August 31, 2009

Museum of Science

Spent the day with the boys at the MoS yesterday. I love the questions the boys ask.

August 28, 2009

Quote of the Day

Don't sacrifice your dreams for the illusion of security.
There is no security.
Realize there is no security and become comfortable with that.
- Kabuki/D. Mack

Recent Reads

1. Sacred Hearts
One of the fab things about books is how they transport you to another place and time. Was telling Babes that last weekend on the boat, I was in Ferara, Italy in a convent and this week am in Japan in the 1800s. Until we discover how to time travel, books allow me to do it today. Love that.

I really enjoyed this book. About 2 decades ago while reading a book I now do not recall, I realized how many women were put into convents in Italy (against their wishes) because their families could not afford the expensive dowries. Have since been fascinated by the different stories around this cultural/economic fashion. This book describes two such stories. I continue to be fascinated by the idea that some of these women "locked away" were able to live richer, more empowered lives than if they were married and living in the world of men.

2. Buddha 5 - Deer Park
Continue to enjoy this series. So reminds me of being a kid.

3. Envelopes
I love mail art, and this little book made me laugh. It is about a woman who tries to foil the mail service - letters are addressed using crossword puzzles, eye charts, drawings, maps, etc. While the book itself is a little weak - loved the idea of the post-office working diligently to figure out where the mail should go.

August 25, 2009

Visual Journal

A couple of pages drawn in Scituate. It has such a pretty harbor and main street is right off the jetty. Can see why people love living here. Pretty.

August 24, 2009

pTown Snapshots

Street scenes. There is always so much to look at.

August 23, 2009

Visual Journal

Here are 2 of the pages I created in pTown.

10 Books That Will Always Stick with Me

Got tagged on FB.

* Don't take too long to think about it.
* List 10 books you've read that will always stick with you.
* They should be the first 10 you can recall in no more than 10 minutes.

Here's My List... No particular order....

1. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
2. Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr Seuss
3. East of Eden - John Steinbeck
4. Blink - Malcolm Galdwell
5. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
6. Galileo's Daughter - Dana Sobel
7. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter - Sue Monk Kidd
8. Animal, Vegatable, Miracle - Barbara Kingsolver
9. Fast Food Nation - Eric Schlosser
10. Nickel and Dimed - Barbara Ehrenreich

What is your list?

August 22, 2009

Four Muses

Was feeling out of sorts yesterday, so decided to play with art supplies. Always makes me feel better. Instead of playing in my journal, I decided to create pieces that I could easily send in the mail. Here are the 4 cards I made yesterday. Click on images to enlarge. Really like how they turned out - it's never like I first imagine - somehow it is always better.

So let's play a game. I will send out one of these cards (randomly selected) to one reader (also randomly selected) of this blog. To enter the game, you need to leave a comment about what you do to soothe yourself when you are out of sorts.

Entry deadline is midnight August 31, EST.

August 21, 2009

Visual Journal

I pre-painted this page - love the warm colors. Reminded me of summer and bare feet.

Am loving the fresh veggies from CSA. So many strange and wondrous things. I clearly need to work on my veggie drawing :-)

Summer feels like it is finally here. Love sailing season. The Boston Harbor Islands are such a gem and yet so many people have not been on them. This is the view from a mooring off Peddocks Island.

Bags. An obsession. Must have been a nomad in a past life.

A friend passes

Attended a Celebration of Life for my friend Shan Bowers last night. It was lovely and exactly how she would have loved it - lots of tears and laughter and stories. She will be missed.

August 20, 2009

pTown West End

One of the incredible things about pTown is that you are surrounded by water in all directions. The light is incredible.

pTown Mooring Field

Lucked out with fab weather for the cruise. There is nothing quite as relaxing as hanging out in the mooring field. Place was not as busy as I expected being a weekend in August.

pTown Carnival Theme

pTown was one of our stops on the bday cruise. The town was getting ready for carnival week - theme was Summer of Love - Peace, Love and Go-Go boots! Some retro stuff.

August 19, 2009

Recent Reads

1. The Golem's Eye
Yes, this is a YA series, but so much fun. Book 2 of the Bartimaeus Trilogy. Read this book last week while hanging out at moorings, and loved it. I am not usually into fantasy books, though there are several memorable exceptions to this rule. Am spacing the last book of the trilogy out - something to look forward to. Love when I find books like that.

2. Judy Moody
Have been researching good books for my nieces (ages 7 and 6), and tried the first in this series. A good read for that age group. Will see what the girls think. A fun thing about reading books for kids, is that it takes me back to hanging out and reading as a kid myself. Such great joyous memories.

3. Sacred Hearts
Am currently reading this book and really liking it. If you have not read anything by the author, I would highly recommend starting with this book.

Home Again

Back home after what feels like a long time. That is one of the great things about being out on the water, time slows way down. It finally feels like summer.

Came home to the news that my friend Shan passed away. She was only 56. Still cannot take it all in.

August 12, 2009

Gone Sailing

Birthday weekend on tap. Headed out into the blue.

Boston Sunset (2)

And then the sky went fiery red. Incredible.