-of-sorts for me!


D.E.A.R. stands for “Drop Everything And Read”. Instituted by HarperCollins Publishers as a way to celebrate reading and literacy, it is celebrated annually on April 12, the birthday of Beverly Clearly. Ms Clearly, you may recall, is the creator of that wonderful literary character Ramona Quimby (heroine of the pre-teen fav “Ramona” series), who also serves as the spokesperson for D.E.A.R. Day.


Hopefully, wherever you are, it’s a beautiful spring day, and you’ll be able to get your hands on a wonderful new (to you) book to dive into. Get nice and comfy and settle down. A good book can take you places and introduce you to new friends or cultures or ideas. Better yet, read a book with a friend and you’ll be amazed at where your conversations will go!

So today, promise me this: put down the cellphone, close your laptop (after you finish reading this, of course), head over to the library or your nearest bookshelf, and get started on a tome…

I promise you won’t regret it!

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Happy D.E.A.R. Day! What book will YOU be cracking open?

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I’m doing something a little different this week. In honor of both Easter coming up this Sunday, and D.E.A.R. Day, I’m featuring last week’s shares from both of those categories! Please make sure to leave them a comment and let them know you found them here when you visit them…

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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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17 Responses to Coffee and Conversation #141 – Celebrate DEAR Day!

  1. Patrick Weseman April 13, 2017 at 6:52 pm #

    Thanks for hosting and I hope you have a wonderful Easter/
    Patrick Weseman recently posted…Art from Ukiyo-e HeroesMy Profile

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:29 pm #

      You’re welcome…you, too!
      And thanks for stopping by!

  2. Journa Liz S. Ramirez April 13, 2017 at 11:22 am #

    Thanks for hosting!
    – Journa from the team at http://www.lollyjane.com & http://www.somewhatsimple.com

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:34 pm #

      My pleasure, Journa!

  3. Thaleia from Something2Offer April 12, 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Thanks for featuring our “Ways to get Free Books” post. We just love frugal ideas and BOOKS!

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:30 pm #

      Two of my favorite things, as well!

  4. Theresa Boedeker April 12, 2017 at 3:35 pm #

    Books! It would be hard to live without books. I read so much growing up and read to my children. It is our favorite activity to do.
    Theresa Boedeker recently posted…Life as it Comes Podcast #35 | Try Again! No, Again!My Profile

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm #

      Seriously, Theresa! There is just nothing like getting lost in a good book! Even with my Kindle, however, I have to admit to a preference for paper and ink… Old school dies hard, I guess 😉

  5. Marilyn Lesniak April 12, 2017 at 2:04 pm #

    Thank you for fdeaturing my Trinity PIe! And thank you for hosting again. I wish you a lovely holiday!

  6. Michele Morin April 12, 2017 at 11:55 am #

    Thanks for featuring my book review! What fun to devote a day to reading!
    Blessed Easter to you!
    Michele Morin recently posted…Culture Care: Filling Up the Longing for BeautyMy Profile

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:32 pm #

      I know, right? Certainly a luxury to treasure!

  7. Anna of stuffedveggies April 12, 2017 at 11:19 am #

    Thank you so much for featuring my Holy Week Menu! I’m honored & delighted! : )
    Anna of stuffedveggies recently posted…Holy Week MenuMy Profile

    • Pat April 14, 2017 at 7:31 pm #

      My pleasure, Anna – looks like a week of healthy and yummy eating! Great way to prepare for Easter 😉

  8. Sherry April 12, 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Happy Easter!
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  9. Liz April 12, 2017 at 6:48 am #

    Thank you so much for featuring my Easter Egg Wreath! Have a Happy Easter!
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