WIGLEAF 2012: “Stonehenge/Pacifica”

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California, Winter 2016: Mendocino Headlands

Many stories behind this story.

Self actually did have the dream mentioned in it.

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It was a dream I had, some restless night. One of those weeks or months or years when we were worried about money.

But when were we ever not worried?

First there was the mortgage, and then the two.

And then your mother got sick, and then your father died.

 

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Start With ‘P’ At Least Five Letters

Another Fun Foto Challenge from Cee Neuner!

  • Think of a word starting with the letter P that has at least five letters.

Self’s word for this Foto Challenge is

PRETTY

She took this picture at son’s wedding, this past October. His bride is Jennie. Self loves this shot.

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14 October 2017: A VERY VERY SPECIAL DAY

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

#amreading: Kelly Creighton

My mother wants a girl, I said, but I know it’s a boy, all the trouble he’s given me.

— “Bank Holiday Hurricane,” the title story of Kelly Creighton’s short story collection

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Work-In-Progress: Memory

After I had stolen my mother’s Chopard diamond earrings, the ones my father had given her for their 20th wedding anniversary, I didn’t know what to do. I ended up far from home, on an island clear across the ocean. I found a thatched hut on a narrow beach. Every morning, I heard fishermen pull their boats up on the shore. People would appear and haggle over fish with snub heads, and fish shaped like half-moons and long, silvery fish that looked like sardines, only 10 times bigger.

I was going to do something, but I didn’t know what. I felt brave.

#amreading: DO NO HARM, by Henry Marsh

Self is behind her Goodreads reading challenge: she set herself a challenge of reading 30 books in 2017. So far, she’s read 22.

Of the books she’s read so far in 2017, her favorites are:

  • Waterloo, the History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles, by Bernard Cornwall (read in August)
  • Barbarian Days, by New Yorker writer and avid ex-surfer William Finnegan (started mid-June, finished mid-July)
  • This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison (read this in the first half of June)
  • The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, by Rinker Buck (read this in May, in — of all places — Paris)
  • Montcalm and Wolfe: The Decline and Fall of the French Empire in North America, by Francis Parkman (started mid-February, finished a month later)

The book she is currently reading, Do No Harm, by English neurosurgeon Henry Marsh, is pretty fascinating and may well move into her list of favorites by the time she’s finished. It’s her first medical memoir in a long time. She used to read nothing but: Atul Gawande, Jeremy Toobin, Oliver Sacks, Irwin Yalom, Abraham Verghese, Jerome Groopman. Her interest in this field started in 1991, when her only sister passed away suddenly in a New York hospital on the Upper East Side, Lenox Hill.

Marsh is very, very good at describing not just the technical aspects of brain surgery, but the emotional aspects as well:

“Anxiety might be contagious, but confidence is also contagious, and as I walked to the hospital car park I felt buoyed up by my patients’ trust.” — pp. 22 – 23

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Needs To Have the Letter ‘K’ Anywhere In the Word

Self adores Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenges: especially the ones on letters of the alphabet.

The current Fun Foto Challenge is for the Letter ‘K.’

Self’s word: SOCKS

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Self collects socks: These are from Albuquerque, New Mexico, where son Andrew and his fiancée Jennie were married, on Oct. 14.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

More Rounded: Still Albuquerque

More pictures from the fabulous Albuquerque trip self took, to attend son’s wedding, two weeks ago:

One of her first stops (post-wedding) was the Albuquerque Museum of Art.

Below, pieces by Jorge de Rivera (born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1904, died New York City, 1985) and Paul Sarkisian, current Artist-in-Residence

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Jorge de Rivera, Albuquerque Museum of Art

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Paul Sarkisian, Artist in Residence, Albuquerque Museum of Art

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Garden Wedding (Son and Jennie’s) in Albuquerque Hotel, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

ROUNDED: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 25 October 2017

Hello, curves.

— Ben Huberman, The Daily Post

Self’s son was married 14 October this year, in Albuquerque.

She nearly didn’t get to attend because the northern California wildfires grounded her United Airlines flight to Albuquerque from SF, two days in a row.

She finally flew to LAX, then got an American Airlines flight to Albuquerque. She arrived on the next-to-the-last day of the Hot Air Balloon Festival.

If she’d only managed to wake up at dawn, she’d have caught hundreds of balloons in the air, clearly visible from her hotel rooftop.

But she was exhausted. She was still able to catch a few stragglers:

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Albuquerque, New Mexico: October 2017

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Albuquerque, Still October 2017

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Albuquerque: Gorgeous, October 2017

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

PERSONAL HEROES: FIREFIGHTERS OF CALIFORNIA

Trump is rather disinterested in the raging wildfires that have wrought havoc on Northern California.

Fires started over a week ago.

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Thursday, 12 October, was cancelled due to “weather.”

Self’s flight to Albuquerque on Friday, 13 October, was cancelled again due to “weather.”

Self learned from another passenger in the SFO United terminal that the cancellations began on Wednesday.

Son’s wedding was on Saturday, 14 October.

The only thing that saved her was: another of son’s friends, Alex Case, was in the United terminal, scheduled for the same 11 a.m. flight to Albuquerque. Somehow, we found each other (first sighting since son’s high school graduation and Alex had grown at least two feet), found an American Airlines flight to LAX, and then got another flight from there to Albuquerque, finally arriving 8:30 p.m., missing the rehearsal dinner.

But: she made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding! She made her son’s wedding!

Last night, she flew back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Her seatmate said, “There’s still smoke.” We looked out at the darkness. Above the twinkling lights of the city was an area that was a different pall. And self thought: the firemen have been fighting since the fires started, over a week ago now. And the fires have only just started being contained.

Each fireman deserves a medal. A big fat gold medal.

Stay tuned.

Share Your World: 16 October 2017

How SYW (Share Your World) Works:

Create your post answering the four questions below, then post a link to Cee Neuner’s blog in the comment box.

  1. If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
  2. What color would you like your bedroom to be?
  3. What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.
  4. What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Here are self’s answers:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

The Philippines, since I grew up there.

England, because I adore theatre and everything related to. And because it’s an easy hop from there to my other favorite country: Ireland.

What color would you like your bedroom to be?

A deep red. The kind I first saw in Edinburgh, in 2012.

What makes you happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

  • Discovering new places
  • Visiting museums
  • Being with son, his wife Jennie, and their friends
  • Writing
  • Reading a good book
  • Looking at flowers

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?

Eating Bone Marrow Tapas at Mas Tapas y Vino on 2nd in downtown Albuquerque.

Haven’t had bone marrow in soooo long. Self loved it growing up in the Philippines.

 

 

 

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