Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Tomorrow is December ....

Time flies.

What a crazy busy year.   I hope to get some holiday crafties going on.  I have three weeks.   I don't have a lot of stress now because if I were going to knit projects, I would have had to start them already and I didn't.  So Amazon Prime is my best friend.

I hope also that I can read a few of the most recent additions to my library.  Its cold and wet in Northern California this year.  Yahoo and yay!!!! Seeing the green earth this early in the year is so nice and fall is vibrant and happening all over the place.

Some of the crafties include making soap, miniatures, and perhaps a new cigar box guitar.

Violin news....I still am playing.  This is a very very nice time of the year to pull out all the Holiday tunes and play them.  It is also the 5th year anniversary of me getting my first violin.  I am so happy to say that it is great to pull out the familiar Holiday tunes and be able to play them decently.   It brings holiday cheer to my home and my heart.

Sending warm thoughts to all.  I am glad the election is over.  I hope people can heal and be happy. The world is always a better place, day after day humanity survives and we all grow and change.  Be well and be good to one another.


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

ergon - George HS Singer

                                                            ergon - George HS Singer

Hello and Happy Wednesday!

I am reviewing this book for Serena @ Poetic Book Tours

I don't have a strong background in reading and understanding poetry. But when I get a chance and open my mind to reading it, I am seldom let down.

From the very first writing in this collection, I was drawn to the writing. Even though there are more depths for me to discover, I was moved by reading through the collection the very first time.   I am also pleased as I know I can go back and "get more."  Seconds and thirds and beyond, it will be wonderful with this collection.

The writings are rich and and honest.  Life's journey is conveyed in poetic lyrical prose that is as familiar to us as rain and in my case even medication - "my brain wobbles in it's chemical bath"

I hope you all get a chance to get a copy.  My library and reading experience has been enriched by this wonderful morsel of writing.

Thanks for reading.


Tour Schedule:
Sept. 2: Life’s a Stage WebBlog by Estrella Azul (Interview)
Sept. 7: Diary of an Eccentric (Guest Post)
Sept. 7: True Book Addict (Review)
Sept. 9: Peeking Between the Pages (Review)
Sept. 14: Write-Read-Life (Review)
Sept. 16: The Chronicles of Chaos (Review)
Sept. 20: Everything Distils Into Reading (Review)
Sept. 21: Eva Lucia Reviews (Review)
Sept. 23: Eva Lucia Reviews (Interview)
Sept. 28: The Soapy Violinist (Review)
Sept. 30: Life’s a Stage WebBlog by Estrella Azul (Review)
Sept. 30: The Chronicles of Chaos (Guest Post)
TBD: Jorie Loves A Story (Review)
Oct. 11: Martha’s Bookshelf (Review)
Nov. 7: Diary of an Eccentric (Review)

edited for punctuation... 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Monday - The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Hello and Happy Monday.  Late September is a beautiful time of year.  Please take a moment to enjoy the changing light and enjoy all that you do today.

I received a book from Algonquin - Thank you. 
The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, Elisabeth Tova Bailey 
The cover is enchanting and the story appears to be unique and rewarding.   I can't wait to find a moment, hopefully in nature to enjoy this book.  

Description: (From Algonquin)
In a work that beautifully demonstrates the rewards of closely observing nature, Elisabeth Bailey shares an inspiring and intimate story of her uncommon encounter with a Neohelix albolabris—a common woodland snail.

While an illness keeps her bedridden, Bailey watches a wild snail that has taken up residence on her nightstand. As a result, she discovers the solace and sense of wonder that this mysterious creature brings and comes to a greater under standing of her own confined place in the world.

Intrigued by the snail’s molluscan anatomy, cryptic defenses, clear decision making, hydraulic locomotion, and mysterious courtship activities, Bailey becomes an astute and amused observer, providing a candid and engaging look into the curious life of this underappreciated small animal.

Told with wit and grace, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating is a remarkable journey of survival and resilience, showing us how a small part of the natural world illuminates our own human existence and provides an appreciation of what it means to be fully alive.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Composing Temple Sunrise

Happy Blog Tour Day!!!

Yesterday evening I posted my blog Tour post for Composing Temple Sunrise. Opps!!!

Since I posted at 9:40 pm, I thought it was already midnight on the East Coast and that my post would post today, instead it posted for yesterday. My apologies.  Getting back to blogging and my Ipad isn't working well with google....(operator error)

Blog Tour - Composing Temple Sunrise

Monday, September 12, 2016

Composing Temple Sunrise

Composing  Temple Sunrise, Hassan El-Tayyab-review by Toni

What a great book.  I really loved the down to earth and thought provoking writing.  This book puts into words about the things we long to do, the things we crave and yet somehow we hold back.  A remarkable honest journey about following your passions and not letting fear hold you back.  Or even if it does....go with it.

As a late blooming musician, I feel the book had significance to me and many of my musician friends....  But not limited to just them... All artists, bloggers, writers, any dream...any dream.

The book is full of poignant quotes and savory inspiration.

I read it slowly and savored it.  It will inspired anyone... Any craft...any age.
Long after the page is turned, the book stills holds tight in your memory.

Thank you Serena for the opportunity to be part of the tour.

About the Author:
Hassan El-Tayyab is an award-winning singer/songwriter, author, teacher, and cultural activist currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area. His critically acclaimed Americana act American Nomad performs regularly at festivals and venues up and down the West Coast and beyond and he teaches music in the Bay Area.

Tour Schedule:

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Hello and I hope your Thursday is lovely.

Part of the journey back to blogging is also part of my journey back to books.

Right now I am reading a good book with some good friends.   It is called Natchez Burning, by Greg Isle.  I bought it to read on my Ipad Pro from the Kindle book store.  I am enjoying the book even though it is fiction I am being acquainted with actual  racial crimes/events of 1960's Louisiana and Mississippi.   The book so far is dramatic and holds my attention.  The best part about this read is that I got to read with some of my original best friend book club readers. You all know who you are.

My sidebar has a list of upcoming books I am going to write about. However,  that was an attempt at artwork with my Ipencil for Ipad Pro.  I see that is it a bit shabby and not very clear.  So here is a more clear schedule.

September 13th, Composing Temple Sunrise, by Hassan El Tayyab
September 28th, Ergon - George Singer.

I will apologize in advance for my blog having changes here and there.  I don't recall very well how to navigate through  Blogger templates, but I will get the hang of it all soon.  I am sure there is a useful app on my Ipad.  For now, please bear with the oversized obnoxious picture of my forehead.   Also, blog tour etiquette and regular procedures??? I am out of the loop.  I will get a list of blogs to start reading and join in the gang and see what everyone is doing.

Lots of love and Sunshine.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Running and workouts - (a few weeks ago)

Today (Sunday), I faced my usual dilemma.  Do I get up and run early? (hasn't happened yet) or wait until the evening and run when it cools off ? That is usually not going to happen. Why? Because as it cools down I want wine. When Sunday afternoon arrives and the last bit of freedom before the work weeks steals hours and brain cells.

I want wine.

But as last weekend slipped away,  I found myself without a work out and all the promises of new workouts that never happened.  Two weeks ago I rode my bike for ten miles.  And I am sure that is a vague memory to my body.

So I got some motivation from a Facebook mothers running group and I decided to do a heat endurance walk.  When I left it was 98, when I got home it was 102.  Pavement jog walking. It went well and I sweated and feel wonderful.  And I added to my yearly mile count.  I am at 111 now.

I am new to running and when it comes to this whole generation of runners, I have much to learn. I used to think I was a runner, now I am beginning  to think I am a former jogger.  Anyway I have had five seriously wonderful running/jogging accomplishments this year.

I am finding that running can be a team sport even if we are all running difference races, with differnet goals and different reasons.   I am also learning the power of solo runs.  I call it therapy.

Running is my passion once more, and yet this time around I have obstacles.  Sometimes I wonder if the obstacles are there only to remind me how precious life is... How much it means to me to run..obstacles of age, weight and pain.

The newest gratification is to run/walk somewhere  that cars can't go!  To see a view that the highways obscure from us.  It has added a joy and a bonus that surpasses fitness and weight.  The views and the nature are indeed the most gratifying experience that I can recall.

So at this time, I find myself very interested in solo day hikes, runs.  This is hard for me because I am not the bravest of souls. There are wild animals and there are freaky humans.   And yet I do have to remember that people emerge from runs and hikes safe and whole everyday.  With a side note that the last time I went to a place that I felt unsafe,  I didn't even enjoy the run at all.  I feel I took away nothing.

It is safe to say that  part of my running journey is going to be on how I can run solo and not have fear.  Even if that involves a taser. I have pepper spray, and maybe even a self defense class will be in order.

Deep running thoughts.