Share Your Desktop: June 2021

Not sure how old she was here: perhaps in her 40s?

Self’s desktop this month is Dearest Mum, wearing traditional Filipino formal attire (the scoop back, the butterfly sleeves) at her beloved piano.

Her name was NENA DEL ROSARIO. A graduate of Curtis Music Institute in Philadelphia (which she entered at 11), she won the New York Times International Piano Competition at 14, played twice at Carnegie Hall, passed away 4 June 2021. Long, hard fight: she got covid in Manila in March.

Much love to her nurses: Sol, Amy and Rodelyn.

Inspired in Yorkshire: WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

There are so many photographs from this summer that self can use to illustrate this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: INSPIRATION.

But she’ll stick to her most recent album: photographs of Yorkshire.

Which means the Hockney gallery at the Salts Mill in Shipley.

Café in the Salts Mill, Shipley, Yorkshire

Café in the Salts Mill, Shipley, Yorkshire

An old high school chum (who self hadn’t seen since high school graduation) drove her around. Fun!

The Salts Mill is a massive place. But the man who owned it was an enlightened being who built subdivisions for his workers and kept them off the drink with strict supervision.

The Salts Mills, Shipley

The Salts Mills, Shipley

And the Hockneys! Incredible. A whole floor is devoted to the first release group of his “The Arrival of Sprint 2011” – David Hockney Editioned Works.

Close-up of one of David Hockney's editioned

Close-up of one of David Hockney’s editioned “The Arrival of Spring 2011” at the Salts Mills, Shipley, Yorkshire

Self had NO idea there was such a museum in Yorkshire. Of course, she knew Yorkshire = the Brontes. And that is reason enough to go and pay homage.

But throw in David Hockney? And a converted mill? Priceless.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

The Moral Decline of One Young Man

As far as possible, on this trip, self wants to focus on Irish writers.  She’s at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, after all.  And she’s surrounded by books by Irish writers — in the Main House, in her cottage.

She stumbled across a pocketbook named Grace Notes and Bad Thoughts, by John Kelly (Dublin: Martello Books, 1994).  It opens thus:

Of a man’s first disobedience there is much to be said — and perhaps the best place to start is the day I boked all over Joseph Haverty’s “The Blind Piper” in the National Gallery of Ireland.  It was one of those sudden bokes that catches the boker completely by surprise — if I’d had even the slightest indication that such a Vesuvian boke was on the cards I would not have been standing in front of Joseph Haverty’s “Blind Piper” with my mouth open.  It stands to sense.

Like a sudden and violent dig in the ribs, it was a sharp elbow in the very cage itself.  Clutching at my side with both hands, I doubled over with the kidney pain of the whole affair and out came a terrific rush of air — expelled with such a hellish force that out with it came the mother of all bokes — a ferocious geyser of a crop-spraying and psychedelic boke.

For the non-Irish readers of this blog, a boke, self eventually figured out, is a barf.  Vomit.

After reading aforementioned scene, self was delighted to insert a puking scene in one of her own stories.


Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.



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