Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday Salon...

Well, our library workers are on strike! So, that gives me an opportunity to reduce my bookshelf books.  My choice this week is
This is a book written by Yasmina Khadra a pseudonym.  Haven't read one of these in a great long time.  I find it curious that this author (a man) wrote with a woman's name, and it was acceptable, considering the subject matter.

Set in Kabul under the rule of the Taliban, this extraordinary novel takes readers into the lives of two couples: Mohsen, who comes from a family of wThe Unquiet Deadealthy shopkeepers whom the Taliban has destroyed; Zunaira, his wife, exceedingly beautiful, who was once a brilliant teacher and is now no longer allowed to leave her home without an escort or covering her face. Intersecting their world is Atiq, a prison keeper, a man who has sincerely adopted the Taliban ideology and struggles to keep his faith, and his wife, Musarrat. 

I find it very interesting to get a glimpse into this world, and perhaps makes me a little more sympathetic to the lives of those involved.

It's been extremely hot this last week, so not much reading (in bus shelters).  I'm only painting on Wednesdays, the remainder of the week I sort of slogged away with "nothing" much accomplished. But, this week will be different, I have a plan... It's still going to be hot... so I'm setting myself up on the front porch. 

I'm still thinking about , the Unquiet Dead,  that to me is a sign of a good book.  I actually remember my mom and our neighbor discussing the situation in Srebinica, and how it compared to much of the situation during the Nazi days. These two women were survivors of this time, each in their own experience, they were most sympathetic and emotional.  Clearly even though we say "we shall never forget", we do.  And yet, it goes on in many countries of the world today.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Saturday snapshot...

it's amazing what a little rain will bring.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thursday thoughts...

Just had to put this out there.  I posted about The Unquiet Dead.  A great book, debut author, a real must read.  You'll want to know more.
When it's non-fiction month I'll have to read more on the historical aspects of this book.  Well written, and most interesting, beyond the murder mystery itself, which was very good.

P.S. the Unquiet Dead is a novel, fiction.  It's the focus that I'd like to know more about.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Saturday Snapshot...

A few more clips from our adventures in Collingwood Ontario.
for years our mother had her hair cut by Frank the Barber, Frank the Barber is now in the same Long Term Care my mom was in. Must use this for his next birthday card.
Heather and I took a little detour in the back alley
some units had little cottage type quarters
an after dinner stroll and snap
another detour in a downtown alley

sunset at Sunset Park

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sunday Salon...

Sunday Salon finds me still reading The Unquiet Dead, I'm almost finished.  Thought I'd finish on my week away, but I was just having too much fun. 
The is a debut novel, a Canadian author. The mystery in this book is solving someone who has fallen down a cliff, I don't know why that is so mysterious... I myself fell partially down the cliff... were it not for my companion and a passerby I may still be there.  On a more serious note, the novel digs into a time in our recent history that is shameful. Most wartime stories are shameful.   I know so very little about Screbrenica.  Where was I?  I like to have a whole lot of questions after a book. This one is no different.  I have a lot of questions.  Happy reading.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Saturday Snapshot...

I spent a lovely week doing some plein air painting.
I haven't done that since I was very, very young.  I couldn't remember why? and then eurika.  Your paint dries too quickly, you subject matter moves, the sun changes, and so your light is altered... as much fun as it is, it's not efficient painting.  but, what the heck, I was on a short vacation. Collingwood, Ontario is quite lovely.
I think I might need to paint this one, she hissed at the Canada goose, but allowed the little ducklings to nibble on the crumbs

 a few of the friends that past by my sketch area.
Heather and Shelley painting.
a walk through the woods?