Monday, October 1, 2018

City By The Bay

Cue Lights from Journey.

A windy day on Alcatraz!
My sister and I recently visited San Francisco.  It had been 18 years since my last visit to this fun city and my sister's first. 

San Francisco, all 7 miles by 7 miles of it, is great for those of you who appreciate walking cities with lots of diverse neighborhoods. I think my sister and I covered every square mile during our 4 days, including one bus and two cab rides. 

View from Financial Dist.
Scattered around this post are a few photos.  It's a great city to visit and explore! And we most certainly explored just about every neighborhood: Financial District, Haight-Ashbury, Tenderloin District, Little Italy, North Beach, Union Square, Waterfront. Each is so eclectic.

Of course we did the tourist thing and ferried the one mile to Alcatraz Island, which is cool and creepy and windy but so worth it. Fortunately the weather couldn't have been nicer, albeit a bit cool for my desert bones. Still. Picture perfect.
(Click to enlarge any photo)

My fave 'hood: Little Italy
Alcatraz Island
Irish Coffee on a cold day
Union Square-ish

Monday, August 6, 2018

Writer Beware

Sometimes you find something helpful on Twitter. Friday was one those (rare) occasions.

An article posted by Publishers Weekly on August 2 reported a situation involving literary agent, Danielle Smith who, until recently, specialized in children's and YA authors.  Apparently 19 of her clients, most preferring to remain anonymous, have reported that Ms. Smith lied about book deals, submissions, and auctions, among other things.  Once the jig was up, Ms. Smith closed her agency, Lupine Grove Creative.

I feel so badly for these authors.  What a betrayal! The fact that so many preferred to remain anonymous says a lot about traditional publishing, much of it pretty dismal.

Click HERE to read the article.

Be careful out there, my friends.

Monday, June 11, 2018

To Sweden With Love

Planes, trains, and automobiles. That about explains the last two months of my life. However, the last couple of glorious weeks were spent in Stockholm, Sweden.

The last time I visited Sweden was about 30 years ago. Sweden--Stockholm, in particular--is still as beautiful as I remembered.

Stockholm is very much a walking city, although Swedish public transportation is excellent. I do adore walking cities. Each day of our trip, we logged anywhere from 5 to 10 miles a day, exploring the city: Gamla Stan (Old Town), museums (Vasa, Moderna Museet, Skansen), palaces, gardens, shopping, book stores. Great restaurants and coffee shops. In addition, we took several boat trips as Stockholm is surrounded by water.  We boated along the archipelago and the canals on a particularly cold and windy but gorgeous morning. We also got lucky on the weather too--sunny, blue skies with temperatures in the mid-70's for most of the trip. And during the summer, it doesn't get dark until around 10 pm and the sun comes up around 3 am. Long days!

The Swedish people are so lovely and friendly. I look forward to returning. 

Here are a few photos. Click to enlarge...

View of Gamla Stan from our hotel.

Another bridge into Gamla Stan.

Stockholm Cathedral
Beautiful Stockholm streets.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Good Reads

It's been a while since I've posted some good reads.  Lately, I've still been reading a lot of non-fiction, although there has been some fiction sprinkled in-between. The only reads that I can recommend at this point, however, are as follows:

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Caution: This book may motivate you to take your investments, your 401Ks, your savings and put them under your mattress. It's the true story of a group of really smart guys who discover "dark markets" on Wall Street. Do you think that the Dow Jones is the only ticker in town? Think again. These guys expose "the insiders" and try to reform the way Wall Street makes profits and, for which I say, good luck and godspeed. I recommended this book to my husband, my neighbors, friends. It's been interesting talking about this book with others. And eye-opening.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Neither an easy nor a quick read. This book seems at times all over the place, but it's an intriguing read and perspective, cross-referenced with ancient traditions, classic philosophies, and modern-day scientific research. When I say "all over the place," it's that it sometimes reads like the author's train of thought versus tightly written text.  That said, it's still widely interesting--even inspiring--and Dr. Peterson is clearly a smart guy. He's been on a lot of news programs and radio shows lately talking about everything from child-rearing to "maleness" to safe spaces.  I like many of the nuggets of wisdom I've found throughout the book. Super-smart guy. Fresh perspective. Inspiring, even. Read it.

Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch

A father's grief over his son's unexpected death, as told in a poem.  Not a light read, obviously.  If you've ever had to deal with the death of a loved one, you might be able to relate to this author's words. And even find some comfort.

I did.

What's on your nightstand?

Friday, January 26, 2018

Man of La Mancha

For my Arizona friends: There are only a few days left to see the Arizona Theatre's production of MAN OF LA MANCHA at The Herberger.

We saw it yesterday. It was FABULOUS! Great storytelling, big voices, compelling interpretation.  And flamenco dancing! 

Catch it if you can. You won't be disappointed.

Find the link here.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Among Other Things

This is how I spent part of my Christmas vacation...

Hope you enjoyed some lovely time with family and friends and books and wine. :)

Here's to a happy and healthy 2018 for all!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Christmas Traditions

Every year. Without fail. In no particular order, this is what's happening at my house...

Ho Ho Ho, from my house to yours!