An all-weather book

Just finished A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn and LOVED it. So beautifully written — and her characters, too. Smiled and smiled and smiled, the whole way through. Great summer, rainy, snowy, blustery day reading. This is the first book of Raybourn’s I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last.

Let me know what you’re reading.

Every season is 1 for the books

“That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”
― Aphra Behn, The Lucky Chance, Or, the Alderman’s Bargain

He’s a storyteller

Brings Jack London to mind. A gem. Ride the Giant Wolf by Robert Wahl.

You get it, I know you do

Books are great — and used books even greater because they have stories beyond the ones they present. I know you get that.

Sometimes I buy my books from — used books that are saved from landfills. In fact, used books are my favorite gifts to give. Love multiplied.

Storytellers keep me smiling.




Of books and men

John Irving’s “A Widow for One Year” is so beautifully written. Didn’t love it, though. Won’t elaborate. I do recommend it because he is a master storyteller.

Not much sleep last night. Still, when my feet hit the floor this morning and I saw my shiny pink toenails all sparkling and bright, I knew it would be a good day.

Reading in Canada

I was at my favorite place in Canada for two weeks this summer. The first week, I was by myself and read one book a day. One of my favorites was The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart. Marvelous story. And, there’s something wonderful about reading Canadian authors while in Canada.

The second week, friends from Wisconsin and southern Ohio joined me. We read, kayaked, swam, picked wild strawberries and blueberries, did puzzles, hiked, watched the water from the spacious and lovely porch, made good dinners, and visited with each other.

Different dynamic both weeks. And, both weeks, equally lovely.

It’s an honor

A woman asked me yesterday to consider helping prepare her book for publication. She is familiar with my work, so it is quite lovely to have been asked to review her material.

I will review it, then follow my instincts and heart. Am thinking, though, that the story is so compelling, I’m already on board.

I’m twitterpated

OK, so I’m convinced. I’ve been on Facebook for two years, ignoring it completely until pretty recently. And, you know, it really is a Very Cool Thing to reconnect.

High school friends and acquaintances, college and work pals — if you’ve been through a couple of reincarnations, you’ve got people out there you’ve not seen for a while.

For me, there’s family, high school, swim team, college, the Forest Service, a law book publisher, a magazine publisher, graduate school, freelance work, a newspaper, more freelance work, a book publishing workshop, a TV station. I am really enjoying the pings I’m getting from different aspects of my life. It’s putting them all together on Facebook that’s kind of weird. Indeed, I’m sure there are PhD candidates doing dissertations on the sociological implications of Facebook facetime.

Let’ em. I’m having fun reconnecting.