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 (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