Sunday Salon & Mini Bloggiesta To Do List

Musical Happenings:I'm babysitting this concert grand pedal harp while its owner is out of the country. He dropped it off at my place on Thursday, and I've been having the best time playing it. The sound is phenomenal and enormous (the harp is enormous!), and learning to use the pedals is fun and challenging.Today starts rehearsals for a production of The Sound of Music at our local community theatre. I'm excited to be playing this show, and even happier that my folder requires only flute and piccolo. Less equipment to carry back and forth, and no reeds to worry about!Bookish Happenings:Saturday and Sunday is Mini Bloggiesta, a virtual event where bloggers work feverishly to fix and freshen up their blogs!My Mini…


Pensacola, Florida in Six Books

Shannon at River City Reading may have started a trend with her post Richmond, Virginia in Five Books, where she sums up "Richmond's wonderful quirks without getting too literal." Is that a fun bookish blog post idea or what?! I know a few other book bloggers have mentioned they are working on similar posts of their own. So today I'm going to try to express Pensacola, Florida through six books. I've lived here for the past 13 years, and off and on at various times in my life for almost 20 years. People hear "Florida" and they think of anywhere except the panhandle, typically. Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami, etc. Pensacola's culture and way of life is much more closely related to south Alabama than…


Video Mini Review: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

  Ever since finishing Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, I haven't known how I could begin writing about it. I wasn't sure I would even try, because it was such an overwhelming reading experience. But Sunday on my drive to church, some fairly simple but coherent thoughts organized themselves in my mind. I ended up arriving too early, so while I was sitting in my car in the church parking lot waiting for someone to unlock the doors, I thought I'd try recording a quick video. Here's the result!   If you've read this book, can you recommend a similar title: Sci-fi with a literary bent, no fantasy included? If you haven't read The Sparrow, does it sound like something you'd…


Top Ten Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Blogging Confessions1. I don't use a star rating system on my blog, because I'm afraid it would overshadow what I have to say about the book. But I admit, I find star ratings handy on sites such as Goodreads or Amazon, and I use them as a starting place when deciding whether or not to look further into a book.2. I tend to get stuck in an adjective rut, overusing the same few again and again, so I regularly use a thesaurus. I've been known to spend an embarrassing amount of time searching for the adjective, the one which perfectly reflects how I feel.3. Reading chunksters causes me to fall behind on blog posts. I don't start a chunkster…


2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

  2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas is a day in the life of three characters in Philadelphia: Madeleine, a 9-year-old aspiring singer who is mourning her mother's death; her fifth-grade teacher Sarina, recently divorced and back in town, hoping to reconnect with people from her past; and Lorca, owner of The Cat's Pajamas, a legendary jazz club in danger of closing. Madeleine's story is what kept me reading. She's got a lot of spunk, a lot of grit. Her father is so crippled with grief that he is barely able to function. She endures rejection at school from both her classmates and her principal. Yet she pushes ahead, determined to find The Cat's Pajamas and make her debut. You can't…


Sunday Salon

Goings On: All three of us were sick last week. My spouse had an awful stomach virus that put her out of commission for almost 4 days. C came down with a nasty cold and fever and by Thursday night, had passed it along to me (at least we didn't catch that stomach bug!). // Yesterday I slept in until 4:00 p.m. What the heck?! That's not even called "sleeping in" by that point, is it? Anyhow, it was awesome, and I woke up feeling like I'm over the worst of things. I've done next to nothing on the blog, but I'm glad to say, I have been reading! Recently Finished: 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas by Marie Helene-Bertino This one…


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