Mundane Monday: Tree at Sunset

Over the Thanksgiving holiday we drove to southern California and looked at some college campuses with our 17-yo daughter. We also had Thanksgiving dinner at a nice buffet in the hotel where we were staying. The food was good and there was no cooking, cleanup, or leftovers –that’s my kind of holiday!

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Mundane Monday: Avoid the page turn

I am going to be playing the violin in church with a soprano and a pianist next month. The piece is Bach/Gounod Ave Maria. The music may be sublime, but in the score, there are extra parts I don’t need, and the page turns are in really bad places. Continue reading Mundane Monday: Avoid the page turn

Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

The Invention of WingsThe Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started this book back in April because my mother recommended it from her book group and I wanted to talk about it with her. Of course by the time I finished it, almost 7 months later, her book group had moved on and she asked me, “what was that book about again?” It took me so long because I started it in the midst of reading several other books and I had to put it aside for a while. This happens to me more than it used to–the long breaks, the stopping and starting again–and I wish it would stop. I feel my attention span contracting, slamming shut like a big oak door that I have to push open again with great effort.

However you finally get there, this book is worth it. Continue reading Book Review: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd


Thursday Doors: Trianon Theatre

Designed and built in 1923 by architect William Binder, the Trianon Theatre in San Jose was inspired by Le Petit Trianon, a miniature chateau on the palace grounds of Versailles. The building has been said to be the best example of classic architecture in the city.

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Mundane Wednesday: The not-so-super moon

I loved the publicity surrounding the supermoon this week. (A supermoon is a new or full moon closely coinciding with perigee – the moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit.) And I actually saw it on Sunday night, big, bright and close to the horizon. I don’t, however, have a good camera or the patience to take pictures.

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Mundane Monday: Birds in the Park

The Mundane Monday photo challenge is back!  Finding beauty in mundane things and finding beautiful ways to frame them is the goal of this challenge.

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Thursday Doors: Old Riga

I’m going back to my Baltic Sea trip in the summer of 2016 for this week’s Thursday door. From the same trip, I’ve previously shown doors in Germany and Estonia for this challenge. Continue reading Thursday Doors: Old Riga


Mundane Monday (on Tuesday): Persimmons

Last year when we moved into our new house in CA, we had mysterious trees in our backyard bearing mysterious fruit. A couple of people told us these were persimmons. I had never eaten a persimmon before. I’m not a particularly adventurous eater, but I’ll try any fruit or vegetable once. Continue reading Mundane Monday (on Tuesday): Persimmons