Super Moon at Pensacola Beach. Cool pic, Ray.
Glorious night. Gulf Breeze, soft sand, look up in awe
Jane poses quite the question.
This book is a WOW. Progress in medicine. Human understanding. Faith and a bit of mystical beliefs. Water, Water, Water. Leprosy. Artistic depression. So many characters to love and care for, to shed a tear upon death, to root for in life.
The Covenant of Water by Abraham Verghese is a master class in writing, character and plot development, and a work of sheer humanity. I now give you some of my marked sentences:
p. 396 The message in her (Baby Moll) gyrations is one that each observer makes for themself, but its themes are hard work, suffering, reward, and gratitude.
p. 429 Joy and sorrow, triumph and tragedy are the weeds and flowers of their Eden, and it will outlast the mortal blooms of this world.
p. 430 But a stranger stares back at him, a soul already departed from this world but granted a backward glance at her former life. (Elsie - oh my)
p. 517 Such precious, precious water, Lord, water from our well; this water that is our covenant with You, with this soil, with the life You granted us.
p. 546 The ocean seems to be covered in glittering diamonds as the bus hugs the shore.
p. 620 Every family has secrets, but not all secrets are meant to deceive. What defines a family is not blood, molay, but the secrets they share.
Masterful writing. This book will stick with me for awhile. It's long and looks daunting, but has a LOT of short chapters. You start reading and get hooked immediately. Trust me!!
But seriously - tears and a few sniffles - the vows were heart felt and just about killed me.
A wedding makes one look back and forward too. This couple was meant to be. Cheers and Love
We ate well throughout our week. Yummy pizza, Italian at a restaurant, Pub food at an Irish pub - I enjoyed the fish and chips. We also prepared breakfasts to start our day - delicious pancakes that had apple and blueberries.
Plus the camaraderie made the food taste better.
Spend over four hours there. Could have spent more just watching videos and enjoying music.
These are just a few picture highlights.. More to come. This was heaven.
We were there a day before Tina Turner died. Just so much music history to appreciate.
What's Love Got to Do With It.
Beatles exhibit - Just a total wow - Hard Day's Night, Eight Day's a Week, All You Need is Love
Hello Beautiful is a gloriously written book by Ann Napolitano. I had so many markers I can't list them all. Her writing and characters are brilliant.
William Waters was stifled as a child. He always felt he should not have lived - his sister who died as a toddler should have carried on. And sadly, his parents conveyed that message. He shrunk and ultimately was disowned. He got a farewell check of $10K. That was it.
He fell for Julia Padavano in college. He got her and three sisters ( twins Emeline and Cecelia, and just glorious golden Sylvie) and was overwhelmed by the love and commitment. Julia was ambitious and kept moving forward. It was too much. He gave up his wife and daughter (Alice) since he felt he was too damaged.
This story moves back and forward with the whole family. Key blurb - Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most?
OMG. It all pulls together. Have tissues ready for the grand finale. This blog is not big enough to quote wonderful words. I loved the writing, the characters, and this book. Please join me in enjoying a work of word art.
I enjoyed the tour and history for this region in suburban Raleigh. Well Done.
This fiction book covers the "troubles" in Belfast and I found it fascinating. There's a lot that happened I was not aware of at all. Tessa is a new mother. She's trying to keep up with her baby, Finn, and also her reporting job. It's a shock when a news flash shows her big sister, Marian, bombing a place.
Tessa's head is reeling. No way would Marian be a part of the IRA. Slowly, Tessa is pulled into a world of double cross. Is Marian really working as an informant? Should Tessa help too?
There are a lot of twists and turns. I don't want to give anymore away. I really enjoyed this book and the authors style. I highly recommend Northern Spy.
Huge thumbs up from me. I laughed out loud several times. And I shook my head a lot because she nailed women issues without hitting one over the head.
per Barbie herself who's perfectly cast, Margot Robbie, " This is not a Barbie puff piece."
Ryan Gosling as Ken is stupendous - he obviously has a sense of humor and brings it to the roll. He's the perfect foil. Frankly the whole cast of Barbies and Kens are so damn good. Plus Skipper, Alan (oh, yeah Alan. He was discontinued. Thanks Michael Cena for such great humor) and so much more.
And shout out to Kate McKinnon as Weird Barbie (trust me, it's a thing. I was the kid who cut my dolls hair. Not great ). She brings a lot of impromptu wacky at just the right moments. I love her and she absolutely cracked me up.
I could go see this film again and pick up on so many great lines. Kudos to Greta and Noah for a fabulous script. Her directing and vision was spot on. This is (in my humble opinion) a film for the ages.
But let's continue with the North Carolina ladies trip. Here are lovely pics from the Sandhills Horticulture Center. Truly a wonderful two hour stroll. I did behave and was not in jail. This is just a cute adobe open air space with a variety of succulents. Nifty presentation.
As he says, "Older than dirt." But golfs, does workouts at the YMCA, plays pickleball, takes care of his folks, keeps track of his aunt and the deer lease, ...the list goes on and on. What can't he do?
He's sweet, funny, kind, and he laughs at my jokes. 'Nuff said.
Enjoy another year around the sun, dear Ray. Love ya Lots.