Sunday Salon–the Appreciation Day Edition!

Sunday Salon–the Appreciation Day Edition!

Two years ago this week, it was decreed by Stephen Thompson and his fellow podcast overlords at NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour that in honor of their show’s anniversary, July 16, the Sunday nearest to that date was to be designated as “Appreciation Day”: “What made the most sense for our anniversary was an episode focusing on various forms of appreciation, seeing as how PCHH is already built largely around the people and stuff making us […]

Setting the Scene(ry): New England, June 2013

Setting the Scene(ry): New England, June 2013

I grew up on the Southern New England coast, and I remember the “triple-H”–hazy, hot, and humid–summers there. (I suppose they were good preparation for my family’s move to Florida when I was almost thirteen–the Sunshine State wasn’t as “hazy,” but its summers were even more hot and humid…and felt like they lasted about three times longer.) What I didn’t remember so well were the softness of the hills, the shore breeze, and the varied, […]

(Not Quite) Wordless Wednesday: Adventure in the Sunshine

(Not Quite) Wordless Wednesday: Adventure in the Sunshine

There’s a pretty slim chance you’d get me to do this, but ziplining was one of the activities that the rest of the family really wanted to try during our vacation. Unfortunately, we were on Loon Mountain in New Hampshire at exactly the wrong, between-seasons time–the summer activities wouldn’t be open on weekdays until the week after our visit. But we drove by this place on Route 1 in Maine a few days later, and stopped off with […]

She Reads Book Club: THE FIREBIRD, by Susanna Kearsley

She Reads Book Club: THE FIREBIRD, by Susanna Kearsley

The Firebird Susanna Kearsley (Facebook) (Twitter) Sourcebooks Landmark (2013), Paperback original (ISBN 140227663X / 9781402276637) Fiction, 544 pages Source: Publisher Reason for Reading: She Reads Book Club selection Opening lines: “He sent his mind in search of me that morning. “I was on the Tube, a half a minute out of Holland Park and in that muzzy not-awake-yet state that always bridged the time between my breakfast cup of coffee and the one that I’d […]

Sunday Salon: Right here, right now, July 7

Sunday Salon: Right here, right now, July 7

Time: Sunday morning, between 7 and 8 AM Place: In bed. Tall Paul is trying to sleep in a little more, so shhh! Eating: Nothing yet, but contemplating breakfast…yogurt with granola, berries on a shortcake biscuit, and tea instead of coffee today, I’m thinking. Drinking: Right now, water from the bottle on my nightstand. After trying it out during our vacation, I’ve begun drinking Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus herbal tea in the evenings–best chamomile tea […]

Pictures from the Revolution: Historic Boston

Pictures from the Revolution: Historic Boston

The 237th anniversary of this country’s birth seems like the perfect day to share some of the historical sites we photographed in Boston last month. One of the remarkable things about the Boston cityscape is the juxtaposition of old and new architecture. The Old State House wasn’t old–or surrounded by glass-walled skyscrapers–in 1776, but it was already the center of Massachusetts colonial politics, and of revolutionary ideas.  In one of the first acts of colonial […]

WW: Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

WW: Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue

The 13-star “Betsy Ross” flag, first flown in 1777, as seen in Boston, Massachusetts in June 2013  Happy Fourth of July (a day early!) my photo, edited with Snapseed An InLinkz Link-up Posted with Blogsy Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 2,358 other subscribers Email Address Subscribe

From across New England: Hello, it's me!

From across New England: Hello, it's me!

Tall Paul got some decent pictures of me as we wandered around New England, so I thought I’d share a few with you. All photos by Paul Vasquez; collage made with PicFrame Top left: On the steps of the Rauner Library, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New HampshireTop right: Off the Kancamagus Scenic Highway near Lincoln, New HampshireBottom left: Outside the New England Aquarium and Simons IMAX Theater, Long Wharf, Boston, Massachusetts (and yes, we did see […]