Friday, May 27, 2016

Book Beginnings: Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman

"Inspector Manchego's office wasn't, strictly speaking, an office. "
This is the first sentence of "The Altogether Unexpected Disappearance of Atticus Craftsman", which begins in Madrid, as Atticus Craftman's parents in England begin an official search for him. He was last seen in Madrid several months earlier.
There are several love stories in this novel, one twisted and two beautiful, and I recommend this book. Detective work is involved, gypsies, some weaving of love spells, and the atmosphere of Madrid, Granada, Spanish food, wine, guitar music and song in the caves of Granada, culture and Catholic traditions.
I am linking with Rose City Reader for Book beginnings.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: The Bay and Cute Seagull

I took this photo above while walking near our home on the central coast of California. Below is the happy seagull on our front porch who greets visitors. He is so cute; I found him at a Goodwill store.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Beginnings: On the Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks

"When I was at boarding school, sent away during the war as a little boy, I had a sense of imprisonment and powerlessness, and I longed for movement and power, ease of movement and superhuman powers."
The above is the first sentence from Oliver Sacks' autobiography "On the Move", and as a young man he discovered a feeling of movement and power when riding his motorcycles in England and America.
On page 56 he wrote about his brother Michael, and Michael's first psychosis event. "He felt a magical and malignant world was closing about him."
Here is a review I posted on Amazon.

"This is one of the most compelling autobiographies I have read, and I read a lot of them. I admire Oliver Sacks who was a brilliant neurologist and researcher who helped many patients. This is a glimpse in to the life of a man who was a gifted physician. The movie Awakenings was based on his work with patients. He lived alone and had long friendships with respected poets including W.H. Auden, and medical researchers including Francis Crick (who won a Nobel Prize for revealing the secrets of DNA). Sacks was unconventional, broke rules to help patients, and had a passion for his motorcycles and weight lifting in his younger years. I was pleased that when he was 77 he finally fell deeply in love and found a partner. All of this is told in a way that is entertaining and thought provoking, as Sacks himself surely was."
I am linking to Rose City Reader for book beginnings.
I am also linking to Fredas Voice for project 56 where bloggers share something from page 56 of a book we are reading.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Black Eye Lily

This is the black eye lily I planted on Feb. 5 2016. February 5 is my dad's birthday. These are Asiatic hybrid lilies and I plant the bulbs/corms in containers. That way the gophers don't eat the bulbs and the plants have excellent drainage and when they are not in bloom I can move them to an out of the way area of our garden.
I am linking to Wordless Wednesday

Monday, May 16, 2016

Greek food festival

My husband and I love Greek food and went to the local Greek Food Festival run by the Greek Orthodox church members, in the town in California where we live.
No, we were not at the above place charming though it is but in a sunny area behind the church complete with palm trees, shade umbrellas and live music.
Moussaka, a favorite dish which has eggplant, a custard or Bechamel sauce, and can have ground beef.
Breaded and lightly friend calamari or squid. Very tender.
Above is a traditional delicious Greek salad. I don't have a photo of the eggplant stuffed with meat or of the spanakopitta we also had, which is a spinach stuffed baked pastry in thin sheets of filo dough.
All delicious. This fair is every May and September. Come and join us next time.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Book Beginnings: Straight Man

"Truth be told, I'm not an easy man. I can be an entertaining one, though it's been my experience that most people don't want to be entertained. They want to be comforted."

The above are the first sentences of "Straight Man" by Richard Russo. The above opening sentences are from the prologue. Here is the first sentence from chapter one.
"When my nose finally stops bleeding and I've disposed of the bloody paper towels, Teddy Barnes insists on driving me home in his ancient Honda Civic, a car that refuses to die, and that Teddy, cheap as he is, refuses to trade in."
Many people praise Richard Russo and this is the first book of his that I am reading. He is noted for "Empire Falls" which was made into a mini-series for tv, with a great cast of actors.
I am linking with Rose City Reader and her Book Beginnings.
I am also linking to Fredas Voice where we share from page 56 of a book.
"She shrugs. "Remember how tough things used to be when we were broke all the time?" In truth, I don't. I remember being broke, but I don't recall things being that tough."

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wordless Wednesday Amaryllis

Our amaryllis plants surprised us and bloomed in April in 2016. Usually they bloom at Christmas.
I am linking to Wordless Wednesday