Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Postcard: The Appalachian Trail

Guess who sent me these postcards of the AT ??!!  From 2003 and 2015 I have many postcards from the Appalachian Trail. April is prime time for folks to start their hike from Springer Mountain in Georgia. 




Monday, April 09, 2018

2018 Postcard: Spain

So if you have not been to Spain, let me say it is fabulous and you need to go!! Lots of my friends and family have traveled to Spain and sent me postcards. Put it on your bucket list. 



Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Is it a Nancy Drew collectible? Funny Sauce by Delia Ephron

Is it a Nancy Drew collectible? 

I have some odd things in my Nancy Drew collection.  A much coveted camera from Her Interactive, a panel from the 1970's Nancy Drew TV show that used to hang on the side of a building showing where the show's titles and optical department was located, a framed copy of the Swedish cover of Whistling Bagpipes and many many items made by fans!  But I want to call  your attention to a little known article by Delia Ephron that is easily found in many used bookstores in her book called, Funny Sauce.  I am a huge fan of the Ephron sisters, Nora, Amy and Delia. I love their humor and I was thrilled to have Amy Ephron on my airplane several years ago, so I got to gush to her about how much I enjoyed her family and their writing!  Anyway, Delia Ephron has a little bit called "Famous Couples Discuss Their Divorces." It can be found in the collection of her essays called Funny Sauce. And Nancy and Ned discuss their divorce.  Is it really a Nancy Drew collectible? Well, it might not go right beside my first edition of Shadow Ranch, but it has a place on my bookshelves.

Monday, April 02, 2018

2018 Postcard: California

These are some different views of California, not San Francisco or Los Angeles. We have friends who live in the "country" in California, not the big cities and I get postcards from them. Also I have friends and family who travel all over California and send me cards from their travels. 




Saturday, March 31, 2018

Books I read in March 2018

The photo above is art made by Jane Mount and you can purchase prints of her work and even create a customized bookshelf for yourself. Just go to her website:  Ideal bookshelf



Heavens on Earth by Michael Shermer (library) The scientific search for the afterlife, immortality and utopia. Very interesting.
Think Pink by Lynn Peril Female stereotypes examined from the 1940's to today, the messages that advertising and society send to us about what it is to be a girl or a woman. Very interesting and I highly recommend.
Dirt Music by Tim Winton I got this book because it was an Australian author and I was traveling to Australia this month. I really enjoyed it. Family Melodrama.
Rat Race by Dick Francis I am rereading this one, it is interesting because the protagonist is a pilot who flies the jockeys and owners/trainers to the races. Basic Dick Francis racing mystery otherwise.
The Mysterious North ed. by Dana Stabenow a collection of short stories set in Alaska. loved it
A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute I do not know why I did not read this book earlier in my life. Really enjoyed it!!I read On the Beach years ago. I liked this one a lot better. About a couple who survive WWII in the Pacific and then set out to find each other after the war is over. Set mainly in the South Pacific and Australia, even though the main girl character is English.
Not Coming Home to You by Lawrence Block claims to be the book that the movie The Badlands was based on...The Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate, teenage lovers whose 1958 murder spree across the Nebraska plains made national headlines, story. Fictionalized (Block calls them Jimmie John Hall and Betty Dienhardt.)
Bad Blood by John Sandford rereading one of the Virgil Flowers books, this is the one about the religious cult that was abusing children. I read these on the airplane on big trips so that when I finish them, I can just leave them behind on the plane or in hostels, little free libraries etc. 
White Houses by Amy Bloom  (library) about Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok. A fictional account, but fascinating none the less
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (library audiobook) this one is narrated by Kenneth Branaugh a
nd I think I liked it better than the Dan Stevens version. Loved all the voices. 
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks (library) another of the unreliable narrator type books. One twist came early, maybe too early. It was a little disjointed, I had trouble believing some of it and there were more twists towards the end. It was entertaining, but I am getting jaded by this "genre"
There Weeks to Say Goodbye by C.J.Box. Thriller about an adoption gone wrong





To Be Read:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
The Outsider by Stephen King
The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani
Red Clocks by Leni Zumas
Fall from Grace by Tim Weaver

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Australia 2018: Cockatoo Island

One of my favorite days that I spent in Sydney, I took the ferry over to Cockatoo Island.  Cockatoo Island reminds me of Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay. It has a long history from the days when the Aboriginal peoples used it as a base for fishing, until it's days as a shipyard and dockyard in the 1980's. Now it is the site of art installations and a location for filming movies, most notably, the recent film Unbroken. Cockatoo Island was transformed into the Japanese WWII camp for that movie.   In the 1800's the island was a prison. The buildings were constructed by the convicts. On the tour, just like touring Alcatraz in San Francisco, they have recordings from people who actually lived here when it was a prison, when it was a shipyard. So I highly recommend the audio tour.


The Rivercat Ferry like the one I took to Cockatoo Island




The buildings were constructed by convict labor


Glamping on Cockatoo Island for $200 dollars a night


The shipyards were in use up until the 1980's

Cafes and Bars on Cockatoo Island can keep you hydrated and fed on your day trip over to the island.

 A Young Henry's Cloudy Cider on a hot day hits the spot




Like Alcatraz, which was occupied by Native Americans in protest, Cockatoo Island was also occupied by an aboriginal group in 2000 for 4 months. 

At TV show currently was filming while I was there


art at Cockatoo Island

another art display at Cockatoo Island
Cockatoo Island can be done as a day trip from Sydney very easily. It is right in the harbor within sight of the bridge! Boats leave from Cingular Quay and from Barangaroo Wharf to Cockatoo all day long.

Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Postcard: Ireland

One of my favorite places in the entire world, Ireland! Thanks to all my friends and family who visit and send me postcards.  I need to travel to Ireland more often myself!!!