Afloat 4: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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Self went to the Walker Art Center today. It was a beautiful day — warm! When she was reaching for her wallet to pay the entrance fee, the woman stopped her and said people attending the AWP writing conference received free museum admission.

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Unfortunately, she doesn’t know the name of the artist who was responsible for this particular installation. She’ll look through the Walker Art Center website when she has a little more time.

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Look carefully: each bubble has a different design.

Robert Motherwell, "Untitled"

Robert Motherwell, “Untitled”

Self took a picture of this Motherwell painting because it really does seem to float out from the white wall. There is something so inscrutable about Motherwell’s paintings. It’s as if he’s constantly challenging the viewers to say: “What’s this about?” Motherwell cheekily left a corner of the painting white.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Poetry Sunday

This one’s from the March/ April 2015 issue of  Boston Review. They were handing free copies out at the Book Fair yesterday.

Building a Joke (an excerpt)

 by David Hernandez

In the season before trees begin
their ritual of swapping green for rust,
a DC-9 airliner and Cessna
collided over the city where I grew up.
This isn’t funny, but comedians will tell you
laughter is possible with any tragedy
if one waits long enough, time
and timing are key. It’s been 27 years
since I stood alone in the backyard
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Looking at storySouth

storySouth is one of those on-line e-zines that published one of my stories (a long one) several years ago, and that I’ve continued to read with delight.

Here’s an excerpt from the story by James Pate, In the Desert:

The next afternoon, I started cooking. I had been laid off from the Catholic high school where I’d been teaching music for spitting in the face of one of the richboy students after he had made a snide remark about my weight in the school parking lot. Since then, I was the one who cleaned and cooked and did the shopping. I didn’t mind — cooking had been a big thing with me since I was a kid, when my mom had taught me the recipes she remembered from growing up in South Carolina — but it was starting to get irritating when Ruthie came home. She would be all awake and talkative from working at the cafe she was part owner of in the Pinch District.

And a soliloquy:

The nearest other house was a forty-minute walk and you couldn’t see it from my place — not even when it was bright outside. So at night, it would really begin to feel as if you were the last person on earth. I think if I’d been living alone out there the entire time, I’d have gone crazy.

Love the scenes in this story, the characters are so well-drawn and the dialogue is so smart.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Blur 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

A throwaway shot, or purposely unfocused? This week, find beauty in a blur.

—  The Daily Post Photo Challenge

Driving to Elk with Joel and Bunny:  January 2015

Driving to Elk with Joel and Bunny: January 2015. Bunny was at the wheel.

Self's apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Self’s apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Winter Afternoon, Self's Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Winter Afternoon, Self’s Apartment at the Mendocino Art Center

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Poem-In-Progress Self Wrote on Twitter

Self has no idea what #PoemCrawl is. But in no way, shape or form did this prevent her from tweeting a nondescript poem last night. It goes:

An island. Notes written on an island.

An island big enough for games.

Where the death of Jesus sounds like today’s headlines.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Ephemera 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Today is the day of the Author Meet-and-Greet at Gallery Bookshop in Mendocino. The weather is gorgeous.

Everything changes. The theme of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is EPHEMERA.

“Consider and appreciate now, before now evaporates and becomes then.

In the spirit of the theme, self’s post will comprise a series of moments.

Flowers in the Garden of the Mendocino Café: Self has these growing in her backyard, as well.

Flowers in the Garden of the Mendocino Café: Self has these growing in her backyard, as well.

Early morning or early evening, one of the two: March 2015, Mendocino

Early morning or early evening, one of the two: March 2015, Mendocino

To think, only a week ago, self was in New Bedford, MA, occupying the room of a friend’s child, one with a serious attachment to Harry Potter.

The Bedroom of a Harry Potter Fan

The Bedroom of a Serious Harry Potter Fan, in New Bedford, MA

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Fresh 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Spring is beginning slowly to appear . . .

The WordPress Daily Post

Spring means the opening of the farmers markets. Redwood City’s is right across the railway tracks from Peet’s. Self took these pictures last year:

Redwood City Farmers Market: Saturdays throughout spring and summer

Redwood City Farmers Market: Saturdays throughout spring and summer

The fresh flowers are gorgeous:

More flowers at the Redwood City Farmers Market

More flowers at the Redwood City Farmers Market

Self loves sunflowers:

Self can never have enough sunflowers.

Self can never have enough sunflowers.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Orange 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Laundry Day! Which meant self had to bring some books downstairs with her, to read while she waited for her clothes to dry.

The book she chose today was The Annotated Brothers Grimm, edited with a preface and notes by Maria Tatar.

The illustrations in this book are simply gorgeous.

Since this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ORANGE, self decided to take pictures of the illustrations that had the warmest orange glow:

Maxfield Parrish illustration of Sleeping Beauty, published in a 1912 issue of Collier's Magazine

Maxfield Parrish illustration of Sleeping Beauty, published in a 1912 issue of Collier’s Magazine

Warwick Goble, Illustration for The Six Swans: "The Queen cast spells on six shirts and threw them over the six boys, who were instantly transformed into wild swans . . . "

Warwick Goble, Illustration for The Six Swans: “The Queen cast spells on six shirts and threw them over the six boys, who were instantly transformed into wild swans . . . “

Warwick Goble, Illustration for Little Red Riding Hood

Warwick Goble, Illustration for Little Red Riding Hood

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Roberto Bolaño: 2666

As they left the airport, the three of them noticed how bright it was in Sonora. It was as if the light were buried in the Pacific Ocean, producing an enormous curvature of space. It made a person hungry to travel in that light, although also, and maybe more insistently, thought Norton, it made you want to bear your hunger until the end.

2666, pp. 110 -111

 

Surrounding Oneself with Positive Images Is Very Rewarding

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is: REWARD.

Here’s a reward: being able to smell the flowers!

Beautiful Arrangement! Saw this today.

Beautiful Arrangement! Saw this today.

Wider-Angle View of Same

Wider-Angle View of Same

Self was able to cross off one of the items on her list of things to do before she leaves Mendocino: She finally experienced the excellence of breakfast at Queenie’s Road House in Elk (It closes every winter but re-opened a few weeks ago). She had strawberry waffles.

Queenie’s is definitely where the locals hang out: it was crowded. Thankfully, there was room for a solitary diner.

If your destination isn't on this signpost, change it for one of these (Seen on the side of the road in Elk, CA)

If your destination isn’t on this signpost, change it for one of these (Seen on the side of the road in Elk, CA)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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