Now Reading Memoir: The Art of Leaving

Self blasted through the post-Alexander Grin stories in The Big Book of Classic Fantasy and skipped the final story, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Now she’s reading a memoir about growing up Yemeni in Tel Aviv (a city self visited years ago), The Art of Leaving. Someone whose reading taste is impeccable recommended this book to self.

  • On our west, down the eternally jammed Jabotinsky Road, is Tel Aviv, the big city with its narrow streets and white sand beaches and the promise of the world beyond its shores. Airplanes circle above us like hungry seagulls before landing, and sometimes warplanes zoom by on their way north of the border. The war is far away, but we can see it written on the grown-ups’ faces: the tension in their cheeks, the groove between the eyebrows. We can hear it in the music played on the radio, beautiful songs in minor keys about death and the land that fill us with sweet sadness.

Stay cool, dear blog readers. Stay cool.

Pull Up a Seat Photo Challenge 2021, Week # 32

Here is another fun challenge, Xingfu Mama’s Pull Up a Seat.

Self was just in Carmel, so she will share a picture she took of a secluded backyard. They have amazing gardens there: tiny, most of them, but full of quirky, unexpected touches:

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 6: Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden

Still playing catch-up!

This challenge is co-hosted by Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao, and it is one of her favorites.

Today, self shares her photos of the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden, on Highway 1 between Mendocino and Fort Bragg.

Start your walk here.

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Thursday Trios Challenge: Concerts are Back!

This is self’s entry for Mama Cormier’s Thursday Trios.

Two nights ago, she and a friend attended a free concert in Stafford Park. The series was suspended last year, this year it’s back with a vengeance. The day before, a mask mandate had been issued for all San Francisco Bay Area counties, whether you were vaccinated or un-vaccinated. No one was thinking of that — it was summer, people were dancing to “September” and other Motown hits. The weather was perfect, the Optimist Club was there, selling hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, and soda. The energy was infectious.

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