One Word Sunday Challenge: CLOSED

Sunday, 19 September 2021 Theme: CLOSED.

Love Travel with Intent’s gallery of the old Berlin Tempelhof Airport (closed in 2008).

Decided to post a few from the archives:

Cal Shakes’s Philippa Kelly waits on the stage of Bruns Amphitheatre to begin the post-play discussion of The Winter’s Tale. It was Cal Shakes’s first live production in two years (Last season was wiped because of the pandemic)

Century 20, Downtown Redwood City, September 2020: The theater re-opened on a limited basis after being shut down in March. I made myself a home version of a Hazmat suit and saw Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet.”

East London, near Spitalfields Market, November 2019

Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) # 9: Three Sides of a Kiosk

Yet another great Photo Challenge, co-hosted by the fabulous Cee Neuner and Marsha Ingrao.

Self still playing catch-up (The Challenge is now up to Week 12).

Today, self is focusing on the kiosk just outside the Redwood City Public Library. Each side depicts a different scene. This is also an appreciation post for public libraries — books kept her sane during the pandemic. And they will carry her through the coming fall and winter’s uncertainties.

  • Side 1:
  • The Front:
  • The Other Side:

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 161: FEET AND SHOES

Wow, this is such an interesting challenge. FEET AND SHOES! Self hasn’t taken any pictures of feet and shoes lately, has she?

Nevertheless, she obligingly starts going through her archives and here is what she found:

Wednesday Music Concert, Stafford Park, Redwood City

Instead of a Picnic Blanket, Banig (Woven Mat from the Philippines)!

One of her Favorite Reads, So Far 2021

April 11 BRIGHT SQUARES: Libraries Are Life

The Squares Challenge is fun, fun, fun, fun. Read more about it from the host, Becky at The Life of B.

For the month of April, the challenge is to post BRIGHT Squares.

These are a few more library pictures from yesterday, and a picture of one of the books self checked out:

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

April 10 BRIGHT SQUARES

For today’s BRIGHT SQUARES (See more about this photo challenge, hosted by Becky on her blog, The Life of B), self went to her local library and took pictures of the murals painted on the kiosk next to the main entrance (where there are/were vending machines). They’re giving out lettuce and basil seeds — you pick!. There’s a reflection of me on the glass, taking pictures, LOL!

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Angela Nishimoto’s “Sex Education: A Tragicomedy, Part II” in ms aligned 3, edited by Rebecca Thomas

ms aligned 3 is a collaboration between El Léon Literary Arts (Berkeley, CA) and Manoa Books, Hawai’i. More information can be found here.

Upcoming Online Event: Redwood City Library Reading, Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Register here.

“Daniel attempted to lead me; I tried to lead him. We struggled. I pushed him on the shoulder; he pushed me back. I kicked him in the shin. Hunching, he grabbed my right hand in both of his and bit me hard.”

— Excerpt from Angela Nishimoto’s “Sex Education: A Tragicomedy, Part II” in ms aligned 3

Online Reading for MsAligned 3, Hosted by Redwood City Library: Thursday, 25 February, 5:30 pm

Dear blog readers:

Here’s your chance to listen to some of the contributors to Ms Aligned 3: Women Writing About Men!

Online reading February 25 for the Redwood City Library, 5:30 p.m. – 6:45.

Here are just a few of the lovely authors who will be reading:

Pat Matsueda (Series Editor) * Lillian Howan * Donna Lee Miele * Angela Nishimoto * Cassandra Lane * Jill McCabe Johnson * Rachel King * Ryan Nicole Granados * Grace Loh Prasad

America After George Floyd

As self told one young man on Twitter: This is your moment. Better not waste it.

I won’t, he said.

(In his very next tweet he called Joe Biden an “Andrew Jackson Democrat” and she was so confused but didn’t have time to figure out what he meant so she blocked him)

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge # 105: SPRING

It’s summer, but the Lens-Artists Challenge this week is Spring.

So, nostalgia?

In spring, it’s all about the flowers. Her roses were blooming! Everything was blooming!

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New Planter Basket, from Whole Foods

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Front Yard: mid-May

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Backyard: mid-May

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

 

Sadie Jones: The Snakes

This novel has a very engaging beginning. It was one of the last things self checked out of Redwood City Public Library, way back February (and she needs to return it soon, obv). Since Redwood City Library opened to curbside pick-up of books on hold, she got the notice that one of the books she requested, Maaza Mengiste’s The Shadow King, is ready for pick-up. YAY!

The Snakes is self’s first Sadie Jones.

One-sentence summary: Young husband and wife throw caution to the winds, quit their respective jobs (The wife loved her job, but the husband didn’t love his) and embark on a road trip.

Ch. 2 (p. 19)

The service station on the A26 from Calais was sunny and civilised. The day was mild. They sat outside and had a coffee, watching people playing on the manufactured grassy slopes. They’d bought a left-hand drive Peugeot in London, the week before they left. It had seventy thousand miles on the clock and a manual gearbox. Most of the car was blue but the bonnet, for no reason the seller would commit to, was matt black.

“It looks like shit,” Bea had whispered to Dan, out of earshot.

“It is shit, it’s nine-hundred quid.”

They’d left London the morning before their tenant, a PhD student from Korea, was due to move in.

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The author Sadie Jones

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

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