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My flamenco teacher put me onto the writing of Franklin Habit, Knitting columnist, and I laughed to the point of tears and I don’t even knit (yet). If you need to be happy today, try this out: https://www.moderndailyknitting.com/2022/01/10/a-letter-from-paris-pecked-in-paris/. And there is more where that came from! I’m even reading his knitting book reviews. That’s how entertaining he is!
Oh Crossfox, I’ve been thinking of you lately because I saw a cool Christmas tree in Cambridge in our home state. It was created entirely from upside down bushel baskets and decorated with repurposed items. It was beautiful! I wish that kind of beauty for you–that which was worn, will become new and something beautiful–your new life, your new health, and your new furry friend–May all of these things give you joy! Here is a quote from Dickens that seems timely in every way for all of us :“It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” Merry Christmas to all of you! I’m grateful for you!
I get everything you are saying. I felt “forced” on social media with my Anne Boleyn book and though I love the community aspect (fellow history geeks), it is a hole for sure and I miss the quiet of this spot right here.
Nextdoor is bedlam. An eloquent post which suggested we respect each other was voted “disprespectful” by one moderator but the rest voted to keep it up.
Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from the madding crowd.
Crossfox, I envision you in a scene like one in a “Wonder Woman” movie and you are determinedly walking away, jaw set and victorious, while stuff is blowing up in the background — cut to scene: it’s a quiet coffee shop. You are with friends, talking about your favorite books, and laughing… 🙂
I hope you are having a wonderful time in Atlanta. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a good feeling about “The Russian Cage!” I’m right here in Atlanta and as much fun as it would be to attend, I have a lot of mom-sponsibilities with school starting, renovating old plumbing (!) but also some Labor Day fun with the whole family attending the first Georgia Tech football game tonight and going together on a whitewater rafting trip tomorrow! But I hope it goes really well and that we hear some good news. Either way, you know we all love what you do and nothing can change that 🙂
Thank you, Ms C. I will. And I’d like to second what you said to Big Mama. <3
My parents live in Maryland and my family and I live in Georgia. I feel the miles more and more. I’m sorry to hear about everyone’s loss. My father-in-law just passed away on March 22. He was 97. Sometimes I wish we did have a picture page on here. He was in the Air Force in WWII–a navigator on a B-24. I love the image we have of him from then. Last year I introduced him to the Mary Russell series by Laurie R.King and he read them ALL –enjoyed every page. They gave him great pleasure this past year!
Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve been on–so sorry to hear about the vaccine trouble for you both, Big Mama and Ms. C–glad you are both better, now! I’ve had my head down researching Anne Boleyn’s early life. I’ve greatly enjoyed it. It’s for an ebook I was asked to do for an event on May 19 (the date of her execution). In my reading, I learned more about Marguerite de Navarre of France. She was the sister of Francis I, King of France in the 16th c,and given the moniker, “The First Modern Woman” by her early 20th c biographer. She was truly fascinating. Among her accomplishments was her “Heptameron.” It is a collection of over 70 short stories. I look forward to reading more about her. I just purchased two very old books–one is her Heptameron, which appears to be over a hundred years old but somewhere in there it belonged to someone named Mariann in Trenton, NJ. I wonder what Mariann thought of it? And a 1936 copy of Marguerite’s biography by Samuel Putnam. I love these old books! And I didn’t break the bank. Together they were less than buying two hardbacks in a bookstore today. And yes, I love how they smell…Here’s to old books and surviving our vaccines!
Just sat down with some hot chocolate and Susan Hill’s “The Mist in the Mirror” :)))
Thank you Ms. C and Big Mama. The poem is based on a day my sister took her teenage children on an outing to the beach. My nephew loves collecting sea glass. They sent a picture of my niece holding it and she looked enchanted, like a mermaid.
I knew everyone here would understand my relief and the shared words (and belief in mermaids;) )
And I love my Sookie Stackhouse Companion; double fun to know I have something you contributed to, Big Mama!:)
In keeping with all things “off topic,” this is a bit random, but I looked for this poem for about 7 hours today, deep in the bowels of my Macbook air. My younger son had to do a “free verse” poem for school and I wanted to share some of mine. Imagine my devastation when I believed them all lost. I cried when I found them. I said to my older son, later, “I found the poems!”
“I know, I heard you mom” (hug) ” ‘I found the poems! I found the poems!'” (mimicking my voice through his laughter) “I’m happy for you mom. I love you.”
Meanwhile,’not sure what was better: finding the poems or having my fourteen year old’s imitation of me, his laughter and hug. Here is one of “the poems!”
by R. Monet
I think he probably walked the beach slowly,
But not exactly methodically;
Then bent over each find like a sandpiper once still,
Spying his dinner;
Dark eye again poised.
He gave them to his sister,
(that much I do know).
They turned her hair indigo;
Hand splayed out like the inner pearl of oyster shells,
Dappled with gems of green and blue.
The pleasure is mine. I am in good company and I’m grateful for the kindred spirits here 🙂
As we wait for “The Russian Cage” at the end of February and talk about fav books in 2020, I’ll add I’ve been into a lot of historical fiction lately. But my worlds converged with “Le Temps Viendra” by Sarah Morris–mixing the historical Anne Boleyn with a time traveling modern day heroine.
Big Mama- So glad you’re half way there!!
I thought I’d share the link to a very interesting episode of my favorite podcast (“Talking Tudors”). You can find it on itunes. It’s Episode 90 and entitled “Early Modern Women & Book Ownership with Martine van Elk”
Dr.van Elk mentions Margaret Lucas Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623 – 15 December 1673) who wrote science fiction and utopian fiction! After I listened to the podcast, I really enjoyed googling more about her. She seems ahead of her time!
I can’t believe it has only been a year since I met Ms C in Birmingham on her book signing tour.I drove from Atlanta with my flamenco teacher (who is like a second mom to me. It was such a fun road trip together!) It feels like ten years ago–this year has been interminable…but here we are! We’ve popped through the other side!
Oh my gooooodneeeessss!! I’m so glad you all have come through on the other side!! In a weird way, you have nothing to fear now! You all have faced it down!
Thanks, Crossfox! A big ditto on that! 🙂
Thank you, Dawn 🙂