Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Sunday Salon: The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians; World of Pies; and The Patchwork Girl of Oz

     



Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the 
Sunday Salon. What is the Sunday Salon? The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week plus it's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 





It was wonderful to be home this week and do regular things---birdwatching, riding my bike, enjoying Happy Hour with my friend, spending time with my writing friends, butterfly monitoring, going out to eat lunch with my dad, and reading. A lot of reading. I finished three good books, nothing heavy, though a lot of Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians takes on the current hostile atmosphere toward books here in America.








What I Read Last Week:

World of Pies by Karen Stolz (Novel)


The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Children's Fantasy)






What I'm Reading Now:

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis (Novel)

Funny Story by Emily Henry (Novel)

The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (Nonfiction)








What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:







I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. Now I've established a regular routine of writing down my 3 Good Things. Here are 3 Good Things from last week:








Good Thing #1:

I participated in Global Big Day on May 11.
I saw 25 species of birds in my own yard that day.
Worldwide, eBirders reported seeing 7,726 species of birds.




Good Thing #2:

I may declare my yard to be a wildlife refuge!
One day this week I saw nine White Ibises 
strolling around my yard.




Good Thing #3:

It could easily have been a wreck,
but I was able to slowly exit the freeway
when I realized the back tire had blown out
and change my tire without incident last week.






Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.


Friday, May 17, 2024

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis: Book Beginnings on Fridays, First Line Friday, The Friday 56, and Book Blogger Hop




Today's Featured Book 

Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis

Genre: Novel

Published: 1946

Page Count: 311 pages

Summary: 

"Zorba the Greek is a novel written by the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis, first published in 1946. It is the tale of a young Greek intellectual who ventures to escape his bookish life with the aid of the boisterous and mysterious Alexis Zorba."




 


BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY is hosted by Rose City ReaderWhat book are you happy about reading this week? Please share the opening sentence (or so) on BOOK BEGINNINGS ON FRIDAY! Add the link to your blog or social media post and visit other blogs to see what others are reading.

Happy Friday and welcome to the FIRST LINE FRIDAY, hosted by Reading is My Superpower! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line.


"I first met him in Piraeus."








THE FRIDAY 56 is hosted by 
Freda's Voice, but Freda is currently taking a break and Anne of Head Full of Books is filling in. To play, open a book and turn to page 56 (or 56% on your e-reader). Find a sentence or two and post them, along with the book title and author. Then link up on Freda's Voice and visit others in the linky. 

"'Uncle Anagnosti, the grandfather, greets you and asks if you would care to come to his house for a meal. The gelder will be coming to the village today to castrate the pigs. It's an occasion, and the 'parts' are a real delicacy."






The purpose of THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, and befriend other bloggers. THE BOOK BLOGGER HOP is hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer   


May 17th-23rd - Do you consider yourself a book collector or a book hoarder? (submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

Neither. I'm simply a reader.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Great Quotes from the Best of My Reading from the Last Year


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Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.

---Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin's Big Words


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My vision of the gathered church that had come to me... had been replaced by a vision of the gathered community. What I saw now was the community imperfect and irresolute but held together by the frayed and always fraying, incomplete and yet ever-holding bonds of the various sorts of affection. There had maybe never been anybody who had not been loved by somebody, who had been loved by somebody else, and so on and on... It was a community always disappointed in itself, disappointing its members, always trying to contain its divisions and gentle its meanness, always failing and yet always preserving a sort of will toward goodwill. I knew that, in the midst of all the ignorance and error, this was a membership; it was the membership of Port William and of no other place on earth. My vision gathered the community as it never has been and never will be gathered in this world of time, for the community must always be marred by members who are indifferent to it or against it, who are nonetheless its members and maybe nonetheless essential to it. And yet I saw them all as somehow perfected, beyond time, by one another's love, compassion, and forgiveness, as it is said we may be perfected by grace.

― Wendell Berry, Jayber Crow


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There ain't no way you can hold onto something that wants to go, you understand? You can only love what you got while you got it.

---Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie


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I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down.

---Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek


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Men who look on nature, and their fellow-men, and cry that all is dark and gloomy, are in the right; but the sombre colours are reflections from their own jaundiced eyes and hearts. The real hues are delicate, and need a clearer vision.

― Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist


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Love is our only hope, It is not always the easiest choice, but it is always the right one, the noble path, the way home to safety, no matter how bleak the future looks.

---Anne Lamott, Somehow


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People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonances with our own innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


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Old pond,
leap-splash---
a frog.

---Basho, On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho


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But still, here are the words Despereaux Tilling spoke to his father. He said, "I forgive you, Pa!" And he said those words because he sensed that it was the only way to save his heart, to stop it from breaking in two. Despereaux, reader, spoke those words to save himself.

― Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux

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You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong reasons.

― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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I do love me some quotes!
Here are some quote-filled posts from the past:















Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each Tuesday That Artsy Reader Girl assigns a topic and then post her top ten list that fits that topic. You’re more than welcome to join her and create your own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well. Feel free to put a unique spin on the topic to make it work for you! Please link back to That Artsy Reader Girl in your own post so that others know where to find more information. 


Saturday, May 11, 2024

The Sunday Salon: Latte Literati; Butterfly Monitoring; and the New Bicycle Arrives

     





Welcome! I'm happy you joined us here at the 
Sunday Salon. What is the Sunday Salon? The Sunday Salon is a place to link up and share what we have been doing during the week. It's a great way to visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there. 





My daughter-in-law, Lisa, and son, Ben, planned a surprise anniversary party for Lisa's parents' fiftieth wedding anniversary, and we went to Chicago last weekend for the celebration. What a wonderful time we had! We got home from Chicago last Monday evening. Whew, I was tired! 

I plan to stick close to home from now until July, I think. My Zumba swim class starts mid-May, and I'll continue to meet with my writing group as well as taking a writing class this summer. Still, things should slow way, way down.

And because I was at home more this week, I managed to finish four books. I highly recommend Elmer Gantry to you if you haven't read it, and Anne Lamott's latest book is lovely and well worth reading.











What I Read Last Week (links take you to my review):





What I'm Reading Now:

World of Pies by Karen Stolz (Novel)

The Secret Lives of Booksellers and Librarians: True Stories of the Magic of Reading by James Patterson (Nonfiction)

The Patchwork Girl of Oz by L. Frank Baum (Children's Fantasy)











What I Posted Last Week Here at Readerbuzz:







Emma of Words and Peace, has announced that she will again host Paris in July 2024. I'm starting to assemble my plans for the month.









Everyday Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn
Action for Happiness





Meaningful May 2024 - Action for Happiness









I began to list 3 Good Things every day during the pandemic. Now I've established a regular routine of writing down my 3 Good Things. Here are 3 Good Things from last week:



Good Thing #1:

We've agreed on a name for our writing group:
Latte Literati.
Now if we can come up with a design...





Good Thing #2:

We saw 86 butterflies from 13 different species
while doing butterfly monitoring this week.
This butterfly is a Fiery Skipper.





Good Thing #3:

My bicycle has arrived, and 
it's everything I hoped it would be.
I've now ridden it three days in a row
for a total of eleven miles.






Weekend linkup spots are listed below. Click on the picture to visit the site.

        

I hope you will join the linkup for Sunday Salon below.