Celebrate summer with me….

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My next library haul

When I was little I spent a large part of every summer reading.  My sister and I would ride our bikes to the nearest library and load up our baskets with enough books for a week of reading.  We’d bike home, fight over the porch lounge chair or the hammock, and read our afternoons away. My children, who each had a library card within weeks of being born, also participated in summer reading programs until they reached high school and their assigned summer reading assignments took over.

I continue to be a huge library user and supporter and generally utilize the online search and hold services to assemble a week or two worth of reading material.  Imagine my surprise when I stopped by to pick up my book holds and realized that the summer reading club had started, featuring a club for children AND adults!

The program runs from May 14th through August 3rd and the goal is read 600 minutes. Not to brag, but I read 600 minutes in the first week, and am currently up to 4000 minutes and counting.  There are also incentives for posting on social media (check), reading to someone (check) and making a recipe from a cookbook (check, check and check).  I’ve already earned a mug and a $10 gift card and hope to have enough minutes to ‘win’ a book donation in my name when the program ends.  Here’s what I’ve read so far…

Feel Free – Zadie Smith  |  Sing Unburied Sing – Jesamyn Ward  |  God Bless You Mr. Kervorkian – Kurt Vonnegut  |  Miller’s Valley – Anna Quindlen  |  The Wife Between Us – Greer Hendricks  |  While Mortals Sleep – Kurt Vonnegut   |   Eternal Life: A Novel – Dora Horn  |  Green: A Novel – Sam Graham-Felsen   |  Lullaby Road: A Novel – James Anderson  |  The Nothing – Hanif Kureshi  |  The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis – Joan E. DeJoan  |  King Zero – Nathaniel Rich  |  Surprise Me: A Novel – Sophie Kinsella  |  The Interestings – Med Wolitzer  |  The Monk of Mokha – Dave Eggers

*Celebrate Summer  – Marc Bolan

They make their living off of arts and crafts…

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Life has kept me pretty busy lately, leaving little time for creativity (or posts).  That said, I happened to pass a local Markets for Makers event at Track One in Nashville’s Chestnut Hill area a few weeks ago and thought you might like to check it out too… Continue reading “They make their living off of arts and crafts…”

You can’t always get what you want…

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Apres’ Lotion  |   Turkish Towels  |  Swimsuit  |  Palazzo Pants  |  Nail Polish  |  Earrings  |  Sunglasses  |  Sandal  |   Perfume  |  Beach Tote

Last week I was in a shopping mood so I headed out to Nordstrom’s.  I left the store empty handed, feeling saddened and disenfranchised and vowing to write to the CEO.  Why?… Continue reading “You can’t always get what you want…”

5-25 Ephemera

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To read or not to read? That IS the question

The weekend is here and most of us are looking at a three-day holiday on account on Memorial Day (aka: the start of summer).  I am looking forward to a few leisurely days spent cooking, gardening, working on long-ignored embroidery and painting projects and wasting some time surfing the web.  Here are a few things I’ve recently stumbled upon that might help you waste some time too…

  • The Great American Read asks how many of the top 100 you’ve read (the books I’ve read are highlighted) and lets you vote on your favorites. PBS – we seriously need to discuss 50 Shades of Grey and great in the same sentence!
  • Ever wonder how the whole 4-20 thing got started?  My money is on the Waldo theory.
  • The ultimate groupie reminisces about rocker love and lust in the 70’s
  • Mr. Boddington makes me want to write long letters to my favorite peeps while sipping a mint julep
  • Doesn’t this dessert look yummy? I’ll let you know next week since I plan on trying the recipe this weekend.

Hope you all have a great opening summer weekend doing whatever you like to do with whomever you like to do it with!

 

 

 

 

Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…

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Entering the Chapel

I came down with a serious case of RWF (Royal Wedding Fever) this weekend and am only now recovering.  Did you tune in to watch Megan marry Harry? I could not bring myself to get up at the crack of dawn to watch live but have spent a LOT of my free time since Saturday looking at all of the pictures and video of the event and am still captivated by each image from the ceremony, all of which show the radiant couple beaming with joy and love… Continue reading “Going to the chapel and we’re gonna get married…”

You got the silver…

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Time for Silver Shoes

I am beyond OBSESSED with silver shoes right now!  It all started when I impulsively purchased #3 one dreary day during lunch.  I wore the shoes almost immediately and every time I looked down to admire my new purchase I smiled with shoe happiness.  There is no bad time to sport a silver shoe, although my personal favorite is at night after a day at the beach and accessorized with the perfect slip dress, silver jewelry and a fresh pedicure!

Since my first silver shoe purchase I have acquired #5 with plans to add #4 to my collection next payday.  I am also coveting #12 and #14 but those shoes may be mine in dreams only, since I live a decidedly non-12/14 lifestyle.  How about you?  Which number – or numbers – speaks to you?  I’d love to know…

12  |  3 |  45  | 67  |  8  |  9  |  10  |  11  |  12  |  13  |  14  
*You Got The Silver – Keith Richards

Hey mama….

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I really believe that all mom’s try their very best but it is such a tough, all-consuming, unselfish and demanding job that it can occasionally – or permanently – overwhelm even the strongest amongst us.  Some would argue Mother’s Day is a ‘Hallmark holiday’ but who really cares?  If it reminds us to take a few minutes out of our increasingly self-absorbed lives to reach out to a woman (or man)  who gave you unlimited love, unstinting encouragement and ever-constant support to make you the person you are today then it can’t be all bad.  To all the mom’s I know – whether biological, adoptive, step, or foster – thank you and here’s wishing you a day full of laughter and love this Mother’s Day!

*Hey Mama – Kanye West

Who are you? Who, who…

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Ashley Mintz ‘Express Yourself’  (Acrylic on Wood)

It was my pleasure to help Nashville artist Ashley Mintz hold a series of workshops this past winter and early spring, which culminated in the April 20th opening reception for her ‘Who Am I?’ project… Continue reading “Who are you? Who, who…”

Lavender blue dilly dilly…

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Lavender Love

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th. You could wait until May 12th to get your mom a gift, or you could take inspiration from 2018’s ‘color of the year’ and get your mom something  uniquely lavender before her big day.   You and I both know what your mom really wants is a few minutes of your time, hearing about your life and maybe sneaking in a hug or three if she’s lucky! That said, it never hurts to ensure you remain her favorite by gifting her a little something something that say’s ‘thanks’.

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*Lavender Blue – Sammy Turner

Everywhere around the world…

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Being a voracious reader with almost no topic boundaries I am an indiscriminate reader of books from any country in the world.  It started many years ago with Russian and Spanish authors, before I branched out to include middle Europe, African and Asian writers, and in the last ten years Middle Eastern autobiographies and fiction.

Amazingly, I am drawn to the same sorts of ‘foreign’ as ‘American’ stories regardless of the author’s nationality: anything about the quest for freedom, education, family, and/or love keeps me engaged and invested in the plot. Turns out, these universal themes have persisted and prevailed over thousands of years, in fable, fiction and fact.

Along with comedy and music I believe books to be our greatest unifiers.  We really aren’t that different although the details of our individual experiences can be staggeringly unique.  On this, 2018 World Book Day (#worldbookday), do yourself a favor and pick up a book about someone in China, Ecuador, Iraq, Botswana, or one of the other 191 countries that make up humanity – you may be surprised at how much you have in common with someone on the other side of the world!

*Dancing in the Streets – David Bowie & Mick Jagger