Mdoris (Mary) reads in 2017 #2
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This is a quote from Margaret Atwood I saw on Book Riot this morning.
Common seagulls coming to feed on the scrapings of the path getting prepared for summer swimming. Hopeful us.
Can you spot the 2 seagulls.? They oftern swallow a starfish whole, which is a spectacle, kind of an awful spectacle (especially if you are a starfish) and I won't take a picture of that!
Happy New Thread, Mary! Wonderful picture! I see seagulls all the time - but ugh- I've never seen one swallow a starfish whole! Yesterday while out on my walk with the dog, we saw a Trumpeter Swan eating moss and all sort of gucky stuff from a log that he was sitting on.
Happy new thread, Mary!
We have many seagulls here, when a group of cormorants is diving for fish in the lake, the seagulls go after them to steal fish.
Hello to my visitors and well wishers: Deborah, Nancy, Amber, Mark and Anita.
It is a gorgeous coastal day here today.
No time for reading as I should be out sweeping and cleaning windows BUT........ I'm going to anyway! Just started The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen and I can see it will be good. Have you read the Pulitzer prize winner, The Sympathizer?
I think the reading will go well with the oatmeal/coconut cookies that just came out of the oven, don't you?
>8 FAMeulstee: Anita, I have seen the eagles do that with the otters (stealing fish) and any other creature that they can bully!
I tried to copy in a Roz Chast cartoon from Theories of Everything but it didn't work, the print is just too small but oh boy does she "get" families perfectly. She's great!
Love the cookies! Our oven is broken and I haven't done baking for ages. I guess we should remedy that.
Happy new thread, and I hope you enjoyed your biscuits!
Happy new thread, Mary. I could use one of them cookies :) would go nice with my Assam tea.
Oh I guess I should have you all over for tea and cookies more often! My most recent tea that I love is "market spice". i have carrot/coconut loaves in the oven so come on over! I bought a 10lbs. bag of carrots, what was I thinking?
I am reading about Bees by Candace Savage who is written lots of books and won some Canadian prizes for them. I read her Geography of Blood: Unearthing Memory from a Prairie Landscape and it was good!
Thanks for the visits and good wishes Jim, Stasia, Paul, Megan and Carsten. The kettle's on!
Bees Nature's Little Wonders by Candace Savage.
My SIL has a big orchard full of many old apple and pear trees recently inherited from an aunt (in our new community) so it is a new and BIG project for her and of course bees feature prominently to make it all work. I wanted to know more about them and this book did not disappoint. They are ingenious little creatures.
I think there has been talk recently on LT about her bird books!
Hi Mary! Happy New Thread! I love the quote in your topper - and the flowers look so springy.
I love the blue flowers. I'll be interested to hear what you added to your garden!
My book club will be reading The Sympathizer later this month.
I have The Sympathizer in a TBR pile, but other books are vying for my attention, Mary. 10 lbs of carrots! Mary, you might turn orange! Do you remember that when your kids were babies? I recall my eldest taking on an orangish hue , that my doctor told was due to his love of baby food carrots and orange squash.
Maybe you'll become a bee keeper? I have friend who moved to Saturna Island and took a bee keeping course. I'd be scared to death! She and her husband still keep a small condo here in Richmond as they have 3 children and six grandchildren in Richmond / Vancouver, but oh what a retirement they are living.
Oh Deborah, you make me laugh! Orange me....maybe, I will have to pay close attention.
So at our place we have large shrub/trees of ceanothus (California lilac-gorgeous blue) and it blooms May/june and the bees go absolutely crazy (loud, loud buzzing- so many of them) but they are not honey bees. So really I must read more about bees as the book I read was really specific to honey bees and they amaze no end. I will not become a bee person, barely keeping my head above water here just feeding the hummingbirds. There are birds nesting all over the place and it's hard not to disturb the mommas.
I look forward to your review of The Sympathizer when you get to it!
Not my photo!
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter
I have had more fun with doing some snooping and reading about Potter. First I read about her in the The Shepherd's Life: Modern Dispatches from an Ancient Landscape (a wonderful book!!) and thought I really should go back and read her stories again. When we moved last June after being in the same spot for 36 years, I re-homed lots of books but I could not part with the kids books so realized that I had 11 of her 23 little kids editions so re-read those with great enthusiasm. After a library search I realized there were biographies about her life, her art and her gardening and philanthropy so realized I had to read those too. Today just finished a collection of her books that are presented sequentially, with the most stunning drawings and with information about each book published. This is such a lovely book that I have to have it and ordered it to be delivered soon. There is such magic in Potter's stories that I am half hoping that when it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs! Potter sure puts in a solid argument of rural life vs. town life. Happy 150th birthday Beatrix!
March book two
The format as a graphic novel is a perfect medium for telling this moving, intense and I must say very hard story.
Happy Friday, Mary. I loved The Sympathizer and I am looking forward to reading The Refugees. I just have to track down a copy.
Hooray for March: Book 2!
When it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs!. Why not :) You can almost believe the magic when you watch her drawings. I have a small collection of her work and I love the paintings. Now I want to watch Miss Potter again.
I am following in your footsteps Mary with the March books.
Have a great weekend.
By the way I calculated that you had read 37 books so far this year, is that correct?
I love this, Mary! Who doesn't need some magic? There is such magic in Potter's stories that I am half hoping that when it is delivered it will be by rabbits, mice, squirrels or hedgehogs!
>31 lit_chick: Yes Nancy, for sure we all need some magic, some BIG magic! Thank you for your visit.
>30 PaulCranswick:, Paul, the March books are for sure an eye opener, not that we don't know about the content and are greatly appalled by the history but the books bring things up close and personal. Such courage!
Not sure about the book count, not really keeping track as there are those in the group who amaze me no end and I am such a slow reader (a mere baby!!) and just plodding along but how I love books! Hope all's well with you and family. I know you have traveled lots and will make some BIG changes soon and am thinking of you with fingers greatly crossed!
Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
This is a collection of 9 short stories. They are not connected except loosely by some of the characters being related or being from the same community and most circle around providing more information about Lucy Barton to fill in a few more gaps about her (Strout's previous book). There is a tone of hardship (poverty), human disappointment in relationships (parents, siblings, children), struggles with sexual identity and misconduct, loneliness, but characters soldier on. The writing is amazing and you get hooked into the telling about these lives easily but they are portrayed as pretty unhappy, struggling ones.
I'm looking forward to Anything is Possible. I found Lucy Barton quite boring, but I loved Olive Kitteridge so I'm hoping this book will be the one about Lucy I really like.
I think you will love the finale of March: Book Three. I had them all out together from the library, and read them all together. I love how the Obama inaugaration frames the history part of the story. Such a powerful book!
You've been doing some fabulous reading, Mary . A lovely review of Anything is Possible. I'm still on the fence about whether I will get a chance to read it this time round, as it is soon due at the library. Sometimes it takes me more than one try to catch onto a book.
>39 lkernagh: Thanks for the visit Lori, help yourself to a cookie, I'll put on the kettle!
Red Notice: a True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice by Bill Browder.
This is a fascinating book about the accomplishiment of a small measure of justice for a murder of a lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky in Russia who was hired by Browder an American by birth but now a U.K citizen. Browder was a huge hedge fund coordinator in Russia who made great piles of money for his investors (and himself) but who got tangled in a web of theft (230 million) by the powers that be in Russia, that is Putin and his cronnies. This example of theft was one of many. It gives a window into the massive theft and corruption of the top poltical guns in Russia leaving the working poor citizens to be even poorer. There was graft, torture and murder done to carry this out. There is also a window into the deal making done in the U.S. to protect political powers, the in-fighting and the deal making that goes on. Lots of insight to be gained by reading this book! This book reads like a thriller but it's based on true events.
Wow! Sounds fascinating, to say the very least, Mary! Excellent review and synopsis.
Thank you Nancy. Now I'm planning my next read. It might be Bird Brains by Candace Savage.
We are dog sitting the cutest little guy "Eddie" today while his folks are at a play. He is cuddled up right beside me and he is little furnace. They rescued him from Mexico many years a go and he has had a good life.
Oh another interview piece with Elizabeth Strout.
>41 mdoris: this cover reminds me of a Russian novel that I have somewhere to read. My dad gave it to me 6 moths ago, and i really need a gripping fiction novel at the moment. Too much theoretical academic stuff for me lately.
>47 Ireadthereforeiam:, I wonder if it is the one. It sure reads like fiction but it isn't!
>43 mdoris: Oh my, Eddie is adorable. Our dog is literally on his last legs. He hasn't been able to walk with us for the past week and he is not happy about it. He seems to be getting better but, at his age of approximately 14-rescue dog-, our long walks may be over.
I am on a longish waiting list for the Strout book. It sounds like the wait will have its rewards. I got The Sympathizer at last month's book sale. I think I'll put it on top of the TBR pile so I can read The Refugees. I know order doesn't matter but I still want to read my copy first.
>50 PaulCranswick: Paul, there is lots being written about Strout , lots of interviews etc and she seems to be a "hot commodity" but I do know what you mean about not being entirely convinced. We could probably have a good conversation about that!
>51 Donna828: Oh Donna, I am very sorry to hear about your wonderful dog who has given you 14 loving years no doubt in gratitude for your rescuing him He is a lucky boy! . Our Maggie is about to turn 12 which for a standard poodle is getting up there and she is sleeping her days away now but still enthused about her walks. She is our 4th standard and we have a dogs for over 31 years. Can't imagine life without one.
How wonderful for Eddie to be rescued from Mexico! He is a doll, and your view is outstanding!
>55 lit_chick:, Nancy, that is Eddie's view not mine!. He is such a tiny little guy but feisty. I think I have mentioned on a previous thread that Eddie is not a swimmer but one day came home soaking wet and his folks figured that he had been an attempted snatch by an eagle. We have many many eagles around. The bird life here is incredible.
I am seeing lots of love for Murakami on the threads recently. Just saw this link of his books and they are on sale. Are there any recommendations of one I should start with? I have never read any of his books.
(So proud of myself, did a link to a website for the first time and I sure had to try it many times to get it right!)
This is painted by my pal from uni days. Isn't it gorgeous!
Best Summer Drive
>59 weird_O: Hi Bill, great to see you visit. There is also an interesting article about ELiz. Strout in the May 1st NYer. She's on lots of people's radar right now!
Hi Mary - is it too late to wish happy new thread?
I love the Atwood topper. I would have that on my wall like a shot. I thought The Refugees was a great read, and I am hoping the new Elizabeth Strout comes to me quickly via the library (but not too quickly, because I have a lot of books out to read already!).
>58 mdoris: Your friend is very talented. Do you own any of her work?
I enjoyed the interview with Elizabeth Strout, thanks Mary! And yes, you are correct, I loved Kit's Law by Donna Morrisey and I'm planning to read more by her. I know The Fortunate Brother is her latest, but apparently though you can read it alone, it is the last in a trilogy that starts with Sylvanus Now and I am so " crazy' that I hope to read them in order. Eddie is just a darling!
>62 charl08: Yes, Charlotte, I have 3 pieces of her work and I love them. She mostly does portraits and gorgeous flowers. She is an extremetly positive (intentional) person, works hard at it and so whatever she paints seems to greatly suggest joy. She has recently been painting cloud pictures. I will send you a link on your personal page for her website to have a peek .
>63 vancouverdeb:, >64 streamsong: Deborah and Janet, glad you like the Strout links. She is an interesting author for me as I find her very compelling and insightful but a struggle for me too as her books go to the "dark side" quickly. But, I would read another of her books in a heart beat as soon as they were published! Funny how that works......
Angel Catbird volume 1 by Margaret Atwood.
This is a graphic novel by Ms. Atwood, quite intriguing and with a punch of an environmental message as there are so many bird deaths caused by cats and so many cat deaths caused by their outdoor independence (mostly car accidents and predators). There are 2 more volumes in the making. This was an intriguing collaboration with artist Johnnie Christmas and Tamra Bonnvillain a comics colorist. There are some sketches included and also some information about the coloring process that I found interesting. It was imaginative!
March book 3 by John Lewis.
This is the third and final graphic novel in the John Lewis's telling of the horrendous story of the Civil Rights movement that took place in the 60's, a movement so powerful and included so many people willing to take great risks. There was such intimidation, death and violence involved to bring about "one man, one vote" for all.
I found this in my garden today and have no idea what it is and how it got there but I telling it to stick around, because I think it's gorgeous!
Happy Friday, Mary! I am starting Anything Possible today. Yah!
Hooray for March, Angel Catbird & Bird Brains! Boo to snow in Colorado!
>69 mdoris: Yes, so pretty, tell it to stick around for sure, Mary!
Planted some canna lily bulbs a couple weeks ago and have been waiting to see a sign of them. First one poked it's head out yesterday ... just by a little bit, just to have a look around. But I'm telling it there's nothing to fear, that Okanagan sunshine (if it ever arrives!) is beyond fabulous.
>74 lit_chick:, Nancy, you made me feel better. You talk to your plants too! Yes we have to assure our plant friends that sunshine will happen, It will happen, don't you think? I am waiting patiently.........(or not).
Come for tea!
Just out of the oven blueberry squares. Blueberries are a "superfood" , so they must be healthy....right?
>58 mdoris: - Oh, that is lovely!
>69 mdoris: - Very pretty flowers... and like you, I have no idea what kind of flowers they are.
>71 mdoris: - Wow. I remember snow being a common occurrence for the May long weekend when I lived in Alberta (and as a typical university student, camped in that white stuff, because, you know, it is what one does when a long weekend come along). Ironically enough, Alberta did not get snow this long weekend. Looks like Colorado got it instead.
>78 lkernagh: Nice to see you Lori. Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather. Did you get the wind last night? Thought it was going to blow me away! Surprisingly no power out though on our little island. Daughter #4 is going to be married in your wonderful city mid June so we are hoping for spectacular weather!
This is a message for the "birdy" people who might drift by for a visit on this thread!
So we are on a small island off the coast of British Columbia. There was a new trail opened last weekend for residents and an Ornithologist visited to observe the bird life on the opening with a group of islanders and "do a count". Here is what followed! 43 species, 1 1/2 hr. walk, distance 1.5 miles. numbers seen following the name......
Canada Goose 10, Mallard 2, Turkey Vulture 7, Bald Eagle 4, Killdeer 1, Greater Yellowlegs 1, Eurasian Collared-Dove 1, Barred Owl 2, Rufous Hummingbird 5, Red-breasted Sapsucker 3, Hairy Woodpecker 2, Olive-sided Flycatcher 3 , Pacific-slope Flycatcher 5, Hutton's Vireo 1, Warbling Vireo 3, Northwestern Crow 1, Common Raven 1, Tree Swallow 1,
Violetgreen Swallow 15,, Barn Swallow 12, Cliff Swallow 3, Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5, Red-breasted Nuthatch 5,
Brown Creeper 2, House Wren 2, Swainson's Thrush 2, American Robin 15, European Starling 1,
Orange-crowned Warbler 3, Common Yellowthroat 1, Yellow Warbler 2, Yellow-rumped Warbler 2,
Townsend's Warbler 2, Wilson's Warbler 2, Dark-eyed Junco 10, White-crowned Sparrow 5, Savannah Sparrow 1,
Song Sparrow 10, Spotted Towhee 10, Western Tanager 2, Red-winged Blackbird 8, Red Crossbill 8, Pine Siskin 2
>80 mdoris: I wouldn't truly consider myself a "birdie" person - certainly in the feathered sense anyhow, but I would certainly miss them were they not to be found in our skies and our trees and our hedgerows.
>79 mdoris: - Yup, we had the wind. Luckily, it didn't do much damage in our area but I am happy that the wind is now down to a gentle breeze.... just wondering if there will be enough wind on the water this weekend for the Swiftsure race.
I will keep my fingers crossed for lovely weather for your daughter's wedding!
I am not much of a bird watcher but I do love that hobbies like bird watching get people out enjoying the great outdoors.
That is quite an impressive bird count, Mary. And your blueberry squares look delicious…and healthy! Our dog is feeling better and able to walk around the block without limping. If he keeps improving, we will gradually take him on longer walks. We're all quite happy with his progress.
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