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The following is an exchange between myself and Sammy Dress or and is fair warning as to why you should never do business with this China based fashion company.


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/03/2014 01:49:02 AM

Dear Lyda Mae,
We would like to thank you for your recent order with Sammydress.

Your order has been shipped out. The delivery information
customers: Lyda Mae Dameron, shipping address: ******************** , city: Cottonwood Heights, state: Utah, zip_code: 84121, country:

US, phone: 8017550996

Tracking number: LN521148155CN,  shipping method: E post, tracking site:, shipping date: October 28,2014 06:32:15 AM PST, estimated time: 7-10 business days

I am sorry  the shipping company update the information  late ,Could you check the information after a few more days?

Remain items, would you want to exchange or get refund?

sku*quantity:YC0370603 * 1

Please note that the above shipping times are reference only. The actual delivery time may be affected by peak shipping periods, public holidays,

bad weather and other reasons. Thank you again for being patient and understanding.

Best Regards

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/03/2014 02:33:08 AM

the site you give will not let me track a package without a verification code along with the tracking number.  So I can’t track that package at all but

thank you for finally letting me know what company has my package.  As to the peacock dress it is the one Item in your whole catalog I wanted most.

You do not carry enough dresses that will fit a woman who is 42″ 36″ 45″ and are modest enough to fit the standards of my Religion. which requires

that both men and women show no part of the body from the neck to the knees except the the arm to just above the elbow.  The two dresses that have

been shipped will be worn with leggings to accommodate these rules.  So please just refund the cost of the third dress.  If I ever get the two that you

claim have been shipped then I might consider looking through you catalog again but I had to look at every dress you carried to find these 3 that I

thought would fit and meet my standards without making me look fatter than I already am.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/03/2014 10:54:33 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We wish to apologize for the difficulties you have been experiencing and regret to hear that you are not totally satisfied with

Would you consider accepting 20 percent of the unfit items price as a refund? If this is acceptable then there is no need to return the item back to us.

We are extremely sorry for your disappointment. It is our obligation to reach out to every customer who is not fully satisfied. We will therefore also offer

a special discount for your next order.

We hope to hear your decision very soon so that we may resolve the matter together to your satisfaction without further delay.

We have cancelled the third dress and wil lprocess your refund within one week.

Thank you so much for your kind understanding.

Kind Regards

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/09/2014 01:28:56 AM

According to my records the notice of the package being shipped was sent on the 27th of October and it is now the 9th of November by my clock.

I have still not seen the package and that is more than 10 days.  This means it was either never sent or it was lost somewhere between you and my home.

I really need those dresses.  I am more than just upset at this point and I want my money back. i can’t track the package with the information I have

been given so you better find my package and get it to my door ASAP or give me a full refund.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/09/2014 01:39:15 AM

I was finally able to track the package using the link you gave me but according to that the package was last seen on the 5th in some place called

QINGDAO which I think is in China but I would not know for sure.  I am still not happy.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/09/2014 06:20:30 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We have checked the shipping method you chose may take 7-25 business days to arrive after shipping out,so we hope you can kindly wait.

We have tracked for you:2014-11-05 11:27
Origin Post is Preparing Shipment, We have received notice that the originating post is preparing to dispatch this mail piece.

You are always welcome to contact us if you have further questions.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/10/2014 08:52:09 AM

is Monday 11-10-2014 now. Package still last tracked on the 5th in QINGDAO.  I have been told by my husband never under any circumstances to order

from you again and I agree.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/10/2014 11:15:50 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We are so sorry for the delay,here is a 10% coupon code for your next order as compensation:2014new.

We have tracked for you:2014-11-05 11:29, Qingdao, leaving the treatment center, sent to USSFOF

I am sorry  the shipping company update the information  late ,Could you check the information after a few more days?

You are always welcome to contact us if you have further questions.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/16/2014 02:09:46 AM

It is now the 16th of November.  I have not seen the package and it has not been listed as having been scanned since the 5th.  It must be on a slow boat

to nowhere.  I will not be ordering from you ever again stick your coupon code where the sun don’t shine.  10% of something that never gets here is

still a rip off.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/16/2014 06:18:59 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We have tracked for you:

2014-11-15 23:24
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84199, Departed USPS Facility, Your item departed our USPS facility in SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84199 on November 15,

2014 at 11:24 pm. The item is currently in transit to the destination. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please

check again later.

Your package is arriving soon.

How about the unship item,it is not available now,do you want to cancel it?

Looking for your reply.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/17/2014 06:22:29 PM

I have already canceled and been refunded on the unshipped item.  I have not seen the package either.  Do you have USPS postal tracking code?

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/18/2014 04:51:53 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We have tracked your package has been delivered,please contact the local post office to get your package.

2014-11-17 15:59
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84121, Delivered, Parcel Locker, Your item was delivered to a parcel locker at 3:59 pm on November 17, 2014 in


You are always welcome to contact us if you have further questions.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/19/2014 07:32:32 AM

Package was received by me on Nov. 18th.  I am keeping this ticket open until I have had a chance to try on the dresses.  Hopefully they fit, but I am

still not very happy with Sammy Dress.  The tracking services were not helpful.  If I recall correctly I paid extra for a tracking number.  This service

should have included the sending of a USPS tracking number once it was handed over to the USPS.  The fact that the one dress I liked the most was

sold with it being out of stock left me disappointed and the whole process of going through your catalog to try and find dresses that would fit and meet

the modesty standards of my religion left me with a bitter taste in my mouth.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/19/2014 11:28:13 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We are so sorry for bring you concern,we will not close the ticket,please do not worry.

Here is a 8% coupon code for your next order as compensation:coupon8.

We are waiting for your reply when you try on the dresses.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/20/2014 01:33:00 PM

it might be a while before I can put on the dresses I was in a car accident and can’t raise my arms above my head to put them on.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/20/2014 09:48:57 PM

I have tried on both dresses with a little help.  They are both too small and smell like petrol.  How do I go about returning them and you had better

refund me the whole cost plus return shipping.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/21/2014 01:44:14 AM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We are so sorry to hear that,wishing you a speedy recovery.

We very much regret hearing about you receiving the unfit product and wish to take this opportunity to apologize to you for the inconvenience caused.

We would like to work together to resolve the issue to your satisfaction and kindly ask that you send photos of the product(s) and the packaging to us;

the photos should show also the SKU (product) number which can be found on the outside of the package.

Ideally, the photos should be clear and focused, under good lighting conditions, and taken at close and medium distance.

Thanks for your understanding and assistance.

Kind Regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/21/2014 08:10:21 AM

I would love to send you the .jpg files I have taken but this form will not accept attachments at this time do you have an e-mail I can send them too


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/23/2014 08:50:17 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

You can send the photos to the email address
and our colleague will receive it for me.

You are always welcome to contact us if you have further questions.

Best regards


Sammydress Customer Support At :11/25/2014 06:03:05 PM

I sent the picture to the email you gave from my Gmail account ***********  I have not yet seen any action on them.  I am still here I

am still mad and I still want to send the smelly things back.  I will keep harassing you until action is taken.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/26/2014 11:06:40 PM

Dear Lyda
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused because of lots of demands.

I am sorry for the problem , if you want to return the package I am afraid you  need to pay the shipping fee.And our address is in China.

If the shipping fee too much I advice you to keep it or give it to your friend as a gift and we will give you a coupon code for the next order or a partial

refund.Can you accept that?

Looking for your reply.

Best regards,

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/27/2014 10:51:48 AM

I will not accept a coupon code as I will never be doing business with your company again  I will only accept a full refund and I will not be paying

shipping beck to China.  I will make sure my friends and family know never ever under any circumstances to order from you as well.

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/27/2014 08:29:30 PM

Dear Lyda Mae,

Thank you very much for your placing your order with us.

We wish to apologize for the difficulties you have been experiencing and regret to hear that you are not totally satisfied with our product.

As you know, our prices are very competitive and not considered expensive. Therefore the quality of a small number of the products may not be the

same as full priced, more expensive alternatives.

Would you consider accepting 30 percent of the item price as a refund?  If this is acceptable then there is no need to return the item back to us.

We are extremely sorry for your disappointment. It is our obligation to reach out to every customer who is not fully satisfied. We will therefore also

offer a special discount for your next order.

We hope to hear your decision very soon so that we may resolve the matter together to your satisfaction without further delay.

Thank you so much for your kind understanding.

Kind Regards

Sammydress Customer Support At :11/27/2014 09:59:11 PM

The items are not only disappointing they are unwearable and because they smell so bad I can’t even give them away in good conscience.  I WILL







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Poet At Large Reviews, Book, The Gods Of Garran   Leave a comment

‘The Gods of Garran’ by Meredith Skye tells a wonderful and imaginative tale that had me deeply enthralled.  The people of Garran once prospered under the direction of their Gods the Borrai. Then the Chanden came from the sky and killed the Borrai, claiming Garran and it’s riches for themselves while turning the inhabitants into their slaves.  Now there is a war brewing as the Garrans plan to revolt in answer to the brutal beating of a small boy. Tribe plots against tribe, forcing one young man to make hard choices to save what family he has left. His only hope is a Chanden Agent, who will end up giving her life over to a cause that she never even dreamed of for a world she wants desperately to leave behind.

There is an old Latin phrase, ‘Inter arma enim silent leges.’ it means ‘In times of war the law is silent.’ Meredith Skye does a wonderful job of creating characters and conflict that one can relate to and in illustrating the truth that in war there are villains and heroes on both sides.  The fact that both sides are guilty of terrible things leaves one with pause to think.  Because of the violence I would only recommend this book for mature readers, but I would definately recommend this book.

I would like to apologize for taking so long to post this review as my recovery from my fall took so long and was delayed by other medical issues.  I promise that I will get up my review for ‘Rock Band Fights Evil 1’  by D.J. Butler just as soon as I can finish reading it.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, Convention, WesterCon 67/CONDuit 24/FantasyCon 2014   Leave a comment

The night before a convention I am always filled with excitement and anticipation that makes it hard to sleep. Imagine when three different conventions converge on your currant home city over one holiday weekend. They may be separate events but they all blur together in one wonderful collage of color light and information overload. I spent July 3rd through 6th in such an overwhelming situation and I will try to review it for you as best I can.

I spent the morning of the 3rd in the Salt Lake City, City Creek, Marriott Hotel at WesterCon looking at art and talking with friends. Also passing out my card to venders and authors.  At lunch time I attended the book launch party for the Authors from “Writing Excuses” the pod cast series. For those who have never listened to Writing Excuses they are Epic Fantasy Writer Brandon Sanderson, Horror writer Dan Wells, Web Cartoonist Howard Tayler and Puppet Mistress Mary Robinette Kowal. There anthology “Shadows Beneath” is one I would very much like to review. I did manage to have brief conversation with Guest of Honor Larry Correia on Saturday but it was mostly about finding food and other needs before the mass book signing.

After lunch I had seen what was at the Marriott and went across the street to the Salt Palace to see what was at FantasyCon.  They would not let me in the main entrance of the building even though I was using a walker. Instead they sent me a block in the heat to the South end of the building This means that once I got in I was suffering heat cramps and my back was already starting to hurt. We complained to security and were informed that the hired security had not been informed that they would have people crossing the street to the main entrance from WesterCon until after both Conventions were opened and they had not hired enough security to man both doors. This problem was made worse on the second day when they started insisting that people enter only from the main South entrance. It was not fixed until Saturday which was too little too late for me because I ended up on the floor in back spasms for at least half an hour at the mercy of two nice EMTs while my daughter held the hem of my dress in place to cover my dignity. This does get ahead of my story but needs to be said because the situation effected everyone who was disabled not just me. I saw one woman wheel in the South Entrance in a manual wheelchair with sweat beading down her face and could not help but think if I feel this bad she looks worse and she had no companion to help her like I had my dear husband.

At the entrance of FantasyCon.

At the entrance of FantasyCon.

What went on inside the Salt palace was wonderful but in the air conditioned building walking was not so bad. The first think that greeted you on entering the main entrance were two giant Sentinel Statues made of foam and painted to look like stone. There were many great marvels on your journey between booths. Which I got pictures of on Saturday when I was with my daughter the camera did not work the first day and the second day I spent most of my time preparing for the Masquerade competition at WeasterCon. I did not go near the celebrity guest tables at FantasyCon because times being what they are I did not have Money to spend on getting in line to talk to any of them. Yes folks these days you have to buy a ticket for an autograph just to speak to most actors. Authors on the other hand you can get up close to so I did speak to Kevin J. Anderson briefly. Mostly about how big my daughter had gotten since he had first met me but also about crossing each others paths in a cross walk.

As the gentelman in the booth with him said. “Why did Kevin J. Anderson cross the road? Because there was a book signing on the other side.”

I am told that most people entered the Cosplay Competition at FantasyCon on Saturday Night and were unaware that there was a competition on Friday because the local CONDuit Masquerade which was joined with the WesterCon Masquerade is usually held on Saturday but was moved so people could enter events at both Conventions. A few such Snafus were inevitable.

Front View

Front View

Rear View

Rear View

The only thing I have to report from the Masquerade is a special prize for the Jewelery I made as part of my costume. I am use to a Masquerade that goes on for at least an hour but due to the circumstances this left us with 7 entries in total. this did however allow them to hold the Belly Dancing recital at an earlier hour than usual. The dancers were all very good and I finally understand why Charles Galway has such defined leg muscles. Yes a man can be a belly dancer too and you can enjoy it no matter whether you are attracted to men or not. It’s about artistry and skill no matter who is dancing.

After the Masquerade I had to be unpinned from my costume I had a zipper bust on me at the last minute. so I went from party to party in a Klingon forehead and half my Steam punk costume from the morning. This was the night of July 4th and fireworks could be seen all over the valley from the balconies of the Marriott. We enjoyed food at parties for upcoming conventions and Filk singing. Filk is a type of Folk music with Fantasy, Science and Science Fiction themes.  We were suppose to leave for the night at 11:00 but my oldest son who I use the nickename Drake for online decided to step out of the hotel without telling anyone while his phone was not working. This mean they spent half an hour on a Code Adam looking for him all over the hotel.  If you were there and heard about the Code Adam search for a 16 year old boy he is home safe and sound. For the record my sons call me Matoo (our Family word for step mother).

On Satuday I spent my time during the day devoted to time with my daughter who we shall call Roo. I do not post her given name online just like I don’t post my sons’ names. She is 11 and loves Fantasy and Sci-Fi on a level that I think drives my Ex-Mother-In-Law nuts. This was her first time at a convention but she enjoyed it very much. On Friday she went around with her Patoo (our family term for stepfather) at FantasyCon and Saturday with me at both conventions.

This picture was taken with Patoo's cell phone. I made the ears and tail to match her natural hair color.

This picture was taken with Patoo’s cell phone. I made the ears and tail to match her natural hair color.

The Cat Maiden's Beheading.

The Cat Maiden’s Beheading

On our way to FantasyCon Saturday we stopped and rode a peddle cab that was done up as a Dragon’s head.

Inside the Mouth of Bathshiba

Inside the Mouth of Bathsheba

The Peddlecab Driver

The Peddle Cab Driver

Inside the Salt Palace we had much fun with the our working camera and not only got people for my top ten costumes but also got pictures with the backdrops and props for our keepsakes. I will share a few of them with you.

The Mage battles The Rock Monster

The Mage battles The Rock Monster

The Mage Goes Steam Punk

The Mage Goes Steam Punk

The mage vs The Dragon

The Mage vs The Dragon

The Princess Dances For Jabba The Hutt

The Princess Dances For Jabba The Hutt

Thr Princess The Mage and The Elder Dragon

Thr Princess The Mage and The Elder Dragon

On our way out of the convention we came across something that had to be shared.

I'm not sure how to spell what this is but and Dr. Who fan will know what it is.

Steam Punk Dalek

After my Sweet Roo had collected a drawing of herself as a Zombie from the WesterCon dealers room she went back to her grandmother’s house and we continued the convention as a foursome with my Dear husband Floyd and my sons Drake and BedBug wandering about. because of what had happened on the night of the 4th my sons were told they had to stick together all day. This means that by days end they were both sick of each other but I was trying to teach them both a lesson about responsibility anyway.

I went to the mass book signing which gave me a chance to talk to friends and meet new authors as I pass out more cards and got more books to add to my stack of review submissions. At this point I have a stack that is fairly deep, so It will take me a while to reach the last books submitted. I got to talk to Paul Genesse who started me on this whole review blog notion. I have had to thank him for that more than once because I love to read and to blog.

At 9:30 there was a Filk Concert by Mark Osier dedicated to the members of the Writing Excuses cast with a set inspired by each of the four writers. Mary Robinette Kowal got up and sang “Rubber Ducky” as part of the set dedicated to her and Mark’s rendition of “A Boy and His Frog” left many in tears. For those who don’t know “A Boy and His Frog” is dedicated to the memory of Jim Henson and is sung from the point of view of Kermit The Frog. Mark’s Kermit voice is very good, so it was easy to believe Kermit was singing. His encore was “I want to be Han to your Leia” which is a great piece of New found Filk. After this we left for the night.

On Sunday the 6th only WesterCon was still going with FantasyCon having closed the night of the 5th. This was the only day I was able to sit in on any panels. These panels left me with a need to finish some original projects I have been working on. The results of these projects will spill into this blog as I read some books for research and hopefully enter some of my art in a few art shows.

Some special events I missed include a screening of the film “The Last Unicorn” which I have on DVD anyway. This screening did have the Author of the book it is based on present but I did not have a copy of his book for him to sign. all the Cosplay events at FantasyCon because I was just not able to be in two places at once. All panels held on the first 3 days because I had so much to do those days.

I had a wonderful time but I spent the week after in much pain and even had a migraine so bad that the air conditioning was too loud. The migraine is why this is posted a day later than I had hoped.

Now I give you my top costume picks. One thing to note is that in order to be considered for top costumes I have to catch you in a picture so if you feel your costume was better but you never had me take your picture I am sorry. There were a few people who missed out because they did not stop for me and being in need of the walker or a cane I can’t move fast. I am also obligated by law to ask permission to use your picture.

Honorable Mention "Dead Pool in a cute hat" I know that I got you without the hat too but that one just did not make top ten even though you made a wonderful replica costume.

Honorable Mention “Dead Pool in a cute hat”
I know that I got you without the hat too but that one just did not make top ten even though you made a wonderful replica costume.

Honorable Mention "The Last Unicorn" I really loved your lights in the horn.

Honorable Mention “The Last Unicorn” I really loved your lights in the horn.

costume number 10 "The Muse"

costume number 10 “The Muse”

Costume Number 9 "Let Them Eat Cake" I know that line is a misquote but it is what I think of.

Costume Number 9 “Let Them Eat Cake” I know that line is a misquote but it is what I think of.

Costume Number 8 "Pirate In Red" Love the atittude.

Costume Number 8 “Pirate In Red” Love the attitude.

Costume Number 7 "Dead Mouse" I told you, 'You are a contender".

Costume Number 7 “Dead Mouse” I told you, ‘You are a contender”.

Costume Number 6 "Masked Lady in Blue" Love the glitter.

Costume Number 6 “Masked Lady in Blue” Love the glitter.

Costume Number 5 "Crossplay Thor and Loki" I love when women make a part their own.

Costume Number 5 “Crossplay Thor and Loki” I love when women make a part their own.

Costume Number 4 "Steam Punk Lady" There is something about this costume that just says I am a lady but I will work had too.

Costume Number 4 “Steam Punk Lady” There is something about this costume that just says I am a lady but I will work had too.

Costume Number 3 "Lethal Elf Lady" I would not cross a lady carrying a dagger so openly.

Costume Number 3 “Lethal Elf Lady” I would not cross a lady carrying a dagger so openly.

Costume Number 2 "Creatures of The Forest" these ladies are from an acting troupe and look just lovely.

Costume Number 2 “Creatures of The Forest” these ladies are from an acting troupe and look just lovely.

Costume Number 1 "Hocus Pocus" Replicas of the 3 Withches from the Disney Movie "Hocus pocus and a Cross play of the zombie from the same movie. Sorry that it's a little blurry.

Costume Number 1 “Hocus Pocus” Replicas of the 3 Witches from the Disney Movie “Hocus Pocus” and a Cross play of the zombie from the same movie. Sorry that it’s a little blurry.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and that you will read more of my blog in the future.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, Streaming TV, Orange is the new Black   Leave a comment

On the 6th of June the second season of Orange is The New Black hit Netflix for streaming. The series is produced exclusively for Netflix and has found itself to be highly popular. It is not however for children and should be classified as porn.  Not every scene involves nudity, but there are graphic depictions of almost every imaginable sexual act.  They do not hold back about the lack of privacy in a prison, including uncensored shower scenes and strip searches.  I know some people will read this and think, “Oh I have to watch that show.” just because they find that stuff to be a turn on.

I say don’t watch it for the titillation, watch it for the plot if you are going to watch it. The story lines of how all these women got into one Federal prison are interesting. The black market the smuggling of things in and out. The turf war over job stations. The corruption among the warden and the staff. Much of it is a good example of why not to get yourself tossed in “The Litch” as Litchfield Penitentiary is called by it’s residents.

In the first season we met Piper Chapman. A woman from a upper middle class white suburban family who was convinced by a former lover to carry drug money. In the Pen she encounters not only her former lover, who turned her in, but a Russian cook who runs “The Litch’s” black market from her Russian Mafia contacts on the outside. (Payed by Kate Mulgrew of Star Trek and Mrs. Culombo fame.). A Jamaican woman who killed a man for raping a young girl. An insane black girl called Crazy Eyes who tries to make Piper her prison wife. A Nun who was part of a political movement. A transgendered woman who is fighting for the right to have her hormone pills, and a Meth head who shot an abortion nurse and has gone religiously nuts just to name a few.

At the end of season one Piper is in a very nasty looking fight with Meth Head Pensetucky. No one knows if Piper is going to end up Killing her attacker in self defense or not. At the beginning of season two we find ourselves with Piper in the SHU or segregated housing unit. She has received no word if Pensetucky is alive and before she knows it she is whisked off to Chicago by US Marshal transport to conditions that are much harder than “The Litch.” She is not told why, only that there is going to be a trial. Meanwhile back at Litchfield Pensetucky comes out of the SHU to face her fellow inmates and the fact that she now has most of her teeth knocked out. The prison counselor trades Pensetucky her silance about him not stopping the fight for a set of false teeth. Red the Russian cook is now barred from the kitchen because of the exposure of her smuggling ring by a guard who was forcing her to smuggle drugs with her other contraband. Drugs that killed at least one girl last season. A woman from Tasty’s past named V comes in to stir things up with her own smuggling operation. (Tasty is a black girl who works in the prison library.) A girl by the name of Brook also stirs up some of the other inmates to a hunger strike, and finally the administration finds out that Diya is pregnant allowing them to bring rape charges against the prison guard that was caught with her in the utility closet.

There is so much more that goes on, and each episode gives you more reason to think about how your own life might have gone wrong and you could have ended up like Piper.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, App/Game, Farmville 2   Leave a comment

Farmville 2 by Zynga Games is a contrivance intended to separate fools from their money.  The first Farmville was fun to play on FaceBook until they added the notion that you needed to get materials for building your buildings and charging real money for the materials.  If you were patient enough to wait for the materials from your friends sending them as gifts you might spend a whole month trying to get a nail to finish your barn.  This need for materials also caused someone desperate enough to spam their own friends with requests for materials in a game that most of your friends did not play.  After a time I just gave up on playing the first version because I did not want to pay for virtual objects at such a high price.

I recently decided to play Farmville 2 and give it a try.  In 1 week I spent a little over $40 on FarmBucks.  Much of this was spent on baby formula for my animals. There are also so premium animals that I have bought.  These animals are nice to have because they produce more milk or eggs or wool.  Their price along with formula costs  makes them one thing I hate.  Pixels that eat.  This is a term for any virtual animal you buy which requires virtual food that you must also buy.  After they age to adulthood you can feed them from the crops you grow, but this does not excuse their real world price.  You can look at it as being no worse than splurging on candy or outright robbery.  Though it is more expensive to play Farmville 2 than World of Warcraft or have a premium account in Second Life. You also still need to buy certain building materials or wait for them as gifts if you don’t have the means to grow or make them yourself.  Though I do like the filter that lets you send requests to only the friends that play the game.

I don’t see myself continuing with the game for very long. I may like farm simulators but I would prefer one you buy on a disc and don’t have to pay any future fees to play. Like the old DOS based SimFarm game.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, Book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel   Leave a comment

‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel’ by Alan Bradly is the first book in the Flavia de Luce Series.  It introduces us to eleven year old Flavia, a very precocious young girl with a talent for chemistry and mysteries as well as a fascination for poisons.  When her father’s past lands him in jail as a murder suspect it is up to young Flavia to find the real killer. It all begins with a very rare stamp stolen just before the death of one of her father’s teachers when he was a school boy.  The intrigue will get Flavia into one dangerous situation after another until she finds the truth.

I found the character of Flavia to be delightful. I also found the rivalry between Flavia and her older sisters to be completely believable. The small English village that Flavia lives in is quaint and full of Characters that are easy to relate with. The final answer to who the murder is was well thought out. It does leave one with a desire for more and there are now several books in the series available for kindle.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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Poet At Large Reviews, Childrens Books, The Strength of Wild Horses   Leave a comment

I usually review books intended for older readers but some times you come across a series meant for young kids that you wish was written when you were in Elementary School.  ‘The Strength of Wild Horse’ is the sequel to the 2008 book ‘Hold on to your Horses’. Both books are written by Sandra Tayler and illustrated by Angela Call.  The books are about a young girl named Amy who has ideas that are like wild horses and being young she has not yet learned the restraint to keep her ideas from running away with her.  In the first book ‘Hold on to Your Horses’ Amy learns something about leading her ideas instead of letting them lead her.  This is a stage in life that all young children must go through.

In the second book she learns to use her ideas to help those around her, like her older sister Kari. Kari has a terrible time trying to take care of Amy and their Baby brother while their parents are out one evening.  Just when Kari thinks nothing can go right Amy and her wild ideas save the day.  The books are filled with wonderful pictures that will take your breath away and sage advice that can be enjoyed by both young and old.  These books can be ordered by going to and going into the Schlock Store. While you are there I suggest that you look for Sandra’s books “Cobble Stones 2011′ and ‘Cobble Stones 2012’ these books of essays selected from Sandra’s blog ‘One Cobble at a Time’ are very uplifting for adults to read.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

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