May 24, 2015

Incoming Mail--Les

Notecard packed with little surprises from Les in Maine. 

May 23, 2015

Incoming Mail--Shirley

 
Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, and Hoover Dam postcards from Shirley in Nebraska. 

May 22, 2015

Recent Reads


Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff (2013).  Maya chose this book, which she read to me, at the public library.  Poor Rump’s mother died right in the middle of naming him, leaving him with an unfortunate name.  (Why do mothers fare so poorly in fairy tales, Disney stories, and the like?)  Now 12, Rump is able to turn straw into gold, but, of course, that brings more troubles than anything.  Pulled into a journey to break the curse placed on him, Rump leads the reader on a fun, magical adventure.

The Summit:  How Triumph Turned to Tragedy on K2’s Deadliest Days by Pat Falvey and Pemba Gyalje Sherpa (2014).  Pemba Gyalje lived through the 28-hour period in August 2008 when 11 climbers died while climbing K2, second to Mount Everest in height, yet first in death ratio.  One of the more interesting, well-written books this nonclimber has read about mountaineering.

Wrapped Around Him:  Moroad Motorcycle Club and For Life:  Moroad Motorcycle Club by Debra Kayn (2015).  During the first book in the series, Cam finds a way to bring Christina, the woman who wrote to him in prison into his life on a more permanent basis.  During the second book in the series, Cam returns to the club and Christina after another stint in prison.  Equally disturbed by the way he pulls Christina into his life and the way he treats her, including playing on her fears, I, for once, find myself completely disliking the Alpha hero.  There is still a third book to be published, and I can’t wait to read the conclusion even though I know I won’t get what I want.

May 18, 2015

Lighthouse Public Art Project, 7-14 of 51




Here are 7-14 of the 51 light bulb art scattered around Lincoln that will eventually be auctioned as a fundraiser for Lighthouse.  You can learn more, including titles, artists, and locations for each piece, at the Lighthouse site.  I'm avoiding looking at the site because we want to just "run across" the light bulbs without learning locations in advance.  More photos later. . . .

May 15, 2015

Outgoing Mail--May 1-15, 2015

Cards and letters to Tami in Oregon, Sherri Kay in Wisconsin (2), Barbara in South Carolina, my sister in New Mexico (2), and Penny in Canada.

Card to my nephew in New Mexico.

Postcard to Penny in Canada.

Recent Reads


Savage Summit:  The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan (2005).  Wanda Rutkiewicz.  Alison Hargreaves.  Chantal Mauduit.  Julie Tullis.  Liliane Barrard.  Deeply different women who entered the male-dominated world of the 8,000-meter mountaineers and died while pursuing their passion.  Jordan does a nice job of discussing their lives in and outside of climbing.

Wynn in Doubt by Emily Hemmer (2014).  Wynn isn’t living the life she expected, at all, which is only highlighted when her high-school crush, now a famous musician, returns to their hometown.  Family obligations always seemed to keep Wynn from pursuing her own dreams.  Now that her beloved grandma is dead, Wynn discovers that her great-grandmother didn’t die when Grandma was little, like Wynn always believed.  No, Wynn’s great-grandmother had a life beyond the one with her child and husband.  While exploring the mystery of what happened to her great-grandmother, does Wynn find a way to live her own life, too?

The Lover by Marguerite Duras (1984).  I return to this book every few years for the dream-like quality of Duras’ writing in this semi-autobiographical story of a young French girl in 1930s Indochina (later Vietnam) in an affair with a Chinese millionaire’s son.  I think my harsh judgment of her mother, particularly her tolerant support of the affair between her fifteen-year-old daughter and a twenty-seven-year-old man, only increases each time I read the book.  The story was made into a movie in 1992.

May 13, 2015

Lighthouse Public Art Project, 1-6 of 51

Here are 6 of the 51 light bulb art scattered around Lincoln that will eventually be auctioned as a fundraiser for Lighthouse.  You can learn more, including titles, artists, and locations for each piece, at the Lighthouse site.  I'm avoiding looking at the site because we want to just "run across" the light bulbs without learning locations in advance.  More photos later. . . .