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Rattlesnake eggs are on the way to book club winners: Gail Aquila, Cindy Martinez, Elizabeth McGowan, Lisa Bockelie, and Patricia Revzin, and are they ever going to have a lot of fun with them.
When our kids were little they used to sell rattlesnake eggs at the local Farmer's Market in Oregon, Wisconsin, and I sold my homemade blueberry muffins. At six a.m. on a Saturday morning the kids and I would set up a table with blueberry muffins, a picture of a snake, an old aquarium, and a sign that read Homemade Muffins and Rattlesnake Eggs FOR SALE. I know, I know, homemade muffins and rattlesnake eggs--strange bedfellows for sure, but we'd sell out of both every single week.
A sign was posted on our aquarium: "Keep hands out, beware of snake!" and people believed us. Especially since we'd filled the aquarium with pine shavings, cut a little hole in the back of it, with just enough room to insert a bended wire coat hanger. So when we'd move the coat hanger back and forth, it looked like a snake was slithering underneath the shavings. Plant a "snake seed" and when an unsuspecting customer opened up the rattlesnake envelope, and it shook and RATTLED like crazy, first we'd hear yelling and screaming, then laughing, and then they'd buy the package of rattlesnake eggs.
Planting a "snake seed" is the most important ingredient when you're showing someone the rattlesnake eggs, which is why James, my 3-year-old grandson, showed his preschool teacher a picture of a snake before he invited her to open the package of eggs. "RATTLE, RATTLE," not only did his teacher scream and jump up and down, she admitted later (to James' parents) that she almost yelled words inappropriate for children's ears, especially since classes are held in a church.
Gail, Cindy, Elizabeth, Lisa and Patricia, your "eggs" are in the mail and it's easy to set the trap. There's a metal washer and rubber band inside the envelope with the rattlesnake drawing on the front. Rotate the washer and rubber band 8 or 9 times (until it's very tight), then carefully slip it inside the envelope. Then plant the "snake seed," you might simply mention the humungous snake you saw slithering across your backyard last weekend, hand the Rattlesnake egg package to your victim, and be prepared for a lot of fun.
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AUTHORBUZZ: THE ART OF FORGETTING (Fiction) by Camille Noe Pagan
Forgive and forget--but not necessarily in that order. Marissa Rogers is content to follow the lead of her charismatic, alpha best friend Julia. But when Julia suffers a brain injury that steals her memory and alters her personality, their roles reverse. Worse, Julia begins dredging up memories Marissa would rather forget--including the fact that Julia once asked her to abandon the love of her life.
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