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.

More Rule of Thirds: Elk, California

The prompt: “Focus closely on your subject and use a wide aperture.”

The View From Elk, CA

The View From Elk, CA

More of Elk, California

More of Elk, California

And still more of Elk, California

And still more of Elk, California

Symmetry 3: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is Symmetry.

So, here are some examples of symmetry (which, for the purposes of this post, will include repetition):

Is this not a very very fine lunch? Yesterday, on the way back to Mendocino.

Is this not a very very fine lunch? Yesterday, on the way back to Mendocino.

The symmetrical hills! This is from Navarro Winery on Route 128.

The symmetrical hills! This is from Navarro Winery on Route 128.

The Navarro Winery's most famous product is its Gewurztraminer.

The Navarro Winery’s most famous product is its Gewurztraminer. Someone told her that.

Sorry for the third picture being a tad repetitious, but believe it or not it was snapped at a different moment, so it has its own unique identity.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Symmetry 2: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Symmetry (noun): the quality of something that has two sides or halves that are the same or very close in size, shape and position; the quality of having symmetrical parts.

California Route 128 West, near Navarro

California Route 128 West, near Navarro

Route 128: This looks like more of the same shot, but self assures you it isn't.

Route 128: This looks like more of the same shot, but self assures you it isn’t.

Last Shot (At this point, dear blog readers may well be saying to one another, Hurrah) of Route 128 West near Navarro

Last Shot (At this point, dear blog readers may well be saying to one another, Hurrah) of Route 128 West near Navarro

Those trees are magnificent, aren’t they? Self remembers reading somewhere that the oldest living thing on Earth is a sequoia tree which is in Sequoia National Park. It has survived — OK, self will live for danger — 1,000 years, at least. Self thinks.

Stay tuned.

 

Heartbreaking: Colm Toibin

Self is just a few pages from the end of Brooklyn.  This is truly a great novel. Self’s heart aches for Eilis, the young Irish woman whose story this is.

SPOILER ALERT

She’s emigrated to New York but returns to Ireland for the funeral of her sister, who died suddenly of a heart condition. Apparently, the world is such a small place. Her doings in Brooklyn have already circulated in the Irish town she is from, chief among which is the fact that she’s begun dating an Italian American.

“Oh, don’t try and fool me!” Miss Kelly said. “You can fool most people, but you can’t fool me.”

“I am sure I would not like to fool anyone,” Eilis said.

“Is that right, Miss Lacey? If that’s what your name is now.

“What do you mean?”

“She told me the whole thing. The world, as the man says, is a very small place.”

Eilis, who up to then had been vaccilating about whether to return to New York, and who was starting to see a local man, immediately books passage and starts packing (and in the meantime, self’s heart is breaking into a million little pieces).

A few times after the hours that followed she was tempted to carry up a tray with tea and biscuits or sandwiches to her mother; her mother’s door remained closed and there was not a sound from the room.

Apparently, Eilis’s mother, too, had heard.

Naturally, Eilis is shunned by everyone.  Self quite understands why Eilis can no longer stay in Ireland, but feels terrible on her behalf.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

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